Top Blues Music Albums
Blues is the genre of music that has its root from the hardships experienced by African-American slaves during the late 19th to the early 20th century. African-Americans who were born into freedom but did not experience much change in their material conditions wanted to express their realities and social situations through their music. They would sing when they feel depressed, miserable, lonely or “blue”, and by 1910, this style of music was called “blues” in the Southern states.
Blues music is very influential. It directly and indirectly influenced much of the music of the 20th century – including jazz, rock, rhythm and blues and gospel.
The main feature of blues music originated from the “call and response” songs that were a main part of slave labor. The gang leader sings a line, and the rest of the workers would give a response. In blues music, this evolved into a blues singer singing a line and then answers it on the guitar.
The other characteristics of blues music are the “blue” notes and the three-line aab lyric structure. The blue notes are notes sung or played at a lower pitch than those of the major scale for expressive purposes. The 3 line aab lyric pattern is made up of a line that is repeated, which is followed by a different line.
Blues singers also use vocal techniques like changing timbre in a single lyric line, and embellishments such as vibrato and melisma (several notes on one syllable).
Prominent blues performers include Robert Johnson, who was the first true blues performance artist, and electric blues artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, and Howlin’ Wolf.
The sub-genres of blues are Work Songs, Delta Country Blues, Louisiana Blues, Texas Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Chicago Blues, Piedmont or East Coast Blues, West Coast Blues, British Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Blues Rock, and Modern Electric Blues.
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton in Hideaway
Here are the top blues music albums:
- Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
- The Sky Is Crying – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Bare Wires – John Mayall
- Live At The Regal – B.B. King
- King Of The Delta Blues Singers – Robert Johnson
- A Hard Road – John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
- Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues – Buddy Guy
- Mr Lucky – John Lee Hooker
- In Step – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
- The Blues Of Lightnin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ Hopkins
- Couldn’t Stand The Weather – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Muddy Waters At Newport – Muddy Waters
- Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Lie To Me – Jonny Lang
- Moanin’ In The Moonlight – Howlin’ Wolf
- Just Like You – Keb’ Mo’
- Getting Ready – Freddie King
- Live At St Quentin – B.B. King
- The Real Folk Blues – Howlin’ Wolf
- The Complete Chess Folk Blues Sessions – John Lee Hooker
- The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954 – John Lee Hooker
- Muddy Waters Folk Singer – Muddy Waters
- Deuces Wild – B.B. King
- The Late Fantastically Great – Elmore James
- The Blues Of Otis Spann – Otis Spann
- The London Nowlin’ Wolf Session – Howlin’ Wolf
- The Complete Recordings – Bessie Smith
- Phantom Blues – Taj Mahal
- Hooker ‘N’ Heat – John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat
- Iceman – Albert Collins
- Showdown! – Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland
- My Kind Of Blues – B.B. King
- Strong Persuader – Robert Cray
- There Is Always One More Time – B.B. King
- Just Jimmy Reed – Jimmy Reed
- Complete Library Of Congress Recordings – Lead Belly
- Keb’ Mo’ – Keb’ Mo’
- Sings Down and Out Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson
- Chill Out – John Lee Hooker
- Ice Pickin’ – Albert Collins
- A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey – R.L. Burnside
- Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal
- The Natchl Blues – Taj Mahal
- Willie’s Blues – Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim
- The Blues Never Die! – Otis Spann
- The Truth – T-Bone Walker
- Wander This World – Jonny Lang