My Top 15 Most Played Records of 2015

2015 has been the most challenging, and fulfilling year of my life. As my first year as a ‘professional’ writer, as well as my first year as an adult, the opportunities I took advantage of forced me to see the world in a light I hadn’t previously – There was immense pressure, and anxiety attacks to boot, but underneath it all there was an extremely passionate music obsessive taking the first steps in pursuing the career she dreams of.

I immersed myself in the Blues, purchased record after record, and discovered budding musicians from all over the world, whenever I got the chance. Everything I’ve achieved this year I’ve done for myself, and every piece of writing I’ve done has been from the heart.

Of all the records I delved into over the past 12 months, there were some that continually altered my perception, opened my mind, crawled deep into my soul, and served as soundtracks to my life – Here are 15 of those, in no particular order, with a standout track from each:

Troubador – JJ Cale (1976)

Aretha Franklin – Soul 69 (1969)

 Jeff Beck – Blow by Blow (1975)

Rory Gallagher – Tattoo (1973)

G. Love & Special Sauce – Sugar (2014)

Little Feat – The Last Record Album (1975)

The Jungle – BB King (1967)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – You’re Gonna Get It (1978)

Tina Turner – Private Dancer (1985)

Van Morrison – Moondance (1970)

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)

JJ Grey & MOFRO – This River (2013)

Bob Dylan – Infidels (1983)

Etta James – Etta James (1973)

Van Morrison –  Astral Weeks (1968)


 

To those who have supported Ultra Underground this year, I cannot thank you all enough!

In 2016, I hope to do bigger and better things to assist in keeping the world of Blues alive. I hope to inspire more Gen Y’s to listen to, and experience everything the genre has to offer, and above all else, I hope to discover a ton of upcoming, guitar slingin’ Blues players round the world.

Peace, love, and keep singin’ the Blues,

CKR

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4 responses to “My Top 15 Most Played Records of 2015

  1. Selwyn Berg

    Always interested to follow your stuff Chloe.

    Have you discovered King Curtis (Ousley)?

    I bought an LP of his when at high school in 1968 and still play it a lot.

    The guy was a sax player who backed and recorded with Sam Cooke Live @ Harlem Sq Club…had a young Jimi Hendrix in his band (I only discovered this when I saw the must-see doco Muscle Shoals – you must have seen that?) and mixed Aretha’s MS album with Jerry Wexler including some of his sax. Huge discography to choose from – Mostly jazz-soul not blues. Worshipped as a producer – the only black at Atlantic – by many including Allman Bros. Stabbed to death at age 37 in 1971.

    Happy NY – see you at Bluesfest.

    Sel

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    • I really appreciate it Selwyn!

      I’ve actually heard a whole lot about King Curtis, but I’m yet to give him a proper chance. Sounds like he had quite the life though… You’ve definitely convinced me to get acquainted!

      Happy New Year to you & your wife also! See you at Bluesfest.

      Chloe

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  2. merridown

    Only 2 out of 15 from the 21st Century! Seriously great selections! Hey thanks for the tip re Ann Peebles – don’t remember hearing her before – been grooving to her smouldering southern soul for 30 minutes now. Going to be one of my specials! –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZogV0PxS2A

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    • Glad you think so – I definitely think it’s a tasty selection!

      Well I’m glad I could introduce you to her wondrous music. My ‘record dealer’ introduced me to her a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

      Happy New Year! 🙂

      Chloe

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