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✨✧ VariousTroubled Waters – A Compilation Of Blues & Gospel Recordings By George Mitchell 1962 to 1976 ... LP
Mississippi, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great field recordings from the 60s and 70s – mostly secular blues, and done in a style that's kind of a modern update of sounds from the delta! Most cuts here feature just a voice and guitar – recorded by George Mitchell with this really haunting, eerie quality that's very different than studio blues of the time – that kind of close-up and personal vibe of an ethnographic recording, with a style that's incredibly moving, even when very subtle. There's no overdone attempts at authenticity here – yet the organic power of the music really comes through – on titles that include "Careless Love" by Furry Lewis, "Hey Freddie" by Napoleon Strickland, "Poor Black Mattie" by RL Burnside, "Lucy Mae Blues" by Cecil Barfield, "Count The Days I'm Gone" by Rosa Lee Hill, "Miss Maybelle" by Jessie Lee Fortis, "My Lord" by Green Pascal, and a few instrumentals by James Davis on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album

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Omar ColemanOmar Coleman & Westside Soul ... CD
3 On The B, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99
Funky blues from the contemporary Chicago scene – a great third set from Omar Coleman – an artist who just seems to get better and better with each release! Omar takes the "westside" in the title seriously – as the music here has that same blend of blues roots and funky soul that first started bringing from the west side of the Windy City back in the 60s – a mode that was snapped up by some of the better indies in town, and which is revived very strongly here by Coleman. The production quality is definitely modern, but there's a core groove with a sound that stretches back decades – and the key use of Hammond and Fender Rhodes really helps to that effect. Titles include "Sweet Little Woman", "Rotten Old Lady", "Good Provider", "Somebody's There When I'm Not Home", "Going Down", "Whisper To A Moan", and a take on "Jody's Got Your Girl & Gone". CD

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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin Strikes (Vee Jay) ... LP
Vee Jay, 1962. Sealed ... $11.99
Prime Vee Jay blues from the mighty Lightnin Hopkins – a real back-to-basics session that features more acoustic guitar than electric, in a style that's quite spare and down-home – a real difference from most of the other work of this type on the label! Often, Hopkins is singing along with just his guitar for backing – and the recording approach has an oddly echoey quality that amplifies the dark corners nicely. Electric numbers include "War Is Starting Again" and "Got Me A Louisiana Woman" – and other tracks include "Please Don't Quit Me", "Want To Come Home", "Rolling & Rolling", "Heavy Snow", "Coon Is Hard To Catch", and "Walkin Round In Circles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue. Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess/Friday Music, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 29.98
Howlin Wolf is really getting into his thing here – 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice gatefold pressing!)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. Used ... $3.99
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
Also available Howlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD 4.99

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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
Also available Howlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD 3.99

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Abner JayTrue Story of Abner Jay ... LP
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Folk soul guitar player, singer, songwriter, storyteller and genuine character Abner Jay's brilliant home recordings – the first release of his "terrible comedy blues" in far too long – courtesy of the always deep digging Mississippi label! Abner takes on the topical issues of the days with a skewed sensibility that's brilliant, and his singing, the performances and the recording quality aren't really as rough and raw as you might expect, though nowhere even close to manicured and clean sound – it's just right really for the material. Great stuff! Titles include "I'm So Depressed", "Cocaine", "Vietnam", "St James Infirmary Blues", "Cleo", "Woke Up This Morning", "Don't Mess With My Baby", "I'm Georgia Bound" and "The Reason Young People Use Drugs". (Folk/Country, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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Albert KingI'll Play The Blues For You (second pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1972. Near Mint- ... $16.99
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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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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Jimmy RogersChicago Bound ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... $13.99
The title's an apt one here, as Jimmy Rogers was one of the many bluesmen who started out in the south, but headed to Chicago for greater fame – which was a good thing for Chess Records, who managed to come some of these great sides in the 50s! Rogers both sings and plays guitar – the later of which has a sometimes snakey quality that almost echoes a slight bit of jazz – a mode that recalls some of the inventions T Bone Walker was putting down at the time, but a little bit rootsier overall. Players on these sessions include Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Spann, and Willie Dixon – and tracks include "Money Marbles & Chalk", "Ludella", "You're The One", "Back Door Friend", "I Used To Have A Woman", "Sloppy Drunk", "Blues Leave Me Alone", and "Walking By Myself". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)
 
 
 



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