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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Two Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ RL BurnsideSound Machine Groove (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sutro Park, 1979/1980. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 22.99
Early work from RL Burnside – Mississippi country blues, recorded by David Evans during a few trips to Memphis in 1979 and 1980 – and pretty monumental stuff overall! The sides are billed as the first-ever recordings of RL playing electric guitar – and also the first non-solo recordings of Burnside as well – working here with a bit of additional bass and guitar from family members Joseph and Daniel Burnside, plus some drums from Calvin Jackson. Titles are a mix of traditional numbers and Burnside originals – and we'd easily argue that this set blues away most of the later work that RL recorded as a darling of the indie rock world. Titles include "Rolling &Tumbling", "Long Haired Doney", "Sitting On Top Of The World", "Begged For A Nickel", "Sound Machine Groove", "Searching For My Baby", "Shake, Little Baby", and "Can't Let You Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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