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Cecil BarfieldGeorge Mitchell Collection (with download) ... LP
Big Legal Mess, 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 17.99
Timeless work by Georgia bluesman Cecil Barfield – material recorded in the mid 70s, issued in the 21st Century – but done with a quality that could go back to the 78rpm generation! Barfield has this amazing vocal style – strongly inflected at times, with this warble that makes for a strong musical element next to his acoustic guitar – almost Malian at times, and very different than any other blues singer we can think of. The recording quality is excellent – clear, clean, and very unadorned – and titles include "Love Blues", "Tell Me Rider", "Captain Had A Bulldog", "Big Legged Woman", "Five Long Years", "Root Blues", and "Talk To Your Daughter". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Lee HookerGreat John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Southern Routes, 1963. New Copy ... $12.99 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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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin & The Blues – Lightnin Hopkins Sings A Collection Of American Folklore (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Herald/P-Vine (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $24.99
Lightnin Hopkins at his best – a set that rings out with all his bold electric tones on the guitar, yet which also has the moody, stripped-down feel of a blues recording from a few decades before! The electricity really does a lot to deepen the tone – both in the echo from Hopkins' guitar, and in the way his vocals stretch out in the same space! There's no other backing at all – which makes for a moody feel, and a quality that lives up to the "folk" in the title – yet Lightnin also gives the whole thing a crackling sort of energy that's also very much in the best postwar blues mode. Titles include "Sick Feelin Blues", "Blues For My Cookie", "My Baby's Gone", "Lightnin's Special", "Nothin But The Blues", and "Don't Think Cause You're Pretty". CD features loads of bonus tracks – and has a total of 26 titles in all, which includes material from other Herald Records singles! CD
Also available Lightnin & The Blues – Lightnin Hopkins Sings A Collection Of American Folklore (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin & The Blues – Lightnin Hopkins Sings A Collection Of American Folklore (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Herald/Southern Routes, 1954. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Lightnin Hopkins at his best – a set that rings out with all his bold electric tones on the guitar, yet which also has the moody, stripped-down feel of a blues recording from a few decades before! The electricity really does a lot to deepen the tone – both in the echo from Hopkins' guitar, and in the way his vocals stretch out in the same space! There's no other backing at all – which makes for a moody feel, and a quality that lives up to the "folk" in the title – yet Lightnin also gives the whole thing a crackling sort of energy that's also very much in the best postwar blues mode. Titles include "Sick Feelin Blues", "Blues For My Cookie", "My Baby's Gone", "Lightnin's Special", "Nothin But The Blues", and "Don't Think Cause You're Pretty". CD features a whopping 18 more bonus tracks – with titles that include "Don't Need No Job", "Hopkins Sky Hop", "Shine On Moon", "Flash Lightnin", "Had A Gal Called Sal", and "Let's Move". CD
Also available Lightnin & The Blues – Lightnin Hopkins Sings A Collection Of American Folklore (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 24.99

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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 ... $22.99
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 ... $10.99 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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Elmore James/John BrimWhose Muddy Shoes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. Used ... $6.99
A great entry in the Chess Heritage Series at the end of the 60s – one that features rare 50s Chicago recordings by Elmore James, plus some even more obscure sides by lesser-known singer John Brim! James' style is well known, and well-executed here – rough and raw, but with a good sense of focus – on tracks that include "Whose Muddy Shoes", "I See My Baby", "My Best Friend", "The Sun Is Shining", "Madison Blues", and "Talk To Me Baby". Brim is great too – a singer we didn't know before this record, with an all-out kind of quality in his voice that's almost a bit like some of the rougher soul of the 60s at times. Brim sings "Lifetime Baby", "Ice Cream Man", "You Got Me", and "Rattlesnake". CD features two bonus tracks – an alternate of "The Sun Is Shining" and the track "Gary Stomp". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Blind Willie JohnsonPraise God I'm Satisfied ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s. Sealed ... $29.99
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

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Jimmy ReedFound Love ... LP
Vee Jay, Late 50s. Very Good ... $28.99
Seminal work from the legendary Jimmy Reed – spare and bluesy numbers that were some of the best work coming out of Chicago at the time! There's a snapping quality to the rhythms here that was a keen inspiration to generations of better-known artists – and in a way, it's amazing to go back to these originals to hear how spare and earthy Jimmy's original recordings were. Titles include "Big Boss Man", "Found Love", "Meet Me", "Hush Hush", "I'm Nervous", "Going By The River (parts 1 & 2)", and "Come Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has small splits on the bottom seam.)

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Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... About June 1, 2016
The most complete collection of pre-Chess work by Etta James ever offered – a huge 2CD package that's filled with rare album tracks, key singles, and even some previously unissued material! Etta's fame at Chess in the 60s is a well-known fact of classic soul music – but in the years before hooking up with that label, she recorded some smoking R&B work for the Kent and Modern labels – really hard-hitting stuff that often had a rawer, earthier quality than any of her later recordings. Even at this early date in Etta's career, she had a voice that wouldn't quit – easily blowing away more established R&B singers like Laverne Baker or Ruth Brown – and tearing it up with some great small combo backings and a production style that really let her do her thing. Collection features 42 tracks in all – with tracks that include "The Wallflower", "Fools We Mortals Be", "Baby Baby Every Night", "Sunshine Of Love", "How Big A Fool", "Dance With Me Henry", "Nobody Loves You Like Me", "Don't You Remember", "We're In Love", "I Hope You're Satisfied", "Come What May", "Market Place", "Shortnin Bread Rock", "My One & Only", "I'm A Fool", "Hey Henry", and "That's All". (Soul, Blues) CD
 
 
 



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