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Please suggest a blues CD

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
My daughter included a wish for a blues CD in her Christmas wish list. I would appreciate suggestions for which CD of a blues female singer I should consider. I especially need suggestions for CDs that are likely to be available in local stores, such as Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, etc.
post #2 of 19
The ones that immediately come to mind are Etta James and Koko Taylor. I like Dorothy Moore, but it is not strictly speaking blues. You could also consider more vintage stuff like Bessie Smith.

Etta James' double CD The Essential Etta James on Chess Records is a very nice set to start off with. I personally prefer her classic Chess recordings to her more recent outings.
post #3 of 19
I second Koko, simply amazing listening to hear. I especially enjoy her self titled album. You may have some trouble though finding her work in some of the chains though. A few others to consider could be Etta James and possibly Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald but the latter to are more jazz than blues imho.
post #4 of 19
I agree with the previous posts - a more contemporary choice might be Deboroah Coleman.
post #5 of 19
Mike ... The big box bookstores (Barnes & Noble and Borders) have decent cd selection, albeit a tad more pricey - both are on 41 in Sarasota.

I agree with the Koko Taylor, Etta James recos - both should be readily available. For contemporary, look for Shamekia Copeland's Talking to Strangers. Many, many more, both old and current, but you gotta start somewhere.
post #6 of 19
Joss Stone sounds amazing. She is more 'soul' and R&B than strictly blues tho. Mind, Body & Soul is an excellent album.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I got Koko's self titled album. As for your other recommedations, I'll get them over time, for my own enjoyment.
post #8 of 19
Well let us know what you think Mike!
post #9 of 19
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I agree with the previous posts - a more contemporary choice might be Deboroah Coleman.
Agreed! She's awesome. immtbiker turned me on to her.
post #10 of 19
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I agree with the previous posts - a more contemporary choice might be Deboroah Coleman.
i didn't know anything about her when i caught her at a blues festival. she was terrific. love her singing voice and she can play. though judging from only one cd, she seems to be one of those artists that is better live. of course nothing matches the visceral experience of a live performance so perhaps i got spoiled right off the bat.
post #11 of 19
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I just ordered two of her CDs from the library, and am looking forward to hearing them.
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Agreed! She's awesome. immtbiker turned me on to her.
post #12 of 19
when i saw "blues CD," i thought we were talking about real blues. like, john mayall - blues breakers with eric clapton. CLASSIC. The recording is 40 years old, but it still sounds darn good.
post #13 of 19
I'm going to recommend a new direction.. Try the "American Folk Blues Festival" DVD's put out by Reelin In The Years Productions with Experience Hendrix on HIP O Records. These were aired on PBS a couple years ago. To the best of my knowledge there are three dvd's in the series.

At the time these recordings were done, (1962-1969) the bluesmen were pretty much reviled and ignored here in America, but the europeans welcomed them with open arms and treated them like royalty. These are performances of all the great bluesmen at the peak of their prowess. I think your daughter would really enjoy them and would learn what "Real Blues" is about!
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks very much. I'll follow up on your suggestion.

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I'm going to recommend a new direction.. Try the "American Folk Blues Festival" DVD's put out by Reelin In The Years Productions with Experience Hendrix on HIP O Records. These were aired on PBS a couple years ago. To the best of my knowledge there are three dvd's in the series.

At the time these recordings were done, (1962-1969) the bluesmen were pretty much reviled and ignored here in America, but the europeans welcomed them with open arms and treated them like royalty. These are performances of all the great bluesmen at the peak of their prowess. I think your daughter would really enjoy them and would learn what "Real Blues" is about!
post #15 of 19
i know it's not afemale but Albert Collins Cold Snap is awesome. It is also out on MFSL Gold CD but probably hard to find.
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