The raw and riveting mid 60s recordings of singer and guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell with blues harpist Johnny Woods! It was recorded by George Mitchell with a relaxed, press record and stay out of their way approach – and man is this some exhilarating stuff! McDowell brings a lot of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry —
Blues & Folk ... LP Bluesville, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Raw rootsy blues – with just Brownie McGhee on guitar and Sonny Terry on harmonica – and vocals from the pair! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Prestige pressing, with RVG stamp. Top seam and spine of cover are split, but otherwise this is a very nice copy!)
Memphis Slim's installment in this excellent LP series from Chess – 60s packagings of earlier recordings done by key bluesmen in the Chicago scene, with slightly improved fidelity but enough of the "real folk blues" sound to warrant the title! Instrumentation here is a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker in one corner.)
A rare album from Memphis Slim – recorded in the US in 1961, one year before he decided to spend the rest of his career in Paris! The set was recorded in Chicago with some key contributions from John Calvin on alto, Johnny Board on tenor, and Matt Guitar Murphy on guitar – all players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has clear tape along the spine & top seam.)
Rootsy blues from the team of Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon – recorded in Paris in the early 60s at the Trois Mailletz nightclub! The style here is much earthier than you'd guess from the date – the return to tradition mode that some players often experienced while working in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charlie Musselwhite's South Side Band —
Stand Back ... LP Vanguard, 1967. Very Good ...
One of the seminal blues rock albums of the 60s – a set that features Charlie Musselwhite in the lead on vocals and harmonica – plus heavy guitar from the great Harvey Mandel, in a group that also includes Barry Goldberg on piano and organ too! Titles include "Chicken Shack", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early work from Junior Parker – recorded way back when he was "Little Junior Parker", but done with a full-grown sound that's totally great! The set was done for Duke Records at the same time Bobby Blue Bland was working for the label – and the feel here is a very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label 70s pressing – Duke/ABC. Cover has some light wear.)
Killer work from Junior Parker – an artist who was already great in his early Duke Records years – but one who really seemed to take off even more as the 60s moved on! On records like this, Parker picks up a strong undercurrent of funky soul – a groove that's a perfect fit for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Jimmy Reed – and one of the first few albums on the Vee Jay label! The sound is spare, rootsy, and bluesy – the kind of tunes that made Jimmy an instant favorite, and which were a key force in the Chicago blues sound of the 50s. The set features material recorded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful electric blues material from Chicago, rocking with Reed's trademark guitar sound, and a nice deep soulful bottom. Titles include "Take Out Some Insurance", "Ends & Odds", "Going To New York", "Rockin With Reed", and "Wanna Be Loved". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty big work from the great Jimmy Reed – just the kind of rough and ready material that made him one of the most influential bluesmen of his time! Reed really sparkles on this early Vee Jay session – almost redefining the sound of urban blues with his raw guitar and soulful lyrics ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, small sticker remnants, and a name in pen on front.)
The title's an apt one here, as Jimmy Rogers was one of the many bluesmen who started out in the south, but headed to Chicago for greater fame – which was a good thing for Chess Records, who managed to come some of these great sides in the 50s! Rogers both sings and plays guitar – the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Italian 80s pressing, with border around the cover image.)
Roscoe Shelton, Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, & Others —
Real Blues ... LP Excello, 1960s. Near Mint- ...
A great collection of vintage Excello Records blues from Roscoe Shelton, Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, Jimmy Anderson, Arthur Gunter, Lightnin Slim, Earl Gaines, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
Vocalist Al Smith is backed by Eddie Lockjaw Davis' group with Shirley Scott on organ – making for a hip little set that's got a rougher edge than most of the other vocal albums on Prestige. The label delegation for this one was Prestige's Bluesville imprint, but that's not exactly right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smoking little set from George Harmonica Smith – an album recorded in late 60s LA, but done with plenty of Chicago blues touches! The players here are all top-shelf – and include Muddy Waters on guitar and Otis Spann on piano – who definitely help keep a Windy City vibe going ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great moment in the spotlight for the legendary Chicago bluesman Otis Spann – an artist who often appeared on records by bigger talents of his generation, but didn't always get to shine this brightly on his own! The album's a very reverent session that has Spann's piano and vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Specter is a blues guitarist with a long legacy on the Chicago scene – but on this album he also gets some help from windy city soul legend Otis Clay! Otis only sings on three of the album's thirteen tracks – but the setting with Specter really helps Clay find one of his strongest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later date from this legendary pianist and singer – part of the great Delmark revival of his talents! Other players include King Kolax on trumpet, Oett Mallard on tenor, and Robert Lockwood Jr on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
A great setting here for the legendary Big Mama Thornton – a record that has the famous blues singer working with help from a Chicago-based blues band – one led by Muddy Waters on guitar, who's billed on the back cover as "Clear Creek", because of his 60s contract with Chess! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on gold vinyl! Nice heavy cover, too.)
Big Mama Thornton may well be best-remembered as the woman who gave the world "Hound Dog" – which later catapulted Elvis to fame – but over the years she continued to be a hell of a singer, with a rich legacy of music that more than stands on its own! Witness this mid 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – red vinyl pressing)
Big Mama Thornton —
Jail ... LP Vanguard, 1975. Very Good+ ...
Titles include "Jail", "Rock Me Baby", "Sheriff OE & ME", "Oh Happy Day", and "Ball N Chain". LP, Vinyl record album
Big Mama Thornton —
Saved ... LP Pentragram, 1971. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A retro rootsy session from one of the unsung founders of rock n roll – a set of gospel tunes recorded for the Warner Pentragram subsidiary in the early 70s, done in a style that's in keeping with the "let's sell rootsy black music to the white liberal audience" that Warner was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a radio station tracklist sticker & some light wear.)
Henry Townsend —
Mule ... LP Nighthawk, 1980. Near Mint- ...
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(Includes insert. Cover has one slightly cut corner.)
Joe Turner returns to his roots, and lays down a fairly straight set of bluesy tunes from the old days of the Kansas City scene – done with a small jazz combo that includes work by Joe Newman, Lawrence Brown, Pete Brown, and Pete Johnson! After the raw hard R&B of Joe's bigger hit sides ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from this lost time in the career of the great Joe Turner – material after his early work with Count Basie in the 30s, but before his rock and roll revival on Atlantic in the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
Joe Turner & Count Basie —
Bosses ... LP Pablo, 1974. Very Good+ ...
Later work from T-Bone, but very much in the style of his best R&B work! The album features small group backings that do the best to bring out the jazzier side of T-Bone's style – one that was a direct influence on countless jazz funk guitarists in later years – and players include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has light marks, and plays with some clicks and crackles. Cover is great!)
Proof that T-Bone Walker has always had an element of jazz in his music – a set recorded in Paris with Hal Singer on tenor and George Arvanitas on piano – plus bass from the mighty Jackie Samson! LP, Vinyl record album
Produced by Johnny Winter – with cuts that include "The Blues Had A Baby & They Named It Rock & Roll", "Little Girl", "Deep Down In Florida", "Jealous Hearted Man", and "Mannish Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
A late 60s album on Chess Records – but one that serves to bring together all the best early work that Muddy Waters did for the label – including lots of original 45s and 78s! The range of music is really wonderful – the kind of tracks that first got Waters noticed in the first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary Sonny Boy Williamson, recorded in Copenhagen in the early 60s – but at a level that's still strongly respectful of all the work he'd done in the US – maybe even more so, given the rootsy feel of the whole record! The group is small, and Sonny's vocals and harmonica are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer material from the Delmark Records glory days of capturing the Chicago blues scene at its best – a record that features some nicely jamming work from a combo that includes Mighty Joe on guitar and vocals, Big Moose Walker on organ, Dennis Lansing on tenor, and Jimmy Dawkins on guitar. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 7 West Grand pressing – nice and heavy! Vinyl is nice and clean. Label and back cover have a promo stamp.)
A wonderful document of the blues culture in Memphis during the late 70s – material from a fading Beale Street scene, captured before the area was revamped and gentrified in following decades – a time when the bigger lights of the Memphis scene had mostly departed, but a few key ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not just another collection of rare material from 78rpm recordings – and instead, a great little set that's definitely got a personality of its own! The package presents rare work from the collections of 78 diggers Jerry Zolten and Robert Crumb – the latter of whom created some great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early harmonic blues, pulled from vintage 78rpm recordings, and wrapped up in a great Robert Crumb cover – exactly the kind of album that makes the Yazoo label so great! Most tracks here appear on LP for the first time ever – and the set does a wonderful job of digging through some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deep, lost, or long-buried blues and gospel records from the old days – creaky 78s that creep deep into the soul – beautiful stuff from Lottie Kimbrough, Robert Petway, the Anglin Brothers and more! Great stuff, from chugging rustic guitar and voice blues, to some very moving pre-R& ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very nice collection, put together by Alan Lomax with extended notes too – and work by Forrest City Joe, Miles Pratcher, Leroy Gary, Alec Askew, Tangle Eye, John Dudley, Henry Ratcliff, Bessie Jones, Fred McDowell, and Congregation Of New Brown's Chapel, Memphis. LP, Vinyl record album