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RL BurnsideFirst Recordings (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Fat Possum/Epitaph, 1968. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Astoundingly strong early recordings by Mississippi blues hero RL Burnside – with violence-tinged songs performed with a clearer, though no less tough voice than we heard on the songs that made him a bit more famous in 1990s! Includes RL's takes on traditionals played on acoustic guitar and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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Bo DiddleyHave Guitar Will Travel ... LP
Checker, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Have guitar, will travel – and back in the day, Bo Diddley was going pretty darn far with great material like this! The album's a real standout, even in the classic Chess catalog of the early years –no filler, no covers, just all original material by Bo Diddley – done in that ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bo DiddleyWhere It All Began ... LP
Chess, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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

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John Lee HookerBurnin' ... LP
Vee Jay, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Plenty of Burnin from John Lee Hooker, and about as classic as you can get for his Vee Jay years – especially considering that the album starts out with Hooker's killer cut "Boom Boom" – a number that may well have set fire to a whole generation of British and American rockers! ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin & The Blues – Lightnin Hopkins Sings A Collection Of American Folklore (Herald) ... LP
Herald, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Lightnin Hopkins at his best – a set that rings out with all his bold electric tones on the guitar, yet which also has the moody, stripped-down feel of a blues recording from a few decades before! The electricity really does a lot to deepen the tone – both in the echo from Hopkins' ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Howlin Wolf Album ... CD 12.99

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New Skip JamesComplete 1931 Session (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, 1931. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Exactly the kind of a record to show why Skip James was really a cut above most of his contemporaries – a bluesman who works here with a sense of darkness and foreboding that really sets a chill to most of his tunes! There's less of the usual short-term sadness and smaller complaints of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior KimbroughFirst Recordings (10 inch LP) ... LP
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1966. New Copy ... $11.99
Wicked early work from Junior Kimbrough – sides that are quite different than some of his better-known recordings over the years! The material was cut in Memphis in 1966 by producer Quinton Claunch – and it's got a spare, rootsy quality that's totally great – slow moving drums ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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New Freddie KingFreddie King Is A Blues Master ... LP
Cotillion, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Freddie King Is A Blues Master (with bonus tracks) ... CD 10.99

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Magic SamBlack Magic ... LP
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 15.99
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Magic ... CD 11.99

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Blind Willie McTellBlind Willie McTell 1927 to 1935 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Pivotal work from one of the first bluesmen to ever use "blind" in his name – sides recorded by the legendary Willie McTell when he was at the height of his powers! Most tracks here feature well-recorded vocals from Willie – especially for the time – a haunting ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mississippi SheiksComplete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 2 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Document/Third Man, 1930/1931. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
One of the most important string bands of the early 30s – heard here on some seminal sides recorded both in Texas and Mississippi! The Sheiks' approach was landmark at the time, and still has great resonance all these many years later – a real genre-crossing mix of blues and old-time ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Lemon NashPapa Lemon – The 1959 to 1961 Oster & Allen Recordings ... LP
Arhoolie, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Seminal recordings of Lemon "Papa Lemon" Nash from New Orleans – an artist who handled a ukulele with a soul that most blues musicians brought to the guitar! Despite the usual Hawaiian associations the instrument might have, the work here is all blues all the way through – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior ParkerYou Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Charley PattonComplete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 1 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Document/Third Man, 1929. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Legendary Paramount recordings from Charlie Patton – mostly recorded in Richmond, Indiana in 1929 – but easily some of the most important Mississippi blues of the time! The package features a wealth of seminal songs from the June, 1929 session that really helped launch the Patton ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Charley PattonComplete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 2 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Document/Third Man, 1929. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Seminal sides from 1929 – the first half of the complete November and December recordings made by Charley Patton in Grafton, Wisconsin – quite an unlikely place for sessions of Mississippi blues – but sides that easily helped Patton become one of the biggest artists of his ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy ReedFound Love ... LP
Vee Jay, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Seminal work from the legendary Jimmy Reed – spare and bluesy numbers that were some of the best work coming out of Chicago at the time! There's a snapping quality to the rhythms here that was a keen inspiration to generations of better-known artists – and in a way, it's amazing to go ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby RushUpstairs At United, Vol 11 EP (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
453 Music, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
Bobby Rush playing live – at a special small audience set, recorded right above the place they pressed this record! The set's got a very old school feel – live, no overdubs or studio work – and Bobby plays versions of "Come Together" and "Hard To Handle" ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Henry ThomasTexas Worried Blues – Complete Recorded Works – 1927 to 1929 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
The complete recordings of East Texas bluesman Henry Thomas – only 23 titles in all, but quite a legacy to leave behind! Thomas was a real itinerant bluesman in the old school mode – born in the 19th century, and known for travelling up and down railroad lines, where he would share and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Muddy WatersElectric Mud ... LP
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Electric Mud ... CD 4.99

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Junior WellsSouthside Blues Jam ... LP
Delmark, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.99
An incredible slice of Chicago blues – and maybe one of the most important contributions Delmark ever made to the Windy City scene! The album captures Junior Wells in all his rough and raw brilliance – working in territory that's quite similar to the Chess Records vibe of the early 60s ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Robert WilkinsOriginal Rolling Stone (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Robert Wilkins may not have been one of the biggest blues singers on the Memphis scene at the end of the 20s, but he was certainly one of the best – and a vocalist with a really amazing approach that predates countless other singers to come! Wilkins has this sense of vibrato that really ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGhost Woman Blues – Country Blues 1927 to 1952 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's a killer collection of rural blues, with a legacy that goes way beyond the glory days of the genre in the 20s and 30s! The collection's a great one from Mississippi – exactly the kind of pre-LP material that the label's been ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLast Kind Words – 1926 to 1953 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99
Deep, lost, or long-buried blues and gospel records from the old days – creaky 78s that creep deep into the soul – beautiful stuff from Lottie Kimbrough, Robert Petway, the Anglin Brothers and more! Great stuff, from chugging rustic guitar and voice blues, to some very moving pre-R& ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
 
 



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