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Welcome to our summary page of musical artists that we profile. This is our high level snapshot. Many of the bands mentioned on the page we have more detailed profiles, which include topics ranging from reviews, commentary, discography, cd recommendations, photos, and related subjects. 

We're always adding new recommendations so stop back frequently.

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Charlie Daniels Band

Reverend Gary Davis 

Deep Purple

Derek and the Dominos

Dire Straits

Dixie Dregs

Willie Dixon

Donna Jean and the Tricksters

Doobie Brothers

Champion Jack Dupree

Bob Dylan

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Charlie Daniels Band

The Ultimate Charlie Daniels Band The Collection: 
Charlie Daniels' music meshes a combination of country, blues, and rock, which is topped off with inferences of bluegrass to yield a sound of its own. 

With an abundance of good music spread over so many albums we find that one of the greatest hits collections is a great way to go. There are single, double, and triple disc options.  Of them, his two disc collection. The Ultimate Charlie Daniels Band, seems to have the best balance of including his essential tracks without going beyond. 

The Collection: 
Fire on the Mountain, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon


The Epic Trilogy:
Fire On The Mountain and Nightrider (both from 1975) plus 1976's High Lonesome

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Volunteer Jam (1976) The Epic Trilogy
Volunteer Jam Product Description
In 1975, The Charlie Daniels Band performed the second of their Legendary Volunteer Jams at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This annual event featured a number of special guests including The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell from the Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Hall, Dru Lombar, Bill Hart, and Gary Peacemaker. Originally released as a feature move in 1976. This Is the first time that Volunteer Jam is available on DVD. 
Track Listing 1. Intro 2. Whiskey 3. Birmingham Blues 4. Long Haired Country Boy 5. No Place To Go 6. Funky Junky 7. Texas 8. The South's Gonna Do It (Again) 9. Orange Blossom Special 10. Twenty-Four Hours 11. The Thrill Is Gone 12. Jelly Blues 13. Sweet Mama 14. Mountain Dew Bonus Feature: New interview with Charlie Daniels.

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Southern Rock

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Reverend Gary Davis  

Pure Religion and Bad Company

Reverend Gary Davis is one of the most influential  ragtime blues artists. His impact was not limited blues players and is far reaching, impacting musical legends such as Jorma Kaukonen, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, David Bromberg, and countless others. 

Thankfully he left behind a large body of recorded works. His compilation Pure Religion and Bad Company is a superb introduction to his music.

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Acoustic Blues

Blues Greats

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Deep Purple

Machine Head Made In Japan: The Remastered Edition

Deep Purple has seen their share of personnel movements. When we think of classic Deep Purple the band of guitarist Blackmore, singer Ian Gillian, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice comes to mind.  

That line-up brought us the classic Machine Head. Is there a better hard rock album? By anyone's scorecard, this one reaches the upper echelon. Deep Purple's 25th Anniversary Edition packages a second disc of alternative versions of all of the songs from the original album plus the B side "When a Blind Man Cries." The original disc has three bonus tracks. 

There is no better Deep Purple listening experience than their studio album Machine Head. Made In Japan includes killer live versions from that era. Favorite song not on Machine Head, "Woman From Tokyo" from Who Do We Think We Are

In Rock: 25th Anniversary
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1995 release on EMI, the 25th anniversary edition of their classic 1970 album 'In Rock'. Features the original eight tracks plus 12 bonus tracks, all digitally remastered & on afull color picture CD. The clear jewel case lid is embossed with replica autographs of the band's members at the time inblack. The bonus tracks include studio outtakes, Roger Glover remixes and studio chat by the band! Contains 'Speed King', 'Child In Time' and 'Black Night'. The full title is 'In Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition'. 

In Concert 1970-1972
Audio CD (August 16, 2011)

Editorial Reviews
Digitally remastered two CD edition of this classic live release from the British Hard Rock legends. Featuring the Mk II lineup of Deep Purple (Ian Gillan/Ritchie Blackmore/Roger Glover/Jon Lord/Ian Paice), these two concerts were recorded for the BBC. The first one, recorded in 1970, was in support of In Rock. Despite being only four songs, the set clocks in at over 50 minutes. Disc Two was recorded in 1972 in support of the classic Machine Head album. This recording features performances of six of the seven tracks off the album including a nearly 21-minute run through of 'Space Truckin''. 
In Rock: 25th Anniversary In Concert 1970-1972

The line-up with Steve Morse is quite thrilling too. 

Live at Montreux, 1996 Around the World Live
4 DVD's
Around the World Live
DISC 1 - BOMBAY CALLING - INDIA 1995 
Line-up - Gillan, Glover, Morse, Lord, and Paice
DISC 2 - TOTAL ABANDON - AUSTRALIA 1999
DISC 3 - LIVE AT THE NEC - ENGLAND 2002
DISC 4 - ACCESS ALL AREAS The definitive documentary of Deep Purple in the Steve Morse era

Live at Montreux, 1996
Line-up features: Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Steve Morse & Ian Paice.

Additional Deep Purple content
Deep Purple Overview

Deep Purple on video
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Derek and the Dominos

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs The Layla Sessions : 20th Anniversary Edition

Derek and the Dominos was a short lived one of a kind phenomenon. Their studio album paired guitarist legends Eric Clapton and Duane Allman with a superb supporting cast. Duane is on all but three songs.

If you want to hear blistering blues with a jaw dropping guitar attack, this band this will satisfy your craving. Their studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was a double LP released as a single disc. 

There is a three disc box set edition. In addition to the complete studio album it includes a disc of alternative tracks, and a disc of jams. We strongly recommend this for serious fans. The live Derek and Dominos does not include Duane Allman.

While there was only one Derek and the Dominos album, Clapton's first solo album, self-titled, will certainly please Dominos fans.

Additional Derek and the Dominos  content
Eric Clapton profile
Allman Brothers Band profile
Rock: guitar and piano

Of interest
Blues
Duane Allman profile

Live at the Fillmore  Book
Additional disc in the Deluxe Edition
 
1. Mean Old World
  2. Roll It Over
  3. Tell The Truth (Remastered - 40th Anniversary Version - 2010 (All Things Must Pass Version)
  4. It's Too Late (40th Anniversary Version - 2010 (Live For The Johnny Cash Show Version)
  5. Got To Get Better In A Little While (40th Anniversary Version - 2010 (Live For The Johnny Cash Show Version)
  6. Matchbox
  7. Blues Power
  8. Snake Lake Blues
  9. Evil
10. Mean Old Frisco
11. One More Chance
12. Got To Get Better In A Little While (Jam - 40th Anniversary Version - 2010)
13. Got To Get Better In A Little While (Remastered - 40th Anniversary Version - 2010)
Deluxe Edition
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Dire Straits

Dire Straits Live at the BBC 
Dire Straits is one of my favorite groups from the 1980's. When I think of the top guitarists that came from then, Mark Knopfler and Stevie Ray Vaughan are the two names that jump out.

I especially like the self-titled debut album. The hit, "Sultans of Swing" is a classic. Besides that, the whole album is quite good, "Water of Love" displays some nice slide guitar. The live release Live at the BBC, is basically a live album of those songs and it has pretty good sound. A live version of "Tunnel of Love" is tacked on at the end, the sound quality of it  is not good as the featured disc.
Live at BBC
Recorded live in concert July 22, 1978, for BBC Radio One 
Tracks 1-7
Mark Knopfler on guitar/vocals
David Knopfler on rhythm guitar/vocals,
John Illsley on bass, and 
Pick Withers on drums. 

"Tunnel of Love," recorded for BBC/TV's Old Grey Whistle Test on January 31, 1981.

There is also a live release from the same era Sultans of Swing (Live in Germany), a 2 CD Set, which has inferior sound to Live at BBC, but more music.

Of the two noted compilations, I'd favor the two-disc Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler, it includes both Dire Straits as well as Mark Knopfler solo material, and present full album versions and the studio cuts, not live versions. 

 

Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
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Dixie Dregs

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Dregs The Best of the Dregs: Divided We Stand

Dixie Dregs is a band of enormously talented musicians. Through the years personnel did change, but it never detracted from yielding first class music. They are led by guitarist Steve Morse who was voted best overall guitarist by guitar player five times and has won six Grammy nominations. Their instrumental music ventures into rock, fusion, bluegrass, jazz, and even classical. On occasion they even perform some classic rock covers. One performance I saw they did a stunning Led Zeppelin medley. 

In addition to the Dixie Dregs, they recorded under the name the Dregs. Steve's career also includes numerous stints, notably a vast solo career, and as a member of Kansas, and Deep Purple. One Dregs song, "Leprechaun Promenade," from Night of the Living Dregs reminds me of early Kansas music. 

If you are looking for compilation of Dixie Dregs material, they have two greatest hits releases, which do not overlap. The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Dregs is from their first three albums, while The Best of the Dregs: Divided We Stand, covers the latter period of their career.  

While we recommend both compilations, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Dregs would be our top choice. 

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Instrumental
Dixie Dregs / Steve Morse DVD
Deep Purple with Steve Morse

What If Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1978
DVD
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Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon Box Set

Willie Dixon is  best known for his songwriting contributions to the great Chicago blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, Chuck Berry, and countless others.  

The Willie Dixon Chess Box Set  is a celebration of his songwriting and include performances by Willie, but more frequently the blues legends that made these compositions famous. Tracks such as "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," "Evil," "Mellow Down Easy," "I just Want to Make Love to You," "Spoonful," "I Ain't Superstitious," "You Need Love" (The riff that is the foundation of Led Zeppelin's track "Whole Lotta Love"), "Little Red Rooster," "Back Door Man," "You Shook Me," "Bring it on Home," Wang Dang Doodle," "The Same Thing."  

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Blues: guitar and piano

Of Interest
Muddy Waters | Chuck Berry

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Donna Jean and the Tricksters

Donna Jean and the Tricksters Don't Let Go
Donna Jean and the Tricksters is a band composed of the revamped Zen Tricksters (ZT) with the addition of Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Donna Jean is best known for her work with the Grateful Dead. Though, prior to that, she did session work at Muscle Shoals Sound and appeared on notable recordings including Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," and Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman."  Reading an interview with Donna, she discusses that aspect of her career and notes the awesome session players that she was involved with, bringing back thoughts of Aretha Franklin's early material.  

Review continues in our Donna Jean and the Tricksters section.

See also Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band profiles.

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Doobie Brothers

Very Best Of by Doobie Brothers Captain & Me
The Doobie Brothers in February 2007 released a two disc compilation, The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers. It includes 33 tracks.

Disc: 1
1. Listen To The Music 
2. Jesus Is Just Alright 
3. Rockin' Down The Highway 
4. Long Train Runnin' 
5. China Grove 
6. South City Midnight Lady 
7. Another Park, Another Sunday 
8. Eyes Of Silver 
9. Nobody 
10. Black Water 
11. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me) 
12. Sweet Maxine 
13. I Cheat The Hangman 
14. Takin' It To The Streets 
15. Wheels of Fortune 
16. It Keeps You Runnin' 

Disc: 2 
1. Little Darling (I Need You) 
2. Echoes Of Love 
3. What A Fool Believes 
4. Minute By Minute 
5. Depending On You 
6. Real Love 
7. One Step Closer 
8. Wynken, Blynken and Nod 
9. Keep This Train A-Rollin' 
10. Here To Love You 
11. You Belong To Me 
12. The Doctor 
13. South Of The Border 
14. Need A Little Taste of Love 
15. Dangerous 
16. Rollin' On 
17. Ordinary Man 

Long Train Runnin': 1970-2000. Though, this has many of their key tracks in single version.

For a single disc
Doobie Brothers - Greatest Hits

For the latter era of the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald's 2005 The Ultimate Collection is a great choice. It includes a lot of Doobie Brothers material along with his solo music.

If your seeking albums rather than a compilation:
Captain & Me 

Minute By Minute 

Of interest: Steely Dan profile

Best of the Doobies Michael McDonald
The Ultimate Collection
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Champion Jack Dupree

Complete Blue Horizon Sessions Blues at Montreux
C is a two disc release that is worth seeking out. It includes two separate albums along with a dozen unreleased tracks. The first disc contains the 1968 album When You Feel The Feeling You Was Feeling. His backing unit on that featured Paul Kossoff on guitar and Simon Kirke on drums who later went on to form Free. The second disc includes the 1969 album Scoobydoobydoo. Mick Taylor, Rolling Stones guitarist, is featured on on that one. 

A different flavor of Champion Jack Dupree is Blues at Montreux by King Curtis and Champion Jack Dupree. Curtis is heard backing much of the great Aretha Franklin Atlantic early recordings. He and Duane Allman collaborated on a few tracks as well.

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Bob Dylan  

Together Through Life Deluxe Edition

Bob Dylan catalog is immense. This section highlights our favorite Dylan releases. We created a more detailed discography and have reviews in our Bob Dylan section

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Dylan and the Grateful Dead

Dylan most recent release is a studio album.  release Together Through Life.

Product Description
Standard: 1CD of 10 new tracks in a jewel box with a four-panel insert.
Together Though Life, produced by Jack Frost, was prompted by the composition of a new song, "Life Is Hard," which was written for a forthcoming film by French director Oliver Dahan (La Vie En Rose). Bob Dylan's latest studio album was recorded late last year and features 10 new songs including "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and "It's All Good." This will be the 46th release from Dylan, following his Platinum album Modern Times which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2006. 

Deluxe Edition Product Description
Deluxe: Special 2CD/DVD limited edition package in a jewel box with slipcase includes: 
- Together Through Life collectible poster 
- Together Through Life sticker 
- Bonus CD of Bob Dylan’s 60-minute Theme Time Radio Hour "Friends & Neighbors” episode 
- DVD of “Roy Silver – The Lost Interview” 

Together Though Life, produced by Jack Frost, was prompted by the composition of a new song, “Life Is Hard,” which was written for a forthcoming film by French director Oliver Dahan (La Vie En Rose). Bob Dylan’s latest studio album was recorded late last year and features 10 new songs including "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and "It's All Good." This will be the 46th release from Dylan, following his Platinum album Modern Times which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2006. 

 

Bob Dylan Compilations

Dylan has a few compilations, but for how long he's been around, there has not been an overabundance. Some of the older ones are before the remastered material so the sonic quality isn't as good. 

The compilation entitled Dylan has a single and triple disc edition is a good choice. I tend to think that some niche Dylan compilations would work well. For example folk, blues, country, etc.  Or what the various Bob Dylan and the Band excerpts, studio and live. 

Dylan (3 CD) Dylan (1 CD)
Bob Dylan Live 

Bob Dylan and the Band is our favorite of the numerous Dylan live releases. Bob Dylan and the Band toured in 1966 and 1974 , and there are options available from both tours. 

There are some other performances that they've done, we capture them in our Bob Dylan and The Band section. 

See also The Last Waltz by The Band, and the studio album Planet Waves

Bootleg Series Vol. 4 ~ 1998 - from May 1966  Before the Flood 1974 
Bob Dylan Studio Albums 

With such a varied career and so many different styles everyone will have different niches that they favor. To me, for those eras, a compilation is not appropriate. We have a lot of Dylan releases we like quite a bit. To narrow the list.  Narrowing the list to two, Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited make the cut. Some really good backing bands on these two, plus some great song-writing.

Other favorites are Nashville Skyline and Bringing it All Back Home

Blonde on Blonde  Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan Tributes 

Heart of Mine: Love Songs of Bob Dylan by Maria Muldaur
is an all-star cast of musicians performing arrangements put together by Maria Maldaur. If you like this style of music it is a very good, consistent, and satisfying listening. 

Dylan County is a good, not fantastic compilation of great musicians in the Country genre shouting out to the legend.

Heart of Mine: Love Songs of Bob Dylan by Maria Muldaur  Dylan Country 
Bob Dylan Collections - Multiple CD's released as packages, etc.
Bob Dylan - Limited Edition Catalog Box Set The Collection, Vol. 2:  Collection 3:
15 albums Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Times They Are A-Changin'
Another Side 
Blonde on Blonde
Blood Tracks 
Infidels
The Collection, Vol. 4: The Collection: Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Volume 1-3
Nashville Skyline
New Morning
John Wesley Harding
Oh, Mercy
Time Out of Mind
Love and Theft
Unreleased demos and numerous treasure in this release.
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