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Roy RobertsRoy Roberts Experience ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A long-overdue full length set of work from Roy Roberts – a musician who's maybe best known for his more recent blues material on the Virginia scene, but who's presented here in a hip array of early funk and soul singles! The groove is nice and deep – and Roy's definitely coming from a blues perspective in the way he delivers the lyrics and uses his guitar, but also falls nicely in line with the rest of the group – who serve up sounds that embrace the most searing southern grooves, from a span that runs from Texas through Memphis and Muscle Shoals! Lots of these tracks were issued as great two-part funky 45s – which allows for nice space for instrumental moments too – and titles include "I Know What To Do To Satisfy You", "I'm Number One", "Stop", "Returning From Cloud 9", "You & Me Together (parts 1 & 2)", "Bee Hive (parts 1 & 2)", "You Move Me (parts 1 & 2)", "You Ain't Miss It", "Let's Wrap Up Tonight Baby", "Thinking About You", and "So Much In Love". (Soul, Blues) CD
Also available Roy Roberts Experience ... LP 13.99

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Roy Rogers & Norton BuffaloR&B ... CD
Blind Pig, 1991. Used ... $3.99
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✨✧ Roy HawkinsBad Luck Is Falling ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from a blues singer that hardly ever got his due – but who we'd rank right up there with the 50s best singers like Pee Wee Crayton or Smokey Hogg! Like both of those singers, Roy Hawkins has a way of blending older roots with postwar touches that include a bit of jazz – inflecting his vocals in a beautifully expressive way, often amidst larger arrangements with a bit of horns – while still cutting things to the quick with his amazing work on piano! Hawkins has this sharp tone and attack – and his work of this time often feature a great guitarist in the mix too, usually Ulysses James. Roy cut a lot of his best work for the Modern label out on the west coast – a good deal of which is collected here in an excellent batch of 24 tracks, which also features some Kent recordings, and a number of previously unissued tracks. Titles include "Strange Land", "It's Hard", "Highway 59", "Bad Luck Is Fallin", "Doin All Right", "Royal Hawk", "September Song", "The Condition I'm In", "West Express", "Is It Too Late", and "Wine Drinkin Woman". CD

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✨✧ VariousGreat Guitars At Sun – Featuring Scotty Moore, Roland Janes, Eddie Bush, Pat Hare, & Roy Orbison ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Sun Records label might be known best for its famous singers – like Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash – but the sound of the guitar was equally important to the label's success at the start – as Sun was one of the few to really get instrument right in the mix, and also find some great musicians for their sessions! This package does a great job of bringing together some of the leading lights on guitar for Sun – players whose names might have gotten obscured next to the bigger artists on the label – guitarists who include Al Hopson, Pat Hare, Luther Perkins, Roland Janes, Carl Simmons, Don Gilliland, Ernie Harvey, and others – who all get some good space in the liner notes, which detail their roles in 28 tracks that icnlude "Love My Baby" by Little Junior Parker, "Down & Out" by Tommy Hodge & Ike Turner, "Dear John" by Warren Smith, "Tennessee" by Carl Perkins, "Red Hot" by Billy Riley, "Sweet Woman" by Edwin Bruce, "We Wanna Boogie" by Sonny Burgess, "Cotton Crop Blues" by James Cotton, "You Made A Hit" by Ray Smith, "Cindy Lou" by Dick Penner, "Laughin & Jokin" by Ernie Chaffin, and "The Hucklebuck" by Earl Hooker. A great set – about half blues, and half rockabilly! (Rock, Blues) CD
 
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✨✧ VariousRockin The Groove – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A massive amount of great groovers from the Groove Records subsidiary of RCA in the 50s – home to a hotbed of R&B, early soul, and other killer cuts from the postwar underground of the 45 rpm single! Nobody's ever dug so deeply into the Groove catalog before – and Bear Family have done a wonderful job of unearthing rare nuggets we've never heard before, and mixing them with other Groove gems that are still mostly on the obscure side of the 50s R&B spectrum – all to make a killer assortment that has plenty of greatness to offer, even if you've already got lots of jump blues and R&B in your collection! The music is as lively as the look of the package – and the booklet features over 60 pages of track by track notes on the selections – 35 titles that include "Charmaine" by Frank Brunson, "Big Foot Mammy" by Paul Williams, "Where Is Joe" by Emmett Hobson, "Doo Ba Dee" by Maymie Watts, "Shake Till I'm Shook" by Beverly Wright, "Love Ya Like Crazy" by Chris Powell & The Blue Flames, "A Little Boy's Dream" by George Benson, "Bye By Baby" by Clayton Love, "Hoodoo" by Roy Gaines, "Right Now" by Zilla Mays, and "My Head Goes Round" by Oscar Black. (Soul, Blues) CD

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Eddie Cleanhead VinsonBald Headed Blues – His Complete King Recordings 1949 to 1952 ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
If you've never fully exposed yourself to the genius of Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, prepare to get your mind blown – because he's a hell of a singer, a hell of an alto saxophonist, and a massive R&B talent in these early sides for King Records! Eddie's work here easily rivals contemporary King Records greatness from Roy Brown and Wynonie Harris – but maybe tops them even more, given his strong work on his own horn – blown with the lusty fullness of a tenor, and balanced with Vinson's fantastic vocals – which, at their fullest, often feel like they're blowing a fuse in a similar style to his saxophone! This is the best collection we've ever seen of these tracks – presented with great notes, beautiful sound, and even a few unissued tracks – in a total of 26 titles that include "Ashes On My Pillow", "Eddie's Bounce", "No Good Woman Blues", "Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red", "Wineola", "My Big Brass Bed Is Gone", "Queen Bee Blues", "Jump & Grunt", "Home Boy", "Time After Time", and "The People On My Party Line". CD

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VariousBlue Yule – Christmas Blues and R&B Classics ... CD
Rhino, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $3.99
A bluesy set of Christmas tracks – featuring some great classics, and some other great numbers that we'd never heard before! The set features 18 tracks in all – with less of the schmaltzy blues that you'd get from recent efforts, and more of the classic bluesy tunes that always sound good when the snow's blowing around outside on a December night. Titles include "Jingle Bell Boogie" by Big Jack Johnson, "I Want My Baby For Christmas" by Jimmy Liggins, "Santa Claus" by Sonny Boy Williamson, "Happy New Year" by Lightning Hopkins, "Christmastime Blues" by Roy Milton, "Christmas Day" by Detroit Jr, "Christmas Time part 1" by Jimmy McCracklin, and "Santa Claus Santa Claus" by Louis Jordan. (Holiday Music, Blues) CD

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VariousDealing With The Devil – 25 Essential Blues Classic ... CD
Varese, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
Music from Lonnie Johnson, Wynonie Harris, John Lee Hooker, Roy Brown, Tiny Bradshaw, Little Esther, Bull Moose Jackson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Burns, Joe Tex & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousGreat R&B Instrumentals ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
The R&B generation gave us plenty of raw soul singers and pre-soul vocal groups – but that special time in music was also a moment when instrumental tracks could still burn brightly too – when a tenor sax or searing guitar line could have every bit as much power as the human voice! These cuts are all pulled from those magical years of the 50s – and come from a variety of important indie labels of the time – Cash, Specialty, Atlantic, Imperial, and others – collected together here in a wonderful set that really illustrates the mighty power of a rock-solid instrumental single! Some of these cuts were hits, but they're mixed with other less-remembered gems too – in a well-done package with track-by-track notes, and the kind of sound quality that goes way past the dodgier sets on the market. Titles include "Jivin Around (parts 1 & 2)" by The Ernie Freeman Combo, "Hard Grind" by Wild Jimmy Spruill, "Keep Getting Up" by Larry Dale, "Boppin At The Hop" by Lee Allen, "The Hunch" by Bobby Peterson Quintet, "Whot's Happening" by The Mar-Keys, "T-Town Twist" by Roy Milton & His Solid Senders, "Boogie Cocktails" by Maxwell Davies, "All Night Long" by Joe Houston, "Southbound Special" by Lloyd Glenn, "Blues After Hours" by Pee Wee Crayton, and "Big Guitar" by Irving Ashby. (Soul, Blues) CD

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VariousNew York Tracks – Downhome Blues In The City 1955 to 1964 ... CD
Cee Jay, Mid 50s-Mid 60s. Used ... $6.99
23 tracks by Riff Ruffin, Bobby Long, Lee Roy Little, Wilbert Harrison, Little Danny, Roy Gaines, Hal Paige, Little Terry, and Brownie McGhee. CD
(Out of print CDr.)

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VariousOriginal Blues/Risque Blues – My Big 10 Inch – Original King Recordings ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.98
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In the case of these tracks, the singers often hit some fairly suggestive material – often hidden in early 50s innuendo, but barely so – with a vibe that's often nastier than even the most hardcore rockabilly sounds to come! The music here has its roots in blues, but is inflected with plenty of jazz, and the presence of the singers often point the way towards soul music – especially the James Brown crowd that would later rise at the same label. Titles on this volume include "I Want My Fanny Brown" by Wynonie Harris, "My Name Ain't Annie" by Linda Hayes, "Smooth Slow & Easy" by The Drivers, "Sure Cure For The Blues" by The 4 Jacks, "Annie Had A Baby" by Hank Ballard, "That's What You're Doing To Me" by Billy Ward & The Dominoes, "My Big Ten Inch" by Bull Moose Jackson, "Shake Em Up Baby" by Roy Brown, and "Work With Me Annie" by Hank Ballard. (Soul, Blues) CD

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VariousOriginal Blues/Risque Blues – My Ding A Ling – Original King Recordings ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.98
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In the case of these tracks, the singers often hit some fairly suggestive material – often hidden in early 50s innuendo, but barely so – with a vibe that's often nastier than even the most hardcore rockabilly sounds to come! The music here has its roots in blues, but is inflected with plenty of jazz, and the presence of the singers often point the way towards soul music – especially the James Brown crowd that would later rise at the same label. Titles on this volume include "I Like My Baby's Pudding" by Wynonie Harris, "My Natchl Man" by Fluffy Hunter, "Mountain Oysters" by Eddie Davis, "Let Me Be Stay Away From Me" by Freddy King, "Can't Do Sixty No More" by Billy Ward & The Domonies, "My Ding A Ling" by Dave Bartholomew, "Butcher Pete" by Roy Brown, and "Sittin On It All The Time" by Wynonie Harris. (Soul, Blues) CD

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✨✧ VariousSpecialty Records Greatest Hits ... CD
Specialty/Fantasy, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Lloyd Price, Roy Milton, Joe Liggins, Percy Mayfield, Larry Williams, Little Richard, and Sam Cooke. (Soul, Blues) CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousHot Fish! Downhome Blues & Rhythm – 1951 to 1955 ... CD
Champion, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Wally Mercer, Clarence Jolly, Sonny Jones, Manzy Harris, Roy Gaines, Rufus Beacham, Harold Young, and Sherman Blues Johnson. CD
(Out of print. CDr pressing.)
 
 
 



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