Gettin it on...

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Gettin it on...

Postby jellyroll baker » Mon Feb 17, 2003 7:01 am

Blues forms the soundtrack to a large percentage of my time.

Some of that time is spent in the arms of my lady friend.

What are the best blues songs to have playing while getting it ooonnnn?

No, Barry White does not count as blues.

So far I have:
- "I'm in the mood", the version with Bonie Raitt. So very sexy.
- Any of Howlin' Wolfs Chess singles. The guy wasn't a singer, he was a goddam force of nature and the power in his voice really can suit the mood.
- Any of Muddy Waters Chess singles. Because he's the Hoochie Coochie Man.

Any more suggestions?
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby bosco » Mon Feb 17, 2003 3:37 pm

JRB-

It sounds like you are into the "force of nature" thing as H.Wolf wouldn't immediately come to my mind for a romantic soundtrack. To go to the opposite side of the spectrum, may I recommend Charles Brown's fine 1994 CD on Verve, "These Blues". In reviews I have seen this release referred to as the "ultimate late night piano blues album" and I would have to agree. Soothing vocals, laid back saxophone and guitar and brushes on the drums contribute to the smooth, sexy affair. All cuts are in the 5 to 7 minute range and with titles like "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)", "Save Your Love For Me," and "I Did My Best For You," you can't go wrong.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for horizontal bop music. I'm playing the CD right now and thinking to myself, why don't I listen to this more often?

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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby howlnwoof » Mon Feb 17, 2003 5:27 pm

HOOYAA............gimme a bottle of cheap wine and any T Model Ford disc !!! Not for the romantic lyrics mind you , but rather for the relentless rythym and long songs . Man , I'm workin up a sweat just thinkin about it...........
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby ricochet » Mon Feb 17, 2003 8:59 pm

There is NO song for the horizontal boogie to compare with Foghat's "Slow Ride." Has some killer slide guitar in it, too.
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby mgiubert » Mon Feb 17, 2003 10:35 pm

What about the slow stuff like SRV's Lenny or (please don't laugh)
Chris Isaak's Wicked Game or many other from his Greatest hits ?
.....and (why not ?)Robert Cray :+
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby jellyroll baker » Tue Feb 18, 2003 4:08 am

>What about the slow stuff like SRV's Lenny or (please don't
>laugh)
>Chris Isaak's Wicked Game or many other from his Greatest
>hits ?
Chris Isaak's great! Baby do that bad bad thing again!

>.....and (why not ?)Robert Cray :+
Only if the girl is married to someone else.
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby bosco » Tue Feb 18, 2003 5:20 am

>>.....and (why not ?)Robert Cray :+
>Only if the girl is married to someone else.

...and she lives right next door. :D
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby howlnwoof » Tue Feb 18, 2003 9:53 am

While not a blues singer per se . What about Al Green ? Al's voice is like aural viagra , but without the embarrassment or possible side effects . If that don't getcha in the mood , don't know what will.....
ask your doctor.........

Oh by the way , I see that the Madison Blues Fest has Al Green as a headliner one night . YAHOOOOO
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby alexjay » Tue Feb 18, 2003 11:32 am

If we're going to go slightly off the subject of blues, then let me put my vote in for Teddy Pendergrass, either solo or as lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes--or, of course, the Big Gun, lovemusic speaking, of our parents' generation, Nat King Cole.

Back to the blues, though: The Fabulous Thunderbirds' music has that undercurrent of "Let's get off this dance floor and make love like two crazed weasels in heat!" to it,

But seeing as how most of us here are of the point-and-shoot gender, I'm rather surprised there hasn't been more mention of WOMEN artists to get the blood stirring. I think most of Bonnie Raitt's early stuff would do this quite well, as would Marcia Ball's more soulful songs. Big soul-blues mamas like Katie Webster and Koko Taylor can get your mojo rising, too--ever hear Katie Webster's "Pussycat Moan"? Sounds like a female Screaming Jay Hawkins without the weirdness.

But why depend on others? A man holding a guitar has long been proven an aphrodisiacal sight to most women, and the thought of her man singing just to HER can't hurt. Throw her a slow blues, with a lot of heavy soulful vocal scatting, and she'll melt.

(And no matter HOW often the womenfolk may tell you it's a sense of humor that REALLY gets them going, you don't want to play comic blues artists such as Saffire, David Bromberg, or Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials when you want to bend some heartstrings ...)


All that having been said, I could really use someone whose heartstrings *I* could play ...
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby chillywilly » Wed Feb 19, 2003 12:48 am

AlexJay nailed one fer sure. Katie Webster singing "Pussycat Moan" is probably my favorite rendition of any blues song by any female singer ever. However, don't let your little lady listen too closely to the actual words Katie is singin' on that particular one!

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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby cas » Wed Feb 19, 2003 1:50 am

Well..it's not all blues, but here's some mood uppers for me:
SRV: Ain't Gone & Give Up On Love & Texas Flood
KWS: Shame, Shame, Shame & Shotgun Blues
Elmore James: It Hurts Me Too
Also, this is a little strange maybe but George Thorogood's
Bad To the Bone....love the guitar--mmmmmmmm. I also like just
about any baritone sax playing the long, low notes.
This is certainly an interesting thread.
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby ricochet » Wed Feb 19, 2003 3:25 am

On "The Essential Tampa Red" there's a track called "My Daddy Rocks Me With A Heavy Roll" sung by Lucille Bogan that's, um, interesting.
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RE: Gettin it on...

Postby jellyroll baker » Wed Feb 19, 2003 3:53 am

>On "The Essential Tampa Red" there's a track called "My
>Daddy Rocks Me With A Heavy Roll" sung by Lucille Bogan
>that's, um, interesting.

I love playing that track to people who believe that blues began and ended in the Delta and deals only with heartbreak and sorrow. The moaning sure gets them listening!
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