Category: Blues Rock

Taste – Taste

Taste – Taste       Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘The fact that they, like so many late-’60s contemporaries, were molded in the image of Cream has often been cited to diminish the stature of Irish power trio Taste. But, all things being equal, it’s impossible to dismiss their fine eponymous debut based solely on obvious source […]

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John Lee Hooker – The Healer

John Lee Hooker – The Healer       Thom Owens: ‘The Healer was a major comeback for John Lee Hooker. Featuring a wide array of guest stars, including Bonnie Raitt, Johnnie Johnson, and Los Lobos, The Healer captured widespread media attention because of all the superstar musicians involved in its production. Unfortunately, that long […]

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The Sacred Mushroom – The Sacred Mushroom

The Sacred Mushroom – The Sacred Mushroom The band Sacred Mushroom hailed from Cincinnati Ohio. This album was originally released in 1969. The most famous member of the band is lead guitarist/song writer Larry Goshorn who later joined country-rockers Pure Prairie League. The album contains a blend of proficient originals as well as a pair […]

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Gov’t Mule – Gov’t Mule

Gov’t Mule – Gov’t Mule Gov’t Mule is the self-titled debut album of southern rock/jam band Gov’t Mule. It has a very jam-oriented feel to it and was produced and mostly recorded live by Michael Barbiero in Bearsville Recording Studios with many tracks running into each other. “Mule” is still a concert favorite, and “Rockin’ […]

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Canned Heat – Boogie with Canned Heat

Canned Heat – Boogie with Canned Heat       Lindsay Planer: “Canned Heat’s second long-player, Boogie With Canned Heat (1968), pretty well sums up the bona fide blend of amplified late-’60s electric rhythm and blues, with an expressed emphasis on loose and limber boogie-woogie. The quintet — consisting of Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (guitar/harmonica/vocals), […]

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Buddy Miles – Them Changes

Buddy Miles – Them Changes       Steve Kurutz:  This 1970 release by former Band of Gypsy’s drummer Buddy Miles is, quite simply, one of the great lost treasures of soul inspired rock music. From the funky drive of the title track to Miles’ plaintive singing on “I Still Love You, Anyway” and Greg […]

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ZZ Top – Greatest Hits

ZZ Top – Greatest Hits       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘This isn’t a perfect roundup of ZZ Top’s superstar years of the ’80s, but it comes pretty close. It dips back into the ’70s for “Pearl Necklace” and “La Grange,” with a couple of selections from the post-peak ’90s, but this does offer the […]

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Bad Company – Bad Company Album

Bad Company – Bad Company Album AMG Review: Bad Company’s 1974 self-titled release stands as one of the most important and accomplished debut hard rock albums from the ’70s. Though hardly visionary, it was one of the most successful steps in the continuing evolution of rock & roll, riding on the coattails of achievement from […]

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Ten Years After – A Space In Time

Ten Years After – A Space In Time AMG Review: A Space in Time was Ten Years After’s best-selling album. This was due primarily to the strength of “I’d Love to Change the World,” the band’s only hit single, and one of the most ubiquitous AM and FM radio cuts of the summer of 1971. TYA’s […]

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Rory Gallagher – Blueprint

      Hal Horowitz: ‘Kicking off with the furious “Walk on Hot Coals” where Rory Gallagher’s stinging guitar and Lou Martin’s insistent piano pounding spar within the context of one of Rory’s classic rockers, Rory Gallagher – Blueprint presents a well rounded picture of Gallagher’s eclectic influences. A jaunty, acoustic run through Big Bill […]

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J.J. Cale – Troubadour

J.J. Cale – Troubadour Eric Clapton covered “Cocaine” on his 1977 album Slowhand, turning it into one of his biggest hits. He later covered “Travelin’ Light” on his 2001 album Reptile. “Travelin’ Light” was also recorded by Widespread Panic for their 1988 album Space Wrangler. AMG Review: Producer Audie Ashworth introduced some different instruments, notably […]

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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood AMG Review :  It’s hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan’s debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the ’60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over […]

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The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.

The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St. Exile on Main St. is the tenth British and 13th American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. Released as a double LP in May 1972, it draws on many genres including rock and roll, blues, soul, R&B, gospel and country. The release of Exile […]

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Muddy Waters – Electric Mud

Muddy Waters – Electric Mud Muddy Waters – Electric Mud is a studio album by Muddy Waters. Released in 1968, it is a concept album which imagines Muddy Waters as a psychedelic musician. Producer Marshall Chess suggested that Muddy Waters record experimental, psychedelic blues tracks with members of Rotary Connection in an attempt to revive […]

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Cream – Disraeli Gears

Cream – Disraeli Gears AMG review: Cream teamed up with producer Felix Pappalardi for their second album, Disraeli Gears, a move that helped push the power trio toward psychedelia and also helped give the album a thematic coherence missing from the debut. This, of course, means that Cream get further away from the pure blues improvisatory […]

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ZZ Top – Tres Hombres

ZZ Top – Tres Hombres       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘ZZ Top – Tres Hombres is the record that brought ZZ Top their first Top Ten record, making them stars in the process. It couldn’t have happened to a better record. ZZ Top finally got their low-down, cheerfully sleazy blooze-n-boogie right on this, their […]

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The Rolling Stones – Aftermath

The Rolling Stones – Aftermath       Aftermath, released April 1966 by Decca Records, is the fourth British studio album by the Rolling Stones. It was released in the United States in June 1966 by London Records as their sixth American album.  The Rolling Stones – Aftermath is considered an artistic breakthrough for the […]

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