How Britain Got The Blues – How London Got The Blues 2CD

How Britain Got The Blues – How London Got The Blues 2CD


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Rhythm & Blues Records presents a new series of double CDs highlighting the 240 or so songs most frequently performed by British beat and blues artists. Volume One spotlights the pre-Beatles skiffle and folk era and ties this in to the Blues Boom group material of the late 1960s. Three further volumes concentrate on Merseybeat, the London scene and the jazz and soul sounds that influenced the mod movement. In the late 1960s, when US college youth were likely to buy anything British labelled ‘heavy’, ‘progressive’ or  ‘blues’, the brand-leaders of the British Invasion: The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Ten Years After, The Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin were, without exception, born out of the American music included in this fascinating collection.

Teenagers in post-war America weren’t particularly fond of folk, blues or country and western; that was the stuff that their parents liked. Yet to some of their counterparts in ration-book Britain, this music seemed to offer messages from an intriguing culture half a world away. Lonnie Donegan’s hit album ‘King of Skiffle’ engendered a craze among British teenagers for reproducing and even recording these sounds in their suburban bedrooms or provincial youth clubs, on cheap guitars and homemade instruments. The skiffle sound spread like wildfire across the UK before its more discerning practitioners reverted, towards a more rock ‘n’ roll style, taking their fusion back to North America whence it had come, in a ‘British Invasion’.


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How London Got The Blues

1. You Don’t Love Me Willie Cobbs
2. Who Do You Love Bo Diddley
3. Wang Dang Doodle Howlin’ Wolf
4. Pretty Thing Bo Diddley
5. You Can’t Catch Me Chuck Berry
6. Boom Boom John Lee Hooker
7. Little Bitty Pretty One Thurston Harris
8. Cops And Robbers Boogaloo
9. Got My Mojo Working Muddy Waters
10. Susie Q Dale Hawkins
11. Smoke Stack Lightnin’ Howlin’ Wolf
12. Milk Cow Blues Ricky Nelson
13. Fannie Mae Buster Brown
14. Cadillac Bo Diddley
15. My Baby Left Me Arthur Crudup
16. Baby Please Don’t Go Big Joe Williams
17. Baby, What You Want Me To Do Jimmy Reed
18. Catfish Blues Robert Petway
19. I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis
20. Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed
21. I Wish You Would Billy Boy Arnold
22. You’ll Be Mine Howlin’ Wolf
23. Beautiful Delilah Chuck Berry
24. I Like It Like That, Part 1 Chris Kenner
25. Dust My Blues Elmore James
26. Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
27. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters
28. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down Bob Dylan
29. Dimples John Lee Hooker
30. Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry


1. The Red Rooster Howlin’ Wolf
2. This May Be The Last Time The Staple Singers
3. Route 66 Chuck Berry
4. I’m A King Bee Slim Harpo
5. Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby Jimmy Reed
6. Oh Yea Bo Diddley
7. Bottle It Up and Go Tommy McClennan
8. Call It Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker
9. Confessin’ The Blues Jay McShann
10. Five Long Years Eddie Boyd
11. I Just Want To Make Love Muddy Waters
12. Someday Baby Blues Sleepy John Estes
13. Nine Below Zero Sonny Boy Williamson
14. Mannish Boy Muddy Waters
15. I’m A Man Bo Diddley
16. Carol Chuck Berry
17. Every Day I Have The Blues B.B. King
18. Honest I Do Jimmy Reed
19. Here ‘Tis Bo Diddley
20. Not Fade Away The Crickets
21. Down The Road A Piece Will Bradley
22. Louie, Louie Richard Berry
23. Bald Headed Woman Odetta
24. I Ain’t Got You Billy Boy Arnold
25. House Of The Risin’ Sun  Bob Dylan
26. Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry
27. My Girl Josephine Fats Domino
28. Little Queenie Chuck Berry


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Weight0.125 kg