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Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:01 pm
by ofcluke534
The reason I hunted down this site is because when I posted a topic like this, I got so many aggravating responses that I didn't go back. I want to know what people beleive is the best instrumental blues-ish song as far as talent and sound.

I have many varied opinions and have had many long debates on this matter, because essentially, I have nothing better to do ;). Some say Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson, if I didn't play guitar I might agree. This song sounds good, is played relatively fast(I beleive 168bpm) and has an appealing pop feel. Unfortunately it's just not that talented. For the most part it is single noted and relies heavily on pentatonic minor riffs. Now, I also think that Stevie Ray's version of little Wing deserves consideration. It's not as smooth and structured as Riviera Paradise or Lenny, but some of the sweeps and chords integrated into the solo keep you interested for the entire song. The raw recording is also a plus. I also would like to bring up Ry Cooder's "Feelin' Bad Blues" from Crossroads. This song has a genuine blues feel, or, you could tell he was feeling it when he was recording it. I like his slide sound and the oceola is a nice touch and is unnoticable if you're not listening for it. So please, debate, suggest, and reply.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:17 pm
by bluesmcgoo
On the acoustic side, I think I'd vote for Blind Willie Johnson's [i]"Dark Was the Night". Seriously haunting stuff.


On the electric side, ANYTHING from this album...

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000 ... ZZZZZ_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... nce&n=5174

Incredible stuff right there.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:26 pm
by ricochet
I was thinking "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground," too. I'm not sure Blind Willie Johnon's version's quite an instrumental, since he moaned all the way through it and said something like "Oh, Lord!" once.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:22 pm
by allanlummox
"On the acoustic side, I think I'd vote for Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night". Seriously haunting stuff."


Signed, moans and all.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:21 pm
by angry
Gday all,
As far as instrumentals go I don't think you can go past the soundtrack from the movie "Rush". It features some masterful instrumentals from the great Slow Hand himself, and it gets the hell played out of it at my house (I'm on my second copy of the disc now).

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:56 pm
by lightninboy
I played a song called "Tribute To Elizabeth Reid" in a hot band called Whipping Post.
Its originally by "The Allman Brothers", and has twin harmonised guitar leads all the way through.
It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck when we played it.

Another favorite of mine is "Feelin' Bad Blues" by Ry Cooder, off the "Crossroads" soundtrack.
It can make a grown man cry!
I like it so much, I recorded my own version on my soundclick page.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:49 pm
by maxx england
Dark Was The Night.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:25 am
by mike932
I agree, dark was the night, but on the lighter side...Freddie King playing Hideaway...makes my feet move.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:57 am
by nizer
>Now, I also think that
>Stevie Ray's version of little Wing deserves consideration.

My favorite version is Eric Clapton's on "Layla".

Not Blues, but Roy Buchanan's "Sleepwalk" is a knock-out. For Blues guitar instrumentals I think of "Albert's Alley" by Albert Collins, "San-ho-zay" by Freddie King, "Taylor's Rock" by HDT and all of Ry Cooder's stuff on the "Performance" soundtrack.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:38 pm
by maxx england
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-25-06 AT 10:38 AM (EST)]One of my electric favourites is ZZ Top, Apologies To Pearly. A slice of joyful, soaring lunacy. Is it blues? Don't know, I just love the laughing energy of it.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:06 pm
by boogiechillun85
Albert Collins' "Ice Pick."
But definitely Blind Willie Johnson..
Jim
http://www.soundclick.com/jimnjblues

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:07 am
by dcblues
If I had to pick just one, maybe "Easy" by Walter Horton.

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:14 pm
by sennor blues
Yeah "Easy" is one of the best instrumentals i've ever heard, but then, if you play harp you gotta say "Juke" the song is virtually the blues harmonica anthem

saludos
seƱor blues

RE: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:54 am
by dcblues
I play harp, but I prefer Big Walter. :)

Re: Best instrumental

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:51 am
by slideguitarblues
Rod Piazza's 4811 Wadsworth, there's just something haunting and unusual about it.