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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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Buddy GuyLive At Legends ... CD
Silvertone, 2012. Used ... $5.99
A pretty great late live set from Buddy Guy – who's tearing it up at his namesake Legends club in Chicago! Buddy's been throwing it down for years at Legends during annual winter residencies – which can be among the tougher tickets to score in the winter live club scene around here – so it's a bit surprising that there hasn't been a proper live document before the top notch Live At Legends! Better late than never. It kicks off with a profane stage intro that lets you know that Buddy and his band aren't messing around or coasting on reputation, before they shake the roof with "Best Damn Fool", "Mannish Boy", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Damn Right I Got The Blues", "Skin Deep" and a couple killer medleys: "Boom Boom/Strange Brew" and "Voodoo Chile/Sunshine Of Your Love". The CD also includes 3 bonus studio recordings: "Polka Dot Love", "Country Boy" and "Coming For You" – the latter featuring The Memphis Horns. CD

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ZZ HillRhythm & The Blues ... LP
Malaco, 1982. Near Mint- ... $1.99
(Soul, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Abner JayTrue Story of Abner Jay ... LP
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Folk soul guitar player, singer, songwriter, storyteller and genuine character Abner Jay's brilliant home recordings – the first release of his "terrible comedy blues" in far too long – courtesy of the always deep digging Mississippi label! Abner takes on the topical issues of the days with a skewed sensibility that's brilliant, and his singing, the performances and the recording quality aren't really as rough and raw as you might expect, though nowhere even close to manicured and clean sound – it's just right really for the material. Great stuff! Titles include "I'm So Depressed", "Cocaine", "Vietnam", "St James Infirmary Blues", "Cleo", "Woke Up This Morning", "Don't Mess With My Baby", "I'm Georgia Bound" and "The Reason Young People Use Drugs". (Folk/Country, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album

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BB KingBlues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), 1958. Used ... $8.99
An album named after a genre, but one that offers up the very special focus that BB King brought to blues music – especially in these early years of his career! King's a giant at this point – a hell of a singer, with a sound that's a key bridge between gospel and soul – and a equally solid guitarist, able to grace his tunes with searing solos, but in a way that's never as showy or overcrowded as all the later bluesmen who tried to copy his act! Instead, King's balance here is perfect – and often set to romping backings that link his approach not only to a postwar R&B tradition, but maybe even to the jazz world as well – with a vibe that's a lot less downtrodden than you might expect from a record called "the blues". If you've never dug BB at this early point in his career, you'll find plenty here to love – and titles include "When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer", "What Can I Do", "Troubles Troubles Troubles", "Early In The Morning", "You Don't' Have To Cry", and "Why Do Everything Happen To Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Sweet Little Angel", "Tickle Britches", "I'm In Love", "Bye Bye Baby", "Don't Keep Me Waiting", and "Don't Break Your Promise". CD

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Percy MayfieldWalking On A Tightrope ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – both of whom give the set a nice sort of west side kick, with a groove that's somewhere in between Syl Johnson and Tyrone Davis! Mayfield's vocals definitely still hang onto an older school of singing – but the arrangements can't help but update his groove – and a number of the tracks have this great funky crackle at the bottom that's a mighty nice surprise. Titles include "I Made It Just The Same", "Alma Lee", "My Baby's Gone", "To Me Your Name Is Love", "PM Blues", and "Danger Zone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Memphis SlimLive In Paris – 27 Mai 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Memphis Slim may have had a Tennessee city as part of his name, but he also found a very welcome home in Paris – a city that saw Slim deliver some of his finest recordings of later years! And while most of those recordings have been issued often over the years, this set is something completely fresh – an unearthed live performance from 1961, recorded with fantastic sound that may well make it one of Slim's best sets from the time! The setting has Memphis Slim talking and introducing many of the tunes – and when he lets loose on piano, the sound is fantastic – very resonant and expressive, with wonderful fidelity that really gets at the strong sound he can bring to the instrument. CD features 23 tracks in all – with titles that include "If You See Kay", "Chicago Stomp", "Pigalle Love", "All By Myself", "A Letter Home", "Pee Wee's blues", "Beer Drinkin Woman", "How Long How Long Blues", "Kansas City Blues", "KC Loving", "Unidentified Boogie", and "Three Women Blues". CD

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