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ZZ HillThat's It – The Complete Kent Recordings 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 22.99
Some of the best work ever cut by ZZ Hill – a deep soul singer with roots in Texas, but who really got the chance to shine on these 60s recordings in California! Hill is completely hard-burning here – even more so than on his later, bigger-label material in the 70s – with an intensity that we'd rank right up there with top-shelf standards like early Bobby Blue Bland on Duke Records, or Otis Redding on Stax! Yet ZZ's work is much more obscure than both of those artists, partly because the Kent label never got these tracks out that much back in the day – especially in parts of the country that were maybe even more suited to Hill's style than Cali. Production is wonderful – totally on the money, with arrangements that even surpass the usual greatness of Kent – and as with Bland, there's often a lot of jazz and blues inflections that really help round out the soulful style of the songs. 2CD set features the full album A Whole Lot Of Soul, plus all the Kent Records singles, and even unissued tracks too – a massive 49 titles that include "You Don't Love Me", "Greatest Love", "Have Mercy Someone", "Hey Little Girl", "If I Could Do It All Over", "Steal Away", "What Am I Living For", "You Just Cheat & Lie", "Greatest Love", "Nothing Can Change The Love I Have For You", "Nothing Takes The Place Of You", "You Won't Hurt Me No More", "My Girl Has Gone Away", "Please Take Me Back", "I'm Gonna Love You", and "You Can't Hide A Heartache". (Soul, Blues) CD

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✨✧ Lowell FulsomFinal Kent Years (Lowell Fulsom Now/Lovemaker/bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s/1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Blue MondayMurdered By Love ... LP
Kent, 1986. Very Good+ 2LP ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam and lightly bent corners.)

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Pee Wee CraytonPee Wee Crayton – Rocking On Central Avenue ... LP
Kent, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Fantastic sounds from this legendary bluesman – rooted in Texas, but recorded in Los Angeles – with amazing sounds on his sweet electric guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Boyd Gilmore, Charlie Booker, & Houston BoinesAnthology Of The Blues – Mississippi Blues ... LP
Kent, Early 50s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A great collection of work done by the Modern/RPM label during one of the Bihari Brothers' field trips to the south! Features four tracks from each artist. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing.)

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BB KingFrom The Beginning ... LP
Kent, 1950s/1960s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $6.99
Great early RPM/Crown material by BB King – with titles that include "Rock Me Baby", "Sneakin Around", "Sweet Thing", "3 O'Clock Blues", "Eyesight To The Blind", "Five Long Years", "My Own Fault", and "Woke Up This Morning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has waviness along the bottom half.)

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✨✧ BB KingJungle (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the standout classics from BB King's legendary run at Kent – a classic album with a cool little cover to boot! Arrangements on the set are by Maxwell Davis – who has this great way of bringing out some of the jazzier currents in BB's music – almost the same Memphis blend that Bobby Blue Bland was using at the time – really showing a new level of sophistication added to the blues! BB's guitar and vocals are wonderful – with this bold, youthful power that's free from any cliche or easy modes – and titles include "Beautician Blues", "The Jungle", "5 Long Years", "Eyesight To The Blind", "Blue Shadows", "The Worst Thing In My Life", "Blues Stay Away", "Got Em Bad", and "It's A Mean World". CD
(Comes in a great little cardboard LP-styled sleeve!)

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BB KingYou Done Lost Your Good Thing Now/Walking Dr Bill ... 7-inch
Kent, 1960. Very Good- ... $2.99
(Funky 45's, Blues) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Joe TurnerBig Joe Turner Turns On The Blues ... LP
Kent, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
One of Joe's groovier records – as you'd expect for Kent! LP, Vinyl record album
(United Superior pressing in a purple cover.)
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Etta JamesBest Of Etta James (United) ... LP
United, Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
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
(Vinyl is nice and clean, but has a few light pressing flaws which cause occasional crackles.)
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Smokey SmothersGive It Back/Way Up In The Mountains Of Kentucky ... 7-inch
Federal, 1963. Very Good+ ... $11.99
(Funky 45's, Blues) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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