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Warning Shot
Delmark, 2014. New Copy
Mississippi Heat, but in a very strong Chicago blues mode – one that's fleshed out with a lineup that also includes tenor, organ, and backing vocals too! The group's led by harmonica player Pierre Lacocque, but features strong lead vocals from Inetta Visor – who's got that older ... CD
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Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds
Mercury, 1966. Good+
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Hoodoo Man Blues
Delmark, 1965. Near Mint- (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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Big Maceo Vol 1
Blues Classics, Early 40s. Very Good
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Vanguard, Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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Blues Live!
Fuel, 1960s/1970s. Used
No description available. CD
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Complete Studio Recordings
Vanguard, 1966. Used 3CD
No description available. CD
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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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Arhoolie/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of the earliest albums on Arhoolie Records – an amazing document of steel guitar bluesman Black Ace! Ace plays just like he sits on the cover – really leaning into the instrument in ways that bring out all these cool, deep inflections – completely hypnotizing on their own, ... CD
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Two Steps From The Blues
Duke, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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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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 ... CD
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Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy
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 ... 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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Southside Blues Jam
Delmark, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy
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& ... LP, Vinyl record album
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This Is Buddy Guy
Vanguard, Late 60s. Very Good
A classic killer from Buddy Guy – the kind of electrified Chicago sounds that made him a legend, right out of the box! The album features work from AC Reed on tenor, plus trumpet, baritone, and more guitar – all arranged with a soulful kind of groove by Ed Bogas! Titles include "I ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Chess, 1959. Very Good
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Friend Of Mine
Glades, 1976. Near Mint-
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Tradition, 1970. Near Mint-
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Verve, 1967. Very Good+
Chicago blues, but plenty darn funky – recorded with a sharpness and tightness that shows a strong soul-based influence in the second-generation electric work of James Cotton's generation! The core group here features James on harmonica and vocals – backed by piano, guitar, bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Raw Magic
Alligator, 1982. Near Mint-
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Maybe I'll Cry
Red Beans, 1983. Near Mint-
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Strugglin Lady
Malaco, 1992. Very Good
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ABC, 1971. Near Mint-
BB King live at the Cook County Jail in Chicago – and given the amount of great live shows going on in the institution during the early 70s, the jail must have been one hell of a place to be incarcerated! This classic features BB King entertaining the prisoners with a wickedly sharp blues ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, Early 30s. Very Good+
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Cotton In Your Ears
Verve, 1968. Very Good
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Handful Of Aces
King Snake/Ichiban, 1992. Used
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Super Black Blues, Vol 2
Flying Dutchman, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold
A weird little set on Flying Dutchman – a live set that features the talents of Leon Thomas, T-Bone Walker, Eddie Vinson, and Joe Turner on vocals – plus instrumental backing by players that include Elvin Jones, Wynton Kelly, Howard Morgan, Earl (aka Neal) Creque, and Richard Landrum. ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Couldn't Stand The Weather
Epic, 1984. Very Good
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Blues Singer
Bluesway, 1969. Very Good+
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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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Josh At Midnight
Elektra, Late 50s. Very Good-
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Taj
Gramavision, 1986. Very Good
Titles include "Everybody Is Somebody", "Soothin", "Pillow Talk", "Local Local Girl", "French Letter", and "Do I Love Her". LP, Vinyl record album
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Don't Lose Your Cool
Alligator, 1983. Very Good
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I Am The Blues
Columbia, 1970. Very Good-
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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New Orleans Heat
Tomato, 1978. Very Good+
Albert King teams up with Allen Toussaint for a sweet set of soul-drenched blues! The record's a bit warmer than some of King's earlier work, but Toussaint's presence makes for a nice edge at times – as does work by a host of New Orleans musicians who include Wardell Quezergue on electric ... LP, Vinyl record album
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United, Mid 60s. Very Good
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Dreamer
ABC, 1974. Very Good Gatefold
Sure it's not his Duke recordings, and sure, the sound's a bit 70s-ish – but Bobby's voice is always fantastic, and he still sounds great in this smooth batch of tracks recorded in LA. Backings were arranged and conducted by Michael Omartian – but it's Bobby's vocals that really make ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mercury, 1969. Very Good+
Recorded in Chicago, with a style that's as messed-up and changed-up as some of the best Cadet/Concept work of the time! With Lafayette Leake on piano and organ, Mighty Joe Young on guitar, and Jimmy Dawkins on lead guitar – and titles include "Gravy Child", "Sweet Love", ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Last Session Part 3
Verve, 1957. Very Good
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Chess (Japan), 1974. Used
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 ... CD
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Highway Of The Blues
Audio Lab, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare King Records material from these two postwar blues greats – each of whom get a single side of the record! Sticks McGhee really shines on side one – with that playful, jazzy approach to blues that he used on his late 40s recordings for Atlantic – almost somewhere in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Goose, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare late recordings from the great Son House – a key figure in the early blues scene in the Mississippi Delta, but heard here during some at-home sessions recorded during his rediscovery in the 60s! House has lost none of his power over the years – and, if anything, the passage of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Delta Blues
Folkways, 1942/1962. New Copy (reissue)
Two generations of blues – presented together here in a classic Folkways package! Side one features Alan Lomax recordings of Son House – done on a trip to the delta in 1942, after Lomax was able to talk Son's boss into giving him the afternoon off, so they could drive to a grocery ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A great return to recording for Son House – a musician who'd stopped playing the guitar in the postwar years, but rose again to fame during the great folk blues revival of the 60s! The style here is every bit as classic as some of Son's earliest music – just recorded a lot better, too ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Checker (Japan), 1966. New Copy
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 ... CD
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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
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Jewel/Fuel 2000, 1969. New Copy
CD...$4.99 11.98
The heavy bag here is a bluesy one – as Lowell Fullsom's working in territory that's got a lot of rootsy, almost southern blues in the mix – but which still cracks out at times with his hipper, more funk-tuned groove! There's a few tracks on here that hearken towards the "Tramp&quo ... CD
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West Side Soul
Delmark, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 12.99
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
 
Updated October 23, 2014


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