Someone once told me that you can tell how happy a society is by how much music they play.
Sonny & Brownie, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - A&M CD 0829, 1988
An excellent album from a blues team that was together for many years. Some of my most enjoyable songs are People Get Ready, White Boy Lost In The Blues, The Battle Is Over (But The War Goes On) and Jesus Gonna Make It Alright.
Burglar, Freddie King - Polydor 831 815-2, 1974
I got to see the late Freddie King at a show in Denver, Colorado in about the mid 70's. He was a warm up act for Toots and the Maytalls. He completely blew me away. The greatest blues guitarist I had ever seen. Since then I have been an avid Freddie King fan. Of all his albums this is probably my favorite.
The Best of Taj Mahal - Columbia CK 36528, 1972, 81
More mellow blues. I saw Taj my freshman year (1969) at the University of Denver. Always enjoyable.
Rough & Ready, Jeff Beck Group - Epic EK 30973, Date not found.
A wonderful example of early British rock. Songs like I've Been Used and Jody are some of the best Beck ever did. A great album.
Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix - Reprise 6261-1 recorded 1967
A great display of raw rock and roll. Jimi's guitar work, singing and lyrics on these songs is unbelievable. Songs like Manic Depression, Love or Confusion, Fire, Foxey Lady and Are You Experienced are unsurpassed today.
The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff and assorted. - Mango CCD 9202, 1972
This was the soundtrack to the movie. It was this album that kicked off the reggae explosion in the US. Jimmy Cliff sings some inspirational masterpieces such as Many Rivers To Cross and Sitting In Limbo. The album also includes the Maytals (with Toots) singing Pressure Drop. A good potpourri of reggae.
Legend, Bob Marley & the Wailers - Island 7 90169-2, 1984
Bob Marley has many great albums. This record is a good compilation of those many albums. No Woman No Cry and Redemption Song are some of my favorites. I got to see Bob Marley & the Wailers four times in concert. He was always magical on stage. His rendition of Redemption Song on stage was truly memorable.
Touch, John Klemmer - MCA Records MCAD-37152, 1975
Very good mellow saxophone music. Low key relaxing, romantic. Album is all instrumental.
Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths - Sire 25649-2 1987
An English rock band with Morrissey as the vocalist. A little strange but excellent. I would consider it mellow and slightly odd. The lyrics in the songs are very good. Some of my favorites are Girlfriend In A Comma, Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before and I Won't Share You.
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