Eric Clapton
Forty Licks
Led Zeppelin IV
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More than a mere geographical distinction, the early British Blues of the late '50s and early '60s paid strict adherence to replicating American blues genres, with an admiration for its originators bordering on reverence. But by the time of the blues revival of the mid-'60s, British guitarists -- in the main led by Eric Clapton -- were starting to bend the form to create their own amalgam. Wedding the string-bending fervor of the B.B., Albert, and Freddie King styles to the extreme volume produced by large amplifiers, British blues largely coalesced into blues rock, with formerly traditional blues artists like the Rolling Stones and Clapton becoming rock stars. The British style has perhaps the closest ties to rock music as opposed to rock & roll, a distinct stylistic descendant of the 1950s. It is this constant shift between preserving older styles and mainstreaming it into the pop marketplace that is the hallmark of British blues.

British Blues Artists Highlights

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
The Animals
The Animals
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Humble Pie
Humble Pie
Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck

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British Blues Album Highlights

Forty Licks
The Rolling Stones
Forty Licks
Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV
Ultimate!
The Yardbirds
Ultimate!
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
John Mayall & the ...
Bluesbreakers with Eric ...
Absolute Animals 1964-1968
The Animals
Absolute Animals 1964-1968
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966
The Yardbirds
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: ...

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British Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
Black Dog Led Zeppelin
Shapes of Things The Yardbirds
All Your Love
Eric Clapton / John Mayall / John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
We Gotta Get Out of This Place The Animals
For Your Love The Yardbirds
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Jeff Beck
I Ain't Superstitious Jeff Beck
That's the Way Led Zeppelin
It's All Over Now The Rolling Stones

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