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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!


Sounder
Columbia/Varese, 1972. New Copy
One of the rootsiest albums ever recorded by Taj Mahal – a set that begins with a song by Lightnin Hopkins, then seems to have Taj echoing a lot of the spareness of that work! The film's set in the 30s, and the music is very rootsy rural blues – with just Taj Mahal on vocals, steel-bodi ... CD
Case Quarter, 1970s. New Copy
Really raw work by Reverend Charlie Jackson – gospel in subject, but delivered in a style that's much more blues overall – thanks to a stripped-down presentation, and lots of electric guitar from the man himself! The Rev comes across here like some cat recorded out at a juke joint in ... CD
Think (Japan), 1960s. New Copy
A killer collection of rare blues material – and one that's pretty darn funky at times too! The set dives deep into the very underground world of the blues 45 – not the previous scene of rare 78rpm recordings that have been documented heavily for decades – but the later ... CD
Vanguard/Craft, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
We love our Buddy Guy here in Chicago – and this set cut for Vanguard, one of his first full solo albums with his own band will always be a favorite! Buddy's late 60s sound was as charismatic as he'd always be, but there's an understated approach to his lead that's really wonderful, and hits ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Super Super Blues Band (colored vinyl pressing)
Checker/Jackpot, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, 1964. New Copy
One of the most legendary bluesmen of the early 78rpm generation – heard here in a wonderfully-recorded set from 1964! The session came at a time when Skip James was hardly getting any mainstream attention, but had been rediscovered by a younger generation – which led to the fledgling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth ... CD
Chess/Elemental (Spain), 1965. New Copy
A mid-60s smoker from the great Bo Diddley – a set that's maybe more obscure than some of his initial classics, but equally great! Bo's completely on fire right from the start – fast-riffing his guitar with that rhythm he invented, and which bore his name for decades to come – ... CD
Chess, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
About as pure as you can get for John Lee Hooker – a classic set of cuts for Chess, recorded with a feel that's almost folksy at times! The guitar has a raw edge that goes way back to the delta – and the overall approach is much more gritty than even some of Hooker's labelmates at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Found Love
Vee Jay, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal work from the legendary Jimmy Reed – spare and bluesy numbers that were some of the best work coming out of Chicago at the time! There's a snapping quality to the rhythms here that was a keen inspiration to generations of better-known artists – and in a way, it's amazing to go ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Magic
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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
Dust To Digital, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 3CD, DVD & Book
A really fantastic little package – one that presents a key look at the farther reaches of Mississippi in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – served up in rare photographs, essays, readings, films, and a great batch of music all collected by William Ferris! Starting in the mid 60s, Ferris sought ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 17CD, LP & Book
One of the most expensive box sets you'll ever hope to own – but a package that's totally worth it, too – as a huge document of the sublime early years of the great BB King! King hit the mainstream big in the late 60s with his classic recordings for ABC, and a lot more in the 70s for ... CD
After The Rain
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Muddy's grooving hard and funky – with help from Cadet studio funksters like Charles Stepney, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, and Morris Jennings – one of the best ever of the once oft-maligned, now oft-beloved funk era Chess/Cadet albums! After The Rain has more of Muddy's classic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dust To Digital, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A really fantastic little package – one that presents a key look at the farther reaches of Mississippi in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – served up in a great batch of music all collected by William Ferris! Starting in the mid 60s, Ferris sought to document the disappearing scene around him ... LP, Vinyl record album
Meet Me In The City
Fat Possum, 1990s. New Copy
Raw, intimate Junior Kimbrough recordings, mostly from the early 90s, a number of which were recorded at home – and for the all hiss and murk of the recording quality, the intimacy and realness of the voice, guitar and the man's presence alone make up for it! Spare, lonely blues from Junior ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Mississippi, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Excellent work from Jesse Mae Hemphill – a female blues talent who lay undiscovered for many years in Mississippi, then burst forth late in her life with a fantastic run of sounds like this! Most of the tunes are relatively spare – with Jessie Mae playing electric guitar in these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's a killer collection of rural blues, with a legacy that goes way beyond the glory days of the genre in the 20s and 30s! The collection's a great one from Mississippi – exactly the kind of pre-LP material that the label's been ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, Late 70s. New Copy
Amazing blues from the Georgia scene of the 70s – music that hardly feels like other versions of the genre coming out at the time – partly thanks to the raw recording quality of these tracks! Most of the music features just a singer and guitar – sometimes just one or the other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delmark, 1968. New Copy 2LP
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vanguard/Craft, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A great early album from Junior Wells – and one that really opens up that more soulful side of his talents that was becoming a Chicago hallmark at the time! The set was produced by Samuel Charters, but has none of the rootsy vibe of his earlier work on Folkways – and instead matches ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, 1962/1967. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic recordings of the legendary Furry Lewis – a musician who may be pictured in a bathrobe on the front cover, but who comes across with all the sharp edges and bold tones of his classic work! The material is part of that legendary George Mitchell series of blues recordings, and may ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy
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 ... CD
Southside Blues Jam
Delmark, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible slice of Chicago blues – and maybe one of the most important contributions Delmark ever made to the Windy City scene! The album captures Junior Wells in all his rough and raw brilliance – working in territory that's quite similar to the Chess Records vibe of the early 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Line (Germany), 1980. New Copy 2CD
A searing live set from Albert Collins – recorded overseas at the start of the 80s, and with an edge that may well beat most of his American records from the time! The well-recorded date captures Collins at his best in all elements – as a guitarist, singer, and even as an entertainer ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- 4LPs
A beautiful Japanese collection – with tracks by JT Brown, Eddie Boyd, Floyd Jones, Johnny Shines, Homesick James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Little Brother Montgomery, Baby Face Leroy, JB Lenoir, Big Walter Horton, Ricky Allen, Fenton Robinson, Lonnie Brooks, Earl Hooker, and many more! LP, Vinyl record album
Stickshift
Teardrop, 1982. Very Good+
A nice small label set from Chicago – with vocals on one side by Jimmy Rogers, and vocals on the other by Hip Linkchain! LP, Vinyl record album
Forever, Late 50s. Very Good+
Includes tracks by Gene Allison, Bobby Marchan, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, Jimmy McCracklin, Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, Little Walter, Lowell Fulson, and Sonny Boy Williamson! LP, Vinyl record album
Lightnin (Poppy – 2LP set)
Poppy, Mid 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
Titles include "Mojo Hand (parts 1 & 2)", "Hello Central", "Black & Evil", "I Hear You Callin", "Annie's Blues", "Trouble In Mind", "One Kind Favor", "Hold Up Your Hand", "My Starter Won't Start This ... LP, Vinyl record album
Super Blues
Chess, 1967. Very Good+
A Chicago blues trifecta – and the first time ever that Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Waters ever worked together! The set's got a raw power that definitely lives up to the title – a wicked mix of raw guitars, rough rhythms, and some wonderfully soulful vocals – all served ... LP, Vinyl record album
Parrall, Late 70s. Very Good+
Albert's playing live here – in case you can't guess from the title – at an unspecified "blues festival", in an odd little album that's issued without any real notes or details on the set – the only record we've seen on the Chicago-based Parrall label. Tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album
Two Steps From The Blues
Duke, 1961. Very Good+
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cleo (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Very Good+
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Together For The First Time – Live
ABC, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
A mid 70s meeting of two seminal blues talents from the Memphis scene – singer Bobby Blue Bland, and legendary guitarist BB King! The pair were both working for ABC at the time – major label fame after years woodshedding in the indies – and hitting well-deserved fame for their ... LP, Vinyl record album
ABC Collection
ABC, 1976. Very Good+
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Playing For Keeps
Malaco, 1984. Very Good+
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Red Hot Boogie
Krazy Kat (UK), 1950s. Very Good+
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Screamin Blues
Soul Parade/Pickwick, 1970s. Very Good+
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Magpie (UK), 1930s. Near Mint-
Includes work by Lee Green, Monkey Joe, Eddie Morgan, Pine Top Sparks, Eddie Miller, Black Bob, and Pigmeat Terry! LP, Vinyl record album
Mobile Fidelity/Buddah, 1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
Not just straight blues, but a nice later appearance of some key postwar artists too – a the album features work by BB King, Arthur Crudup, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Muddy Waters, Lloyd Glenn, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Big Mama Thorton! LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1955. Very Good+
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Elko/P-Vine (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- 2LP
Rare blues from the west coast Elko Records label – brought together here in a mighty nice Japanese collection! Features work by Big Son Tillis, JD Nicholson, George Smith, Willie Egans, Mac Willis, Jesse Fuller, Smokey Hogg, Elmon Mickle, Philip Walker, Jimmy Nolen, and even an unknown ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trash Talkin'
Imperial, 1969. Near Mint-
Fantastic early work from Albert Collins – almost as much of a funk album as a blues one! This set's not really funky in the same sense as many of Collins' contemporaries in the soul scene of the time – but it's got some great funky elements, especially in the drums and guitar, which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excello, Early 60s. Near Mint-
Stunning work from Lightnin Slim – the kind of record that only features a handful of elements, but makes them come across with a heck of a lot of power right from the very first note! Slim plays a mighty loose electric guitar – full of twists and turns, and some great grooves too ... LP, Vinyl record album
On Tap
Delmark, 1974. Near Mint-
Classic work from Junior Wells – in a combo with AC Reed on tenor, Charles Miles on alto, Phillip Guy on guitar, and Johnny Walker on organ and piano! 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
Folkways, 1951. Used
Field recordings done by John Lomax, Pete Seeger, and others – recorded in 1951 at Ramsey and Retrieve State Farms, in Texas. LP, Vinyl record album
Blind Willie Johnson 1927 to 1930
RBF/Folkways, Late 20s. Used
A great LP collection of early 78rpm recordings by Blind Willie Johnson – put together by Samuel Charters! LP, Vinyl record album
My Jug & I
Tangerine, Early 60s. Used
A lost gem on Ray Charles' Tangerine label – a session of R&B tracks from 50s legend Percy Mayfield, updated nicely for the 60s! The approach is similar to that used in some of Ray's work of the time – bigger backings with some nice jazzy touches – but the vocals are rootsier ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated January 19, 2019


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