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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard SamBig Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1953. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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Bo DiddleyAnother Dimension ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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 DiddleyBig Bad Bo ... LP
Chess, 1974. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Bo DiddleyBo Diddley's Beach Party (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy ... Late June, 2014 (delayed)
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

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Bo DiddleyHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing on Quality.)

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New Bo DiddleyRare & Well Done ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print, punch through barcode. Artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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New Bo DiddleyWhere It All Began ... LP
Chess, 1972. Very Good+ (reissue)... $7.99
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 LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Bo DiddleyWhere It All Began ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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
Also available Where It All Began ... LP 7.99

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New Bo Diddley/Muddy Waters/Little WalterSuper Blues ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy ... 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 CD

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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

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Willie DixonWillie Dixon – Chess Box ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
36 tracks on 2CDs – a rich collection of work from this legendary Chicago bluesman! CD
(Includes book.)

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New Lowell FulsonHung Down Head ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Hung Down Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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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 GuyChess Masters ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP ... $14.99
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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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New 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 WolfHis Best Vol 2 ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 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 WolfMoanin In The Moonlight (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess, 1959. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic raspy vocals from the legendary Howlin Wolf – singing here in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Doxy pressing.)

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Elmore James/John BrimWhose Muddy Shoes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99
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 WalterBoss Blues Harmonica ... 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
(French pressing.)

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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 ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily 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 LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing.)

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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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Memphis SlimMemphis Slim ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Titles include "Marack", "Havin Fun", "Mother Earth", "Slim's Blues", "Really Got The Blues", and "Tijuana". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Memphis SlimMemphis Slim ... CD
Chess (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
Titles include "Marack", "Havin Fun", "Mother Earth", "Slim's Blues", "Really Got The Blues", and "Tijuana". CD
Also available Memphis Slim ... LP 8.99

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New Jimmy RogersChicago Bound ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's an apt one here, as Jimmy Rogers was one of the many bluesmen who started out in the south, but headed to Chicago for greater fame – which was a good thing for Chess Records, who managed to come some of these great sides in the 50s! Rogers both sings and plays guitar – the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple & green label Chess Vintage Series pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, & OthersDrop Down Mama ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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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Koko TaylorBasic Soul ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
A stone killer from Koko Taylor – way more than blues, and recorded with that hard and heavy sound that Chess was using at the time for the crossover audiences! Koko's vocals are as tight as any hard soul diva – and the backing on the record is a small combo that includes Joe Young on ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersAt Newport 1960 ... CD
Chess, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Out of print.)

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New Muddy WatersAt Newport 1960 ... LP
Chess, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label 60s stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Muddy WatersBest Of Muddy Waters ... CD
Chess, Early 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Less a "best of" than an early 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! The work's relatively spare and rootsy overall – a great example of Chicago ... read more CD
(Out of print.)

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New 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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New Muddy WatersElectric Mud ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 ... CD 4.99
Electric Mud ... LP 9.99

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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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Muddy WatersMuddy Waters Sings Big Bill ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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 WatersMuddy Waters Woodstock Album ... LP
Chess, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Muddy kicks it live in the studio at Woodstock with a number of rock and/or blues luminaries in toe for this mid 70s gig – including the great Pinetop Perkins on piano, Paul Butterfield on harmonica, and Levon Helm on bass and drums! Interestingly, the set is much more of return to the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some ringwear.)

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Muddy WatersRare And Unissued ... CD
Chess (Japan), New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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New Muddy WatersReal Folk Blues ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic packaging of Muddy Waters' famous early work for Chess Records – brought together with a cover and title that pitch him strongly towards the growing folk movement of the time! And, although most of these tracks were recorded in Chicago, with some electric guitar in the mix, there's ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small Stereo sticker.)

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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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Sonny Boy WilliamsonBummer Road ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1957/1958/1960. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
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 ... 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

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New VariousBlues Vol 3 ... LP
Chess/MCA, 1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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VariousChess Blues (4CD box set) ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Used 4CD + Book ... $18.99
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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 ... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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New VariousChess Blues Classics 1957 to 1967 ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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