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XOur Chicago roots run deep here, with plenty of postwar Chicago blues -- plus delta blues, folk blues, electric blues, pre-war blues, and more!

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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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Etta JamesAt Last ... LP
Argo, 1960. Very Good- ... $59.99
Wonderfully sophisticated soul from Etta James – a real departure from the raw shouting R&B of earlier years, and perfectly set to sparkling arrangements by the great Riley Hampton (who'd had similar success with Walter Jackson, Lorez Alexandria, and other Chicago soul stars.) 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
(Teal label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear with tape along the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesAt Last (swirl colored vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Argo/Chess/Jackpot, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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". Includes 4 bonus tracks – "My Heart Cries", "Spoonful", "It's A Crying Shame", and "If I Can't Have You". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple swirl colored vinyl pressing.)
Also available At Last ... LP 59.99

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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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Blind Willie JohnsonPraise God I'm Satisfied ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – a deft thinness that really comes through well in this presentation of the music, really showing his skill on the strings. Vocals are surprisingly raw at points, making for a real contrast to the guitar – and titles include "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole", "Praise God I'm Satisfied", "Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground", "When The War Was On", and "Mother's Children Have A Hard Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing.)
Also available Praise God I'm Satisfied (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Blind Willie JohnsonPraise God I'm Satisfied (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – a deft thinness that really comes through well in this presentation of the music, really showing his skill on the strings. Vocals are surprisingly raw at points, making for a real contrast to the guitar – and titles include "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole", "Praise God I'm Satisfied", "Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground", "When The War Was On", and "Mother's Children Have A Hard Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Praise God I'm Satisfied ... LP 13.99

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Junior KimbroughMeet Me In The City ... LP
Fat Possum, 1990s. New Copy ... $12.99 17.98
Raw, intimate Junior Kimbrough recordings, mostly from the early 90s, a number of which were recorded at home – and for the all hiss and murk of the recording quality, the intimacy and realness of the voice, guitar and the man's presence alone make up for it! Spare, lonely blues from Junior that's as quite raw, but endearingly so, and there's some incredible stuff here. The opening title tune has Junior sounding pretty vulnerable and tender hearting, which is pretty amazing – and other numbers include "Done Got Old", "Baby Please Don't Leave Me", "Lonesome Road", "Junior's Place" and a great trio of recordings from the 1993 Sunflower Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS: "I Feel Alright", "All Night Long" and "Nobody But You". LP, Vinyl record album
( Limited edition Fat Possum Records 25th Anniversary pressing. Includes download)

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Arbee StidhamTime For Blues ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A really interesting setting for the vocals and guitar of bluesman Arbee Stidham – set up here in front of a larger ensemble led by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in some nice currents of funk and soul as well! The recording quality is quite faithful – Stidham's guitar is way out front of a lot of the backings, in a style that's similar to the way that ABC was handling BB King – and in a way, the instrument almost has more presence on the record than Arbee's vocals, which are a bit more restrained. Titles include "Mr Texas & Pacific", "Meet Me Halfway", "Let Me Love You", "Let's Take The Long Way Home", "Don't Look For Me Baby", and "Standin In My Window". CD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)

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Roosevelt SykesSings The Blues ... CD
Ace/Demon (UK), 1962. Used ... $6.99
The title's kind of an obvious overstatement – but it's also a great illustration of the simple and straightforward nature of the album – a set that's got a sound that's far rootsier than you might expect from its date – and which almost makes us feel like we're hearing Roosevelt at work in the back room of a small club on the south side of Chicago! The piano used on most tracks is nicely bluesy and almost out of tune – a quality that underscores the sadder tones in Sykes' vocals here, especially on the mellower and more late nite numbers. Instrumentation is relatively spare – with just a bit of slushbucket drums and bass – and titles include "Out On A Limb", "Honey Child", "Slave For Your Love", "Wild Side", "Last Chance", "Casual Friend", "Hupe Dupe Do", and "Your Will Is Mine". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ T Bone WalkerT Bone Walker – Classic Indigo Vocals & Guitar ... LP
Capitol, Mid 40s. Near Mint- ... $23.99
Incredible early work from the legendary T Bone Walker – very early recordings of the electric guitar in blues, and maybe still some of the best! Walker's already a master here – playing with this hard tone on the strings, but one that also has a surprising amount of sensitive jazz inflections too – a hollow-body mode that echoes Charlie Christian at times, but definitely explores the bluer side of the spectrum – yet never with that sort of hit-you-over-the-head quality that later artists might use. Instead, Walker's a master of understatement here – in a sublime way – and the blend of guitar solos and his own enigmatic vocals is often given a slight west coast R&B undercurrent. Still some of our favorite electric blues ever – with tracks that include "No Worry Blues", "Got A Break Baby", "T Bone Shuffle", "You're My Best Poker Hand", "First Love Blues", and "T Bone Jumps Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing! Cover has some light aging, but is great overall.)

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Jimmy WitherspoonI'll Be Right On Down – The Modern Recordings 1947 to 1953 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Early work from Jimmy Witherspoon – but the kind of sides that show that Jim had something different to offer, even from the start! The music's partly in the hip R&B mode of LA in the postwar years, but there's also a deeper sort of sound too – a bit of jazz swinging amidst the jumping rhythms – that sophisticated style of singing that Witherspoon would explore even more fully in the 60s, but which is already starting to show here. Instrumentation is wonderful – often a bit bluesy, but with key swing elements too – and the quality of this reissue really brings this classic sides back into near-perfect focus – cleaning them up without losing their soul, and providing key rare takes and alternates as well! 24 tracks in all – many of which weren't even issued on 78s at the time – with titles that include "Love My Baby", "I'm Going Round In Circles", "Jump Children (take 2)", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "Practice What You Preach", "Each Step Of The Way", "Operation Blues (take 1)", "There Ain't Nothing Better", "Who's Been Jiving You (take 1)", "Drinkin Beer", "It's Raining Outside (take 1)", and "Blowing The Blues (take 2)". CD

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VariousBob Geddins' Irma Records Story ... CD
Acrobat (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... $11.99
Don't get this Irma Records mixed up with the contemporary imprint from Italy, because the set focuses on the tiny west coast label owned by Bob Geddins' in the 50s – a short-lived source for compelling blues, R&B, and even a bit of gospel! As with other Acrobat collections of material produced by Geddins, the production quality here is great – good restoration on the songs, and detailed notes that not only outline this chapter in Geddins' storied career, but also offer up details on the original artists too. The production quality is stronger, and the instrumentation more modern than some of Bob's other California sides from the late 40s and early 50s – and the CD features 27 tracks that include "Well Baby" by Juke Boy Bonner, "I Wanna Make Love To You" and "Fare Well" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Strange Land" by Johnny Fuller, "Don't Talk Back" by Big Mama Thornton & The Hi-Tones, "Oh Red" by Jimmy Wilson & His Blues Blasters, "Last Night" by The Starlighters, "Sha Wa Wa" by Al Smith & The Angles, "Love Me Sweet" by The Intervals, and "One Step" by The Golden Keys. (Soul, Blues) CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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