Saturday, October 18, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 37 of 100 - "Blues With A Feeling"

The Blues Project - "Projections" (1966)

Super talented group of guys that included Al Kooper on Keys and vocals, Tommy Flanders on vocals, Danny Kalb playing guitar, Steve Katz on guitar and vocals, Andy Kulberg playing bass and flute, and Roy Blumenfield on drums!

Blues Breakers - John Mayall with Eric Clapton (1966)

When it comes to British blues, it doesn't get much better than this, with John Mayall on vocals, keys, and Harp, Slow Hand Clapton on guitar, Fleetwood Mac's John McVie on bass, and Hughie Flint on the traps! It might be the blues, but it's rock solid!

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - "East - West" (1966)

With songs written by everybody from Mike Nesmith to Muddy Waters, two amazing guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, a 13 minute epic psych title song, and a great cover, this album has it all! Paul Butterfield on harp and vocals, Mark Naftalin on keys, Jerome Arnold on Bass, and Billy Davenport on Drums!!

"Spider" John Koerner, Tony "Little Sun" Glover" and Dave "Snaker" Ray - "Lots More Blues, Rags and Hollers" (1964)

Folk Blues at it's finest hour!

Climax Chicago Blues Band - "Tightly Knit" (1971)

Before they became the Climax Blues Band, they were known as the Climax Chicago Blues Band! This is not my favourite cover by any means, but the music inside is good enough to make up for it!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 36 of 100 - "Down Home Good Old Boys"

Here's five records by 5 guys that all have that comfortable 'sit down, kick your heels up, and relax' style of American music that's not Country, and I like them all!

 First up from Oak Grove, Louisiana is the great Tony Joe White and his second album made in 1969 called ...."Continued!"

J.J. Cale hailed from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and this was his first record released in 1971. It was called "Naturally" and is just one of J.J.'s many fine records!

Singer, songwriter Bobby Charles was born in Abbeville, Louisiana, and was one of the early purveyors of a genre of music called Swamp Pop! This 1972 self-titled album was just stylish! 

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks aka Mr. Taj Mahal, was born in Harlem, New York! Taj has so many wonderful records, it was hard to just pick out one, but "Satisfied And Tickled Too" from 1976, has got Taj's classic version of one of my all-time favorite songs on it, "Ain't Nobody's Business!" 

Jesse Winchester was also born in Louisiana at Barksdale Army Air Field, outside of Bossier City! I think I'm starting to see a pattern here! This 1977 album titled "Nothing But A Breeze," is just that, and it breezes along quite nicely enough to be on this list!