Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 2 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 2 – Cocaine (J.J. Cale)

The second CD of this small boxed set is another collection of wonderful guitar riffs and tune.  However, picking a favourite was, again, very easy for me as this track (cocaine) is one of my all time favourite blues track.

The riff is instantly recognisable and a great complement to words that I think are an interesting reflection of the world.  This is a really good foot-tapping tune and one everyone should have in their blues collection, whether it be Clapton’s version of this one  by JJ Cale.

The album tracks:

Big Log – Plant, Robert
Purple Rain – Prince
Road To Hell (part 2) – Rea, Chris
Parisienne Walkways – Moore, Gary
Jessica – Allman Brothers
Woodstock – Matthew’s Southern Comfort
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Turn To Stone – Walsh, Joe
Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Hold The Line – Toto
More Than A Feeling – Boston
Guitar Town – Earle, Steve
Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) – Palmer, Robert
Jail Bait – Wishbone Ash
Cocaine – Cale, J.J.
Blue Guitar – Hayward, Justin & John Lodge
Going Home (Local Hero theme) – Knopfler, Mark
Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzy

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Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Jeff Healey Band)

This double CD is a wonderful collection of some of the best guitar work in recent rock history.  However, picking a favourite track from this first CD was relatively easy as the title track has always been one of my favourite pieces of music.

The introduction has a wonderful sound to it and really fits to the chorus and track title – the guitar really does weep.  The lyrics, in my view, are an amazing commentary on the world and the chorus easy to sing along with – just rock music at its best.

The album tracks:

After Midnight – Clapton, Eric
Love Over Gold – Dire Straits
Samba Pa Ti – Santana
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
Show Me The Way (live) – Frampton, Peter
Little Bit Of Love – Free
Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Cray, Robert Band
Thrill Is Gone – King, B.B.
Sweet Dreams – Buchanan, Roy
Cryin’ Won’t Bring You Back – Green, Peter
Chance – Big Country
I Don’t Want A Lover – Texas
Shine Silently – Lofgren, Nils
Bird Of Paradise – White, Snowy
What’s Going On – Taste
Badge – Cream
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Healey, Jeff Band

Fav. Tracks: Vertigo Annual: 1970 – Various Artists

VERTIGOANNUAL_GER2 Vertigo Annual: 1970 – Three Sisters – Affinity,

This double album (vinyl) is one of my all-time favourite “sampler” albums and is a wonderful illustration of how progressive music was developing quickly and being marketed in 1970.  The music on this album led me to buy several other albums by the featured artists, so it did its job very well, but it a collection of many of major bands of the time.  In picking a favourite track I feel I should avoid those bands that I have listed elsewhere and, so, I choose a piece of music that I think is very catchy and an example of rock music developing from progressive rock sounds, from a band that launched from The University of Sussex, produced a single album, but then disappeared.

I like the rhythm that opens the track and the way the lyrics echo the story of the witches from Macbeth.  The music has hints of Black Sabbath and I can imagine a powerful stage-act built around this (although, because the band mainly played universities, this probably would not have happened).

The Album tracks:

Elegy Colosseum
Handbags and Gladrags Rod Stewart
Half Baked Jimmy Campbell
I Don’t Know May Blitz
Mississippi Woman Juicy Lucy
In My Box Fairfield Parlour
Goin’ My Way Magna Carta
Three Sisters Affinity
Behind the Wall of Sleep Black Sabbath
Introduction Gracious
To Play Your Little Game Cressida
Elastic Rock Nucleus
One Way Glass Manfred Mann, Chapter Three
No Time Like The Present Bob Downes
Summer Breeze Dr Strangely Strange
Gypsy Uriah Heep

Fav. Tracks: Together – Various Artists

200px-TogetherSampler Together – Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo (Johnny Winter).

This is one of the albums (vinyl) I mentioned earlier where the music company (in this case CBS) is promoting their own music (in this case mostly progressive rock, rock, country and a hint of blues) and is a classic example of why I liked to purchase these albums (a great way to hear some new bands, or some bands I had not heard as yet, but had read about etc.).  In fact this album got me interested in Johnny Winter, Poco, Soft Machine and Big Brother and The Holding Company to mention only a few.  Oh!  I nearly forgot to mention that this was also the first coloured vinyl that I ever owned – the album is coloured blue (this was to become something of a fashion during the 70s).

Choosing Johnny Winter was not too difficult as shortly after I bought this album I was at a concert at The University in hull where The Winter Brothers played and it was a great concert.  This track is a classic piece of rock music and is an excellent track.  However, the album also features some great tracks and is still a good play.

The Tracks:

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo – Johnny Winter
Found a Child – Ballin’ Jack
Move Over – Janis Joplin
Se A Cabo – Santana
Cast Your Spell Uranus – Argent
Mr Natural – Big Brother and the Holding Company
New York City – Dreams
Teeth – Soft Machine
A Man Like Me – Poco
Merrimac County – Tom Rush
Lover of the Bayou – The Byrds
Waterfall – Mick Softley
Fool – Trees
Morning Will Come – Spirit
Beads of Sweat – Laura Nyro
Going to the Mill – The Chamber Brothers

Fav. Tracks: The Natural Blues Album – Various Artists

240843 The Natural Blues Album – Natural Blues (Moby).

This double CD was one of the best collections of music I ever bought!  As you will see from the table below it includes a mixture of some of the best blues artists playing some of the their best known tracks, alongside some unexpected and unusual music and artists.

The track I have chosen is an example of exactly what I mean by the previous statement.  I had never associated Moby with The Blues and I was very surprised when I saw it was his track that was lending its title to the title of the CD.  However, I was even more surprised (pleasantly so) when I heard this unusual track – it has a strange sound to it that is almost hypnotic, making it really interesting to listen to.

The Tracks:

Natural Blues Moby
Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One mix) Alabama 3
I’m In The Mood John Lee Hooker
Smokestack Lightnin’ Howlin’ Wolf
Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters
Pride And Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
I’d Rather Go Blind Etta James
Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulson
Worried Life Blues B.B. King & Eric Clapton
Statesboro Blues Taj Mahal
So Many Roads So Many Trains Otis Rush
On The Road Again Canned Heat
Help Me Sonny Boy Williamson
Black Magic Woman Santana
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
My Babe Little Walter
Good Morning Little School Girl Jonny Lang
Stormy Monday Blues Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
She Loves My Automobiles ZZ Top
Honey Hush Albert Collins
Heart Attack And Vine Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
When Love comes to town U2 featuring BB King
When Love Comes to Town U2 featuring BB King
Mannish Boy Muddy Waters
Searchin’ For A Woman Albert King
Need Your Love So Badly Fleetwood Mac
Cocaine JJ Cale
Smoking Gun Robert Cray
Dust My Broom Elmore James
Feeling Good Nina Simone
High Heel Sneakers Tommy Tucker
Wang Dang Doodle Koko Taylor
The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King
I’m A Man Bo Diddley
Walkin’ The Blues Willie Dixon
First Time I Met The Blues Buddy Guy
I Just Wanna Make Love To You Etta James
Walking By Myself Jimmy Rogers
Down The Road A Piece Chuck Berry
Crossroads Cream
All Your Love John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer John Lee Hooker
Try A Little Tenderness The Commitments

 

I think you will agree that this is awonderful collection of blues music.

Fav. Tracks: Music of the Millennium, Vol. 1 – Various Artists

41_7 Music of the Millennium, Vol. 1 – Layla (Derek and The Dominos).

Was there ever an album so badly mis-named?  A Millennium is 1,000 years and surely would have to include some famous classical music – ah, but that is not what this about!  In fact this double CD was released just before New Year 1999 and is about the change of The Millennium.

This is a really excellent collection of rock and pop music from the 20th century and picking a single favourite is not easy and I have tried not to use a track that I have already chosen from another album.  Despite these restrictions, it was in fact quite easy to decide upon one of Eric Clapton’s all-time greats, Layla.  This is an exceptional piece of blues/rock from the late 60s and has never been bettered.

The Tracks:

Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
Heroes David Bowie
Millennium Robbie Williams
Song 2 Blur
20th Century Boy T. Rex
My Generation The Who
Layla Derek & the Dominos
Band on the Run Wings
With or Without You U2
Every Breath You Take The Police
Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi
If I Could Turn Back Time Cher
Heart of Glass Blondie
A Design for Life Manic Street Preachers
Creep Radiohead
The Drugs Don’t Work The Verve
Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack
Wonderwall Oasis
Imagine John Lennon
Jesus to a Child George Michael
Jealous Guy Roxy Music
Candle in the Wind Elton John
Purple Rain Prince
No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
Stand by Me Ben E. King
I Heard It Through the Gravevine Marvin Gaye
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Waterloo Sunset The Kinks
Road to Nowhere Talking Heads
Wuthering Heights Kate Bush
A Little Time The Beautiful South
Say What You Want Texas
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
Stayin’ Alive The Bee Gees
Dancing Queen ABBA

Fav. Tracks: Various Artists – Bitter Suites

Disc cover I think this album (CD) was available from The Sunday Times newspaper (although I am not entirely sure), but it is an interesting collection of rock music and I am glad that I own it.

There are several tracks I could choose as a favourite, but Stevie Nicks really stands out as an excellent piece of music.  The gentle jingle of the introduction is quickly followed by the very distinctive voice of Stevie Nicks singing to a strong rhythm that really reminds me of Fleetwood Mac.  This is a really good rock sound / ballad.

1 Kate Bush Man With The Child In His Eyes
2 Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield
3 Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes
4 Dr. Hook When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
5 Marillion Kayleigh
6 Stevie Nicks Rooms On Fire
7 Stranglers, The Golden Brown
8 Buzzcocks, The* Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
9 Robert Palmer She Makes My Day
10 Radiohead High And Dry
11 Richard Marx Right Here Waiting
12 Waterboys, The Fisherman’s Blues