Friday, April 30, 2021

VA - Wah Wah (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)



VA - Wah Wah (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)

Wah-wah (or wa-wa) is an imitative word (or onomatopoeia) for the sound of altering the resonance of musical notes to extend expressiveness, sounding much like a human voice saying the syllable wah. The wah-wah effect is a spectral glide, a "modification of the vowel quality of a tone. The effect's "wa-wa" sound was noted by jazz player Barney Bigard when he heard Tricky Sam Nanton use the effect on his trombone in the early 1920's

A wah-wah pedal is a type of electric guitar effects pedal that alters the tone and frequencies of the guitar signal to create a distinctive sound, mimicking the human voice saying the onomatopoeic name "wah-wah". The pedal sweeps the peak response of a frequency filter up and down in frequency to create the sound, a spectral glide, also known as "the wah effect".  The effect's "wa-wa" sound was noted by jazz player Barney Bigard when he heard Tricky Sam Nanton use the effect on his trombone in the early 1920's, finding they could produce an expressive crying tone by moving a mute in and out of the instrument's bell. This was later simulated with electronic circuitry for the electric guitar when the wah-wah pedal was invented. It is controlled by movement of the player's foot on a rocking pedal connected to a potentiometer. Wah-wah effects are used when a guitarist is soloing, or creating a "wacka-wacka" funk-styled rhythm for rhythm guitar playing. (Wikipedia)

The wah-wah pedal is one of the most expressive guitar effects you can use. Some of the most iconic guitar licks and solos were created thanks to the creativity and inspiration the wah pedal gives guitarists.



Track lists


00 Advertisment[Electric Prunes] Vox Wah Wah Pedal Radio Spot 1:02

01 Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 5:15

02 Chicago South California Purples 12:41

03 Isaac Hayes Shaft 4:39

04 Robin Trower Too Rolling Stoned 7:31

05 Cream Tales of Brave Ulysses 2:46

06 Earl Hooker Wah Wah Blues 4:36

07 Eric Clapton Bad Love 5:14

08 Steve Miller Band The Joker 3:37

09 Jeff Beck Group I Ain't Superstitious 4:57

10 Stephen Stills & Al Kooper Season of the Witch 11:08

11 Groundhogs Split-Part One 4:30

12 Radiohead Subterranean Homesick Alien 4:27

13 Rolling Stones Fingerprint File 6:25

14 Steely Dan Haitian Divorce 5:51

15 Supertramp Bloody Well Right 4:32

16 Guns 'n' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine 5:56

17 Stooges 1969 4:07

18 Grateful Dead Estimated Prophet 5:37

19 Brant Bjork Automatic Fantastic 6:55

20 Psychic Ills Ra Wah Wah 9:12

21 George Harrison Wah-Wah 5:39

22 Temptations Psychedelic Shack 3:51


23 Bread The Guitar Man 3:39

24 Paul McCartney & Wings Beware My Love 6:32

25 Verve Weeping Willow 4:49

26 Suede The Asphalt World 9:26

27 Madder Lake 12lb Toothbrush 3:53

28 Young-Holt Unlimited Wah Wah Man 3:44

29 Santana Hope Your Feeling Better 4:16

30 Stephen Stills Go Back Home 5:53

31 J.J. Cale Crazy Mama 2:30

32 Blind Faith Presence of the Lord 4:49

33 Frank Zappa Willie the Pimp 9:23

34 Young Wah Wah Man 3:41

35 Cult Phoenix 5:06

36 SBB Bar Wah-Wah 4:21

37 Radio Moscow Brain Cycles 3:23

38 James Gang Walk Away 3:34

39 Jefferson Starship Caroline 7:29

40 Cream White Room 4:53

41 Jimi Hendrix Burning of the Midnight Lamp 3:35

42 Status Quo Pictures of Matchstick Men 3:08

43 Kenny Wayne Shepard Slow Ride 3:49


44 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Telephone Song 3:30

45 Prince Cream 4:13

46 Bee Gees Night Fever 3:32

47 Funkadelic Maggot Brain 9:51

48 Isaac Hayes Walk On 12:04

49 Sly & the Family Stone Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 4:49

50 Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused 6:24

51 Jethro Tull We Used to Know 4:03

52 Alice in Chains Man in the Box 4:46

53 Free I'll Be Creepin' (Single A-Side, 1969, Mono) 2:51

54 Tea Party The River 5:42

55 Black Crowes Horsehead 4:02

56 Hot Tuna Talking 'bout You 3:23

57 Black Sabbath Electric Funeral 4:44

58 Stone Roses Fools Gold 4:16

59 Electric Prunes I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) 3:00

60 Steve Vai Bad Horsie 5:50

61 Guns 'N' Roses Civil War 7:42

62 Psychic Ills Ra Wah Wah 9:12

63 Advertisment Vox Wah Wah Pedal (1967 Flexi Disc) 5:12

64 Chet Atkins Slinkey (Bonus Track) 2:04




  1. Waht an amazing compilation. Thank you for putting the pedal to the metal on this one!

    1. Hi unknown,
      That is waht I thought... enjoy the sounds.


  2. Good one Butterboy, just need a carton of piss and a few reefers while listening to this lot ;-)

    1. Sounds like a fun day ahead for you, Bob Mac.


  3. Thanks! This and many other contributions are just so much fun!

    1. Hi Yoeshka,
      Thank you, you are welcome.
      Have fun.


  4. Great idea. Heard some things that were new to me. Thanks for putting these together.

    1. Hi hotrodmike,
      Thank you. I like it when not everything is familiar.


  5. Compilation of great interest even I have yet a lot of this songs!
    I'm curious to hear Chet Atkins with a wah wah.

    1. Hi Racati,
      Thanks. The Chet Atkins track is a bonus track, Its not actually a Wah Wah used. He was trying to create that sound on his guitar. He designed and built his own Tremolo guitar effect pedal to use for this song and others. There a lot of interesting write-ups of his initial invention.


  6. Replies
    1. Oops, elkniwllub
      Please just remove one of them. The one with the artist name YOUNG would be best to delete.


  7. Thanks - love the Chet Atkins inclusion

    1. Hi heartofstone.
      I felt it was appropriate.


  8. Thanks for this, it looks like fun!

  9. Really enjoying this comp. While listening I thought perhaps there could be a compilation of talkbox artists and you'd be the man for it.
    Stay safe and keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Bruce D.
      It great to revisit these artists and the sounds they made for us.
      Talkbox comp...lets see.


  10. Another defining compilation from internet's greatest musical eye-opener since Willard disappeared down the wormhole. I salute you, sir / madam / whatever.

    1. Hi harry the dog,
      Thank you for you kind sentiments.
      Glad you have picked this one up. Its great to listen to in the car as well.


  11. Ah, you just can't soft-pedal the wah-wah! (Should David Gilmour be somewhere in this set, or am I thinking of his other effects?)

    For a future talk-box compilation (besides Frampton, duh, and David), you might pop this one in:


    1. Hi Aging Child,
      I didn't think of David Gilmour as a Wah Wah guitar player. I hope the others make up for his lack of appearance.
      I am afraid I will not being doing a talk box compilation for a very long time. I dislike the effect but understand how and why it was used. The only benefit to bring myself to do it would be I will listen to some great lost music in between finds.
      I love Stillwater and still have my original vinyl copy.


    2. Right; even as I was typing up my thoughts, I had a feel that, no, David has never been much on wah-wah... but he has an amazing range of other effects (including, though rarely, the talk-box). But I wanted your read on that; so thank you, kind sir. [Stillwater runs deep, eh? ;-) ]

      I agree that the talk-box itself is a bit of a novelty; after Peter Frampton and maybe one or two other numbers, it can get thin long before we reach the runout groove on the disk. It might have its place on a compilation spotlighting effects in Rock -- say, from steel- to slide guitar to Dexy's "bagpipes", et al. ...but that still feels too narrow and limited, and falls short of worth regarding as a noteworthy facet on the gem that is the rich world of Rock. (Let's not even get into auto-tune; sigh.)

      Thank you for your very helpful perspective, as well as all musical works of love and appreciation you share with all of us. Cheers!

  12. Please reuploud te links, thanks. what a great blog!!

    1. Hi mice57,
      Links have been reestablished, tested and working.
      Thanks for your kind words.