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Old 12-07-2004, 11:48 AM   #1
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Good Blues Records?

Having recently purchased a Stevie Ray Vaughan album I am getting into blues music. Can anyone familar with this music recommend other good blues artists or records?

I have a feeling John Lee Hooker might be a good place to start but he seems to have made an awful lot of records in a long career - can anyone recommend a good one to start with or suggest some good blues records in general?

Any responses appreciated!
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Old 12-07-2004, 12:07 PM   #2
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John Lee Hooker - The Healer
Muddy Waters
(or the Paul Rodgers - Tribute to Muddy Waters)

And if you like a bit of blues-rock 'n roll you should listen to the Paladins. Try their album Million Mile Club (live album).

I'm not much of a blues expert, but I can really enjoy the above albums.
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I've been listening to Marvin Sease
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I concur with Muddy Waters

My uncle (who is a bit of a blues fanatic on the side) recommends Professor Longhair and Blind Willie McTell.
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For some very unpolished, juke-joint blues check out Junior Kimbrough. "Discovered" late in his life, this guy was the real deal and Bono, I've read, was a big fan.
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I'm thinking about buying John Lee Hooker's John Lee Hooker Sings And Plays The Blues, does anyone knows if this is a good record?
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Muddy Waters - His Best: 1947-1955 AND 1956-1964

John Lee Hooker - The Very Best of... (Rhino)

B.B. King - Live at the Regal (considered the best live blues album)

Taj Mahal - The Best of Taj Mahal (not as well known, but great stuff - more soulful and acoustic)

Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea (just about the loudest blues you will ever hear)

Robert Johnson - he only made about 30 songs, which are bad quality, but are essential as most people followed him

Plenty of others too, but that is probably a good starting point with some extra variety (Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy) thrown in.
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OK that's great. Thanks for replies. Enough there to be getting on with.
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