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Re: General Essential Listening

2/7/2000 6:13 PM
Re: General Essential Listening
I'd have to put my votes in for Johhny Winter. There is a wild disparity in both the quality and composition of his works, but when he was on, he was one mean player. I wouldn't suggest just picking up any one of his albums and judging him on that. Some albums were traditional acoustic slide blues, some hopped up electric blues rock, some were 70's style classic rock, and some were just pure drivel. His work with Muddy was definitely a highpoint, but I'd have to vote for Johnny Winter And.... Live. For rippin blues and early rock, it is just unbeatable. I love Chuck Berry's Johhny B. Goode as much as anyone, but Johhny really makes it his own.  
My second choice would have to go to that great Chuck Berry and "The Great 28." It's hard to imagine more classic riffs on one album.  
The next would have to be ZZTOP's Deguello. The last classic blues album the boys from Texas made before their robo-boogie MTV era began. They've gotten back to the blues again recently, but their sound is drastically different today, good and very original, but not the tone I want exactly. "I thank you", "Dust My Broom", and "Cheap Sunglasses", "I'm bad, I'm nationwide" are all classics, but  
"Fool For your stockings" just blows me away every time I hear.  
Of course, I couldn;t make any list having to do with guitar and leave off the great Buddy Guy. Any and every version from him of "I was walkin' through the woods" is worth getting. The best album to start with would be "The Very Best of Buddy Guy", it's an excellent compilation of his pre-90's work. Most of his recent work is also among his best, so pickin up "slippin' in", or "Damn Right I've got the Blues" might be a good idea too.  
I also put in a sentimental pick for Lonesome George Thorogood and his Delaware Destroyers. They were my introduction to the blues, and to this day I play at least part of "one Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" every time I pick up a guitar( I pretend it's to make sure the tuning is right after the bends, but it's really just a force of habit). "The Baddest of George Thorogood" has all the classics you love to hear after a few beers: "Bad to the Bone", "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", "Move it on Over", "Who do you Love", and my all time favorite, "If you don't start Drinkin, I'm gonna Leave". Thorogood may not have the greatest voice in Blues history, but he plays a great slide, has some great hooks, and the most attitude you can fit on one album.  

Marc Henry Johnny Winter's version of Dylan's ... -- 2/7/2000 6:30 PM
pHiLtHy Re: Check out Second Winter -- 2/7/2000 9:22 PM
Doc Re: General Essential Listening -- 2/10/2000 9:15 PM