A great collection of rare blues from the Atlanta scene – put together by Samuel Charters! Features work by Barbecue Bob, Lonnie Coleman, Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red, Buddy Moss, Peg Leg Howell, Charlie Lincoln, and Alec Johnson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original paste-on cover, with booklet! Cover image has some light black watercolors around the top and opening edge – almost looks like aging, but darker.)
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.)
Siegel Schwall Band —
Shake! ... LP Vanguard, 1968. Near Mint- ...
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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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Country Joe & The Fish – an insane blend of politics, psychedelia, rock roots, and more – all wrapped up in a nice of carnival-esque style that really lives up to the group's name! Many folks later copied the group – and others, like The Fugs, worked in somewhat similar territory – yet there's a really special sound to the group on this early set, a balance that brings more focus to otherwise trippy moments, more sense to their political agenda, and these sharp instrumental inflections that really send the whole thing home. Blues historian Samuel Charters produced, giving the record another influential quality – and titles include "The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag", "Who Am I", "Pat's Song", "Magoo", "Jam", "Eastern Song", and "Colors For Susan". LP, Vinyl record album
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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
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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