Various Artists: This Is the Blues, Vol. 3

Track List

>Crawlin' King Snake
>If You Be My Baby - Harvey Brooks/Mo Potts/Rod Price/Southside Johnny
>Bad Like Jesse James - LLC
>Little Red Rooster
>Serves Me Right to Suffer - Gary Husband/Jack Bruce/Gary Moore
>Little Wheel - Andy Fairweather Low/Henry Spinetti/Matt Pegg
>Showbiz Blues - John Cook/Spoon/Rich Newman/Rory Gallagher
>One More Mile - Mick Clarke
>I've Got News For You - Mark Feltham/Jack Bruce/Neal Wilkinson/Ronnie Leahy
>Same Way, The - Graham Walker/Mick Abrahams/Jim Leverton
>Supernatural, The - Christer Bjorklund/Frank Marstokk/Ulf Ivarsson
>Hellhound on My Trail
>Fleetwood Mac - Larry Mitchell/Jonathan Mover/Larry Mitchell/Stuart Hamm
>Merry Go Round - Dave Moore/Steve Dolan/Jess Roden/Luther Grosvenor/Mike Kellie
>Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Dave Moore/Earl Green/Jeff Beck/The Kingdom Choir/Richard Bailey/Pete Brown/David Hadley/Siggi Josiah

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: John Swenson.

The This Is the Blues series from Eagle Records (there are four volumes thus far, of which this is the third) features players from the late-'60s/early-'70s golden age of classic British blues-rock covering, for the most part, songs by Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker, all drawn from a series of tribute albums originally produced by Peter Brown. The fact that everything on these volumes was overseen by the same producer means that there's an unusual unity of sound throughout the series, and listening to these collections feels a bit like listening to concert recordings at some super all-star British blues festival. The lineup is impressive, including the likes of Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Rory Gallagher, Jack Bruce, former members of Foghat (Lonesome Dave Peverett, Rod Price), and Peter Green, who has several of his own songs also covered in the series. It's a compelling set, but it's really more blues-rock than blues (think Cream rather than Muddy Waters), which doesn't give these volumes lesser appeal, but serious blues listeners might find it all a bit too much. If you like Foghat, Cream, Jethro Tull, early Fleetwood Mac, or the Yardbirds, though, these volumes are going to feel like listening to a delightful reunion concert. ~ Steve Leggett


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