Various Artists - The Blues Scene (2xLP Vinyl)

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UK collection, a thrilling installment in the much lauded Decca Records archival Scene series that focuses on the label's diverse and influential '60s catalog. Included are early contributions from Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Alexis Korner, John Mayall and Rod Stewart. Record Store Day exclusive.


I don't know who has had access to Decca's vaults but, lucky people, they've come up some gems from their great 60's blues catalogue. Listen to cuts from Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, 1964, the long lost Blues Now lp, 1965, Raw Blues, 1966, John Mayall's first three Decca albums, and the Savoy Brown and Keef Hartley bands from later in the decade. Although it's an uneven collection, as compilations usually are, there are some great tracks, especially from US visitors. Eddie Boyd, Champion Jack Dupree, Curtis Jones and Otis Spann, all benefited from contributions from British musicians, among them Eric Clapton, Steve Angelo (Winwood), and the inevitable Bluesbreakers.

Some of Champion Jack Dupree's work for Decca, including the rare London Special 1964 ep with Keith Smith's Jazz Band, still remains hidden away; I'd love to hear his All Right (great trombone!) and the sublime I'm a Prisoner (exquisite solo from trumpeter Keith Smith) from Blues Now on cd. From that album we at least have Otis Spann's Pretty Girls Everywhere and Mae Mercer's gutsy Sweet Little Angel. Raw Blues with Mayall, Clapton, Spann etc, can still be found on cd, just, but in case you can't get a copy, grab this while you can. The rest of the Decca Scene series cds look good too. Go get `em!

By: Esterhazy47

A1 The Bluesbreakers– Curly
A2 Eddie Boyd– Key To The Highway
A3 John Mayall's Bluesbreakers* With Peter Green – The Super-Natural
A4 Otis Spann– Pretty Girls Everywhere
A5 Eddie Boyd– Blue Coat Man
A6 Champion Jack Dupree With John Mayall And Eric Clapton– Third Degree
B1 John Mayall's Bluesbreakers* With Eric Clapton– Steppin' Out
B2 Savoy Brown– Train To Nowhere
B3 Curtis Jones– Roll Me Over
B4 Zoot Money– Get On The Right Track Baby
B5 Alexis Korner's Blues Inc.*– Night Time Is The Right Time
B6 Mae Mercer– Sweet Little Angel
B7 Graham Bond Organization*– Strut Around
C1 Steve Anglo & John Mayall– Long Night
C2 Davy Graham– Goin' Down Slow
C3 Savoy Brown– Taste & Try Before You Buy
C4 Keef Hartley– Me And My Woman
C5 Eddie Boyd– Dust My Broom
C6 Champion Jack Dupree & Mickey 'Guitar' Baker*– Barrel House Woman
D1 Rod Stewart– I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
D2 John Mayall's Bluesbreakers* With Peter Green – Double Trouble
D3 Champion Jack Dupree– 24 Hours
D4 Alexis Korner's Blues Inc.*– Early In The Morning
D5 Savoy Brown Blues Band*– Let Me Love You Baby
D6 John Mayall's Bluesbreakers*– I Need Your Love

Record Label: Decca

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