JOHN MAYALL: Crusade

Terrific. A very strong album. Needs no further comment from us. However AMG said: “Crusade is most notable for the appearance of a very young, pre- Rolling Stones Mick Taylor on lead guitar. Taylor’s performance is indeed the highlight, just as Eric Clapton, Peter Green’s playing was on the previous album. The centerpiece of the […]

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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 […]

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Muddy Waters blues band featuring BB King – Live at Ebbets Field

Classic live radio broadcast from 30th May 1973 Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for enhanced sound quality Background liners Muddy Waters had only recently completed his Australasia tour that had started in late April and finished in Perth on 11th May 1973. He arrived just two days later in Vancouver before performing five dates […]

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The Six Most Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists?

Reverend Keith A. Gordon / ThoughtCo writes: Let be honest here, shall we? Blues-rock fretburners like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan typically receive all the love while other talented guitarists are too often forced to wait in line to gather up whatever crumbs of critical acclaim remain. These skilled musicians bring plenty […]

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ETTA JAMES: ‘I was like a punker … I’d spit in a minute’ – a classic interview from the vaults

  “In our latest visit to Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading archive of vintage music journalism – we bring you an interview with the late Etta James, by Cliff White for NME in 1978” “Thanksgiving Day in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven’t […]

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Free – Mr. Big (live)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT1F0AN9-PE 214,814 views so far “1000% more soul here – guitar playing very simple but impossible to emulate – so much emotion without trickery. Awesome Free were around in the seventies and were a fantastic blues/rock band with great vocals and guitar solos.  Andy Fraser’s bass guitar playing on this track sounds like another lead […]

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Blues Styles: Mississippi Delta Blues

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated July 23, 2017 Perhaps the most influential of the many styles of blues music, Mississippi Delta blues, also called Delta blues, rose out of the fertile agricultural triangle located between Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the south and Memphis, Tennessee, to the north, and bordered by the Mississippi River to the […]

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ELMORE JAMES: A very useful mini-biography

Not my words, but …….. “No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the ’60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf did, James left a ……..” […]

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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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ROBERT CRAY: The Redux Club, Dallas Tx.Jan 21st 1987 (CD) by Robert Cray w/ special guest Stevie Ray Vaughan

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. U.S.FM Radio Broadcast 01 I Guess I Showed Her 02 Still Around 03 T-Bone Shuffle 04 […]

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What is the Chicago Blues Style?

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 When American became embroiled in World War II, it served to increase the exodus of African-Americans from the Southern states northward to cities like St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. Former sharecroppers were moving out of the rural areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to find jobs […]

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A Short, Sad History of the Blues

by Bob Strauss Updated September 13, 2017 The musical genre known as the blues is difficult to define, but you know it when you hear it: a simple chord progression, a deep bass line, and lyrics that evoke wisdom, sadness, and resignation. A “standard” blues is twelve bars long: lyrics are repeated twice in the opening […]

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Old 70’s vinyl – any point?

Just spend an evening trawling through some of my old vinyl I rescued from the loft. A lot of 70’s stuff that I found absolutely incredible to listen to; crackles and all. All analogue from master tape through to my speakers…wonderful. I think my ears have been ‘detuned’ by digital over the last 30 years […]

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