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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!


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
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
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
Matt Murphy is a hell of a guitarist – one with roots in Memphis, and many years of work on the Chicago electric scene – where he recorded as a key session man during the 50s, on a range of classic tracks you'll hear on this set! In truth, Murphy maybe never got his full due a as a ... 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

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

Lightnin Hopkins

His Blues
Ace (UK), 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy 2CD
A hugely sprawling 2CD collection of spanning the career of the incredible Lightnin Hopkins – from his most beloved years from the late 40s to late 50s – and a quite wonderful collection of numbers from the 60s after he had captured the hearts of the young, idealistic folk crowd of the ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), 1975/1977. New Copy
CD...$9.99 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
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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

Bo Diddley

Big Bad Bo
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported ... 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
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A sweet funky set from the mighty T-Bone Walker – a record that still includes loads of his wickedly sharp guitar lines, but which also gives him a tight groove with electric bass and great drums from the legendary Paul Humphrey! The bottom end here kicks as much as Walker's work on the top ... CD
Arhoolie/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of the earliest albums on Arhoolie Records – an amazing document of steel guitar bluesman Black Ace! Ace plays just like he sits on the cover – really leaning into the instrument in ways that bring out all these cool, deep inflections – completely hypnotizing on their own, ... CD
King/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
Bossa nova and blues? Turns out they're a surprisingly great combination – but not in a mode that's really the more mainstream conception of either – and instead more of that mix of Brazilian rhythms and soul you'd find in early 60s work by The Drifters! The record's a real standout ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1967. New Copy
One of THE all time classics of funky blues – a record built around Lowell's huge single "Tramp" – a massive tune that spawned a whole generation of answer tunes! "Tramp" kicks off the set with a stone break that's worth the price of the album – then Lowell ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy
A lean little set from Jimmy Johnson – recorded in France in the early 80s, but with the feel of an indie set on a small Chicago label from the decade before! Jimmy sings and plays guitar, and has a mighty sly way of working the two together – with a quality that kind of beats some of ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and 60s soul, coming together in a sock-hard style that's much better than a lot of Fulsom's other work for other labels! Arrangements are by Rene Hall and Maxwell Davis – the ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy
The title gets it right here – as the album's as much a soul effort as a blues one – and is a nice change from the sound of Lowell's earlier years! There's still plenty of grit in the grooves here – and even with the front cover proclamation, the album's still one that's best ... CD
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic look at early guitar genius – pulled from old blues recordings of the 78rpm years – decades before folks plugged in and started showing off in arenas with their rock and roll skills! The amazing things about these recordings is the way that these guys do so much with such ... 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
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
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
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy 3 CDs
A massive 3CD look at the key early years of Elmore James – a package that's overflowing with great work by one of the greatest blues guitarists of the 50s! The set starts way back at James' roots in Mississippi, with some sweetly rough-edged recordings that still sparkle with incredible ... CD
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, 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

Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick & The Hearts

Square Dance With Soul
Asch, 1969. New Copy
A wild little record – and hardly the set of square dance material that you might expect! Instead, the album's a weird blend of folk, blues, and a little bit of soul – delivered by Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick in a jaunty, upbeat style that's downright optimistic – at one level ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
A tremendous guitarist, with a really mindblowing sound – easily one of the most powerful players on the electric guitar of the time! Pee Wee Crayton's got this full, rich tone that reminds us a lot of T Bone Walker – especially when he hits lots of raspy edges – and like Walker, ... CD

Junior Kimbrough

First Recordings
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1966. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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 ... CD

Bobby Blue Bland

His California Album
ABC/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy
A nice little record from Bobby Blue Bland – quite different from his 60s sides for Duke/Peacock, and recorded in California (as you might guess from the title!) with a smoother more soulful approach that comes off surprisingly well! The style works well for Bobby – and kind of gave ... 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

Eddie Guitar Burns

I Love To Jump The Boogie
Jasmine, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
A great overview of the early career of Eddie Burns – a Detroit guitarist who also plays harmonica on a fair bit of these sides – coming across with the gritty blend of urban and rural modes that made Burns a key contemporary of John Lee Hooker in the city! Hooker's actually on a few ... CD

Mississippi John Hurt

Best Of Mississippi John Hurt
Vanguard, 1960s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Bukka White

Sky Songs Vol 1
Arhoolie, 1965. Near Mint-
Titles include "Sugar Hill", "My Baby", "Bald Eagle Train", "Georgia Skin Game", "Mixed Water", and "Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World". LP, Vinyl record album
Arhoolie, 1969. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Sunnyland Slim

Blues Masters Vol 8
Blue Horizon, Late 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Two Aces & A Jack

Hot As You Got
Blue Suit, 1996. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Josh White

Beginning Volume 2
Mercury, 1963. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Testament, 1941/1942. Near Mint-
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Muddy Waters – in Mississippi, before he moved to Chicago – captured by the Library Of Congress recordings, and featuring some tracks with Muddy on his own, and some with the Son Sims Four! LP, Vinyl record album

Amos Milburn & His Chickenshackers

Rock Rock Rock
Route 66 (Sweden), Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Amos Milburn

Let's Rock A While
Route 66 (Sweden), Early 50s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Blues Vol 4
Argo/Chess, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint-
A great collection of vintage Chess Records blues – with performance by Billy Stewart, Lowell Fulson, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Willie Mabon, John Lee Hooker, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, 1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A pair of very stripped-down albums from John Lee Hooker – issued together in this 70s set! First up is Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker – featuring the legendary John Lee Hooker, heard here in one of his more obscure recordings from the late 50s – at least in contrast to his ... LP, Vinyl record album

Memphis Slim

Bad Luck & Troubles
Candid/Barnaby, 1961. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
A nice collection of early 60s work that Memphis Slim recorded for the legendary (and short-lived) Candid label – with help from Arbee Stidham on guitar and vocals, and Jazz Gillum on harmonica! LP, Vinyl record album
Bluesway, 1973. Near Mint-
Includes selections by Ray Charles, Jimmy Witherspoon, Charles Brown, Jimmy Reed, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, BB King, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Earl Hooker, and Jimmy Rushing. LP, Vinyl record album

Arthur Big Boy Crudup

Look On Yonder's Wall
Delmark, 1967. Very Good+
Mostly just the legendary Arthur Crudup on vocals and guitar – in a much more stripped-down setting than his early material! LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Blues Vol 3
Chess, 1950s. Very Good+
Classic work by Washboard Sam, Willie Dixon, Little Milton, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James! LP, Vinyl record album

Tampa Red

1932 - 1953
Oldie Blues (Holland), 1930s/1940s/1950s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Document (Austria), Mid 30s. Near Mint-
Rare 78rpm material – including a late Paramount single, recorded in Grafton – and lots more recorded in Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album
United Superior, 1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 17, 2021


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