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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!


Arhoolie, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
Raw North Mississippi blues from Fred McDowell – some of best of the 60s – or any other era! Recorded on portable equipment in 1964 and 1965 sessions in Como and Holy Springs, MS and Berkeley, CA – and capturing the buzz of his guitar and grain in his voice so beautifully! A ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A stunning little record from the great Otis Rush – one recorded in Paris, but with the feel of a smoky backroom in some tiny club on the south side of Chicago! Rush is at his best here – perfect on both guitar and vocals, with a focus and rawness that even blows away some of his ... CD

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
Yazoo, Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. New Copy (reissue)
Blues from the delta, beautifully compiled by the folks at Yazoo – in a classic collection that shows why they've always been one of the most trusted sources for music like this! The package really expands strongly on the sounds of Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson – both of whom are ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

On The Waterfront
Wand, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique album from the great John Lee Hooker – done for the mostly-soul Wand Records label, and with a feel that's quite different than some of Hooker's other records! There's a distinctly jazzy undercurrent running through the record at times – sometimes with some moody, ... 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

Howlin Wolf

Change My Way
Chess/Traffic, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
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
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
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
A pair of late 60s gems from the bluesy singer Junior Parker – back to back on a single CD! Like It Is features standout soul from the great Junior Parker – a singer who started out in blues, and already had a big legacy of music for Sun and Duke Records by the time of this Mercury set ... CD

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

Working Man Blues
Sunset Blvd, 1961/1974/1980. New Copy 2CD
A trio of different slices of work from this legendary blues duo – all material that goes way past some of the obvious reissues on the market! The first quarter of the set features the rare album You Hear Me Talkin – originally cut for the Choice Records label in 1961 – done with ... CD
Mississippi, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The mighty Alan Lomax has maybe done more to document rural American music in the 20th century than anyone else – most famously for a midcentury series of recordings for the Library Of Congress and Folkways Records, which established Lomax as having an incredible ear for lesser-heard sounds ... 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

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

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

Roosevelt Sykes

Music Is My Business
Blue Labor/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy
An obscure 70s album from the legendary Roosevelt Sykes – but a set that captures the singer and pianist at the height of his powers! The format here is very stripped-down – often just a focus on Sykes himself, with the occasional addition of a bit of guitar from Louisiana Red or ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
Sutro Park, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Mississippi blues singer and bottleneck guitar great Fred McDowell is joined by his wife Annie Mae and singers Fannie Davis, Grace Bowden and James Collins – the Hunter's Chapel Singers of Como, Mississippi – on a great set of spiritual material that's just as rawly emotional as his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue)
Key work from Blind Willie Johnson – a singer who only recorded for a few short years, but who left behind a tremendous legacy of music! Willie's got this unusual froggy style of singing that's unlike anyone else we've heard – except for maybe Clarence Henry – and it mixes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy
At the time of this set, Magic Slim called Chicago his home – but the title may well be apt, as the set was recorded overseas in the Barclay Studios in Paris, at a time when Slim was hitting the highway to reach a wide global audience with his music! Despite that displacement, though, there's ... CD

Jessie Mae Hemphill

Run Get My Shotgun
Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess, 1989. New Copy
Jessie Mae Hemphill might look like an 80s blues artist on the cover, but the record's got a much more vintage vibe – as the set features field recordings done on New Years Eve in 1989, with Jessie Mae singing in a style that seems geared to ring in the year with the ghosts of the past! The ... 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
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. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fred McDowell

Alan Lomax Recordings
Mississippi, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
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

Muddy Waters

Mud In Your Ear
Muse, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Muddy Waters' band meets the vocals and guitar of Luther Snake Johnson – in a sweet little set that's almost a double-header, given the talent on deck! The material's got a gritty feel that's right up there with Muddy's best for Chess – and the group features Mojo Buford on harmonica, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddy King/Lula Reed/Sonny Thompson

Boy Girl Boy
King, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 12.98
Two guys, one gal, and a heck of a lot of great R&B material from the King Records catalog! The set features Lula Reed on vocals on all tracks – belting things out in that massively soulful style that makes her own work so wonderful – accompanied by mighty guitar from Freddy King, ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker/Sticks McGhee

Highway Of The Blues
Audio Lab, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 12.98
Rare King Records material from these two postwar blues greats – each of whom get a single side of the record! Sticks McGhee really shines on side one – with that playful, jazzy approach to blues that he used on his late 40s recordings for Atlantic – almost somewhere in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
King, Early 60s. New Copy
Killer early material from Freddy King – a blues album, but one that's also got a strong resonance with instrumental soul and early funk! The record is "Strictly Instrumental" – as the cover says – and a nice batch of short bluesy groovers that feature Freddy's great ... CD
Arhoolie, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
A gem of a record from the legendary Lightnin Hopkins – a set that adds in just a bit of extra instrumentation, including drums from Spider Kilpatrick on a few cuts, and additional bass and drums on a few more – all with a vibe that adds a slight extra kick to the Hopkins groove, but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mighty Joe Young

Bluesy Josephine
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A really fantastic record from Chicago legend Mighty Joe Young – and one that really breaks the mold of the usual blues records of the time, as the tracks are all quite long, and really spin out with these long solos that beautifully demonstrates Joe's strength on guitar! We've heard Joe ... CD

Roosevelt Sykes

Music Is My Business
Blue Labor/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy
An obscure 70s album from the legendary Roosevelt Sykes – but a set that captures the singer and pianist at the height of his powers! The format here is very stripped-down – often just a focus on Sykes himself, with the occasional addition of a bit of guitar from Louisiana Red or ... 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

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
Ace (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A very cool volume of this excellent series of Louisiana sounds – one that mixes rare and unreleased tracks from the late 50s from equally great 70s sounds – all with a unified bluesy groove that really makes the whole thing come together nicely! The 70s tracks have a style that's much ... 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
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

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

Willie Mabon

Shake That Thing
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (France), 1973. New Copy
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago ... CD

Lefty Dizz with Johnny Big Moose Walker

Chicago Blues Festival 1979 (with bonus tracks)
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
One of the first recordings to ever feature Lefty Dizz in the lead – done at a time when the singer/guitarist was a young star on the Chicago scene, but getting some key exposure here, thanks to an overseas recordings! Lefty's as great as you might guess from his name – a strong ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A set that was actually recorded in France, many years before the start of the Chicago Blues Festival – but with a great Windy City group that includes Eddie Taylor and Louis Myers on guitars, David Myers on bass, and Fred Bellow on drums – all of whom ensure that there's a great ... CD

Jimmy Dawkins & Big Voice Odom

Jimmy Dawkins/Big Voice Odom (with bonus tracks)
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A killer set – one that not only features vocals from Jimmy Dawkins on one half, and vocals from Big Voice Odom on the other – but which also includes some great guitar from the mighty Otis Rush! Rush is fantastic, twisting around Jimmy's own guitar, which is pretty darn great too ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970/1973. New Copy
Great work from this Chicago group – material recorded in France, but which wails with the best sound of the small blues clubs on the south side at the time! The core group features Louis Myers on guitar and harmonica, Dave Myers on bass, and Fred Below on drums – joined by Eddie ... CD
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
Arhoolie, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Delta blues, recorded right near their source – an early Mississippi recording by Arhoolie Records – one that captures Mississippi Fred McDowell at his best! Fred's mostly on acoustic guitar, alongside his tremendous vocals – really stretched-out, well-inflected lyrics that could ... 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
ABC/Geffen, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
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

John Lee Hooker

That's Where It's At!
Stax, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic pairing of soulful talents – the legendary John Lee Hooker on the mighty Stax Records – in a set that's a real standout in the career of both! The vibe here is different than the usual sound of Stax – not a Memphis-ized John Lee Hooker, but instead the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 21, 2021


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