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✨✧ VariousHouse Rockin & Hip Shakin – The Best Of Excello Blues ... CD
Excello/Hip-O, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Slim Harpo, Arthur Gunter, the Blues Rockers, Jerry McCain, Lazy Lester, Leroy Washington, Lightnin' Slim, Silas Hogan, Whispering Smith & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Son HouseHeroes Of The Blues – The Very Best Of Son House ... CD
Shout, 1930/Early 40s/1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
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Arthur GunterBlack & Blues ... LP
Excello/Nashboro, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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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John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker Presents His House Rent Boogie ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
With music this great, it's hard to imagine John Lee Hooker ever having to throw a rent party – because the sounds here should have made him a superstar right from the start! The package is a wonderful collection of raw, early cuts that Hooker recorded for the Modern label in LA – a number of which are previously unissued, and all of which together capture John at that amazing point when he'd really discovered his sound – that way of melding spare work on electric guitar with his own growling vocals – in a mode that so many others might try to steal in the future, but which is at its early prime here. Some cuts feature small combo backings, which gives a bit of a sophisticated LA R&B vibe to the work – while others are very spare, and mostly just feature Hooker's vocals and great guitar. Some of the bigger songs on the set are presented in rare alternates, with key musical differences – and titles include "I Got Eyes For You", "Blue Bird Blues", "I'm In The Mood", "House Rent Boogie", "Key To The Highway", "Build Myself A Cave", "Hug & Squeeze", "Baby You Ain't No Good", "I'm Ready", "Taxi Driver", "You Receive Me", and "I Tried Hard". CD

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Little Brother MontgomeryWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1969. New Copy ... $12.99 17.98
Underground 60s work from Little Brother Montgomery – the bluesy pianist who was such an important part of the Chicago scene in the 30s! The set's got a very timeless feel – mostly just Montgomery on piano and vocals, with some occasional guitar accompaniment from Mike Stewart – who seems to play a steel guitar at points – and some guest vocals from Jeanne Carroll at a few points – which leaves most of the music to the man himself, who really shines in the setting! The production is lean and laidback – but Little Brother is super-tight in his performance – as sparkling and lively as he must have been during the 78rpm era, but recorded with much better fidelity. Titles include "No Special Rider", "Prison Bound Blues", "Gin House Blues", "London Shout", "Oh Daddy", "Little Brother's Early Pieces & History", "Muleface Blues", and "Farrish Street Jive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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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- ... $14.99
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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VariousGreat Blues Men ... LP
Vanguard, Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Features work by Muddy Waters, Homesick James, Otis Spann, Johnny Young, James Cotton, Robert Pete Williams, Son House, Junior Wells, Johnny Shines, and many others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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VariousRare Blues – Takoma Blues Series ... LP
Takoma, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Rare blues material from the Takoma catalog – with work from Sunnyland Slim, Maxwell Street Jimmy, Big Joe Williams, Little Brother Montgomery, and Son House! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Lee HookerFolk Blues (United) ... LP
United, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not folk at all – but instead some great raw work from the early 50s years of John Lee Hooker – material originally recorded for the Crown/RPM label, with titles that include "Shake Holler & Run", "Half A Stranger", "Baby I'm Gonna Miss You", "Bad Boy", "Rock House Boogie", "Let's Talk It Over", "Baby You Ain't No Good", and "Lookin For A Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a light stain. Front cover is great.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfBig City Blues (aka Howlin Wolf Sings The Blues) ... LP
United, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing.)

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✨✧ Stanley Livingston/Michael ErlewineBlues In Black & White – The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals As Photographed By Stanley Livingston ... Book
University Of Michigan, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful images from the legendary Ann Arbor Blues Festival – a long-running even that's pulled together an amazing range of talent over the years – a good number of whom are featured here! The festival probably hit its biggest fame in the early 70s – when recordings documented work by Sun Ra, Art Ensemble, and many blues musicians – and most of the images here even predate those years, as almost all the photographs appear to be from 1969 and 1970 – huge appearances for still-living blues legends! The quality of the images is great – and the book features images of John Lee Hooker, Son House, Sippie Wallace, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Fred McDowell, Little Brother Montgomery, Willie Dixon, Robert Lockwood, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, and many others – all in crisp, vintage black and white. 128 pages, softcover, with images throughout. (Books, Blues) Book

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VariousStraight To Watts – The Central Avenue Scene 1951 to 1954 – Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. Used ... $7.99
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

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✨✧ 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

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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 ... 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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VariousBarrelhouse Blues & Boogie Woogie Vol 1 ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), Early 60s. Used ... $2.99
16 songs from Jack Dupree, Albert Luandrew, Eurreal Montgomery, Rufus Perryman & Peter Chatman. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBarrelhouse Blues & Boogie Woogie Vol 2 ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), Early 60s. Used ... $2.99
Music from Jack Dupree, Albert Luandrew, Peter Chatman, Eddie Boyd & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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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 (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... $12.99 17.98
Houston Stackhouse hailed from Mississippi, despite his name – and this obscure recording from the early 70s is one of the few to document his wonderfully rootsy talents! The set features just Houston on vocals and electric guitar – in a spare mode that hearkens back to the Delta, but never slavishly so – as Stackhouse represents that underground generation of Mississippi blues musicians who kept evolving the style in the years past the 30s – keeping things simple, but bringing a lot of his own individual personality to the music. Titles include "Pony Blues", "Cry On Cry On", "Bricks In My Pillow", "Cryin Won't Help You", "Big Road Blues", and "I Got Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Pinetop Perkins, Barrelhouse Chuck, Detroit Jr, &Eight Hands On Eight Keys – The Chicago Blues Piano Masters ... CD
Sirens, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Chicago Blues Piano Masters are Barrelhouse Chuck, Detroit Junior, Erwin Helfer, and Pinetop Perkins doing solos and duets. CD

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✨✧ Reverend Lonnie FarrisNight At The House Of Prayer ... LP
Buked & Scorned, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Rosco GordonBest Of Rosco Gordon Vol 1 ... LP
Ace (UK), Early 50s. Used ... 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 – and titles include "New Orleans Wimmen", "No More Doggin", "Ouch Pretty Baby", "Booted", "Just In From Texas", and "Whiskey Made Me Drunk" (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. Used ... $8.99
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

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✨✧ Lightnin SlimIt's Mighty Crazy – Early Excello Recordings & More ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... $8.99
The lesser-known "Lightnin'" of the postwar blues years – and a hell of a bluesman, heard here on some early sides for Excello Records! Lightnin Slim's got this raw, rootsy voice that's brimming with power – an approach that would have been great enough on its own, even with only a bit of Slim's guitar in the backing – but which also gets stunning support on nearly every track by a range of different blues harmonica powerhouse players – including Lazy Lester on more than half of these tracks, plus work by Cleve White and Schoolboy Cleve (are they the same?) All tracks were recorded in a very stripped-down mode, with all the power the early Excello label could offer – and the set also features some unreleased tracks, in addition to Slim's rare singles of the time. Titles include "West Texas", "Bad Luck", "I'm Grown", "Goin Home", "Bad Luck & Trouble", "I'm Him", "I Can't Be Successful", "What Evil Have I Done", "Bed Bug Blues", "It's Mighty CRazy", "Have Your Way", and "I'm A Rollin Stone". CD

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Lil Ed & The Blues ImperialsFull Tilt ... CD
Alligator, 2008. Used ... $7.99
Titles include "Housekeeping Job", "Hold That Train", "Candy Sweet", "Woman Take A Bow", "Every Man Needs A Good Woman", "Take Five", "Open Invitation", and "Life Got In The Way". CD

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