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Shel Silverstein. Hans Zimmer. Glenn Frey. Badlands Charlie Sexton. Toni Childs. Grayson Hugh. Kelly Willis. Buddy Guy was one of the second wave of West-side guitarists who came up at this time, and his work with Junior Wells began after the 'British Invasion' and lasted for decades.
When the dust settled, Blues and Blues-Rock had been established as a cornerstone of music, with records in the charts, specialist Blues labels and at least one club in every town. When Stevie-Ray Vaughan came along in the 80s, the Blues was suffering a period of respite, but his hard-rocking Texas Roadhouse style brought it to the fore again along with new names like Robert Cray and Albert Collins, and even John Lee Hooker had a worldwide hit album.
It was the basis of Rock'n'Roll; it mingled with Gospel music to give us Soul; it gave a form to Hard Rock; you can even trace the roots of Rap to early 'talking Blues'.
Adding the twin guitars of Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, Paul brought the music of his hometown to a new, young, white audience. His heartfelt harp playing, on covers of some Chicago classics and the band's own songs, has the rough and ready quality that shows his passion for the music he had learned from the Legends in those South-side clubs.
Like the end of 'Casablanca', this was the start of a 'beautiful friendship'. Junior Wells and Buddy Guy in the guise of 'Friendly Chap' for contractual reasons were feeling free to express themselves and obviously having a great time putting down these priceless sessions. This version of the disc includes a lot of studio banter and several alternate takes, on top of the original 12 tracks.
As a document of how Chicago Blues sounded in the mids, it is a superb example. No wonder that 'beautiful friendship' lasted over 30 years. There can only be only one choice for the definitive Stevie Ray Vaughan album, as it had such a huge world-wide impact.
Texas Flood stayed in the charts for six months, an astonishing feat at the time, and the band were so tight from months of playing these songs, it comes over like a club set on a night when they were smokin'. It practically started the 80s Blues revival all by itself, and this 30th Anniversary edition also has a bonus CD of a great gig in Philly in Essential Blues Rock. This album is a sublime example of modern Blues-Rock, with a combination of slow, soulful Blues, 'film-noire' soundtracks and good-time boogie numbers.
On his ninth studio album, Joe Bonamassa 's increasing confidence as a writer, as heard on 'Black Lung Heartache', 'Slow Train' and the title track, allows his songs to touch a nerve in the collective memory, like the best Blues should.
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