Blues Anytime

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Blues Anytime
Vol. 1 British cover (2006 reissue)
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released 1968–1969
Genre British blues
Label Immediate Records
Producer Mike Vernon
Alternate cover
Vol. 1 American cover (2006 reissue)
Vol. 1 American cover (2006 reissue)

Blues Anytime: An Anthology of British Blues is a series of compilation albums featuring tracks from various British blues artists. Three volumes were released by Immediate Records in 1968, followed by Blues Leftovers in 1969.

The albums feature various tracks from such artists as John Mayall, Tony McPhee, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Jo Ann Kelly, Jeremy Spencer, Cyril Davies, Stuff Smith, Albert Lee, Dave Kelly and Rod Stewart and were also the first release of several exclusive tracks recorded for Immediate between 1965 and '67. These include recordings by Jimmy Page with Jeff Beck, Nicky Hopkins and the All-Stars,[1] plus seven instrumentals recorded by Page and Eric Clapton,[2] backed by members of The Rolling Stones (Bill Wyman, bass, Mick Jagger, harmonica and Ian Stewart, keyboard)[3] and the only recorded output by Santa Barbera Machine Head.


When Immediate initially released the original Blues Anytime albums in the USA, the first two volumes were simply titled An Anthology of British Blues,[4][5] with the third volume renamed as The Beginning: British Blues.[6]

The Blues Anytime tracks were released again by Immediate in 1969 as two double albums titled Anthology of British Blues, albeit presented in a different running order. The first was made up of Vol. 1 side A, Leftovers side A, Vol. 3 side A and Vol. 2 side B,[7] with the second being Vol. 1 side B, Leftovers side B, Vol. 2 side A and Vol. 3 side B.

In 1970, after the dissolution of Immediate Records, RCA Victor reissued the original Blues Anytime albums under the name British Archive Series: Blues for Collectors Vol. 1–4,.[4][5] A compilation of tracks from this series was released by RCA as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page: Guitar Boogie (1971)

In 1986, Line Records in Germany released the complete four-album-series as box set[8]

1986's White Boy Blues, Volumes 1 and 2 (Castle Communications), is largely made up of Blues Anytime.

In 1996, Charly Records released a 3CD box set titled The Immediate Blues Anthology; the first two discs covering the tracks from Blues Anytime Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 and Leftovers presented in their original running order, with the third disc made up of other assorted tracks from the Immediate archives.[9]

The original series was reissued again in 2006 by JVC in Japan, released across two CDs presented in mini LP sleeve replicas with obi strips. The first, titled Blues Anytime I, combined the tracks from the original Blues Anytime Vol.1 and Vol. 2, using the original British artwork from Vol. 1 as its cover art.[10] The second, Blues Anytime II, combined the tracks from the original Blues Anytime Vol. 3 and Blues Leftovers, but used the original American cover art from Vol. 1 on the front and the cover from Leftovers on the back.[11]

Track listings[edit]

Blues Anytime Vol. 1[edit]

Immediate IMLP 014
1."I'm Your Witchdoctor"John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers2:11
2."Snake Drive"Eric Clapton2:29
3."Ain't Gonna Cry No More"T.S. McPhee3:06
4."I Tried"Savoy Brown Blues Band3:03
5."Tribute to Elmore"Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page2:09
6."I Feel So Good"Jo Ann Kelly2:53
7."Telephone Blues"John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers3:57
8."You Don't Love Me"T.S. McPhee2:24
9."West Coast Idea"Eric Clapton2:19
10."Ain't Seen No Whisky"Jo Ann Kelly2:58
11."Flapjacks"Stone's Masonry2:43
12."Cold Blooded Woman"Savoy Brown Blues Band3:50
Total length:34:06

Blues Anytime Vol. 2[edit]

Immediate IMCP 015
1."On Top of the World"John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers2:49
2."Someone to Love Me"T.S. McPhee2:21
3."Can't Quit You Baby"Savoy Brown Blues Band3:38
4."Draggin' My Tail"Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page3:08
5."Dealing with the Devil"Dharma Blues Band3:16
6."Who's Knocking"Jeremy Spencer2:35
7."Freight Loader"Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page2:48
8."Look Down at My Woman"Jeremy Spencer3:04
9."Roll 'Em Pete"Dharma Blues Band2:09
10."Choker"Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page1:26
11."True Blue"Savoy Brown Blues Band4:03
12."When You Got a Good Friend"T.S. McPhee2:32
Total length:33:49

Blues Anytime Vol. 3[edit]

Immediate IMLP 019
1."Someday Baby"Cyril Davies and the All-Stars2:50
2."Steelin'"The All-Stars featuring Jeff Beck2:39
3."L.A. Breakdown"The All-Stars featuring Jimmy Page2:06
4."Chuckles"The All-Stars featuring Jeff Beck2:24
5."Down in the Boots"The All-Stars featuring Jimmy Page3:26
6."Piano Shuffle"The All-Stars featuring Nicky Hopkins3:00
7."Miles Road"Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page2:26
8."Porcupine Juice"Santa Barbera Machine Head3:15
9."Albert"Santa Barbera Machine Head3:21
10."Rubber Monkey"Santa Barbera Machine Head2:39
11."Howlin' for My Darling"Stuff Smith3:25
Total length:31:31

Blues Leftovers[edit]

Immediate IMLP 024
1."The Next Milestone"Albert Lee3:55
2."Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight"Earl Vince and the Valiants2:49
3."New Death Matter"Dave Kelly3:31
4."Back Water Blues"Jo Ann Kelly3:16
5."So Much to Say"Rod Stewart3:15
6."Married Woman Blues"Dave Kelly3:41
7."Water on My Fire"Albert Lee3:30
8."Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets"Jo Ann Kelly2:47
9."Alabama Woman"Dave Kelly3:49
10."Crosstown Link"Albert Lee3:50
11."All Night Long"Dave Kelly2:05
12."Down and Dirty"Simon and Steve2:43
Total length:39:11


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