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Sweet Home Chicago

Postby mikedev » Fri Aug 03, 2001 10:48 am

I was going through my stuff the other day and found versions of Sweet Home Chicago by:

Robert Johnson
Magic Sam
Mighty Joe Young
Earl Hooker
Luther Allison
Lonnie Brookes
Peter Green and Splinter Group
Blues Brothers

and I think a couple of others that I can't remember here at work.

So a couple of questions:

Which is the 'best' version? - Magic Sam gets my vote
Is this the most recorded Blues song?
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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby notsonhouse » Fri Aug 03, 2001 2:11 pm

That's an easy one for me, Robert Johnson, of course. All the others were trying, but.......OOOPS!


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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby socal_blues » Mon Aug 06, 2001 9:53 pm

Can't argue with Robert Johnson's version as the best. But my personal favorite version is definitely Lonnie Brooks.
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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby slidnslim » Tue Nov 06, 2001 1:23 am

Honeyboy Edwards version does it for me! Slim
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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby chillywilly » Wed Nov 07, 2001 4:26 am

kinda partial to the version by Taj Mahal with the Pointer Sisters singing backup. Can't remember which album that was on, maybe Natch'l Blues or or Recycling the Blues, but it sure is good, um-humh...
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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby howlnwoof » Wed Nov 07, 2001 9:36 am

I saw Dan Akroyd (aka : Elwood Blues ) jam ???...with Buddy Guy on this up at Legends once.......Yep , he did the whole blues brother schtick....

Oh , wait a minute , this was supposed to be the best version..
I'm sorry...my mistake


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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby santo » Fri Sep 20, 2002 5:41 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-20-02 AT 01:42 PM (CDT)]I have a version that uses some different lyrics. They sing:
"Gone back to the southern cities,
Where the sweet old oranges grow."

It's on a sampler called Bottlenecks and switchblades or something. I'll dig it up.
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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby santo » Sun Sep 22, 2002 11:50 am

The same blues as "Sweet Home Chicago" was done as "Where the Sweet Old Oranges Grow" by Sam Montgomery, The King of Spades, in April 1936 but was unreleased. It's on a CD "The Slide Guitar. Bottles, Knives & Steel Vol 2."
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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby blueswriter » Sun Sep 22, 2002 1:50 pm

Kokomo Arnold recorded "Old Original Kokomo Blues" in 1934, which is where Robert Johnson seems to have drawn the idea for "Sweet Home Chicago."

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RE: Sweet Home Chicago

Postby badfinger » Sun Sep 22, 2002 11:03 pm

I like Johnny Shines doing it - it may well be an almost straight 'take' of RJ, but I like it much!


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