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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!


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
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
Cotillion/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet electric blues from Freddie King – and a record that features a surprising set of arrangements from Donny Hathaway! The album's more Freddie's than Donny's, but it's a great meeting of the two talents under the Atlantic-endorsed Cotillion banner – served up with an unusual studio ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
Think (Japan), 1960s. New Copy
A killer collection of rare blues material – and one that's pretty darn funky at times too! The set dives deep into the very underground world of the blues 45 – not the previous scene of rare 78rpm recordings that have been documented heavily for decades – but the later ... CD
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
Great Electric Show & Dance
Jewel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Classic blues from Lightnin Hopkins – a set that's far rootsier than you might expect from the "electric show" in the title! Hopkins plays mostly acoustic guitar here – and sings with very spare backing overall – just a bit of keyboards, bass, and drums, plus some ... 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
Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy
Houston Stackhouse hailed from Mississippi, despite his name – and this obscure recording from the early 70s is one of the few to document his wonderfully rootsy talents! The set features just Houston on vocals and electric guitar – in a spare mode that hearkens back to the Delta, but ... 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
Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy
Fantastic late work from Reverend Robert Wilkins – a Memphis musician who'd made records in his youth, but swore off the blues for many years, and devoted himself to the Lord! This set captures Wilkins during some key revival years, as he mixes gospel themes with rootsy blues – in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Possum, 2002. New Copy (reissue)
A key classic from the Fat Possum label – one of those records in which the imprint really lives up to its southern roots promise, and it's great work of turning up lost heroes from the blues underground! The set features T-Model Ford on raspy vocals and equally raspy guitar – stomping ... 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
Highway Of The Blues
Audio Lab, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare King Records material from these two postwar blues greats – each of whom get a single side of the record! Sticks McGhee really shines on side one – with that playful, jazzy approach to blues that he used on his late 40s recordings for Atlantic – almost somewhere in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sings The Blues
King, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Early King Records material by Champion Jack Dupree – a hell of a pianist, and a heck of a great singer too – working almost as a raconteur on some of the best songs on this collection! The music has deep roots in New Orleans, where Jack must have really honed his piano skills – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Boy Girl Boy
King, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Two guys, one gal, and a heck of a lot of great R&B material from the King Records catalog! The set features Lula Reed on vocals on all tracks – belting things out in that massively soulful style that makes her own work so wonderful – accompanied by mighty guitar from Freddy King, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
 
Updated December 16, 2017


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