John KoernerSpider Blues

Label:Elektra – EKL 290
Vinyl, LP, Mono
Genre:Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Country Blues


A1Good Luck Child
HarmonicaTony Glover
A2I Want To Be Your Partner3:07
A3Nice Legs2:24
A4Spider Blues
HarmonicaTony Glover
A6Shortnin' Bread2:07
A7Ramblin' And Tumblin'3:10
A8Delta Holmes2:54
B1Need A Woman2:05
B2I Want To Do Something3:32
B3Baby, Don't Come Back2:38
B4Hal C. Blake1:42
B5Things Ain't Right
HarmonicaTony Glover
B6Rent Party Rag9:35

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"We were talking about the liner notes on Spider Blues, his first solo album for Elektra...his first solo album for anybody...this record. I had thought to write something about his early work on 'Blues, Rags and Hollers' and 'Lots More Blues, Rags and Hollers'; of how his music had somehow deepened and yet retained its same dazzling snap; of how some of his songs had grown a bit more introspective..." "Naw, I don't want to say much about that." he said...." Paul Nelson from the sleeve notes.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: EKL-290A 284 1165
  • Matrix / Runout: EKL-290B
  • Rights Society: BMI

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  • SBAauctions's avatar
    This album has everything from harmonica and folky vibes to heavy blues. Love it!
    • Pap-a-lap's avatar
      The dark glasses and Phillies ce-gar on the cover photo of Spider Blues can't begin to hide the barely-contained raw energy of the young man behind them. It's easy to see that Spider John Koerner has the world by the tail, and is ready to jump head first into whatever comes next. Jump, flash, snap, pop, and strut is exactly what he does on this mostly-solo album, with sharp, percussive country blues guitar picking and tight, energetic vocals, complemented nicely by Tony “Little Son” Glover’s harmonica on three outstanding numbers including the opener, Good Luck Child, and the title cut, Spider Blues.

      Hearing this album for the first time nearly forty years ago, the only stuff that came close to it for me on the “can’t-sit-still” scale were the early works of Taj Mahal, John Mayall, and Cream. For the sheer punch of an unaccompanied performance, though, I still haven’t found anything to touch it since then. It’s incredible that this nugget hasn’t been re-released on CD. Aside from the history, there’s nothing dated about it; and it richly deserves a newer, wider audience with the same kind of juice that it exudes.



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