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Old 05-10-2010, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Essential Blues Albums?

I'm a blues newbie hoping to venture into the genre. Similar to the essential hip hop thread.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can suggest some white-mans blues.

John Mayall and the Blues Breakers w/Eric Clapton
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band S/T
Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On
Rory Gallagher Irish Tour '74
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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This album is a good starting point. Robert Johnson was one of the most gifted and influential blues musicians.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not all that schooled on the blues but I cannot recommend Muddy Waters' King Bee enough. Effing brilliant.
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B.B. King ~ "Live At The Regal"
Muddy Waters ~ "Folk Blues/More Folk Blues"
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you for the recommendations thus far, I will be replying as I listen
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Ribbons, since you and several other people have recommended Muddy Waters, I'll try listening to some of his work. I've never actually intentionally listened to blues, so he seems like a good place to start!

I am intrigued by what I read about him at Wikipedia: "Muddy headed to England in 1958 and shocked audiences (whose only previous exposure to blues had come via the acoustic folk/blues sounds of acts such as Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy) with his loud, amplified electric guitar and thunderous beat. "

I like shocking things, so he might be a good place to begin with as an intro to blues, especially since his work was supposed to have influenced so many different genres: rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, folk, jazz, and country.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hey Erica,

Did you feel that?
Muddy Waters is in many ways an ideal artist to start with in exploring blues, because he was the linchpin of the earlier country/Mississippi Delta blues and the electrified Chicago sound he later pioneered. He was also a respected bandleader with many significant blues musicians (Otis Spann, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Willie Dixon, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy) passing through his band. Muddy was a complex, expressive vocalist as well - there is so much "feeling", depth and color in his singing. An area in which I think Muddy was a bit unheralded was as a slide guitarist. His slide playing had that same microtonal phrasing his voice had. He played a vital role in resurrecting the use of (amplified) slide guitar in the '60s.

The two above albums are the first blues records I ever purchased. I still believe they are good guides for anyone embarking on a discovery of blues.

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