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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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Joe TurnerJoe Turner – Rock & Roll ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Heavy black label pressing, with deep groove! Cover has some light surface wear on the back, but looks nice overall.)

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Muddy WatersElectric Mud ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good- Gatefold ... $29.99
The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, it was downplayed as a cheap attempt to sell out Muddy's classic blues sound. These days, it's treasured by many of us as a unique funky session that merged the best of Chicago's funk, soul, and blues worlds – taking Muddy's sound way past earlier records and into uncharted waters. It's similar to some of the work on Chess at the time by Bo Diddley and Etta James – and it includes lots of nice updated groovers like "I'm A Man", "I Just Want To Make Love to You", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Same Thing", "She's All Right", and "Tom Cat". Arrangements are by Charles Stepney, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Cadet Concept pressing with deep groove a white gatefold cover – with a split top seam, some aging, and light wear.)

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✨✧ Bo DiddleyBlack Gladiator ... CD
Checker/Future Days, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked reinvention of the sound of Bo Diddley – a set that electrifies his groove even more than before – and takes him into the same mix of funk and blues that Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf were exploring at the time! This album's right up there with the two Cadet/Chess classics by both of those artists – and is possibly even more messed-up too – with lots of jagged edges that push past the usual Bo Diddley groove – even though that classic sense of rhythm is still at the core to drive things along! We don't know who's playing drums, but they've got a nice heavy handed approach that makes these tracks really boom – and the set's in a massively funky style that's taken far too many years to be acknowledged for in the mainstream! Lots of nice ones, including "Shut Up Woman", "Funky Fly", "Power House", "Black Soul", "Elephant Man", and "I've Got A Feeling". CD

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✨✧ VariousRockin The Groove – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A massive amount of great groovers from the Groove Records subsidiary of RCA in the 50s – home to a hotbed of R&B, early soul, and other killer cuts from the postwar underground of the 45 rpm single! Nobody's ever dug so deeply into the Groove catalog before – and Bear Family have done a wonderful job of unearthing rare nuggets we've never heard before, and mixing them with other Groove gems that are still mostly on the obscure side of the 50s R&B spectrum – all to make a killer assortment that has plenty of greatness to offer, even if you've already got lots of jump blues and R&B in your collection! The music is as lively as the look of the package – and the booklet features over 60 pages of track by track notes on the selections – 35 titles that include "Charmaine" by Frank Brunson, "Big Foot Mammy" by Paul Williams, "Where Is Joe" by Emmett Hobson, "Doo Ba Dee" by Maymie Watts, "Shake Till I'm Shook" by Beverly Wright, "Love Ya Like Crazy" by Chris Powell & The Blue Flames, "A Little Boy's Dream" by George Benson, "Bye By Baby" by Clayton Love, "Hoodoo" by Roy Gaines, "Right Now" by Zilla Mays, and "My Head Goes Round" by Oscar Black. (Soul, Blues) CD

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Professor LonghairBach Of Rock ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $25.99 26.99
Mighty nice work from the great Professor Longhair – live material recorded in the late 70s, presented here without much in the way of notes – but with a musical quality that more than makes up for that lack of information! The Professor was a key figure in the New Orleans music scene from the postwar years onward – a pianist and singer whose sound really helped pave the way for a new generation of Crescent City soul – and even here, in the late 70s, there's a very timeless, formative sound to his style – a raw groove that really gets to the essence of the sound of Nola, with tight work on piano, and plenty of the Professor's raspy, often witty vocals! Titles include "Bald Head", "Boyd's Bounce", "Big Chief", "Mardi Gras In New Orleans", "Tell Me Pretty Baby", "Mess Around", "I'm Movin On", "Junko Partner", "Her Mind Is Gone", "Rum & Coca Cola", "She Walked Right In", and "Stompin With Fess". (Soul, Blues) CD

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✨✧ Lowell FulsonHung Down Head ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a peeled spot on back.)
 
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✨✧ Lowell FulsomSoul (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $22.99
The title gets it right here – as the album's as much a soul effort as a blues one – and is a nice change from the sound of Lowell's earlier years! There's still plenty of grit in the grooves here – and even with the front cover proclamation, the album's still one that's best filed in the blues racks – but the album does show a great mixing of modes that was common for some of the west coast releases on the Kent label at the time – the kind of south LA blend of sounds from the east mingled with the 60s changes going on in its own community. Lowell's vocals have a hard-bitten edge that's totally great, and instrumentation includes some heavy piano and guitar, plus some of the heavier rhythms that point towards his famous Tramp sound to come. The album has a pretty nice soulful feel – a bit rootsy, but also with some urban electric touches that go nicely with Lowell's vocals – and titles include "Shattered Dreams", "Talkin Woman", "Black Nights", "Sittin Here Thinkin", "Every Time It Rains", and "My Aching Back". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Strange Feeling" and "Trouble I'm In". CD

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✨✧ VariousFunky Blues 1960s to 1970s – Modern/Kent Blues Treasures ... CD
Modern/Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
The title gets it right – and the grooves do too – nothing but funky blues from the 60s and 70s, the kind of gritty, hard-edged tunes that are way better than the sort of blues you might be used to hearing at frat boy bars! All of the work here was originally issued on west coast indie powerhouse Kent/Modern – and the package does a good job of pulling out some under-recognized gems from the funkier side of their output at the time – tracks that often have some very tight drums, rumbling basslines, and scratchy guitar alongside the more soul-oriented vocals. Titles include "Let Your Hair Down" and "You Make Me Cry" by Arthur K Adams; "Kidney Stew" and "Two Ton Mama" by Newman Family; "Funky Way" by Jimmy Bee; "Women's Liberation" by TV Mama Jean; "What You See Is What You're Gonna Get" by Brenda George; "The Turning Point" by Rudy Ray Moore; "Night Time" and "Go To Train" by Smokey Wilson; "Tramp" by Foxfire; and "Mellow Together", "Funky Broadway", "The Thing", and "Hobo Meeting" by Lowell Fulsom. CD

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✨✧ Mel BrownBig Foot Country Girl ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Messed up bluesy funk from Impulse's strange early 70s years! Mel Brown's leaving behind his straighter jazz funk groove here, and is moving into more of a Bay Area stoner crossover sound – with touches of blues, bits of soul, and lots of unconventional grooving. A number of cuts have vocals – some by Edna Wright – and tracks include "Stinging Bea", "Little Girl, Don't You Know", "Need Love", "Home Folks", and "Goin Down Slow". (Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)

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Little WalterBoom Boom ... CD
Black Knight (Poland), 1950s. Used ... $3.99
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 just the well-remembered cuts, but some overlooked gems – and titles include "Juke", "Tell Me Mama", "My Babe", "It Ain't Right", "Blue & Lonesome", "It's Too Late Brother", "Back Track", "Just Your Fool", "Got To Find My Baby", "One More Chance With You", "Mellow Down Easy", "Too Late", "Last Night", "You're So Fine", "Boom Boom Out Go The Lights", and "Who". CD
(Digipack pressing – still sealed)
 
 
 



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