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✨✧ Roy BuchananBuch & The Snakestretchers ... CD
Genes, 1971. Used ... $8.99
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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 RogersChops Not Chaps ... CD
Blind Pig, 1985. Used ... $8.99
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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 RogersBlues On The Range ... CD
Blind Pig, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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 ... $11.99 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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VariousGreat R&B Instrumentals ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 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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VariousJiving Jamboree Vol 3 – King ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Some real heavy-hitters from the King Records catalog of the 50s – the kind of hard-edged, strong-burning R&B that the label did so well at the time! Some of the artists here are big names from King's roster of the period – Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, and Tiny Bradshaw – but the set's also got lots more from singers we've never heard before, and who represent the never-ending stream of genius from King's studios – material that had an undeniable impact on rock and soul in years to come – although given the choice, we'll always go for these originals instead! There's even a few of the heavier hillbilly numbers that King did so well – and tracks include "The Deacon Don't Like It" by Wynonie Harris, "Hollerin & Screamin" by Little Esther, "Chic A Choo Freight" by Bob Newman, "The Walkin Blues" by Fluffy Hunter, "No More Nothin" by Zeb Turner, "Baseball Boogie" by Mabel Scott, "Lies Lies Lies" by Annisteen Allen, "Why Don't You Haul Off & Love Me" by Bullmoose Jackson, "Strollin With Nolen" by Jimmy Nolen, "Seven Nights To Rock" by Moon Mullican, "Voo Ve Ah Bee" by The Platters, "Cool Disc Jockey" by Boyd Bennett & His Rockets, "Miss Shake It" by Ba Ba Thomas, "Come On Come On Come On" by Tiny Topsy, and "Midnight Ramblin Tonight" by H Bomb Ferguson. (Soul, 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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ VariousMercury Records – The New Orleans Sessions – 1950 &1953 ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950/1953. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A great lost chapter in the history of New Orleans R&B – material recorded by Mercury Records down in Louisiana in the early 50s – all beautifully brought together here in a lavishly overstuffed package! Mercury was located in Chicago, and cut most of their famous early work in the Windy City – but in the years 1950 and 1953, they made some key trips down to New Orleans – and recorded some great work that's still relatively unknown all these years later! The Mercury work from New Orleans isn't nearly as strictly codified as that of labels like Imperial or Atlantic – and there's a nice variety of swing, jump, and bluesy rhythms going on here – served up by a relatively tight cadre of artists. The 2CD set is almost worth it for the booklet alone – a 70 page treasure trove of notes, photos, and other details on the music. But there's also plenty of great music too – a whopping 47 tracks that include "A Job For A Jockey", "Still My Angel Child", "Miss Lollypop's Confession", "Love Troubles", and "Baby Get Wise" by Alma Monday; "Byrd's Blues", "Hadacol Bounce", "Her Mind Is Gone", "Between The Night & Day", and "Been Foolin Around" by Roy Byrd; "Boogie's The Thing" and "Bat Lee Swing" by George Miller & His Mid-Driffs; "Something's Wrong" and "Five Long Letters" by Herbert Woo Woo More; "Mercury Boogie" and "New Way Of Loving" by Dwine Craven; "Keep Your Hands On Your Heart" by Pat Valdelar; "Bye & Bye" by Silvertone Singers; "I Walk In My Sleep" by Theard Johnson; and "She Won't Leave No More" by Little Joe Gaines. (Soul, Blues) CD
 
 
 



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