One of the only full albums to ever feature the Chess Records material by New Orleans blues legend Sugarboy Crawford – a really well-done 70s set that brings together a host of rare singles with detailed notes! LP, Vinyl record album
A seminal moment in postwar blues – and some of the greatest records ever from the legendary Pee Wee Crayton! Crayton was as much of a force in R&B as he was in blues, and these sublime late 40s/early 50s recordings for the Modern label are the epitome of all that made both the Cali ... read moreCD
One of the founding fathers of rock and roll – finally given his due in this massive box set! Arthur Crudup was a famous influence on Elvis Presley, but even without that fame, he was a hell of a bluesman on his own – a key part in the shift of styles that took place during the 40s ... read moreCD
Corey Dennison's making one of his trademark growls of expression on the cover – a gritty grimace that seems to come from down deep inside and really inflect his music with a surprising amount of soul! Dennison's a midwestern bluesman, but has roots in the south – which really come ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastically twangy! We never tire of Bo Diddley's incredible guitar work – and you'll get plenty of it in this early album he cut for Chess, a tasty batch of 12 tracks, all original tunes with a stripped-down gutbuckety sound – rough, raw rhythms that feature plenty of Bo's gritty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the silly cowboy costume on the front cover – because this is a heck of a great album! Bo might have gotten saddled (no pun intended!) with a silly gimmick for the title and image of the set – but the album's one of his best from the early Chess years, and features a rip-roaring ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blues from the gutter, with a nice current of jazz, too – thanks to participation from a hip group who really make this album from Champion Jack something special! Dupree himself sings and plays piano – often with plenty of rootsy currents – but the combo also features excellent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Side one features Jack on vocals, piano, and drums – with Christopher Turner on harmonica. Side two features Jack with Duster Bennett on harmonica, Simon Kirke on drums, and Paul Kossoff on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear. US pressing.)
Champion Jack Dupree with Brownie McGhee —
Low Down Blues ... LP Continental, 1961. Very Good Gatefold ...
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(Vinyl has marks that click on "Mean Old Frisco" and "Talkin Boogie". Cover has some splitting on the top seam and a small peeled spot filled with marker on back.)
Jesse Fuller's working on the railroad, but not in the sing-songy way you might remember from music class in grade school – and instead in this great, gritty, blues-based style that's recorded here with lots of folksy touches! The album's got a nicely raw feel compared to some of Fuller's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky blues from the great Lowell Fulsom! Lowell's best known to the world for his classic "Tramp", a tight funky number that virtually created a whole subgenre of soul, as Otis Redding and Joe Tex were quick to cut answer records to cash in on the action. Nobody could beat Lowell's ... read moreCD
Roy Gaines with Crusaders Crew —
Gaineling ... CD Red Lightnin/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
The great Roy Gaines in two different modes "funkin it uptown" on side one of the record – and "bringing it all back home" on side two! Both halves of the record are filled with great guitar work from Gaines – a deep Texas twang, but given a more contemporary ... read moreCD
Roscoe Gordon was an R&B powerhouse in the 50s – an artist with a huge legacy of music that included records for Vee Jay, Chess, and Sun Records, and a singer who continued to have an impact for many decades to come! Yet Gordon may have sounded best right at the start of his career ... (Soul, Blues)read moreCD
Buddy Guy reached much bigger fame on later labels, but he sounds pretty darn great here in a set of early recordings done for Chess – all sides recorded in the first half of the 60s, when Buddy represented one of the best talents in a new generation of bluesmen rising up in Chicago! The ... read moreCD
We love our Buddy Guy here in Chicago – and this set cut for Vanguard, one of his first full solo albums with his own band will always be a favorite! Buddy's late 60s sound was as charismatic as he'd always be, but there's an understated approach to his lead that's really wonderful, and hits ... read moreCD
We're not normally ones to rave about electric blues albums, but this one's a lot nicer than you might think – recorded with plenty of deep soul touches, and even a dose of funk in the right places! We hate to admit it, but a big part of the credit here goes to Eric Clapton – who ... read moreCD
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was ... read moreCD
Great small group backing – with arrangements from pianist Claude Hopkins, plus tenor from Coleman Hawkins, trumpet from Doc Cheatham, and clarinet from Buster Bailey! (Vocalists, Blues)LP, Vinyl record album
(Out of print, sticker over barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
John Hammond —
Mirrors ... CD Vanguard/Real Gone, 1967. New Copy ...
Great lost John Hammond material for Vanguard Records – tracks recorded from some of his earlier sessions for the label, but issued here as a great batch of material on their own! The strength of these tracks is undeniable – further proof that Hammond was really at home in the freedom ... (Rock, Blues)read moreCD
Terry Hanck —
Always ... CD Vizztone, 2008. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Amazing work from Harmonica Frank – an artist who recorded this firey sides for Sun Records in the early 50s! Frank's got this offbeat style that's definitely blues at the core, but which also has links to some of the novelty modes of the Appalachian scene – as he's not afraid to go ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – in a silkscreened cover!)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last albums ever from the mighty Slim Harpo – but also one of the best, as the bluesman is giving plenty of nods to the funk and soul artists who were influenced by his music – and returning the favor with a wonderfully raw set of grooves! Slim's a master on all fronts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original white/blue/red label! A beautiful copy.)