It seems like it's time for a new thread to keep things moving, and I hope this one grabs the attention of the Blues-minded. I've got until June to figure out three hours of my favorite blues recordings for our marathon, so while I'm doing that I thought you might like to join in by picking your fifty personal favorites. There are so many choices I think it will be harder to choose what to leave out than to find enough to put in. I know I'll change my list by the time it's done, so I'll do ten at a time and after that add some and drop some to keep it at fifty. Sounds a little complicated, but if you just take it in small steps it should be fun. I'm going to stick to my own collection, but you guys can do whatever you feel like, so here are a few to start my list:
1) Elmore James, The Sky is Crying. I know my list will be overstocked with up-tempo numbers, so I will need this, likely my all time favorite slow blues tune.
2) Freddie King, Remington Ride. Not overplayed like some of his better known instrumentals. I may be tempted to break my self-imposed rule of one listing per artist by adding one of his vocals.
3) Freddie King, Going Down. I knew I couldn't help myself! From a much later time in Freddie's career.
4) Charlie Musselwhite, Help Me. From Charlie's first album and still my favorite.
5) Sonny Boy Williamson (II), Bye Bye Bird.
6) Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart, I Ain't Superstitious. Yes, the Brits did some fine Blues and this is my favorite example.
7) Chuck Berry, Rockin' the Philharmonic. Chuck Berry's not Blues, you say? When you get some of Chess Records' best players like Willie Dixon and Lafayette Leake setting down a twelve-bar instrumental behind his guitar, what do you think you'll get?
8) Johnny Winter, Highway 61 Revisited. And therefore, why not a Bluesman playing a Rock tune?
9) Jimmy Reed, Baby What You Want Me to Do. For some artists, I go with more obscure tunes, but for Jimmy it has to be this.
10) Paul Butterfield Blues Band, One More Heartache. So much Butterfield to choose from, but this one always gets me.
Obviously, my favorites go back mostly to the songs I've been listening to since the late 60s / early 70s. And I haven't even gotten into the real meat of the Chicago Blues.
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