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The Old Grey Whistle Test: Blues

  • 1. I'll Play the Blues for You - Albert King
    2. Hands Off - Rory Gallagher
    3. Grange, La - ZZ Top
    4. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
    5. Bad Luck City - R.L. Burnside
    6. Deja Voodoo - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    7. Things, The (That) I Used to Do - Stevie Ray Vaughan
    8. Sky Is Crying, The - Elmore James
    9. My Heart Beat like a Hammer - Fleetwood Mac
    10. You Ain't No Good - Chicken Shack
    11. Love Me like a Man - Bonnie Raitt
    12. Bluest Blues, The - Alvin Lee
    13. Precious Gift - Robin Trower
    14. Sweet Dreams - Roy Buchanan
    15. Lafayette Railroad - Little Feat
    16. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band
    17. Born in Chicago - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    18. Going Down - Freddie King
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WMTV 175

  • Credits

    Photographer: Miles Myerscough-Harris.
    The Old Grey Whistle Test was a music performance television series on BBC 2, and over the years the show has featured an amazing variety of artists, from Gram Parsons to Jethro Tull, including several who fell to the blues side of the pop spectrum. This set collects some of those blues tracks, including songs from R.L. Burnside ("Bad Luck City"), Roy Buchanan ("Sweet Dreams"), and Freddie King ("Going Down"), among others. There's also a track by Elmore James here, "The Sky Is Crying," which is a little confusing, since James never appeared on the program. Apparently the selector here, Bob Harris, wanted to include sides from musicians who should have or could have appeared on the program. There is little doubt James should have, but he couldn't have, since he died in 1963 and the first session of the Old Grey Whistle Test didn't hit the airwaves until 1971 (and ran until 1987). It's of little matter, though, since hearing James' roaring slide guitar sounds great whether he should have or could have. ~ Steve Leggett

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