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Roy HawkinsBad Luck Is Falling ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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Roy RogersSlide Zone ... CD
Liberty, 1994. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy Gaines with Crusaders CrewGaineling ... CD
Red Lightnin/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Roy Gaines in two different modes "funkin it uptown" on side one of the record – and "bringing it all back home" on side two! Both halves of the record are filled with great guitar work from Gaines – a deep Texas twang, but given a more contemporary electric sparkle – especially on the first side, which almost has Roy hitting some of Johnny Guitar Watson's charm in the way he lays out the vocals, and trips out on his guitar! Side two might be more "back home", but still has plenty of 70s blues modes in the mix – that infusion of soul that the Texas scene got once its bigger stars took off. Roy does this amazing job of scatting along with his guitar on "Houston Texas" – a tune adapted from a King Pleasure song – and other titles include "It's Too Late Brother", "It Came On Time", "First Rule Of Cheating", "Lowdown & Funky", "Short Haired Woman", and "A Hell Of A Night Tonight". CD

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✨✧ Roy BuchananWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Alligator, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
(Rock, Blues) CD
 
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VariousGreat R&B Instrumentals ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
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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✨✧ VariousSpecialty Records Greatest Hits ... CD
Specialty/Fantasy, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... $6.99
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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VariousSuperblues Vol 4 – All Time Classic Blues Hits ... CD
Stax, 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
Includes tracks by Roy Milton, Charles Brown, Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield, Jesse & Marvin, Maxine Brown, Bobby Marchan, and Bobby Rush. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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Freddie KingMy Feeling For The Blues ... CD
Cotillion/Friday Music, 1970. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Sweet electric blues from Freddie King – and a record that features a surprising set of arrangements from Donny Hathaway! The album's more Freddie's than Donny's, but it's a great meeting of the two talents under the Atlantic-endorsed Cotillion banner – served up with an unusual studio lineup that includes Frank Wess and George Coleman on tenor sax, Willie Bridges on baritone, Ernie Royal on trumpets, and Cornell Dupree on rhythm guitar. The horns keep things full and soulful, and make the album a bit less rock-directed than some of King's other efforts from the 70s – and at some of the hipper moments, you can definitely hear some deeper sophistication on the charts that clearly marks Hathaway's presence. King Curtis arranged one track on the set – "Woke Up This Morning" – and other Donny-arranged tunes include "Yonder Wall", "Stumble", "I Wonder Why", "What'd I Say", "The Things I Used To Do", and "My Feeling For The Blues". CD

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VariousBirth Of The Blues ... CD
Charly (UK), 1920s/1930s. Used ... $1.99
Music from Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bo Carter, Charlie Patton, Tampa Red & Georgia Tom, Sylvester Weaver & Walter Beasley, Blind Boy Fuller, Leroy Carr, Leadbelly, Peetie Wheatstraw, Big Bill Broozy & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBlues – A Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Blues Singers (4CD boxset) ... CD
Smithsonian/Sony, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. Used 4 CDs ... $19.99
Music from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey, Barbecue Bob, Jim Jackson, Henry Thomas, leroy Carr, Charley Patton, Walter Davis, Carl Martin, Joe Turner, Bukka White, John Lee Hooker, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Bobby Blue Bland, Henry Johnson & more. CD
(Out of print, please note that the outer box is not included – 4 CDs & booklet.)

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VariousGroovin The Blues – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $14.99 25.99
Killer blues from RCA Records' Groove subsidiary – home to its roughest, rawest work in the 50s – and a treasure trove of under-discovered gems! And although these tracks are mostly blues at the core, they often step forth with the power of more upbeat R&B – as artists you might normally associate with more down home sounds get a nice sort of crackle and pop in the Groove Records setting – often just through some slight touches in the backing instrumentation and arrangements, which update their modes to a great mid 50s, soul-drenched vibe! Bear Family have done a great job with the track list here – and have unearthed a number of tracks we've never heard from this stretch on the label – 33 titles that include "Wait Till Next Year Baby" by Big Connie, "I Took You In Baby" by Sonny Terry, "Tain't Right" by Big Tiny Kennedy, "Love Blues" by Clayton Love, "No Nice" by Buddy Lucas, "The Ups" by Champion Jack Dupree, "Goin Back Home" by Cousin Leroy, "You've Been Good To Everybody" by The Du Droppers, "Won't You Forgive Me" by Little Tommy Brown, "I'll Life My Life Alone" by Oscar Black & Sue Allen, and "Beantown Boogie" by Bertrice Reading. (Soul, Blues) CD

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VariousModern Downhome Blues Sessions Vol 4 – Southern Country Blues Guitarists 1948 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
The Modern Records label was a stalwart on the LA scene of the postwar years, but the company could also hit the road in search of great talent – which it did on these excellent sessions from Dallas, Atlanta, and Lousiville – all of which feature country blues musicians who are a nice change from the more urban sound of some of Modern's other material! The material was all recorded in the field, but with very good studio conditions – which allows the best elements to come through strongly, especially when the artists are playing electric guitar, which Modern seems to have recorded as powerfully here as on their singles with Pee Wee Crayton! Some of the other tunes feature acoustic guitar, or piano – and the overall stylistic vibe is a bit wider than some of the previous volumes in this series – really showing the full range of sounds the label was trying to capture during this fruitful period. The set comes with some very detailed notes and history on the music – and the CD features 28 tracks that include "Meet Me Along The Avenue" by Jesse Thomas, "Neglected Woman" by Alexander Moore "Dark Old World" by Big Bill Dotson, "Fast Life" by Pine Top Slim, "Milford Blues" by Little Son Jackson, "Night Time Anytime" by Jesse Thomas, "Dollar Diggin Woman" by Big Charley Bradix, "Keep Em Down' by Lane Hardin, and "13 Highway" by Leroy Simpson. CD

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VariousNo Jive – Authentic Southern Country Blues ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rootsy blues from the great Excello Records – most of it recorded not too far from the Tennessee city in which the label made its home! The southern scene in the 50s was going through plenty of changes – partly because of all the migration northwards that started during the wartime years, partly because of the way that radio and growing indie labels were helping criss-cross sounds and scenes through their musical efforts – with a huge run of changes that were taking place in the urban scene. Even out in the sticks, stronger use of the electric guitar really transformed rural blues – even in spare recording settings that might have mirrored blues records of the 20s and 30s – and the use of new ideas, new inflections, and new ways of putting over a tune are perfectly captured here in a batch of rare tracks done by the Excello label. Most of the cuts are super-rare singles, issued here with excellent sound – and there's a few other numbers on the set that are issued here for the first time ever – with great sound and excellent notes. Titles include "I'm Bad" by Good Rockin Bob, "No Jive" by Little Al, "Honey Babe" by Arthur Gunter, "The Natural Facts" by Leroy Campbell, "Wasted Time" by Shy Guy Douglas, "Dirty Britches" by The Leap Frogs, "Welcome Home Baby" by Slim Hunt, and "Quit My Drinkin" by Robert Garrett. CD

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VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Nights Of Sin, Dirty Deals, & Lovesick Souls ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Soulful sounds from New Orleans west into Texas – that swampy space in Louisiana where the music gets mixed up, cooked down, and turned out into something new entirely – with a raw vibe that's still completely amazing all these many years later! The set's far more than the usual overdone Crescent City cuts – and instead really digs deep into the swamp to come up with rare cuts and unissued numbers from the indie scene at the end of the 50s – that magical moment when it seemed like Louisiana was exploding with so many new sounds and ideas that would have a huge musical impact for decades to come. The roots of soul are here, amidst more R&B currents and grittier blues – all with the usual excellent Ace Records notes, sound, and presentation. Titles include "Love Sick Soul" by Smilin Joe, "Please Be There" by Little Victor, "One Night Of Sin" by Barbara Lynn, "Roll Roll Roll" by Guitar Jr, "Oh Babe" by Lester Robertson, "Grandma's House" by Chris Kenner, "Ford V-8" by Honey Boy Allen, "Rising Sun" by Baton Rouge Boys, "Clautelita" by Ivory Jackson, "Shoo Shoo Chicken" by Charles Sheffield, "Wild Cherry" by Leroy Washington, and "Loving Huggin Kissin My Baby" by Classie Ballou & His Tempo Kings Orchestra. (Soul, Blues) CD
 
 
 



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