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New Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard SamBig Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
A side each of these two important talents in blues – presented here in a format that makes the record a real double-header! Side one features Big Bill Broonzy in the lead – working with sweet electric lines on guitar alongside acoustic and his own really rich vocals – plus this ... read more CD

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New Bo DiddleyAnother Dimension ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky Bo Diddley – one of Bo's key early 70s sessions for Chess Records – all of which have him stepping out in a much harder groove than years past! The sound here is relatively tight – with Diddley guitar and vocals on top of some larger arrangements from Bob Gallo – ... read more CD

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New Bo DiddleyBo Diddley's Beach Party (180 gram vinyl mono version) ... LP
Chess/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy ... $21.99 24.99
You might need to be a Diddley diehard to know it, given the pretty hokey early 60s Beach Party cover photo – get past that and what you'll find is a rowdy, rumbling and completely incredible live album from Bo! It features material captured on a 2 night stand at The Beach Club in Myrtle ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(In "glorious Distort-O-Phonic mono"!)

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New Bo DiddleyWhere It All Began ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Nasty nasty funk from the great Bo Diddley – one of his rare funky 70s classics for Chess – produced by Johnny Otis with a really tripped-out groove! The album's got an edge that seems to go even farther than some of Bo's other Chess work at the time – and picks up the full-on ... read more CD

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New Bo DiddleyWhere It All Began ... LP
Chess, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nasty nasty funk from the great Bo Diddley – one of his rare funky 70s classics for Chess – produced by Johnny Otis with a really tripped-out groove! The album's got an edge that seems to go even farther than some of Bo's other Chess work at the time – and picks up the full-on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Where It All Began ... CD 13.99

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Bo Diddley/Muddy Waters/Little WalterSuper Blues ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
A Chicago blues trifecta – and the first time ever that Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Waters ever worked together! The set's got a raw power that definitely lives up to the title – a wicked mix of raw guitars, rough rhythms, and some wonderfully soulful vocals – all served ... read more CD
Also available Super Blues ... LP 24.99

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New Bo Diddley/Muddy Waters/Little WalterSuper Blues ... LP
Chess, 1967. Very Good- ... $24.99
A Chicago blues trifecta – and the first time ever that Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Waters ever worked together! The set's got a raw power that definitely lives up to the title – a wicked mix of raw guitars, rough rhythms, and some wonderfully soulful vocals – all served ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Super Blues ... CD 12.99

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New Bo Diddley/Muddy Waters/Little WalterSuper Blues ... LP
Chess/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A Chicago blues trifecta – and the first time ever that Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Waters ever worked together! The set's got a raw power that definitely lives up to the title – a wicked mix of raw guitars, rough rhythms, and some wonderfully soulful vocals – all served ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Super Blues ... LP 24.99
Super Blues ... CD 12.99

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Willie DixonWillie Dixon – Chess Box ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
36 tracks on 2CDs – a rich collection of work from this legendary Chicago bluesman! CD
(Includes book.)

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Lowell FulsomLowell Fulson – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Is it Fulsom or Fulson? We're not going to try and present ourselves as the authority, but what we can tell you is this collection features 27 tracks from the man, mostly raw blues, though a number of cuts are more produced, with full horn section and piano complementing Fulsom's guitar and vocals ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide clear tape on the seams and some staining at the bottom.)

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Lowell FulsonHung Down Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which ... read more CD

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New Buddy GuyI Left My Blues In San Francisco (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not the Bay Area effort you might guess from the title – and instead a sweet Chicago session that's easily one of the funkiest records that Buddy Guy ever cut! There's a great mix of funk and soul mixed in with the blues – thanks to arrangements from Charles Stepney and Gene Barge, who ... read more CD

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New John Lee HookerMad Man Blues ... LP
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
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New John Lee HookerMad Man Blues ... LP
Chess, 1982. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
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New Howlin WolfBack Door Wolf (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Chess, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Later Chess work by Howlin Wolf – but done in a rootsier electric mode that's similar to his earlier forays for the label! The set's from the years when Chess was backing off that great funk approach they brought to blues work at the end of the 60s – kind of a "back to basics" ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Howlin WolfChange My Way ... CD
Chess/Traffic, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Almost a decade's worth of great work from Howlin Wolf – late 50s and early 60s recordings done for Chess Records in Chicago, nicely packaged up here in an archival series album with full notes on the sessions and music! Nearly all tracks are originals by Wolf – aka Chester Burnett ... read more CD

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New Howlin WolfEvil (aka Moanin In The Moonlight) ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
About as classic as you can get for blues on Chess – a key early album from Howlin Wolf, featuring an array of great original tunes, all set to very spare accompaniment. Most tracks have a searing electric guitar rasping around underneath the vocals and harmonica work – and titles ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a few creases.)

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New Howlin WolfHis Greatest Sides Vol 1 ... LP
Chess, Mid 50s-Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Evil", "Spoonful", "No Place To Go", "Down In The Bottom", "Who's Been Talkin", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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New Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess/Friday Music, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 14, 2014
Howlin Wolf is really getting into his thing here – tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for ... read more CD

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New Howlin WolfLive & Cookin At Alice's Revisited ... LP
Chess, 1972. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Down homey blues from Howlin Wolf – not as funky as some of the other blues albums on Chess at the time, but with a nice rough and ready edge. Instrumentation includes a few guitars, tenor sax, piano, and bass – and Wolf himself plays a bit of harmonica – and the overall feel is ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1989. Used ... $3.99
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit ... read more CD

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New Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... LP
Chess, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a "featuring" sticker. Top & bottom seams have a small center split.)
Also available London Sessions ... CD 3.99

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Howlin WolfMessage To The Young ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Funky blues work from Howlin Wolf – his key entry into the funked-up genre that Chess Records was cutting at the end of the 60s with other blues artists like Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters! As on records with those artists, Wolf's older modes are updated here for a hipper, younger ... read more CD

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New Howlin WolfMore Real Folk Blues ... LP
Chess, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
A much earlier set of tracks than the first volume of Real Folk Blues from Howlin Wolf – mostly material recorded in the mid 50s, both in Chicago and Memphis – all with a really nitty gritty sort of feel! There's a rough and rootsy mode going on here – one that has Wolf's raspy ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, light staining on the back and a bit of waviness, but looks pretty good.)

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Elmore James/John BrimWhose Muddy Shoes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great entry in the Chess Heritage Series at the end of the 60s – one that features rare 50s Chicago recordings by Elmore James, plus some even more obscure sides by lesser-known singer John Brim! James' style is well known, and well-executed here – rough and raw, but with a good ... read more CD

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JB LenoirNatural Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
A really great collection of Chess Records work by JB Lenoir – one of the more unusual singers on the Chicago scene at the time – and one with a sound that's pretty darn great all the way through! Lenoir's tone is a pitch or two up from most of his contemporaries – not as gritty ... read more CD

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New Little MiltonLittle Milton's Greatest Hits ... LP
Chess, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent 60s work from Little Milton – one of the few Chicago bluesmen of the 60s we actually dig! Milton always had a good deal of soul in his blues, and on these standout 60s tracks he really takes off – bridging worlds nicely, and crossing over to audiences who were digging sounds ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has two cutout holes, some wear, and a split top seam.)

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Little WalterConfessin' The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A comprehensive look at some great recordings from Little Walter – sides recorded for Chess Records from 1953 to 1963 – offering up a decade's worth of evolution in his style! But even at the start, Walter was better than most of his generation – a heck of a great harmonica ... read more CD

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New Little WalterHate To See You Go (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer 50s work from the great Little Walter – tracks that show that he was of the greatest blues acts working for Chess Records at the time! Many of the numbers here are heavy on Walter's classic harmonica style, but they also feature plenty of rough-edged vocals with a nicely soulful ... read more CD

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New Little WalterLittle Walter – Chess Blues Masters Series (80s pressing) ... LP
Chess, 1960s. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty nice little 2LP set – put together in the early 70s, and featuring material that Walter recorded for Chess during the 60s. As the title would imply, there's a lot of harmonica on the album – but Walter's vocals should also be given their due, as they're a bit more in the soul ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Memphis SlimMemphis Slim ... CD
Chess (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
Really tremendous work from Memphis Slim – a set of early 50s recordings for Chess Records, most of which have a style that mixes equal parts jazz and blues! Slim's definitely got some bluesy phrasing in his piano, but he also echoes an older generation of jazz pianists too – ... read more CD
Also available Memphis Slim ... LP 8.99

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Memphis SlimMemphis Slim ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Really tremendous work from Memphis Slim – a set of early 50s recordings for Chess Records, most of which have a style that mixes equal parts jazz and blues! Slim's definitely got some bluesy phrasing in his piano, but he also echoes an older generation of jazz pianists too – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)
Also available Memphis Slim ... CD 13.99

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New Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, & OthersDrop Down Mama (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the earliest blues ever recorded by the legendary Chess Records – material by a variety of artists caught at the very start of the 50s! The names here aren't as big as those of the stars who would firmly put Chess on the map later in the decade – but the work is a great ... read more CD

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New Koko TaylorBasic Soul ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Basic soul, plenty of blues, and a fair bit of funk as well – a killer from Koko Taylor, recorded in that best style of late Chess Records! Koko sings here more like a funky female soul artist than on her later blues – and the record crackles with energy right from the start, thanks to ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersAt Newport 1960 ... CD
Chess, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Muddy Waters makes a classic appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival – playing a folksy set of blues in the years before the festival had turned more strongly towards that sort of music! The performance is surprisingly well-recorded – at a level that's similar to Waters' earlier studio ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersCan't Get No Grindin ... CD
Chess/Traffic, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Muddy Waters can't get no grinding – but that's hardly a problem, given the strength of this sweet early 70s set! The album marks Muddy's return to more basic Chicago blues after his funky electric period on Chess – but the set's still got some of the trippier touches of a few years ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersElectric Mud ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1968. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, ... read more CD
Also available Electric Mud ... LP 9.99

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Muddy WatersFolk Singer ... LP
Chess, 1963. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A seminal album by Muddy – recorded in a style that's rootsier, and more down to earth than a lot of his other chess sides! Muddy's playing acoustic guitar, and the rest of the group features Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and Clifton James. The sound is really spare, and very moody – and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(200 gram Classic Records reissue from 2001.)

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Muddy WatersMcKinley Morganfield – AKA Muddy Waters ... CD
Chess/Traffic, 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
A late 60s album on Chess Records – but one that serves to bring together all the best early work that Muddy Waters did for the label – including lots of original 45s and 78s! The range of music is really wonderful – the kind of tracks that first got Waters noticed in the first ... read more CD

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New Muddy WatersMuddy Waters Sings Big Bill ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
The Big Bill in the title is Big Bill Broonzy – a key influence on midcentury bluesmen all over the US, and paid tribute to nicely here by Muddy Waters! Given this tribute approach, the sound's a bit rootsier than some of Waters' other work for Chess at the time – a bit more emphasis ... read more CD

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New Muddy WatersRare & Unissued (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $13.99
Rare and unissued work from Muddy Waters – mostly from his first decade at Chess Records – a time when both Waters and the label were helping reinvent the sound of blues in the postwar years! Muddy's already-released material is already so strong, it's hard to imagine the need for a ... read more CD

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New Muddy WatersSail On (aka The Best Of Muddy Waters) ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic full album that brings together some of Muddy Waters' earliest recordings for Chess – a great collection of early singles recorded in Chicago between 1950 and 1954 – most originally issued on 78rpm singles, and beautifully presented in this set! The work's relatively spare ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner and peeling from moisture on the bottom 3 inches.)

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New Muddy WatersSail On (aka The Best Of Muddy Waters) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic full album that brings together some of Muddy Waters' earliest recordings for Chess – a great collection of early singles recorded in Chicago between 1950 and 1954 – most originally issued on 78rpm singles, and beautifully presented in this set! The work's relatively spare ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks on Side 1.)

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New Muddy WatersThey Call Me Muddy Waters ... CD
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rich collection of Muddy Waters' famous work for Chess Records – put together in the 70s, but featuring tracks from his earliest days in the studio, up through the key electric years of the 60s! The package pulls together some real gems – including work with Little Walter and James ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersUnk In Funk ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Muddy Waters definitely put the "unk" in funk – although back in his day, the word meant something different than in the 70s! This set features some great late Muddy for Chess – produced in conjunction with Ralph Bass, Muddy's longtime associate in the studio, and done with a ... read more CD

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New Sonny Boy WilliamsonBummer Road (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1957/1958/1960. New Copy ... $13.99
No bummer here, as the set's a really great one – filled with late 50s Chess Records sides by Sonny Boy Williamson – a number of which are previously unissued! The package does a great job of reviving this material for a newly-informed blues audience of the modern age – giving ... read more CD

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New Sonny Boy WilliamsonOne Way Out ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A great little collection of work that Sonny Boy Williamson recorded for Chess in the 50s and early 60s – presented here as one of the well-done archival packages that Chess was doing in the early 70s, as interest in their classics was coming back again. Most of the numbers here feature ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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New Sonny Boy WilliamsonOne Way Out ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little collection of work that Sonny Boy Williamson recorded for Chess in the 50s and early 60s – presented here as one of the well-done archival packages that Chess was doing in the early 70s, as interest in their classics was coming back again. Most of the numbers here feature ... read more CD
Also available One Way Out ... LP 16.99

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VariousChess Blues (4CD box set) ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Used 4CD + Book ... $14.99
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(Barcode has a mark.)

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VariousChess Blues Classics 1947 to 1956 ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)
 
 



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