Lp of the month

Blues enthusiast and board member Willem van de Kraats has been pulling an LP from his large collection of vinyl every Sunday morning for years, sitting down with a cup of coffee and enjoying the blues. That Sunday ritual gave us the idea of doing this monthly on a larger scale. Blues lovers choose their favorite LP, write their personal memories with it and mail them to lpvandemaand@bluesinwijk.nl.  Willem and Jos du Floo together form a jury and choose the best entry. We publish that choice on our website, share it on social media, and Jos plays a song from the LP every Sunday for a month in his blues program ‘Highstreet Jazz&Blues’ op Regio90FMThe first LP of the month was announced by Jos on Sunday, October 4.  Below all the elected LPs and the stories can be read back and a nice archive of wonderful bluesLPs will be created in the coming years. 

December 2022

The album you can wake me up at night for is Boogie with Canned Heat. In 1969 I was 15 years old and that’s when the American blues band came to Castle Duurstede in Wijk bij Duurstede. The reason for their coming was that a weekend of filming was being made of their performances. Buses full of hippies came, there was drug use, music and dancing. At that time, I myself also looked like a hippie and it was not difficult to attend the performance at the castle. The Canned Heat performance was my first introduction to the blues/boogie and set me on the path to the blues. I was impressed by the performance and the first thing I did as a fifteen-year-old after the performance was to buy an album by Canned Heat. It became the LP Boogie with Canned Heat. This album is the second studio album by the American blues and rock band Canned Heat. Released in 1968, it contains mostly original material, unlike their debut album. It was the band’s most commercially successful album, reaching No. 16 in the US and No. 5 in the UK. Boogie with Canned Heat includes the top 10 hit ” On the Road Again “, one of their best-known songs. Also “Amphetamine Annie,” a warning about the dangers of amphetamine abuse and was widely played on the radio. “Fried Hockey Boogie” was the first example of one of Canned Heat’s boogies. Canned Heat emerged in 1966 and was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. The Bear took the name “Canned Heat” from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson. They were joined by Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine. The band was completed in 1967 by Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who had played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees. Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra played on drums. With their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and headlining the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, the band secured a place in the pages of rock ‘n roll history. The band collaborated with Jon Mayall, Little Richard and later blues icon John Lee Hooker, the musician from whom they initially drew much of their musical inspiration. The band achieved three worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968, “Let’s Work Together” in 1970 and “Going Up The Country” in 1969 became rock anthems around the world, with the latter song being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the movie Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.
Arie Posthouwer

november 2022

‘Live And On The Move’ 1976
James Cotton
Recently we had a fascinating interview with Magic Frankie. After several years of silence, he is picking up the threads of his blues life again. There are plenty of plans for a new band, gigs, recording new songs of his own writing, in short he wants to get back into the spotlight on stage. The Gangster of Blues is back in full force. His first single ever is “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugar Hill Gang. This record actually contains everything: R&B, Soul, HipHop, Disco and Rap. Actually, everything is right in this song and it has a great groove. But finally everything falls into place when he sees a program on TV about the origins of the blues in which an American man and woman perform. This performance comes in like a thump, as raw as it sounds. Frankie is totally in shock, his love for the blues is born and will never leave him. In record stores he goes in search of more music. On that search for more wonderful blues music, he discovers James Cotton, a bluesman he had already seen perform in his hometown then, Breda. From this artist he buys the album ‘Live And On The Move’ 1976 (Buddah Records), an album with classic songs like ‘Got My Mojo Workin’, I Don’t Know, ‘Help Me’ and especially the beautiful performance of ‘Blow Wind Blow’ a song by Mc Kinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters. When we ask Frankie about his album of the month, he does not hesitate for a moment with this album, one of the albums that started it all for him back then.
Magic Frankie (interview door Willem van de Kraats en Gerrit Dijk)

oktober 2022

Hoodooman Blues is an album by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells and this was the eye opener for me in the 70s. You see, this was so good to hear that it was put directly on the record in the here and now without studio tricks or over dubbing. And that’s what real music could be too. Genuineness and immediacy. Nothing to the detriment of music that is overthought and overdubbed and arranged, that remains but to me the immediacy of the moment really appeals. Like a Zen master smashing a calligraphy on the canvas in one motion. But another truth is. You can’t expect authentic intimate music to be brought to a large audience. People go out to laugh, drink and dance. We give them a piece of freedom that they lack in their work. Every musician would rather have a full house of nice people than a few critics with a notebook to write on. And you have to find the magic yourself, a DJ can’t help with that, he wants to become famous himself.
Nicko Christiansen

september 2022

It is Sunday morning and I have just returned from a nice party on the beach in Scheveningen (read… broke), I walk to my grandfather’s wooden fruit auction box to pick out an LP as I normally do every Sunday morning with a cup of coffee. Yet this time is different, I now want to pick an LP to write an ode to for the website of Blues in Wijk. Doubt, doubt, doubt… Which one shall I choose? Ries already has “the London Sessions”, Wim has Elmore James and Bo chooses Muddy… Shit! Let’s see, how do you determine your favorite LP? Oh well, I’ll have to choose anyway. I go for a real modern classic “Blues Singer” by Buddy Guy from 2003. Back to basics! Jos du Floo once gave me this wonderful record as an audio file “you really should listen to this”. I think it’s a wonderful record, beautiful acoustic blues with a wonderful relaxed atmosphere that makes me feel very relaxed and where my thoughts wander away to a world of 100 years ago, a world without hurry. Somehow I find it a very exciting record, when you hear the song “Crawlin’ Kingsnake” together with BBKing and Eric Clapton. What a groove you say! The song “Moanin’ and Groanin’” gives me the feeling of a couple of guys along the Mississipie River making music with each other. Maybe it is my feeling of being broke. But what a fine record to listen to with an espresso!
Robin Winkel

augustus 2022

This LP is not really my favorite, but whenever someone asks me about it, this is always the one that comes to mind first. That’s probably because of the unparalleled versions of Little Wing and Red House on this album (both of which I think I’ve listened to about 300,000 times). So maybe this album has had more influence on my musical development than I realize. It is a “Live” album which is composed of songs from various concerts and two different band formations and has a bit of a messy history (which suits me). My first copy (LP) I played gray and where other people sometimes made a scratch on such an LP while moving the needle, I branded mine with a burning cigarette while turning it over (I think still with heavy Van Nelle) so that was careful while turning it over because otherwise I could get a new needle. As far as I’m concerned, this album is still highly recommended, especially for musicians. Just make sure you listen to the original, from before 2011. Jimi Hendrix- guitar, vocals; Mitch Mitchell- drums; Noel Redding- bass guitar (1968-1969 tracks and Billy Cox- bass guitar (1970 tracks) On the 1st release of the album (1971):   The album’s credits misrepresent “Little Wing” and “Voodoo Child” as being recorded in San Diego, but in reality they were recorded at the Royal Albert Hall on February 24, 1969. All songs were written by Hendrix, except where noted. The album details are from the original 1971 Reprise LP record labels. The original UK Polydor release reverses the sides, with “Johnny B. Goode” as opening side one and “The Queen” side two. Both the Reprise and Polydor album liner notes list the tracks in a different order than the actual LPs. 2011 reissue: Hendrix in the West was reissued on September 13, 2011, as part of Experience Hendrix’s project to remaster Hendrix’s discography. Because the rights to the Royal Albert Hall performances featured on the original LP are in dispute,[8] the reissue replaces the recordings of “Little Wing” (3:52) from Winterland on October 12, 1968, and “Voodoo Child” (10:40) from the San Diego Sports Arena on May 24, 1969.
Klaas van Kuilenburg

Juli 2022

King of the Delta Blues Singers
BluesinWijk’s LP of the month feature has already produced a nice collection of albums by Blues giants from home and abroad. That, combined with the fact that there is such a rich history of fantastic Blues albums to choose from, makes it no easy task to come up with one LP of the month. Still, I was missing an artist who should definitely not be missing from this wonderful collection. When I was born, he had been dead for 63 years. As the first member of the infamous club of 27, he wasn’t granted a long life, but fortunately his music lived (and still lives) on. I am of course talking about Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues singers. The work of this pioneer of the Blues, which consists of only 29 songs, is a must-have in the collection of every Blues fan. With his howling voice and virtuoso guitar playing, to me he is truly one of the first great Blues legends and his music manages to touch me time and time again. He recorded first versions of many Blues classics and there are many of them on this posthumous 1961 collector. Outside of Johnson’s great music, which would become an inspiration for many music legends from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix, Johnson was very important to the Blues in another way. His life, about which little can really be said with certainty, has been eagerly used by many as material for myth-making due to his young death. In doing so, he has become the epitome of the Blues. The stories, which undoubtedly have very little to do with reality, have fascinated Blues fans and historians around the world for decades. From his alleged encounters with the devil to the wild conspiracies over his mysterious death via the story that he allegedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for superhuman skill on the guitar. This story is supported by rock solid songs on this album such as Me and the devil Blues and Crossroads Blues. The iconic cover of this album also tells a fascinating story in all its simplicity. For me, the mysterious and dark aspect is an important part of the charm of the Blues. Listening to the Blues brings you very close to a time long gone, with all its secrets and beauties, and that is what is so wonderful, exciting and fascinating about this music. Robert Johnson is still unsurpassed in expressing this story comprehensively and aptly with minimal means, and so he certainly deserves a spot in this fine column.
Tom Copier

juni 2022

Band of Gypsys
I was 12 years old when I saw Hendrix on TV, it was a rainy day and on TV( Belgium 2) there was a concert, that was namely Jimi plays Berkeley. My mother tipped me to it, knowing that I was (and still am) very interested in guitar music. I couldn’t take my eyes off the picture…this was unbelievable, this was how it had to be and this was the sound I liked. That’s where I saw the Marshall stacks, just like AC/DC. A love of life was born. The Fender stratocaster and wah pedal did the rest. Unbelievable what a sound. After a week, not sleeping from excitement hahahaha I took the plunge and went to a friend of my father’s. My father said go and see him, he has a lot of LPs. Saturday afternoon I rang the bell and he (Pierre was his name) let me in. I asked about the music, Hendrix! Oh boy, sit down, he said, and I’ll let you hear some. That’s where it started, that afternoon my future was formed, we went from Freddie King, to Rory Gallagher, from Allman Brothers to Litlle Feat, from Howlin wolf to ….alles that I didn’t know but he let me hear. This was my music, in addition to the rock and metal I already had at home in small numbers, like Quo, and AC/DC and Motorhead.After 4 hours I said to him, I saw Hendrix on TV! What do you have from that? What of it! was his answer, but he said, I actually have to go somewhere, but I’ll give you an LP. That album was the Band of Gypsies. When I got home I went to my bedroom and put the record on the turntable. What a sound, freedom and improvisation….that record, like Irish Tour by Gallagher, shaped my musical thinking…. from the first notes of Who Knows to the last sounds of We gotta live together…..unbelievable. But that one note of the solo of Machine gun…is the highlight of the record for me. By now I am a big music collector myself, of all kinds of styles, from Jazz ,blues to metal and prog, psychedelics, sixties etc. Over the years I have collected all versions of the Hendrix Band of Gypsys recordings, bootlegs, extra tracks somewhere on CDs, etc., until finally two years ago a boxset appeared with all the tracks from those evenings……. it was complete, just like my search…. Once gaaien I found myself listening to the music, the intensity and the freedom……..it still is for me….Band Of Gypsys changed my musical life permanently….timelessly inspiring musical document of a legend……..Hendrix……Gorgeous
Julian Sas

may 2022

Hell's Sessions
My favorite blues LP from back in the day, when I was young and pretty, was Hell’s Session by Livin’ Blues. That was actually my first introduction to the Blues in general in the 1960s. This band was one of the best Dutch Blues bands at the time as far as I was concerned. There is so much variety in the songs, which they released. Nicko Christiansen with his lived-in raw voice gave that specific own sound to the music. However, I had never heard them play in real life. Until I heard in 2018, that in a different composition, Livin’ Blues Xperience performed in Amerongen, organized by Amuuz in the Allemanswaard with frontman Nicko Christiansen. I thought, we are going to experience that. I was curious what this would be like. Too bad that the hall did not have a more intimate atmosphere, would be nice in the future, but what a performance! The enthusiasm was splashing off. Great singing and what a performance. Nicko jumped all over the stage like a young guy of 25, alternating with a bit of sax, percussion. The rest of the band had the same enthusiasm and were very well matched. And Nicko can paint well too, but that aside. The original Livin’ Blues sound was well preserved. I was glad, that I had experienced this and that the band in this composition with so much energy and fun had preserved the Livin’Blues feeling and sound.
Ellen Steijn

April 2022

‘The Rolling Stones are more than just a group – they are a way of life’. Dit schreef manager Andrew Loog Oldham op de achterkant van de eerste LP die de Stones maakten. Die ‘way of life’ sprak mij aan en draag ik nog steeds in mijn botten. Ik kreeg deze LP van Dianna toen we elkaar net hadden ontmoet. Ik pakte deze LP uit mijn platenkast en je ziet dat hij grijs gedraaid is. Bintangs-style!! Toen ik de vraag kreeg om mijn ‘favoriete album ooit’ te beschrijven, dacht ik onmiddellijk aan deze onvergetelijke plaat. We waren met de Bintangs bezig met het ontgroeien aan de Indorock en het transformeren naar een blues-getinte stijl. En daar waren ineens de Stones. We kochten eerst een EP en waren verkocht. Daarna kwam dus dit album en we waren gestenigd voor het leven! Arti Kraaijeveld, Meine Fernhout en ik (Frank Kraaijeveld) draaiden de plaat zo vaak dat we de B-kant dwars door de A-kant heen hoorden. Magie!!! De ruige, ongecompliceerde rhythm and blues met rock-randjes en blues-emotie drong diep in onze zielen! Er was geen ontkomen aan. Een korte opsomming: ROUTE 66, een dodelijke riff en een knallende Charlie. I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU, Muddy Waters op topsnelheid. HONEST I DO, een fragiele Jimmy Reed song. I NEED YOU BABY (MONA), Bo-song met een hypnotiserende Tremelo. NOW I’VE GOT A WITNESS, instrumentaal intermezzo. LITTLE BY LITTLE. Rhythm and blues pur sang. I’M A KINGBEE, vette uitvoering van Slim Harpo’s hit. CAROL, superstrakke uitvoering van Chuck’s song met een hoofdrol voor Keith. TELL ME, de eerste song van Mick & Keith. Let op de twaalf-snarige gitaar. CAN I GET A WITNESS, uptempo R&B song van Holland/Dozier. YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY, dat heeft Mick Jagger wel bewezen. Last but not least: WALKING THE DOG, een dubbelzinnig nummer van Rufus Thomas. Kortom, een plaat die nu nog als een paal boven water staat, die de Stones definitief op de kaart zette. Alleen de hoes al is een arrogant statement. Alleen de ruige Stones die woedend in de camera kijken en totaal geen titel!! De onderkant van de LP is aangevreten door de tijd!!
Frank Kraaijeveld (The BINTANGS)

March 2022

In 1963 I came to live in Beverwijk, a teenager of then 12 years old, with a strong Brabant accent, still as blue as a pack of butter and went there to do the LTS and later the MTS. My musical development was still in its infancy, but the Beatles were better than the Stones. You had to choose, of course. In the sixties, the Bintangs and the Hamlets competed for local popularity in Beverwijk and the surrounding area. There was a time when I went to school in the morning and my eyes were drawn to the disused municipal gasometer. A towering thing where before that time the gas storage took place locally. Now it was adorned at the very top by metre-high letters that formed the name BINTANGS. An action by the band’s now quite active fan club. It became the talk of the town and a boost to the band’s popularity. It had to happen to go to a performance and that became the parking lot on top of the dune in Wijk aan Zee. There I was first struck by the sounds of the Bintangs. What a mess, Basic Station can still suck on that today. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they could still hear it in England. Of course I wasn’t used to this at all, that is also apparent when I listen to their music from back then, because then it turns out to be not too bad. I had to recover for a while and sat down on the step of the truck that belonged to the stage. Sitting there, I noticed that I had to get up all the time to let someone in or out. From my wiser friends I soon understood that the truck driver also wanted to earn something from the performance and that he rented out his cabin every 10 minutes to ‘enthusiasts’. I had an inkling of what that meant, but I didn’t dare to look inside, afraid I might get up a bit. In hindsight, I didn’t even think that crazy. In those years there were already some singles released, but only in 1969 the first LP – Blues on the Ceiling. I thought that was a bit mediocre, but luckily a year later Travellin’ in the U.S.A. An LP that certainly contains some songs that I have remembered as real Bintangs music. Jan Wijte’s flute certainly contributed to this. I got the LP from Harry Schierbeek, the hardest drummer I’ve ever experienced. He always broke something, but that didn’t bother him, playing softly was not his thing. I knew him because I regularly came home to his parents Harry Sr and Aunt Bep because of another hobby, the radio, the 27Mc to be precise. Harry really was a guy that makes you say ‘raw husk white pit’. Nice time though. By the way, I sometimes met the guitarist Jack van Schie. His sister was friends with my sister and I was allowed to play as a taxi every now and then. Nice guy that Jack. Travellin’ in the U.S.A. This LP contains at least three songs that I really think is ‘Bintang’s sound’. Those are Ridin’ on the L&N, Agnes Gray and Traveling in the U.S.A. The latter even had a top 10 listing in the charts in 1970. On the front of the cover is a beautiful black and white photo of the then occupation Frank Kraayeveld, Jan Wijte, Arthy Kraayeveld, Rob van Donselaar, Aad Hooft and singer Gus Pleines. Besides the band’s repertoire, it was especially Gus’ voice and appearance that made the Bintangs very often compared to the Rolling Stones, just such a big mouth and the same demeanor on stage. In short, this is the Bintangs LP that I still think is the best.
Frans Bruijnincx