On the train home one day last week I fired up Electric Ladyland on the mp3 player and (as ever) was impressed by the awesome sounds reaching my ears. This got me thinking about the classic 3 piece line up of guitar, bass and drums; 1966 saw the formation of arguably the two finest exponents of the genre, The Jimi Hendrix Eperience and Cream.
We begin our journey through worthy exponents of the genre with a lesser known outfit but one that I remember well from my youth: Taste, yet another example of European musicians heavily influenced by the sounds of the Blues.
Was never lucky enough to see them live, but this clip from their Isle of Wight performance in 1970 gives a taste (sorry, could not resist the opportunity) of what they were like as a live unit. Had trouble finding live clips of the whole band performing, this one is short but sweet:
This one features Rory’s fine slide guitar playing Gambling Blues.