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Basic Soul
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Message In Blue
Delmark, 2014. New Copy
Dave Specter is a blues guitarist with a long legacy on the Chicago scene – but on this album he also gets some help from windy city soul legend Otis Clay! Otis only sings on three of the album's thirteen tracks – but the setting with Specter really helps Clay find one of his strongest ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Argo (Japan), 1964. New Copy
With a record like this, it's clear that Shakey Horton's the soul of blues harmonica – if not the king as well! The album's filled with wonderful instrumentals that really focus Horton's talents strongly – not used just as flavoring or an occasional solo to spice up a tune – but ... CD
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Folk Festival Of The Blues
Argo (Japan), 1963. New Copy
Not the folk festival you might expect – especially given that the blues here are electric – and a set that was recorded at a small Chicago club, not some stuffy outdoor concert on the east coast! The album's an early powerhouse meeting of the best Chess blues talents at the time ... CD
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Chess (Japan), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam
Chess (Japan), 1962. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Delmark, 1968. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Another Dimension
Chess (Japan), 1971. New Copy
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 – ... CD
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Where It All Began
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Chess (Japan), 1960. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Bummer Road (with bonus tracks)
Chess (Japan), 1957/1958/1960. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Memphis Slim
Chess (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy
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 – ... CD
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Drop Down Mama (with bonus tracks)
Chess (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Singing The Blues
Imperial, Early 50s. Near Mint-
Amazing early work from T Bone Walker – with mindblowing guitar solos, and these jazzy undercurrents that are unlike anyone else! LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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West Side Soul
Delmark, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
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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
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Yazoo, 1927/1928. New Copy (reissue)
Two years might be a short time for any artist to be in their "prime" – but the quality of these sides is so strong, they've supported the reputation of Furry Lewis for many many years! The set features wonderful low-key material recorded for 78s in the years 1927 and 1928 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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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
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Blues
Mainstream, 1950/1951. New Copy (reissue)
Great vintage recordings from Lightning Hopkins – initially recorded by producer Bob Shad on his trips to the south in the early 50s, then later issued on Shad's label Mainstream in the 60s! The style here captures Hopkins at his best – very spare and lowdown, with gritty guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy 3CD
A massive 3CD look at the key early years of Elmore James – a package that's overflowing with great work by one of the greatest blues guitarists of the 50s! The set starts way back at James' roots in Mississippi, with some sweetly rough-edged recordings that still sparkle with incredible ... CD
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ABC, 1978. Very Good+
One of the most tightly-produced of BB King's albums for MCA, but a set that's still filled with undeniable charm – and which really shows King more than able to step up to some well-deserved superstardom! There's a bit of an LA finish to the backings, but things are never too smooth – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Duke/Bluesway, 1963/1973. Very Good-
One of Bobby Blue Bland's best albums ever – a stunning mix of blues and soul that's the kind of killer stuff that will make you a fan of his forever! There's no beating Bland at this point in his career – and the record is one of the finest illustrations of the power he brought to his ... LP, Vinyl record album
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You Can't Make Love Alone
Mega/Flying Dutchman, 1971. Very Good+
Eddie was way more than a bluesman – and here's the proof of that! The album has Eddie both singing and playing alto sax – in a set of hip, openly flowing tracks recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1971. The group features some strong funky jazz players – like Neal ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Checker, 1966. Near Mint-
Big blues from Little Milton, recorded with a mighty big sound as well – thanks to the cool criss-crossing of soul and blues that was going down at Chess Records in the 60s! Milton's got this raw, raspy style in his voice – a nasty edge that mixes perfectly with his own sharp guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album
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ABC, 1975. Very Good-
Brilliant later work by Bobby Blue Bland – done with backings that are much fuller than on his earlier albums – a mixture of strings and horns that really expand the sound! That doesn't keep things from being soulful, though – as Bobby's in incredible form vocally, really rising ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Back To Back
Malaco, 1988. Near Mint-
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Completely Well
Bluesway, 1969. Good+ Gatefold
BB King soars into the 70s with this smoking little set – a record that still holds onto all the raw energy of his best 60s recordings, but which also gives the whole thing an even more soulful focus too! There's no arranger credited for the core of the record – which is attributed to ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, Mid 30s. Used 2CD
No description available. CD
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Troubled World
Delmark, 1997. Used
No description available. CD
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His California Album
ABC/MCA, 1973. Used
A nice little record from Bobby – quite different from his 60s sides for Duke/Peacock, and recorded in California (as you might guess from the title!) with a smoother more soulful approach. The style works well for Bobby – and kind of gave him a new lease on life during the 70s, as he ... CD
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Chess/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Live & Let Live!
Rounder, 1988. Very Good
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MCA, 1997. Near Mint-
Featuring Heavy D and D'Angelo. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Live 69
Tomato, 1969. Used
No description available. CD
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Message In Blue
Delmark, 2014. Used
Dave Specter is a blues guitarist with a long legacy on the Chicago scene – but on this album he also gets some help from windy city soul legend Otis Clay! Otis only sings on three of the album's thirteen tracks – but the setting with Specter really helps Clay find one of his strongest ... CD
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King/Sundazed, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
Hardly the surf album you might expect from the title – although the set is a killer batch of guitar instrumentals – with more than enough power to blow any west coast groups right off the beach! At this early point in his career, Freddie King is way more than just a blues guitarist, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mad Man Blues
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold
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Super Blues
Chess, 1967. Very Good-
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. Used
No description available. CD
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On Tour
GNP/Crescendo, 1986. Used
No description available. CD
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Checker/Sundazed, 1958. New Copy
Fantastically twangy! We never tire of Bo Diddley's incredible guitar work – and you'll get plenty of it in this early album he cut for Chess, a tasty batch of 12 tracks, all original tunes with a stripped-down gutbuckety sound – rough, raw rhythms that feature plenty of Bo's gritty ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Friend Of Mine
Glades/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Tight and soulful blues from Little Milton – just the sort of record that helped him cross over to bigger audiences back in the day, and a set that still sounds plenty great all these many years later! The set was done in Chicago – arranged by James Mack, with backing vocals from Kitty ... CD
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Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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Empress
Columbia, 1920s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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Guess Who
ABC, 1972. Near Mint-
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Columbia, 1936/1937. Very Good+
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One Way Out
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint-
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Live At Sandy's – Hold It Right There!
Muse, 1978. Very Good+
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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Smoke & Steel
Alligator, 1998. Used
No description available. CD
 
Updated September 01, 2014


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