Alexis Korner: Everyday I Have The Blues - The Sixties Anthology (3-CD)
(Grapefruit) 69 tracks
As the bandleader of Blues Incorporated, he was a pioneer of the genre, influencing and inspiring a variety of (then) young musicians such as Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Richards once noted that The Rolling Stones would never have existed without him), Eric Burdon and Eric Clapton.
But Every Day I Have The Blues: The Sixties Anthology makes it clear that Korner was far more than a seismic influence for future generations. This 3CD set with both live and studio settings documents Korner's musical activities from a tumultuous period when he lost the British blues boom to the 1960s when he suddenly found himself the patron saint of a new generation of blues rockers.
Every Day I Have The Blues features pieces from such legendary British live doukmentations as R&B From The Marquee and At The Cavern, as well as a selection of studio-albums featuring sensational vocal performances by artists such as Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry, Ronnie Jones, Herbie Goins, Duffy Power and Robert Plant, who was in the middle of recording an album with Korner when Led Zeppelin called.
With rare singles and studio outtakes, Every Day I Have The Blues is the definitive testimony to Korner's work and the 1960s. Packed in a stylish box and with a 24-page booklet with rare photos and a new introduction.
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In the early Fifties Korner (born in 1928) flirted with traditional jazz and skiffle before opening the London Blues and Barrelhouse Club with Cyril Davies in 1955. The pair first played together at the club's Thursday evening sessions, which attracted visiting American blues-men as well as local enthusiasts. Inspired by Muddy Waters, Chris Barber introduced R&B into his jazz band's repertoire, and Korner (guitar) and Davies (harmonica) backed singer Ottilie Patterson.
The popularity of the sets encouraged them to form their own- R&B band, Blues Incorporated, in 1961 and, in March the following year, to open their own club in Ealing. The band's original personnel included Art Wood (vocals) and Charlie Watts (drums), and among those who passed through the constantly changing line-up during the next year were Long John Baldry, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Graham Bond, Ronnie Jones, and Phil Seamen. Despite his seminal influence on British R&B, the boom passed Korner by and he spent much of the mid-Sixties working in television with his current rhythm section, Danny Thompson (bass) and Terry Cox (drums).
In 1967, he formed a trio, Free At Last, with an initial line-up of Cliff Barton (bass) and Hughie Flint (drums), but which changed so much he decided to work on his own. While touring Scan-dinavia the following year he met Peter Thorup; their sub-sequent collaboration provided the nucleus of New Church in 1969, the studio band CCS, and Snape, formed by chance on an American tour in 1972 with ex-members of King Crimson. Though Snape broke up within a year, Korner and Thorup continued to work together both as a duo and in CCS, whose hits included a cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' in 1970.