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Chess/MCA, 1950s. Used 2CD
CD
Atomic Energy
Blues Boy (Sweden), 1983. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album
Dream Dictionary
Blue Hen, 2014. Used
CD
I Feel Good
Paula/Jewel, 1969. Used
Gritty work from John Lee Hooker – a set recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, at a time when that city was playing host to some of the hippest blues work of the decade! The style here is very much like John Lee Hooker of a decade before – simple, stark, and unadorned – with a ... CD
Bayou Lightning
Alligator/Sonet (Germany), 1979. Used
CD
Hoodoo Man Blues
Delmark, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to ... LP, Vinyl record album
West Side Soul
Delmark, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Greatest Hits
Jewel/Fuel 2000, Mid 60s. New Copy
Chicago blues, with a dose of soul – and a smoking set of early Jewel label recordings by George "Wild Child" Butler – most of which were produced by the legendary Willie Dixon! The tunes here have that gritty groove you might know from Chicago electric work on Chess – ... CD
Found Love
Vee Jay, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cotillion, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A long-overdue recognition of the blues contributions of Willie Dixon – a set that pulls him out of the indie ghetto and pushes him firmly into the mainstream with this key release on Columbia Records! Yet despite that placement, the style is nicely down home – a strong recreation of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Checker, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chess, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
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" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, 1931. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Troubles
Delmark, 1979. New Copy
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 ... CD
Delmark, 1968. New Copy
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... CD
Delmark, Mid 60s. Very Good-
LP, Vinyl record album
Vee Jay, 1964. Very Good
A smoking live set from Jimmy Reed – filled with the kind of rocking, rollicking numbers that made his bluesy groove an undeniable influence on the UK scene of the 60s! Most numbers begin with a compelling vamp, then have Jimmy taking the lead on vocals – adding in plenty of charm in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hoodoo Man Blues
Delmark, 1965. Very Good
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Scufflin With Stu Ramsey & Chicago Slim
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good-
LP, Vinyl record album
Ain't Nothing You Can Do
Duke, 1964. Near Mint-
Beautiful early soul stuff by one of the greatest singers ever. Bobby's young soulful voice is in top form on this set, and the LP includes such great cuts as "Ain't Nothing You Can Do", "I'm Gonna Cry", "Black Night", and "Steal Away". Very cool cover, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bluebird Blues
Bluebird/RCA, 1930s/Early 40s. Near Mint-
Rare work from the 78rpm era – tracks by Blind Willie McTell, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sleepy John Estes, Lonnie Johnson, Arthur Crudup, and Tampa Red! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi To Mali
Rounder, 2003. Used
CD
Rhino/Mobile Fidelity, 1967. Used
One of THE electric blues records of the 60s – a seminal set by Albert King that was probably blasted out of more college dorm rooms than southside juke joints, but which still more than deserves its due! The set was recorded by Stax with a nice raw sound – guitar very much upfront, ... CD
I Was Warned
Mercury, 1992. Used
CD
Document (Austria), Late 30s/Early 40s. Used
CD
Chess/MCA, 1960s. Used 2CD
CD
Ruf, 1999. Used
CD
Any Woman's Blues
Columbia, 1920s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
LP, Vinyl record album
MCA, 1960s/1970s/1980s. Used 4 CDs
4CDs, and loads of vintage work – including key cuts from BB's ABC and MCA years, plus rare singles, early material, and even some unissued tracks! ... CD
Ronn/Fuel 2000, Late 70s. New Copy
CD...$4.99 11.98
One of the last great blues artists to record for the Jewel/Paula label – and a key figure in the Chicago underground as well! Buster Benton works here with a style that's definitely got the Chicago electric vibe of the 70s – but which also echoes earlier, rootsier modes as well – ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Chess (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Steppin' On The Blues
Columbia, 1920s/Early 30s. Sealed
LP, Vinyl record album
Let's Go To Town
Blues Over Blues, 1982. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Used 4CD + Book
CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy
The last album ever from the mighty Otis Spann – and maybe one of the greatest, too! The set's got Otis working in a hip blend of blues and jazz – served up with some tight combo work from west coast players who include Tom Scott on tenor and flute, Max Bennett on bass, Luie Shelton on ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy
One of the grooviest records ever cut by the legendary Joe Turner – a set that takes him far from his Kansas City roots, and his 50s R&B for Atlantic Records – into a mode that's maybe even more soul-based overall! The great Gene Page handles the backings here – with a ... CD
Electric Mud
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Arhoolie, 1959/1960/1961. New Copy
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 – ... CD
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Raining In My Heart
Excello, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Classic work from Slim Harpo – an album that kicks off with one of his biggest hits ever, and follows with plenty of great tunes as well! Things here are pretty rootsy and stripped-down – lots of spare, slowish rhythms (but a few funkier ones too!) – and instrumentation that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue)
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fuel 2000, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Great early work from the legendary Buddy Guy – rare Chicago material cut for small labels in the years before and during Buddy's initial work for Chess – some of it recorded under the name of different singers in the lead, all of it featuring Guy's amazing work on guitar! The package ... CD
King/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
Smoking early work from the legendary Freddie King – most of it recorded during years he had a strong connection to the Chicago electric blues scene, where he really honed his craft to perfection! The work here is definitely blues, but King's vocals bring a soulful inflection to the songs ... CD
Electric Mud
Chess/MCA, 1968. New Copy
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, ... CD
United, Mid 60s. Very Good
LP, Vinyl record album
Natural Man
Chess, Mid 50s. Sealed
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 20, 2014


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