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Red House - Jimi Hendrix



Definitely -- with the proviso that you use the 'British' version (from the original UK edition of Are You Experienced), rather than the 'American' version (which was, IIRC, issued on the US version of Smash Hits). The AYE take features funkier and more focussed playing, minus the irritating and superfluous delay effects which simply detract from the performance.


I'd also nominate Buddy Guy's original 1950s version of First Time I Met The Blues, which is simply stunning, with a wracked, possessed vocal which easily matches the guitar for sheer intensity.


EDIT: And, if we're going to include, earlier acoustic stylings alongside the electric blues stuff, you should have Son House's Death Letter.


Incidentally, no blues guitar collection would be complete without T-Bone Walker's epochal and massively influential Stormy Monday -- T-Bone is where ALL electric blues lead guitar begins -- and we also need a shout-out for Lowell Fulson's fabulous early-50s Reconsider Baby.

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There's no way to cover them all on one cd. Everyone's taste is different. But I think if you burn this cd for your friend, you'll cover all the bases:


1. "Killing Floor" - Howlin' Wolf

2. "Pride and Joy" - Stevie Ray Vaughan

3. "Got My Mojo Workin'" - Muddy Waters

4. "Crosscut Saw" - Albert King

5. "Wang Dang Doodle" - Koko Taylor

6. "Serves You Right to Suffer" - John Lee Hooker

7. "Stormy Monday" - B.B. King

8. "Traveling Riverside Blues" - Robert Johnson

9. "Brick" - Albert Collins

10. "First Time I Met the Blues" - Buddy Guy

11. "Running On Faith" (Unplugged) - Eric Clapton

12. "Dust My Broom" - Robert Johnson

13. "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" - Chris Thomas King

14. "Smoking Gun" - Robery Cray

15. "Sweet Home Chicago" - Magic Sam

16. "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong" - T-Bone Walker

17. "Last Night" - Little Walter

18. "Born Under a Bad Sign" - Albert King

19. "I'm A King Bee" - Slim Harpo

20. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" - Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly)

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A lot of the suggestions are good for a good blues foundation, but if you really want spectacular blues guitar, some of the modern players are better.


Jeff Healey - As the years go passing by

Gary Moore - the Messiah Will come again

Allman Brothers - Stormy Monday

Johnny Winter - It's My Own Fault

Chris Cain - Weary Traveler


If you're looking for a female, the best I know is Carolyn Wonderland


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Lonnie Johnson-another night to cry

Fleetwood Mac-Jumping at Shadows

Robert Johnson-Terreplane Blues

Howling Wolf-Shake For Me

Elmore James-Dust My Broom

Freddie King-Hide Away

BB King-3oclock blues

T Bone Walker-Stormy Monday

Albert King-Personal Manager

Jimi Hendrix-Red House

Texas Flood- SRV

Iceman-Albert Collins



This is a great list. I love Jumping at Shadows and it's relatively obscure. I would add Killin' Floor by someone - probably Howling Wolf.

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