One of the better albums on the Alligator Records label from Chicago – a set by Fenton Robinson that's not far different from his earlier work on the 77/Sound Stage Seven label! There's a feel here that's pretty great – slightly southern in inflection, and not as Chicago-cliched as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s set from Memphis bluesman BB King – but one put together with a very distinct Chicago touch as well! The set's produced by Johnny Pate, and recorded live with a vibe that's similar to King's classic recording at The Regal – but it's almost got even more of a soulful punch, thanks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early RPM/Crown material by BB King – with titles that include "Rock Me Baby", "Sneakin Around", "Sweet Thing", "3 O'Clock Blues", "Eyesight To The Blind", "Five Long Years", "My Own Fault", and "Woke Up This ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last recordings ever made by Bukka White – recorded in West Memphis in the early 70s, but with a sound that stretches back to the delta decades before! The album features White alone on vocals and acoustic guitar – captured with an up-close quality that's beautiful, and ... read moreCD
Great later work from vocalist Alberta Hunter – a really well-recorded 70s session that was also done as a soundtrack – but which stands beautifully on its own! Backings here are by a great small combo, led by tenorist Budd Johnson and pianist Gerald Cook – with some nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The very first full length album from BB King – a killer collection of previous singles for the RPM Records label, served up as a bold statement of King's early genius! The record announces its presence right from the very first note – that brilliant blend of effortless electric guitar ... read moreCD
The definitely got the title right here – as BB King is plenty great, and already a powerhouse in these early years of his career! King sprung forth from the Memphis scene almost fully-formed – and in addition to his famous guitar work, he was also a hell of a singer who could bring a ... read moreCD
(Please note that the artwork is included but has some water damage.)
Little Joe Blue —
Just Like B ... LP Jewel/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Great early work from Little Joe Blue – a wonderful set that shows all the strong promise and soulful power he had at the start! The package brings together formative sides cut by Blue for the Jewel/Paula label – tracks done after his initial Chess recordings, and which show this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi. Obi and cover have some light wear.)
BB King not just live, but well-recorded in the studio too – in this classic ABC set that showcases both sides of his talents! Side one is the live set – and it's arguably better than any of the previous other concert recordings he did for the label – with a tighter, moodier feel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Solid electric blues from the great Earl Hooker – a great guitarist who played this weird double-neck electric, making for lots of weird sounds and wobbly bits on the record! There's not as much funk as we know it on the set, but the whole thing's got the down and dirty feel of other sides ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Overlooked work from the Chicago blues scene of the postwar years – great material from an important early electric player – but one who never got the large exposure of some of his contemporaries on Chess Records! And yet, back in the day Robert Nighthawk was as important to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild electric work from Les McCann – an album of free, open sounds that's quite a change from his styles of the 60s – and from most of his other work of the 70s too! Side one features an extended 26 minute track titled "The Lovers" – a slow-building number that has Les ... (Jazz, Blues)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work by one of the hippest gals on the Chicago scene of the past 50 years – blues singer Koko Taylor, an artist who also had a heck of a lot of soul as well! Titles include "I Got What It Takes", "Um Huh My Baby", "Twenty Nine Ways", "I Don't Care ... read moreCD
Albert King hardly has to make the statement in the title – as the record's plenty funky throughout, and has that great mix of blues with hipper 70s styles that you'd find in his best material for Stax Records! King's at the core, both on vocals and guitar – but the set also features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early recordings from the Chicago scene – including work by Bob Neely and Gerry Gibson on tenor, Otis Spann on piano, Otis Rush on guitar, and Lafayette Leake on piano and organ! LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing – with paste-on cover, which has some slight waviness, and blank back.)
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
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland —
Showdown ... LP Alligator, 1985. Near Mint- ...
A funky bit of blues from Otis Rush – the guitarist's debut album, and a surprisingly great batch of tracks recorded at Fame Studios! Production is by Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites, who are clearly going for more of a crossover sound than Rick Hall might have given the set – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Elmore James —
I Need You ... LP Sphere Sound, Late 50s/Early 60s/1965. Very Good+ ...
Slide blues guitar great Elmore James – raw, rough and rollicking group numbers featuring James doing his thing in his most influential style! I Need You is a collection of older benchmark blues numbers by James, released as an LP in the mid 60s on the Sphere Sound subsidiary of the Bell ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Canton Misssissippi Breakdown", "Wild About You Baby", "Sinful Woman", "Long Tall Woman", "So Mean To Me", "Please Find My Baby", and "Hand In Hand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine & partially split top seam.)
Bobby Blue Bland —
Dreamer ... LP ABC, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Sure it's not his Duke recordings, and sure, the sound's a bit 70s-ish – but Bobby's voice is always fantastic, and he still sounds great in this smooth batch of tracks recorded in LA. Backings were arranged and conducted by Michael Omartian – but it's Bobby's vocals that really make ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest albums ever from Junior Parker – a great little set that shows he had a lot more to offer than just the average bluesman! The album's got a nice little soul sound in the backings – tight rhythms from Horace Ott, who nicely avoids a lot of the cliches that the blues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eddie makes a nice little comeback here – singing in a style that's perhaps a bit rootsier than some of his classic sides, which actually had him working in a more sophisticated jazzy style – but which are still pretty nice, thanks to some good hard soul production. Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Muddy Waters' band meets the vocals and guitar of Luther Snake Johnson – in a sweet little set that's almost a double-header, given the talent on deck! The material's got a gritty feel that's right up there with Muddy's best for Chess – and the group features Mojo Buford on harmonica, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 – ... read moreCD