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✨✧ Billy Boy ArnoldMore Blues On The South Side ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Smoking blues from Billy Boy Arnold – an artist who never got the fame as some of the bigger acts on Chess Records in the 60s – but who could certainly cook with the best Chicago electric sound! Arnold sings and plays guitar on the record – with a bold, upfront quality that easily makes the record one of the best in this series on Prestige – thanks in part to backing from a youthful group that includes Mighty Joe Young on guitar and Lafayette Leake on piano! Titles include "School Time", "Evaleena", "I Love Only You", "Two Drinks Of Wine", "Billy Boy's Blues", and "You Better Cut That Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover is great!)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. New Copy ... $4.99 11.98
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the recording quality's a bit better, and the tunes have a more unified feel – thanks partly to some classic compositions from Willie Dixon, whose work makes up a very big part of the album! Tunes were recorded between the years 1959 to 1962, and brought together for the record – and titles include "Shake For Me", "Spoonful", "Going Down Slow", "Down In The Bottom", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Red Rooster", and "Tell Me". On Moanin In The Moonlight, a set filled with raspy vocals, Wolf sings 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". CD

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✨✧ Albert KingI'll Play The Blues For You ... LP
Stax, 1972. Very Good ... $14.99
Sweet electric blues from Albert King – recorded with some great full production, in a burning Memphis style that's got plenty of soul in the mix as well! The set's got a quality level that takes it past some of the cliche-ridden blues of the time – really soulful overall, with a sound that comes straight from the heart, and avoids any of the easy tricks that could mar such a session – proof that music like this could really sparkle in the hands of Stax Records – especially when the backing instrumentation features The Bar-Kays and Memphis Horns! Titles include "High Cost Of Loving", "Little Brother", "I'll Play The Blues For You (parts 1 & 2)", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", "Angel Of Mercy", and "I'll Be Doggone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Albert KingI'll Play The Blues For You (second pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1972. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Sweet electric blues from Albert King – recorded with some great full production, in a burning Memphis style that's got plenty of soul in the mix as well! The set's got a quality level that takes it past some of the cliche-ridden blues of the time – really soulful overall, with a sound that comes straight from the heart, and avoids any of the easy tricks that could mar such a session – proof that music like this could really sparkle in the hands of Stax Records – especially when the backing instrumentation features The Bar-Kays and Memphis Horns! Titles include "High Cost Of Loving", "Little Brother", "I'll Play The Blues For You (parts 1 & 2)", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", "Angel Of Mercy", and "I'll Be Doggone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing.)

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Stanley Livingston/Michael ErlewineBlues In Black & White – The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals As Photographed By Stanley Livingston ... Book
University Of Michigan, 2010. New Copy ... $5.99 29.95
Beautiful images from the legendary Ann Arbor Blues Festival – a long-running even that's pulled together an amazing range of talent over the years – a good number of whom are featured here! The festival probably hit its biggest fame in the early 70s – when recordings documented work by Sun Ra, Art Ensemble, and many blues musicians – and most of the images here even predate those years, as almost all the photographs appear to be from 1969 and 1970 – huge appearances for still-living blues legends! The quality of the images is great – and the book features images of John Lee Hooker, Son House, Sippie Wallace, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Fred McDowell, Little Brother Montgomery, Willie Dixon, Robert Lockwood, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, and many others – all in crisp, vintage black and white. 128 pages, softcover, with images throughout. (Books, Blues) Book

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Jimmy ReedMr Luck – The Complete Vee Jay Singles (3CD set) ... CD
Vee Jay/Concord, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $39.99 49.99
Seminal sounds from the great Jimmy Reed – arguably one of the most important figures in the world of postwar music! Reed's recordings for Vee Jay are a cut above most of the work from his contemporaries – music that draws from the roots of rural blues, refocuses the energy with a hip urban vibe, and helps lay the groundwork for decades of rock, soul, and funk music to come! There's a pure distillation of genius in these records – a quality that makes these tracks as important to electric blues as Robert Johnson's work was to acoustic material – not just in the vocals, but also in the guitar work and way the rhythms come together – often with such spareness you might miss their impact the first time around! The set does a great job of bringing together every single that Jimmy recorded for the Vee Jay label – along with notes that follow the progression of the music and recordings, too – over the course of 88 tracks that include "I Don't Go For That", "Pretty Thing", "Big Boss Man", "High & Lonesome", "Roll & Rhumba", "Jimmy's Boogie", "Wee Wee Baby Blues", "Going To New York", "Go On To School", "Let's Get Together", "Oh John", "I'll Change My Style", "Take Out Some Insurance", "I'm Going Upside Your Head", "The Devil's Shoestring", "Too Much", "Let's Get Together", "When Girls Do It", "Bright Lights Big City", "Ends & Odds", and "Signals Of Love". CD
 
 
 



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