Blues Rock Presents is not only a good start for anyone interested in the 1970s blues rock sound, but it is also a great collection of rarities for those already well-versed in classic rock.
What makes this two CD set worth the purchase price? The unexpected gem “In a Broken Dream” by Python Lee Jackson, which, as it turns out, is just a pseudonym for Rod Stewart. The informative CD liner notes say this Stewart rarity was recorded as guide vocal for another band, but ended up as its own single a few years later.
Blues Rock includes several versions of familiar songs by unfamiliar artists. There is “Who Do You Love” by Juicy Lucy, “Roadhouse Blues” by Status Quo, and the original version of “Cocaine” by J.J. Cale, along with the original “Once Bitten Twice Shy” by Ian Hunter. There is also a very unusual, if not novel, version of “Get Off My Cloud” by Alexis Korner.
“In a Broken Dream” may be the best, but it’s not the only rare gem on this CD set. There is also the seldom-heard “Man of the World” by Fleetwood Mac, “I’m a Mover” by Free, and a solo version of “Sunshine of Your Love” by Jack Bruce. Sprinkled among the rare tracks are some classic blues rock standards like Cream’s “Strange Brew,” Ram Jam’s “Black Betty,” Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” and ZZ Top’s “La Grange.”
Blues Rock Presents is a must for anyone who loves classic rock and anyone who loves finding versions of songs they haven’t heard before. If you’re new to classic rock or even if you are already a rock history expert, this CD set has something for everyone.Powered by Sidelines