I've slacked of late...but for a while back there...#bigtunes was a #regularfeature on the Burtonwode . I like to listen to all sorts of music.....but there is a focus on Blues/Country and Funk if I had to say anything....anyway...here a just a few that I like to listen to for your enjoyment!!
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Albert King - In Session
Its just fitting that this blog start with the one that started it all in a way. Many thanks to Charlie Pool, a friend of mine from University who introduced me to the delights of Albert King and Stevie Ray, as well as The Grateful Dead (most notably the Live European '72 album). Later in life I have progressed somewhat onto the other Albert King albums (not so much Stevie Ray), and he remains...just...my favorite of the three King of The Blues (the others being BB King - seen him in concert twice and Freddie King).
The next on my little Live Performances tour is probably the most rockin' song ever put down...taken from the ever green, ever excellent but sadly now defunct Old Grey Whistle Test.
Link Wray - Unchain My Heart
I think we can all agree that this is some performance!! Link died in 2005 and is best known for his single Rumble (featured memorably on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack) a song labelled the birth of the Power Cord (despite the fact that the song does not have a Power Cord in it!!) , a true seminal moment in Rock History.
I'm not a man of many regrets .... but I once had an opportunity to see the next artist live, and that opportunity slipped through my fingers. James Brown is still a controvercial figure, but surely there has never been and never will be a human being imbued with a s much Funk as The Godfather of Soul/ The Hardest Working Man in Showbusiness . James ran a notoriously tight backing band, fining members if they went out of times, a backing band that at one time included Bootsy Collins... a man no stranger to Funk himself!!
Although he had had previous chart success, it was the following famous performance in The Tami Show which propelled James Brown into the American public consciousness. Although it was the Rolling Stones that headlined the show, Keith Richards later claimed that following this performance was the biggest mistake of their career...it was simply so phenominal no mortal band could hope to come close to matching it!! Here it is in all its glory...although the performance of Please Please Please starting from 7 mins in is particulaly awe inspiring (as seen in the Commitments no less!!)
James Brown - The Tami Show
The list would not be complete without another King...THE KING - Mr. Elvis Pressley!!! I'm a particular fan of his early Rockabilly work...and whilst its hard to dig out footage of his recording so early on...this appearance on the Milton Berle Show is well worth a listen. Whats interesting is...if you listen carefully, you can hear people laughing as Elvis dances....they'd never seen anything like it before!! Elvis - Hound Dog on the Milton Berle Show
Last...but certainly not least...an artist that I've only just come across...Johnny Winter. I posted this video on Facebook ... and an Uncle of mine (a cousins husband), a man in his late 50's wrote to tell me that he had seen Johnny perform in the now defunkt Liverpool Stadium before I was born. Major credit!! Anyway...this Cross Eyed Albino really knows how to pick. Just check out his rendition of Johnny B Goode (and also look up his Jumpin Jack Flash performance on the afore mentioned Old Grey Whistle Test). Enjoy.
Johnny Winter - Live in Copenhagen 1970