James Taylor’s ‘The Blues Is Just A Bad Dream’ was on his first album in1968. He was one of the first artists released by the Beatles’ newly formed Apple Records and was recorded at the same time they were recording the White Album.
The key to this song is in the bass. This is the standard three chord blues structure but the bass at a certain point is the hook that drives this song.
This is one of the songs where I first learned the blues.
Bosendorfer piano sound – For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever owned!!
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