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XOur Chicago roots run deep here, with plenty of postwar Chicago blues -- plus delta blues, folk blues, electric blues, pre-war blues, and more!

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BB KingLive In Cook County Jail ... CD
ABC/MCA, 1971. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
BB King live at the Cook County Jail in Chicago – and given the amount of great live shows going on in the institution during the early 70s, the jail must have been one hell of a place to be incarcerated! This classic features BB King entertaining the prisoners with a wickedly sharp blues ... read more CD

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. New Copy ... $4.99 11.98
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersAt Newport 1960 ... CD
Chess, 1960. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Muddy Waters makes a classic appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival – playing a folksy set of blues in the years before the festival had turned more strongly towards that sort of music! The performance is surprisingly well-recorded – at a level that's similar to Waters' earlier studio ... read more CD

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Etta JamesAt Last (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1960. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again ... (Soul, Blues) read more CD
Also available At Last (swirl colored vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP 16.99

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Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1989. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit ... read more CD
Also available London Sessions ... LP 24.99

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Howlin WolfHowling Wolf Sings The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Howlin Wolf sings the blues, and comes across in a way that influences an entire generation too – with that raw, raspy sound that made the singer a perfect blend of delta roots and contemporary sounds that were bubbling up in the postwar years! These tracks have a spare, simple, stark style ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersElevate Me Mama ... CD
Black Knight (Poland), 1950s. New Copy ... $4.99 13.98
The music that put Muddy Waters on the map – the kind of hard-burning, electrified work that made his work on the Chicago scene of the postwar years such a groundbreaking force! Muddy's sound from this time inspired countless others – not just through his warm collaboration with other ... read more CD

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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin Hopkins Sings The Blues ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
An incredible collection of early material from the mighty Lightnin Hopkins – just the kind of sounds that made him an earthshaker right from the start! Hopkins hardly needs anyone but himself to put over the message here – as his guitar work is mindblowing, and his vocals have a raw ... read more CD

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Howlin WolfMessage To The Young ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
Funky blues work from Howlin Wolf – his key entry into the funked-up genre that Chess Records was cutting at the end of the 60s with other blues artists like Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters! As on records with those artists, Wolf's older modes are updated here for a hipper, younger ... read more CD

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Omar ColemanOmar Coleman & Westside Soul ... CD
3 On The B, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99
Funky blues from the contemporary Chicago scene – a great third set from Omar Coleman – an artist who just seems to get better and better with each release! Omar takes the "westside" in the title seriously – as the music here has that same blend of blues roots and funky ... read more CD

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Bo DiddleyBo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Geffen/Chess, 1960. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Forget the silly cowboy costume on the front cover – because this is a heck of a great album! Bo might have gotten saddled (no pun intended!) with a silly gimmick for the title and image of the set – but the album's one of his best from the early Chess years, and features a rip-roaring ... read more CD

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Little WalterBoom Boom ... CD
Black Knight (Poland), 1950s. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
Classic early work from Little Walter – the kind of tight, sharp, Chicago cuts that first got him notice – served up with plenty of raw guitar in the grooves, and lots of Walter's amazing harmonica over the top! The collection presents a very well-chosen array of titles – not ... read more CD

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VariousHoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue – The !!! Beat! ... CD
Superbird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $3.99
Soul & blues performances from Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue program which ran on US television and is purported to be the first syndicated series ever revolving around black singers in the US! The history is incredible, but the compilation is all around the music and it's great ... (Soul, Blues) read more CD

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VariousModern Downhome Blues Sessions Vol 1 – Arkansas & Mississippi 1951 & 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), 1951/1952. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Rootsy blues from the start of the 50s – recorded in the south by the Modern Records label, an imprint who are better-known for their postwar work in their hometown of LA! The sounds here are much more spare and stripped-down than the jump blues and jazzy swingers of Modern's material from ... read more 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 ... read more 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! ... (Soul, Blues) read more CD

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Willie MabonShake That Thing ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy ... $7.99
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago ... read more CD

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VariousJumpin' The Blues ... CD
Decca/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
A massive amount of R&B material from the vaults of Decca Records – one of the hipper labels of the postwar years – and an imprint that had plenty of big hits in the pop field, but also managed to cut loads of excellent underground work like this! Most of the artists here never ... (Soul, Blues) read more CD

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Jimmy WitherspoonJimmy Witherspoon Sings The Blues Sessions ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
One of those key albums that reminds us once again that although Jimmy Witherspoon was a blues singer at the core, he could often come across in much more jazz-based styles overall – especially on an early 60s swinger like this! The album's got a tight small combo behind the singer – ... (Vocalists, Blues) read more CD

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BB KingGreat BB King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), 1960. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
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 more CD
 
 



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