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Cornbreads blues album picks… the Holy Grail of blues

Hello all you cats and kittens, I’ve asked a lot of folks the music they like and frequently I get asked what CD’s I like the best, so here it is. While I enjoyed the task of listing my personal favorite blues albums I found the task difficult to limit the list toSTLBluesOmeter only ten recordings. The following blues albums are full of soul, reaping of mojo (my wife dances when she hears a couple of these) and the ones I enjoy listening too the most, they are not in any order. This sampling includes some combined efforts by different artists. I would rate each of these albums a five out-of possible five.

Directions: add these to your collection, play them over and over again, enjoy.

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962 – 1966
{Aug 2003 | Hip-O}
16 tracks: Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Lonnie Johnson, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Victoria Spivey, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Eddie Boyd, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters – wow these cats got the blues .
The American Folk Blues Festival 1962 – 1966
Eric Clapton & B.B. King – Riding with the King
{June 2000 | Warner Br.}

Gosh this CD has 12 classic blues songs featuring Slowhand and the King of the Blues, could you imagine anything less than spectacular? This CD won a Grammy in 2001.
Freddie King – The Best of Freddie King the Shelter Records Years
{June 2000 | Capitol}

18 songs from the latter part of his career providing a sampling of great guitar playing and good vocals. Listen to this CD and you’ll hear what inspired many bluesmen that followed.
Freddie King – The Best of Freddie King
Johnnie Johnson, Clayton Love, Jimmy Vaughn with the Johnnie Johnson Band – Rockin’ Eighty-Eights
{1991 | Modern Blues}

St. Louis piano blues at its best by three keyboard giants with plenty of boogy-woogy. Three talented pianists - they sound really good, twelve great tracks, I really like track 4 Bluebird, what a cool song.
The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts
{July 1989 | Chess}

Originally recorded in 1971. Chicago electric blues legend meets very established British musicians playing on this super, super session. Check out last track, Howlin’ Wolf was howling.
The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions
Tommy Bankhead – Message To St. Louis
{Recorded July 1999, released 2000 | Fedora Records}

Eleven fantastic tracks from the St. Louis Bluesman. Bankhead sings/plays guitar on ten originals and the classic "Goin' to Chicago" . When I got this CD I played it twice, man is it good!
Tommy Bankhead – Message To St. Louis
John Mayall & the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
{June 2001 | Universal}

Originally recorded in 1966, Eric was between bands, the guitar is fantastic – tops of his game. This is British Blues at its best baby. Try it – you’ll like it.
Eric Clapton – From the Cradle
{Sept. 1994 | Warner Br.}

Claptons first all blues CD. 16 songs that Eric emotionally connects too. This CD won a Grammy in 1995. Not only is guitar playing great, but the vocals Clapton adds will blow you away, such soul and feeling.
Eric Clapton – From the Cradle
Muddy Waters - Fathers and Sons
{Oct. 2001 | Chess}
Originally recorded in the late 60’s. This could be the first super session. The harmonica player is a young twenty something Paul Butterfield. The ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ Waters was never better.
Muddy Waters - Fathers and Sons
Buddy Guy Live: The Real Deal with G.E. Smith & The Saturday Night Live Band and guest Johnnie Johnson
{April 1996 | Jive}

Man talk about the blues. This raw powerful blues recording was done live at Buddy’s Chicago Club ‘Legends’ it has plenty of grit.
Buddy Guy Live: The Real Deal
Ciao' for now
Mule - by Heny Townsend      
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