Blues — All

XOur Chicago roots run deep here, with plenty of postwar Chicago blues -- plus delta blues, folk blues, electric blues, pre-war blues, and more!

$



Items/page

House Of Blues Edit search Phrase match

 
Sort by
Exact matches: 4
Exact matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
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

Exact matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Speckled RedBarrel House Blues Of Speckled Red ... LP
Folkways, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $39.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original book.)

Exact matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Son HouseLegendary Son House Father Of Folk Blues ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Legendary Son House Father Of Folk Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

Exact matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsCoffee House Blues – Charly Masterworks Volume 33 ... CD
Charly R&B, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
Close matches: 1
Close matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Otis RushAny Place I'm Going ... CD
House Of Blues, 1998. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
Possible matches: 14
Possible matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsBlues ... LP
Mainstream, 1950/1951. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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

Possible matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Howlin WolfHowling Wolf Sings The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
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

Possible matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Kenny RiceHouse Party ... CD
Jam Jar, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99
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

Possible matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Little Johnnie TaylorLJT Sings Gospel Blues ... LP
Jewel/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
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

Possible matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousBlues For Your Pocket ... LP
Transatlantic (UK), 1930s/1940s. Very Good ... $13.99
A nice UK collection of American blues – issued on the great Transatlantic label! Features work by Son House, Furry Lewis, Blind Willie Johnson, Jazz Gillum, Memphis Slim, Sticks McGhee, JD Short, Fred McDowell, James Son Thomas, and others! LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousHeroes Of The Blues ... CD
Shout Factory, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. Used ... $3.99
Includes tracks by Reverend Gary Davis, Ma Rainey, Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House, and Furry Lewis. CD

Possible matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousCapitol Blues Collection Sampler (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool package – looks like a vintage 78 – with tracks by Lil Son Jackson, Sonny Terry, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, and Son House! Promo only, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has press flaw that causes a click on 2 tracks.)

Possible matches13
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Nights Of Sin, Dirty Deals, & Lovesick Souls ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soulful sounds from New Orleans west into Texas – that swampy space in Louisiana where the music gets mixed up, cooked down, and turned out into something new entirely – with a raw vibe that's still completely amazing all these many years later! The set's far more than the usual overdone Crescent City cuts – and instead really digs deep into the swamp to come up with rare cuts and unissued numbers from the indie scene at the end of the 50s – that magical moment when it seemed like Louisiana was exploding with so many new sounds and ideas that would have a huge musical impact for decades to come. The roots of soul are here, amidst more R&B currents and grittier blues – all with the usual excellent Ace Records notes, sound, and presentation. Titles include "Love Sick Soul" by Smilin Joe, "Please Be There" by Little Victor, "One Night Of Sin" by Barbara Lynn, "Roll Roll Roll" by Guitar Jr, "Oh Babe" by Lester Robertson, "Grandma's House" by Chris Kenner, "Ford V-8" by Honey Boy Allen, "Rising Sun" by Baton Rouge Boys, "Clautelita" by Ivory Jackson, "Shoo Shoo Chicken" by Charles Sheffield, "Wild Cherry" by Leroy Washington, and "Loving Huggin Kissin My Baby" by Classie Ballou & His Tempo Kings Orchestra. (Soul, Blues) CD

Possible matches14
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousStraight To Watts – The Central Avenue Scene 1951-1954 – Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A deep dig into the Watts scene in LA during the postwar years – an incredibly interesting scene – as sounds from the south came into play with the newly-hip modes of the west coast – all with a beautiful blend of jazz, blues, vocal, and instrumental styles! Many of the cuts have a bit of the hard rhythm & blues, and transplanted southern roots that you'd expect from tunes of the time, but even more have the kind of nearly-frenzied, rebellious spirit that went on to be called rock & roll – wrapped up here in a killer collection that's filled with rare singles and unreleased tracks. Titles include "Fish Man" by Gene Phillips, The Monkey" by Duchess, "T Town Mambo" by Ernie Fields, "Oh How The Geese Did Fly" by Jack McVea, "Motor Head Baby" by Chuck Higgins, "Ridin Mighty High" by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, "Hot Dog That Made Him Mad" by Palmer, "A Soul Without A Name" by Frankie Erwin, and the incredible "House Of Blue Lights" by Rozelle Gayle – kind of a mixture of R&B and comedy, served up in a track that's over 7 minutes long! (Soul, Blues) CD

Possible matches15
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousRoot Hog Or Die Vol 2 – Sing Anything ... LP
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $9.99
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. (Folk/Country, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches16
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Bo DiddleyBlack Gladiator ... LP
Checker, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 both of those artists – and is possibly even more messed-up too – with lots of jagged edges that push past the usual Bo Diddley groove – even though that classic sense of rhythm is still at the core to drive things along! We don't know who's playing drums, but they've got a nice heavy handed approach that makes these tracks really boom – and the set's in a massively funky style that's taken far too many years to be acknowledged for in the mainstream! Lots of nice ones, including "Shut Up Woman", "Funky Fly", "Power House", "Black Soul", "Elephant Man", and "I've Got A Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches17
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsBlue Lightnin' ... LP
Jewel, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really nice later set from legendary Texas blues titan Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins – done up for the Jewel label with a bit of the spark that was missing from the hit & miss work he did earlier in the decade for Bluesville! Blue Lightnin' also has a down and dirty style in spots, too – such as on the sinister "Back Door Friend" – the kind of thing that might have put off the academic market his previous label was shooting for! Other titles include "Found My Baby Crying", "Move On Out" (parts 1 & 2), "Fishing Clothes", "Gamblers Blues", "Wig Wearing Woman", "Last Affair", "Daddy Was A Preacher", "Jail House Blues", "I Hate I Got Married", "Lovin' Arms" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches18
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Boyd RiversYou Can't Make Me Doubt ... LP
Mississippi, Early 90s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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

Possible matches19
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousChicago Slickers Vol 2 – 1948 to 1953 ... LP
Nighthawk, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Great work from the Chicago blues underground – rare tracks pulled from a time before labels like Chess and Vee Jay handled most of the big artists, and talents were spread between a handful of much smaller indies! The music here marks that key Chicago transition from rural to urban – and especially showcases the rise of the electric guitar in the music – often mixed with some heavy lines on piano or harmonica, and recorded in a relatively spare, stripped-down mode – without some of the fuller arrangements that were being added to some of the LA blues recordings of the postwar years. Titles include "Skinny Woman" and "Floyd's Blue" by Floyd Jones, "Blue Baby" by Little Walter, "Let Me Ride Your Mule" and "My Baby Walked Out" by Man Young, "Drinking Woman" by John Brim, "Living In The White House" by Johnny Shines, "I Had A Dream" by Lazy Bill, "No More Love" and "Nervous Wreck" by Willie Nix, "Goin Down The Line" by Grace Brim, and "My Sweet Lovin Woman" by Robert Nighthawk. LP, Vinyl record album
 
Partial matches: 9
Partial matches20
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Taj Mahal/Lightnin HopkinsSounder ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty rootsy blues all around – tracks written and performed by either Taj Mahal or Lightnin Hopkins, all short, spare tracks with vocals and guitar, plus some additional sound effects. Titles include "Just Workin", "Jailhouse Blues", "Needed Time", "Harriet's Dance Song", "Two Spirits Reunited", "Sounder Chase A Coon", and "Speedball". (Soundtracks, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches21
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Rosco GordonBootin' – The Best Of The RPM Years ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
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

Partial matches22
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Brownie McGhee & Sonny TerryBrownie McGhee & Sonny Terry At The Bunkhouse ... LP
Smash, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
One of the more obscure albums from this bluesy duo – and one of their few for Smash Records too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing, with a small cutout mark on the label. Cover has a very light stain on one corner and a drillhole through the center.)

Partial matches23
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Living BluesIssue 248 – Vol 48, No 2 ... Magazine
Living Blues, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The feisty Beverly Guitar Watkins is on the cover this time around – with an image that certainly sums up the Living Blues spirit – as does the long inside article on her music! The issue also features a look at the legendary Antones' in New Orleans, plus articles on Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mr Sipp, and Ben Hunter – as well as a look at the advertising and promotional materials for 78rpm powerhouse Paramont Records, and a guide to blues festivals in 2017! There's lots more, too – including blues news and reviews! (Magazines, Blues) Magazine

Partial matches24
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Houston StackhouseHouston Stackhouse & Friends – George Mitchell Collection (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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!)

Partial matches25
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
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

Partial matches26
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousBeef Ball Baby – The New Orleans R&B Sessions – King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
King Records is best known as an R&B powerhouse from the Cincinnati scene of the postwar years, but the label also managed to explore plenty of points further down south – including some great artists from the New Orleans scene, before bigger labels started taking things over! This collection brings together some very early King/Deluxe Records sides, and shows that the label had a surprisingly strong ear for the budding sounds of the Crescent City – late 40s material that captures a really special time before the New Orleans groove was firmly fixed, and the city shared a mix of jazz and blues roots that had links to postwar styles in Chicago and LA as well. The package focuses on just a few artists, and as with others in the "acetate" series, it goes back to the original platters on which the pre-tape recordings were made – which makes for excellent sound throughout. Titles include "Chubby's Confession", "Bed Room Blues", "Close To Train Time", and "Back Bitin Woman" by Chubby Newsom & Her Hip Shakers; "Beef Ball Baby", "Hey Now", "Telephone Blues", "Worry About My Love", and "Answer To Chubby's Bedroom Blues" by Eddie Gorman; Here Comes Smiley", "Turn On Your Volume Baby", and "Love Is Like A Gamble" by Smiling (Smiley) Lewis; "Go Now" and "Give Me A Clue Baby" by Jewel King; "She's Got Great Big Eyes" and "Dave's Boogie Woogie" by Dave Bartholomew; and "Phoney Woman Blues" and "It's Dangerous To Be A Husband" by Cousin Joe. (Soul, Blues) CD

Partial matches27
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ BB KingGreat BB King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD features 8 bonus tracks – including "Down Now", "Bim Bam", "Young Dreamers", "Shotgun Blues", "Woman Don't Care", and "Broke & Hungry" – some in rare unissued takes. CD

Partial matches28
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Little MiltonStax Profiles – Lillte Milton ... CD
Stax/Concord, Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
Stax blues from Little Milton – material pulled from his great early 70s run for the Memphis soul powerhouse – a very fitting place for Milton, given the sometimes-soulful sound of his work! The package features 14 tracks in all – including "I'm Loving Off The Love You Give", "Blue Monday", "Lovin Stick", "Little Bluebird", "Let Me Down Easy", "I Can't Quit You Baby", "That's What Love Will Make You Do", "Walkin The Back Streets & Crying", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Blind Man", "Behind Closed Doors", "If That Ain't A Reason", "If You Talk In Your Sleep (long version)", and "Tin Pan Alley (long version)". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
 
 



⇑ Top