Deep Feeling: 75 Masterpieces By 31 Blues Guitar Heroes

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Jul 2014

"Lovingly selected...the cuts themselves are good. Very good, in fact" Record Collector

8/10 Classic Rock presents the Blues

"A vivid portrait of post war blues at its most varied and compelling..." Surrey Mirror

"Essential" L'Écho Républicain

“with some of the best electric blues guitarists ever, plus a few artists who aren’t heard much these days and a couple of unknowns, this makes for a good purchase” Blues & Rhythm



CAT No: FVTD199UPC TEXT: 5055311001999

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If compiler Neil Slaven was an axe hero, he says he would favour a Danelectro Guitarlin, with its longhorn body, its lipstick pickups and coke-bottle machine head. Perhaps he’d settle for the red Gretsch Duo-Jet Bo Diddley sported on his first album cover. That puts him out of step with most of the guitarists gathered on Deep Feeling. Albert King favoured the Flying V, Buddy Guy liked the metallic clatter of a Strat and Muddy Waters slashed his slide down a Telecaster neck. Semi-acoustics were the name of the game for the average blues guitarist. B.B. King and Little Milton took an early shine to the Gibson ES-335 (our cover star incidentally, in rare original “watermelon” cherry finish), although B’s Lucille was actually a slimline 355. Freddie King played a Les Paul until he changed permanently to a 335 and Otis Rush played his 335 upside-down and backwards.

Record producer and blues discographer/authority Neil Slaven has selected 75 masterpieces by 31 blues guitar heroes, spanning three decades, to provide a wide-ranging survey of the Post War blues that so enthralled a generation of guitarists in the Sixties and which continues to fascinate and inspire today’s purveyors of rock and blues. The guitarists showcased on Deep Feeling include legendary names like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Elmore James, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Bo Diddley and Freddy King, alongside names that are less well known, but nevertheless revered by blues guitar cognoscenti, musicians like Guitar Slim, Robert Ward, Pee Wee Crayton, Pete “Guitar” Lewis, Earl King and Hop Wilson.

Whether a guitar and its amp came from an up-market music shop or Sears & Roebuck, it had to have impact. These men played in noisy venues, battling the howl of alcoholic exuberance. They had to capture their audiences’ attention and keep it. They reproduced that trenchant sound on the records they made. What may have sounded ragged then became the very essence of the music in later years. And that’s what we’re here to celebrate. Fantastic Voyage previously released the 3CD blues guitar anthology Screaming And Crying to critical acclaim and considerable sales. Since then we have released uniformly-packaged compilations devoted to blues harmonica (Just Wailing) and blues piano (Midnight Steppers). Now Deep Feeling returns to the mother lode for connoisseurs of blues guitar.



  1. I’m Tore Down (Freddy King)
  2. Same Old Blues (Little Milton)
  3. Louella Brown (Pee Wee Crayton)
  4. Ten Years Ago (Buddy Guy)
  5. Don’t Throw Your Love On Me So Strong (Albert King)
  6. Groaning The Blues (Otis Rush)
  7. Eating And Sleeping (Earl King)
  8. Maybe Blues (Morris Pejoe)
  9. Deep Feeling (Chuck Berry)
  10. Bad Luck Blues (Guitar Slim)
  11. Please Love Me (B.B. King)
  12. I Don’t Go For That (Jimmy Reed feat. Eddie Taylor)
  13. Jump Me (One More Time) (John Lee Hooker)
  14. Stinkin’ Drunk (Gene Phillips)
  15. Tell Me, Is There Still A Chance? (Goree Carter)
  16. Bop Cat Stomp (King Charles feat. Blue Charlie)
  17. Mean Old World (Johnny Fuller)
  18. Please Find My Baby (Elmore James)
  19. No Shoes (Eddie Kirkland)
  20. The Thing (Lafayette Thomas)
  21. Well Goodbye Baby (Frankie Lee Sims)
  22. I’m Gonna Love You (Eddie Taylor)
  23. A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (Hop Wilson)
  24. Fishin’ In My Pond (Lee Jackson)
  25. Bo’s Guitar (Bo Diddley)


  1. Done Somebody Wrong (Elmore James)
  2. My Baby’s A Good’Un (Otis Rush)
  3. Travelin’ To California (Albert King)
  4. Rock Awhile (Goree Carter)
  5. I’m Tryin’ (Little Milton)
  6. Don’t Have To Cry (B.B. King)
  7. Guitar Slim (Guitar Slim)
  8. How Long (Johnny Fuller)
  9. Lovin’ Guitar Man (John Lee Hooker)
  10. I’ll Just Keep Walkin’ (Lee Jackson)
  11. I’m Your Best Bet, Baby (Earl King)
  12. Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)
  13. San-Ho-Zay (Freddy King)
  14. Forgive Me Darling (The Ohio Untouchables feat. Robert Ward)
  15. I Met A Strange Woman (Hop Wilson)
  16. Mona (I Need You Baby) (Bo Diddley)
  17. Broken Hearted Blues (Buddy Guy)
  18. Down At The Depot (John Lee)
  19. Mama Does The Boogie (Red Johnson feat. J.D. Edwards)
  20. It’s Time For Lovin’ To Be Done (Eddie Kirkland)
  21. Hangover Blues (Johnny Otis feat. Pete “Guitar” Lewis)
  22. Misery Blues (Frankie Lee Sims)
  23. Gene’s Guitar Blues (Gene Phillips)
  24. Central Avenue Blues (Pee Wee Crayton)
  25. Looking For Trouble (Eddie Taylor)


  1. Walking With Frankie (Frankie Lee Sims)
  2. The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James)
  3. I’m Gonna Ruin You (Jimmy Reed feat. Eddie Taylor)
  4. Oh Baby Doll (Chuck Berry)
  5. Huckle Boogie (Pee Wee Crayton)
  6. Blues At Sunrise (Albert King)
  7. That Will Never Do (Little Milton)
  8. Too Late To Change (Johnny Fuller)
  9. Bye! Bye! Baby (B.B. King)
  10. I’m A Boogie Man (John Lee Hooker)
  11. I Love The Woman (Freddy King)
  12. Everytime (T-Bone Walker)
  13. Sum’thin’ To Remember You By (Guitar Slim)
  14. I Love You So (Bo Diddley)
  15. Ramblin’ Woman (Gene Phillips)
  16. Three Times A Fool (Otis Rush)
  17. Baby You Can Get Your Gun (Earl King)
  18. Blind’s Blues (John Lee)
  19. E.T. Blues (Eddie Taylor)
  20. Goodbye Blues (Jesse Allen)
  21. Don’t Bring No Friend (Blue Charlie)
  22. I’m Your Boogie Man (Goree Carter)
  23. Mistreated Woman (Eddie Kirkland)
  24. I’ve Been To This Prison (Leroy Washington)
  25. Be Careful With The Blues (Hop Wilson)