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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 11:51 AM
Hi there. This is the sort of survey where everybody's right.

I'm putting together a compilation for myself (for workouts, to play while doing "busy work," etc.)

I want about 20 or 30 tracks of slow blues songs with searing lead guitar solos. I once read an article, I think it might have been a review of a Tinsley Ellis release some years back, that basically said the best spotlight for the blues guitarist is the slow blues (as opposed to shuffles, swings, etc.). I essentially agree with that sentiment, and while it might not be the only format in which an axeman can shine, it's always been my favorite.

So, I'd like to get some input. Please give me one or two of your favorite "slow blues" songs with sizzling guitar solos.

Some of my all-time favorites would include:

Red House - Hendrix
It's my Own Fault, probably both Johnny Winter's and Robben Ford's versions
Stormy Monday, ABB
Cherry Red Wine, Luther Allison
maybe a "Somebody Loan me a Dime" from Summer 2000 . . .

I have other picks of course, but you get the idea.

More, more, give me more! I'm particularly looking guitarists that might be off my own beaten path.

I've got most of the big names covered - Hendrix, Allman, Ford, Winter, Clapton, etc., but there are a good number of artists with whom I'm only marginally familiar, and I'm looking for insight as to their best performances.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 11:58 AM
Rory Gallagher's "A Million Miles Away"
Led Zeppelin's "Since I've been loving You"
AC/DC's "Ride On"
SRV's "Couldn't Stand the Weather"
John Lee Hooker's "The Waterfront"


 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 12:03 PM
the ultimate "slayer of the slow blues--or all blues is" muddy mississippi waters live"--a 2 CD legacy edition--muddy,pinetop,& jonny winter tear it up--but it's muddy who is clearly the MAN!!!---the whole album--slow or fast--is a masterpiece-----------i'd also get ahold of the elmore james collection,& a CD put out some years ago--i believe it's called the best of jimi hendrix blues---it truly is the best blues work jimi ever did all on one long CD!!!there's lots more,but for now........good luck & enjoy!!

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 12:12 PM
Most any album that Roy Buchanan recorded will have one or more good slow blues. I'd pick "After Hours" from Second Album and "John's Blues" on his self-titled first album.
 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 12:16 PM
Excellent, some good choices already. AC/DC is a group I wouldn't have thought of, that's for sure. Although I guess just because a player's usual genre isn't blues doesn't mean he (or she) can't play the blues, David Gilmour would be another case in point. I definitely meant to include SRV in my original list of "big names," so that was an oversight. He'll definitely be on the final set.

dadof2, I think I have most of what you mention, except for that Elmore James collection. I've got some of his stuff I've collected over the years, but not a boxed set or "complete works" or anything like that. Yes, Jimi Hendrix "Blues" is a must have.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 12:34 PM
SRV-Cold Shot, Leave My Girl Alone
Duane - Weight
ABB - Smokestack Lightning 6-30-2006 in particular

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 01:10 PM
I've made up several Slow Blues compiations myself!! They're great for road trips...

Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Eric Clapton (the 24 Nights version)
Ain't Gone & Give Up On Love - Eric Clapton (from the SRV tribute concert)
Take Me To Chicago - Dave Hole
Crazy Woman - Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Something To Remember You By - Albert Collins & Johnny Copeland
Sweet Little Angel - Buddy Guy
Let's Have A Little Talk - Luther Allison
Early In The Morning - Tinsley Ellis
It Hurts To Love Somebody - Scott Holt
Runnin' Blind - Smokin' Joe Kubek
Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore
Too Much Alcohol - Rory Gallagher
Someday After Awhile - Coco Montoya
While We Cry - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The Blues Are Here To Stay - Corey Stevens
Same Old Blues - Popa Chubby
If You Ever Change Your Mind - Walter Trout
Dirty Pool - SRV
Things I Used To Do - SRV
I'd Rather Go Blind - Koko Taylor
Falling Back In Love With You - Lonnie Mack
Change My Way Of Living - Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Lights Are On But Nobody's Home - Tab Benoit
Bring It On Home To Me - Pat Travers


 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 01:26 PM
Roy's Bluz by Roy buchanan from the album Livestock..

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 01:49 PM
Thanks for the recommendations, folks, keep 'em coming.

Actually, I'm listening to a Frank Marino show - over half of it can be described as "'slow blues' songs with sizzling guitar solos."

Isn't music great?!

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 01:55 PM
when I think slow blues, one song comes to mind immediately.

Lenny- SRV.

I'm drawing blanks after that.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 01:58 PM
Gotta get Duane and Berry doing "Goin' Down Slow" from
DA Anthology ... love Berry's walking bass line ... and tasty
DA solo ... and Duane singing a bonus !!

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 02:37 PM
44 Blues dTb

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 02:52 PM
bendaway and Lefty, I'm listening to Roy Buchanan, Hot Wires, right now. I'm going to rewind the tape . . . There we go: "Sunset over Broadway." Such expressive playing . . . (I actually just sighed. )

For the all-time greatest slow blues solo, Droogie--though almost none of it is "sizzling" fast--I have to name it around here two or three times a year:
Duane's first unaccompanied solo in "You Don't Love Me," At Fillmore East.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 03:02 PM
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While We Cry - Kenny Wayne Shepherd


That's a great song that i would have never known had i not seen him when i went to see dickey...


I immediately think of SRV's live at montreux DVD especially Tin Pan Alley and Dirty Pool, Ain't Gone N Give Up ON Love too...

as for a suggestion that isn't as obvious..

umm maybe some Jeff Beck, I'm running a blank on a good blues song right now, but Definitely Maybe and Cause We've Ended as Lovers are both slow great songs with really nice solos.

Hendrix's Blues CD has a lot of good stuff on it, like his Hear My Train Acomin'

I'll second Since I've Been Loving You just because its one of my all time favorites...

Solos aren't too amazing, but some skynyrd like "I Need You" and "Tuesday's Gone" are both great.

For David Gilmour...there's this track Marooned on the Division Bell that I find phenomenal

sorry i couldn't come up wit hmuch, hope it helps a little

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 03:03 PM
Duane- Goin Down Slow
Dickey/ABB- Jelly Jelly Blues
SRV-Sky is Crying
Albert King-As the Years go Passing By
* Duane/ABB Sormy monday or Outskirts of Town

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 03:42 PM
Little Queen of Spades - Eric Clapton (w/ Derek Trucks of course)
Key To the Highway - Derek Trucks Band Style

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 03:52 PM
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bendaway and Lefty, I'm listening to Roy Buchanan, Hot Wires, right now. I'm going to rewind the tape . . . There we go: "Sunset over Broadway." Such expressive playing . . . (I actually just sighed. )
"Sunset over Broadway" is great, even though I don't consider it traditional blues. Roy had a real soulful, original instrumental in that vein on each of his three Alligator albums. There was also "Mrs. Pressure" and "Matthew". Also on Hot Wires, "That Did It" is some of the most tortured sounded singing by the vocalist.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 03:52 PM
''Blackjack'' as performed by Johnny Winter on the ''Live In NYC'' CD.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 04:02 PM
Albert King: I'll play the blues for you........

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 05:05 PM
"Old Love" by EC on some of the live recordings is amazing. The best version I can think of is off the Eric Clapton & Friends DVD - incredible solo! Actually on the same DVD, their version of "Little Wing" with David Sanborn going nuts on sax, is also quite good.
 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 05:20 PM
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It's my Own Fault, probably both Johnny Winter's and Robben Ford's versions



Which one do you prefer from Johnny? The Albert Hall one(Second Winter Deluxe), or the one in the duet with Mike Bloomfield? He has so many-Becareful With a Fool, Third Degree....

Some of the ones on my current iPod are:

Blues on the Westside-Mike Bloomfield on Nick Gravenites' My Labors & More
Blues Medley: Sweet Little Angel/Jelly Jelly-Mike Bloomfield-Live at the Old Wardorf
Vacaction-John Mayall with Mick Taylor
All Your Love-Magic Sam
Jumping at Shadows-Fleetwood Mac-the one on Live in Boston Vol.3
If You Be My Baby-Fleetwood Mac-Shrine 69'
Need Your Love So Bad-Fleetwood Mac-Shrine 69'
I Can't Quit You Baby-Otis Rush
Double Trouble-Otis Rush
All Your Love-two versions- by Otis Rush, the original, & the Bluesbreakers
Have You Heard-John Mayall w/ EC
Born Under a Bad Sign-Albert King
Oh Pretty Woman-Albert King
John's Blues-Roy Buchanan


There are some nice choice cuts mentioned here with Gary Moore, as well as The World's Greatest Unknown Guitarist.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2006 at 06:22 PM
Since I've Been Loving You-Zep
Tea For One-Zep

 

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It's my Own Fault, probably both Johnny Winter's and Robben Ford's versions



Which one do you prefer from Johnny? The Albert Hall one(Second Winter Deluxe), or the one in the duet with Mike Bloomfield? He has so many-Becareful With a Fool, Third Degree....




I was thinking of the one from Jonny Winter And, Live. I actually bought that back when I was first starting to cut my teeth on the blues, and it's always contained two of my favorite solos.

Be Careful with a Fool and Third Degree are also two of my favorites.

In fact, if an alien ever dropped out of the sky and asked me, "what is 'electric blues lead guitar,' I hear people talking about," Third Degree is the track I'd play for him or her (or it).

 

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  posted on 10/17/2006 at 11:41 AM
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No, 44 Blues, Howlin Wolf

Anything by the Wolf

 

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  posted on 10/17/2006 at 02:16 PM
I agree with skydogponyboy "Jelly Jelly" Dickey tears it up.

 

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