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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/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
A huge collection of rare blues material from west coast powerhouse label Kent/Modern Records – a really important indie during the postwar R&B scene in LA, still going strong here well into the 60s! Modern was a real pioneer in recording electrified blues during the 50s – maybe ... CD
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
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

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

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

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
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

Guitar Slim Green with Johnny & Shuggie Otis

Stone Down Blues (with bonus tracks)
Kent/BGP (UK), 1970. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A blues album, but one with a difference – thanks to some tremendous help from the legendary Johnny Otis and his young son Shuggie! Despite the fact that the leader is billed as Guitar Slim Green, Shuggie actually plays some lead guitar on the record too – adding in some cool, ... CD
Tomato/Fat Possum, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful album that's easily one of John Lee Hooker's finest moments of the 70s – a set recorded live before a small audience at Hunter College in New York, but done with a feel that makes the whole thing even more timeless than most of Hooker's other albums of the decade! The mix has the ... 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
Big Legal Mess, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the most unique artists to be recorded in George Mitchell's field sessions of southern blues – as Dewey Corley plays a one-string bass, sings, and sometimes throws in a kazoo solo too! Here, he's accompanied by Walter Miller on guitar – whose work helps ground Dewey's ... 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

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

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
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD
Funky blues and plenty of soul – a massive 4CD set that not only features the complete 60s recordings done by Lowell Fulson for the Kent label, but which also includes a fair bit of rarities and unreleased material! If you're a fan of funky soul, you've probably heard Lowell's classic "T ... 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
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
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

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

Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo Diddley

Super Super Blues Band (blue 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
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

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

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
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
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
An excellent collection of rare work from the legendary BB King – a selection of 25 tracks from the vaults of RPM and Kent Records, 23 of which appear here for the first time ever! Some cuts are alternates, some are different versions of other recordings – and all are pretty darn ... 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. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
A heady helping of work from the great Smokey Hogg – a Texas talent who really set the LA scene on fire in the postwar years – presented here with a full set of titles that appear on CD for the first time ever, including four previously-unissued tracks! Smokey's true to his roots, but ... CD

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
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
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
CD...$9.99 19.99
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

Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick & The Hearts

Square Dance With Soul
Asch, 1969. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.99
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

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
MCA, 1979. Very Good
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Parrall, Late 70s. Very Good+
Albert's playing live here – in case you can't guess from the title – at an unspecified "blues festival", in an odd little album that's issued without any real notes or details on the set – the only record we've seen on the Chicago-based Parrall label. Tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Bland

Spotlighting The Man
Duke, 1967. Very Good-
Fantastic stuff, like all of Bobby's early Duke albums, and a breathtaking mix of soul and R&B, with some nice jazzy touches in the arrangements. Tracks include "Wouldn't You Rather Have Me", "Ask Me Nothin' About The Blues", "Gotta Get To Know You", and "You ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Bland & BB King

Together Again – Live
MCA, 1976. Very Good- Gatefold
Titles include "Let The Good Times Roll", and lots of medley numbers of classic blues! LP, Vinyl record album
Moonshine (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint-
Features work from Lester Williams, Texas Johnnie Brown, Nelson Carson, Ray Sharpe, Clarence Garlow, Roy Gaines, Long John Hunter, Clarence Green, Johnny Copeland, and Tee Bee Fisher! LP, Vinyl record album

Robert Cray

Strong Persuader
Mercury, 1986. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
ABC, 1975. Very Good
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 the sound! That doesn't keep things from being soulful, though – as Bobby's in incredible form vocally, really rising ... LP, Vinyl record album

Howlin Wolf

Howlin Wolf Album
Cadet, 1968. Very Good
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

Muddy Waters

Electric Mud
Cadet, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold
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

Jimmy Reed

Down In Virginia
Bluesway, 1969. Very Good+
Great later work from Jimmy Reed – recorded with a small combo that includes Eddie Taylor on bass and Wayne Bennett on guitar! Titles include "Ghetto Woman Blues", "Big Boss Lady", "Jump & Shout", "Don't Light My Fire", and "Sugar Sugar ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Blue Bland

His California Album
ABC, 1973. Very Good+
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Blues Deluxe
XRT, 1980. Very Good+
Includes selections by Mighty Joe Young, Son Seals Blues Band, Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine, and Willie Dixon & The Chicago Blues Allstars. LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Blue Bland

Midnight Run
Malaco, 1989. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Bland

Come Fly With Me
ABC, 1978. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mississippi Fred McDowell

Shake 'Em On Down 1959
KC (France), 1959. Sealed
Rare work from the great Fred McDowell – recorded in Mississippi in 1959 – with vocals from James Shorty on one track, Denise and Mattie Gardner on another, Miles Pratcher on guitar on one more, and John Dudley on vocals and guitar on two more! LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 24, 2021


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