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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 10 – Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Chess Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)
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Dale HawkinsSuzie Q – The Best Of Dale Hawkins ... CD
Chess/Universal (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
Stunning work from the great Dale Hawkins – a singer you may only know from the title track of this collection, but one who made some of the hardest, fiercest rock and roll on Chess Records in the 50s! Dale hailed from Louisiana, where much of this music was cut – but he also worked with Chess up in Chicago, where he seems to have picked up some slight bluesy currents in his rhythms – especially on the tracks that feature musicians like Roy Buchanan on guitar and Lafayette Leake on piano! Yet even on his own, and even on the early material recorded in Shreveport, Hawkins has a hell of a sound – a blend of R&B and rockabilly that was forged way down in the swamps, and came back bubbling up with a hell of a lot of power! CD features 18 tracks in all – including "Crossties", "Lovin Bug", "Four Letter Word", "Suzie Q", "Little Pig", "Tornado", "Juanita", "Baby Baby", and "Ain't That Lovin You Baby". CD
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Archie WhitewaterArchie Whitewater ... CD
Cadet/RPM (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $8.99
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the Cadet/Concept side of Chess – the same slice of the musical universe that gave us Rotary Connection and important productions from Charles Stepney! The sound here has some surprisingly soulful elements at times – especially the instrumentation, which features some great break moments that get nice and funky, and strands of soulful jazz and blues that really make the music way different than most other groups we can think of – or maybe a bit like a rare elite who shared such visionary territory with Archie Whitewater, such as Shades Of Joy on their first Fontana record. The keyboards and sax lines are as great as the drums – and the vocals have a melancholy undercurrent that's a really refreshing change from some of the overly-postured modes you'd get from other groups in 1970. Titles include the sublime sample cut "Cross Country" – but there's loads of other nice ones with the same stripped-down "Dusty Fingers" sort of groove – and other titles include "Life Is A River", "Home Again", "Lament For The Walking Dead", "Seacoast", "Country To the City", "Friends & Neighbors", and "Mist Of The Early Morning". CD

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Bobby CharlesBobby Charles (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bearsville/Light In The Attic, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 22.99
A near-perfect classic from the greatly under-appreciated Bobby Charles – a cat with who worked for Chess Records as far back as the 50s, but also managed to deliver this soul-drenched swamp rock gem in 1972! Bobby's got this great sense of delivery – a bit laidback and almost laconic, without some of the other cliches of some of his contemporaries – this mode that makes you feel like you're just happening upon the man in his best spirits – even though the record's filled with top-shelf work from a super-pro lineup that includes Dr John, Geoff Muldaur, Levon Helm, Rick Danco, and others. Danko and John Simon helped produce with Bobby – and the album's got the same sort of blend of southern rock, soul, and roots that you'd also find in the best work by Tony Joe White. Titles include "Street People", "Long Face", "I Must Be In A Good Place Now", "Let Yourself Go", "Grow Too Old", "I'm That Way", and "Tennessee Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great super-heavy gatefold pressing – remastered from the original tapes!)

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MaudsHold On ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A surprisingly groovy outing from the Chicago scene of the 60s – a garagey group, but one with some soulful touches too! The set was partially recorded at Chess studios, and Eddie Higgins handled some of the arrangements – and the record features versions of "Knock On Wood", "Harlem Shuffle", "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "Mercy Mercy Mercy", and "Hold On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear.)

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✨✧ Dale HawkinsLA, Memphis & Tyner, Texas ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally wonderful little record from the mighty Dale Hawkins – an artist most folks remember just for his killer raw singles on Chess in the 50s – but still very much at the top of his game on this late 60s treasure! In face, Dale might even be even rawer here – as the record's a lot more open and unbridled – a bit like Hawkins had steeped himself in some of the swamp rock modes that were big at the time, and undoubtedly inspired by his earlier records – a mode that has Dale coming across with the grit and power of Tony Joe White at his early best – from the heavy guitars right down to his raspy vocals! The approach is great – nice and nasty, as if Dale's experienced plenty in the world since his earlier fame – and backing is by a great array of talents – including James Burton, Spooner Oldham, the Memphis Horns, and even Taj Mahal! Tracks include "LA-Memphis-Tyler", "Heavy On My Mind", "Joe", "Houndog", "Back Street", "La-La La-La", "Candy Man", "Little Rain Cloud", and a totally amazing psychedelic version of "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town". CD
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✨✧ Robert WyattShleep (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ryko (Japan), 1997. Used ... $18.99
Robert Wyatt in brilliant form in the late 90s – and with quite an all star line up! Here Wyatt is joined by Eno, Phil Manzanera, Philip Catherine, Paul Weller and Evan Parker amongst others. It's wonderful stuff in some of his more pastoral, elegantly furnished style – certainly among his better work of the later years. Titles include "Heaps Of Sheeps", "The Duchess", "Maryan", "Was A Friend", "Free Will & Testament", "September The Ninth", 'Alien", "Out Of Season", "A Sunday In Madrid", "Blues In Bob Minor" and "The Whole Point Of No Return". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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