Beautiful Blues


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03-26-2008, 06:01 AM
I was jamming to some Hendrix last night (Angel mostly, if you ask), and it got me thinking about something that happened a year or so ago. I was on a crowded bus back from a club, and this guy was going for one last chance to pull, so he went up to these girls, and said "hey ladies, how are you doing? I play guitar, you know! I can play Hendrix songs. Do you want me to play you Voodoo Child at yours??"

When he said it, the girls looked a bit confused, and to be fair, why wouldn't they?! If you don't know of Hendrix, being asked if someone can play you a song called Voodoo Child isn't particularly romantic/charming/intriguing. Its not a beautiful song. Its a song about power, and its heavily distorted! Also, although its not a difficult song to play, if you can play it, you should be able to play some of Hendrix's ballads, like Angel.

So it got me thinking. What is the most beautiful blues song? For me, Stevie Ray wrote some beautiful songs. Life Without You is amazing, and an acoustic version of Lenny is special.

So what do you all think are the most beautiful blues songs?

03-26-2008, 06:03 AM
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

03-26-2008, 06:06 AM
Nobody But You- Junior Kimbrough
Meet Me in the City- Junior Kimbrough
Leave My Girl Alone- Buddy Guy

03-26-2008, 06:21 AM
Need your love so bad - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 07:54 AM
Ain't no sunshine - Freddie King God that guy could sing!
I Cry Alone - The Black Keys
Something Inside of Me - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
I Loved Another Woman - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Double Trouble - Otis Rush
Loving Talking Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Love Changing Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Lord (Have) Mercy If You Please - Blind Willie McTell
Don't You See How This World Made a Change - Blind Willie McTell
Lord Send Me an Angel - Blind Willie McTell
Pal Of Mine - Blind Willie McTell
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson Haunting is the desciption I'd give, but it's beautiful also.
Baby Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins
Seven Years - Mr David Viner
Sick and Tired of Being on my Own - Mr David Viner
Please Think of Me - Mr David Viner
Lay Down This World - The Soledad Brothers
Only Flower in My Bed - The Soledad Brothers
I'm So Glad - The Soledad Brothers A cover of Skip James, it's pretty nice song
Lorali - The Soledad Brothers

To name a few...

Most of them probably aren't "beautiful" but I didn't know what beauty entails. :p:

Time Seller
03-26-2008, 07:55 AM
Your analogy was hilarious.

03-26-2008, 08:07 AM
Yours for a song - Dave Hole
Guilty - Bonnie Raitt or Geoff Achison does a great cover
Kissing Angels - Geoff Achison/Classically Blues
Almost all of Roy Buchanan's instrumental songs
Time Makes Two - Robert Cray

I dunno, beautiful and blues are a hard combination to find.

03-26-2008, 08:24 AM
Yours for a song - Dave Hole
Guilty - Bonnie Raitt or Geoff Achison does a great cover
Kissing Angels - Geoff Achison/Classically Blues
Almost all of Roy Buchanan's instrumental songs
Time Makes Two - Robert Cray

I dunno, beautiful and blues are a hard combination to find.

That's exactly what i was thinking. Most blues only sound beautiful in a "blues kind of way", but in a contemporary way, most blues songs aren't beautiful to listen to.

Maybe its only a skill that very few people can do

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 08:30 AM
I took beautiful to be:

Moving - In the sense that it's a powerful and emotional performance.
Feelin' - Of course, it can't be blues with no feeling, so this came into it aswell.
Peaceful - It couldn't be loud and thrashy.

I would say lots of Son House songs to be beautiful but they are very haunting and aren't exactly peaceful and relaxing.

03-26-2008, 10:40 AM
Little Wing

03-26-2008, 11:39 AM
yeah, little wing is such a beautiful song. Hendrix wrote some incredibly beautiful songs. Angel, Little Wing, Castles Made Of Sand, Bold As Love just to name a few

03-26-2008, 11:46 AM
Lenny - Final Answer

and i just watched this, hauntingly awesome

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 11:51 AM
^ Exactly. He is ****in' incredible.

That was the first thing I heard (other than Hideaway).

03-26-2008, 12:12 PM
Ten O'Clock Blues - BB and Clapton

Come Rain or Come Shine - BB and Clapton (Originally Frank Sinatra but they made it bluesy)

Then of course Angel, Bold as Love, Little Wing, ect. From Hendrix

Lenny - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stormy Monday - T-bone Walker (I personally like BB and Albert Collin's version the best)

That's all I can really think of without looking into my Winamp. :p:

03-26-2008, 01:05 PM
Little Martha by Duane Allman if you can classify that as blues, which im not sure if you can. but it is amazing and moving

03-26-2008, 01:47 PM
SRV has quite a few:
Life Without You
Rivera Paradise

BB and Eric had a few, as Kris said:
Come Rain or Come Shine

I always thought Key to the Highway, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Stormy Monday, Have You Ever Loved A Woman, The Thrill Is Gone, and Gravity were beautiful blues songs.

I think there are quite a few.

03-26-2008, 01:47 PM
I can't believe no one has said Sweet Little Angel by BB King

03-26-2008, 02:48 PM
Lenny- SRV
Angel- Hendrix
Bold as Love- Hendrix

03-27-2008, 03:15 AM
Kind of Blue- Miles Davis

that counts, right?

03-28-2008, 02:09 PM
Cryin'-Eric Clapton
Devil Got My Woman-Skip James
Every Morning-Keb Mo
EZ Rider-Taj Mahal
Lovin' in my Baby's Eyes-Taj Mahal
Sail Away-Sonny Terry (not by him but who can't like a Sonny Terry cover)

And I also like Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding and just want to re-emphasize how absolutely awesome and great 'Meet me in the City' by Junior Kimbrough is.

Beautiful blues has the power to move you

03-28-2008, 02:56 PM
Yes!!! Another person besides me that likes Junior Kimbrough

03-28-2008, 02:59 PM
propably some John Mayer stuff...
or take a look at Jonny Lang

03-28-2008, 06:46 PM
I think BB King's songs that have strings in them have gotta be included. Like The Thrill is Gona and Chains and Things. I normally hate orchestral strings in contemporary forms of music but it is always done so tasefully with him.