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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!


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

Otis Spann with Fleetwood Mac

Biggest Thing Since Colossus
Blue Horizon, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A really great moment in the spotlight for the legendary Chicago bluesman Otis Spann – an artist who often appeared on records by bigger talents of his generation, but didn't always get to shine this brightly on his own! The album's a very reverent session that has Spann's piano and vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

Bo Diddley

Big Bad Bo
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported ... 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

Howlin Wolf

Howlin Wolf Album
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, 1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mississippi John Hurt

1928 Sessions (180 gram pressing)
Yazoo, 1928. New Copy (reissue)
Vintage work from Mississippi John Hurt, but somehow amazingly clear and crisp in this classic LP presentation! The tunes are wonderfully earthy – just vocals and guitar from Hurt, in a style that's definitely blues, but which has some surprisingly jazzy inflections at times – at least ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

Sittin Here Thinkin
Muse, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Great gritty sides from the mighty John Lee Hooker – material with a slightly obscure origin, but recorded in the late 50s, right in a stretch when he was cutting some of his classics! Hooker's guitar and vocals are center stage – both growling with a hell of a lot of soulful power ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

Urban Blues
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1967. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A fantastic late 60s set from John Lee Hooker – one that has the legend working in a mode that echoes some of the funkier soul styles of the time, but with a vibe that's still very much in the best spirit of his classic work! The groove is slightly amped up by the electric bass of Eddie ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
A definite journey in blues from the legendary Freddie King – as the guitarist was really burning up the clubs across the US at the time of these recordings – playing with energy that may well top his well-received studio albums during the same stretch! There's not much in the way of ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy
One of the funkiest albums ever from Junior Parker – a great little set that shows he had a lot more to offer than just the average bluesman! The album's got a nice little soul sound in the backings – tight rhythms from Horace Ott, who nicely avoids a lot of the cliches that the blues ... 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
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1966. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
An album recorded in the Netherlands, but a set that hits right to the heart of RL Burnside's Mississippi roots – thanks to a beautifully spare, careful presentation of the music! Most numbers feature just Burnside on vocals and guitar – with a vibe that's similar to the field ... LP, Vinyl record album

Junior Kimbrough

First Recordings
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1966. New Copy
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

Robert Pete Williams

Louisiana Blues
Takoma/Water, 1967. New Copy
CD...$7.99 17.98
A bruised-up beautiful blues record from Robert Pete Williams – the excellent, individualistic guitar and voice should-be classic that is his Louisiana Blues! Woke up this mornin' country blues tradition is in the marrow of Williams' craft – but nothing he does on this set feels like ... CD
Tomato/Fat Possum, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful album that's easily one of John Lee Hooker's finest moments of the 70s – a set recorded live before a small audience at Hunter College in New York, but done with a feel that makes the whole thing even more timeless than most of Hooker's other albums of the decade! The mix has the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, 1990s. New Copy
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
Tomato/Fat Possum, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful album that's easily one of John Lee Hooker's finest moments of the 70s – a set recorded live before a small audience at Hunter College in New York, but done with a feel that makes the whole thing even more timeless than most of Hooker's other albums of the decade! The mix has the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Big Joe Williams

Legacy Of The Blues Vol 6
GNP/Crescendo, Early 70s. Near Mint-
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Freddie King

All His Hits
Gusto, Early 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Roosevelt Sykes

Meek Roosevelt Sykes
Jewel, Early 70s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1965. Very Good
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

Magic Sam

Black Magic
Delmark, Late 60s. Very Good
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that ... LP, Vinyl record album

LC Robinson

Ups & Downs
Arhoolie, 1972. Near Mint-
Features Robinson on vocals, guitar, and steel guitar! 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
Krazy Kat (UK), Mid 40s-Early 50s. Near Mint-
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Jimmy Wilson

Trouble In My House
Diving Duck (Netherlands), 1950s. Very Good+
Obscure postwar west coast blues from Jimmy Wilson – titles that include "Lemon Squeezer", "Call Me A Hound Dog", "Easy Easy Baby", "Blues In The Alley", "Oh Red", "Trouble In My House", "I've Found Out", and "Every ... LP, Vinyl record album

Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Okie Dokie Stomper
Peacock/ABC (Japan), 1940s/1950s. Near Mint-
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Atlantic, Early 60s. Very Good+
One of the great documents Alan Lomax put together for Atlantic records in the 60s in his Southern Folk Heritage series, featuring ethnographic recordings of rural black music. While the title of this album says it's the "roots" of the blues, there's no shortage of straight up country ... LP, Vinyl record album

Albert Collins

Compleat Albert Collins
Imperial, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Funky blues from Albert – recorded in Nashville with a nice raw groove! The tracks are about half vocal and half instrumental – but the real standout star of the album is Albert's guitar, which is played here with a raw raspy quality that cuts through just about any sort of arrangement. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson & The Muse Allstars

Live At Sandy's – Hold It Right There!
Muse, 1978. Near Mint-
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Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. Very Good+
Wonderful work from the young Bill Broonzy – exactly the sort of sides that made him a legend right from the start – full of personality and a sort of special spark that few of his contemporaries could match! Bill's got a very confident approach here – a "bigness" that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Big Joe Williams

Piney Woods Blues
Delmar, 1960. Near Mint-
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Bluesway, Late 60s. Very Good
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. Near Mint-
Featuring Henry Townsend, Charley Jordan, Hi Henry Brown, Georgia Boyd, Joe Stone, and Peetie Wheatstraw. LP, Vinyl record album
Biograph, 1964. Near Mint-
Titles include "Worried Blues", "Special Rider Blues", "Drunken Spree", "Catfish", "Illinois Blues" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

Mississippi Fred McDowell & Annie Mae McDowell

My Home Is In The Delta (second cover)
Testament, 1963/1964. Near Mint-
Vintage work from Mississippi Fred McDowell – an album recorded in the mid 60s, but with a feel that's pretty darn timeless overall! Fred sings and plays guitar – the latter often with a cool bottleneck style that slides up and down in a very cool way – matching the energy of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee/Coyal McMahan

Get On Board (10-inch)
Folkways, 1952. Very Good
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Checker, 1966. Very Good
Big blues from Little Milton, recorded with a mighty big sound as well – thanks to the cool criss-crossing of soul and blues that was going down at Chess Records in the 60s! Milton's got this raw, raspy style in his voice – a nasty edge that mixes perfectly with his own sharp guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album
Earl Archives, Late 30s/Early 40s. Near Mint-
Featuring Joshua Altheimer, Blind John Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
Diving Duck (Netherlands), Late 50s. Near Mint-
That's a great cover photo of the Flash Records store in LA – and the set features material issued both on the Flash label and the Pull label – including a few unissued tracks! Artists include Guitar Shorty, Frank Patt, and a full side of work by Gus Jenkins & His Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album
Topline (UK), 1960s/1970s. Very Good+
Features "Dusty By Broom" by Elmore James, "I Wish You Would" by Billy Boy Arnold, "Thug" Lowell Fulson, "Crawl" by Guitar Junior, "Honky Tonk" by Jerry McCain, "Born Under A Bad Sign" by Albert King, "Hideaway" by Shuggie Otis, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Origin Jazz Library, Mid 20s-1930s. Near Mint-
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John Lee Hooker

Mad Man Blues
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
A massive collection of John Lee Hooker work for Chess Records – with titles that include "Ground Hog Blues", "Down At The Landing", "Louise", "Walkin The Boogie", "Worried Life Blues", "Hey Boogie", "You Know I Know", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Muddy Waters

Electric Mud
Cadet, 1968. Sealed Gatefold
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album

T Bone Walker

T Bone Blues
Atlantic, Early 60s. Near Mint-
Later work from T-Bone, but very much in the style of his best R&B work! The album features small group backings that do the best to bring out the jazzier side of T-Bone's style – one that was a direct influence on countless jazz funk guitarists in later years – and players include ... LP, Vinyl record album

Muddy Waters

Fathers & Sons
Chess, 1969. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
One of the biggest albums of Muddy Waters' career – a key crossover effort that has Waters as the "father" working with "sons" Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield! The style here is still quite rootsy overall – and the double-length session features one album ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 03, 2020


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