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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsMy Life In The Blues ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally cool record from that brief time when Prestige Records was recording some blues – a double-length set that features vocals and guitar from Lightnin Hopkins, performing in between interview passages done with Samuel Charters! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label pressing. Cover has a light stain inside the gatefold – but this is a nice copy overall.)

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✨✧ Siegel Schwall BandShake! ... LP
Vanguard, 1968. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The Siegel Schwall Band are still kicking it hard here – playing with a surprisingly gritty vibe, maybe thanks in part to production from the great Sam Charters – who'd handled so many great blues sessions over the years! But we're guessing that at this point, the group didn't even need Sam's help to sound this tight – as they're really finding their voice, and work with mostly original material of their own – yet in a way that strongly echo the Chicago blues legends who inspired their sound. The set leads off with a version of the Willie Dixon tune "Shake For Me" – then moves into originals that include "My Starter Won't Start", "Think", "334 3599", "Get Away Man", "Wouldn't Quit You", and "You Can't Run That Fast". (Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Siegel Schwall BandSiegel-Schwall '70 ... LP
Vanguard, 1970. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The Siegel Schwall Band change things up a bit here – leaving behind the rootsy Sam Charters production of their first few albums for the the heady sound of Dunwich – and picking up just a bit of electric piano and electric bass in the process! The style is still rooted in blues, but maybe not as slavishly tied to the modes of Chess Records as before – as the group, especially Corky Siegel, seem to be coming up with lyrical modes that are maybe a bit more of a nod to the north side crowds that were really cheering them on in Chicago – not mainstream, certainly, but maybe a bit more longhaired than south side juke joint crowds – almost a bit of a Bay Area vibe in the mix. Titles include "Angel Food Cake", "Song", "A Sunshine Day In My Mind", "Do You Remember", "I Don't Want You To Be My Girl", and "Geronimo". (Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Junior Wells/JB Hutto/Otis SpannChicago – The Blues Today Vol 1 ... LP
Vanguard, 1966. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set of Chicago blues – the first volume in a series of classic recordings done by Vanguard Records in an effort to show the rest of the world all the hip new sounds that were coming out of the Windy City in the 60s! The approach here is a bit like some of the rural blues sets from years past – in that Samuel Charters headed to Chicago, booked studio time, and managed to get some key groups at their best – all at a level that would soon be picked up by the Delmark label as they helped to document the scene! Junior Wells sings and plays harmonica in a quartet with Buddy Guy on guitar, on titles that include "Messin With The Kid", "Vietcong Blues", "All Night Long", and "It Hurts Me So". JB Hutto plays guitar and sings in his Hawks trio – on titles that include "Too Much Alcohol", "That's The Truth", "Going Ahead", and "Please Help". And Otis Spann plays piano and sings, with help from SP Leary on drums – on titles that include "Spann's Stomp", "Marie", "Burning Fire", and "SP Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousChicago – The Blues Today (3 X 180 gram vinyl box set) ... LP
Vanguard/Craft, 1965. Sealed 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set of Chicago blues – still ten times better than all the imitators it spawned – and a beautiful package that brings together all three albums in this legendary series from Vanguard Records! These are tracks that were all captured at a time when the city's scene was nice and raw – new ideas in electric blues still spilling out of clubs on the south and west side, where producer Samuel Charters was able to capture these cuts with some of the same strengths he brought to rural blues collections from the south for other labels. The package is overflowing with key work from legendary figures – including Junior Wells, JB Hutto & His Hawks, Otis Spann, Jimmy Cotton, Otis Rush, Homesick James, Johnny Young, and Johnny Shines. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsLightnin Hopkins ... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A late 50s session, but an album that captures Lighnin Hopkins in a rootsy style that could well hearken back to the 78rpm blues records of the 30s – thanks to production by Samuel B Charters, who captured Hopkins alone making music in his apartment in Houston! The tracks have that beautifully spare, yet indescribably rich sound of Hopkins at his best – wonderfully expressive through just a few vocal inflections and deft changes on the guitar – augmented here by one track that also features Lighnin just speaking, recalling his meeting with Blind Lemon Jefferson. Titles include "Bad Luck & Trouble", "Penitentiary Blues", "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", "Tell Me Baby", "Fan It", "Goin Back To Florida", "Trouble Stay Way From My Door", and "Come Go Home With Me". CD
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