Getting the Blues

The Best of Blues Classics - The Millennium Collection
If you feel you ought to find out what Blues music is, then you have come to the right place. Blues can boast a hundred great stars in the century since it began. So step aside from complexity, and make an easy start. For a quick taste, try Blues Classics Millennium Collection.

B.B. King - The CollectionB.B. King - Made in Mississippi
If you like something smooth, sophisticated and subtle, B.B. King is a fine place to begin. From his first recordings, over fifty years ago, B.B. King has melded gospel-tinged vocals with an elegant jazz-inflected guitar.

Muddy Waters - His Best: 1947-1955Sonny boy Williamson - His Best
No, you prefer Rock music? Okay, start with Muddy Waters. The Rolling Stones took their name from him. Or try Sonny Boy Williamson II. One of his songs found its way onto The Who’s Tommy.

Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the MoonlightMartin Scorsese Presents the Blues - Son House
Maybe you love Punk, and you want something raw and dripping, in which case begin with Howlin’ Wolf, or dive right back into the origins of the Blues with Son House. You won’t be disappointed.

Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings
If you want the fine acoustic guitar playing and the haunting voice that prostrated Eric Clapton at the shrine of the Blues buy Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings. And after listening, roll up your sleeves and take a look at More Blues on this site... once I have written it.

June 2004