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Son HouseLegendary Son House Father Of Folk Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A great return to recording for Son House – a musician who'd stopped playing the guitar in the postwar years, but rose again to fame during the great folk blues revival of the 60s! The style here is every bit as classic as some of Son's earliest music – just recorded a lot better, too – with beautiful focus on the subtle inflections he brings to the strings of his acoustic guitar, and vocals that ring out a lot stronger than they might have on a 78. Titles include "John The Revelator", "Empire State Express", "Preachin Blues", "Sundown", and "Grinnin In Your Face". LP, Vinyl record album

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Son HouseSon House & The Great Delta Blues Singers – 1928 to 1930 ... CD
Document (Austria), Late 20s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Son HouseDelta Blues ... CD
Biograph, Early 40s. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Son HouseFather Of The Delta Blues – The Complete 1965 Sessions ... CD
Sony/Columbia, 1965. Used 2CD ... $8.99
... CD
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Paul GeremiaGamblin' Woman Blues ... CD
Red House, 1992. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Larry McCrayBorn To Play The Blues ... CD
House Of Blues, 1998. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Walter Wolfman WashingtonFunk Is In The House ... CD
Bullseye Blues, 1998. Used ... $4.99
(Soul, Blues) CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Otis RushAny Place I'm Going ... CD
House Of Blues, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print. Punch through barcode.)
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Arthur GunterBlack & Blues ... LP
Excello/Nashboro, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Fantastic Excello Records material by Arthur Gunter – one of the more important influences on Elvis Presley, and a whole generation of rockers too! The set was put together after Gunter's passing – handled by Mike Vernon, with notes by Mike Leadbitter – and titles that include "No Naggin No Draggin", "Baby Let's Play House", "Blues After Hours", "No Happy Home", "Crazy Me", "Little Blue Jeans Woman", "Workin For My Baby", and "Baby Can't You See". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing – in beautiful shape!)

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Kenny RiceHouse Party ... CD
Jam Jar, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99
In case you're wondering, they DO still make 'em like they used to – at least when it comes to classic-styled soul records, like this St Louis effort from Kenny Rice! Kenny comes from a world that might be more blues than soul, but there's definitely a lot of southern soul styles at play on this set – from Kenny's great vocal leads, right down to the sweet combo backing, which even includes some organ and saxes from St Louis legend Oliver Sain! About half the album's got more of a blues vibe than a soul one – but even those sounds are recorded at a level that's more like you'd hear from a 70s indie than a contemporary label – and Rice's own drums help kick lots of the tunes into headier soul territory, and create this wider-ranging vibe that certainly lives up to the house party spirit promised on the cover. Titles include "I Wanna Satisfy You Baby", "Big Blue", "Back Street", "Pink Champagne", "Honky Tonk", "I'm Tore Up", "Oh Yes It's You", and "Hard Working Man" – plus a very cool take on Horace Silver's "Liberated Brother". (Soul, Blues) CD

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Little Johnnie TaylorLJT Sings Gospel Blues ... LP
Jewel/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Not the gospel you'd guess from the title – but a nice set of soulful cuts from Little Johnnie Taylor – with titles that include "A Thousand Miles Away", "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (parts 1 & 2)", "Open House At My House (parts 1 & 2)", "I Ask Myself A Question", "As Long As I Don't See You", and "Part Time Love". Japanese-only album, too! (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsBlues ... LP
Mainstream, 1950/1951. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Great vintage recordings from Lightning Hopkins – initially recorded by producer Bob Shad on his trips to the south in the early 50s, then later issued on Shad's label Mainstream in the 60s! The style here captures Hopkins at his best – very spare and lowdown, with gritty guitar alongside Lightning's wonderful vocals – both intertwined in a snakey mode that's extremely compelling. There's no other instrumentation on the tracks at all, but there's a presence and personality that's extremely full – maybe more so than most other Hopkins material of this vintage. Titles include "Coffee Blues", "Hello Central", "Long Way From Texas", "Gotta Move", "Dirty House Blues", "Freight Train", and "Everybody's Down On Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Howlin WolfHowling Wolf Sings The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Howlin Wolf sings the blues, and comes across in a way that influences an entire generation too – with that raw, raspy sound that made the singer a perfect blend of delta roots and contemporary sounds that were bubbling up in the postwar years! These tracks have a spare, simple, stark style that's still a lot more powerful than most of the records that tried to copy Wolf's modes in later years – mindblowing guitar work from Willie Johnson, harmonica lines that weave the whole thing together, and tremendous vocals that would shake the paint off your walls, even without any other instrumentation! Titles include "Crying At Daybreak", "Twisting & Turning", "Brown Skin Woman", "Morning At Midnight", "Backslide Boogie", "House Rockin Boogie", "Keep What You Got", and "Worried About My Baby". CD adds in 10 more tracks from the same sessions – making for a 20 track set that's a great representation of these recordings from 1951 and 1952 – with titles that include "Driving This Highway", "I'm The Wolf", "The Sun Is Rising", "I Want Your Picture", "My Baby Stole Off", and "Passing By Blues". CD

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Boyd RiversYou Can't Make Me Doubt ... LP
Mississippi, Early 90s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
Timeless blues work from Boyd Rivers – played on both acoustic and electric guitar, but with a classic spirit that stretches back to the days of the delta! The recordings are from the early 90s, but done in a way that feels like they're from decades before – clear enough to bring out the best tones in Rivers' guitar and vocals, yet with a spare, stripped-down vibe that shows little change in the evolution of the blues over the 20th century! Titles include "Won't It Be Grand", "I Want To Be At The Meeting", "Get Away Jordan", "That Fire Shed In My Bones", "You Can't Make Me Doubt", "Church House Rock", and "When The World Seems Cold". LP, Vinyl record album

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St Louis JimmyGoin Down Slow ... LP
Prestige/Bluesville, Early 60s. Very Good ... $84.99
One of the most obscure blues sessions ever recorded by Prestige – a rootsy date that features the vocals of James "St Louis Jimmy" Oden – plus backing on guitar, piano, bass, and drums! Like most Bluesville dates, this one's going for a very vintage sound – one that hearkens back to an older blues era than the time of recording – shaking off some of the more modern conventions of the Chicago scene. Oden's got a really laidback way of singing – one that's almost conversational at times – and titles include "Poor Boy", "Nothin But The Blues", "Mother's Day", "Dog House Blues", "Some Sweet Day", "Monkey Faced Woman", and "Goin Down Slow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing! Vinyl has some oxidation on side two, which causes some light surface noise – but other than that, the record's in beautiful shape! Cover has just a bit of light wear, and a small bit of tape in one corner.)

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✨✧ VariousRoot Hog Or Die – 100 Years, 100 Songs – An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute (6LP set) ... LP
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy 6 LPs ... Temporarily 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 6LP set. The box features 55 never-issued tracks, and lots more great ones too – with music by Shirley Collins, Fiddlin Joe Martin, Compagna Sacco, Calvin Frazier, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jelly Roll Morton, Ernest Williams, Neal Morris, Skip James, Son House, Elmer Barton, Brendan Behan, George Sea Island Singers, Big Bill Broonzy, Elizabeth Austin, Jean Ritchie, Bascomb Lamar Lunsford, Bessie Jones, Duke Of Iron, Charles Barnett, and many others. The box features a nice booklet of notes, too – and some rare photos from the archive! (Folk/Country, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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✨✧ Amos MilburnRent Party With Amos Milburn ... LP
AM, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Lots of raw R&B tracks from the great Amos Milburn – including "Let Me Go Home Whiskey", "Tears Tears Tears", "Ain't Nothin Shakin", "Operation Blues", "House Party", "Thinkin & Drinkin", and "Bad Bad Whiskey". Also includes two tracks by saxophonist Lynn Hope! (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
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Reverend Lonnie FarrisNight At The House Of Prayer ... LP
Buked & Scorned, Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from Reverend Lonnie Farris – one of the key proponents of "sacred steel" guitar – the use of the mostly-country instrument in the setting of soulful gospel! Farris works the instrument in ways that are sometimes familiar, sometimes almost more like the use of an organ in gospel – really getting a hell of a lot out of the strings and their inflections, and using the steel guitar in ways that can be plenty bluesy too! The music is very raw throughout – especially on some of the more upbeat numbers, which really cook in an incredible way – and titles include "The Holy Spirit", "His Love", "I'm So Happy & Free", "Golden Street", "Walk Around", "They Are Ringing The Bells", and "Wondering Child Mother Is Dead". (Gospel, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 550 copies – with bonus insert and a cool photo-pasted cover!)

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Brownie McGhee & Sonny TerryBrownie McGhee & Sonny Terry At The Bunkhouse ... LP
Smash, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the more obscure albums from this bluesy duo – and one of their few for Smash Records too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a promo ink stamp on back.)

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Houston StackhouseBig Road Blues ... CD
Wolf (Austria), Used ... $7.99
... CD

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Houston StackhouseHouston Stackhouse & Friends – George Mitchell Collection (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 15.99
Houston Stackhouse has some great "friends" here – drummer James Peck Curtis and guitarist Robert Nighthawk – who step into these classic sessions from George Mitchell, and give them a bit more punch than the rest! The tracks were recorded in Mississippi, as part of Mitchell's big late 60s push to uncover some great lost talent – but there's almost an early Chicago electric feel to the recordings, although the whole thing's maybe a bit looser overall than some of the early Chess Records singles. Titles include "Cool Water Blues", "The Wrong Man", "Canned Heat", "Big Road Blues", "Mean Old World", and "Down By The Woodside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Houston StackhouseWorried Blues ... LP
Fat Possum, New Copy ... On September 22, 2017
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rosco GordonBootin' – The Best Of The RPM Years ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 – on these smoking early sides for the RPM Records label, cut in a beautiful fusion of blues piano, romping rhythms, and some very special vocals from the man himself! The collection presents that material at a level that really blows away some of the cheaper Roscoe Gordon volumes on the market – with a total of 24 tracks, detailed notes, and a selection of singles that even includes a few unreleased tracks, too – all in the best Ace Records tradition. Titles include "New Orleans Wimmen", "No More Doggin", "City Woman", "Ouch Pretty Baby", "Saddled The Cow", "Dime A Dozen", "Booted", "Cold Cold Water", "Just In From Texas", "We're All Loaded", and "Throwin My Money Away". (Soul, Blues) CD

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BB KingGreat BB King (Crown) ... LP
Crown, 1960. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
The definitely got the title right here – as BB King is plenty great, and already a powerhouse in these early years of his career! King sprung forth from the Memphis scene almost fully-formed – and in addition to his famous guitar work, he was also a hell of a singer who could bring a new sort of soulful presence to blues music – able to croon with the charm of a jazz singer in the right moments, join with a doo wop group at others, yet come on with the power of a bluesman whenever he stepped in front of the mic! This great album has BB in all these modes – recorded with brilliantly bold sound – and titles include "I Had A Woman", "Sweet Sixteen", "Someday Baby", "I'm Gonna Quit My Baby", and "I Was Blind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful original pressing – black label with deep groove! Vinyl is wonderful – and cover has a small bit of bottom seam splitting, and two small bits of tape – but is great overall.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
About as classic as you can get for the legendary John Lee Hooker – a set of recordings from his early postwar years that perfectly define the special touch and electric genius of his music! The sound here is often as spare as rural acoustic blues from years back – but Hooker's using an electric instrument with a nice current of fuzz, which almost acts like a louder, fuller chorus behind his vocals – often hinting at feedback possibilities, which creates this hypnotic quality to the music – whether or not John's grooving high, or stepping low! And the vocals are something equally wonderful, too – sung and hum at the same time, in that classic Hooker way – again a huge influence on so many others to come. The package is overflowing with great early work – 26 titles in all, with titles that include "Rockhouse Boogie", "TB's Killin Me", "Sally Mae", "Hobo Blues", "Crawling Kingsnake", "Playing The Races", "Let Your Daddy Ride", "Out The Door I Went", and "I'm In The Mood". CD

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VariousMississippi Delta Blues – Blow My Blues Away Vol 2 ... CD
Arhoolie, Late 60s. Used ... $8.99
Includes material from Joe Callicott, RL Burnside, and Houston Stackhouse. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bessie SmithBessie Smith Story Vol 2 – Blues To Barrelhouse ... LP
Columbia, 1920s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye pressing.)

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