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Posted by Syph on September 25, 2000 at 19:06:39:

In Reply to: inspire me! posted by brother morphine on September 25, 2000 at 16:56:15:

Those 4 CD "Blues Compilations" are actually a great place for beginners. They usually have:

Muddy - Mannish Boy, Hootchie Cootchie Man
Hooker - Boom Boom, Dimples
Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Honest I do
Howlin Wolf - Spoonful, How Many More Years
Little Milton

A lot of these guys didn't come back around and do K-TEL remakes of their songs in the 1970's so you usually end up with the genuine McCoy as far as original tunes go. There is the inevitable clunker or two, but among 4 cd's or so, there is a lot of good music. And usually for $15-25. GREAT shit for a beginner. From there you say - "Shit, I really like Muddy the best, I'm gonna go get his other stuff." etc. Like the recommendation of Rober Johnson. Now, don't get me wrong Steve, you know I love you, but Robert Johnson is an acquired taste for many. He is in his own league as far as the blues go and he has his own UNIQUE sound that many don't easily cotton to. Especially when they might have a tendency toward say - Chicago Blues. Robert Johnson, I think, can only be truly appreciated AFTER you get your Blues Wings. But that's just me. Just don't buy any freakin' Koko Taylor.


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