10 Blues Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s That You Never Heard

We praised them 40 years ago — and you should listen to them today!

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Larry Johnson, 'Fast and Funky'

Larry Johnson, 'Fast and Funky'

Larry Johnson, born the same year Robert Johnson died, represented a second generation of country bluesman. Working in a decades-old style made him something of an anachronism circa 1970, and he recorded irregularly over the following decades, but a "faultless album" like Fast and Funky swept away any criticism. Highlights: his versions of "Pick Poor Robin Clean" and an other-worldly "Two White Horses."

What We Said Then: "Johnson has the advantage of his youth, his fine multicolored voice, and his amazing punctuation-like guitar work. Fluency and finesse are perhaps the best two adjectives to describe his work on this album. . .Johnson expounds with a free-wheeling funkiness that is captivatingly forthright. Larry Johnson has embarked upon a one-man campaign to revitalize and supercharge the country blues style and, on the strength of this overwhelming album, has taken a gigantic first step in that direction." — Gary Von Tersch, RS 69 (October 29th, 1970)

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