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✨✧ Son HouseLegendary Son House Father Of Folk Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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VariousBlues Down Deep – Songs Of Janis Joplin ... CD
House Of Blues, 1997. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
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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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VariousDeep River Of Song – Mississippi – The Blues Lineage ... CD
Rounder, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Music from William Brown, Eddie "Son" House, Hollis "Fat Head" Washington, McKinley "Muddy Water" Morganfield, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Lucious Curtis & Willie Ford, Frank Evans & fore. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousNegro Blues & Hollers ... CD
Rounder, Early 40s. Used ... $15.99
An Alan Lomax collection. Tracks by Son House, William Brown, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, Charley Berry, William Blackwell, David Edwards, and the Silen Grove Baptist Church Congregation. CD
(Out of print.)

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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 United Superior pressing.)

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✨✧ Little Brother MontgomeryWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Various20th Century Blues (4CD set) ... CD
Catfish (UK), 1920s/1930s/1940s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Music from Memphis Slim, Robert Lockwood, Arthur Crudup, T Bone Walker, Washboard Slim, Big Joe Williams, Robert Johnson, Tampa Red, Blind Willie McTell, Son House, Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Lonnie Johnson & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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St Louis JimmyGoin Down Slow ... LP
Prestige/Bluesville, Early 60s. Very Good ... $74.99
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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✨✧ Robert Nighthawk/Houston Stackhouse/Johnny YoungMasters Of Modern Blues ... CD
Testament, 1964/1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
One side features work by Robert Nighthawk on guitar and vocals, with help from John Wrencher on harmonica and Johnny Young on guitar – the other features work by Houston Stackhouse on vocal and guitar, with additional guitar from Nighthawk. Also features a few tracks with Nighthawk and Young joined by Little Walter on harmonica! CD
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ Houston StackhouseWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ 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
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BB KingGreat BB King (United) ... LP
United, Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed ... $14.99
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
(Sealed United/Superior pressing!)

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VariousBlues & Barrelhouse Piano – 1927 to 1936 ... CD
Yazoo, Late 20s/1930s. Used ... $7.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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