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Howlin WolfAin't Gonna Be Your Dog – Chess Collectables ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1989. Used ... $3.99
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit of harmonica and guitar as well – and other artists include Steve Winwood on piano and organ, Eric Clapton on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass, and Charlie Watts on drums – all players who are respectful of the original bluesy sound of Chess, and who clearly dig the opportunity to show off their chops in the setting. Titles include "I Ain't Superstitious", "Poor Boy", "Do The Do", "Red Rooster", "Built For Comfort", "What A Woman", "Highway 49", "Who's Been Talking", and "Rocking Daddy". CD
Also available London Sessions ... LP 16.99

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Big Mama ThorntonHound Dog – The Peacock Recordings ... CD
MCA/Peacock, 1950s. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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George Thorogood & The DestoryersBetter Than The Rest ... LP
MCA, 1979. Very Good ... $1.99
(Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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T Bone WalkerDirty Mistreater ... LP
Bluesway/MCA, 1968. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Not as all-out funky as some of the funky blues albums on Chess at the time – but still nicely funky, and a very different album than usual for T Bone! The record has Walker's vocals and guitar backed by some larger arrangements that have a nice little bounce – lots of electric bass rolling around to kick the tunes into gear, and get T Bone to play a bit faster than usual. A few cuts are more laidback and bluesy, but over the course of the record things get plenty groovy for our tastes! Titles include "Flower Blues", "Why My Baby", "Long Skirt Baby Blues", "I'm In An Awful Mood", and "Jealous Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on MCA.)

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T Bone WalkerRare T Bone ... CD
MCA/Offbeat, Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Muddy WatersMuddy Waters Sings Big Bill/Folk Singer ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1959/1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 Muddy Waters classics! On the first record, the Big Bill in the title is Big Bill Broonzy – a key influence on midcentury bluesmen all over the US, and paid tribute to nicely here by Muddy Waters! Given this tribute approach, the sound's a bit rootsier than some of Waters' other work for Chess at the time – a bit more emphasis on some of the acoustic elements in the instrumentation, and a recording style and approach to rhythm that's sometimes a bit more down home than postwar Chicago. Many titles are Broonzy originals, and titles include "Tell Me Baby", "Southbound Train", "Just A Dream", "Double Trouble", "I Feel So Good", "I Done Got Wise", and "Mopper's Blues". Folk Singer is a seminal album by Muddy – recorded in a style that's rootsier, and more down to earth than a lot of his other chess sides! Muddy's playing acoustic guitar, and the rest of the group features Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and Clifton James. The sound is really spare, and very moody – and tracks include "You Gonna Need My Help", "Cold Weather Blues", "Feel Like Going Home", and "My Home Is In The Delta". CD
(Out of print MCA pressing.)

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Muddy WatersOne More Mile Vol ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a promo sticker. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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VariousLiving The Blues – Guitar Blues Classics ... CD
Time Life/MCA, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s. Used ... $1.99
Includes tracks by Lightnin Hopkins, Freddy King, Magic Sam, Robert Jr Lockwood, Earl Hooker, Joe Louis Walker, and BB King. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesAt Last (Original Chess Masters pressing) ... LP
Chess/MCA, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again and again over the years – but the whole record's wonderful, and handled with this new level of soul sophistication by arranger Riley Hampton – the great Chicago talent who'd reach similar heights in his charts for singers that include Lorez Alexandria and Walter Jackson. Hampton's dark use of strings brings out a whole new side of James' brilliance – a quality that raised Etta James up out of the R&B ghetto, and forever put her into the legions of legendary 60s soul stars! Titles include the perennial classic "At Last", plus "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Tough Mary", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Anything To Say You're Mine", and "Trust In Me". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ BB KingBB King Now Appearing At Ole Miss ... LP
MCA, 1980. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ BB KingThere Must Be A Better World Somewhere ... LP
MCA, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and a one-sheet attached to the back.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfMore Real Folk Blues ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
A much earlier set of tracks than the first volume of Real Folk Blues from Howlin Wolf – mostly material recorded in the mid 50s, both in Chicago and Memphis – all with a really nitty gritty sort of feel! There's a rough and rootsy mode going on here – one that has Wolf's raspy vocals right up front in the lead, often supported by just a bit of electric guitar to emphasize the more sinister notes in the tunes. All tracks are originals by Wolf (aka Chester Burnett) – and titles include "Just My Kind", "I've Got A Woman", "Work For Your Money", "I'll Be Around", "You Can't be Beat", "You Gonna Wreck My Life", "I Love My Baby", "Neighbors", "I'm The Wolf", "Rocking Daddy", "Who Will Be Next?", and "I Have A Little Girl". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ BB KingLive In Cook County Jail ... CD
ABC/MCA, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ BB KingTake It Home ... LP
MCA, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Later beige label MCA pressing.)

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✨✧ BB KingLet The Good Times Roll – The Music Of Louis Jordan ... CD
MCA, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
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Little MiltonWe're Gonna Make It ... LP
Checker, 1965. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A classic Chicago crossover of blues and soul – a wonderful album from Little Milton, and one that's cut with some of the same sophisticated overtones as work by Bobby "Blue" Bland at the time! The backings here are superb – arranged by Phil Wright and James Carter with a fair bit of larger, jazzier horns – which stand in nice contrast to Milton's rougher-edged vocals – all in a blend that's completely sublime! The rhythms echo a fair bit of the Chicago soul modes of the time – nicely stepping along with a really slinky groove – and titles include some great originals, like "Ain't No Big Deal On You", "Life Is Like That", "Can't Hold Back The Tears", and "We're Gonna Make It". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing.)

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✨✧ BB KingCompletely Well ... LP
Bluesway, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
BB King soars into the 70s with this smoking little set – a record that still holds onto all the raw energy of his best 60s recordings, but which also gives the whole thing an even more soulful focus too! There's no arranger credited for the core of the record – which is attributed to "everybody" in the group, which you can definitely hear in the wickedly spontaneous playing of the combo – especially the mighty drummer Herbie Lovelle, whose work here really gives King a new sort of kick. Bert DeCoteaux adds a bit of larger backings at points, but usually very gently – in ways that are hardly noticeable at all – as BB's guitar is right out front, wailing with lots of raw energy. Titles include "Key To My Kingdom", "Confessin The Blues", "No Good", "You're Losing Me", "So Excited", and the classic "Thrill Is Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing.)

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✨✧ BB KingMidnight Believer ... LP
ABC, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most tightly-produced of BB King's albums for MCA, but a set that's still filled with undeniable charm – and which really shows King more than able to step up to some well-deserved superstardom! There's a bit of an LA finish to the backings, but things are never too smooth – and BB's vocals and guitar both really shine in this setting – with inflections and edges that are just wonderful throughout! The balance is great – that rare ability that MCA had to serve up such records at the time – and titles include "A World Full Of Strangers", "Midnight Believer", "Never Make A Move Too Soon", "Hold On", "I Just Can't Leave Your Love Alone", and "When It All Comes Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BB KingBest Of BB King ... LP
ABC, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing.)

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✨✧ Junior ParkerBest Of Junior Parker ... LP
Duke, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent early sides from Junior Parker, collected from his outstanding work for Duke records in the 60s. 12 tracks in all, including "Next Time You See Me", "Mother-In-Law Blues", "Peaches", "Sweet Home Chicago", "That's Alright", "Five Long Years", "Driving Wheel", "Stand By Me", "Yonders Wall", "Annie Get Your Yo-Yo", "Things I Used To Do" and "Goodbye Little Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(MCA pressing.)

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