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Roy BuchananGuitar On Fire – The Atlantic Sessions ... CD
Rhino, Late 70s. Used ... $4.99
(Rock, Blues) CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & booklet.)
 
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✨✧ Roy BuchananYou're Not Alone ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title might be a tipoff here – as Roy Buchanan really soars into space on an album that finds an even more majestic setting for his mighty powers on guitar – especially given that a fair bit of the album's instrumental! Roy works with a core quartet that includes Ray Gomez on second guitar, Willie Weeks on bass, and Andrew Newmark on drums – a group who are almost a fusion combo at times, and who maybe help Buchanan find one of his more compelling settings of the 70s – free from some of the song structures that vocals would provide, and sounding fantastic throughout. The set does have a great vocal workout of the Neil Young tune "Down By The River" – with lead vocals by Gary St Clair – and other titles include "You're Not Alone", "The Opening/Miles From Earth", "Fly Night Bird", "Turn To Stone", and "Supernova". (Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot in the top right.)

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Guitar SlimAtco Sessions ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A great collection – rare 50s singles on Atco, mixed with previously-unreleased tracks – all with Eddie Guitar Slim Jones on vocals and guitar! Titles include "The Cackle", "If I Had My Life To Live Over", "Plenty Good Room", "Along Came Midnight", "Hello How Ya Been Goodbye", and "Down Through The Years" – plus two takes of "Guitar Slim Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Blind Willie McTellAtlanta Twelve String ... LP
Atlantic, 1949. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
A 70s album, but one that features very early sides from Atlantic Records – raw acoustic blues from Willie McTell, recorded on a 12 string guitar down in Atlanta! The album's not just a great example of McTell at his best – witty vocals, and really sharp lines on the acoustic guitar – but also a key illustration of the Atlantic approach right at the start – an ability to find the best setting for the best talents – and really let them open up in a spontaneous, soul-drenched style! Titles include "You Got To Die", "Kill It Kid", "The Razor Ball", "Broke Down Engine Blues", "Dying Crapshooter's Blues", "Blues Around Midnight", "Pearly Gates", and "Soon This Morning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label pressing with Broadway address. Cover has light wear.)

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Otis RushMourning In The Morning ... CD
Atlantic, 1969. Used ... $5.99
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 that approach is a strong one, as it really brings a hard focus on Rush's guitar, and sets his slyly sliding vocals a bit more back in the mix. Sweet electric Chicago blues before it got over-Alligatorized – with tracks that include "Feel So Bad", "Baby I Love You So", "Me", "Working Man", "You're Killing My Love", and "Can't Wait No Longer". CD
Also available Mourning In The Morning (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 18.99

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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 that approach is a strong one, as it really brings a hard focus on Rush's guitar, and sets his slyly sliding vocals a bit more back in the mix. Sweet electric Chicago blues before it got over-Alligatorized – with tracks that include "Feel So Bad", "Baby I Love You So", "Me", "Working Man", "You're Killing My Love", and "Can't Wait No Longer" – the last 4 of which were written by Bloomfield and Gravenites. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mourning In The Morning ... CD 5.99

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Joe TurnerBoss Of The Blues – Joe Turner Sings Kansas City Jazz ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... $8.99
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 for Atlantic, the album's a compelling change – a reminder that Turner had roots that went much deeper than his rock and roll fame – and a depth of delivery that would keep his career strong, long after some of his 50s R&B contemporaries faded! The mix of modes – R&B and jazz – is a bit like some of the later Ray Charles albums on Atlantic – and tracks include "Low Down Dog", "Roll Em Pete", "Cherry Red", "How Long Blues", and "Morning Glories". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label long playing unbreakable pressing with deep groove. Cover has some staining in the bottom left corner, with some pen.)

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Joe TurnerJoe Turner – Rock & Roll ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A really well-titled album, given that Joe Turner was a key force in the birth of rock and roll in the 50s – not to mention a strong link between jazz, soul, and R&B as well! At the time of these recordings, Turner was already a relatively old singer – at least compared to some of his Atlantic contemporaries – a vocalist with roots in Kansas City jazz of the 30s, but able to really reinvent himself with a raw, rocking sound that was completely out of sight – as hard-hitting on Atlantic as work by Wynonnie Harris over at King Records – and maybe even more important overall, given the number of folks who covered Joe's tunes. Every cut's a classic – and titles include "Flip Flop & Fly", "Honey Hush", "Crawdad Hole", "Chicken & The Hawk", "Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop", "Corrine Corrina", "Well All Right", "Boogie Woogie Country Girl", 'Shake Rattle & Roll", "Feeling Happy", and "Midnight Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert!)

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✨✧ Chuck WillisKing Of The Stroll ... LP
Atlantic, 1958. Very Good ... $39.99
Chuck Willis is billed as "the king of the stroll" on the cover of this classic Atlantic album – but that title only gets at just a small part of his genius! The set's one of a rare few Chuck cut in his too-short life – and it may well be his greatest, as it's really got Willis stepping out with a strong degree of focus – on a batch of all-original tunes sung in that amazing crackling voice of his! The style is R&B, but really points the way towards soul music – thanks to a personal presentation of the music, and some deep roots that really come through in the overall sound. Titles include the classic original versions of "CC Rider" and "Betty & Dupree" – both numbers that sound better in Chuck's own hands than any later incarnations – and other titles include "That Train Is Gone", "Juanita", "It's Too Late", "My Life", "Ease The Pain", and "There's Got To Be A Way". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Jimmy & Mama YanceyChicago Piano Vol 1 ... CD
Atlantic, 1951. Used ... $3.99
Bluesy piano, but with plenty of jazz roots too – vintage material recorded in Chicago during the early years of Atlantic Records, at a time when the label was almost more dedicated to preserving old styles than pushing new ones! Yancey's piano is sublime – recorded better here than on most of his older dates – and half the tracks feature vocals from Mama Yancey, who definitely brings up the blues quotient in the music. Israel Crosby backs Jimmy on bass – a surprising, yet great choice for the date – given some of his modern inflections – and titles include "How Long Blues", "Make Me A Pallet On the Floor", "Mournful Blues", and "Shave 'Em Dry". (Jazz, Blues) CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout mark.)

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Jimmy & Mama YanceyPure Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1951. Very Good- ... $9.99
Spare blues piano work by Jimmy Yancey, with vocal accompaniment from his wife "Mama" on about half the tracks. Most of the tracks feature Yancey's piano backed by Israel Crosby's bass, and the sound is extremely rootsy. Titles include "How Long Blues", "Make Me A Pallet On the Floor", "Mournful Blues", and "Shave 'Em Dry". (Jazz, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Label has a small sticker.)
 
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LaVern BakerHer Greatest Recordings ... LP
Atco, Mid 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
Stunning sides by one of the greatest female singers in R&B during the 50s – maybe second only to Ruth Brown, and presented in similar Atlantic Records glory! Titles include "Bop Ting A Ling", "Tra La La", "CC Rider", "Saved", "Jim Dandy", "Tweedlee Dee", "Tomorrow Night", Soul On Fire", "I Cried A Tear", and "Shake A Hand". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Robert CrayWho's Been Talkin ... LP
Tomato, 1980. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on Atlantic, including the printed sleeve. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Buddy Guy & Junior WellsBuddy Guy & Junior Wells Play The Blues ... LP
Atco, 1972. Very Good ... $29.99
We're not normally ones to rave about electric blues albums, but this one's a lot nicer than you might think – recorded with plenty of deep soul touches, and even a dose of funk in the right places! We hate to admit it, but a big part of the credit here goes to Eric Clapton – who produced most of the record and gives Buddy and Junior a tightness that's missing from some of their other records of the time. There's almost a post-Cream sort of groove to the record – that "hipper than rock" sensibility that colored many of Clapton's old group members' projects for Atlantic in the years after Cream disbanded. But of course, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells are the real stars of the set – and the record's good enough to make even jaded Chicago residents like us appreciate their talents here! Titles include "A Poor Man's Plea", "My Baby She Left Me", "A Man Of Many Words", "I Don't Know", and "This Old Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has some wear and a cut corner.)

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John MayallBlues From Laurel Canyon ... LP
London, 1968. Very Good+ ... $14.99
British blues meets LA's Laurel Canyon – a trans-Atlantic (or is it Pacific?) blend that makes for one of John Mayall's most compelling albums of the 60s! The album was recorded after the breakup of the Blues Breakers group – but it still features strong support from Mick Taylor on guitar – a key factor in the previous combo's sound, given almost even more space here to stand out front with Mayall. Other instrumentation includes bass and drums, plus a bit of tablas – and the overall approach is a lot more spare than other Blues Breakers sets – still bluesy in approach, but with some definite freer-thinking moments too, picked up from a trip to Laurel Canyon that was Mayall's inspiration for the set. Titles include "Walking On Sunset", "Vacation", "Ready To Ride", "Medicine Man", "Miss James", "The Bear", "First Time Alone", and "Fly Tomorrow". (Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Mexican pressing on Peerless. Cover has clear tape on the bottom seam.)
 
 
 



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