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One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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A fantastic collection of work from Bobby Blue Bland – tracks recorded for Duke Records, but at a mid-60s moment when Bobby was moving even more strongly into soul! Titles include "Dear Bobby", "How Does A Cheating Woman Feel", "Lover With A Reputation", "I ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant later work by Bobby Blue Bland – done with backings that are much fuller than on his earlier albums – a mixture of strings and horns that really expand the sound! That doesn't keep things from being soulful, though – as Bobby's in incredible form vocally, really rising ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
One of Bobby Blue Bland's best albums ever – a stunning mix of blues and soul that's the kind of killer stuff that will make you a fan of his forever! There's no beating Bland at this point in his career – and the record is one of the finest illustrations of the power he brought to his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Bland, Little Junior Parker, Johnny Ace, & Others
A killer collection of work from the Duke label – with tracks by The Rob Roys, The Casuals, The El Torros, Little Junior Parker, Paul Perryman, Bobby Bland, and Clarence Gatemouth Brown. LP, Vinyl record album
The second Verve album from James Cotton, and oddly a rootsier effort than the first! While Cotton's debut often had some more soul-styled grooves in the mix, this one's a lot more stripped-down and bluesy – in a style that echoes Chess Records from a decade before! Cotton plays harmonica ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chicago blues legend Eddie Boyd – recording here with a British group that includes Peter Green on guitar, John Mayall on harmonica, John McVie on bass, and Aynsley Dunbar on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Raw, ragged, rough, and ready – killer early work by Bo Diddley, clearly in a class by itself! The Bo Diddley groove isn't blues, isn't soul, and isn't R&B – it's instead a mad blend of rhythm, scratchy guitar, and spontaneously playful vocals that few other singers could ever hope ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Big Mama Thornton may well be best-remembered as the woman who gave the world "Hound Dog" – which later catapulted Elvis to fame – but over the years she continued to be a hell of a singer, with a rich legacy of music that more than stands on its own! Witness this mid 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Memphis Slim's installment in this excellent LP series from Chess – 60s packagings of earlier recordings done by key bluesmen in the Chicago scene, with slightly improved fidelity but enough of the "real folk blues" sound to warrant the title! Instrumentation here is a bit more ... LP, Vinyl record album