Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Dixon, and many more
"The whole of life itself expresses the blues. That's why I always say the blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and songs, inspiration, feeling, and understanding. The blues can be about anything pertaining to the facts of life." - Willie Dixon
We've made a nice selection of some outstanding and groundbreaking albums from our massive blues catalog, for more fantastic blues titles take a look at this page.
Taj Mahal is the debut album by the American blues artist of the same name. The whole record is a compelling amalgam of stylistic and technical achievements, to be heard in tracks like Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues" with textures resembling the mix on the early Cream albums, while "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" has the sound of a late release by Muddy Waters.
Super Session (1968) was conceived by Al Kooper and features the work of guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. Kooper and Bloomfield had previously worked together on the sessions for the ground-breaking classic Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. For Super Session, Kooper recruited keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks, both members of the Electric Flag, along with well-known session drummer "Fast" Eddie Hoh.
The Grammy Award Winning album In Step is Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Troubles fourth studio, originally released in 1989. Stevie Ray had recently become sober, after years of drug and alcohol abuse. This is a recurring theme on the album.
The songs of WilliamJames "Willie" Dixon (1915-1992) have been popularized by artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Eric Clapton, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. And way before that, he's been responsible for many of the hit recordings by original blues icons like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.
Robert Cray is an influential American blues guitarist and singer, who recorded several charting songs, like "Right Next Door (Because of Me)" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". During his 40+ years career, he released about 20 albums and bridged the lunes between, blues, R&B and soul. Robert Cray Collected consists of 23 songs.
American blues musician Buddy Guy is an exponent of Chicago blues and influenced many prominent guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Eric Clapton, and John Mayer. His 1998 album Heavy Love is another one of his fine blues-rock records.