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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 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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Smokey HoggOriginal Folk Blues ... LP
Kent, Mid 60s. Good ... $5.99
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(Later Kent pressing with yellow label.)

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BB KingIncredible Soul Of B.B. King ... LP
Kent, Early 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $11.99
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(Cover has light wear.)

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BB KingJungle ... LP
Kent, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the standout classics from BB King's legendary run at Kent – a classic 60s LP with a cool little cover to boot! Arrangements on the set are by Maxwell Davis, but the overall sound is still plenty gritty – raw, rootsy electric blues with a definite Memphis influence, and a bit of a Chicago 60s twist. 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Kent pressing. Cover has moderate moisture staining and peeling along the bottom half.)

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✨✧ Jimmy ReedJimmy Reed's Greatest Hits Vol 2 ... LP
Kent, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Take Out Some Insurance", "Bright Lights Big City", "Aw Shucks", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Hush Hush", "Going To New York", and "I'm Going Upside Your Head". Nice trippy cover! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lowell FulsomTramp Years ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 KingBetter Than Ever ... LP
Kent, Mid 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Purple label United pressing in a blue cover, with light wear and some stains.)
 
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Roy HawkinsBad Luck Is Falling ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 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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BB KingBB King – The Vintage Years (4CD set) ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $34.99 59.99
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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VariousUnited Records Story ... CD
United/Delmark, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
R&B, gritty blues, and some killer tenor talents – a wicked collection of vintage masters from legendary indie United Records! Musically, the package is very much on a par with Ace/Kent collections of this type – the sort that might feature material from King or Modern/RPM Records from the same vintage – and our hat's off to Delmark for doing such a great job of bringing back these crucially overlooked sounds from Chicago! Titles include "Cool Leo" by Leo Parker", "Cut That Out (alt)" by Junior Wells, "Organ Grinder" by Jimmy Coe, "Walking Home" by JT Brown, "Let's Get High" by Morris Pejoe, "Crazy Walk" by Tab Smith, "In The Dark" by Grant Jones, "Nona" by Paul Bascomb, "Goodbye" by The Pastels, "Tiny's Boogie" by Tiny Grimes, "Sophisticated Lady (alt)" by Jimmy Forrest, and "Come In The Room" by Robert Anderson. (Soul, Blues) 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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VariousRuckus Juice & Chittlins – The Great Jug Bands – Classic Recordings Of The 1920s & 30s Vol 2 ... CD
Yazoo, 1920s/1930s. Used ... $8.99
Includes tracks by the Kentucky Jug Band, King David's Jug Gand, Memphis Jug Band, Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band, Cannon's Jug Stompers, the Prairie Ramblers, and others. CD
 
 
 



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