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Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers

GUEST,HiLo 06 Feb 20 - 09:45 AM
Roger the Skiffler 06 Feb 20 - 11:06 AM
gillymor 06 Feb 20 - 11:16 AM
gillymor 06 Feb 20 - 11:17 AM
GUEST,HiLo 06 Feb 20 - 01:15 PM
GUEST,HiLo 06 Feb 20 - 02:05 PM
GUEST,Big Al Whittle 06 Feb 20 - 02:37 PM
gillymor 06 Feb 20 - 04:17 PM
gillymor 06 Feb 20 - 04:22 PM
cnd 06 Feb 20 - 04:36 PM
The Sandman 06 Feb 20 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,Tunesmith 08 Feb 20 - 07:43 AM
GUEST,HiLo 08 Feb 20 - 09:29 AM
John MacKenzie 08 Feb 20 - 11:07 AM
GUEST,Brad Sondahl 08 Feb 20 - 11:31 AM
gillymor 08 Feb 20 - 11:33 AM
gillymor 08 Feb 20 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,Pseudonymous 08 Feb 20 - 01:31 PM
The Sandman 08 Feb 20 - 03:26 PM
GUEST,Hootennanny 08 Feb 20 - 04:30 PM
pdq 08 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM
GUEST,Pseudonymous 08 Feb 20 - 05:31 PM
GUEST,Pseudonymous 08 Feb 20 - 05:34 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Feb 20 - 05:44 PM
Stewie 08 Feb 20 - 09:47 PM
Stewie 08 Feb 20 - 09:55 PM
GUEST,Joseph Scott 08 Feb 20 - 10:11 PM
GUEST,HiLo 09 Feb 20 - 10:40 AM
gillymor 09 Feb 20 - 11:38 AM
punkfolkrocker 09 Feb 20 - 12:20 PM
gillymor 09 Feb 20 - 12:52 PM
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Stewie 09 Feb 20 - 07:18 PM
punkfolkrocker 09 Feb 20 - 08:27 PM
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gillymor 10 Feb 20 - 09:24 AM
Elmore 10 Feb 20 - 10:47 AM
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Subject: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 09:45 AM

I listen to a lot of American Blues Music and I have a few favourites. Since it has been awhile since we've had a blues thread, I thought I would share some of my choices and, hopefully, others will share and we will hear of some new things.
One of my most most played is "My Name Is Mississippe Fred MacDowell And I Do No Play No Rock and Roll". It is fabulous, especially his version of Red Cross Store.
   Bukka White "High Fever Blues, Recordings 1930-1940. I love John Lee Hooker and could not restrict my self to one choice, a fairly modern one, "The Healer" secondly, Kabuki Wuki, I don't believe this is available on CD or even if the Album is still available. BB King, Love Me Tender, came out in the eighties..great album but no cd that I am aware of.
    Mississippi John Hurt, "Avalon Blues". 1928 Okeh recordings.
    One more.. Furry Lewis, "Shake Em On Down".
    Lots of others, of course. Too numerous to mention..oh how could I forget Ellen MacIllwaine.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 11:06 AM

The Fred McD one is one of my favourites of his (and of all) and, of course, the Bessie Smith sides with Louis and Joe Green.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 11:16 AM

Top of my head:

"Righteous Blues", "Chump Man Blues","Police Dog Blues"- Blind Blake
LP "Reverend Gary Davis 1935-1949" I favor his earlier recordings.
"Hesitation Blues"- Rev. Davis
"99 Year Blues"- Jim Kweskin version.
"Let's Work Together"- Canned Heat Version
"High Water Everywhere", "Green River", "Pony Blues"- Charley Patton
"M&O Blues"- Willie Brown
"How Blue Can You Get"- B.B. King from Live at the Regal
"That's What Love Will Make You Do"- Little Milton


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 11:17 AM

and "Keep it Clean"- Sid Selvidge version


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 01:15 PM

Bukka Whites song Panama Limited is brilliant. A fairly decent version was done by Tom Rush on his Debut (think) album Tom Rush, great guitar playing.
I never seem to know where to place Billie Holiday..if I say Blues, my musical friends say Jazz..either way, I just love her.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 02:05 PM

I have the Hooker N Heat album, John Lee Hooker and canned Heat, haven't played it in ages..must dig it and play it...Do you own that album gillymor ? If so, what do you think of it ?


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 02:37 PM

The Essential Gerry Lockran
The Blues Project - the compendium album, not the group
Any Josh White Album
Any Lightnin' Hopkins album
The Chess Albums
Sunjay
Robert Johnson of course


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 04:17 PM

Of course Billie Holiday sang blues (e.g. Fine and Mellow and Billie's Blues) as well as standards and pop songs but it seems like everything she sang had a healthy dose of the blues in it.

I had that Hooker 'N Heat LP long ago and I thought the Heat were rough enough and gritty enough (and could certainly play that boogie) to complement Hooker well but I remember being a bit disappointed because there wasn't a lot of C.H. on the album and I was a big fan.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 04:22 PM

and Fleetwood Mac made some good blues recordings (and other good stuff) back during the Peter Green era.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: cnd
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 04:36 PM

I've always liked Pink Anderson and Scrapper Blackwell


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Feb 20 - 04:38 PM

blind blake [ not the hawaiann]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-YwCk6ANY4


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 07:43 AM

Well, how about the Alan Lomax 1941 Mississippi field recordings.with Son House's "Jinx Blues", and a young Muddy Water's first - acoustic - recordings.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 09:29 AM

Hi Tunesmith, I have heard of those but have not heard them. Are they currently available ?
I forgot to mention one of my absolute favourites..Howlin Wolf.
   I also love JJ Cale but again, there are those who argue that he is not a Blues musician. I get a bit impatient with these arbitrary definitions..everyone seems to have their own !


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 11:07 AM

The sometimes forgotten John Mayall
Spider John Koerner
Canned Heat
Bessie Smith


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Brad Sondahl
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 11:31 AM

Paul Butterfield Blues Band Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
Fathers and Sons Muddy Waters, Butterfield, lots of other greats on it...
Howlin' Wolf...
Memphis Slim
Early Bonnie Raitt
Sonny Boy Williamson II AKA Rice Miller
A lot of wonderful music and musicians...


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 11:33 AM

Mean Old World - Otis Rush


Killing Floor - Howlin Wolf


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 11:45 AM

Nobody's Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson


Outside Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 01:31 PM

All the above, especially S B Williamson ll's version of The Sky is Crying and Billy Holiday.

And: Allman Brothers Band Live at Filmore East


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 03:26 PM

yes sonny boy version of skys are crying was very good, sonny terry was good too


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Hootennanny
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 04:30 PM

May I suggest to the two posters above that they may be confusing Alec "Rice" Miller or Sonny Boy Williamson 2 as he came to be known with Elmore James. If not can they let me know where his version is available. It doesn't seem to appear on any of his Trumpet or Chess recordings.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: pdq
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 05:08 PM

It is listed on a 1990 CD - Sonny Boy Williamson II "Keep It to Ourselves".


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 05:31 PM

I also have an Elmore James version! But I prefer the SBW 2, which is why I chose it. I know of others too, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Gary Moore. All good. We did this together at a home-based musical get-together once so I looked for lots of versions. Sorry I did not quote a CD.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 05:34 PM

Elmore James does that open-tuning slide guitar stuff, (over and over again I sometimes feel, though very well) not harp.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 05:44 PM

I have saved the Bluesville (B.B. King) channel on SiriusXM as one of my favorite channels, where I've heard It Was the Wine Talkin' lately. Cute. I first heard this song during an interview on Terry Gross' Fresh Air.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Stewie
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 09:47 PM

There are so many great albums available, but here is one of my all-time favourites. You can listen to the entire album on youtube.

Buddy Guy and Junior Wells

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Stewie
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 09:55 PM

And this classic should not be forgotten:

The rocking chair album

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Singers
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 10:11 PM

Three I think have never been talked about enough yet:
Marion Abernathy
Cecil Barfield
Scott Dunbar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zatRgL5_LA


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 10:40 AM

Hello Stewie;
Thanks for the heads up on the Buddy Guy and Junior Wells album, I have listened to it three times, just brilliant..thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 11:38 AM

I'm so glad this moment was captured for posterity:

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session ,a passing of the torch, as it were.

Albert King - Crosscut Saw


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 12:20 PM

A few posts ago it was suggested some of us might be getting the names of Blues players confused.....

I used to have an encyclopedic knowledge of music
up until my mid 40s...
Unfortunately, I can barely remember my own name these days..

So all I can narrow it down to now,
is my ears will perk up for any mid 20th Century Blues artist
who discovered how good a distorted guitar amp could sound...

But I'm not too keen on a lot of the later post 1980s copyists who followed after...


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 12:52 PM

Rising Sun Blues · Doc Watson

Heckuva blues singer and player he was.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 01:22 PM

Larry Campbell with Levon Helm- Deep Elem Blues


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 06:05 PM

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Peter Green Live in 1967.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Stewie
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 07:18 PM

HiLo, I'm pleased you enjoyed it. A few other favourites:

Luke Jordan

Richard 'Rabbit' Brown

Roscoe Holcomb

Sonny Boy Williamson

Arizona Dranes

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 08:27 PM

This thread is another keeper for reference...

cheers mudcat mates...


When I was a teenager in the mid 70s
I found some tatty John Dummer and Dave Kelly British Blues LPs in a local junk shop
[for 10 or 20 pence each],
which I bought out of curiosity..

That's when I first heard Jo Ann Kelly...


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 08:59 AM

I have the Roscoe Holcomb album but haven't played it in ages, I dug it out last night and listened to it again. I love his playing but I do find that a little of his singing goes a long way. I found it interesting that you think of him as a blues player, I never considered him in that light, but I see what you mean.
I am also familiar with Sonny Boy Williamson, though I have no music by him. I will give a listen to that as well as to your other suggestions, thanks.
Oh, I meant to mention Little Walter, best Blues harmonica EVER.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 09:21 AM

It seems Sonny Boy was something like a McDonalds franchise..

There were different Sonny Boys popping up all over the world at various times;
in the days before 'tribute acts, were so common or legitimate...

Me and my mates saw one of the Sonny Boys at a west country Arts Centre circa 1975...

Dodgy promoters could get away with that sort of thing way out in the provinces,
decades before google and wiki...


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 09:24 AM

Jo Ann Kelly was a force of nature.

Freddie King - Goin Down


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Elmore
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 10:47 AM

My favorite blues artists are Rev. Gary Davis, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, and Son House, all of whom I was lucky enough to see perform live several times. I suppose it might be argued that Rev. Davis was a gospel singer, but he did plenty of blues and ragtime. Big Al Whittle is not too shabby either.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Nick
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 12:14 PM

I'm a big fan of Matt Schofield. Looks over his shoulder at many of the great guitarists that preceded him but has lots of stuff that is him. Paid his dues along the way. Anything But Time but could have picked any of his albums. Never bores me whether playing slow or fast. Fluent, inventive and tasteful.

Aynsley Lister I have seen a few times and like too.

Guthrie Govan isn't a blues player but quite impressive when he does. Will evoke the 'too many notes' response I know. And another
Sure you can find others. Sometimes I like a lot of notes and seeing someone who can and still appears to be playing within himself.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 01:49 PM

Pfr; I just had my first listen to Jo Ann Kelly...Jaysus, why wasn't she world famous.I just loved it. Thanks for the Mention.
Stewie, also just listened to Luke Jordan, whom I had never heard of, and liked it a lot. He goes back a long way, dosen't he ?
   I have got to stop running to you tube to hear all of these great suggestions, I'll never get another thing done !


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 01:54 PM

"I found it interesting that you think of him" FWIW Holcomb was asked what kind of singer he was and said blues singer.

There was only one Sonny Boy Williamson. Because Sonny Boy was hugely popular and influential (e.g. harmonica became much more popular in blues music because of him), Rice Miller chose to be a local and eventually -- after Sonny Boy's death at a young age -- international imposter who didn't even bother to sound like Sonny Boy and lied that he was the "original" Sonny Boy when Sonny Boy came up.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 02:33 PM

The one we saw in the mid 70s was at least a third Sonny Boy...???


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: gillymor
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 03:42 PM

Thanks to this thread I'm listening to Sonny Boy II for the first time in a while. Eyesight to The Blind, One Way Out, Help Me... that guy could swing.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 07:02 PM

HiLo, I agree that Little Walter was the best. Blues doesn't come any better than this;

Sad hours

Hop Wilson's 'Houston ghetto blues' album was a cracker:

Hop Wilson

'1949 Country Blues' is a gem of an album:

Dan Pickett

This Dutch bluesman is always worth a listen:

Hans Theesink

Bill Williams was a fine bluesman/songster who was recorded late in life. His albums on
on Blue Goose are beaut.

Bill Williams

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 06:03 AM

Sonny Boy Williamson(2) Alec "Rice" Miller seems to be being criticised by Joseph Scott for not even bothering to sound like John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson.

Why would he want to? He had his own style and a pretty distinct one at that.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 09:41 AM

Well, I sure have learned a lot here and enjoyed many of the suggestions. I am still working my way through your suggestions Stewie, really like Hop Wilson.
I have a lot of Albums by Jimmie Rodgers, The singing Brakeman, I love his stuff, but is he blues or country ?
I n my opening post I mentioned Ellen MacIllwaine as one of my favourites, does anyone else listen to her. Her first Album, sort of, The Real Ellen Macillwaine is one of my all time favourits lps.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 10:00 AM

I listened to some Magic Sam on Amazon music yesterday,
and he seemed all over the place..

Blues, soul, rockabilly.. a right masher up of genres..

Love his guitar sound, he used his amp FX to the max...



Btw.. so who was the 1970s Sonny Boy, touring provincial UK venues...???


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 12:01 PM

"Confessin' the Blues" - Various Artists


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Subject: RE: Favourite Blues Albums/ Singers
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 12:17 PM

'From New Orleans To Chicago' by Champion Jack Dupree - not deep blues but Jack was a man who made his home in this country and hence we'd see him a great deal around the clubs in the 60s. A fair few white boys in his pickup band - Clapton, Mayall etc. On Decca originally (Mayall's label back then) Nice laid back feel. It reminds me of Dansette listening in my mate's front room with bottles of Guinness, so it'a sentimental listen for sure. I still have the vinyl but BGO reissued it on CD a few years back.


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