- Sweet Home Chicago- Robert Johnson probably does it best...hauntingly simplistic in its elegance, most frequently covered in more up-tempo versions.
- Crossroad Blues- Also Robert Johnson. tells the familiar tale of a deal with the devil at the crossroads. Most recently this song was made popular by Eric Clapton when he was with the band Cream.
- One Way Out- Sonny Boy Williamson tells the story of the "back door man" that is forced to leave under emergency circumstances. This song was perhaps made famous when the Allman Brothers covered it most famously on "Live At The Filmore".
- Bring it On Home- Written by Willie Dixon but made famous by Sonny Boy Williamson, oozes raw power from Sonny's harmonica....perhaps an inspiration for Little Walter in later years...Later still inspired the likes of Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck.
- Matchbox Blues- Blind Lemon Jefferson creates the beautiful illusion that there is more than one guitar, yet it is just him playing alone! Amazing! Many other contemporary artists have tried to cover this song, but the original is still the best.
- Death Letter Blues- Son House is brilliant in relating the gut-wrenching news that his wife or significant other has died..again masterful guitar work and haunting lyrics....check out the most recent cover of this song by the White Stripes...particularly the live version available on You Tube,,,new life and new direction, yet still the hint of a haunting melody.
- Come On In My Kitchen- Another Robert Johnson jewel, stripped down to the bare bones. He is telling his absentee woman she better come back where she belongs because its " going to be raining outdoors". This is another song covered faithfully by the Allman Brothers and also Eric Clapton.
- I Can't Be Satisfied- Muddy Waters rolling melody long recognised as one of the first ventures into electrified Chicago- Style Blues....flawless slide guitar upright bass and Muddy's raw vocals...priceless. Hard to reproduce, it stands as the one and only!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Desert Island 1
As I embarked on the task of coming up with my " desert island playlist", I didn't realise that there is so much out there that has done so much for the way I appreciate music. So...I am going to break it up into segments set down in no particular order, but equally inspiring to me and the way I go about appreciating music. Early blues has been particularly influential to me, and if I had to pick eight songs that are the most influential, my list would be as follows: