British Blues Albums
Since the 60’s there has been a steady flow of Blues Music from the small island across the pond. The Brits recognised the power of the Blues originals they heard on records, and used the language of the Blues to write a new chapter in the story of modern music. Here is a list of what we believe to be the best examples of this exciting Blues Genre.
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The 'Dog and Dustbin' album was Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac's first record and laid down a marker for the standard that British Blues would have to meet if it was to be taken seriously. This re-mastered album has the original 12 songs, plus two bonus tracks and more than a dozen out-takes to give a feel of what was happening in the studio.
Available in different formats, CD, Box set and Vinyl; this release gives us tracks from the long history of the Rolling Stones. The first disc contains most of the hit singles and iconic album tracks from their first six years; the second picks the highlights from their work up to the late seventies; the third starts at 'Some Girls' in 1978, pulling tracks from several later albums and includes two new tracks. Together they show how much sheer quality you need to stay at the top for so long.
This remastered CD has the original album expanded to 28 tracks, by including songs issued as singles and EPs plus one alternate take. This is the album that launched Peter Green's career under John Mayall's careful mentoring, as one of the many alumni of the 'finishing school' that was The Bluesbreakers.
This live set was originally issued on a 10-inch LP in 1957. This CD also has Alexis Korner's next two EPs to give 17 tracks in all, including his versions of 'Death Letter' and 'Boll Weevil', as well as an album of 'skiffle' to give the full flavour of the late fifties!
'Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock'n'Roll' by Long John Baldry is a great track, but slightly misleading as there is some great piano Blues on here, along with songs by Lead Belly, Willie Dixon and Randy Newman.
There are more than 50 tracks on this album, and I can still say “All Killer, No Filler!” Van Morrison has explored many musical styles over the years, and this compilation covers all of them and his poetic qualities and unique phrasing continue to amaze.
Jo Ann Kelly was not a prolific recording artist, but this album shows how good she was at conveying the emotional power of a Blues song. Although she is not widely known, she was a true Blues talent in the mould of Memphis Minnie.
There is some great slide-playing on this album, and Kim Simmonds shows he can write a Blues song too as this is all his own material. This acoustic project is not in the style of Savoy Brown, as Kim is accompanied just by Bob Hall's piano.
The Jools Holland R&B Orchestra throbs with energy behind some fabulous singer,s including Brits Paul Weller, Joe Strummer, Mica Paris, Paul Carrack and Sting. A wobbly 'Seventh Son' apart, they all rise to the joyful occasion.
Duffy Power's original CDs are ruinously expensive, and 'Innovations', 'Little Boy Blue', 'Mary, Open the Door' and 'Vampers and Champers' are basically all the same stuff with variations in the bonus tracks. The Japanese set has (reduced) original artwork and the essential goods!
Hard to chose between this and King King's debut album 'Take My Hand', so perhaps give that a listen too. The spirit of British Blues Rock's 'Golden Age' of the 60s aand 70s is alive and well with these guys.