CD Review –Blue Horizon Sampler – Ground Breaking Blues by Various Artists
7 out of 10 – Sony Blue Horizon – 886974450320
Blue Horizon’s sampler contains some of the finest recordings from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were released on Blue Horizon records.
The 14 tracks range from early Fleetwood Mac’s Dust my Broom featuring Jeremy Spencer on slide guitar and lead vocals, to solo performances from Johnny Shines on Last Night’s Dream and Gordon Smith’s Pearlie Blues.
There are a couple of instrumentals, Chicken Shack’s cover of Freddie King’s San-Ho-Zay which features Stan Webb on guitar and Christine Perfect (later McVie) on Keyboards, whilst Hop House, by Top Topham features the composer on guitar.
Other names which feature on the disc read like a who’s who of blues. Duster Bennett contributes his reading of It’s a Man Down There by Sonny Boy Williamson, Eddie Boyd gives his own You Got to Reap whilst Champion Jack Dupree adds Income Tax.
Otis Spann, Jellybread, and Johnny Young also feature, whilst Christine Perfect performs Belford Hendrick’s I’m too far gone (To Turn Around) in the voice that would later bring him worldwide attention.
This is a good introduction to many of the lost gems from the period, and at only £3.99 is a very good value collection.