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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!


Kent/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
One of the standout classics from BB King's legendary run at Kent – a classic album with a cool little cover to boot! Arrangements on the set are by Maxwell Davis – who has this great way of bringing out some of the jazzier currents in BB's music – almost the same Memphis blend ... CD
Think (Japan), 1960s. New Copy
Blues 45s – but material that's also pretty close to the funky 45 spirit of the 60s too – given that most of these cuts have a pretty raw groove! The blues element usually comes from a guitar or harmonica element, or a way of vocal phrasing – but much of the background ... CD
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
Yazoo, 1931. New Copy (reissue)
Exactly the kind of a record to show why Skip James was really a cut above most of his contemporaries – a bluesman who works here with a sense of darkness and foreboding that really sets a chill to most of his tunes! There's less of the usual short-term sadness and smaller complaints of ... 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
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
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
Jazz Line (Germany), 1980. New Copy 2CD
A searing live set from Albert Collins – recorded overseas at the start of the 80s, and with an edge that may well beat most of his American records from the time! The well-recorded date captures Collins at his best in all elements – as a guitarist, singer, and even as an entertainer ... CD
Listen To The Music
Motema, 2018. New Copy
A title like that can only remind us of the Doobie Brothers – and no surprise, the Doobies are actually on the record – as part of a massive lineup of over 200 artists from around the globe – with contributions from Dr John, Cyril Neville, Jack Johnson, Bombino, Buddy Guy, Mamadou ... CD
Delmark, 1968. New Copy 2LP
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... 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
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
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
Meet Me In The City
Fat Possum, 1990s. New Copy
Raw, intimate Junior Kimbrough recordings, mostly from the early 90s, a number of which were recorded at home – and for the all hiss and murk of the recording quality, the intimacy and realness of the voice, guitar and the man's presence alone make up for it! Spare, lonely blues from Junior ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alan Lomax Recordings
Mississippi, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
The first ever recordings of Mississippi Fred McDowell – the legendary Alan Lomax Recordings – recorded in Como, Mississippi in September of 1959! It includes songs that would be part of his canon for the rest of his career, mostly just his voice and guitar in raw, beautiful, soul-shaki ... LP, Vinyl record album
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Early work from Jimmy Witherspoon – but the kind of sides that show that Jim had something different to offer, even from the start! The music's partly in the hip R&B mode of LA in the postwar years, but there's also a deeper sort of sound too – a bit of jazz swinging amidst the ... CD
Catalyst
Ovation/Night Train, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
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
Cotillion, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the ... LP, Vinyl record album
I Feel Good
Paula, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Gritty work from John Lee Hooker – a set recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, at a time when that city was playing host to some of the hippest blues work of the decade! The style here is very much like John Lee Hooker of a decade before – simple, stark, and unadorned – with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Time For Blues
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A really interesting setting for the vocals and guitar of bluesman Arbee Stidham – set up here in front of a larger ensemble led by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in some nice currents of funk and soul as well! The recording quality is quite faithful – Stidham's guitar is way out front of a ... CD
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
Rough Guide, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy
Not the popular ragtime material you'll know from Scott Joplin and 70s revival years – and instead a batch of raw early blues sides, all from the 78rpm generation! Titles include "Have More Faith In Jesus" by Reverend Gary Davis, "Money Never Runs Out" by Cannon's Jug ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rough Guide, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy
Smirk all you want, but the homemade instruments of the jug band scene were pretty revolutionary in their time – and went on to have a huge impact on the sound of rhythms in recorded music – on work like this which would later influence rock and roll! Titles include "This Will ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chess/Friday Music, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Howlin Wolf is really getting into his thing here – tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
Rootsy blues from the great Excello Records – most of it recorded not too far from the Tennessee city in which the label made its home! The southern scene in the 50s was going through plenty of changes – partly because of all the migration northwards that started during the wartime ... CD
Fat Possum, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A pretty great little collection – put together by Memphis music expert Robert Gordon in support of his book of the same name! The sounds here aren't overdone Memphis cliches – no Elvis hits or Stax Records standards – and instead, the record showcases those criss-crossing modes ... 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
Raining In My Heart
Excello, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Classic work from Slim Harpo – an album that kicks off with one of his biggest hits ever, and follows with plenty of great tunes as well! Things here are pretty rootsy and stripped-down – lots of spare, slowish rhythms (but a few funkier ones too!) – and instrumentation that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Night After Night
Delmark, 2017. New Copy
Deep-burning Chicago blues from Corey Dennison – one of the few contemporary players who can still hold onto the electric fire from that moment when the Windy City scene first broke wide to much larger national appeal! Corey sings with a full, raspy style – and augments his lyrics with ... CD
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Mississippi, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Excellent work from Jesse Mae Hemphill – a female blues talent who lay undiscovered for many years in Mississippi, then burst forth late in her life with a fantastic run of sounds like this! Most of the tunes are relatively spare – with Jessie Mae playing electric guitar in these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
Caribbean voodoo hits the American scene – served up here in a host of different mid-century styles – from jazz, to blues, to R&B – with some other nice surprises in between! The voodoo component of the tracks comes through either in the subject matter, or in the rhythmic ... CD
Memphis Breakdown
Sun/ORG, Mid 50s. New Copy
Doctor Ross is definitely the harmonica boss – one of those key postwar blues musicians who made his instrument as important to the scene as the guitar was back in the 20s and 30s! The music here was all recorded by Sun Records, but is a lot more raw and stripped-down than some of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Sundazed, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Killer early material from Freddy King – a blues album, but one that's also got a strong resonance with instrumental soul and early funk! The record is "Strictly Instrumental" – as the cover says – and a nice batch of short bluesy groovers that feature Freddy's great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Memphis Breakdown
Sun/ORG, Mid 50s. New Copy
Doctor Ross is definitely the harmonica boss – one of those key postwar blues musicians who made his instrument as important to the scene as the guitar was back in the 20s and 30s! The music here was all recorded by Sun Records, but is a lot more raw and stripped-down than some of the more ... CD
Mamlish, 1930s. New Copy
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Raw country blues from the 30s – a set that focuses on the shifting modes of the southern styles of the time – and brings into focus the kind of sounds that would really take off in the decade to come! The work here may not be as well-known as some of the more collected, more ... CD
Black Cat Trail
Mamlish, Late 40s. New Copy
A great collection of postwar blues – material that springs forth from a wealth of rare 78rpm recordings – and which includes a number of tracks that you may never hear otherwise! The set looks at the sort of records that were pivotal in pushing blues forward in the years after the war ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1962. New Copy 3 CDs
A beautifully-recorded concert from early 60s Paris – one done as part of the legendary folk-blues tour, and featuring a great selection of musicians, all with introductions from Memphis Slim! Slim's a hell of an MC for the event, and really provides this warm context that seems to open up ... CD
Mamlish, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
A killer collection of rare blues from the Mamlish label – an imprint who brings the same sort of historical sensitivity that you might now from collections on Yazoo Records! As with that company, the music here is mostly pulled from vintage 78s, and given fresh presentation for a whole new ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Cat Trail
Mamlish, Late 40s. New Copy (reissue)
A great collection of postwar blues – material that springs forth from a wealth of rare 78rpm recordings – and which includes a number of tracks that you may never hear otherwise! The set looks at the sort of records that were pivotal in pushing blues forward in the years after the war ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 3CD
The title might seem a bit all-encompassing – but given the talents of the mighty Ralph Peer, it certainly fits! Peer was one of the most pioneering figures in the early days of the recording industry – a talent scout who would endlessly search the country, especially the south, for ... CD
Crossroad Of The Blues
KES, 2017. New Copy
Always-great work from Willie Clayton – a blues singer in scene, but one who often works with a sound that's equal part southern soul – especially that late 70s moment when some of the older southern soul singers moved onto the Malaco Records blues scene! Willie's recorded with Otis ... CD
Nighthawk, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+
Great work from the Chicago blues underground – rare tracks pulled from a time before labels like Chess and Vee Jay handled most of the big artists, and talents were spread between a handful of much smaller indies! The music here marks that key Chicago transition from rural to urban – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Cat (Netherlands), 1980. Very Good+
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Feelin' Good
Murray Brothers, 1984. Very Good+
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Mellow Dee
Crosscut (Germany), 1986. Very Good+
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Collectables, 1950s/1960s. Very Good+
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Updated May 25, 2018


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