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Roy Lee JohnsonWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $15.99 21.98
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B years up to some deeper soul recorded at Fame Studios – a really rich journey in soul music, put together with the usual Bear Family love of historical details! Plenty of notes come with the package – tying Roy to other work with Piano Red (aka Dr Feelgood) – and titles include "Mister Moonlight", "Sea Breeze", "Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze", "I'm So Happy", "Busybody", "Love Birds", "When A Guitar Plays The Blues", "Plowing Playboy", "Cheer Up Daddy's Comin Home", "Boogaloo #3", "Can You Handle It", "It's All Over", "Stanback Headache Powder", and "She Put The Whammy On Me". CD

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Percy SledgePercy Sledge Way ... LP
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 31.99
In case you're not hip, the Percy Sledge Way is a deeply soulful one – rooted in the best 60s southern soul traditions, and carried off to perfection on this near-lost Atlantic set! The album's better even than Percy's debut for the label – recorded by Quin Ivy at his legendary Quinvy studios – with session players that include Muscle Shoals legends Spooner Oldham, Roger Hawkins, and Jimmy Johnson. The style is prime Muscle Shoals at its best – pure, simple, and uncomplicated – served up in a full sound that features backing vocals on a number of tracks, and a great set list that includes the tracks "Dark End Of The Street", "I Had A Talk With My Woman", "My Special Prayer", "Drown In My Own Tears", "You Don't Miss Your Water", and "What Am I Living For" – all redone nicely by Percy. LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe TurnerComplete Boss Of The Blues Sings Kansas City Jazz – The Complete Mono & Stereo Recordings ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), 1956. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 22.99
A real classic from blues giant Joe Turner – a singer who burst back to the mainstream on 50s Atlantic Records, thanks to a host of R&B singles that burned up the charts – but who here returns to his roots, and lays down a great set of jazzy tunes that get back to his roots in the Kansas City scene of the 30s! The shift is a bit like that Ray Charles made at the end of the 50s on Atlantic – R&B to more of a jazz-based groove – and Joe works here with great help from Pete Brown on alto, Pete Johnson on piano, Joe Newman on trumpet, and Lawrence Brown on trombone. 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". 2CD version features the full albums in both mono and stereo, plus some bonus alternate takes – and the usual great set of notes and presentation from Bear Family! (Blues, Soul) CD

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VariousDestination Health – Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy – 30 Bop Pills For Your Recovery ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Here's a way to keep yourself healthy – pandemic or otherwise – a set of searing rockers and sweet postwar pop numbers – all with a theme of medicine or wellness in the mix! The set's a wonderfully playful take on the theme – and is filled with cool and groovy tracks we might never have heard otherwise, and which sound even better in the company of each other – especially when presented with a big Bear Family booklet of notes and vintage images! There's a whopping 30 tracks in all – and titles include "Fever" by The Knockouts, "Quarantine" by Dennis Bell, "Doctor Doctor" by Benn Joe Zeppa & The Hot Notes, "Call A Doctor" by The Crows, "She Said" by Haskil Adkins, "Psycho Serenade" by Big Joe McNeely, "PSA For Mental Health Association" by Tab Hunter, "Rock Doc" by Louis Jordan, "Doctor In Love" by Richard Allen, "Doctor Doctor Doctor by Joey Nepote, "Boogie Disease" by Doctor Ross, "Pills" by Bo Diddley, and "Asiatic Flu" by Ebe Sneezer & The Epidemics. (Rock, Soul) CD

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VariousSun Gospel ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
Gospel genius from the legendary Sun Records – an imprint usually associated with the earliest roots of rockabilly, but also a Memphis powerhouse that managed to capture a number of different styles surprisingly well during the 50s! Sun had one of its big early hits with The Prisonaires – a group of convicts who could harmonize beautifully – and many of these tracks follow a similar vibe, with that up-close, uncluttered style of recording that Sam Phillips did so well – which really lets the vocals of the groups come through! But there's also some surprising crossover moments going on here too – as some tracks feature more familiar Sun artists singing spiritual tunes – showing just how much the gospel side of the market was during these formative years of country, pop, and rock. The set's got 32 tracks in all – a huge amount of overlooked material from Sun – and titles include "Softly & Tenderly" by The Prisonaires, "Forgive Me Lord" by Southern Jubilee Singers, "I Need Jesus" by Song Fellows, "Amazing Grace" by Jones Brothers, "House Of God" by an Unknown Female Trio, "Nobody's Looking Back" by Wally Fowler, "Rainbow Of Love" by Evans Family Singers, "Until I Pray For You" by Rudi Richardson, "Where Shall I Be" by Brewsteraires, "My Heart Is A Chapel" by Mary Johnson, "My God Is Real" by Prisonaires, "All My Sins Been Taken Away" by Sonny Burgess, "Round Up In Glory" by Sun Spot Quartet" – and the tracks "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" by the Million Dollar Quartet, and even a "Sermon" by Jerry Lee Lewis. (Gospel, Soul) CD

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✨✧ Varetta DillardLovin' Bird – Complete Recordings 1956 to 1961 – Vol 2 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CoastersCoasters Rock ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from one of our favorite vocal groups of all time – one of the most dynamic acts of their generation, and a group whose pyrotechnics definitely earn them the "rocks" in the title! You might know some of the few big hits by The Coasters – but if you dig deep into their music, they will really blow your mind – as they've got this never-ending sense of wit, amazing vocal dexterity, and a raw, soulful sound that gets perfect presentation here from the team of Lieber & Stoller, who handled most of the songs within! The package offers up way more than most other Coasters collections, and comes with fantastic Bear Family presentation – in support of a whopping 33 tracks that include "Three Cool Cats", "Girls Girls Girls (parts 1 & 2)", "Young Blood", "Down In Mexico", "Stewball", "Dance", "Wait A Minute", "I'm A Hog For You", "The Shadow Knows", "Teach Me How To Shimmy", "Thumbin A Ride", "Bad Blood", "Keep On Rolling", "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass", "Gee Golly", and "Run Red Run". CD

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✨✧ Freddie KingTaking Care Of Business 1956 to 1973 (7CD set) ... CD
King/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An amazing legacy in music – from early King Records singles, to work for Atlantic and Shelter too – all packaged with an excellent heavy hardcover book that's filled with images and discographical info! (Blues, Soul) CD
(Out of print!)

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✨✧ Edna McGriffStart Movin In My Direction – The Bell Recordings Plus – 1954 to 1959 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare set of work from New York singer Edna McGriff – a vocalist who'd recorded more famously with Sonny Til of The Orioles, and with frequent partner, tenorist Buddy Lucas – but who's heard here on a strong batch of sides for the small indie Bell Records! The music ranges from raw R&B to some surprisingly well-polished numbers – with backings by the groups of Sy Oliver, Jimmy Caroll, and others – in modes that show McGriff as a singer strong enough to tackle just about anything that came her way! Our favorite sides here are those which have a pre-soul sort of vibe, but there's others with a more conventional backing group, and a few that have a surprisingly great crossover mode that sits on both sides of the late 50s rock and roll fence. The package is very well done, with full notes in Edna's 50s years, some great photos, and even a discography – and the CD features 29 tracks that include "Oh Joe", "Confidential", "The Fool", "I Can't Love You Enough", "Mr Lee", "I Get The Feeling", "Mambo Baby", "Sad Sad Sad", "Burning Bridges", "Sunday", "How Long Will It Take", and "No Change". CD

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonRockin Good Way – Juke Box Pearls ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
You may know Dinah Washington as a jazz singer – but at her start, she was also a hell of an R&B vocalist too – a side of her talents that's focused on very strongly in this set! If you love the jazz side of Dinah, don't worry – there's plenty of that here too – but the package also brings together some of the more upbeat, jumping numbers that Washington recorded in the late 40s and throughout the 50s – definitely the sort of material that made her a key figure in the pre-soul years, and which also helped break down a lot of cultural barriers too! The package is done in the same beautiful way as other Bear Family titles in this series – deep notes, lots of vintage images, and a set list of 29 titles that includes "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "New Blowtop Blues", "Bad Lucky", "Honky Tonky", "Baby You've Got What It Takes", "Early Every Morning", "Come On Home", "TV Is The Thing", "Such A Night", "Relax Max", "Lingering", "Mean & Evil Blues", and "Ask A Woman Who Knows". (Vocalists, Soul) 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. CD

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✨✧ CadillacsCadillacs Rock ... CD
Roulette/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest collections of work we've ever seen by The Cadillacs – a set that definitely rocks, but which also presents the group in all their mad and many modes! In some ways, The Cadillacs were sort of an east coast counterpart to The Coasters – able to sing with as much dynamic energy, and with ears for all sorts of unusual tunes that were filled with wit – almost an audio version of a cartoon, given some of the storylines and really animated vocals! The group have always been one of our favorites from back in the day – and this cool collection really gets at all the things that made them so great – with a whopping 34 tracks in all, and the usual great Bear Family notes and production values. Titles include "Sugar Sugar", "Zoom (version 2)", "No Chance", "Down The Road", "Great Googly Moo", "Cool It Fool", "Jay Walker", "Romeo", "Bad Dan McGoon, "Naggity Nag, "Dumbell", "Gloria", "Still You Left Me Baby", "Shock A Doo", "I Want To Know About Love", "Copy Cat", and "A Looka Here". CD

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✨✧ Rufus ThomasSun Years Plus – His R&B Recordings 1949 to 1956 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Rufus Thomas – rollicking rhythm & blues sides he cut for Sun Records early on in the pre-rock & roll years – plus more early work cut for the Star Talent, Meteor, Chess and Bullet labels! Given the soul genius that Rufus would later cut for Stax, it's not terribly surprising that his early work is a bit overlooked, but it's great stuff that's worth catching up on – with lots of jumpin' r&b, some slow rolling and gritty tunes, teary-eyed soul and bleary-eyed blues! Bear Family has put together a beautiful package with a thick booklet of notes and photos, with 29 rare tracks: "I'll Be A Good Boy", "I'm So Worried", "Who's That Chick", "Beer Bottle Boogie", "Why Did You Deegee?", "Juanita", "Married Woman", "Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)", "Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)", "The Easy Livin' Plan", "I'm Steady Holdin' On" and more. CD

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✨✧ Prisonaires/Marigolds/SolotonesOnly Believe – Unissued & Rare Nashville Vocal Group Recordings ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from the legendary Prisonaires – the important Memphis vocal group that first formed in prison, but was able to release a fair bit of commercial recordings over the years! The package is a great companion to previously-issued material on the group – as it features rare sides by the lineup, plus related groups that also featured the great tenorist Johnny Bragg in the lead – as well as some very obscure, and well-recorded live tracks that were only pressed on a limited private album for the prison management! Despite their roots behind bars, The Prisonaires have a style that's key in the development of the vocal group in the pre-soul years – a link between older group styles of the 30s and some of the more spiritual inflections that would blossom during the 60s – not really gospel harmonizing, but also not doo wop or pop, either – a really unique hybrid of elements that was very influential over the years. The package is awash in detail – 58 pages of notes and history, with a strong focus on Bragg – and the set features 18 tracks by The Prisonaires, including "In The Garden", "Suppertime", "Gentle Hands", "Just Walkin In The Rain", "Baby Please", "Two Strangers", "Lucy You Know I Want You", and "There Is Love In You" – plus four more by The Marigolds, including "Why Don't You", "Rollin Stone", and "Don't Say Tomorrow" – and six more by The Solotones, including "Two Strangers", "Front Page Blues", and "Pork & Beans". CD
 
 
 



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