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Various Artists: Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 3: 1960-1969 [Digipak]

Track List

>So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Otis Rush
>First Time I Met the Blues - Buddy Guy
>Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
>Hide Away - Freddie King
>Have You Ever Loved a Woman - Freddie King
>Messin' with the Kid - Junior Wells
>I Pity the Fool - Bobby "Blue" Bland
>Come On, Pts. 1-2 - Earl King
>Rockin' This Joint To-Nite - Kid Thomas
>Shake Your Moneymaker - Elmore James
>I'm a Little Mixed Up - Betty James
>Driving Wheel - Little Junior Parker
>Doctor Feel-Good - Willie Perryman
>Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
>Watch Your Step - Bobby Parker
>You Don't Love Me - Willie Cobbs
>Cut You a-Loose - Ricky Allen
>Jelly Roll King - Frank Frost
>You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover - Bo Diddley
>I'm a Woman - Christine Kittrell
>Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson II
>Too Many Cooks - Jesse Fortune
>Part Time Love - Little Johnny Taylor
>Hidden Charms - Howlin' Wolf
>Blue Monday - James Davis
>Hi-Heel Sneakers
>Full Time Lover - Little Frankie Lee & the Saxtons
>Rock Me Baby - B.B. King
>Gonna Send You Back to Georgia (A City Slick) - Timmy Shaw
>Use What You Got - Sugar Pie DeSanto
>Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf
>All Night Worker - Rufus Thomas
>Snatch It Back and Hold It - Junior Wells
>Baby Scratch My Back - Slim Harpo
>Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
>Feel So Bad - Little Milton
>Little Bluebird - Johnnie Taylor
>Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
>Crosscut Saw - Albert King
>You're Taking Up Another Man's Place - Mable John
>Tramp - Lowell Fulson
>Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business) - Aretha Franklin
>Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King
>I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
>Mary Had a Little Lamb - Buddy Guy
>Slip Away - Clarence Carter
>One of These Days - Sonny Rhodes
>Woman Needs to Be Loved, A - Tyrone Davis
>What Have I Done Wrong - Magic Sam
>Cummins Prison (Farm) - Calvin Leavy
>Who Do You Love - Ronnie Hawkins
>Baby, What's Wrong - Lonnie Mack
>Gangster of Love - Johnny Winter
>House of the Rising Sun, The - The Animals
>Bring It to Jerome - Manfred Mann
>Goin' Down Slow - Michael Bloomfield
>Judgement Day - The Pretty Things
>I Ain't Got You - The Yardbirds
>Born in Chicago - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
>Have You Heard - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
>I Can Tell - John Hammond, Jr.
>Baby Will You Please Help Me - Charlie Musselwhite
>Stevie's Blues - The Spencer Davis Group
>I Want to Know - Ten Years After
>Shake 'Em on Down - Savoy Brown Blues Band
>She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride) - Taj Mahal
>On the Road Again - Canned Heat
>Ball and Chain - Big Brother & the Holding Company
>Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac
>I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.

Illustrators: R.A. Andreas; Detlev Hoegen; Victor Pearlin.

Photographers: R.A. Andreas; Detlev Hoegen; Victor Pearlin.

This is the third three-disc volume in Bear Family Records' ambitious four-volume history of the electric blues, all compiled and annotated by blues historian and musicologist Bill Dahl. The Gibson guitar company introduced the first electric guitar in the 1930s, and the advent of amplification meant the blues could preach louder and longer, which allowed a country acoustic music to transform itself into its own kind of powerfully rhythmic pop music. Taken as a whole, this ambitious Bear Family series traces and surveys that transformation, beginning with jazz-inspired jump blues tracks and following through to the juncture of blues and rock, blues and funk, and beyond, on into the 21st century. This particular volume covers 1960 to 1969, a time when blues and rock & roll really started to join hands, and it features classic tracks like Buddy Guy's "First Time I Met the Blues," Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man," Albert King's "Crosscut Saw," and B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," but it also collects lesser-known gems like Frank Frost's "Jelly Roll King" and Junior Parker's "Driving Wheel," then slides into blues and rock hybrids like the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun," Canned Heat's Henry Thomas-inspired "On the Road Again," and Janis Joplin's "Ball and Chain," before closing things out with Stevie Wonder's blues-based "I Ain't Superstitious" done by the Jeff Beck Group. Bear Family Records is known for its quality releases, and this volume is no exception. When the full 12 discs are taken together, with nearly 300 tracks, it makes for a fascinating survey of the blues in all of its electric configurations. ~ Steve Leggett


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