AMERICAN FOLK BLUES FESTIVAL 1965/ The Complete Sessions
Although it occurred 55 years ago (!), I vividly remember this show that I attended at the Salle Pleyel in
Well, 55 years after, the records made during this tour stand as pure classics by true blues greats and their music is the real blues of the 1950’s-60’s, before any rock-influence would somewhat change the beat and the solos as well as the music altogether.
I don’t know why – in contrary to the other years – those tracks were recorded in studio instead of live in concert although I know for sure all the live performances – at least in France but I suppose almost everywhere in Europe as well – were recorded and broadcasted on French radio stations like Europe1. I heard them during those times. In which vaults those sessions are buried? It’s pretty sure that they still exist somewhere and maybe some hard researchers will find them and issue on records like it has been done by the Fremeaux label for the AFBF Paris sessions some years ago.
I have tried to gather all the known tracks recorded in October 1965 by those fine bluesmen (and woman). Thanks a lot to Xyros for his help.
All tracks recorded 7
J.B. Lenoir, vcl/g.
01. Everybody crying
02. If I get lucky
J.B. Lenoir, vcl/g; Fred Below, dms.
03. I feel so good
04. Down in
J.B. Lenoir, vcl/g; Big Walter Horton, hca.
05. Slow down
Big Walter Horton, vcl/hca; Buddy Guy, g; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bs; Fred Below, dms.
06. Blues harp shuffle
08. Walter’s blues
Fred Mc Dowell, vcl/g.
09. Highway 61
10. Going down the river
11. Got a letter this morning
Roosevelt Sykes, vcl/pno; Buddy Guy, g; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bs; Fred Below, dms.
12. Come on back home
13. Sail on
Eddie Boyd, vcl/pno; Buddy Guy, g; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bs; Fred Below, dms.
14. Five long years
15. Five more long years
16. The big question
Jimmy Lee Robinson, g; Buddy Guy, bs; Fred Below, dms.
John Lee Hooker, vcl/g; Buddy Guy, bs; Fred Below, dms.
18. Della May
19. Della Mae
20. King of the world
Buddy Guy, vcl/g; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bs; Fred Below, dms.
21. First time I met the blues
22. Southside jump
Big Mama Thornton, vcl; Buddy Guy, g; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bs; Fred Below, dms.
23. Hound dog n°1
24. Hound dog n°2
Doctor Isaiah Ross, vcl/g/hca/dms.
25. Farewell baby
26. My black name is ringing
Everybody: Big Walter Horton, hca; Big Mama Thornton, hca; Dr Ross, hca; John Lee Hooker, hca; J.B. Lenoir, hca; Eddie Boyd, pno; Roosevelt Sykes, pno; Buddy Guy, g; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bs; Fred Below, dms.
27. Down home shakedown