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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

Percy Mayfield

Walking On A Tightrope
Brunswick/Demon (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mance Lipscomb

Navasota
Sunset Blvd, 1972. New Copy 2CD
Rare live work from the great Mance Lipscomb – most of it from that early 60s time when his music was being discovered by a larger audience from the first time ever! Mance was born in 1895 – but as the notes point out, he never got the chance to make records during the early 78rpm ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
More than a decade's worth of work from the mighty Eddie Kirkland – a Detroit singer and guitarist who came up on the same scene as John Lee Hooker, but whose style was maybe even more urban and electric overall! Kirkland's sometimes eclipsed by his work with Hooker – partly because he ... 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
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
A great look at the mighty talents of Leroy Kirkland – not much of a lead star on his own, but a fantastic force in the worlds of soul, blues, and R&B in the postwar years! Leroy's one of these guys who really starts to show up when you pay attention to credits on older singles – a ... CD
Chess/Traffic, Early 50s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
A classic full album that brings together some of Muddy Waters' earliest recordings for Chess – a great collection of early singles recorded in Chicago between 1950 and 1954 – most originally issued on 78rpm singles, and beautifully presented in this set! The work's relatively spare ... CD

Muddy Waters

After The Rain
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A gem of a record from the funk-heavy period of Muddy Waters – a moment that once made the traditional blues fans mad, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend – thanks to a real criss-crossing of Chicago talents in the studio! The set was co-produced by Chess Records talents ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tangerine/4 Men With Beards, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
Sure, you've got other Lightnin Hopkins CDs back home in your collection – but this set is will pretty darn essential – as it features a whopping 57 songs in all, including 37 unreleased tracks, and other material that's hard to find on CD! CD1 features some of Hopkins' best work of ... CD
Home Of The Blues/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy
Great work from the Memphis scene of the early 60s, served up here by one of the city's smaller independent labels – not Stax, Sun, or Hi Records – but the much smaller Home Of The Blues, an important imprint who helped bridge the worlds of R&B and soul at the start of the 60s! At ... LP, Vinyl record album
Think (Japan), 1960s. New Copy
A funky little collection, and one that's got way more going on than just the blues 45s mentioned in the title – as the cuts here include some great instrumentals and soulful work as well! We loved the previous volumes in this series, and this one is every bit as smoking – a mix of ... CD

Memphis Slim & Canned Heat

Memphis Heat (blue vinyl pressing)
LMLR (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Canned Heat recorded famously with John Lee Hooker during their years on Liberty Records – but here, the blues group is in very different territory – as they work with lead vocals and piano from Memphis Slim, in a Memphis-based setting that also features added work from The Memphis ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mississippi John Hurt

Mr Hurt Goes To Washington
Sunset Blvd, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Really great later recordings from Mississippi John Hurt – recorded in Washington DC, hence the title – and done in this stripped-down mode that really captures Hurt at his best! The tracks were all recorded for the Library Of Congress, mostly on the stage of the Coolidge Auditorium, ... CD
Think (Japan), 1960s. New Copy
Blues 45s – but material that's also pretty close to the funky 45 spirit of the 60s too – given that most of these cuts have a pretty raw groove! The blues element usually comes from a guitar or harmonica element, or a way of vocal phrasing – but much of the background ... 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
Excello/Americana Anthropology, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A classic album from the mighty Slim Harpo, and one that definitely lives up to the "scratch" in the title! That scratch is present strongly in the rhythms – which have this skittish style that's really a precursor to funk, although a lot more rootsy overall – almost Slim's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Turner

Boss Is Back
Sunset Blvd, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD
A very hip collection of work from the great Joe Turner – material that hasn't been easily issued elsewhere, and which fills in a key chapter of Joe's career! CD1 features vintage material, and is heavy on work from the postwar years, but before Turner rose to a second wave of fame on ... CD

Reverend Gary Davis

Let Us Get Together
Sunset Blvd, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Two rare concert performances from the Reverend Gary Davis – both from a time when his talents were finally getting the exposure they deserved, and presented in stunning showcases like this! CD1 features a performance from Portland, in 1969 – recorded with a gritty edge, but a great ... 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

RL Burnside

Bothered Mind
Fat Possum, 2004. New Copy
Gritty revival blues from RL Burnside – and a record that really broke his music into a wider audience! Of course, it helps that the set features guest appearances from Kid Rock and Lyrics Born – the latter we enjoy more than the former – but the overall vibe is still very much ... 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
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
Arhoolie, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
A rare one from TX blues great Melvin "Lil Son" Jackson – massively influential, though! Lil Son has a kind of relaxed vocal style, not as gritty as some of the other southern acoustic blues figures of the period, be they fellow Texans or from elsewhere – but that voice ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Jimmy Reed rocks, there's no doubt about that – and classic work like the cuts in this set had a key impact on all the new styles brewing up at the end of the 50s – in a moment that made Jimmy Reed way more than just another urban blues singer at the time! The key to Reed's groove is ... CD

Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Clarence Gatemouth Brown Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy
Tremendous work from Clarence Gatemouth Brown – a postwar guitarist who was big on the Texas scene, but who had the modern flair and jazzy swinging groove of some of his contemporaries who'd left for the west coast! All the work here is from the early years of the Peacock Records label, and ... CD

Abner Jay

Folk Song Stylist
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A great overview of the work of Abner Jay – as much of a blues singer as the folk artist promised on the cover – working here in a stunning array of styles, pulled from a variety of recordings he made in the late 60s and early 70s! It's clear that Jay is one of those talents who was ... LP, Vinyl record album

Homesick James/Cousin Leroy

Down Home Blues From Chicago To New York
Jasmine (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
A great split set of recordings – one that brings together a good deal of rare material from both the artists on the cover! The set begins with important Chicago recordings from Homesick James – great electrified work, but often with a quality that still echoes some of the rural roots ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A pair of albums from the legendary Shakey Jake – with bonus tracks too! First up is Good Times – a stunner from Shakey Jake – and a set that's got a surprising jazz element as well – given that the singer/harmonicist works here with Jack McDuff on Hammond and Bill Jennings ... CD

Bob Gaddy/Larry Dale/Brownie McGhee

Kings Of New York Blues 1952 to 1960
Jasmine (UK), 1950s. New Copy
A really well-done dip into the New York City blues scene of the 50s – one that presents a wealth of work we might not have heard otherwise, pulled from labels that include Old Town, Harlem, Jax, Wing, Dog, and Groove! There's a nice mix of material here that really shows the way the city ... CD
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy
Not really famous, but gritty & grooving bluesy gospel soul from Famous L Renfroe – and artist who might even be more mysterious to us after hearing the record! The Flying Sweet Angel Of Joy is kind of a dreamlike mix of impassioned vocals, electric guitar and bass, with some drums. ... CD

Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry/Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo Diddley

Two Great Guitars/Super Super Blues Band
Chess/BGO (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy
A pair of amazing all-star albums from Chess Records – back to back on a single CD! First up is Two Great Guitars – in which Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry come together in a really unique album for Chess Records in the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given all the groundbreaking ... CD

T Bone Walker

Very Rare
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy
Very rare, indeed – a late set from the legendary T Bone Walker, and one that brings in some great currents of soul, jazz, and funk that really help push his music forward! The album's maybe a bit like some of the funkier albums on Chess/Cadet at the same time – in that an older talent ... 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
Chess/Traffic, 1950s/1960s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
A late 60s album on Chess Records – but one that serves to bring together all the best early work that Muddy Waters did for the label – including lots of original 45s and 78s! The range of music is really wonderful – the kind of tracks that first got Waters noticed in the first ... CD

Muddy Waters

Can't Get No Grindin
Chess/Traffic, 1973. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
Muddy Waters can't get no grinding – but that's hardly a problem, given the strength of this sweet early 70s set! The album marks Muddy's return to more basic Chicago blues after his funky electric period on Chess – but the set's still got some of the trippier touches of a few years ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A deep look at a blues scene that doesn't always get its due – music not from Chicago, Memphis, or various points south – but some nicely gritty tracks that were cut in New York during the postwar years! Despite New York's fame as a hub of jazz, soul, and other styles – the city ... CD

Magic Sam, Luther Allison, Big Mojo, & Others

Sweet Home Chicago
Delmark, Late 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Memphis Slim

South Side Reunion
Warner, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold
Slim may have "Memphis" in his name, but the set's a reunion with southside Chicago players Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – recorded in France in 1970, when the players were backing up the Rolling Stones on tour! The album also features AC Reed and Jimmy Conley on saxes – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
United/Pearl, Mid 50s. Near Mint-
Not the Candid album with a similar title, but a great set of 50s material that Memphis Slim cut for the United Records label in Chicago – many previously unissued – in a small group with Matt Murphy on guitar! Titles include "Slim Was Just Kiddin", "She's Allright" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Screamin' Jay Hawkins & Lillian Briggs

Screamin' Jay Hawkins & Lillian Briggs
Coronet, 1962. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Lynn White

Love & Happiness
Waylo, 1987. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Lynn White

Blues In My Bedroom
Waylo, 1982. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Percy Mayfield

Best Of Percy Mayfield
Specialty, 1950s. Sealed
A nice collection of Percy's classic work for Specialty Records from the 50s – issued here in a full LP package from 1970, when Percy was enjoying a bit of a revival. The work's a strong batch of tunes with a sophisticated smooth and bluesy feel – clearly a strong percursor to soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA, 1983. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas Flood
Epic, 1983. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Blue Bland

Dreamer
ABC, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold
Sure it's not his Duke recordings, and sure, the sound's a bit 70s-ish – but Bobby's voice is always fantastic, and he still sounds great in this smooth batch of tracks recorded in LA. Backings were arranged and conducted by Michael Omartian – but it's Bobby's vocals that really make ... LP, Vinyl record album
ABC, 1965. Very Good+
An excellent set by BB King – one of his best from the 60s, and a smoking live set recorded at Chicago's legendary Regal Theatre! The enthusiasm at the venue shows that BB's Memphis-honed style is a perfect fit for the electrified Chicago sound of the 60s – and the recording really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chess/Festival, 1950s/1960s. Sealed
Includes work by Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lowell Fulsom, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Memphis Slim. LP, Vinyl record album
Souffle, Late 50s. Near Mint-
A collection of early work from Buster Brown – with titles that "Madison Shuffle", "John Henry", "Sincerely", "Going On A Picnic", "Corena", "Don't Dog Your Woman", and "I'm Going But I'll Be Back". LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 20, 2022


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