Friday, December 27, 2019
"Blues For Michael E.": THE WEEKEND MIX
Woke up this morning, and put this mix together for a friend. I said, I woke up this morning, and put this mix together for a friend. I liked it so much, baby. I thought I'd share it for year's end.
The Fleetwood mac track "Drifting" had originally been left on the cutting room floor. It is arguably Peter Green's finest solo. (I said, "arguably.")
It is Mick Taylor on guitar with Mayall for "Vacation" and this is surely one of Mick's finest moments.
"Can't Hold Out Much Longer" is Ronnie Wood's favorite Little Walter track. I think I agree.
"So Many Roads, So Many Trains" is Jimmy Page's favorite Otis Rush track. No argument here.
"Rainin' In My Heart" by Slim Harpo is one of Keith Richards' favorite songs by anyone. It's definitely one of mine.
"By The Water" is my favorite Snooks Eaglin track and has always felt like a tour of the backwoods of New Orleans in under three minutes.
"Death Don't Have No Mercy" is a bonus track on the Grateful Dead's debut. This didn't make the cut of my friend's mix, but I'm including it here because Jerry Garcia's guitar on the solo never sounded so mean.
It was difficult for me to choose just one Savoy Brown cut. Those records with Chris Youlden are truly special, but I went with "Honey Bee" because the vibe is even specialler. (Specialler?)
I opened with Mance Lipscomb because I still think about Les Blank's documentary on Lipscomb. If you have never seen it, please do yourself a favor and track it down. I bet some of you might argue after seeing the film, that Lipscomb was one of the greatest guitarists who ever played the blues. He certainly blew me away and it was that documentary that made me a fan.
The rest...well....they are all personal faves for one reason or another and I think they sound good altogether.
Shake Shake Mama- Mance Lipscomb
Mercury Blues- K.C. Douglas
Hangman- Doris Henderson
Write Me A Few Lines- Mississippi Fred McDowell
Drifting- Fleetwood Mac
Vacation- John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Death Don't Have No Mercy- The Grateful Dead
Baby Don't Do It- The "5" Royales
Just Got To Know- Jimmy McCracklin
Honey Bee- Savoy Brown
So Many Roads, So Many Trains- Otis Rush
By the Water- Snooks Eaglin
Sweet Little Angel- Buddy Guy
How Many More Years- Howlin' Wolf
Black Cat Bone- Robert Pete Williams
Rainin' In My Heart- Slim Harpo
Can't Hold Out Much Longer- Little Walter
I Wish You Would- Billy Boy Arnold
'Bout The Break Of Day- Junior Wells
Hard Times- Ray Charles
West End Blues- Ethel Waters
You've got the blues right HERE.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:49 AM