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DCC, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used
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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
East River, 1920s. New Copy
Not just another collection of rare material from 78rpm recordings – and instead, a great little set that's definitely got a personality of its own! The package presents rare work from the collections of 78 diggers Jerry Zolten and Robert Crumb – the latter of whom created some great ... CD
Howlin Wolf Album
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cotillion/Friday Music, 1969. New Copy
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 ... CD
Saved
Pentragram, 1971. Very Good
A retro rootsy session from one of the unsung founders of rock n roll – a set of gospel tunes recorded for the Warner Pentragram subsidiary in the early 70s, done in a style that's in keeping with the "let's sell rootsy black music to the white liberal audience" that Warner was ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excello, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
Includes performances by Jimmy Dawkins, Doctor Ross, Whispering Smith, Lightnin' Slim, and Bessie Griffin. ... 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
Malaco, 1998. Used
CD
Atomic Energy
Blues Boy (Sweden), 1983. Near Mint-
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
Scufflin With Stu Ramsey & Chicago Slim
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good-
LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi To Mali
Rounder, 2003. Used
CD
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
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
Document (Austria), Late 30s/Early 40s. Used
CD
Bayou Lightning
Alligator/Sonet (Germany), 1979. Used
CD
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
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
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
Delmark, 2013. Used
CD
Delmark, 2013. Used
CD
Imperial/EMI, Early 50s. Used 2CD
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
Stoned Soul
Delmark, 2014. New Copy
Giles Corey is a bluesman at heart, but he plays here in a style that's got lots of soul and funk touches too – particularly in the way he works his guitar with lots of wah-wah style riffs! The record's got a contemporary blues vibe overall, but Giles definitely has a slightly different ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Ronn/Fuel 2000, Mid 60s. New Copy
CD...$4.99 11.98
Frank Frost really kicks it hard on this set of classic recordings from the 60s – a batch of tracks that easily show why Frost was one of the funkiest bluesmen to record for the Jewel/Paula label! Frank sings and plays harmonica – but an equal attraction here is the rhythms – ... 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
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
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
Sweet Home Chicago
Jewel/Fuel, Mid 50s. New Copy
Vintage blues from Robert Lockwood Jr – material cut in Chicago, early in his career – at a time when it seemed like Lockwood was set to become one of the breakout talents on the Windy City scene! And although Lockwood left the city in the 60s, and spent most of his 50s Chicago years ... CD
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
Whose Muddy Shoes (with bonus tracks)
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Super Blues
Chess/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
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
Super Blues
Chess/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy
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 ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Black Gladiator
Checker (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A wicked reinvention of the sound of Bo Diddley – a set that electrifies his groove even more than before – and takes him into the same mix of funk and blues that Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf were exploring at the time! This album's right up there with the two Cadet/Chess classics by ... CD
 
Updated April 23, 2014


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