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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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
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Superbird (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy
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A pretty nice snapshot of electric blues in the Nashville scene – featuring a number of excellent blues singers such as Roscoe Shelton, Earl Gaines, Al Garner, Dave Riley, Homesick James, Sam Carr and others! Guitarist/songwriter/producer Fred James plays on most of the tunes, produced this ... CD
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Shake That Thing
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago ... CD
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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
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Modern/Ace (UK), 1951/1952. New Copy
Rootsy blues from the start of the 50s – recorded in the south by the Modern Records label, an imprint who are better-known for their postwar work in their hometown of LA! The sounds here are much more spare and stripped-down than the jump blues and jazzy swingers of Modern's material from ... CD
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Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s/1960s. New Copy
One of the best collections of harmonica blues we've ever heard – a totally smoking set that focuses on the hippest material of the postwar years – filled with obscure tracks that go way past some of the overplayed tracks in the genre! Almost all the tunes here have the instrument ... CD
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Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
The Modern Records label was a stalwart on the LA scene of the postwar years, but the company could also hit the road in search of great talent – which it did on these excellent sessions from Dallas, Atlanta, and Lousiville – all of which feature country blues musicians who are a nice ... CD
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Ace (UK), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy
Very rootsy blues from the Motor City scene of the postwar years – work that almost sounds more Delta than Detroit – thanks to the primitive recording setting in the back of Joe's Record Shop! The work here is a really unique representation of blues in a northern setting at the time ... CD
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Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Seminal mid 60s work from Lowell Fulson – a wicked blend of gritty soul and lots of southern bluesy touches! Fulson already had a good deal of experience under his belt by the time of these sides – including some killer 50s work for Chess Records – and he brings all that legacy ... CD
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Crown/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
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Howlin Wolf sings the blues, and comes across in a way that influences an entire generation too – with that raw, raspy sound that made the singer a perfect blend of delta roots and contemporary sounds that were bubbling up in the postwar years! These tracks have a spare, simple, stark style ... 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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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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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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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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Harmonica Frank
Mississippi, Early 50s. New Copy
Amazing work from Harmonica Frank – an artist who recorded this firey sides for Sun Records in the early 50s! Frank's got this offbeat style that's definitely blues at the core, but which also has links to some of the novelty modes of the Appalachian scene – as he's not afraid to go ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Boom Boom
Black Knight (Poland), 1950s. New Copy
Classic early work from Little Walter – the kind of tight, sharp, Chicago cuts that first got him notice – served up with plenty of raw guitar in the grooves, and lots of Walter's amazing harmonica over the top! The collection presents a very well-chosen array of titles – not ... CD
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Elevate Me Mama
Black Knight (Poland), 1950s. New Copy
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
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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
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Bricks In My Pillow
Pearl Records/Delmark, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Overlooked work from the Chicago blues scene of the postwar years – great material from an important early electric player – but one who never got the large exposure of some of his contemporaries on Chess Records! And yet, back in the day Robert Nighthawk was as important to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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ABC/Interscope, 1966/1970/1978. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool limited edition set from BB King – including two tracks that appear on vinyl for the first time ever! The leadoff cut is the seminal "The Thrill Is Gone", with great charts from Bert DeCoteaux – followed by the single version of "You're Mean", plus " ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 28, 2016


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