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Blues — In Stock — Vinyl

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RL BurnsideFirst Recordings (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Astoundingly strong early recordings by Mississippi blues hero RL Burnside – with violence-tinged songs performed with a clearer, though no less tough voice than we heard on the songs that made him a bit more famous in 1990s! Includes RL's takes on traditionals played on acoustic guitar and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)

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Honeyboy EdwardsWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1969/1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Rare work from the legendary Honeyboy Edwards – a blues guitarist who was a key force in helping the music make the transition to an electric mode in the 40s – but an artist whose talents were eclipsed by so many others he worked with at the time! This set's got a real back-to-basics ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Walter Gavitt FergusonLegendary Tape Recordings Vol 2 – The King Of Calypso Limonense ... LP
Bongo Joe (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $26.99
Not the kind of calypso that was issued by the big American labels in the 50s – and instead, sounds that have a sound, style, and overall approach that's maybe a lot more similar to American blues from the rural scene! The tracks here are all pulled from the personal archive of Walter Gavitt ... (Global Grooves, Blues) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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John Lee HookerBlack Night Is Falling – Live At Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club (with bonus LP) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Justin Time, 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $27.99
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✨✧ John Lee HookerFree Beer & Chicken ... LP
ABC, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Fantastic stuff from John Lee Hooker, and a record that's unlike any other he's ever done! The groove is very hard and funky, with tight drumbreaks and excellent basslines that you'd hardly expect to find on an album by a blues artist – jamming around with a tight groove that really makes us ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Lee HookerSittin Here Thinkin ... LP
Muse, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Great gritty sides from the mighty John Lee Hooker – material with a slightly obscure origin, but recorded in the late 50s, right in a stretch when he was cutting some of his classics! Hooker's guitar and vocals are center stage – both growling with a hell of a lot of soulful power ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsBlue Lightnin' ... LP
Jewel, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A really nice later set from legendary Texas blues titan Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins – done up for the Jewel label with a bit of the spark that was missing from the hit & miss work he did earlier in the decade for Bluesville! Blue Lightnin' also has a down and dirty style in spots, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Lightnin HopkinsStrums The Blues (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Score/Third Man, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 21.99
A late 50s collection of earlier 78rpm singles issued by Aladdin Records – material that's far rawer than the "strums" in the title might imply! At a time when other blues musicians were fleshing things out a bit – sometimes adding in larger backings, horns, and a bit of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Son HouseLegendary Son House Father Of Folk Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A great return to recording for Son House – a musician who'd stopped playing the guitar in the postwar years, but rose again to fame during the great folk blues revival of the 60s! The style here is every bit as classic as some of Son's earliest music – just recorded a lot better, too ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Howlin WolfHow Many More Years/Moanin' At Midnight ... 7-inch
Chess/Third Man, 1951. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99 6.98
Killer early work by Howlin Wolf – a fantastic early single for Chess Records! "How Many More Years" has as much romping piano as fuzzy guitar – but fuzziest of all are the Wolf's vocals – which are superb! "Moanin At Midnight" is great, too – slower, ... (Funky 45's, Blues) read more 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Great Third Man pressing – with a vintage-style Chess sleeve too!)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleySuper Super Blues Band (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Checker/Jackpot, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl!)
Also available Super Super Blues Band ... LP 24.99

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Mississippi John HurtWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1964. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rare recordings of delta blues legend Mississippi John Hurt – captured solo and beautifully well on 3 dates in late 1964, recorded by Gene Rosenthal – with Hurt's distinctive way of a somehow gentle melodic acoustic blues guitar sound, coming from hard-strummed and plucked strings as ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Skip JamesWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1964. New Copy ... $13.99 17.98
One of the most legendary bluesmen of the early 78rpm generation – heard here in a wonderfully-recorded set from 1964! The session came at a time when Skip James was hardly getting any mainstream attention, but had been rediscovered by a younger generation – which led to the fledgling ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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Blind Willie JohnsonPraise God I'm Satisfied (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Albert KingBig Blues (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
King/Sundazed, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A well-titled record, as Albert King here plays with the large sound and big tone that would make him one of the best up-and-coming bluesmen of the 60s – a key player in the already-electrified generation, and possibly the greatest example of the new confidence that was coming into the genre ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(RTI pressed red vinyl!)

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Jimmy RogersBlues, Blues, Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
The legendary Jimmy Rogers works here with a whole host of famous guest stars – or "all-stars", as they're listed on the label – a lineup that includes Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Stephen Stills, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Lowell ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right 2019 exclusive. First time on vinyl – a 3-sided record, with an etching on the 4th side!)

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Otis RushMourning In The Morning (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Sundazed, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 24.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Shakey Jake with Bill Jennings & Jack McDuffGood Times (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige/4 Men With Beards, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 22.98
A stunner from Shakey Jake – and a set that's got a surprising jazz element as well – given that the singer/harmonicist works here with Jack McDuff on Hammond and Bill Jennings on guitar! Jack and Bill were working together on other soul jazz sessions for Prestige Records during the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Otis Spann with Fleetwood MacBiggest Thing Since Colossus ... LP
Blue Horizon, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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Crystal ThomasIt's The Blues Funk ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $38.99
A definite set of funky blues – recorded on the contemporary scene in Texas, but with a vibe that stretches way way back in style – thanks to help from Lucky Peterson on Hammond and Chuck Rainey on bass! Crystal Thomas has a bold, badass approach to her vocals – and comes on with ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing!)

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Albert WashingtonSad & Lonely (180 gram pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
An obscure bit of heavy soul – and the only vocal album on the jazz-based Eastbound imprint of Detroit's legendary Westbound Records! Albert's a blues artist, and sings in a soulful electric style that's similar to some of the Stax work of Albert King – but which has a bit more of a ... (Soul, Blues) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 Record Store Day UK/EU release!)

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Muddy WatersManish Boy/Young Fashioned Ways ... 7-inch
Chess/Third Man, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
Maybe one of the most famous Muddy Waters songs ever recorded – served up here in all its fantastically raw glory! The tune's got Waters playing a famous electric guitar vamp that may well have become the blueprint for countless bar bands to come – but serving up the lyrics with a wit ... (Funky 45's, Blues) read more 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Beautiful reissue pressing – even in a vintage-style Chess sleeve!)

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Muddy WatersShe's All Right/Sad Sad Day ... 7-inch
Chess/Third Man, 1953. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
A fantastic Muddy Waters track from the early 78rpm years – a tune that's got this unbelivable folding together of fuzzy guitar and hypnotic vocals – almost a trance-like take on Chicago blues, and proof that even at the start, Muddy was onto something new! "Sad Sad Day" is ... (Funky 45's, Blues) read more 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Beautiful reissue pressing – even in a vintage-style Chess sleeve!)

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Bukka WhiteWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with dowload) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1963. New Copy ... $11.99 17.99
A fantastic rediscovery of the great Bukka White – material recorded in 1963 by a young John Fahey and Ed Denson, who'd do a lot to revive White's career with their later release of his work on Takoma Records! These tracks are all live, recorded in Berkley in a nicely loose setting – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousAnn Arbor Blues Festival 1969 – Vol 2 ... LP
Third Man, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 27.98
A fantastic document of the first-ever Ann Arbor Blues Festival – the start of a great event that would blossom into other styles of music in the 70s, but which stood as a strong blues-based event in its initial year of 1969! In some ways, the three day series of concerts is a roots answer ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousI'm In A Strange Town – Blues & Gospel 1927 to 1967 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $11.99
Wonderful work from that special place where blues and gospel intersect – where the spirit comes to play with more secular expressions – and the result is something completely sublime! The work here spans the space of a few decades, but is unified by the strong presence of guitar on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
 
 



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