British Blues: Guitar Legends

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A spillover from the RIP thread, dedicated to those born within the British Isles who have left behind a profound blues guitar legacy.

Paul Kossoff, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore and most recently, Peter Green are amongst those who impacted many of our lives.

Perhaps timeously pertinent to begin with, is a revealing article:

ONE LEGENDARY GUITAR: THREE LEGENDARY OWNERS – THE GREENY MOORE LES PAUL

https://www.thaliacapos.com/blogs/b...ee-legendary-owners-the-greeny-moore-les-paul

I recently came across the following video, which was bookmarked and as yet unseen.

I have only ever heard Roy Buchanan performaning the composition and it will be fascinating, especially as reviews claim Moore's interpretation features some of the finest guitar artistry ever recorded.

 

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Rory Gallagher must be one of the most underrated musicians in British music history- he never seems to be included in documentaries about guitar greats or Whistle Test compilations, but was a staggeringly good player and very influential- a young hopeful guitarist went backstage at a Gallagher gig in the early 70s to ask how Rory got his guitar tone: that guitarist was a young Brian May, starting out with his pre-Queen band Smile.
 

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Rory Gallagher must be one of the most underrated musicians in British music history...
Celestial greetings my fellow Maryhill bred Fortrean, the following was discovered this very morning.

I've only listened to the opening couple of tracks, 'For the Last Time' and 'Laundromat' so far and both instantly take me right back to when I first heard them.

Mate's house in Maryhill Road, Glasgow. :)

Looks like the BBC recordings material features quite a few songs which are entirely new to myself.

Finding this and other classic blues archive recordings of late, has convinced I need a really decent new sound system.

I shall address this matter seperately.

 

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Rory Gallagher must be one of the most underrated musicians in British music history- he never seems to be included in documentaries about guitar greats or Whistle Test compilations, but was a staggeringly good player and very influential- a young hopeful guitarist went backstage at a Gallagher gig in the early 70s to ask how Rory got his guitar tone: that guitarist was a young Brian May, starting out with his pre-Queen band Smile.
Can't disagree with that, but he was from the Irish republic and so doesn't really belong in this thread.
Gary Moore was from Belfast and was one of the greatest blues guitarists.
I was honoured to see him at the legendary Strat Pack concert in 2004:

 

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I love Jimmy Page's solo on the First Gear's Leave My Kitten alone. It is a real explosion starting about 1:24:
 

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A serious quality new sound system set-up...

Any advice most welcome.

I noticed this was receiving 5* reviews:

DENON D-41DAB WiFi music system

Is that what I need though?

Most music, especially blues related, I play via YouTube on the Smart TV nowadays.
 

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Can't disagree with that, but he was from the Irish republic and so doesn't really belong in this thread.
Oh yes he does! :p

I had actually checked this very point, especially concerning Rory!

An executive decision was made, determining that for the purpose of this topic, it was part of the British Isles and therefore British.

'No further correspondence will be entered into..'. etc.

:badge:
 

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A serious quality new sound system set-up...

Any advice most welcome.

I noticed this was receiving 5* reviews:

DENON D-41DAB WiFi music system

Is that what I need though?

Most music, especially blues related, I play via YouTube on the Smart TV nowadays.
Denon are highly recommended. That looks like excellent kit.
 

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... a young hopeful guitarist went backstage at a Gallagher gig in the early 70s to ask how Rory got his guitar tone: that guitarist was a young Brian May, starting out with his pre-Queen band Smile.
Thanks for mentioning this, as a result of which I note two related interviews available, to enjoy watching.

I have only had time at present to view short segments from both and they are truly remarkable.


 

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When did, 'old-timey blues', first begin to cross with that emerging, late, 1960s blues and feature nascent guitar contributions from those who were to become... 'instrumental'!

I have come across this, which may be relatively early?

 

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I love Jimmy Page's solo on the First Gear's Leave My Kitten alone.
That snippet of video is glorious, I have never seen it before! Thank you so much, not only from myself, I am certain. :twothumbs:

Jimmy Page in the one.

He was the guitarist I most of all grew up with and remains my idol.

Page has everything, the complete guitar player.

Although of course Led Zeppelin encompassed many genres, when it came playing blues, Page is magical.

Personally, if I could only ever hear one blues song again, it would be the following, especially because I was there!

So, my intention was simply to feature a video of the Knebworth '79 performance... however... something astonishing has, quite literally this very moment, happened. Instead, I discover somebody else also rates it highly.

Whilst we wouldn't usually reference a reaction video, this one merits exception, in my earnest opinion.

I suppose because of the blues having a heritage where 'black lives matter' posters were perhaps a wee bit sparse, to see this particular guy becoming so passionately enamored with Led Zeppelin's take on the blues...

 

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This is taken from a private audience recording of Mythology's very last show on 7/13/1968. During their final days, the band included Neil Marshall (bass), Chris Smith (vocals), Tony Iommi (lead guitar) and Bill Ward (drums). Mythology became dispirited after an incident where all four members were fined 15 pounds for possession of cannabis resin in Carlisle on 5/27/1968. Since this was considered to be a serious offense at the time, much of their gigging work dried up, and they disbanded after this final show in Siloth. Enjoy!
 

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Famous Blues numbers...
How can i miss you if you won't go away.
I'm so miserable without you ,it's almost like having you here.
I think my baby loves me ,but she may be jiving to.
I'm sorry i made you cry but your face is much cleaner now. :cool:
 

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When did, 'old-timey blues', first begin to cross with that emerging, late, 1960s blues and feature nascent guitar contributions from those who were to become... 'instrumental'!

I have come across this, which may be relatively early?

When 'country blues' became 'city blues'
 

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Noting change of topic heading and appreciating reasoning therein, would it help to clarify...

British Blues Guitar Legends related to guitarists who are legendary within British blues music.

It does not and was never intended to exclude anyone born outside Great Britain.

Consequently:

British Blues - Guitar Legends

as opposed to:

British - Blues Guitar Legends


I quite like the first heading (hint), if only that I find the current incombant a bit 'longwinded' (hint!).

Meantime, I have discovered a lengthy, old BBC documentary which looks absolutely fascinating and bookmarked for this evening's viewing.

Should keep me out of mischief for a while. :p

 

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There are people on here who knew Viv Stanshall. Apparently John Mayall was not one of Viv's favourite people... (It does need to be said that any moral authority the Bonzos might have had on this matter was effectively negated when most of them (take a bow Neil Innes) blacked up for Look out, there's a monster coming).
 

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There are people on here who knew Viv Stanshall. Apparently John Mayall was not one of Viv's favourite people... (It does need to be said that any moral authority the Bonzos might have had on this matter was effectively negated when most of them (take a bow Neil Innes) blacked up for Look out, there's a monster coming).
I'd never seen that before:


There's clearly a point--considering the lyrics and the introduction--but this has to be classed as artistic misadventure!
 

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Rory Gallagher must be one of the most underrated musicians in British music history- he never seems to be included in documentaries about guitar greats or Whistle Test compilations, but was a staggeringly good player and very influential- a young hopeful guitarist went backstage at a Gallagher gig in the early 70s to ask how Rory got his guitar tone: that guitarist was a young Brian May, starting out with his pre-Queen band Smile.
I saw Rory a few times (and met him at gig in York). Amazing doesn't come close, his style was at one genius and simple, and what a tone!
 

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Another one from the Les Paul crowd.....sometimes overlooked because there were so many great Brit blues players around at the same time.....
 

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There's clearly a point--considering the lyrics and the introduction--but this has to be classed as artistic misadventure!
I highlighted this video, without comment, on the, 'Things That Make You Go... WTF?' thread.

I mention same, because just checking back there, I am reminded - especially for those who are maybe unaware - ensuing discussions contain a number of links to many of his finer hours! :twothumbs:

https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/things-that-make-you-go-wtf.26340/post-1781487
 

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One of my votes: Paul Kossoff.
On my list of things to do... "highlight Kossof on blues thread"...

Paul Kossoff, like Peter Green, would exude passion from that Les Paul guitar with his feeling for the blues.

Perhaps more than anyone, Kossof could do so from his sustain on a single note - taking advantage of a Les Paul's inherent resonance from its mahogany body.

That track you played... Lordy, Lordy, Lordy... how damn well awesome is his touch and tone there.

I still have the LP and ain't played it for, 'a while'.

Same goes for a, much rarer, 1977 double album, simply entitled, 'Koss' and a tribute, compellation of his life's work.

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For sure, the front cover's a wee bit dusty.

Then again, if 1977... this would be the first time it has surfaced again in 40 years.

I can't play it, because I no longer have a record deck.

Don't suppose...

Surely asking too much...



YA TOTAL DANCER, GET IN THERE!!!!

 

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It would be quite remiss not to also share the following, the original...

The double album contains a two-page insert and in sequence - now 'dusted' front cover included!:

- front cover, insert pages 1-4 and back cover

- the centre page, an image of a young Paul Kossoff looking so well

Although these are obviously just snapshots, it is hopefully possible to enlarge the images and read accompanying text.

It's a truly poignant and most suitably befitting biography.

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No mention for Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs?
Earlier this morning, I was thinking about guitarists who might be overlooked.

The one guy who came immediately to mind...

That is a terrific track.

They were a significant band at their peak and had a fair amount of success in the album charts.

I did see them in Glasgow around that time and thanks for headlining 'symbiotic thoughts'! :pop:

So... what might we find if searching YouTube with those 3 keywords - 'early rare live'...

Oh look, this delightful little surprise! :p

 
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