Beautiful blues from Guitar Slim – west coast material from the mid-50s, recorded with some very hip backings! Slim's got a lean, mean edge – a style that's a bit similar to Johnny Watson in his early years, touched with some of the class of the R&B scene that was bubbling up in ... read moreCD
BB King hips up his groove a bit here – picking up some of the crossover soul and rock touches used by contemporaries over at Chess/Cadet, and expanding his sound with a range of guests that include Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and Carole King! Despite the presence of these bigger names, the set' ... read moreCD
Not some of BB's most famous work – but great stuff, with a raw edge, and some excellent guitar work on the best tracks! Titles include "Mr Pawn Broker", "Walking Dr Bill", "My Own Fault Baby", "Cat Fish Blues", "Please Set The Date", and ... read moreCD
Electric 70s work from Freddie – not exactly funky, but with a nice chunky bottom that makes the record stand out a bit from the pack of blues work at the time. Titles include "Sugar Sweet", "She's A Burglar", "Pulp Wood", "My Credit Didn't Go Through" ... read moreCD
Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers —
Fresh ... CD Rounder, 1995. Used ...
Dave Specter is a blues guitarist with a long legacy on the Chicago scene – but on this album he also gets some help from windy city soul legend Otis Clay! Otis only sings on three of the album's thirteen tracks – but the setting with Specter really helps Clay find one of his strongest ... read moreCD
Joe Turner rides again – but in a style that's a bit more like his Kansas City roots than some of the R&B he was cutting for Atlantic Records in the 50s! There's a nice jazz vibe to the record – thanks to sharp arrangements from Ernie Wilkins, who's really coming into his own here ... read moreCD
A seminal album by Muddy – recorded in a style that's rootsier, and more down to earth than a lot of his other Chess sides! Muddy's playing acoustic guitar, and the group features Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and Clifton James. The sound is really spare, evocative, and true – the album ... read moreCD
A bluesy smoker from Mike Wheeler – a Chicago guitarist who's been working the city for almost 30 years – working with some of the biggest names in the business, and sounding pretty great here on his own! Mike's got a groove that's right up there with the best contemporary version of ... read moreCD
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Sonny Boy Williamson —
99 ... CD Wenton Wesgram (Holland), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ...
Sonny Boy Williamson —
His Best ... CD MCA/Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ...