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Old 12-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Classic Album recommendations

My dad is really getting into the blues lately so I want to buy him a really good album. I'm not that familiar with the blues (I know, shame on me!) and that's why I'm asking your help.
What are some really good (and not to rare) albums?
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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Bluesbreakers - John Mayall and Eric Clapton
Hard Again - Muddy Waters
American Axe Live in 1974 - Roy Buchanon (Might be difficult to find, but it's an amazing album)
Getting Ready - Freddie King
Riding With The King - B.B. King and Eric Clapton
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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What kind of blues man?

Guitar blues? Blues rock? Old black blues?
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:09 PM   #4
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John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky

EDIT: Heavy Picks - The Robert Cray Band
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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Magic Sam - West Side Soul
Fleetwood Mac - Jumping at Shadows
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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Electric Mud
Electric Wolf

Anything by Buddy Guy

The Robert Johnson recordings (as old school as it gets)

Or just get the "best of" of a legend, like Muddy Waters (The Anthology is fantastic).

The "best of" option is probably the best if he's just getting into the music.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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Rory Gallagher live in Europe and the Irish tour albums are classics for electric blues
As are Allman bros live at Fillmore east, +1 on the Muddy waters suggestions too
Acoustic/older style stuff - Mississippi john hurt, Eric bibb, Harry manx, sonny boy wiliamson

All good stuff.....
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:52 PM   #8
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Electric Mud
Electric Wolf

Anything by Buddy Guy

The Robert Johnson recordings (as old school as it gets)

Or just get the "best of" of a legend, like Muddy Waters (The Anthology is fantastic).

The "best of" option is probably the best if he's just getting into the music.

Electric Mud and Electric Wolf ( think it's actually called The Howlin' Wolf Album), from what I know, are more psychedelic than blues
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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This is very true.

I didn't read the "just getting into" part at first and those were the first two blues albums that came to mind.

Most definitely not blues in the traditional sense, but still awesome recordings by blues artists.

Your'e right though; I wouldn't recommend them for those just discovering the tradition.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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I think you should know what songs he currently likes, so that we give you something that's in the range of liking of what he is listening to. I personally like minor blues, and major usually pisses me off (and yet... and yet...).

If he listens to happy (major) : Steve ray vaughan; Howling wolf; B.B K (BBK's your man I think)
If he listens to sad (minor) : John lee Hooker; Jimi hendrix (Only the Raw Blues album, the other ones have psychedelic stuff, which sounds a lot less bluesy)

But in my opinion, raw blues by jimi hendrix is one of the best blues albums on this earth, it has covers and other stuff, and contains a sh*tload of songs, it has a nice variety of blues songs, although most of them are in minor. Stalk your dad's computer to figure out what he's been listening to.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:25 PM   #11
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John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky


Mister Hooker rules

Others:
-Gary Moore: 1) Still got the blues 2) Ballads and blues
-John Mayall and the bluesbreakers: live at the bbc
-Muddy Waters: king bee
-Everything you can find of BB King
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Anthology of American Folk Music
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the answer depends entirely on what kind of blues he's in to
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or, Magic Sam - Black Magic
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Freddie King - Burglar
B.B. King - Live Album Trilogy (Live at The Regal, Live at Cook County Jail, Blues Is King)
Robert Johnson - King Of The Delta Blues/Complete Recordings
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
Howlin' Wolf - Moaning at Midnight.
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