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Old 06-07-2011, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Early rock 'n' roll owes a lot to blues, but blues rock as a style developed in the 60s especially towards the end of the decade.

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Blues rock is a hybrid musical genre combining bluesy improvisations over the 12-bar blues and extended boogie jams with rock and roll styles. The core of the blues rock sound is created by the electric guitar, bass guitar and drum kit, with the electric guitar usually amplified through a tube guitar amplifier, giving it an overdriven character.

The style began to develop in the mid-1960s in England and the United States, as what Piero Scaruffi called, a "genre of rhythm'n'blues played by white European musicians". UK Bands (such as The Who, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Animals, Fleetwood Mac, Cream and The Rolling Stones) experimented with music from the older American bluesmen, like Albert King, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. While the early blues rock bands "attempted to play long, involved improvisations which were commonplace on jazz records", by the 1970s, blues rock got heavier and more riff-based. By the "early '70s, the lines between blues rock and hard rock were barely visible", as bands began recording rock-style albums. In the 1980s and 1990s, blues rock acts returned to their bluesy roots, and some of these, such as the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan, flirted with rock stardom."
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Let's celebrate Blues Rock this week:


^this song is still as good as when I first heard it




^I adore this song
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably one of the most underrated blues/blues rock musicians.



Not sure if this is technically blues rock, but... it's still amazing.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Instead of posting a whole bunch of some of my favourite Blues Rock tracks, I thought I would talk about the genre that we basically stole from America in the late 50's and early 60's and made it our own and then sold it back to you!

However it was a definite appreciation of a genre that was on the wane in America and in Britain we gave a stage for Blues artists to perform to a new appreciative audience.




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One of my favorite Stones tracks. 12 bar blues...

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ZZ Top
The Reverend don't play a lot of note, but whatever he plays he makes them count.


The Rolling Stones - Hand of Fate
The Rolling Stones at their best, the music get a little funky at the bridge but the song has real Bluesy lyrics kinda harken back to Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O' Lee"


The Yardbirds
The bass and harp make the song.
(Not the actually video for the song.)


Ram Jam - Black Betty 1977
Ram Jam's Leadbelly cover, this one has the extended solo, it's only 3:55 long not 5:30, the promo video is like around 2:33


Led Zeppelin- Bring It On Home
I love how the song changes from slow blues to heavy blues rock.
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A brief summary of the Blues described in Tab Benoits "The Blues is here to stay"

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"Mississippi Queen" is my all-time favorite blues rock. "White Room" by Cream too. (even though I'm not a big Clapton fan)


Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Telephone Song". I love the way he compressed the lead guitar solo on this one.
YouTube - &#x202a;stevie ray vaughan telephone song and superstition&#x202c;&rlm;

And the Rolling Stones "If You Need Me (Call Me).
YouTube - &#x202a;The Rolling Stones - If You Need Me(Call Me) 1964&#x202c;&rlm;

Bad Company's single "Good Lovin' Gone Bad":YouTube - &#x202a;Bad Company - Good Lovin' Gone Bad&#x202c;&rlm;

Aerosmith's "Back In The Saddle".YouTube - &#x202a;Aerosmith- Back in the Saddle&#x202c;&rlm;

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"Mississippi Queen" is my all-time favorite blues rock. "White Room" by Cream too. (even though I'm not a big Clapton fan)

YouTube - &#x202a;Mountain - Mississippi Queen&#x202c;&rlm;

YouTube - &#x202a;Cream - White Room&#x202c;&rlm;

Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Telephone Song". I love the way he compressed the lead guitar solo on this one.

YouTube - &#x202a;stevie ray vaughan telephone song and superstition&#x202c;&rlm;
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Thumbs up ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

One of ZZ Top's best albums. "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers" from 'Tres Hombres'. (This is an album all rock/roll music enthusiast should own)



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ZZ Top
The Reverend don't play a lot of note, but whatever he plays he makes them count.

Ram Jam - Black Betty 1977
Ram Jam's Leadbelly cover, this one has the extended solo, it's only 3:55 long not 5:30, the promo video is like around 2:33
Black Betty is a favorite, and a classic.

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