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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

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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

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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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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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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
Also available Lightnin Hopkins Sings The Blues ... LP 11.99

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Lightnin HopkinsLightnin & The Blues – Lightnin Hopkins Sings A Collection Of American Folklore (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Herald/Southern Routes, 1954. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
Lightnin Hopkins at his best – a set that rings out with all his bold electric tones on the guitar, yet which also has the moody, stripped-down feel of a blues recording from a few decades before! The electricity really does a lot to deepen the tone – both in the echo from Hopkins' ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersSail On (aka The Best Of Muddy Waters) ... CD
Chess/Traffic, Early 50s. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
A classic full album that brings together some of Muddy Waters' earliest recordings for Chess – a great collection of early singles recorded in Chicago between 1950 and 1954 – most originally issued on 78rpm singles, and beautifully presented in this set! The work's relatively spare ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersMcKinley Morganfield – AKA Muddy Waters ... CD
Chess/Traffic, 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
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 more CD

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Muddy WatersCan't Get No Grindin ... CD
Chess/Traffic, 1973. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
Muddy Waters can't get no grinding – but that's hardly a problem, given the strength of this sweet early 70s set! The album marks Muddy's return to more basic Chicago blues after his funky electric period on Chess – but the set's still got some of the trippier touches of a few years ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersUnk In Funk ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
Muddy Waters definitely put the "unk" in funk – although back in his day, the word meant something different than in the 70s! This set features some great late Muddy for Chess – produced in conjunction with Ralph Bass, Muddy's longtime associate in the studio, and done with a ... 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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Muddy WatersAfter The Rain ... CD
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
Muddy's grooving hard and funky – with help from Cadet studio funksters like Charles Stepney, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, and Morris Jennings – one of the best ever of the once oft-maligned, now oft-beloved funk era Chess/Cadet albums! After The Rain has more of Muddy's classic ... read more CD
Also available After The Rain ... LP 14.99

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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
Also available Boom Boom ... LP 15.99

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Brownie McGhee & Sonny TerryBack Country Blues ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $7.99 13.99
The team of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee may be best remembered as a folk-blues act from their later recordings – but back at the start, on tracks like this, the duo had a nicely raw vibe – and a fair bit of R&B in their approach! Much of this work was recorded for the Savoy ... read more CD

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Muddy WatersFolk Singer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess, 1963. New Copy ... $4.99
A seminal album by Muddy – recorded in a style that's rootsier, and more down to earth than a lot of his other Chess sides! Muddy's playing acoustic guitar, and the group features Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and Clifton James. The sound is really spare, evocative, and true – the album ... 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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