Your Five Favorite British Blues Albums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Brian Lux, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd Thread Starter

    Placerville, CA
    First, I'll preface this thread with this:

    Yes, undoubtedly there is a similar thread to this one out there but I did the search, scanned the first page and didn't see one and moved on. We will survive a second thread (even if the thread doesn't!)

    And of course we all know that the blues is an African American music form (and in my opinion, one of the greatest ever created) indigenous to the United States. So if anyone here is of a mind that white British guys shouldn't play the blues, think of their music as a tribute. Most (if not all) of the best British blues artists revered the original black artists and loved their music.

    So, all that said, lets see your five favorite (not "the best", your favorite) British Blues albums!

    I'll start (in no particular order):

    1. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers; Crusade
    2. Cream; Fresh Cream
    3. Jeff Beck; Truth
    4. Fleetwood Mac; The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (OK, true it's a compilation, not an album, but what a compilation!)
    5. Keef Hartley Band; Half Breed
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  2. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer

    1. Fresh Cream - Cream
    2. Disraeli Gears - Cream
    3. Wheels of Fire - Cream
    4. Goodbye - Cream
    5. Live Cream - Cream

    Unfortunately I don’t know any others other than Cream :D I’ll keep an eye out for recommendations
  3. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd Thread Starter

    Placerville, CA
    Good start!

    I'm sure we'll see plenty of good ones here to come.
  4. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Howlin' Wolf London Sessions

    Love Sculpture - Blues Helping

    Ten Years After - S/T first album
  5. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    Raw Sienna - Savoy Brown
    A Step Further - Savoy Brown
    Nowhere Road - Chris Youlden
    Juicy Lucy - self titled debut album
    Songs For A Tailor - Jack Bruce
    bubbling under are all the Fleetwood Mac albums when Peter Green was in the band.
  6. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd Thread Starter

    Placerville, CA
    Bruce's Tailer is great! Nice pick!

    Why do I start these things so late? LOL. Gotta hit the sack. I'll look forward to seeing whatch'all post tomorrow!
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  7. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    Expat in Helsinki
    Yardbirds '68 (my favorite album of all time)
    Mayall's Beano
    Fleetwood Mac English Rose
    Beck's Truth
    Fresh Cream
  8. ash1

    ash1 Forum Resident

    bristol uk
    I would strongly recommend you pick up Volumes 1 -3 Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Live At The Boston Tea Party set.
    If you're not familiar with it I suspect you'll find it pretty stunning with the exception of some of Jeremy Spencer's routines.
    Alternatively there is an excellent recording of their 1970 BBC In Concert session which is 1 cd and features the band in devastating form only weeks before Green's departure.
    If you'd like to try out the latter, pm me. Seriously, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac circa 1969 - May 1970 were one of the finest bands on the planet. On purely musical terms I am prepared to suggest that the Boston Tea Party show recordings are better than Live At Leeds and Get Yer Yah Yah's Out by some considerable distance. It is 100% live unlike the latter. Much of it can be classified as blues, much of it is blues based but forward looking and has there ever been a better guitar double act than Peter Green and Danny Kirwan ? Possibly not.
  9. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA
    Shake Down , Savoy Brown 1967
    Looking In , Savoy Brown 1970
    Watt , Ten Years After

    there's more. .
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  10. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Bonus to those that come up with titles NOT already mentioned.
  11. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Leeds and Ya-Ya's are not blues albums btw. They are rock & roll live albums that blow away 2nd generation (or is it 3rd generation) rehashed blues no matter how well recorded. How dare you drag my favorite live albums into this thread and compare them unfavorably.
  12. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    Expat in Helsinki
    Forgot the Animals Animalism (US) not to be confused with similarly titled Animalisms (UK)... no overlap track-wise... also Animalization (US which I prefer to its UK counterpart, Animalisms...
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  13. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    Ten Years After - Undead
    John Mayall - Bluesbreakers with Clapton
    John Mayall - Bare Wires
    Cream - Fresh Cream
    Fleetwood Mac - trash can s/t

    honorable mention to the string of wonderful (but uneven) Savoy Brown albums released '68 through '72.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2018
  14. andybeau

    andybeau Forum Resident

    Coventry, UK
    The Animals - The Animals
    The Animals - Animal Tracks
    The Animals - Animalisms
    The Original Animals - Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
    John Mayall with Eric Clapton - Blues Breakers
  15. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    Expat in Helsinki
    Animal Tracks and the 70s reunion severely underrated...
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  16. oates

    oates Forum Resident

    It's good that you have defined what you think of as 'blues' - a lot of what people have cited are actually blues-based or blues-influenced rock. To call Songs For A Tailor or even Disraeli Gears and Truth 'blues' albums is stretching it a bit. Try Duster Bennett, Chicken Shack, Groundhogs or Taste first I would say.
  17. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
    Howlin Wolf London Sessions
    BBC boots with 67/68 Jeff Beck Grp
    Wheels Of Fire Live

    Also must mention:
    Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
    Mick Taylor with John Mayall
    Paul Kossoff with Free
    Rory Gallagher
    All Cream/Clapton 66-70
  18. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Robin Trower - Twice Removed from Yesterday
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  19. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer

    Awesome stuff and very high praise! Sounds like I should give some of the Peter Green stuff a listen! I've only ever heard late Mac so I'm looking forward to hearing it.
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  20. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    Numeorous albums by

    The Blues Band
    Cadillac Kings
    Otis Grand
    Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes
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  21. AlmostHeavenWV

    AlmostHeavenWV Forum Resident

    Lancaster UK
    Savoy Brown - Raw Sienna, also Hellbound Train
    Climax Blues Band - FM/Live
    Chicken Shack - 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve
    John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers - A Hard Road

    I would have included Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On, but I wasn't sure whether it could be called a blues album, perhaps more Progressive Blues. Also Chicken Shack's O.K. Ken?, but the naff 'comedy' impersonations spoil it.
  22. ash1

    ash1 Forum Resident

    bristol uk
    Didn't suggest Leeds and Ya-Ya's are blues albums and wouldn't call them rock & roll either - they are rock and if you're suggesting that PGFM's Boston Tea Party consists of "2nd generation (or is it 3rd generation) rehashed blues" then seriously, you need to give it a listen ! Before I heard PGFM, Live At Leeds and Ya-Ya's were probably my two favourite live albums along with Jerry Lee Lewis at the Star Club.

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  23. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK
    Little George Sueref and the Blue Stars
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  24. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA
    heh ! .. fell asleep! :)

    Ahead Rings Out , Blodwyn Pig 1969
    Led Zeppelin , Led Zeppelin 1969
  25. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA

    The OP states "British Blues". My understanding is that "Blues" (an American form) differs from "British Blues" in some important ways, one of them being that the British form rocks,
    often in significantly more brutal and uncompromising ways. It is actually a bastardization of American Blues, and that is why I tend to regard it as it's own bona fide sub-genre, modifier applied.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2018

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