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Eddy ArnoldEach Road I Take – The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions (Love & Guitars/Standing Alone/bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A surprisingly great set of work from countrypolitan giant Eddy Arnold – 1970 sessions that have him both reforging his strengths with producer Chet Atkins, and taking up a whole new groove with the great Lee Hazlewood! The Atkins material can be heard here on the album Love & Guitars – a set that allows Arnold to answer back to all the others who, by that time, were hitting his own sort of mature way of putting over a tune – with backings that are almost more traditionally country than anything that Eddy had been getting on other recent records. The choice of material is great – songs by Merle Haggard, Wayne Thompson, Kris Kristofferson, and others – and titles that include "When The Wind Blows In Chicago", "Shadows Of Her Mind", "Today I Started Loving You again", "Just Enough To Start Me Dreamin", "With Pen In Hand", and "Soul Deep". Producer Lee Hazlewood works with Eddy Arnold on material from the album Standing Alone – a set that almost has Lee taking a tongue-in-cheek approach with strings and larger arrangements – giving Eddy the kind of setting that might have been darkly double-sided if Hazlewood were singing, but which comes across more in familiar Arnold territory overall. Still, there's definitely some nice touches around the edges – and titles include "Closest I Ever Came", "My Way Of Life", "She Believes In Me", "July You're A Woman", "Where Love Has Died", and "Some Lonely Picker". CD also features additional tracks from the same year, including two unreleased outtakes – for a total of 27 titles in all. CD

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Chet AtkinsYestergroovin/Lover's Guitar ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Two late 60s RCA albums from Chet Atkins – back to back on a single CD! On Yestergroovin, Chet Atkins is groovin, but in a yesterday sort of way – hence the title of this sweet set from the start of the 70s! The record still has plenty of that excellent Atkins guitar work right up front in the mix – picking and strumming with the sublime sound that Chet created in the Nashville studios of RCA – in a mode that's maybe got some even jazzier currents on the guitar at times than some of his previous records – an upfront quality to the way the instrument steps up in the mix, especially on some of the more contemporary numbers. Titles include the slightly funky "Tennessee Pride", plus "Bring Me Sunshine", "Country Champagne", "Steeplechase Lane", "Yestergroovin", "Liberty", and "Gotta Travel On". Lover's Guitar is a record that has Chet Atkins working with arrangements from his own pen, and those of conductor Bill McElhiney – in a mode that's got the mellower touches you'd expect from the title – as Chet gently works his guitar magic on a set of ballads that include "The Look Of Love", "Until It's Time For You To Go", "If I Should Lose You", "Estudio Brillante", and "La Madrugada". (Now Sound, Folk/Country) CD

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Joan BaezJoan Baez – Original Master Series ... CD
Vanguard, 1960. Used ... $4.99
One of the most essential debut albums of the 60s folk revival, and the early 60s in general – the great first album from Joan Baez on the Vanguard label – a masterpiece of emotional interpretation and impeccable folk guitar playing! Joan Baez is arguably more legendary as a figure than she his as a musician, in that she was a leader in a movement, but the singer and musician is what makes the biggest impact on us, and here she is at her finest. She's accompanied by second guitarist Fred Hellerman on about half the songs, which include "Silver Dagger", "East Virginia", "House Of The Rising Sun", "All My Trials", "Wildwood Flower", "John Riley", "Little Moses", "Ek Preso Numero Nueve" and more. CD

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Joan BaezJoan Baez Vol 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vanguard, 1961. Used ... $4.99

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✨✧ VariousMichigan Box – 1950s & 1960s Oddball Labels (10 CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 10CD (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A HUGE collection of rare rockabilly, surf-styled instrumentals, proto garage stormers and other lost treasures from the late 50s and early 60s scenes in Michigan – wild numbers from regional indie labels like Fortune, Nu-Sound, Oasis, Bel-Mar, Happy Hearts, Thumb and many more – with 332 tracks on 10 CDs! Detroit, Ann Arbor and other points in the great state of Michigan have ALWAYS been a hotbed of primal rockers, both famous and obscure, and this massive box set is one of the richest treasure troves of rare Michigan rock we've ever seen! It comes with a massive 200+ page hardcover book, which is a beautiful historical record even on it's own, with notes on the scene(s) – including the many artists, record labels and recording studios – plus essays by local legends. Includes great tracks by The Blue Echoes, The Millionaires, The Princetons Five, The Continental Four, The Scavengers, Barry Ray, The Tikis, Jim Myers & His Gems, Danny & The Galaxies, The Starlighters, Angie & The Monacos, Johnny & The Drifters and The Torquays to name but a few. A really amazing set – and it's worth every penny! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousPopsters – They Tried To Rock Vol 4 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection from the early years of rock and roll – featuring work by an assortment of mainstream pop artists who were very quick to jump on the bandwagon of the new music! The styles here aren't just boring pop attempts to rehash rock, but also show a strong current of R&B at play as well – the kind of sounds that jump blues and other postwar styles had already brought to the mainstream – served up almost in a post-swing mode, with a cool mix of jazzy inflections and electrified instrumentation that's almost a precursor for the sound of popcorn soul! Most tracks are in an upbeat, swinging mode – one that's equally pleasing if you like crossover country from the time, or some of the more playful modes from pop singers too – all with a much wider range than you'd expect from the title and cover. As with other volumes, the notes are great, as is the track selection – and this fourth volume features 33 tracks that include "See Saw" by Don Cornell, "Band Of Gold" by Don Cherry, "Rock Love" by The Fontaine Sisters, "Fujiyama Mama" by Eileen Barton, "Teardrops From My Eyes" by The Hilltoppers, "Lovey Dovey" by Ella Mae Morse, "Bo Diddley" by Jean Dinning, "Susie Q" by The Crewcuts, "Rockabilly Party" by Hugo & Luigi, and "Flip Flop & Fly" by Johnny Ray. CD

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✨✧ VariousSwamp Pop By The Bayou – Troubles, Tears, & Trains ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw nuggets from the Louisiana scene during the early years of rock and soul – late 50s/early 60s numbers that show why that state was one of the biggest influences on music at the time! None of these tracks were ever hits, and many have a gritty style that's a few steps slower than rockabilly, with bluesy edges that really mark the color blind origins of some of this music – almost a rock-styled equivalent of some of the New Orleans R&B that was coming out a few years before! This volume is one of the deepest digs in the series – full of rare singles from labels that include Montel, Dart, Jador, Jin, Tear Drop, and other tiny imprints – all brought together with more than enough notes to fill you in on the whole history of the scene too. Titles include "Satan In Satin" by Johnny Preston, "I Beg Of You" by King Savoy & The Rhythm Rockers, "Train To Nowhere" by Roy Perkins with Jerry Starr & The Clippers, "Blue Eyes" by Phil Cay, "Shirley" by John Fred & The Playboys Band, "The Memories" by Billy Lewis, "Shed So Many Tears" by Johnny Jano, "Time" by Buddy Lorton, "I Can't Live Alone" by Buck Rogers, and "City Police" by Dale Houston. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousTexas Box – 1950s & 1960s Oddball Labels (10 CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 10CD (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An insane collection of rare work from the Texas underground of the early rock years – served up here on 10 CDs, with a whopping 330 tracks in all, and a stunning hardcover book that lays out details on the labels, music, and studios in 200 full color pages! The presentation is very much in the best Bear Family mode – with a surprising amount of historical detail, loads of rare images and label scans, and a level of production that makes the music sparkle almost as much as if you stumbled upon a box of all these singles in their rare original format! The book runs through the Texas indie scene – covering labels from Action to Zip Records, with dozens of labels in between – and there's even a very cool section on the pressing plants used to make the singles, with details we've never seen before. But the music is the real driving force here – raw Texas tracks from the late 50s and early 60s – some rockabilly, some with a bit more twang, and a few with a pre-garage sound that's mighty nice. Artists include Cecil Moore, Larry Wheeler, Mike Sanchez, Al Davis, Huey Long, Gary Middleton, The Catalina, Bobby Doyle, Blackwell Twins, Lawrence Flippo, Euel Hall, Charlie Brown, Beamon Forse, Starfires, and countless others! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 3 – 1970 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
1970 was a crucial year for country-tinged rock in the US – a time when the style really came into its own, and both found strong support in the mainstream, and an approach that was hardly just a straight rehasing of its roots! This third volume may well be the best so far in this excellent series – as it showcases a range of key artists who drew strongly on the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield, but really found ways to make those influences their own – expressing a country aesthetic in the younger voice of the time, at a level that would then go back and influence mainstream country in years to come! As with the other volumes, the package is beautiful – a nice heavy book, filled with thoughtful notes on the tracks – and a total of 38 cuts that include "Tell Me A Song" by Morning, "Silver Moon" by Mike Nesmith & The First National Band, "Hurry Up" by Poco, "Delta Mama Blues" by Townes Van Zant, "He Darked The Sun" by Linda Ronstadt, "God's Own Singer" by Flying Burrito Brothers, "Big Bayou" by Swampwater, "Tobacco Road" by David Allan Coe, "Be Real" by Doug Sahm, "Livin In The Country" by Country, "Just A Country Dream" by Eric Anderson, "California" by Rick Nelson, "Right Before My Eyes" by Moby Grape, and "Biloxi" by Jesse Winchester. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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