The Knights of the Blues Table

The Knights of the Blues Table


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The Knights of the Blues Table

Knights of the Blues Table is truly a labor of love. Originally conceived as a tribute to the "Godfathers of British Blues", Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner, the album ended up as a more general celebration of the genre's origins and rich history. The record includes uniformly great performances from members of virtually every important blues-influenced British rock group, including Humble Pie, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, and scores of others. The disc is a rock family-tree lover's dream, as it reveals the incestuous nature of the scene. What makes Knights of the Blues Table truly stand apart from other tribute records, though, is the obvious love and enthusiasm apparent in every performance. There's no musty musical grave robbing or label politics here. These guys love this music, and it's easy to forget that they once had to buck convention and risk ridicule just to play it. There are so many highlights it's hard to pick just a few, but obvious treats include great harmonica work from Mick Jagger on Lonnie Johnson's "Racketeer Blues" (with brother Chris Jagger on vocals), a rare vocal performance by Cream lyricist Pete Brown on Leroy Carr's "Rocks in My Head," an absolutely blistering take on "Blind Man" by ex-Stone the Crows vocalist Maggie Bell, and a sandpaper-voiced version of Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues" by the legendarily reclusive and rarely recorded Peter Green. To top it all off, the album also includes a 1954 home recording of "KC Moan" performed by Cyril Davies himself. In short, Knights of the Blues Table is a recording of extreme historical and cultural importance, a must-have treasure trove for lovers of British blues, and a damn good listen to boot.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/1997
Label: Lightyear
UPC: 0085365418929
catalogNumber: 54189


  1. K.C. Moan
  2. Send for Me
  3. If You Live
  4. Go Down, Sunshine
  5. Racketeer's Blues
  6. Rocks in My Bed  - Phil Ryan
  7. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  8. Blind Man
  9. Traveling Riverside Blues
  10. Drop Down Mama
  11. I've Got News for You
  12. Nine Below Zero
  13. Judgement Day
  14. Play on Little Girl/T-Bone Shuffle
  15. One More Mile  - Mick Clarke
  16. You Shook Me  - Max Middleton

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyril Davies   Track Performer
Henry Thomas   Bass
Lou Martin   Piano,Track Performer
Jack Bruce   Bass,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Georgie Fame   Organ,Track Performer
Mick Jagger   Harmonica,Track Performer
Mick Taylor   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Miller Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Maggie Bell   Vocals,Track Performer
Dennis Greaves   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Jagger   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Phil May   Vocals
Nine Below Zero   Track Performer
Duffy Power   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Pretty Things   Track Performer
Jim Sullivan   Guitar,Track Performer
Dick Taylor   Guitar
Mick Clarke   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Otis Grand   Guitar,Track Performer
Bob Jenkins   Drums
Jeff Allen   Drums
Pete Brown   Percussion,Vocals,Track Performer
Dave "Clem" Clempson   Guitar,Track Performer
Davidson   Guitar
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Peter Green   Guitar,Vocals
Kuma Harada   Bass
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Paul Jones   Harmonica,Vocals
Ronnie Leahy   Organ,Piano
Gerry McAvoy   Bass
Tony McPhee   Guitar,Vocals
Max Middleton   Keyboards,Track Performer
John Povey   Harmonica
Tristan Powell   Guitar
Phil Ryan   Organ,Piano,Track Performer
Wally Allen Waller   Bass
Nigel Watson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Neal Wilkinson   Drums
Steve Wren   Organ,Piano
Skip Alan   Drums
Robert Ahwai   Rhythm Guitar
Malcolm Mortimore   Drums
Chico Lopez   Bass
Alex Keen   Acoustic Bass
Mike Hobart   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Powell   Drums

Technical Credits

Cyril Davies   Contributor
Alexis Korner   Contributor
Georgie Fame   Contributor
Charlie Watts   Contributor
Nine Below Zero   Contributor
Duffy Power   Arranger
Pretty Things   Arranger
Blues, Inc.   Contributor
Pete Brown   Producer
Arnie Goodman   Executive Producer
Tristan Powell   Engineer
Neil Slaven   Liner Notes
Ioannis   Art Direction,Digital Art,Retouching
Stephen Jacaruso   Art Direction
Ben Elliott   Engineer
Matt Gregory   Engineer
Anthony P. Roger   Executive Producer
Linda Loiewski   Art Direction
Bryan Morrison   Composer

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