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✨✧ VariousSwingbillies – Hillbilly & Western Swing On Modern/Colonial/Flair 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's no typo in the title – as the unique phrase "Swingbillies" is a perfect summation of the set – which mixes together rare postwar work from the West Coast scene – cool cuts that are partly western swing, partly early country – and which almost stand as a precursor to the Bakersfield years to come! The music is all from the catalog of Modern Records – an imprint best known for R&B and blues, but one that also really had its ear to the ground for all the new sounds bubbling up in LA after the war – sounds that included a big influx of hillbilly styles that hit the coast in the hands of folks moving westward for jobs and success. Most artists here are relatively obscure, but their work resonates with qualities that both matches the big western swing stars of the period, and some of the excellent early country on Capitol Records – which might be a good comparison to the strength of this set. CD features 28 titles in all – and cuts include "You Just Wait & See" by Chuck Guillory, "Turn That Gun Around" by Rocky Morgan, "Those Wonderful Days With You" by Joe Bean, "I Knew That You Were Foolin All Along" by Jimmie Dolan, "Holiday For Guitar" by Jimmy Bryant, "The Honey Jump (part 1)" by Jody Webb, "Operation Blues" by Homer Clemons, "Big Texas #2" by Papa Cairo, "San Antonio Blues" by Cliff Bruner, and "My Heart Lied To Me" by Ted Shelton. CD

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✨✧ VariousSon Of A Gun & More – From The Lee Hazlewood Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most comprehensive sets we've ever seen to look at the legacy of the legendary Lee Hazlewood – and one of the few to focus on the impact he's had on the 21st Century! Lee's songs have become the stuff of legend over the years – not just his own recordings, but classic tracks sung by the Sinatra family members, Dean Martin, and countless others – who are usually features on similar sets under the Hazlewood banner. But this package goes those one better – and looks mostly at material from the past 20 years – plus a few older songs – showing that, if anything, the present century has given Lee's music even more power than ever in the hands of diverse talents like these. As with more "vintage" sets from Ace Records, the presentation is great – a lot of tracks, and very detailed notes that really like the Hazelwood heritage to all this recent music. Titles include "A Cheat" by Jarvis Cocker & Richard Hawley, "Some Velvet Morning" by Primal Scream & Kate Moss, "First Street Blues" by Mick Harvey, "I'm Glad I Never" by Jesus & Mary Chain, "Sand" by Holly Golightly, "Look At That Woman" by Gallon Drunk, "You Turned My Head Around" by Dean & Britta, "I'd Rather Be Your Enemy" by Boyd Rice, "Summer Wine" by Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon, "Paris Summer" by Frances Ruffelle, "My Autumn's Done Come" by Mark Morriss, "No Train To Stockholm" by Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, and "Long Black Train" by Thriftstore Masterpiece with Frank Black. Also includes vintage songs – "She Comes Running" by Waylon Jennings, "The Man Who Made An Angel Cry" by Loy Clingman, "Lady Bird" by Virgil Warner & Suzi Jane Hokom, and "Friday's Child" by Billie Dearborn. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousWhistle Bait – 25 Rockabilly Rave Ups ... CD
Columbia/Sony, Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massive sounds from Columbia Records – a smoking set of rockabilly numbers that the legendary label cut during a time when it was making most of its money selling mainstream pop, classical music, and Broadway showtunes albums! Yet beneath all that big-cash production, Columbia found the time to get some amazing records cut in the studio – searing tracks that still bristle with plenty of power and raw energy all these many years later – and which easily match the fire and frenzy of singles you'd hear from some of the more obscure indies that are always prized by collectors of early rock singles! Some artists are Columbia country singers, stepping out for much more gritty action on cuts like these – others are more obscure rock acts that hit the label's roster far from the clean pop of Mitch Miller – and the CD features 25 gems that include "Whistle Bait" by Larry Collins, "Dig Boy Dig" by Freddie Hart, "Big Fool" by Ronnie Self, "I Got A Hole In My Pocket" by Little Jimmy Dickens, "Romp Stompin Boogie" by Jaycee Hill, "Good Rockin Baby" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Mean Mama Blues" by Marty Robbins, "I'm Comin Home" by Johnny Horton, "Ah Poor Little Baby" by Billy Crash Craddock, "Hoy Hoy" by Collins Kids, "Everybody's Rockin" by Werly Fairburn, "Rawhide" by Link Wray, "You're Humbuggin Me" by Lefty Frizzell, and "Ugly & Slouchy" by Maddox Brothers. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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Darol Anger & Barbara HigbieTideline ... CD
Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. Used ... $3.99
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the music's sense of rhythm and phrasing – and the rich acoustic tones of both players get wonderfully past some of the new age cliches that are too-often wrongly associated with the label – and remind us that at their best, records like these offer up a key flowering of the acoustic underground of the 70s. Mike Marshall plays guest mandolin on one title – and tracks include "Movie", "Tideline", "Above The Fog", "True Story", "Onyame", and "Gemini". Really great 2015 remaster – excellent sound and package – way better than the Windham Hill releases in the 80s! (Jazz, Folk/Country) CD

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Clarence AshleyLive & In Person – Greenwich Village 1963 ... LP
Jalopy, 1963. New Copy ... $15.99
A great later performance from Clarence Ashley – a North Carolina singer/banjoist who was first exposed to a wider audience through the Harry Smith Anthology – then revived even more by the booming folk generation of the early 60s! This set was recorded as part of that wave – a rare New York appearance by Ashley – recorded in very friendly settings at a folk club in the Village – with a style that not only really allows Clarence to shine on banjo, guitar, and vocals – but also show off some of his talents as a raconteur! Larry Tex Isley plays second guitar and autoharp – and titles include "I Had But Fifty Cents", "Bully Of The Town", "Omie Wise", "Dark Holler Blues", "May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister", "The Little Hillside", "I'm The Man That Rode The Mule Around The World", and "Rude & Rambling Man". Comes with a nice booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Chet AtkinsSolid Gold 68/Solid Gold 69 ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Heavyweight gold from guitarist Chet Atkins – two albums back to back! Solid Gold 68 is a sweet set that has the guitar of Chet Atkins taking on the big hits of the year – with surprisingly groovy results! The arrangers here are Bill Walker and Cam Mullins, and a number of the tunes get a bit more of a 60s bounce than some of Chet's other records – maybe less Nashville and more pop instrumental – not just in the choice of the tunes, but in the way they're carried across! Chet's guitar is still quite upfront in the mix, with that wonderful sound – and titles include "The Sound Of Silence", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Slick", "Harper Valley PTA", "Light My Fire", and "Grazing In The Grass". Solid Gold 69 follows the formula of some of the Chet Atkins Gold albums from previous years – but also reflects the very groovy changes taking place in music at the time – as Chet moves into a great range of material that moves quite far from his country roots! The setting is all instrumental – with arrangements by Bergen White, John Ragsdale, and Norbert Putnam – and titles include "So What's New", "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Both Sides Now", "Hey Jude", "Aquarius", "Folsom Prison Blues", and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". (Now Sound, Folk/Country) CD

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Robbie BashoBasho Sings ... LP
Takoma, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
An album that points the way towards some of Robbie Basho's more song-structured work of the 70s – but a set that's also still got the wonderfully loose, flowing vibe of his early material for Takoma Records! Basho definitely sings here – as promised by the title – but often in a way that's so completely unusual, it's hardly in the realm of familiar folk – kind of a weird inflection of blues roots, cajun elements, and eastern spirit – but also with some of the far reaches that Tim Buckley used on the Lorca album. Basho plays guitar throughout – reigning in things a bit at times, but soaring on his well-known solo spirit at others – and titles include "Basho's Blues", "Aons Au Ball", "Katari Takawaitha", "Basket Full Of Dragons", "Salangadou", "Tibetan Bach", and "Dance Calinda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Robbie BashoGrail & The Lotus ... LP
Takoma, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Mindblowing early work from Robbie Basho – maybe one of the best Takoma albums of the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that the label also issued important music from John Fahey! Yet on this set, Basho's as revelatory as Fahey at his best – but in a completely different way – more informed by Eastern thought than American roots, yet able to spin out his ideas on these completely hypnotic acoustic guitar passages that are still as mesmerizing all these many years later as they were when recorded in Berkley studios in 1966. Titles include "Oriental Love Song", "The Dharma Prince", "The Grail& The Lotus", "Golden Shamrock", and "Street Dakini". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Blackwood BrothersRock A My Soul (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A spiritual act, but one who really helped give the music a groove, and find a way to move alongside country and pop on the Tennessee scene of the postwar years! The group are from Memphis, and may not have the deep soul of Sun or Excello gospel groups, but certainly have some great harmonies – as you'll hear on this set that brings together all their RCA recordings from the 50s – along with a mighty nice book too! CD

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✨✧ VariousRoot Hog Or Die Vol 2 – Sing Anything ... LP
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning tribute to the great Alan Lomax – the legendary musicologist, historian, and recording engineer who captured so many wonderful American sounds in the 20th Century! Lomax's work has been crucial to both the Library Of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways Records – yet there's also a fair bit that has never seen the light of day before – amazing recordings that make up a surprisingly large part of this box set – which compiles work in many different styles recorded by Alan in the field – blues, folk, gospel, and global modes, plus compelling regional genres – all presented here in a special series! Titles on this second volume include "Cherry Ball Blues" by Skip James, "Downhearted Blues" by Son House, "Cindy" by Hobart Smith, "Sing Anything" by Neal Morris, "Como Las Propias Rosas" by Banda De Castello, "Nnuena" by Luigino Scolla & Pietro Guarassi, "Meet Me On The Road" by Beatrice Dick, and "Arkansas Traveler" by Elmer Barton. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousRoot Hog Or Die Vol 3 – Sailing In the Boat When The Tide Runs Strong ... LP
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning tribute to the great Alan Lomax – the legendary musicologist, historian, and recording engineer who captured so many wonderful American sounds in the 20th Century! Lomax's work has been crucial to both the Library Of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways Records – yet there's also a fair bit that has never seen the light of day before – amazing recordings that make up a surprisingly large part of this box set – which compiles work in many different styles recorded by Alan in the field – blues, folk, gospel, and global modes, plus compelling regional genres – all presented here in a special series! Titles on this third volume include "Down In Arkansas" by Almeda Riddle, "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town" by Big Bill Broonzy, "Read Em John" by John Davis & The Georgia Sea Island Singers, "Laura Lee" by Emma Hammond, "Lord Have Mercy" by Fred McDowell, and "Lenga Serpentina" by Compagna Sacco. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousRoot Hog Or Die Vol 6 – Free A Little Bird ... LP
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning tribute to the great Alan Lomax – the legendary musicologist, historian, and recording engineer who captured so many wonderful American sounds in the 20th Century! Lomax's work has been crucial to both the Library Of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways Records – yet there's also a fair bit that has never seen the light of day before – amazing recordings that make up a surprisingly large part of this box set – which compiles work in many different styles recorded by Alan in the field – blues, folk, gospel, and global modes, plus compelling regional genres – all presented here in a special series! Titles on this sixth volume include "Nottamun Town" by Jean Ritchie, "High Force Agricultural Show" by Mark Anderson, "Al Hamdulillah" by Unidentified Man, "Blues #2" by Belton Sutherland, "Two Step De Eunice" by Dennis McGee, "Keen For A Dead Child" by Keith Gallagher, and "Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed" by Fred & Annie Mae McDowell. LP, Vinyl record album

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Robbie BashoSeal Of The Blue Lotus ... CD
Takoma/Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A perfect illustration of the genius of guitarist Robbie Basho – a set recorded early in his career, but with music that's light years ahead of most of his contemporaries! Although a set of solo acoustic guitar tracks, the music isn't really folk – nor is it the sort of acoustic underground music that would emerge more strongly in the 70s – and instead, it's got a real edge throughout – lots of odd tones and weird phrasings that almost preface a whole generation of guitar experimentalists like Derek Bailey or Eugene Chadbourne – yet still within a setting that's relatively tuneful overall! Basho's music has this subtle mysticism that we really love – and the solo sounds here are as evocative as the titles – which include "Mountain Man's Farewell", "Seal Of The Blue Lotus", "Sansara In Sweetness After Sandstorm", "Dravidian Sunday", and "Bardo Blues". CD
 
 
 



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