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Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 19.99
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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VariousUnlock The Lock – The Kent Records Story Vol 1 – 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
The start of a wonderful label – the legendary LA imprint Kent Records – home to some excellent soul, blues, and R&B in its early years – plus a handful of rockers, too! The label is one that often worked in budget territory, but had some killer talent – and their early run of recordings finally gets its due here – in a package that features a whopping 48 tracks in all, 30 of which have never been on CD before! Big names are here – like BB King and Etta James – but there's also loads of other lesser-known artists too, who really fill in the space between the cracks – and offer up a very vivid picture of west coast R&B in the immediate pre-soul years. As always with Ace, the presentation and notes are superb – and titles include "You You You" by Van Robinson, "South's Gonna Rise Again" by Jesse James, "Ballad Of Stagger Lee" by the Senders, "The Fool" by BB King, "Sweet Lovin Honey" by Don Cole, "Baby Baby Every Night" by Etta James, "Hey Little Mama" by The Barker Brothers, "Dance The Thing" by Floyd Dixon, "Unlock The Lock" by Jimmy Nelson, "That's My Baby" by Artie Wilson, "Bye Bye Baby" by Chuck Tequila Rio, and "Without You" by Hal Davis. (Soul, Blues) 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Lowell FulsonBlack Nights – The Early Kent Sessions ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal mid 60s work from Lowell Fulson – a wicked blend of gritty soul and lots of southern bluesy touches! Fulson already had a good deal of experience under his belt by the time of these sides – including some killer 50s work for Chess Records – and he brings all that legacy to bear on these sides, which have an almost effortless sort of sound – as Lowell slides off these nasty riffs on the guitar, and sings with this almost sinister sort of vibe! There's a bit less funk and soul than Fulson would have a few years later – but the style here is still very much in the same territory – and the collection serves almost as a precursor to his "Tramp" years, but showcasing more blues-based material that deserves a lot wider discovery! CD features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "No More (parts 1 & 2)", "Black Nights", "Too Many Drivers", "Lonely Day", "My Aching Back", "Talkin Woman", "Blues Around Midnight", "Year Of 29", and "Hustler's Game". 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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ZZ HillDues Paid In Full ... LP
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great Kent collection of vintage work from ZZ Hill! The sound here is more southern soul than his later blues – with material from his earliest sessions on Kent Records, when ZZ was working in a style that mixed southern soul with some funky blues, and which stands along with some of the best deep soul of the late 60s. Titles include "Happiness Is All I Need", "Hey Little Girl", "I Found Love", "What More", "That's It", "Everybody Has To Cry", and "If I Could Do It All Over". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAnthology Of The Blues – Memphis Blues – Archive Series Vol 2 ... LP
Kent, Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $8.99
Features early work by Howling Wolf, Joe Hill Lewis, Walter Horton, Bobby Bland, Willie Nix, and Junior Parker! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ BB KingEyesight To The Blind/Just Like A Woman ... 7-inch
Kent, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Funky 45's, Blues) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ BB KingHold That Train/Understand ... 7-inch
Kent, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Funky 45's, Blues) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have small stickers.)

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✨✧ BB KingLive BB King On Stage ... LP
Kent, Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(NOTE: Cover has staining & waviness. Back cover paste-on is peeled off.)

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✨✧ Lowell FulsomTramp/Soul ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 classic Lowell Fulsom albums – back to back on one CD! Tramp is one of THE all time classics of funky blues – a record built around Lowell's huge single "Tramp" – a massive tune that spawned a whole generation of answer tunes! "Tramp" kicks off the set with a stone break that's worth the price of the album – then Lowell slides into some tunes that have a bit more of a conventional bluesy approach, mixed with a few other nice cuts that get a bit funky. Tracks include "Two Way Wishin", "Back Door Key", "Year Of 29", "Pico", "Goin' Home", and "Black Nights". Soul is more bluesy work from Lowell Fulsom – not as funky as his Tramp album, but from the same period, and still pretty darn nice! The album has a pretty nice soulful feel – a bit rootsy, but also with some urban electric touches that go nicely with Lowell's vocals. Titles include "Shattered Dreams", "Talkin Woman", "Black Nights", "Sittin Here Thinkin", "Every Time It Rains", and "My Aching Back". 24 tracks in all! CD
 
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Roy HawkinsBad Luck Is Falling ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
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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Etta JamesBest Of Etta James (Crown) ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
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
(Gray label pressing. Cover has small stains, mostly split spine, and some discoloration from age on back.)
 
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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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