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Blues — Recently Added

XOur Chicago roots run deep here, with plenty of postwar Chicago blues -- plus delta blues, folk blues, electric blues, pre-war blues, and more!


Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Fantastic west coast blues from the 60s, none of issued at the time – collected together here in a set that really shows the continuing evolution of the sound of LA! During the 60s, the city's blues took on some of the transformations that were happing in Chicago – with similar roots ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD
Funky blues and plenty of soul – a massive 4CD set that not only features the complete 60s recordings done by Lowell Fulson for the Kent label, but which also includes a fair bit of rarities and unreleased material! If you're a fan of funky soul, you've probably heard Lowell's classic "T ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A sweet funky set from the mighty T-Bone Walker – a record that still includes loads of his wickedly sharp guitar lines, but which also gives him a tight groove with electric bass and great drums from the legendary Paul Humphrey! The bottom end here kicks as much as Walker's work on the top ... CD
Columbia, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A great return to recording for Son House – a musician who'd stopped playing the guitar in the postwar years, but rose again to fame during the great folk blues revival of the 60s! The style here is every bit as classic as some of Son's earliest music – just recorded a lot better, too ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

Free Beer & Chicken
ABC, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic stuff from John Lee Hooker, and a record that's unlike any other he's ever done! The groove is very hard and funky, with tight drumbreaks and excellent basslines that you'd hardly expect to find on an album by a blues artist – jamming around with a tight groove that really makes us ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner/BGO (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy 2CD
A trio of Warner Brothers albums from Taj Mahal – all served up as a single collection! First up is Brothers – one of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – ... CD
World Pacific/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy
A smoking little set from George Harmonica Smith – an album recorded in late 60s LA, but done with plenty of Chicago blues touches! The players here are all top-shelf – and include Muddy Waters on guitar and Otis Spann on piano – who definitely help keep a Windy City vibe going ... CD
Fat Possum, 1990s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 15.99
A strong collection of (mostly) early-to-mid 90s recordings by Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough – compiling his Fat Possum recordings and as a set that really is essential! It includes recordings captured Junior's Juke Joint in Chulahoma, MS, home recordings and more – raw and ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
One of the grooviest records ever cut by the legendary Joe Turner – a set that takes him far from his Kansas City roots, and his 50s R&B for Atlantic Records – into a mode that's maybe even more soul-based overall! The great Gene Page handles the backings here – with a ... CD
Modern/Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Chess/Jackpot, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
The title definitely gets it right – as this 70s collection brings together most of the best Chess Records material by Howlin Wolf from the late 50s and early 60s – almost all of them small combo sides that present the man in all of his raspy, growling glory! The tracks span a space ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bob Kirkpatrick

Feeling The Blues
Folkways, 1973. New Copy
A great little 70s album of electric blues – a set that begins with a song about Watergate – then moves off into a whole other great range of themes too! Bob Kirkpatrick's got a vibe here that's in the better style of the small club scene of Detroit or Chicago at the time – lean, ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 3CD
A really amazing package – not just for fans of John Lee Hooker, but for anyone who loves postwar blues in general! The work here is all from the tiny Sensation Records label in Detroit – the label to first record John Lee Hooker in the late 40s, and who continued to do sessions with ... CD
Arhoolie/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of the earliest albums on Arhoolie Records – an amazing document of steel guitar bluesman Black Ace! Ace plays just like he sits on the cover – really leaning into the instrument in ways that bring out all these cool, deep inflections – completely hypnotizing on their own, ... CD
Big Town/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A bit later than some of Lowell Fulsom's funk work for Kent Records – but a set that's almost more vintage overall! The album's recorded for the short-lived Big Town imprint – a late 70s venue that took older R&B artists back to the sounds of a few decades before – never too ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and 60s soul, coming together in a sock-hard style that's much better than a lot of Fulsom's other work for other labels! Arrangements are by Rene Hall and Maxwell Davis – the ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy
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 ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), 1956. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD
Folkways, 1982. New Copy
A really unusual music from the duo of Jaribu and Ngoma Hill – a pair who work together here in a mode that's partly the acoustic blues of the rural scene in the south, but fused with more urban elements too – including a bit of gospel spirit, and folk-inspired righteousness! As you ... CD

Junior Kimbrough

First Recordings
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1966. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
Wicked early work from Junior Kimbrough – sides that are quite different than some of his better-known recordings over the years! The material was cut in Memphis in 1966 by producer Quinton Claunch – and it's got a spare, rootsy quality that's totally great – slow moving drums ... CD

Lightnin Hopkins

Blue Lightnin'
Jewel, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A really nice later set from legendary Texas blues titan Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins – done up for the Jewel label with a bit of the spark that was missing from the hit & miss work he did earlier in the decade for Bluesville! Blue Lightnin' also has a down and dirty style in spots, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1966. New Copy
Otis Spann made some great records over the years, but he sounds especially nice on the handful of sessions he did for the Bluesway label – which seem to take a Chess Records approach, then give the whole thing an extra-added punch! Otis is in the lead on piano and vocals, but the group's ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs
CD...$8.99 18.98
A trio of albums from Taj Mahal – and some unreleased live tracks as well! First up is Music Fuh Yah – a sweetly soulful set that has Taj Mahal really trying on some new flavors – yet still keeping things strongly in the bluesy territory of his roots! In addition to the lead ... CD
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue)
Pivotal work from one of the first bluesmen to ever use "blind" in his name – sides recorded by the legendary Willie McTell when he was at the height of his powers! Most tracks here feature well-recorded vocals from Willie – especially for the time – a haunting ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic look at early guitar genius – pulled from old blues recordings of the 78rpm years – decades before folks plugged in and started showing off in arenas with their rock and roll skills! The amazing things about these recordings is the way that these guys do so much with such ... LP, Vinyl record album
Testament, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Johnny Shines isn't standing at the crossroads at the same time as Robert Johnson, but he's still sounding pretty darn great here – recording this stripped-down set in Cali in 1970, with just his own guitar alongside his vocals! Shines is maybe best known for his Chicago recordings of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Storyville/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1963. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 44.99
An overseas recording from Lonnie Johnson – done during that great stretch when his music was being revived by a younger generation of blues listeners who brought him out of retirement! Here, Johnson records in a mode that's very faithful to his classic recordings of the late 30s and early ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Blue Bland

His California Album
ABC/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy
A nice little record from Bobby Blue Bland – quite different from his 60s sides for Duke/Peacock, and recorded in California (as you might guess from the title!) with a smoother more soulful approach that comes off surprisingly well! The style works well for Bobby – and kind of gave ... CD
Atlantic/Pure Pleasure (UK), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Blues from the gutter, with a nice current of jazz, too – thanks to participation from a hip group who really make this album from Champion Jack something special! Dupree himself sings and plays piano – often with plenty of rootsy currents – but the combo also features excellent ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimmie Lee Robinson

All My Life
Apo, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP
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Magpie (UK), Late 30s/1940s. Near Mint-
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Verve, 1967. Near Mint-
Chicago blues, but plenty darn funky – recorded with a sharpness and tightness that shows a strong soul-based influence in the second-generation electric work of James Cotton's generation! The core group here features James on harmonica and vocals – backed by piano, guitar, bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimmy Liggins

I Can't Stop It
Route 66 (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Shaw

King Of The Road
Rooster, 1985. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Hightone/Mercury, 1988. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mississippi John Hurt

Folk Songs & Blues
Piedmont, 1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Temple

1936 to 1940
RST (Austria), Mid/Late 30s. Near Mint-
Includes recordings with Harlem Hamfats, Joshua Altheimer, Sam Price, Teddy Bunn, Lonnie Johnson, Buster Bailey, John Linday, Henry Red Allen, and AO. LP, Vinyl record album

Ram John Holder

Black London Blues
Philips, Late 60s. Very Good+
A brilliant British set from Ram John Holder – not really blues at all, but a cool kind of crossbreeding of styles in the 60s London scene – almost the same mad mix of modes you might hear in The Equals! There's plenty of funk on the record – some great drums, bouncing basslines, ... LP, Vinyl record album

James Cotton

Pure Cotton
Verve, 1968. Very Good+
The second Verve album from James Cotton, and oddly a rootsier effort than the first! While Cotton's debut often had some more soul-styled grooves in the mix, this one's a lot more stripped-down and bluesy – in a style that echoes Chess Records from a decade before! Cotton plays harmonica ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Shines, Johnny Young, Walter Horton

Chicago – The Blues Today Vol 3
Vanguard, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Seminal work by these lesser-knowns from the 60s Windy City scene! LP, Vinyl record album

Buckwheat Zydeco

On A Night Like This
Island, 1987. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Lightnin Hopkins

Legacy Of The Blues Vol 12
GNP, 1976. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Earwig, 1981. Near Mint-
Titles include "You Can't Have It All", "Workin Two Jobs", "Past Life", "Chicago Jump", and "Johnson Machine Gun". LP, Vinyl record album

Leadbelly

Leadbelly
Everest, 1920s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Blue Bland

Blues In The Night
Duke/Ace (UK), Early 60s. Near Mint-
A great UK collection of early work by Bobby Bland – with titles that include "If I Hadn't Called You Back", "Chains Of Love", "Blind Man", "Fever", "I'm Too Far Gone", "Black Night", "Share Your Love With Me", and "Jel ... LP, Vinyl record album
Crown/Kent, 1950s. Very Good+ Gatefold
Titles include "Elmo's Shuffle", "Hawaiian Boogie (parts 1 & 2)", "Quarter Past Nine", "Sho Nuff I Do", "Late Hours At Midnight", and "Strange Kinda Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
Testament, 1965. Near Mint-
The great Otis Spann plays piano and organ – and gets a bit of help from Jimmy Cotton on harmonica and Johnny Young on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
Sundown (Netherlands), Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Near Mint-
Includes work by George Smith, Sonny & Jaycee, Jerry McCain, Long Gone Miles, Papa Lightfoot, Cousin Leroy, Morris Bailey, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ole Sonny Boy, and Sonny Terry. LP, Vinyl record album
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
A huge collection of rare blues material from west coast powerhouse label Kent/Modern Records – a really important indie during the postwar R&B scene in LA, still going strong here well into the 60s! Modern was a real pioneer in recording electrified blues during the 50s – maybe ... CD
RST (Austria), Late 20s/Early 30s. Near Mint-
Includes work by Geechie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, Rosie Mae Moore, Mary Butler, and Mattie Delaney. LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 25, 2020


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