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Arthur Big Boy CrudupSunny Road ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... $6.99
A great later set from Arthur Crudup – and one that's still got the powerful vibe of his "That's All Right" classic! Those Crudup vocals come through with an incredible punch – a built-in vibrato that really matches his guitar work on the record (amplified through the same Leslie speaker used by Buddy Guy on another Delmark record from the same time! The Leslie creates a cool Hammond-like quality to the guitar, which really sounds great with Arthur's vocals – and although the recording style is rootsy, the speaker still brings a pretty full feel to the set. Other players include Mark Thompson on bass and Willie Big Eye Smith on drums – and the set also features some guest guitar from Jimmy Dawkins and Mike Thompson. Titles include "All I Got Is Gone", "Trying To Take Me For A Ride", "Sunny Road", and "Please Don't Leave Me With The Blues" – and the CD also features some bonus studio chatter too! CD
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Slim HarpoSting It Then! – Historic 1961 Show ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), 1961. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Mindblowing work from the legendary Slim Harpo – a live recording that seems to have Harpo sounding even sharper and funkier than on his famous studio sides for Excello Records in the 60s! Slim's really on fire here – riffing guitar with a super-tight band, but in a way that's never slick or formulaic – a quality that comes through especially on the vocals, which often have this raspy quality that comes through the PA in the concert setting – which seems to give Harpo even more lyrical power than ever. The harmonica lines are great – amplified, and with that skittish, jazzy edge we love so much on Slim's other records. The set features an entire live set from 1961 – 20 tracks that include "Little Liza Jane", "I'm A King Bee", "Lottie Moe", "Big Boss Man", "Boogie Chillun", "Moody Blues", "Sugar Coated Love", "Star Time Theme", and "I Got Love If You Want It". CD

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John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
About as classic as you can get for the legendary John Lee Hooker – a set of recordings from his early postwar years that perfectly define the special touch and electric genius of his music! The sound here is often as spare as rural acoustic blues from years back – but Hooker's using an electric instrument with a nice current of fuzz, which almost acts like a louder, fuller chorus behind his vocals – often hinting at feedback possibilities, which creates this hypnotic quality to the music – whether or not John's grooving high, or stepping low! And the vocals are something equally wonderful, too – sung and hum at the same time, in that classic Hooker way – again a huge influence on so many others to come. The package is overflowing with great early work – 26 titles in all, with titles that include "Rockhouse Boogie", "TB's Killin Me", "Sally Mae", "Hobo Blues", "Crawling Kingsnake", "Playing The Races", "Let Your Daddy Ride", "Out The Door I Went", and "I'm In The Mood". CD

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✨✧ John Lee HookerI Feel Good ... LP
Paula, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Gritty work from John Lee Hooker – a set recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, at a time when that city was playing host to some of the hippest blues work of the decade! The style here is very much like John Lee Hooker of a decade before – simple, stark, and unadorned – with a slinky, dirty groove at the bottom of most tracks – vamped along by just a bit of bass and drums. The recording quality is a bit better than the old days, but never too slick or commercial – and Hooker's vocals are right out front with a real sense of presence and power. Titles include "I Feel Good", "Baby Baby", "Dazie Mae", "Stand By", "Going Home", and "Looking Back Over My Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lightnin HopkinsShootin Fire – April 11, 1969 ... CD
Cicadelic, 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Previously-unreleased material from the mighty Lightnin Hopkins – recorded in Texas at the end of the 60s, and with a quality level that's right up there with Hopkins' best rootsy albums of the 60s! Things are stripped-down, but never sloppy at all – and there's a surprisingly top-shelf quality to the material, as Lightnin charms us right away with his seductive acoustic guitar lines, and almost conversational style of singing – an approach that gives the whole thing a surprisingly intimate feel, one that's only augmented by the strength of the production. Titles include "Rainy Day In Houston", "My Little Darling", "Shake That Thing", "Old House Torn Down", "Movin On Out", "Shinin Moon", "Stinking Foot", and "My Baby Ain't Got No Shoes". 20 tracks in all – 77 minutes of music! CD

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Lightnin Hopkins & Billy BizorWake Up The Dead ... CD
Cicadelic, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A sweet set that not only offers up rare work from Lightnin Hopkins, but also some even more obscure material from his harmonica player Billy Bizor! The set begins with an album's worth of tracks that featuer the pair together – Hopkins completely charming on vocals, with an easygoing style that seems almost effortless, as does his guitar – and these background lines from Bizor that really set the tunes on fire – again with this quality that's never overdone, but which really makes the music sparkle. CD also then features a few more solo tracks by Bizor – then moves into a whole bonus CD of obscure demos that just feature Billy alone. Package includes a whopping 38 tracks – and titles include "Wake Up The Dead", "Vietnam War", "How Dooz It", "Mojo Hand", "Lightnin Bolt", "T Model Ford", "Whiskey Head Woman", "When I'm Dead", "Screwdriver", "You Knock Me Out", "Let's Pitch One", and "Billy Bizor Is Dead". CD

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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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✨✧ Etta JamesAt Last ... LP
Argo, 1960. Poor ... Just Sold Out!
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
(POOR CONDITION. Teal label Argo pressing. Cover has heavy wear, with aged, wide masking tape along the top & a partially reconstruced bottom 4 inches – looks like a manilla folder.)
Also available At Last (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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Etta JamesAt Last (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1960. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
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) CD

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Junior KimbroughFirst Recordings (10 inch LP) ... LP
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1966. New Copy ... $12.99
Wicked early work from Junior Kimbrough – sides that are quite different than some of his better-known recordings over the years! The material was cut in Memphis in 1966 by producer Quinton Claunch – and it's got a spare, rootsy quality that's totally great – slow moving drums underneath some echoey guitar – and great flat-nosed vocals from Junior that really send the tunes home – almost with a quality that makes you feel like he's humming the lyrics instead of singing them! Titles include two versions of "Feels So Good", plus "Meet Me In The City", "Lonesome In My Home", "Done Got Old", and "Feels So Bad". Very cool 10" LP package too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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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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Taj MahalOooh So Good N Blues ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A very rootsy feel overall – much more delta blues styled than some of Taj's other albums of the time – mostly with acoustic guitar behind his vocals, plus some occasional backup support from The Pointer Sisters – although even they manage to hit a rootsier feel than usual too! There's almost a folksy sort of intimacy to the record that we really love – a charming quality that we don't really hear in most of the other albums of this time from Taj Mahal. Titles include "Buck Dancer's Choice", "Dust My Broom", "Little Red Hen", "Railroad Bill", "Oh Mama Don't You Know", and "Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
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Buddy MossGeorge Mitchell Collection (with download) ... LP
Big Legal Mess, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 18.99
One of the earliest recordings in the excellent George Mitchell collection of blues – an early 60s document of the solo work of Buddy Moss, a guitarist who'd begun his career with the Georgia Cotton Pickers in the early 30s, but had been off the radar for many years! The blues revival of the 60s brought him back with a surprisingly strong sound – as if the passage of years hadn't dampened his talents a bit – and the whole record feels like some batch of acoustic blues material that might have come out during the early 78rpm years, but with recording quality that's much better overall. Buddy sings and plays acoustic guitar – and titles include "In The Evening", "Amy", "Cold Rainy Day", "Blue Shadow Falling", "Unfinished Business", "Thousand Woman Blues", and "That Will Never Happen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download – and inner sleeve with notes!)

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