Tommy Chung, blues guitarist

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 November, 2010, 12:00am

1. Hoochie Koochie Man - Muddy Waters

This is the ultimate blues song by the undisputed king of the blues. Released in 1954, it combines the power and sexual allure of the primitive country blues with a more sophisticated uptown vibe.

2. Insatiable High - Masayoshi Takanaka

In the late 1970s, Japanese jazz-fusion musicians were beating the Americans at their own game. From copycats to masters of their own sound, they had everything going: melody, tension, texture and colour.

3. Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

This 1970 14-minute epic live recording from Four Way Street epitomises the hippie era. The extended guitar jams send you on an emotional roller coaster, taking you to insatiable highs and drooping lows.

4. In My Hole - Gilbert O'Sullivan

This long-forgotten pianist, singer and songwriter proves how powerful pop music can be. This song is from O'Sullivan's 1972 album Back to Front. Released at the height of his popularity, it also shows the ephemeral nature of pop music.

5. Third Stone from the Sun - Jimi Hendrix

Music from another planet. Released in 1967, to say this song was ahead of its time is the understatement of the galaxy. This song takes you on an interstellar trip.