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Lester Young/Delta Four/Albert Ammons/Lil ArmstrongJazz VSOP – MCA Jazz Masterpiece Series Vol 5 ... LP
MCA (Japan), Late 30s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A sweet Japanese LP – featuring two tracks by The Delta Four, with Roy Eldridge on trumpet; four tracks by Sammy Price & His Texas Blusicians, with Lester Young on tenor and Harold Doc West on vocals; four more by Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings with Israel Crosby on bass; and four by Lil Armstrong & Her Dixielanders, with Jonah Jones on trumpet and Russell Jones on tenor! (Jazz, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBlues & All That Jazz – 1937 to 1947 (MCA) ... LP
MCA, Late 30s/1940s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rare material from the 78rpm years of Decca – with work by singers who include Joe Turner, Peetie Wheatstraw, Rosetta Howard, and Cousin Joe – and musicians who include Art Tatum, Willie The Lion Smith, Sam Price, James P Johnson, Sidney Bechet, Buster Bailey, Milt Mezzrow, and others! (Jazz, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Bobby BlandTell Mr Bland ... LP
MCA, 1983. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Bobby Blue BlandBest Of Bobby Bland ... CD
Duke/MCA, Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
To us, most of Bobby's early Duke albums would serve fine as "best of" sets in and of themselves – so great is his work for that label during this period! This one's a pretty great sampling of his genius – that unique blend of blues and soul that still makes Bobby's work sound fresher than most of the hackneyed, over-played work by other singers of the time. 12 tracks in all, including "Poverty", "I Smell Trouble", "Some-Day", "I'll Take Care Of You", "I Pity The Fool", "Cry Cry Cry", "Turn On Your Love Light", "Call On Me", "Ain't Nothing You Can Do", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Farther Up The Road" and "Stormy Monday". CD

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✨✧ Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... CD
Duke/MCA, Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Two Steps From The Blues ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ BB KingLive In Cook County Jail ... CD
ABC/MCA, 1971. Used ... $3.99
BB King live at the Cook County Jail in Chicago – and given the amount of great live shows going on in the institution during the early 70s, the jail must have been one hell of a place to be incarcerated! This classic features BB King entertaining the prisoners with a wickedly sharp blues set – done, like most prison live shows, with an edge that's often missing from more conventional concerts – plenty gritty, both on the vocals and guitar, with a sound the Chicago audience must have loved! Titles include "How Blue Can You Get", "Worry Worry", "Sweet Sixteen", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Please Accept My Love", and "Every Day I Have The Blues". CD

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VariousBlues Classics 1927 to 1969 (3CD set) ... CD
MCA, 1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. Used 3 CDs ... $29.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ BB KingLive At The Regal ... CD
MCA, 1965. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent set by BB King – one of his best from the 60s, and a smoking live set recorded at Chicago's legendary Regal Theatre! The enthusiasm at the venue shows that BB's Memphis-honed style is a perfect fit for the electrified Chicago sound of the 60s – and the recording really brings out some wonderful responses from the audience – making the record a blues equivalent of James Brown's famous Live At The Apollo set! The record features introductions by Chicago DJs Pervis Spann and E Rodney Jones – and tracks include "Every Day", "Please Love Me", "Worry Worry", "Woke Up This Morning", "Help The Poor", and "You Upset Me Baby". CD

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✨✧ Bobby BlandSoul Legend ... CD
MCA, Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Bobby Bland & BB KingI Like To Live The Love ... CD
MCA, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ BB KingLive At The Regal ... CD
MCA, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent set by BB King – one of his best from the 60s, and a smoking live set recorded at Chicago's legendary Regal Theatre! The enthusiasm at the venue shows that BB's Memphis-honed style is a perfect fit for the electrified Chicago sound of the 60s – and the recording really brings out some wonderful responses from the audience – making the record a blues equivalent of James Brown's famous Live At The Apollo set! The record features introductions by Chicago DJs Pervis Spann and E Rodney Jones – and tracks include "Every Day", "Please Love Me", "Worry Worry", "Woke Up This Morning", "Help The Poor", and "You Upset Me Baby". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersElectric Mud ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, it was downplayed as a cheap attempt to sell out Muddy's classic blues sound. These days, it's treasured by many of us as a unique funky session that merged the best of Chicago's funk, soul, and blues worlds – taking Muddy's sound way past earlier records and into uncharted waters. It's similar to some of the work on Chess at the time by Bo Diddley and Etta James – and it includes lots of nice updated groovers like "I'm A Man", "I Just Want To Make Love to You", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Same Thing", "She's All Right", and "Tom Cat". Arrangements are by Charles Stepney, too! CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Also available Electric Mud ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Bobby BlandTry Me, I'm Real ... LP
MCA, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ BB KingTo Know You Is To Love You ... LP
ABC/MCA, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A set that has BB King teaming up with southern soul maestro Dave Crawford – an arranger/producer who helps BB find a whole new groove! Crawford's approach is wonderfully warm and soulful – almost a Hi Records sort of take on the music, which brings King's traditional blues into much fresher territory – an update of older Memphis modes, with a really great sound for the 70s. In addition to The Memphis Horns, there's also a bit of Philly help on the record too – thanks to Vince Montana's vibes, Norman Harris' guitar, Ron Kersey's keyboards, and Ronnie Baker's bass. Stevie Wonder makes a brief guest appearance on keyboards too – and titles include "Oh To Me", "Love", "Respect Yourself", "I Like To Live The Love", "Who Are You", "I Can't Leave", and "Thank You For Loving The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker and a small sticker remnant.)

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✨✧ VariousChess Blues (4CD box set) ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Used 4CD + Book ... Out Of Stock
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(Please Note – The book and box are NOT included on this copy – everything else is, individual CD cases with artwork and CDs.)

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✨✧ BB KingLive In Japan ... CD
MCA/Universal, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
BB King live in Japan – really cooking here on a concert performance that's quite different from his other live records of the time! The set's a double-length one – originally a 2LP set – and most tracks are nice and long, with lots more room for solos from BB – stretching out wonderfully in front of a crowd that's clearly going out of their minds – almost as enthusiastic, at least in the way they're recorded, as the Apollo crowd at a James Brown performance! Although not issued in the US at the time, the material is essential BB King – really great tracks that are some of the best he recorded in the 70s. Titles include "Jamming At Sankei Hall", "Hikari", "Chains & Things", "You Are Still My Woman", "Niji Baby", "How Blue Can You Get", and "Eyesight To The Blind". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny Boy WilliamsonReal Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues ... CD
Chess/MCA, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Tray card has a cutout hole.)
 
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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 ... $379.99
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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✨✧ Howlin WolfMoanin In The Moonlight ... LP
Chess, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic raspy vocals from the legendary Howlin Wolf – singing here in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that much! Wolf's vocals are wonderful throughout – archetypal, but not nearly as cliched as some of his contemporaries came to sound – with a timeless feel that really holds up throughout. Titles include "Smokestack Lightnin", "No Place To Go", "All Night Boogie", "Evil", "I Asked For Water", "Forty Four", and "Somebody In My Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA Original Chess Masters pressing.)
 
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VariousDiggin' Gold – A Galaxy Of West Coast Blues ... CD
Galaxy/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great selection of rare tracks that might have been R&B numbers, had they been recorded in the 50s – but which instead step out strongly as more soul-based tracks – thanks to the hip setting of the LA scene of the time! All the work here comes from the ultra-cool Galaxy Records – a west coast indie who had a great talent for taking blues-based artists and turning them towards more contemporary soul modes – a bit with a vibe that sounds like similar work over at Chess Records from the period, but with a special twist that makes the Galaxy groove something that's all its own! There's some nice currents of funk here, alongside grittier vocals and lots of nice guitar – and as usual for Ace Records, the track list is filled with rare singles, including some unissued numbers – and packaged with a great set of notes! Titles include "On My Way Back Home" by Little Johnny Taylor, "Compact Baby", "To Far Beyond Repair" by Billy Keene, "Rattlesnake, Baby Rattlesnake" by Joe Johnson, "Talk To You Baby" by Rob Robinson, "Lay Up In Bed" by Del Cunningham, "Watch That Stuff" by Good Time Charlie, "You're A Deserter" by Billy Keene, "Baby It's All Right" by Clay Hammond, and "I Don't Know Why" by Bill McAfee. (Soul, Blues) CD
 
 
 



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