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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
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

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, 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, 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

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

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, 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
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
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

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

Howlin Wolf

Change My Way
Chess/Traffic, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
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

Muddy Waters

Unk In Funk
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.98
Muddy Waters definitely put the "unk" in funk – although back in his day, the word meant something different than in the 70s! This set features some great late Muddy for Chess – produced in conjunction with Ralph Bass, Muddy's longtime associate in the studio, and done with a ... CD
Fat Possum, 2000. New Copy (reissue)
Late work from RL Burnside – done in that raw, raspy style that really helped set fire to the second half of his career! The production and instrumentation show a bit of the attention that Burnside was getting from the indie rock world – but at the core of the record, the vocals and ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Sundazed, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
Hardly the surf album you might expect from the title – although the set is a killer batch of guitar instrumentals – with more than enough power to blow any west coast groups right off the beach! At this early point in his career, Freddie King is way more than just a blues guitarist, ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Sundazed, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
A well-titled record, as Albert King here plays with the large sound and big tone that would make him one of the best up-and-coming bluesmen of the 60s – a key player in the already-electrified generation, and possibly the greatest example of the new confidence that was coming into the genre ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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

Sonny Boy Williamson

Sonny Boy Williamson Vol 1
Bluebird/RCA (France), Late 30s/Early 40s. Near Mint-
An excellent collection of Bluebird Records 78rpm material by the first Sonny Boy Williamson – recorded in Chicago, with help from Big Bill Broonzy on guitar, and either Walter Davis or Blind John Davis on piano! 16 tracks in all – a number on LP for the first time ever. LP, Vinyl record album
Duke/Ace (UK), Early 50s. Near Mint-
Great early work from the Duke/Peacock catalog – with tracks by Andrew Tibbs, Sonny Parker, Cherokee Conyers, Smilin Smokey Lynn, Lloyd Fatman Smith, Joe Papoose Fritz, and Memphis Slim! LP, Vinyl record album
Jewel, Late 60s. Very Good+
An unusual US issue of material that Memphis Slim recorded in Paris – with work by Carey Bell on harmonica, Lowell Fulsom on guitar, and SP Leary on drums! Titles include "Grinder Man Blues", "Misery", "I Wanna Dance", "Chicago Bounce No 2", "Born ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chess, 1972. Sealed Gatefold
Muddy Waters hits London – and records here with Rory Gallagher on guitar, Rick Grech on bass, and Steve Winwood on piano and organ – plus horns back home, arranged by Johnny Pate! LP, Vinyl record album
Bluesway, 1973. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Andrew Voice Odom

Farther On Down The Road
Bluesway/ABC, 1973. Sealed
Features a small group with Odom on vocals – plus Earl Hooker on guitar, and Johnny Walker on piano and organ! LP, Vinyl record album

Robert Lockwood Jr

Robert Jr Lockwood Does 12
Trix, 1975. Sealed
A small combo set, recorded in Ohio for the small Trix label – with Lockwood on vocals and guitar, Maurice Reedus on tenor, Mark Hahn on guitar, Gene Schwartz on bass, and Jimmy Jones on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

Jimmy Reeves Jr

Born To Love Me
Checker, 1970. Sealed
A great mix of older and newer Chess Records blues modes – and a set cut by one of the lesser-known artists to work for the label! At some level, Jimmy Reeves Jr hearkens back to some of the more folksy blues artists who recorded for Chess in the 50s – but the setting here is slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shakey Jake & The All Stars

Further On Up The Road
World Pacific, 1968. Sealed
Features Luther Allison on guitar and Sunnyland Slim on piano! LP, Vinyl record album

Big Bill Broonzy

Lonesome Road Blues
GNP, Early 30s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Willie Dixon

Catalyst
Ovation, 1973. Sealed
Early 70s set by the legendary Willie Dixon – recorded in Chicago with stellar backing by Lafayette Leake, Buster Benton, Mighty Joe Young, Phil Upchurch, and Louis Satterfield – and true to the album's title, this is kind of a catalyst for the sound of electric blues in Chicago clubs ... LP, Vinyl record album

Walter Horton With Carey Bell

Big Walter Horton With Carey Bell
Alligator, 1972. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Howlin Wolf

Change My Way
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker In Person
Vee Jay/Dynasty, Early 60s/1974. Very Good+
Moody live work from John Lee Hooker – cuts originally recorded during his classic early 60s run for Vee Jay Records, but not issued by the label until their brief revival in the 70s! The style here is a bit more electric than some of Hooker's other live recordings for Vee Jay – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alligator, 1977. Very Good+
One of the hippest artists to record on Alligator Records in the 70s – a great guitarist who definitely deserved the exposure! LP, Vinyl record album

Nathan & The Zydeo Cha Chas

Steady Rock
Rounder, 1989. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Sky, 1979. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

John Lee Hooker

Real Folk Blues
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Lightnin Hopkins

Autobiography In Blues
Tradition, Early 60s. Very Good
Quite an amazing little record – and one that definitely lives up to its title! The set's one of the most intimate ever recorded by Lightning Hopkins – done in a style that's equally folk as it is blues – with Hopkins playing guitar and singing, but in a very relaxed, laidback ... LP, Vinyl record album

Blind Willie McTell

Atlanta Twelve String
Atlantic, 1949. Very Good Gatefold
A 70s album, but one that features very early sides from Atlantic Records – raw acoustic blues from Willie McTell, recorded on a 12 string guitar down in Atlanta! The album's not just a great example of McTell at his best – witty vocals, and really sharp lines on the acoustic guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry & Earl Hooker

I Couldn't Believe My Eyes
Bluesway, 1973. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Muddy Waters

Electric Mud
Cadet/Third Man, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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
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
Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the more obscure Lightning Hopkins albums of the 60s – a very spare session recorded in Los Angeles for the Vault label – but done with a vibe that's like some of Hopkin's earliest material from the 78rpm generation! The only difference is that the recording quality is superb ... LP, Vinyl record album

LC Robinson

House Cleanin' Blues
ABC, 1974. Sealed
Features LC Robinson on guitar and Hawaiian guitar – essentially a cool slide guitar – with Robert Hooker on piano, Luther Tucker on second guitar, and Kenneth Edward Swank on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells

Drinkin' TNT 'N' Smokin' Dynamite
Blind Pig, 1974. Very Good
A smoking live performance from these two Chicago blues legends – recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, but with a gritty electric vibe that's very much like the duo's best work back home! The approach is very stripped-down and unadorned – just vocals by both Guy and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groove Merchant, 1971. Sealed
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sonny Boy Williamson

King Biscuit Time
Arhoolie, Early 50s. Near Mint-
Sonny Boy Williamson on vocals and harmonica – in a set of small group recordings done in Mississippi! LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 22, 2019


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