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1 Every Day I Have The Blues BB King2 CC Rider Chuck Willis3 Im A Man Bo Diddley4 Farther Up The Road Bobby Bland5 Queen Bee John Lee Hooker6 Aint That Loving You Baby Jimmy Reed7 Mannish Boy Muddy Waters8 I Cant Quit You Baby Otis Rush9 Are You Out There? Percy Mayfield10 Keep It To Yourself Sonny Boy Williamson11 They Call It Stormy Monday T Bone Walker12 When Ive Been Drinkin Big Bill Broonzy13 The Things That I Used To Do Guitar Slim14 Pinetops Boogie-Woogie Pinetop Smith15 Come On In My Kitchen Robert Johnson16 I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis17 Im Your Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters18 Black Snake Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson19 Boom Boom (Out Goes The Lights) Little Walter20 Aint Got No Home Clarence Frogman Henry21 Evil Howlin WolfCCL CDG1274Cover image: High Notes ii 1998 Deceus Francks Private Collection/Bridgeman Art LibraryP & C 2013 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great BritainAs with so many styles in popular music, the origins of blues lie in theUnited States of America. Blues music came from the Deep South, whereit grew out of typical African-American musical styles. In blues we can hearspirituals, other religious music and the songs of the fields and plantations.It began in the late 19th century and so it predates such obviously longlivedstyles as jazz and its many derivations. Nearly all the songs featurethe tragic or sad message of love lost or tremendous hardship, which canbe physical as well as emotional. The music, though, does not always bearthis out, and it can sound relaxing and inviting despite the often hauntingsound of the singer. Blues also has specific musical conventions, like so manyother musical types, in particular, the twelve bar chord progression and theflat minor third of a typical minor chord. The twelve bar progression inparticular was taken over and used by jazz musicians the world over.This collection presents many famous blues musicians and some iconictracks, while, we hope, producing an album that is pleasant and enjoyableto listen to. Many famous stars are here, and we hope that our selection isEssential Bluesrepresentative of the wide range of musicians who practice the blues style.BB King was a real blues superstar. Often known as The King of the Blues,Kings guitar playing approaches that of genius. He gave nearly one concertper day for most of his life, playing in front of an audience between 250 and300 times a year. Chuck Willis was primarily famous as a singer/songwriter,while Bo Diddley sang and played and wrote the music too.There are many more fine musicians to be heard here and the albumpresents a roll call of some of the greatest names in blues music. The musicitself is wonderful and in it we can hear so many important styles emergingas the album progresses. Apart from the distinctive voices, the instrumentalplaying is never less than remarkable and it is clear to hear how it influencednot only jazz but other genres too. The last two tracks are a case in point.Aint Got No Home may be one of the clearest incidences of rock androll style on the album and its infectious rhythms lift the mood. The finaltrack, Evil is one of the least gentle on the album and it reminds us of thetortuous emotions expressed in so much blues music.
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