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Old 05-13-2010, 01:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Muddy Water's was the man. This insert is from the album "Electric Mud", his foray into psychedelic blues, which was his only attempt at crossing-over. It was a pretty entertaining bastardization, though not essential.

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Old 05-14-2010, 09:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I started with Robert Johnson, but I rec. starting with Blind Willie McTell--just ask Bob Dylan.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:55 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Anything on Chess Records from the 1950s, you can't go wrong.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:43 AM   #14 (permalink)
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This '71 Taj Mahal record changed the way I thought of blues. Naturally, I correlated the genre to sorrow and well, sadness. Just from the album title, you know that's not what's in store. This album never fails to lift my spirits. What a breath of fresh air.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Taj Mahal is one artist I have never checked out. Shame on me. By your description I really should.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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There's some records on Chess from I think the early 60s including discs by Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, which are fantastic. I also enjoy Skip James, Robert Johnson, Elmore James (I seem to recall his last sessions are pretty tremendous), and Charley Patton is amazing.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:35 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I love Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker. For some classic blues I would start there, and some Robert Johnson though I've never been as fond of him. For something more contemporary, check out Seasick Steve.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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That is one strange album!! I wouldn't recommend it to a newbie though.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:11 AM   #19 (permalink)
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One of my favourite blues albums is B.B. King's 1970 album Indianola Mississippi Seeds



The album is one of the most generally appreciated from his discography - by fans, critics and even King himself. To give you guys a sample of what it's like, check out this track "You're Still My Woman" .. Brilliant!

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Old 05-29-2010, 07:29 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Here's some great Blues albums from a few different generations.

Luther Allison ~ "Blue Streak"


Buddy Guy & Junior Wells ~ "Alone and Acoustic"



Keb' Mo' ~ "Just Like You"



Alvin Youngblood Hart ~ "Motivational Speaker"

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