The Best of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

Peter Green started his own band, Fleetwood Mac, after serving his blues-rock apprenticeship in John Mayalls Bluesbreakers; his haunting and desperately sad blues guitar style was merely a reflection of his own troubled personality, and by 1970 he had left the band. This short period in the bands history is often referred to as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, but it is a period of superb blues music, phenominal guitar playing, and a world away from the music that was to follow on.

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John Mayalls Bluesbreakers – So Many Roads: An Anthology

John Mayalls Bluesbreakers was the finishing school for Brtish blues rock guitarists. They worked hard touring their version of the blues extensively in the UK and worldwide, gaining great acclaim in the process, but rarely the mass attention that many of these names would be attracting a year after leaving the band. But this was of course the aim; to play pure blues, for blues’ sake. This is the best decade of the bluesbreakers, and this compilation contains some of the best musicianship of the period. Unless you have the original albums, this compilation is a must

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Black Merda – Folks From Mother’s Mixer

Black Merda are one of those bands that don’t fit neatly into any bag… they are soul, but not only soul. They are blues, but not only blues. They are rock, but not only rock. Black Merda mixed up a whole lot of what was going on in late sixties and early seventies America; folk, funk, blues-rock, psychedelia, with a heavy dose of social reality. And the result is electrifying.

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Mary Had A Little Lamb. Supershow 1969

From one supergroup to the next; with bassist Jack Bruce as the common link. This great blues rock performance from 1969 features, amongst others, the legendary Chicago bluesman, Buddy Guy on guitar, with Jack Bruce (Graham Bond Organistaion, Cream) on bass, Buddy Miles on Drums and Dick Heckstall-Smith (John Mayall’s bluesbreakers, Colosseum) on sax.

What a track! Sit back and enjoy this funky late sixties blues jam. Fantastic musicianship, and a superb vocal performance from Buddy Guy. The entire show (also featuring Eric Clapton, and others) is available now on DVD.

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Cream – Sunshine of Your Love

There are not many bands that can lay claim to have invented a genre, but Cream are one such band. All had served British blues apprenticeships: Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker with the Graham Bond Organisation, and Eric Clapton with the Yardbirds and John Mayalls Bluesbreakers. And then they got together to form Cream. A blues rock supergroup that would create some of the finest music of the 1960s.

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Jimi Hendrix – Blues

Jimi Hendrix is synonymous with blues rock. Whilst his psychedelic rock guitar playing is well known, his more subtle blues work perhaps doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

 Jimi played a lot of blues, both live and on record. Hendrix originals, such as Red House and Voodoo Chile graced his albums; but he also performed numerous covers live and in the studio. This collection features a range of tracks, played in different blues styles. There are some outstanding takes here – blues rock guitar playing at it’s best.

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Blues Rock: The Anthology

Another great collection of Blues Rock classics – definately on the rock side of blues rock. It gets heavy at times, with some of the very best British rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s getting down and bluesey.

This 90 min DVD features 16 songs, by 16 different artists, including the Moody Blues, Wishbone Ash, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower. Opening up with Free’s Mr Big, the scene is set immediately, and doesn’t stop for a full 90 minutes. Every track is killer, with some superb guitar playing throughout.

Unfortunately, this DVD is not that widely available. Buy it if you can find it!

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Blues-Rock Crossroads 1964-1986

A great collection of blues rock music. There’s rocky blues, and bluesy rock. This is definately the latter; a collection of British and American rock acts attempting the blues – and pulling it off superbly. Click through to Amazon to check the soundclips. If you want to explore the bluesiness of 1960s rock, here would be a great place to start. From well-known classics by the likes of The Animals and Procul Harum, to lesser known (but just as good) nuggets by Savoy Brown, Traffic and the Electric Flag.

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