Album of the Week 7-6-24

Afternoon folks!

I hope that you all are having a great weekend. However it turned out, there's sure to be some blues here to make it better. Starting out, there's an album from Muddy Waters with some of his lesser-known early 70's tunes on it, followed by an excellent B.B. King album. After that, it's blues rock with John Hammond and the Nighthawks and Little Feat. After that there's an album for all you guitar pickers out there, Merle Travis and Joe Maphis pick away sometimes at improbable speeds with clean articulation that should make most guitar-shredders jaws drop. We finish off with a 1966 album from Small Faces.

Enjoy the tunes and have a good one!

Here 'tis:

Muddy Waters - They Call Me Muddy Waters

B.B. King - Indianola Mississippi Seeds

John Hammond And The Nighthawks - Hot Tracks

Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Merle Travis & Joe Maphis - Merle Travis & Joe Maphis

Small Faces - Small Faces

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the cover picture on BB's record could be an interesting desert
as long as there is not too much feed-back from the amp Wink
spitting' electric seeds!

thanks for the blues man

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joe shikspack's picture

@QMS

yes, indeed that is an electric watermelon, with a fender neck and some other assorted parts on it.

i bet the other half was delicious. Smile

have a good one!

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@joe shikspack
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to do the jump to
Boston to get to Maine
scary shit, slept in the bushes
eventually got thru the urban mess
back in the hitch hiking days
everybody but me thought I was gay
met some pretty strange souls in those days
guess we were all bit off then grid then

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Cassiodorus's picture

So I'm listening to Side Two of Paul Kantner's "Blows Against the Empire," his best album-length work

I need cheering up.

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"Our national nightmare is over -- time for a new one." - anonymous response to "Biden's" statement

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@Cassiodorus

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"Our national nightmare is over -- time for a new one." - anonymous response to "Biden's" statement

@Cassiodorus
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a venue to cheer you
during these hot times
looks like the inside of my brain
it ain't easy for sure

thanks for sharing the music!

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@Cassiodorus

it's only 92 here, and dripping with humidity. yuck!

thanks for the tunes! i haven't listened to that album for years, i might pull it out and give it a listen.

have a good one!

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I'm still stuck on Little Feat, but it's only 5pm ; ).

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@janis b

heh, there's some good late night music in the bunch there, too. Smile

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@joe shikspack

Yay, B.B.

Thanks again joe

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I can bet it's a sly dig at racism, knowing Mr. King. :-). Thanks for the tunes and LP art, joe. Rec'd!!

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Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

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@orlbucfan

i've always liked that album cover, whoever made the watermelon guitar should get some sort of award.

have a good one!

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Hi Joe,

Great sounds man! The pre Ian Maclagan Small Faces is neat stuff. Marriott was amazing, so wer Jones and Lane. I saw Ian once with his own band in the 80's. The Faces were one the best live shows out there in the early 70's. The Ampeg cabinets and heads (SVT's and the 8 x 10's cabs) were custom, all white, with a white whole stage floor mat. This had the effect of all of the stage turning whatever color the lights were, and they had it figured out... Very clever for great visual effect.

Saw Lowell George Little Feat, they were awesome. What a great band.

That Merle and Maphis ripped. Blazin'.

That is pretty upbeat overall for a BB album. It was actually pretty big in LA, Hummingbird got LOTS of radio airplay. I loved it. The chorale at the end is pure awesome. I guess BB didn't use them so it wasn't an issue, but you would need a bigger watermelon for a whammy bar or Bigsby... And I agree with OBF on the sublime nature of it.

Thanks for the great soundscapes!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

yep, i really liked the small faces, especially their earlier stuff. i always thought that they were a much better band than later on when they morphed into faces.

heh, i thought that you might get a kick out of travis and maphis, even if you're not really a country music fan, there's just so much virtuosity in their guitar picking.

hummingbird has always been a favorite bb tune for me, i'm glad that the album cleaned up as well as it did because it has been played a lot over the years.

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