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Top 10 | Essential Listens | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Posted by Matteo Middlemiss

In our new series of blogs we are looking at a collection of albums that need to be listened to all the way through at least once in your life. The list is in no way exhaustive (how could it be?) but takes a look at some classic albums, and some lesser listened to greats, that represent an era, a genre or an artist. There are few better examples of this than Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John. Considered by many to be John’s best, the album spans genres and styles to create one of the most creatively interesting albums of the 70s! An important moment in his discography, as well as the history of pop and rock music, see why we think Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an essential listen.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Flame Tree Pro, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John, Rocketman

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Eric Clapton

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The most famous living guitarist in the world, Eric Clapton’s (b. 1945) career has passed through an extraordinary series of highs and lows during his five decades as a guitar hero. He has also experimented with numerous stylistic changes but has always returned to his first love, the blues.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Stevie Ray Vaughan

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

No best blues guitarist lineup would be complete without a mention of Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954–90). Exploding on to a generally lethargic blues scene in 1983 with his Texas Flood album, Stevie Ray Vaughan administered a high-voltage charge that revitalized the blues with his stunning playing and imagination. 

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Great Guitarists, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Buddy Guy

Posted by Josie Mitchell

Heading back to the Chicago blues classics, this week we take a look at George 'Buddy' Guy (b. 1936) who is known best for his influence on guitarists such as Jimmy Page (b. 1944), Keith Richards (b. 1943) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954–90).

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Great Guitarists, Blues Guitar

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Freddie King

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Last of the 'Three Kings,' but not least, this week we have the short-lived hard-party musical career of Freddie King (1934–76), the father of many classic soul-stinging riffs and one of the first blues musicians in history to play in a mixed race group.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Albert King

Posted by Laura Bulbeck
In this week's Top 10 Blues Guitarists blog we feature the unconventional guitarist Albert King (1923–92), whose style can’t be traced back to any former musicians, but whose tones, solos and deep vocals left their mark on the likes of such legends as Eric Clapton (b. 1945), Jimi Hendrix (1942–70) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954–90).

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | John Lee Hooker

Posted by Laura Bulbeck
Blues is nothing without different flavours, and some of the most renown blues guitarists could boast incredible skills shaping genre and form. This week we take it one step further with John Lee Hooker, one of the most versatile and long-lasting bluesmen of the twentieth century.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Muddy Waters

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week we take blues back to the Chicago classics with the legendary electric guitarist, and the face of 1950s blues itself, Muddy Waters.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | Robert Johnson

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Throughout history, many legendary musicians have become part of the '27 Club,' due to their mysterious deaths at the age of 27. This week, we're featuring one of these icons, Robert Johnson (1911–38), whose life is just as puzzling as his death.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

Top 10 Blues Guitarists | T-Bone Walker

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week, we turn to the man who popularized the electric blues, making sure blues music could truly be heard – T-Bone Walker.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Blues Guitar, Flame Tree Pro

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