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Willie KentAin't It Nice ... CD
Delmark, 1991. Used ... $7.99
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Lowell FulsomFinal Kent Years (Lowell Fulsom Now/Lovemaker/bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s/1978. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Two sweet slices of work from the great Lowell Fulson – plus some bonus tracks too! The set begins with late 60s recordings that made up the album Lowell Fulson Now – very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and 60s soul, coming together in a sock-hard style that's much better than a lot of Fulsom's other work for other labels! Arrangements are by Rene Hall and Maxwell Davis – the latter of whom does a surprisingly great job on giving up a sharper edge than we remember in his other work. About half the set's straight blues, but the half that's not is nice and funky – including the "Tramp" follow-up "I'm A Drifter", a nice cover of "Funky Broadway", and the cut "Let's Go Get Stoned". Other titles include "Feel So Bad", "I Cried", "The Letter", "Tomorrow", and "Mellow Together". Next up is the obscure 1978 session that Lowell did for the related Big Town label – titled Lovemaker – a bit later than some of Lowell Fulsom's funk work for Kent Records – but a set that's almost more vintage overall! The album's recorded for the short-lived Big Town imprint – a late 70s venue that took older R&B artists back to the sounds of a few decades before – never too rootsy, thanks to the style of production – but with less attempt to crossover to a contemporary audience than the artists might have used on another label. There is a fair bit of heavy guitar in the 70s – a kind of post-blues revival feel that comes on loud and clear, and which sounds especially great on the title track "Lovemaker", which almost has a funky "Tramp" groove at the bottom! Other cuts include "Bending Like A Willow Tree", "Get The Cash & Let The Credit Go", "My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me Too", "When Things Go Wrong", and "I Am Not Worried". CD features detailed notes, and also includes some bonus single and unissued tracks – making for 25 titles in all! CD

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BB KingBB King – The Complete Kent/RPM Recordings 1950 to 1965 – The Life, Times, & Blues Of BB King In All His Glory (17CDs/LP/book) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 17CD, LP & Book ... $399.99
One of the most expensive box sets you'll ever hope to own – but a package that's totally worth it, too – as a huge document of the sublime early years of the great BB King! King hit the mainstream big in the late 60s with his classic recordings for ABC, and a lot more in the 70s for MCA – but for long before those years, he made some amazing music for the RPM and Kent Record labels – groundbreaking blues that not only showcased his incredible work on guitar, but also featured that sophisticated Memphis mode of the time – which often used fuller backings, and even some slight currents of jazz in the music too. And while some of BB's albums from the time have been reissued, this whopping box offers up all his albums from the period in their entirety – 3 O'Clock Blues, You Upset Me Baby, Sweet Little Angel, Please Accept My Love, My Sometime Baby, Rock Me Baby, and The Jungle – plus more discs that are filled with singles, rare tracks, alternates, and more – a total of 17 full CDs' worth of music! Plus, the box also comes with a vinyl LP – titled Treasures Untold, with lots more rare BB King material from the time – and also comes with a Japanese edition of the book The Arrival Of BB King by Charles Sawyer – plus more notes as well. Very limited – and very cool! CD

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✨✧ Jimmy T-99 NelsonCry Hard Luck – The RPM & Kent Recordings 1951 to 1961 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Don't let the "T-99" on the cover make you think that Jimmy Nelson's just a one trick pony – because despite the greatness of that classic, he's also got a hell of a lot more to offer too – as you'll hear on this stunning collection that's the first to finally dig into the wealth of excellent LA recordings he made in the 50s! Nelson's got a style that's part blues, part jazz, and perfect for all the hip currents that were coming forth from the west coast during these amazing years – and the singer gets plenty of jumping Central Avenue rhythms on these wonderful sides – music that hardly cares anything about the big styles of the previous months, as it leaps forward strongly to uncover whole new modes of expression. There's a jumping joy to most of these tracks that still grabs us after all these years – a moment when blues not only didn't have to be totally "blue", but also could steer clear of so many later cliches. CD features 23 tracks in all – some rare RPM Records singles, some unissued tracks too – with titles that include "T-99", "Cary Hard Luck", "Married Men Like Sport", "Right Around The Corner", "Meet Me With Your Black Dress On", "Rain Drop Blues", "Fine Little Honey Dripper", "She's My Baby", "I Sat & Cried", "Unlock The Door", and "Big Mouth". CD

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✨✧ Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The most complete collection of pre-Chess work by Etta James ever offered – a huge 2CD package that's filled with rare album tracks, key singles, and even some previously unissued material! Etta's fame at Chess in the 60s is a well-known fact of classic soul music – but in the years before hooking up with that label, she recorded some smoking R&B work for the Kent and Modern labels – really hard-hitting stuff that often had a rawer, earthier quality than any of her later recordings. Even at this early date in Etta's career, she had a voice that wouldn't quit – easily blowing away more established R&B singers like Laverne Baker or Ruth Brown – and tearing it up with some great small combo backings and a production style that really let her do her thing. Collection features 42 tracks in all – with tracks that include "The Wallflower", "Fools We Mortals Be", "Baby Baby Every Night", "Sunshine Of Love", "How Big A Fool", "Dance With Me Henry", "Nobody Loves You Like Me", "Don't You Remember", "We're In Love", "I Hope You're Satisfied", "Come What May", "Market Place", "Shortnin Bread Rock", "My One & Only", "I'm A Fool", "Hey Henry", and "That's All". (Soul, Blues) CD
 
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Lowell FulsomTramp Years ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Funky blues from the great Lowell Fulsom! Lowell's best known to the world for his classic "Tramp", a tight funky number that virtually created a whole subgenre of soul, as Otis Redding and Joe Tex were quick to cut answer records to cash in on the action. Nobody could beat Lowell's funky "Tramp" beat, though – and this set kicks off with that famous cut, and features a number of other excellent cuts from the same period. Not all of them are as funky as that one – but a good portion of them are, and the rest are tasty raw soul numbers, done in Lowell's bluesy style. Titles include "Two Way Wishing", "I'm Sinking", "What The Heck", "Blues Pain", "Little Girl", "Pico", "Blues Soul", "Lovin Touch", "Price For Love", "I Wanna Spend Christmas With You", and "The Thing (parts 1 & 2)". 24 tracks in all. CD

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BB KingI Stay In The Mood/Early Every Morning ... 7-inch
Kent, 1966. Good ... $0.99
(Funky 45's, Blues) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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BB KingOn Stage – Live ... LP
Kent, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A nice little live set from BB – rawer than some of his studio work at the time, and with a bit freer playing. Titles include "Please Love Me", "Sweet Little Angel", "Let Me Love You", "Rock Me Baby", "3 O'Clock Blues", and "Woke Up This Morning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on United. Cover has light wear.)

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Charlie MusselwhiteTakin Care Of Business ... CD
Kent, 1995. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy ReedRoot Of The Blues ... LP
Kent, Late 60s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Zola MoonLost In The Blues ... CD
Kent, 1994. Used ... $0.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Various20 Greatest Blues Hits – By The Original Artists ... LP
Kent/United, 1950s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Features work by Saunders King, Elmore James, Lowell Fulsom, Smokey Hogg, BB King, Roscoe Gordon, Howling Wolf, Pee Wee Crayton, and Jimmy Nelson! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousUnderground Blues ... LP
Kent, 1950s. Very Good ... $9.99
Features classic Crown/RPM/Modern recordings by Elmore James, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Lightning Hopkins, Howlin Wolf, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ BB KingBetter Than Ever ... LP
Kent, Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(United Superior pressing in a blue cover.)
 
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Lowell FulsomMan On The Run ... LP
Jewel/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Great Jewel Records material – and Lowell Fullsom's working in territory that's got a lot of rootsy, almost southern blues in the mix – but which still cracks out at times with his hipper, more funk-tuned groove! There's a few tracks on here that hearken towards the "Tramp" groove from his Kent years – like "Lady In The Rain" and "Sleeper" – both of which have a nicely funky undercurrent and vamping guitar that really snaps along with the rhythm. Other numbers have a straighter blues feel, but one that still has a sinister approach that goes way past cliches for the college crowd – showing Lowell to be firmly in charge, no matter what the setting. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light fading near the spine, but this is a great copy overall.)

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Etta JamesBest Of Etta James (United) ... LP
United, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Raw and raunchy R&B by Etta James – cut for Kent in the years before she recorded for Chess, and with a much harder-hitting approach than her later more famous work! The set's a 60s LP that compiles tunes from the late 50s – and tracks include "I'm A Fool", "Tough Lover", "Be Mine", "Crazy Feelin", "We're In Love", "If It Ain't One Thing", and "You Know What I Mean". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BB KingBB King – The Vintage Years (4CD set) ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
The vintage years are some of the best years for the legendary BB King – served up here in a package that focuses strongly on the music he made during his first 15 years in the studio, with lots of rare tracks for the RPM, Crown, and Kent Records labels – including a few titles that appear here for the first time ever! King at this point was a genre unto himself – able to play a raw electric guitar with the best of his Texas precursors, but also able to fit it into smoother, more sophisticated arrangements – often with that current of jazz that was showing up in the Memphis scene in the 50s, and given that undeniable BB King charm on the vocals! The package features a whopping 86 titles on four CDs, all with a wonderful level of packaging – typical of the usual Ace Records style, which means wonderful notes, great graphics, and a presentation that's way better than the usual clunky longbox set. This is hardly a "hits" collection, and instead digs very deep – and then lays out the material in a wonderful way that shows the huge evolution in King's music before his bigger 60s fame on ABC Records. CD

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✨✧ Roy HawkinsBad Luck Is Falling ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from a blues singer that hardly ever got his due – but who we'd rank right up there with the 50s best singers like Pee Wee Crayton or Smokey Hogg! Like both of those singers, Roy Hawkins has a way of blending older roots with postwar touches that include a bit of jazz – inflecting his vocals in a beautifully expressive way, often amidst larger arrangements with a bit of horns – while still cutting things to the quick with his amazing work on piano! Hawkins has this sharp tone and attack – and his work of this time often feature a great guitarist in the mix too, usually Ulysses James. Roy cut a lot of his best work for the Modern label out on the west coast – a good deal of which is collected here in an excellent batch of 24 tracks, which also features some Kent recordings, and a number of previously unissued tracks. Titles include "Strange Land", "It's Hard", "Highway 59", "Bad Luck Is Fallin", "Doin All Right", "Royal Hawk", "September Song", "The Condition I'm In", "West Express", "Is It Too Late", and "Wine Drinkin Woman". CD
 
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✨✧ Smokey Smothers with Freddy KingSmokey Smothers Sings Back Porch Blues ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A Chicago blues gem – and some of the rarest material issued by King Records in the 60s – very gritty, earthy blues from singer Smokey Smothers – who gets plenty of help in the studio from a young Freddy King! Smothers has this raspy, almost casual style of singing – one that works well with the easygoing rhythms of the tunes, and opens up plenty of space for Freddy to come in and do his thing – coloring the tunes with the same bold tones as on his own King sessions of the time, and maybe bringing a lot more bite into Smokey's songs than they would have had otherwise! The original record is nearly impossible to find – it fell into obscurity almost immediately upon release – and this set brings it back, along with unissued tracks and singles – to make for a whopping 25 titles in all. Tracks include "Crying Tears", "I Can't Judge Nobody", "Smokey's Love Sick Blues", "Give It Back", "The Case Is Closed", "Midnight & Day", "Honey I Ain't Teasin", "Com On Rock Little Girl", "I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man No More", and "Way Up In The Mountains Of Kentucky". CD

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✨✧ Smokey Smothers with Freddy KingSmokey Smothers Sings Back Porch Blues ... CD
King/Official, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Chicago blues gem – and some of the rarest material issued by King Records in the 60s – very gritty, earthy blues from singer Smokey Smothers – who gets plenty of help in the studio from a young Freddy King! Smothers has this raspy, almost casual style of singing – one that works well with the easygoing rhythms of the tunes, and opens up plenty of space for Freddy to come in and do his thing – coloring the tunes with the same bold tones as on his own King sessions of the time, and maybe bringing a lot more bite into Smokey's songs than they would have had otherwise! The original record is nearly impossible to find – it fell into obscurity almost immediately upon release – and this set brings it back, along with unissued tracks and singles – to make for a whopping 25 titles in all. Tracks include "Crying Tears", "I Can't Judge Nobody", "Smokey's Love Sick Blues", "Give It Back", "The Case Is Closed", "Midnight & Day", "Honey I Ain't Teasin", "Com On Rock Little Girl", "I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man No More", and "Way Up In The Mountains Of Kentucky". CD
 
 
 



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