Cadet Concept Electric Blues music

Just as Phil and Leonard Chess were selling its parent Chess Records to GRT Corporation in 1969, the decision was made to phase out Cadet Concept and its final release was in 1971.

Cadet Concept Electric Blues music

I listen a lot to the albums produced on the Cadet Concept electric blues label of Marshall

Marshall_Chess Cadet Concept photo Jamar Chess
Marshall_Chess Cadet Concept photo Jamar Chess

Chess. The psychedelic Blues label produced some awesome records by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley. The blues is more Funky groovy and I think the albums recorded on this label are still an inspiration for musicians now.
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Howlin´ Wolf The London Sessions

Howlin´ Wolf The London Sessions

He was one of a kind. Nobody I heard before him or after him has had that fantastic delivery—that certain something in his voice that seemed like a sword that’d pierce your soul when he’d sing. Wolf was already a great singer and musician when I first met him. To my mind, he’s one of the greatest ever. We’ll never see another like him.

– BB King –
About the first time he and Howlin’ Wolf met. From Moanin’ at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf.

Howlin´ Wolf Album

Howlin’ Wolf released the London Sessions album in 1971 after a collaboration with some of the best British Blues musicians. Wolf recorded over the years many albums at Sun and Chess records, this album was a new thing for Wolf, and the result can best be described as an album that grooves as hell.

Wolf and the British Blues players

Howlin' Wolf at London Sessions
Howlin’ Wolf at The London Sessions

Howlin’ Wolf has no best album or greatest recording because this big man made only hits. He has an unique voice, and for this album he, or actually Chess Records staff producer Norman Dayron, collected some British dreamteam musicians. Mister Slowhands Eric Clapton and the Rhythm section of the Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart, bassplayer Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts. Completed with Hubert Sumlin, Steve Winwood and Jeffrey M. Carp.

Blues Milestone

What Howlin’ Wolf and Clapton eventually accomplished with The London Sessions was a set of twelve very groovy modern blues songs. Kicking off with Rocking Daddy  “I’m a Hip-Shakin’ daddy, I can shake like a Willow tree”. And Finishing with, Willie Dixon classic Wang-Dang-Doodle. Especially this song is perfect for the deep and soulful voice of Chester Burnett.  Howlin’ Wolf himself  wasn’t actually that happy with the recordings in London for different reasons. What we do know is that he became more popular after the release.

Howlin’ Wolf The London Sessions Album cover:

Irish Blues from The Strypes

Irish Blues from The Strypes

The Strypes are a rhythm and blues band hailing from Cavan, Ireland. Viciously hammering out a no-nonsense blues repertoire drawing from the songbooks of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Slim Harpo and more. Playing with the passion and venom of British blues groups. These kids are young but kicking the bluessounds out. A new Black Bull Blues band.

Influenced by Chuck, Walter, Bo and Wolf

The Strypes Blues band (Photo Strypette)
The Strypes Blues band (Photo Strypette)

The Irish kids from The Strypes are influenced by some of the biggesgt names in Blues history like Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. The covered songs Rollin’ And Tumblin’ and You Can’t Judge a Book. What I like about the songs is the combinaton of pure raw Blues and Rhythm & blues with a kind of Punk and Rock ‘n Roll flavour.

Performing at European Festivals

These guys already played some of the biggest European music festivals like Rock Am Ring in Germany, and with their age I’m sure they gonna last a longtime. Since Kitty, Daisy and Lewis I haven’t heard a new band swing like the cats.

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.
– John Mayall – 

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

John Mayall is considered the father of the British Blues, He recorded as a solo artist and with The Bluesbreakers, more than twenty albums over the last fifty years. Mayall and The Bluesbreakers made the blues very, very popular back in the sixties, for that John Mayall  is considered the Father of the British Blues. I wrote a lot about American Blues legends on this blog, for now a journey to England, British Blues John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.

John Mayall and Eric Clapton

John Mayall and the Buesbreakers 1971 (Wiki Heinrich_Klaffs_Collection_70)
John Mayall and the Buesbreakers 1971 (Wiki Heinrich_Klaffs_Collection_70)

John Mayall is a fantastic musician and talent scout, he collected some of the best musicians and guitarist around him since he started back in the sixties. So when a young Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds 1965 to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers we were all blasted by the sound of mister Slowhands. It was a major coup for Mayall, and resulted in a dreamteam recording session, and eventually in the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album. When Clapton left the Bluesbreakers, Mayall found Peter Green, and when he left John found Mick Taylor willing to play for him.

Blues albums: Turning Point

Not only Mayall’s  guitarist made the Bluesbreaker famous, John Mc Vie and Steve Thompson contributed with funky fantastic basslines. Steve Thompson blasts away on the 1969 album Turning Point.  I remember very well the first time I heard Turning Point, an album without drums, but basslines that fill the rhythm enough. The Turning Point album is an example for what John Mayall is, an innovator.

John Mayall played with a lot of great musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and the Rolling Stones. The next video is an example, Albert King produced by John Mayall:

Blues songs: Take Me Back Lightnin’ Hopkins

Baby take me Back – Lightnin’Hopkins

Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.

Count Basie – 

Favorite Blues Songs: Take me Back

Blues Music Lightnin' Hopkins
Blues music Lightnin’ Hopkins

One of my favorite blues songs is Take Me Back by Lightnin’ Hopkins. And while there are a lot of legendary blues musicians, Lightnin’ Hopkins is one of my favorite. The ease he plays his songs, the groovynes of his sound, enjoy the song. For now the Black Bull Blues Blog Song of the week.

The Black Bull Blues

Rollingstone named Lightnin’ Hopkins one of the best guitarist that ever lived. And I wonder, How does this man play with that kind of relaxation. How do you get that kind of groove. And how does that voice reaches so deep.

As new bands reach the top of the charts. Win Grammy’s and play for David Letterman, musicians like Lightnin’, Muddy and Howlin’ Wolf will always stay influential. That is the thing of the blues. Without the roots there are no fruits, Willie Dixon once said. I heard the Alabama Shakes play and sing, and most definately they where inspired bij Lightnin’ and the gang, like Willie Dixon said.