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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!


Jazz Line (Germany), 1977. New Copy 2CD
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
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
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
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, 1963. New Copy
A fantastic rediscovery of the great Bukka White – material recorded in 1963 by a young John Fahey and Ed Denson, who'd do a lot to revive White's career with their later release of his work on Takoma Records! These tracks are all live, recorded in Berkley in a nicely loose setting – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, 1964. New Copy
Rare recordings of delta blues legend Mississippi John Hurt – captured solo and beautifully well on 3 dates in late 1964, recorded by Gene Rosenthal – with Hurt's distinctive way of a somehow gentle melodic acoustic blues guitar sound, coming from hard-strummed and plucked strings as ... 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
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

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

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
Chess, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
Classic raspy vocals from the legendary Howlin Wolf – singing here in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Sundazed, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A funky bit of blues from Otis Rush – the guitarist's debut album, and a surprisingly great batch of tracks recorded at Fame Studios! Production is by Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites, who are clearly going for more of a crossover sound than Rick Hall might have given the set – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Arhoolie, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Delta blues, recorded right near their source – an early southern 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
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

Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo Diddley

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

Little Milton

Annie Mae's Cafe
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy
Great work from a time when Little Milton was really reviving his sound – at times almost going back to the mix of soul and blues in his roots, but in a different style than at Chess – thanks to the production style of Malaco Records! The label's warm southern glow is just right for ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
Skip the "rock" in the title, because this set is pure blues all the way through – filled with rare treasures from those years when the electric guitar first started dominating the music – with a heady sound that rang from the Chicago scene down to Texas – and all the ... CD

Little Junior Parker

Little Junior Parker Rocks
Duke/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
Hard-wailing work from the mighty Junior Parker – the singer raised in Memphis, matured in Texas – and a huge force in the transition from blues to soul at the start of the 60s! As you'd guess by the title, the set brings together all Junior's harder-hitting numbers – work ... CD
Nighthawk/Omnivore, 1973. New Copy
A never-issued live performance from the great Johnny Shines – best known for his work on the Chicago scene in the 50s, but heard here in a fantastic recording that was done in a St Louis chapel during the early 70s! The sound quality is amazing – and although most tracks just feature ... CD
Yazoo, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue)
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy
Important work from Memphis blues legend Joe Hill Louis – a key postwar figure who was mostly known in the clubs for his act as a one-man band, but who also recorded often during the early years of Sun Records too! In fact, the work here is quite different than any sort of gimmick you might ... 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
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

Champion Jack Dupree

Champion Jack Dupree – Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy
The title certainly gets it right – because although Champion Jack Dupree recorded some rootsier blues in his time, the music here is all pretty upbeat and rocking – and includes a fair bit of unissued titles recorded for RCA's Groove and Vik labels in the 50s! The set begins with a ... 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

Taj Mahal/Lightnin Hopkins

Sounder
Columbia/Varese, 1972. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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
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

Lowell Fulsom

Tramp Years
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 18.99
Funky blues from the great Lowell Fulsom! Lowell's best known to the world for his classic "Tramp", a tight funky number that virtually created a whole subgenre of soul, as Otis Redding and Joe Tex were quick to cut answer records to cash in on the action. Nobody could beat Lowell's ... CD

Brother John Sellers

Big Boat Up The River
Monitor, Early 60s. Very Good+
One of the hippest albums from Brother John Sellers – thanks to work from a combo that features Mickey Baker on guitar, Ernest Hayes on piano, and Haywood Henry on flute and tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Historical, Early 20s. Near Mint-
Rare material from the early 78rpm blues years – work by Mississippi John Hurt, Mr Freddie Spruell, Ki Ki Johnson, Blind Bobby Baker, Willie Reed, Sluefoot Joe, and Frenchy's String Band! LP, Vinyl record album

Lonnie Johnson

Blues Of Lonnie Johnson
Swaggie (Australia), Late 30s. Near Mint-
Early material recorded in Chicago and New York – the Chicago sides solo, the New York titles with Roosevelt Sykes on piano! LP, Vinyl record album

Nighthawks

Nighthawks
Mercury, 1980. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Junior Wells

Coming At You
Vanguard, 1968. Very Good
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

Willie Dixon

I Am The Blues
Columbia, 1970. Near Mint-
A long-overdue recognition of the blues contributions of Willie Dixon – a set that pulls him out of the indie ghetto and pushes him firmly into the mainstream with this key release on Columbia Records! Yet despite that placement, the style is nicely down home – a strong recreation of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Albert King

Lost Session
Stax, 1986. Very Good
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Bluesway, Late 60s. Near Mint-
BB King at his late 60s best – working here in the company of producers Johnny Pate and Quincy Jones, and serving up a great blend of blues and soul in the process! The set's less a "best of", than a collection of ABC work that doesn't seem to be on the other full albums of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
ABC, 1971. Very Good Gatefold
BB King in London – not playing live, but working in the studio with a host of British musicians he'd inspired over the years! The lineup varies from track to track, giving a nice sort of variety to the album – and the overall feel is a bit like some of the Chess London sessions of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Louis Walker

Gift
Hightone, 1988. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. Very Good+
Titles include "You So Dumb", "No Good Woman", "Highway 61 Blues", "The Way I Feel Blues", "Kelly's 44 Blues", "Kelly's Special", "As True As I've Been To You", and "Mr Syke's Blues". Also features "Barrel Of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Homesick James

Country Blues
Blues On Blues, Early 70s. Very Good+
Titles include "Set A Day", "Alligator Man", "Workin With Homesick", "Telephone", "I Got To Move", "Unlucky", and "Been Round A Long Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK), Early 50s. Near Mint-
An early vinyl-only collection of postwar blues from Ace – with work from Lightnin Hopkins, Eddie Kirkland, Memphis Slim, Homesick James, Roosevelt Sykes, Buddy Lucas, and Lonnie Johnson! LP, Vinyl record album
Blues Classics, Late 30s/Early 40s. Near Mint-
Features Charlie McCoy, Big Bill Broonzy, and Big Joe Williams on guitar – and Walter Davis on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
Rooster, 1982. Near Mint-
Features Mojo Buford on harmonica and vocals – with Little Smokey Smothers on bass, and Sonny Rogers, Sammy Lawhorn, and Pee Wee Madison on guitars! LP, Vinyl record album

Robert Pete Williams

Free Again
Prestige, 1960. Near Mint-
One of the rootsiest blues albums that Prestige ever recorded – just Robert Pete Williams on vocals and acoustic guitar! LP, Vinyl record album

Son House/JD Short

Delta Blues
Folkways, 1942/1962. Near Mint-
Two generations of blues – presented together here in a classic Folkways package! Side one features Alan Lomax recordings of Son House – done on a trip to the delta in 1942, after Lomax was able to talk Son's boss into giving him the afternoon off, so they could drive to a grocery ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A really well done collection of work recorded by Howlin Wolf for Chess – put together in the early 70s, but featuring sides from the 50s and 60s. The album's got a good set of notes by Pete Welding, and tracks that include "Down In The Bottom", "Forty Four', "My Country ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lightnin Hopkins

Strums The Blues
Score, Early 50s. Near Mint-
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
ABC, 1971. Very Good
BB King live at the Cook County Jail in Chicago – and given the amount of great live shows going on in the institution during the early 70s, the jail must have been one hell of a place to be incarcerated! This classic features BB King entertaining the prisoners with a wickedly sharp blues ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 21, 2019


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