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✨✧ Stefan GrossmanFlowers On The Wall – The Unique Art Of Stefan Grossman ... CD
Transatlantic/El (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful post folk era work from acoustic guitar genius Stefan Grossman – a thick compilation of tracks from the Ragtime Cowboy Jew and Those Pleasant Days LPs, and more from his early 70s Transatlantic Records efforts – stacked together on great CD! Flowers On The Wall has a pretty wide stylistic breadth, with some rags and acoustic blues type tunes that Grossman is best known for, plus some surprisingly adventurous originals that really blend some of the more interesting singer-songwriter idiosyncracies of the era. Plus Grossman's playing is absolutely impeccable! 20 tracks in all: "Morning Comes", "The Birthday Song (People Get Ready)", "Odyssey", "Orphan Sunday", "Matesa", "Make Believe Stunt", "Waterfalls", "Prairie Song", "Sond Techniques Recording Blues", "Lena Anne", "Song For A Brother", "Flowers On The Wall" and more. CD
 
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✨✧ Johnny CashJohnny Cash at San Quentin ... LP
Columbia/Sundazed, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
Johnny returns to prison for another incredible set – a set might be an even more remarkable portrait of the Man In Black at his raucous best than the uber legendary Live At Folsom Prison! Like the Folsom gig, the set was captured by producer Bob Johnston, who also so masterfully recorded Bob Dylan at his most primal. Unlike the Folsom set, in which Johnny was famously accompanied by the Tennessee Three, the San Quentin band was fleshed out to include all of the still performing Carter women, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers. Another breathtaking prison recording, featuring the famous version of "A Boy Named Sue" where you hear the crowd going completely nuts. Tracks include "I Walk The Line", "Darling Companion", "San Quentin", "Wanted Man", "Peace In The Valley", "Wreck Of Old 97" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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Johnny CashMan In Black – Live In Denmark 1971 ... CD
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A stellar concert from The Man In Black – and a set we'd rank right up there with the prison-based live that Johnny Cash recorded in the 60s! The material here is handled wonderfully – and recorded equally well, too – and in addition to a number of very strong performances by Johnny alone, the set also features some guest appearances that include solo numbers by Carl Perkins, The Carter Family, and The Statler Brothers – as well as Cash performances with most of them, and a few duets with June Carter Cash! Titles include Johnny on versions of "Sunday Mornin Comin Down", "I Walk The Line", "Guess Things Happen That Way", "Man In Black", and "Me & Bobby McGee"; duets with June on "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Darlin Companion", and "If I Were A Carpenter"; "Matchbox" and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins; "Flowers On The Wall" and "Bed Of Roses" by The Statler Brothers; "Song To Mama" by The Carter Family; and variations of Johnny with other acts on "Rock Of Ages", "No Need To Worry", and "Children Go Where I Send Thee". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Cash & OthersBest Of The Johnny Cash TV Show 1969 to 1971 (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A great set of classic live performances from The Johnny Cash Show from 1969 to 1971 – not only featuring some charming live cuts by The Man In Black himself – but playing a graceful host to a diverse lineup of guests including fellow period country stars George Jones, Tammy Wynette and the not-quite-yet outlaw hero Waylon Jennings, but the great and nowadays comparably overlooked Bobby Bare, rockers Derek & The Dominos, singer-songwriter heavies Joni Mitchell and James Taylor and more. Includes "Flesh & Blood" by Johnny Cash, a 3 hit medley by George Jones, "Detroit City" by Bobby Bare, "Fire And Rain" by JT, "Loving Her Was Easier" by Kris Kristofferson, "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" by Waylon, "Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash w/ The Carter Family & The Statler Brothers and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Clancy BrothersRebel Songs & Drinking Songs (The Rising Of The Moon/Come Fill Your Glass With Us) ... CD
One Day, 1956/1959. Used 2CD ... $6.99
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Don CooperBless The Children ... CD
Roulette/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A folk funk classic from Don Cooper – a folksy player at heart, but one who always manages to bring a gentle groove to his music! The set's got a spare sound that's totally great – vocals and guitar from Don, plus second guitar from Elliot Randall – and support from other light instrumentation on flute and violin, used in ways to bring a lyrical sweetness to the tunes that we really love – not exactly in Nick Drake territory, but a similar sort of sweetening! Rhythms are often more heavy on the acoustic basslines than the drums, which gives them a bottom-up sort of groove – warm and mellow, but with wonderfully funky moments. Titles include "Bless The Children", "Mad George", "Tell Me About Her", "Willy Jean", "Sad-Eyed Queen Of The Mountain", "Brotherlove", "A New Gun", "Only A Dream", and "Tin Cans & Alleyways". CD
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Don CooperBless The Children ... LP
Roulette, 1970. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A folk funk classic from Don Cooper – a folksy player at heart, but one who always manages to bring a gentle groove to his music! The set's got a spare sound that's totally great – vocals and guitar from Don, plus second guitar from Elliot Randall – and support from other light instrumentation on flute and violin, used in ways to bring a lyrical sweetness to the tunes that we really love – not exactly in Nick Drake territory, but a similar sort of sweetening! Rhythms are often more heavy on the acoustic basslines than the drums, which gives them a bottom-up sort of groove – warm and mellow, but with wonderfully funky moments. Titles include "Bless The Children", "Mad George", "Tell Me About Her", "Willy Jean", "Sad-Eyed Queen Of The Mountain", "Brotherlove", "A New Gun", "Only A Dream", and "Tin Cans & Alleyways". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Delmore BrothersFreight Train Boogie – King Recordings 1946 to 1951 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Sublime sounds from one of the best harmony duos in the hillbilly business – Delmore Brothers Alton and Rabon, sounding completely wonderful here on an early selection of singles cut for King Records! The music's definitely got some of the harmonies and acoustic elements from more bluegrass-oriented acts of the time – but there also almost seems to be a touch of King Records blues in the approach, too – given the way the electric guitar can be used to sharpen the edges of the music, and harmonica lines can help give the vocals a special sort of inflection – especially when they take off on their solos. The blend is great – almost a pre-war mode, from the early 78rpm days when musical genres weren't so ironed-down – and in a way, singles like these also really point the way towards some of the mixing of modes to come a few years later in the rockabilly years. Titles include "Blues You Never Lose", "Muddy Water", "Mobile Blues", "Boogie Woogie Baby", "Trouble Ain't Nothin But The Blues", "Kentucky Mountain", "Used Car Blues", "Weary Day", Blues Stay Away From Me", "Brown's Ferry Blues", and "Take It To The Captain". (And in case you're wondering, there's lots of tracks on this set that aren't on Ace Records' "acetate" collection of Delmore Brothers recordings – and vice-versa!) CD

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Brother Claude ElySatan Get Back ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Weird and wild sounds from Brother Claude Ely – a record that has all the power and dynamic energy you might guess from the image on the cover! Claude's a curious fellow – part singer, part preacher – with a style that draws from country, and fits in well with the King Records label material of the time – but which also has Ely working a white gospel mode, while also preaching out at points too – bursting out with message and motivation that are simply mindblowing! The set's got more appeal to fans of vintage hillbilly work than standard gospel – yet it resonates equally with both elements – and this wonderful set brings together some of Claude's classic single and album tracks for King Records, plus some ultra-cool unissued passages too. Titles include "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down", "There's A Leak In This Old Building", "Farther On", "Little David Play Your Harp", "My Crucified One", "Stop That Train", "You Took The Wrong Road Again", "Send Down That Rain", "Dip Your Finger In The Water", and "Do You Want To Shout". CD

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✨✧ Flying Burrito BrothersFlying Burrito Brothers ... LP
A&M, 1971. Very Good+ ... $11.99
The Burritos first LP, post-Parsons – and a pretty strong statement for the merits of the now unquestioned leader, Rick Roberts, and multi-instrumentalist new guy Bernie Leadon, who would later turn to the dark side and join the Eagles. Roberts penned or co-penned 7 of the albums 10 tunes, including "Colorado", "Hand To Mouth", "Just Can't Be", and "Four Days Of Rain". His contributions are for the most part nicely fragile, with just the right doses of sweetness and sadness. The group also covers Merle Haggard's "White Line Fever", Gene Clark's "Tried So Hard", and Dylan's "To Ramona". This is one of the band's rarer LPs, probably because of the absence of hipster hero Gram Parsons. But this is truly a worthy piece of work, and even the weaker Burrito stuff makes a lot of today's alt-country look like Taco Bell. (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in the original textured cover.)

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✨✧ Gosdin BrothersSounds Of Goodbye (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Beat (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The long lost late 60s album by the Gosdin Brothers – FINALLY issued on CD! This Gosdin Brothers album were spawned from the same seeds as seminal, stargazing country rock icons like Gene Clark and the Byrds. If the Gosdin's compartatively scant recorded history and unfortunately rare reissues pretty much guarantee that they'll never be as widely remembered and name-dropped as their martyred peers, it certainly doesn't reflect on their music! Sounds Of Goodbye is very much cut from the same cloth as period Byrds recordings, with a bit more of a focus on the gorgeous, Louvin and Everly influenced harmonies. The production also has a punchy, Bakersfield honky tonk feel that simply never gets old. Vern Gosdin went on to have some solid success much later with some neotraditional honky tonk albums, but this early work with his brother sunny country excellence. Tracks include "Sounds Of Goodbye", "Tell Me", "Woman's Disgrace", "The Victim", "Love At First Sight", "Wishing", "Louisiana Man". 24 tracks – lots of bonus material. CD

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✨✧ Grandpa JonesSteppin' Out Kind – The King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Surprisingly great early recordings from Grandpa Jones – material cut long before he'd hit bigger fame as a slightly comedic act in the Grand Ole Opry and on Hee Haw – and instead some great rootsy material that features a fair bit of deft guitar work from a young Merle Travis! The sides are all pulled from the original acetates of King Records – from days before the label was working on tape – and Jones has a quality that almost evokes Appalachian recordings of the late 30s instead of the postwar dates of the singles – save for the fact that electric guitar often dances around Jones' banjo and his wonderfully raspy vocals! The sound quality and notes are great – much nicer than any collection of early material like this, with material cut with The Delmore Brothers and Cowboy Copas – and the CD features 26 titles that include "Heart Stealin Mama", "Grandpa's Boogie", "It's Raining Here This Morning", "When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down", "What'll I Do With The Baby-O", "Darby's Ram", "Alimony Trouble", "Ridin On That Train", and "You'll Make Our Shack A Mountain". CD

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Jimmy MurphySouthern Routes – The Legendary Starday/Rem Sessions ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Overlooked work from Jimmy Murphy – an artist who recorded these songs for two small labels in the mid 60s, but who has a feel that's much more like older hillbilly styles overall! The recording quality is nice and stripped down – the labels were almost going for an older revival feel that really fits Murphy's Alabama roots, and which has this blend of bluegrass acoustic instrumentation and more country-based phrasing – served up by Murphy with some great work on 12-string guitar! Some numbers cross into that great spiritual bluegrass/gospel territory, while others have the rural charm of older Louvin Brothers material (but without the harmonies, natch) – and the CD is the first time that proper due has ever been given to Murphy in this way, especially in these final commercial recordings of his career. 21 titles in all – including "Take This Message To Mother", "Hub Cap", "Big Train", "Tears In The Eyes Of A Potato", "Little Black Train", "You Better Get Ready", "Holy Ghost Millionaire", "I Believe", and "Half A Loaf Of Bread". CD

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Chuck & Mary PerrinBrother & Sister (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Webster's Last Word/Mapeche (Spain), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 24.99
Beautiful work from the duo of Chuck & Mary Perrin – a sweetly dreamy folk rock duo from Central Illinois! The pair recorded this album for their own tiny Webster's Last Word label back in the late 60s – and although they were cut off in the hinterlands of the midwest near Peoria, there's a sound to their work that reminds us of a lot of the best California sunshine folk of the time! Chuck and Mary sing duet vocals on nearly every track – and although their background is folk, they're not really folkies – and are working much more in the freer-spirited, and personally empowered sound of the sunshine pop generation. Titles include "Commencement", "Violets Of Dawn", "Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do", "Younger Generation", and "Mornings". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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Ralph StanleyRalph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys – The Complete Jessup Recordings ... CD
Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99 24.98
Excellent and overlooked material from the great Ralph Stanley – working here as a solo act in the time after the wonderful Stanley Brothers recordings on Starday/King – in a set of small label recordings that are every bit as great as those 60s classics! The material here is very spare, stripped down, and traditional – with a young Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley stepping in as part of the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Ralph himself singing with that incredible style that's easily made him one of the greatest talents ever in bluegrass – a cat who can put over a message or a story with undeniable charm, but all with an effortless approach that's still mindblowing after all these years. Stanley also plays banjo in the lead, alongside acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass – and the 2CD set brings together tracks from the albums Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys Featuring Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs, Sing Michigan Bluegrass, and Gospel Echoes Of The Stanley Brothers. 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Master's Bouquet", "Wings of Angels", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "Loving You Too Well", "I Long To See The Old Folks", "Little Glass Of Wine", "Another Song Another Drink", and "River Underground". CD

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York BrothersLong Time Gone – The King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the coolest acts in postwar hillbilly music – heard here on some of their best recordings ever – which are also presented in the best possible way! Ace Records went back to the vaults for this set, and dug up the original recording acetates for the York Brothers sessions – the equivalent of going back to the master tapes during these years of King Records – and in the process, they also came up with nine never-heard tracks that make this already-great collection even better. The York Brothers had the unique claim of being a hillbilly act from Detroit – not that unusual when you consider all the migration spurred on by the auto industry – and their placement often gives them a slightly different take on the country aesthetic of the period, a unique sound that comes through wonderfully here. The CD features 24 tracks, plus notes on the music – and titles include "Motor City Boogie", "Traveling Man", "It Ain't No Good", "Long Gone", "Gravy Train", "Kill Her With Kindness", "Nothing But The Blues", "Road Of Sadness", and "They Laid My Darling Away". CD

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VariousHillbillies – They Tried To Rock Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 26.98
They tried to rock – and rock they did – in this very cool assortment of rockabilly numbers cut by cats who were better-known as mainstream country artists – all of whom were trying on a new set of sounds during the early years of rock and roll! Some of the singers here were older established acts, and others were younger talents who hadn't yet decided on a direction – and together, they all make some mad musical moments here – tracks that have firm country roots, but lots of surprising rockabilly inflections – not the kind of sounds you might normally expect from artists like Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizell, George Jones, or Eddy Arnold. The package is a treasure in the best Bear Family mode – with copious notes and images that really get at the uniqueness of the work – and a 31 track package filled with great titles that include "Teenage Boogie" by Webb Pierce, "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Pee Wee King, "Little Lovin'" by Mimi Moman, "Ten Cats Down" by The Miller Sisters, "Hey Little Dreamboat" by Rose Maddox, "Go, Boy, Go" by Carl Smith, "Maybelline" by Carl Perkins, "Hep Cat Baby" by Eddy Arnold, "Let The Teardrops Fall" by Patsy Cline, "Red Hen Rock" by The Louvin Brothers, "You're Humbuggin Me" by Lefty Frizzell, "I'm Comin Home" by Johnny Horton, "One Night" by Kirk Hansard, and "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight" by Johnnie & Jack. CD

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VariousJukebox At The Last Chance Saloon – 23 Instrumental Gems From Twangy Stringbenders & Duelling Banjos To Aching Steel Guitars ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $3.99
Fantastic hillbilly instrumentals, from boozy weepers, to chugging string burners, rollicking pianos to crying steel guitar – featuring late 50s numbers by well known artists and obscure slingers alike! Some of the tunes are by folks we know pretty well, like proto rocker Hardrock Gunter, and the legendary Stanley Brothers, but there's loads of stuff here that's new to our old school honky tonk hungry ears, and titles include "Country Guitar" by Eddie Eddings, "Guitar Cannonball" by Jackie Phelps, "Country Rockin' And Flyin'" by Buddy Dee, "Missouri Drag" by Bill Wimberly, "Fire On The Strings" by Joe Maphis, "Waltz Of The Jambalaya" by Link Davis, "Fling Ding" by The Stanley Brothers and more. 23 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ VariousLong Gone Daddies – Original 50s Rockabilly & Rock & Roll From The Modern Label ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rare rockabilly tracks from a relatively unusual source – LA's Modern Records label, an imprint that's best known as a powerhouse of postwar blues and R&B! The label's contribution to early rock isn't nearly as well known, and is incredibly fresh as presented on this wonderful collection – filled with 32 smokers that have the same sort of raw rockabilly energy we love from the That'll Flat Git It series – presented in an equally superb way by Ace Records! There's some currents of music here that nicely echo the R&B of Modern's other records – especially their great ear for a searing tenor line, amidst more prominent guitars – and the package also includes a number of previously unissued tracks. Titles include "Baby Beat It" by Big Duke, "Jerry Jerry" by Artie Wilson, "Long Gone Daddy" by Pat Cupp, "Saturday Night Praty Time" by Don Cole, "Toodle Oo" by Jack Lewis, "Rock Daddy Rock" by Jesse James, "I Won't Remember To Cry" by Pat Cupp, "Pink Cadillac" by Sammy Masters, and "You Can't Stay Here" by The Barker Brothers. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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VariousMartians, Demons, & Fools Like Me – The MCI Records Story 1954 to 1961 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 27.98
A cool little record label from the Arizona scene of the late 50s – one that worked in a cool variety of styles that's perfectly summed up by the title! MCI was an early home of Lee Hazlewood's studio efforts, and also handled the output of some other inventive talents too – artists who were more than willing to try something new in the pursuit of the fresh styles of the time – including offbeat pop, raw rock, and even some slight hilllbilly styles too – but almost always with a sweet echoey guitar in the lead! A good portion of the music comes from the years right before Arizona took off as a hotbed of rockers, and that quality almost gives the whole thing a fresher feel than some of the more familiar work from the scene – especially Lee's later hits with Duane Eddy and others. CD features 32 tracks, plus 7 more bonus studio selections that were used as commercials – and the booklet's got over 40 pages of notes, and a style that's as nice as the cover. Titles include the original version of "The Fool" by Sanford Clark, plus "Buying On Time" by Lee Hazlewood with Al Casey, "Money Oldsmobile" by Ken Noble, "Mrs Arizona Home Owner" by Jimmy Wilcox, "Boogie Billy" by Spence Bare, "The Boppin Martian" by Dick Robinson & His Makebelievers, "The Woo" by Bobby & The Demons, "I'm No Good Without You" by The Newton Brothers, "The Pink Panther" by Al Casey, "I Need Your Love" by Joe Tanner, "Come To Phoenix" by Red McIlvaine, "Quarter After Eight" by Patti LaSalle, and "Don't You Just Know It" by Jim Fleming & The Casuals. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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VariousSix Feet Under – Rockabilly, Country, & Early Rock Instrumentals ... LP
Mississippi, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Raw sounds from the American underground – a great set of twang-heavy tracks from obscure 45s – most of them with a unique blend of rock and country styles! There's lots of the spirit here of Johnny Burnette – and a few artists actually seem to pay him tribute with their work – but most of the recordings have a rougher style too, with some especially great echoey production on the guitars! Titles include "Willie Joe" by Mystery Trio, "Dark Mood" by Bartlett Brothers & The Country Paupers, "Still As The Night" by Clint Blacklaw, "Kentucky Fandango" by JP Dunn, "Misery" by Jacky Lee, "A Woman's Mind" by Jimmy Merrill, "Ghost Train" by Electro Tones, and "If You Love Me" by Johnny Fortune. (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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