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Omar ColemanOmar Coleman & Westside Soul ... CD
3 On The B, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99
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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✨✧ Earl HookerFunk – The Last Of The Great Earl Hooker (Antilles pressing) ... LP
Antilles, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Solid electric blues from the great Earl Hooker – a great guitarist who played this weird double-neck electric, making for lots of weird sounds and wobbly bits on the record! There's not as much funk as we know it on the set, but the whole thing's got the down and dirty feel of other sides on the Blues On Blues label – rootsy and indie, and a good indication that the Chicago scene still had some quality to it in the 70s. Titles include "Ball Game On A Rainy Day", "Wa Wa Blues (parts 1 & 2)", "Soul Cookin", and "Hooker Cooker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & moderate wear.)

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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 ... $11.99
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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✨✧ 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. 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 (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 15.98
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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