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!


Big Legal Mess, 1967. New Copy
Wonderful recordings of this obscure western Mississippi blues singer – recorded as part of the legendary George Mitchell series in the late 60s, and maybe one of the best of the bunch! Teddy Williams plays guitar alongside his voice – but it's the latter that really grabs us, as it's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Not just a document of an opbscure rural blues musician, but also a document of a time when interest in the music was at an all-time high – and historians and enthusiasts were doing a lot to capture a legacy that was soon to fade! Hayes McMullan was discovered at that moment – a blues ... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, Late 60s. New Copy
Not just a document of an opbscure rural blues musician, but also a document of a time when interest in the music was at an all-time high – and historians and enthusiasts were doing a lot to capture a legacy that was soon to fade! Hayes McMullan was discovered at that moment – a blues ... CD
Smokey Smothers Sings Back Porch Blues
King/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
A Chicago blues gem – and some of the rarest material issued by King Records in the 60s – very gritty, earthy blues from singer Smokey Smothers – who gets plenty of help in the studio from a young Freddy King! Smothers has this raspy, almost casual style of singing – one ... 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
Blues Hit Big Town
States/Delmark, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Some of the first recordings ever from Chicago legend Junior Wells – made for the small States label in the Windy City, many years before Wells exploded out with much greater national fame! The music here has Junior stepping into the same early electric space that Chess Records was cutting ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hoodoo Man Blues
Delmark, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Southside Blues Jam
Delmark, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible slice of Chicago blues – and maybe one of the most important contributions Delmark ever made to the Windy City scene! The album captures Junior Wells in all his rough and raw brilliance – working in territory that's quite similar to the Chess Records vibe of the early 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
West Side Soul
Delmark, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
King/Sundazed, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
A monster from the great John Lee Hooker – an artist who isn't usually associated with King Records, but who issued this mighty collection of sides for the label at the start of the 60s! Most of the work dates from a few years before – gritty tracks that have Hooker at his best postwar ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grapevine (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Sockin soul from an under-heard Chicago legend! Johnny Moore was one of the best deep soul singers in the Windy City scene of the late 60s – but an artist who only ever recorded singles across a variety of labels, so he's not as well remembered as album-oriented artists, like Syl Johnson or ... CD
Lovejoy
Stax, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A funky classic from Albert King's great years on Stax – a time when he was forging his bluesy roots with all the sharp sounds the Memphis label had to provide! The album's got production and some great songs from Don Nix – who certainly makes his presence known here, by slanting the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Southern Routes, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
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There's nobody like Bobby Blue Bland on Duke Records – especially during the early years that are featured on this collection! Bland came out of Memphis with a very unique, really amazing sound right from the start – an approach to blues that was a lot more sophisticated than most of ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 40s. New Copy
An incredible collection of early material from the mighty Lightnin Hopkins – just the kind of sounds that made him an earthshaker right from the start! Hopkins hardly needs anyone but himself to put over the message here – as his guitar work is mindblowing, and his vocals have a raw ... CD
Message To The Young
Chess/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy
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Funky blues work from Howlin Wolf – his key entry into the funked-up genre that Chess Records was cutting at the end of the 60s with other blues artists like Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters! As on records with those artists, Wolf's older modes are updated here for a hipper, younger ... CD
After The Rain
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy
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Muddy's grooving hard and funky – with help from Cadet studio funksters like Charles Stepney, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, and Morris Jennings – one of the best ever of the once oft-maligned, now oft-beloved funk era Chess/Cadet albums! After The Rain has more of Muddy's classic ... CD
Herald/Southern Routes, 1954. New Copy
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Lightnin Hopkins at his best – a set that rings out with all his bold electric tones on the guitar, yet which also has the moody, stripped-down feel of a blues recording from a few decades before! The electricity really does a lot to deepen the tone – both in the echo from Hopkins' ... CD
Polydor/Elemental (Spain), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A rare gem from T Bone Walker – one of the few hip sides he cut in Europe at the end of the 60s – and very different than his more traditional work! The set was put together by Robin Hemmingway – who also handled the hip Hal Singer record from the same time – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elevate Me Mama
Black Knight (Poland), 1950s. New Copy
CD...$4.99 13.98
The music that put Muddy Waters on the map – the kind of hard-burning, electrified work that made his work on the Chicago scene of the postwar years such a groundbreaking force! Muddy's sound from this time inspired countless others – not just through his warm collaboration with other ... CD
 
Updated February 27, 2017


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