There are often a number of albums per decade which have continued to stand the test of time decades since release, and Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble is definitely one of them from the 80’s. It’s also one of the finest debut albums by anyone and really injected the blues with a much needed adrenaline shot, bringing the genre back to the ears of millions.
1969 saw the release of one of the most underrated blues/rock albums of all time, the self-titled debut from The Allman Brothers Band. It would take the release of their 1971 live album At Fillmore East for the band to get the recognition they deserved but their debut effort contains some fantastic music.
50 years ago today (9th December 1966), Cream released their debut album Fresh Cream. It may not be their most accomplished album but in my eyes it’s still a landmark album that defined a new era of blues music. Unlike their later albums, Fresh Cream doesn’t include any songs that would define a generation but what we have is a superb blues record, blended with aspects of rock which equals one of the best albums form the mid-60’s.
Released in 1975 a year after his comeback album 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One In Every Crowd is a fantastic followup album containing some of Clapton’s best work. It’s an album from his catalogue that’s often overlooked and even though it may not be as good as it’s predecessor it’s still an all round solid album.
Released in December 1970, Peter Green’s debut solo album after leaving Fleetwood Mac can be considered a complete mess or a musical masterpiece. On first listen the album appears to be a collection of noises randomly sewn together to form an album but in reality The End Of The Game gives you an insight into Green’s mental state at this point in his life. The result is an explosive yet underrated album that certainly deserves more attention than it receives.
Released in 1974 after the huge commercial success of Brothers and Sisters by The Allman Brothers Band a year earlier, Highway Call was Dickey Betts’ first solo album which saw his sound and songwriting develop even more. In many ways it can be considered more of a natural successor musically than the somewhat disappointing Win, Lose or Draw album the Allman’s recorded a year later in 1975.