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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!


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
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s/Early 90s. New Copy
A great mix of vintage and later work from Abner Jay – a unique one man band in the best rural blues tradition of the south – and who, like some of the best, doesn't ever use his multi-instrument talent as a gimmick! Instead, Jay works here in a mode that's like a stripped-down combo, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Line (Germany), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs
Well-recorded material from Louisiana Red – a blues musician who really hit his stride in the 70s, but with a style that feels a lot more vintage overall! Red works here with just vocals and guitar – and a bit of harmonica – in a mode that's like the 60s albums on Arhoolie, but ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), 1975/1977. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A pair of ABC Records classics from Bobby Blue Bland – back to back on a single CD! First up is Get On Down – brilliant later work by Bobby Blue Bland – done with backings that are much fuller than on his earlier albums – a mixture of strings and horns that really expand ... 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

Lightnin Hopkins

Strums The Blues
Score/Third Man, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
A late 50s collection of earlier 78rpm singles issued by Aladdin Records – material that's far rawer than the "strums" in the title might imply! At a time when other blues musicians were fleshing things out a bit – sometimes adding in larger backings, horns, and a bit of ... 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
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1966. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
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

Otis Spann

Bottom Of The Blues
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1968. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A raw soul classic from Otis Spann – one of those great late 60s dates from the time when Bob Thiele was producing the Bluesway label for ABC, and really found a way to bring out the best in artists like Otis! Spann had always been great, but there's a bolder, edgier quality here – ... CD
Fire/Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A massive collection of late work from Elmore James – a 3CD set that brings together all of his famous material for Bobby Robinson's Fire Records, plus rare alternate takes, and some unusual bonus material as well! James passed away right after this work was recorded, but he's really on fire ... CD

Jimmy Rogers

Blues, Blues, Blues
Atlantic, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The legendary Jimmy Rogers works here with a whole host of famous guest stars – or "all-stars", as they're listed on the label – a lineup that includes Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Stephen Stills, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Lowell ... LP, Vinyl record album
Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the more obscure Lightning Hopkins albums of the 60s – a very spare session recorded in Los Angeles for the Vault label – but done with a vibe that's like some of Hopkin's earliest material from the 78rpm generation! The only difference is that the recording quality is superb ... LP, Vinyl record album
Third Man, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic document of the first-ever Ann Arbor Blues Festival – the start of a great event that would blossom into other styles of music in the 70s, but which stood as a strong blues-based event in its initial year of 1969! In some ways, the three day series of concerts is a roots answer ... LP, Vinyl record album
Third Man, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic document of the first-ever Ann Arbor Blues Festival – the start of a great event that would blossom into other styles of music in the 70s, but which stood as a strong blues-based event in its initial year of 1969! In some ways, the three day series of concerts is a roots answer ... LP, Vinyl record album
Third Man, 1969. New Copy 2 CDs
A fantastic document of the first-ever Ann Arbor Blues Festival – the start of a great event that would blossom into other styles of music in the 70s, but which stood as a strong blues-based event in its initial year of 1969! In some ways, the three day series of concerts is a roots answer ... 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

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
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
Fat Possum, 1969/1971. New Copy
Rare work from the legendary Honeyboy Edwards – a blues guitarist who was a key force in helping the music make the transition to an electric mode in the 40s – but an artist whose talents were eclipsed by so many others he worked with at the time! This set's got a real back-to-basics ... 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
Fat Possum, 1968. New Copy
Astoundingly strong early recordings by Mississippi blues hero RL Burnside – with violence-tinged songs performed with a clearer, though no less tough voice than we heard on the songs that made him a bit more famous in 1990s! Includes RL's takes on traditionals played on acoustic guitar and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy
Wonderful work from that special place where blues and gospel intersect – where the spirit comes to play with more secular expressions – and the result is something completely sublime! The work here spans the space of a few decades, but is unified by the strong presence of guitar on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Howlin Wolf

Change My Way
Chess/Traffic, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Almost a decade's worth of great work from Howlin Wolf – late 50s and early 60s recordings done for Chess Records in Chicago, nicely packaged up here in an archival series album with full notes on the sessions and music! Nearly all tracks are originals by Wolf – aka Chester Burnett ... 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
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
No rock here – as the set's filled with vintage blues material, all from that time when the Chicago scene was having an especially strong influence on the genre – and players all over where plugging in their guitars, and making a heavy sound that would influence rock music in years to ... 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
Fat Possum, 2000. New Copy
Late work from RL Burnside – done in that raw, raspy style that really helped set fire to the second half of his career! The production and instrumentation show a bit of the attention that Burnside was getting from the indie rock world – but at the core of the record, the vocals and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+
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

Eddie Taylor

Big Town Playboy
Vee Jay/Charly (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint-
Rare Vee Jay Records material from Chicago bluesman Eddie Taylor – featuring Eddie on guitar and vocals, with help from Jimmy Reed on harmonica and guitar, and Johnny Jones on piano! Includes a few unissued tracks, too! LP, Vinyl record album

Fred McDowell

Alan Lomax Recordings
Mississippi, 1959. Near Mint-
The first ever recordings of Mississippi Fred McDowell – the legendary Alan Lomax Recordings – recorded in Como, Mississippi in September of 1959! It includes songs that would be part of his canon for the rest of his career, mostly just his voice and guitar in raw, beautiful, soul-shaki ... LP, Vinyl record album

Furry Lewis

Back On My Feet Again
Prestige/Bluesville, Early 60s. Very Good+
Just the great Furry Lewis – on vocals and guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
Maison De Soul, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint-
An LP collection of earlier material done for the Jin Records label – including an unissued track! Features work from Lil Joe Gordon, Boogie Kings, Otis Smith, Junior Cole, Vel-Tones, Clifton Chenier, Donnie Jacobs, and Margo White! LP, Vinyl record album
Stax, Late 60s. Very Good-
One of the more obscure albums by Albert King – and a surprisingly great little set! Given that the concept – hinted at in the title – has Albert performing songs made famous by Elvis Presley, you might think that the record is a bit of a sell-out, or somewhat gimmicky. But ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bessie Smith

Empress
Columbia, 1920s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo Diddley

Super Super Blues Band
Checker, 1967. Very Good+
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
Folkways, 1968. Very Good+
Wild jawharp work from Sonny Terry – who also sings a bit, and works here in the company of Brownie McGhee on guitar and JC Burris on "bones"! LP, Vinyl record album
Excello, Late 60s. Very Good+
Killer late work from Slim Harpo – with titles that include "Dynamite", "Baby Scratch My Back", "Jody Man", "The Hippy Song", "You Can't Make It", and "The Music's Hot". LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, 1927/1928. Very Good+
Two years might be a short time for any artist to be in their "prime" – but the quality of these sides is so strong, they've supported the reputation of Furry Lewis for many many years! The set features wonderful low-key material recorded for 78s in the years 1927 and 1928 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fire/Charly (UK), Early 60s. Very Good+
A collection of gritty blues recorded for Harlem soul powerhouse Bobby Robinson – originally issued on his Fire, Fury, and Fling labels – and with a few tracks each by Sammy Myers, Johnny Acey, Mighty Joe Young, and Dr Horse – and more by Bobby Long, B Brown & His Rockin Vouts ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

I'm In The Mood
Up Front, Late 60s. Very Good+
Titles include "Baby Lee", "Trouble Blues", "Drug Store Woman", "Frisco Blues", "I'm In The Mood", and "Hobo Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, Mid 50s. Near Mint-
Some of the greatest work ever from this Kansas City singer – material from that 50s stretch when he was reinventing himself as an R&B giant on Atlantic Records – exploding with new energy, and a fair bit of nasty lyrics too! Cuts include "Honey Hush", "Crawdad ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson

Kidney Stew Is Fine
Delmark, Mid 70s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

CJ Chenier & The New Red Hot Louisiana Band

Let Me In Your Heart
Arhoolie, 1988. Near Mint-
Features the great CJ Chenier, still going strong on accordion and vocals – with a raw cajun sound and great small combo backing! LP, Vinyl record album

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Live Alive
Epic, 1986. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Silvertone, 2015. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Monk (Italy), 1960s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Muddy Waters

Electric Mud
Cadet/Third Man, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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
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

T Bone Walker

I Want A Little Girl
Delmark, 1973. Near Mint-
Proof that T-Bone Walker has always had an element of jazz in his music – a set recorded in Paris with Hal Singer on tenor and George Arvanitas on piano – plus bass from the mighty Jackie Samson! LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 28, 2020


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