12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners

Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 09, 2017 The enormous depth and breadth of blues music can prove to be somewhat daunting for a new fan. Ranging from early Chicago blues to Texas blues/rock, from British blues-rock to acoustic Piedmont blues, these are the albums that make a good start on a blues collection. If […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Original Lost Elektra Sessions (CD)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band set the standards in the 1960s for kick-ass white electric blues. Arguably no other group could hold a candle to them.In 1964 The Butterfield Blues Band recorded what was to be their first album for Elektra Records. For unknown reasons the album was never issued and sat quietly in the […]

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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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WALTER TROUT: Breakin’ the Rules – 25th Anniversary series LP 5 (Vinyl 180g 2LP

To celebrate 25 years as a solo artist, Provogue Records is releasing 10 original albums from Walter Trout on vinyl.  The 25th Anniversary Series is very limited high quality vinyl releases of some of the best Walter Trout catalogue released in special packaging. Each release is very limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide and produced […]

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ROBERT CRAY: With special guest Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Redux Club, Dallas Tx.Jan 21st 1987 (CD)

Smokin’ set from Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, Broadcast live by Q-102 FM. Riding high on the success of this Grammy Award winning 4th album ‘Strong Persuader’ Cray is joined by Stevie Ray Vaughan for a stunning Strat duel finale. 01 I Guess I Showed Her 02 Still Around 03 T-Bone Shuffle 04 Right Next Door […]

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Chicago Blues – Milestones of Legends (10CD Box Set) by Various @ £14.99

We are informed ….. 10 CD box set containing twenty original albums from all the giants of the electric Chicago blues, including Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, King Curtis, Freddie King and Little Brother Montgomery.

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Canned Heat – Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island (CD)

Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island There have been quite a few high profile events to commemorate the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians who had performed at Woodstock converged in Long Island’s Parr Meadows to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Unlike later […]

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Mr. Taj Mahal – Original Album Classics’ (3CD Sony Sets)

The latest batch of ‘Original Album Classics’ 3CD sets from Sony come superbly presented in high quality, rigid cardboard slipcases containing 3 ‘vinyl replica’ sleeves as they were originally released. Many titles have been re-mastered and feature bonus tracks. Disc 1 – Taj Mahal Leaving Trunk Statesboro Blues Checkin’ Up On My Baby Everybody’s Got […]

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Essential Listening: Roger Chapman – Peaceology (CD)

“Peaceology” contains 13 tracks from Blues to Rock to Soul – an amazingly updated masterpiece of work by Roger Chapman. A great mix of different genres Roger used to create his very own and unforgettable sound.The former singer/songwriter and front man of famous UK rock bands like Family and Streetwalkers started his very successful solo career in 1987. […]

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George Thorogood Interview

By Reverend Keith A. Gordon Blues Expert:  The 34 years since the release of their self-titled 1977 debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have forged a career of exceptional durability. Delivering guitar-driven roadhouse rock and houserockin’ blues, the blueprint established by that debut has been followed by the band ever since, and songs from […]

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VAN MORRISON: Moondance (Deluxe Edition 4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Box)

We are told: Warner Bros. Records celebrate Van Morrison’s classic 1970 album in 1-CD, 2-CD and 4-CD/1-BD configurations.  The latter expanded versions comprehensively explore the album’s sessions via outtakes, alternate takes and previously unheard mixes. Following one 1967 album for Bert Berns’ Bang Records, Van Morrison made his debut at the famous Burbank label in […]

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Probably worth taking a look: Son Of Dust Sucker (Captain’s Tapes Of Bat Chain Puller) (CD) by Captain Beefheart

“New Updated version of the “Dustsucker” album which will be deleted after the current pressing has sold through. Captain Beefheart’s original tapes of the Bat Chain Puller album sent to his friend Roger Eagle in the UK to make sure they got released in the UK as in the USA the tapes were tied up […]

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