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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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VariousHouse Rockin & Hip Shakin Vol 3 – Killer Swamp Blues Guitar ... CD
Excello/Hip-O, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerHouse Of The Blues (140 gram vinyl) ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rootsy cover, and some rootsy blues to match – a fairly stripped down session from John Lee Hooker –- and one that mostly just features vocals and guitar, plus some occasional added guitar and piano! Most of the recordings here are from the early 50s, pulled together in a full LP at the end of that decade – and they represent the formative roots of the Chess Records sound – a key bridge between Chicago blues and work from earlier scenes. Titles include "Ramblin By Myself", "Ground Hog Blues", "Women & Money", "High Priced Woman", "Sugar Mama", "Walkin The Boogie", "Love Blues", and "Union Station Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Son HouseReal Delta Blues – 14 Songs From The Man Who Taught Robert Johnson ... LP
Blue Goose, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare late recordings from the great Son House – a key figure in the early blues scene in the Mississippi Delta, but heard here during some at-home sessions recorded during his rediscovery in the 60s! House has lost none of his power over the years – and, if anything, the passage of time has really sharpened the sense of humanity in his music, and improved his work on guitar – to a point where even the spare choices of notes seem to be right on the money to illuminate the words of the songs. Most tracks are originals – and titles include "Pony Blues", "A Down The Staff", "The DT Moan", "Trouble Blue", "Lake Cormorant Blues", "Milkcow's Calf Blues", "Rochester Blues", and "Hobo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Son House/JD ShortDelta Blues ... LP
Folkways, 1942/1962. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two generations of blues – presented together here in a classic Folkways package! Side one features Alan Lomax recordings of Son House – done on a trip to the delta in 1942, after Lomax was able to talk Son's boss into giving him the afternoon off, so they could drive to a grocery store where they could plug in the tape recorder! House sounds great here – a few years after classic vintage, but still very much in fine form – and titles include "My Black Woman", "Sun Goin Down", "I Ain't Goin To Cry No More", and "This War Will Last You For Years". Side two features work from JD Short – a contemporary of Son House on the Paramount Records scene – but recorded here in 1962 by Samuel Charters, in a laidback, stripped-down style that's very much in the older mode used by Lomax, but slightly more clear. Short lays down some great harmonica lines alongside his vocals and guitar – and titles include "So Much Wine", "Train Bring My Baby Back", "Fighting For Dear Old Uncle Sam", and "You Been Cheatin Me". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Paul Butterfield Blues BandGot A Mind To Keep On Living – Live 1966 ... CD
Real Gone, 1966. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Unreleased live material from the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band – heard here at a time when the mighty Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield were in the group on guitar! The set was recorded in a coffee house in Boston in 1966, but the recording vibe makes the whole thing feel a lot more like it was set in the kind of southside club that first inspired Paul on the Chicago scene – with a surprisingly faithful representation of the group's sound, complete with a wonderful amount of grit – both in the grooves, and on the guitar, and even in the fuzzy sound of the vocals! Butterfield sings lead, and plays harmonica – and the combo also features organ, bass, and drums. Titles include a sweet funky take on "Get Out Of My Life Woman" – plus "Look Over Yonders Wall", "Born In Chicago", "Walking By Myself", "Memory Pain", "One More Heartache", and "Never Say No". (Rock, Blues) CD

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Champion Jack DupreeChampion Of The Blues ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Sealed ... $38.99
Spare solo work by Jack – featuring only piano, vocals, and a bit of foot shuffling for percussion! The sides were originally recorded by the Storyville label in Denmark, and issued here by Atlantic. The sound's similar to Jack's earlier work on Atlantic, but perhaps a bit more folksy – and titles include "Snaps Drinking Woman", "I Had A Dream", "Reminiscing With Champion Jack", "House Rent Party", and "Misery Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed heavy pressing, with textured cover! Cover has a cutout mark.)

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Lightnin HopkinsBlue Lightnin' ... LP
Jewel, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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

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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
Also available Blues (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 24.99

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Lightnin HopkinsBlues (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1950/1951. New Copy ... $24.99
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". CD
Also available Blues ... LP 9.99

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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin Hopkins Sings The Blues – The Complete RPM Recordings ... CD
RPM/P-Vine (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $24.99
Lightnin Hopkins sings the blues – and virtually helps reinvent the genre in the process with these classic Texas recordings for the RPM label! The style here is much rootsier than some of the postwar blues coming out from other scenes – quite spare, and almost more in a delta style of singer and guitar, without much else in the mix. Yet Hopkins' use of an electric instrument here is seminal – as he works the strings with these inflections and inspirations that would have a huge impact on countless other musicians to come – first blues contemporaries, then bigger talents in the world of rock in later decades. Yet there's still nothing better than these initial recordings – as few folks have a way of hitting the right modes in the right way like Lighnin – both vocally, where he's simple but extremely powerful – and instrumentally, where he can always grab us with just a surprising flick or two of his fingers on the strings. CD features the complete recordings that Hopkins made for the RPM label – 32 tracks in all, including 8 that were never issued before – all very lovingly remastered in this well-done package. Titles include "Give Me Back That Wig", "Jake Head Boogie", "Every Day I Have The Blues", "Candy Kitchen", "Needed Time", "Santa Fe", "One Kind Favor", "Bad Luck & Trouble", "War News Blues", "Ticket Agent", "Tell Me Pretty Mama", and "House Upon The Hill". CD

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✨✧ Howlin WolfHowling Wolf Sings The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 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 "Worrided 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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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

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✨✧ VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Nights Of Sin, Dirty Deals, & Lovesick Souls ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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

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VariousRoot Hog Or Die Vol 2 – Sing Anything ... LP
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $13.99
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

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VariousStraight To Watts – The Central Avenue Scene 1951-1954 – Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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✨✧ Bo DiddleyBlack Gladiator ... LP
Checker, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily 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

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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsBlue Lightnin ... LP
Jewel, 1965. Used ... Temporarily 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
Also available Blue Lightnin' ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Memphis SlimAt The Gate Of Horn ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great live session from the glory days of the Chicago electric blues scene, originally released on Vee Jay, and lovingly repackaged here by Charly. Tracks include "Wish Me Well", "Messin Around", "Slim's Blues", "Steppin' Out", "Rockin The House", and "The Come Back". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker Presents His House Rent Boogie ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker ... LP
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
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 – and titles include "Rockhouse Boogie", "TB's Killin Me", "Sally Mae", "Hobo Blues", "Crawling Kingsnake", "Let Your Daddy Ride", "Out The Door I Went", and "I'm In The Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Great John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. New Copy ... $8.99 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
Also available Great John Lee Hooker ... LP 15.99

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Lightnin HopkinsBlues In My Bottle ... LP
Prestige/OBC, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
One the best of the Lightnin Hopkins records for Prestige in the early 60s – unaccompanied here, just as a lot of his most ardent admirers prefer – and it really is deeply effective work! Truth be told, we love the records from the period in which he's got a spare bit of studio backing, too, but it's hard to make too strong of an argument in their favor after hearing a solo record as perfect as Blues In My Bottle. It's just his own acoustic guitar and voice, with a blues sound as big as the world. If he was singing and playing these songs on a back porch, the crickets would shut up and listen. Great stuff from legend who makes it sound easy! Includes "Buddy Brown's Blues", "Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On", "Jailhouse Blues", "Beans, Beans, Beans", "Catfish Blues", "DC-7", "My Grandpa Is Old, Too" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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BB KingGreat BB King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), 1960. New Copy ... $8.99 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". 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

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BB KingHere's One You Didn't Know About – From The RPM & Kent Vaults ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
An excellent collection of rare work from the legendary BB King – a selection of 25 tracks from the vaults of RPM and Kent Records, 23 of which appear here for the first time ever! Some cuts are alternates, some are different versions of other recordings – and all are pretty darn wonderful – that sharp-edged BB King sound right at the start, before the famous Memphis powerhouse was recording for bigger labels in a more commercial setting! Lots of these cuts have a jazzy backing alongside BB's sweet guitar and raspy vocals – a mode that's similar to the mix of bigger band and bluesy elements you'd get on early work from Bobby Blue Bland – that great Memphis mix of modes that always makes us love this stretch in King's career so much. Titles include unusual versions of "Sweet Little Angel", "Catfish Blues", "Early In The Morning", "I Wonder Why", "Goin Down Slow", "Whole Lotta Meat", "Loving You In Vain", "Long Nights", "The Woman I Love", "Soul Beat", "Don't You Want A Man Like Me", "Be Careful With A Fool", and "Whole Lot Of Lovin". CD

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Lightnin SlimIt's Mighty Crazy – Early Excello Recordings & More ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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Jimmy WitherspoonBlues For Spoon & Groove (aka Take This Hammer) ... LP
Constellation/Surrey, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $4.99
An obscure little set – one of the few full albums issued by Chicago 60s soul powerhouse Constellation Records, and a nice batch of bluesy tunes from Jimmy Witherspoon, recorded with a group that features Groove Holmes on organ and Teddy Edwards on tenor. Titles include "Out Blues", "Loser's Blues", "Life's Highway", "Take This Hammer (parts 1 & 2)", and "In Blues". (Vocalists, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBeef Ball Baby – The New Orleans R&B Sessions – King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... $9.99
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

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✨✧ Big Mama ThorntonOriginal Hound Dog – From The Peacock Archives ... CD
Peacock/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some folks know her only as the woman who gave the world "Hound Dog", which Elvis Presley took to great early fame – but Big Mama Thornton's a hell of an artist who hardly needs to be linked to anyone else as a measure of her greatness! These early sides for the Duke/Peacock label may well be some of Thornton's finest, too – and have a wonderful blend of country blues roots and that hip sophistication that the label was bringing to other artists at the time – touches of jazz in some of the arrangements, and some very unusual rhythmic impulses that make make of these numbers way more than just the kind of stock female R&B that you might expect! And in later years, Thornton might have stayed a bit too long at the rock revival party – but in these early days, she's a hell of a powerhouse, with no need to answer to anyone – on titles that include "I Smell A Rat", "The Big Change", "My Man Called Me", "Walking Blues", "Nightmare", "Stop A-Hoppin On Me", "Laugh Laugh Laugh", "Just Like A Dog", "The Fish", "Hound Dog", "You Don't Move Me No More", "I've Searched The World Over", and "How Come". CD

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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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✨✧ 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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