Blues — Recently Added

Our Chicago roots run deep here, with plenty of postwar Chicago blues -- plus delta blues, folk blues, electric blues, pre-war blues, and more!


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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
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Atlanta Twelve String
Atlantic, 1949. New Copy (reissue)
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
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Excello/Ace (UK), 1961/1964. New Copy
A pair of Excello blues classics from the great Lightnin Slim – brought together on a single CD! First up is Rooster Blues – gritty blues, with a romping, almost rocking groove right from the start – the kind of back/forth energy we might expect to hear more from Jimmy Reed at ... CD
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Peacock/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
Some folks know her only as the woman who gave the world "Hound Dog", which Elvis Presley took to great early fame – but Big Mama Thornton's a hell of an artist who hardly needs to be linked to anyone else as a measure of her greatness! These early sides for the Duke/Peacock label ... CD
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Deep Ellum Rambler
Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy
Raw sounds from Smokey Hogg – an artist with Texas roots, but presented here on a series of late 40s sides for LA's Modern Records label – who do a surprisingly great job of staying true to his style! Most numbers have a strong focus on Smokey's voice and acoustic guitar lines – ... CD
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Arhoolie, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A great setting here for the legendary Big Mama Thornton – a record that has the famous blues singer working with help from a Chicago-based blues band – one led by Muddy Waters on guitar, who's billed on the back cover as "Clear Creek", because of his 60s contract with Chess! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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Crown/Ace (UK), 1961. New Copy
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If you only know BB King from later years, you'll really be stunned at the sound of this great set from the start of the 60s – a record that's much more R&B than the straighter blues of King's bigger label work – and which has a jumping groove nearly all the way through! The mix of ... CD
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Black Magic
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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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
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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
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Delmark, 1968. New Copy
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that ... CD
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Hawk Squat
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most dynamic, most on-fire blues albums recorded during the 60s by Delmark Records – a set that bursts right out of the Chicago clubs with the guitar of JB Hutto firmly in the lead! Hutto's a killer right from the start – singing and playing with a ferocity that easily ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sutro Park, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Mississippi blues singer and bottleneck guitar great Fred McDowell is joined by his wife Annie Mae and singers Fannie Davis, Grace Bowden and James Collins – the Hunter's Chapel Singers of Como, Mississippi – on a great set of spiritual material that's just as rawly emotional as his ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Arhoolie, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Delta blues, recorded right near their source – an early southern recording by Arhoolie Records – one that captures Mississippi Fred McDowell at his best! Fred's mostly on acoustic guitar, alongside his tremendous vocals – really stretched-out, well-inflected lyrics that could ... LP, Vinyl record album
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ABC/Geffen, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
An excellent set by BB King – one of his best from the 60s, and a smoking live set recorded at Chicago's legendary Regal Theatre! The enthusiasm at the venue shows that BB's Memphis-honed style is a perfect fit for the electrified Chicago sound of the 60s – and the recording really ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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Delta Blues
Folkways, 1942/1962. New Copy (reissue)
Two generations of blues – presented together here in a classic Folkways package! Side one features Alan Lomax recordings of Son House – done on a trip to the delta in 1942, after Lomax was able to talk Son's boss into giving him the afternoon off, so they could drive to a grocery ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Electric Mud
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (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
 
Updated May 06, 2016


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