Must Have Blues Albums
John Lee Hooker
Without question, John Lee Hooker ranks as one of my favorite blues artists. His unique style and low, dirty voice combine to deliver a sound that defines my feeling for the blues. A few pieces of work that I would never leave home without would include, Chill Out - Pointblank 1995, Endless Boogie - MCA 1971, Live at the Cafe au Go-Go (and Soledad Prison) - MCA 1996, and I'll Play the Blues for You with Albert King. His Live recordings at Soledad Prison and for the album, I'll Play the Blues for You are without question, the top 2 live blues recordings I have ever heard.
I own quite a few Muddy albums. Two of my favorites are Trouble No More ~ Singles 1955-1959 - CHESS 1989, and Muddy Mississippi Waters - LIVE - BlueSky 1979. The first album compiles a number of his best singles during his early days. On the other hand, Muddy is at his best on any album accompanied by Johnny Winter on guitar. This live album is no exception.
It was a little over 10 years ago when I started
listening to the blues seriously. My girlfriend and I were
first starting to see each other, and we were going out to
the local clubs alot. A friend of hers in college
suggested that we go see Buddy Guy who was playing in
Matunick, RI at the Ocean Mist. I tell you what, that
show was the best show I have ever seen! We got there
early, and the place quickly packed tight. It was a small
little club, before they raised the stage up off the floor
and moved the bar away from the stage a bit. As soon as
Buddy got up on stage, he blew everyone's mind! During the
beginning of the first set, there was this soundman
playing with the mixer a little bit too much, so Buddy
yelled out to him to turn up the mic a bit and just sit
down and grab a beer! The place exploded! Buddy ruled the
house that night.