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New Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. Good+ ... $24.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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New Bo DiddleyHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Sealed ... $8.99
Raw, ragged, rough, and ready – killer early work by Bo Diddley, clearly in a class by itself! The Bo Diddley groove isn't blues, isn't soul, and isn't R&B – it's instead a mad blend of rhythm, scratchy guitar, and spontaneously playful vocals that few other singers could ever hope to touch. This 14 track set features some of Bo's best Chicago work from the late 50s – including "Who Do You Love", "Say Man", "Bo's Bounce", "Crackin Up", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", and "Diddley Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing, sealed.)

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John & Sylvia EmbryTroubles ... CD
Delmark, 1979. Used ... $6.99
One of the rootsiest albums ever cut by Delmark Records – a late 70s set from this obscure Chicago duo, partially recorded at a small club on the south side! John and Sylvia Embry are a great antidote to some of the tighter, slicker blues that was dominating the Windy City by the late 70s – and really take things back to a basic Chitown electric mode – with John laying down some incredible leads on guitar, and Sylvia belting out these amazing lyrics that are really dripping with soul! Titles include "Wonder Why", "Troubles", "Lie To Me", "I'm Hurtin", "Mustang Sally", and "Going To New York". CD features 5 bonus tracks added to the original album issue – for a total of 17 tracks in all! CD

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John Lee HookerKabuki Wuki/Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99
A pair of post-Chess albums from John Lee Hooker – both of them great! Kabuki Wuki is mighty great live work from John Lee Hooker – recorded during an all-night concert in early 70s San Francisco – but with a freewheeling groove that feels like a small club in Chicago during the early years of electric blues! Hooker's guitar and vocals are tremendous – often served up in that heavy pulse of his best vintage recordings – and Robert Hooker adds in some sweet Hammond licks on a few numbers, to give things slightly jazzy undercurrent as well. Tracks include "Hold It", "Look At The Rain", "My Best Friend", "Your Love", and "If You Got A Dollar". The second album is Born in Mississippi, raised in Tennessee, but recorded in California with some mighty great grooves! The album's a great mix of the rootsy blues of John Lee Hooker and some of the best production modes ABC Records was using at the time – no hoke or attempt to dampen the energy of the core music – but just the key addition of fresh elements from players who include Clifford Coulter on piano, Sugarcane Harris on violin, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Mel Brown on bass, George Bohannon on trombone, and John Klemmer on electrified sax with effects! These players all have a great ear for messing up jazz, blues, soul, and funk – and help Hooker to make the set one of his hippest ever – a record that nods strongly at the new generation, yet never panders to it at all. Titles include "Younger Stud", "King Of The World", "Tell Me You Love Me", and "Going Down". CD

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Muddy WatersAfter The Rain ... CD
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Muddy's grooving hard and funky – with help from Cadet studio funksters like Charles Stepney, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, and Morris Jennings – one of the best ever of the once oft-maligned, now oft-beloved funk era Chess/Cadet albums! After The Rain has more of Muddy's classic bluesy finish than some of the other Chess blues remodel albums from the time – but it's still got plenty of raw production and great fuzzed out guitar that totally killer! Hard charging dirty grooves from Muddy Waters that we've always dug – and we're thrilled to see these kinds of records get some belated love! Titles include "I Am The Blues", "Hurtin Soul", "Bottom Of The Sea", "Honey Bee", "Rollin' And Tumblin'", "Screamin & Cryin", and "Blues & Trouble". CD
 
 
 
 



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