Before Van Morrison became a household name with songs like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Moon Dance”, and “Crazy Love” he was the vocalist for the Irish Rock-N-Roll group Them. They recorded a pair of albums from ’64-’66 and had a few chart hits. However, it was the song “Gloria”, a song Morrison had written at just 18, that became what many would call a rock standard. “Gloria” has been covered by a who’s who list of music groups. A list which includes Jimi Hendrix, The 13th Floor Elevators, and The Doors, which I included below for you to check out. The 13th Floor Elevators’ version is easily my favorite. Roky Erickson’s voice is psychedelic rock. I also dig Bill Murray’s version of it too, with a little help from Mr Clapton.
Classic Clapton, from his album, Slowhand. A classic album, which contained a couple hit songs for Clapton and paired him with English producer, Glyn Johns. It is his 5th solo album and 4th since leaving his band Cream.
Nothing better today than some blues music to make you feel alive. Robert Johnson is the truth no matter what you think……included are Eric Clapton’s arrangement of “Crossroads” with his band Cream, Bob Dylan’s “Down The Highway” which was inspired by it and Jimi Hendrix’s live version……It’s only appropriate that I open up my blues collection and start getting ready for my trip down south, my return home. Enjoy
Robert Johnson – Crossroad Blues
Cream – Crossroads
Bob Dylan – Down The Highway
Jimi Hendrix – Crossroads (Live)