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✨✧ Gene AmmonsMy Foolish Heart/Bless You (Chess) ... 78 RPM
Chess, 1950. Very Good ... $6.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Chuck BerryRollin' Till The Break Of Dawn – 25 Original Chess Masters ... CD
Hoodoo, Late 50s. Used ... $7.99
... CD

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Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw vocal power that easily rivaled, if not beat, that of Etta James – her labelmate at Chess, and partner on a few duet tracks here! The collection's a non-stop soul party throughout – as upbeat as Northern Soul, but with plenty of deep soul elements as well – and it's the first time many of these cuts have been brought together on CD, and certainly never before as wonderful as this. Kent serves up some great notes and vintage photos with the package – the latter of which show Sugar Pie in action on stage, clearly one of the sexiest singers to work the circuit back in the 60s! Titles include "In The Basement (parts 1 & 2)", "Soulful Dress", "Witch For A Night", "Ask Me", "Good Timin", "Mr & Mrs", "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools", "Crazy Lovin", "There's Gonna Be Trouble", "Jump In My Chest", "Somewhere Down The Line", "Use What You Got", "Never Love A Stranger", "I Love You So Much", "Go Go Power", and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". CD

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Etta JamesWho's Blue? – Rare Chess Recordings Of The 60s & 70s ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A far-reaching set of hard-to-find 60s & 70s recordings by the great Etta James for Chess/Cadet – ranging from vibrant funk to slow cooking R&B, stripped down brassy blues and string accented jazzy numbers – diverse stuff held together by all around impeccable craft and the flat out amazing singing of Etta! The recordings were cut from the mid 60s to early 70s for the most part, and made in Chicago, Muscle Shoals, Nashville, New Jersey and LA. Such a sprawling collection would bog down a lesser singer, but in this case it shows just how versatile Etta James is, even if the records didn't always hit the charts. 24 tracks in all: "Only A Fool", "Seven Day Fool", "You're A Fool" (Etta slays a lotta fools in this set), "Fire", "My Man Is Together", "Let Me Know", "Nobody But You", "Take Out Some Insurance", "Sweet Memories", "Do Right", "Can't Shake It" and many more. CD

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✨✧ VariousChess Blues Classics 1947 to 1956 ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... $5.99
Music from Muddy Waters, Little Johnny Jones, Jimmy Rogers, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Boyd, Little Walter, Lowell Folson, JB Lenoir, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf & Willie Dixon. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Little WalterChess Masters – Little Walter ... LP
Chess/PRT (UK), Mid 50s. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bent corners and unglued seams.)

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✨✧ Little WalterHis Best – The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection ... CD
Chess, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
With 20 tracks including "Juke", "Sad Hours", "Blues With A Feeling", "It Ain't Right", "Tell Me Mama", "Mean Old World", and "You're So Fine". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Willie DixonOriginal Wang Dang Doodle – The Chess Recordings & More ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Chess Blues ... CD
MCA/Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, Eddie Boyd & his Chess Men, Willie Mabon, Lowell Fulson, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter & His Night Cats, JB Lenoir, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Lee Andrews & The HeartsTear Drops/The Girl Around The Corner ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing with a spot of tape.)

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Fontella BassRescued – The Best Of Fontella Bass ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 60s. Used ... $7.99
Killer hard female soul! Fontella Bass was one of the best voices of the 60s – and she cut a lot of great work besides her one huge hit "Rescue Me" (which everyone always seems to think was by Aretha Franklin anyway!) This CD brings together 16 great tracks from her years at Chess, when she was brought to the label by Oliver Sain, who also handled most of the recordings. The sound here is pure and simple hard soul, with none of the more sophisticated stuff that Bass got into later, after hooking up with Lester Bowie. Titles include "Recovery", "The Soul Of A Man", "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing", "Don't Jump", "Leave It In The Hands Of Love", and "Joy Of Love". Also features a few duets with Bobby McClure, and a previously unissued track. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Chuck BerryAfter School Session (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Raucous, rumbling and hard-charging Chess rhythms, rock and roll by Chuck Berry – his legendary After School Session – and possibly his greatest album ever! It features not only some of Chuck Berry's most famous material, but some of the best early rock songs, period –particularly the revolutionary "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" – plus"Berry Pickin", "Deep Feeling"," School Day", "Too Much Monkey Business", "Roly Poly", and "No Money Down". 3 bonus tracks on the CD: The fierce"Thirty Days", "You Can't Catch Me" and the uber-legendary "Maybelline". CD

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Chuck BerryAnthology ... CD
MCA/Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2CD ... $11.99
A great two disc collection packed with goodies – includes 49 tracks. CD

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry/More Chuck Berry ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A double-helping of Chuck Berry brilliance from his early years on Chess Records – music that always has way way more to offer than you might think! Sure, some of Chuck's hits are very familiar – and sure, the man could later be a bit of a parody of himself – but there's no denying the power of this early material, and the revolutionary way Chuck had of playing guitar – rooted in blues, paving the way to rock, and also opening the door to lots more funky soul in years to come! The guitar work alone is worth the price of admission, but the songs and vocals are wonderful too – and the CD features 26 titles that include "Down The Road A Piece", "Mad Lad", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Anthony Boy", "Little Queenie", "Oh Baby Doll", "Confessin The Blues", "Almost Grown", "Jo Jo Gunne", "Wee Wee Hours", "Too Much Monkey Business", and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". CD

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Chuck BerryMaybellene/Wee Wee Hours ... 7-inch
Chess, 1955. Very Good ... $16.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue & silver label pressing. Label has some aging.)

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Chuck BerryRock N Roll Rarities ... LP
Chess/MCA, Mid 50s-Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 80s issue. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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Ben Branch & The Operation Breadbasket OrchestraLast Request (portrait cover) ... LP
Chess, 1968. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A very hip album that mixes gospel and jazz – recorded in 1968 as a tribute to Martin Luther King, but a set that more than stands on its own – at a level that's way different than the usual King tribute records! The album was put together by Jesse Jackson's Operation Breadbasket operation – but it really features a bunch of Chicago jazz and studio players, including Phil Upchurch, Charles Stepney, Morris Jennings, Burgess Gardner, and Ben Branch himself, whose tenor takes the lead on most tracks. The core of most tracks is moody soul jazz – but some cuts have vocals, with solos by Clay Evans and Sammy Lewis, and group vocals by the Breadbasket Choir. Titles include "Hard Times", "My Heavenly Father", "We Shall Overcome", and "If I Could Help Somebody". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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Solomon BurkeMusic To Make Love By ... LP
Chess, 1975. Very Good ... $14.99
An incredible record – a real standout in Solomon Burke's career! This set features him working with arrangements that are smooth, mellow, and sexy – very much in the Barry White and Isaac Hayes mode, a style that's a perfect fit for Solomon's voice, which was warm and deep back when White and Hayes were just kids! Gene Page did some of the arrangements with Solomon, and the record's a wonderfully unified session with a mellow 70s soul feel that's just great. Titles include "Everlasting Love", "Music To Make Love By", "Midnight & You", "You & Your Baby Blues", and "Let Me Wrap My Arms Around You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing! White label promo. Cover has some light wear, a bit of splitting in one corner, and a sticker in that same corner.)

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Benny GolsonFree (Free/Take A Number From One To Ten) ... CD
MCA/Chess, 1960/1962. Used ... $9.99
Includes the full ablum "Free" plus 7 tracks from "Take A Number From One To Ten". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Clarence Frogman HenryBest Of Clarence Frogman Henry – Ain't Got No Home ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
... CD

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✨✧ Howlin WolfChange My Way ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Almost a decade's worth of great work from Howlin Wolf – late 50s and early 60s recordings done for Chess Records in Chicago, nicely packaged up here in an archival series album with full notes on the sessions and music! Nearly all tracks are originals by Wolf – aka Chester Burnett – and instrumentation includes a fair bit of surprisingly noisy guitar, plus piano, bass, drums, and some nice tenor on a few tracks. Titles include "Love Me Darlin", "I Walked From Dallas", "Just Like I Treat You", "I've Been Abused", "Don't Laugh At Me", "I Better Go Now", "New Crawlin King Snake", and "Hidden Charms". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a spot of sticker residue.)

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Ahmad JamalBut Not For Me – Ahmad Jamal Trio At The Pershing ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1958. Used ... $4.99
Groundbreaking work from the legendary Ahmad Jamal – not just in his own career, but in live jazz in general! The album's a classic recording of Jamal's trio with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – captured at the Pershing Lounge on the south side of Chicago, where Jamal was clearly wowing the crowd with his amazing talents on the piano. The groove here is sublimely fluid and soulful – clearly the next wave of expression on the piano in the 50s, and as important to the Chicago scene as Bill Evans was to that of New York at the time. The recording quality is wonderful – clear enough to capture the subtleties of Crosby's amazing bass, and the lightly tippling sound of Fournier's drums – and titles include a classic extended reading of "Poinciana", plus "What's New", "But Not For Me", and "No Greater Love". CD

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Elmore James/John BrimWhose Muddy Shoes (with bonus track) ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... $5.99
A great entry in the Chess Heritage Series at the end of the 60s – one that features rare 50s Chicago recordings by Elmore James, plus some even more obscure sides by lesser-known singer John Brim! James' style is well known, and well-executed here – rough and raw, but with a good sense of focus – on tracks that include "Whose Muddy Shoes", "I See My Baby", "My Best Friend", "The Sun Is Shining", "Madison Blues", and "Talk To Me Baby". Brim is great too – a singer we didn't know before this record, with an all-out kind of quality in his voice that's almost a bit like some of the rougher soul of the 60s at times. Brim sings "Lifetime Baby", "Ice Cream Man", "You Got Me", and "Rattlesnake". Includes the bonus track "Lifetime Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Trio In Person – 1960 to 1967 ... CD
Chess, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $16.99
A fantastic collection of live recordings from Ramsey Lewis, including key work with Eldee Young and Red Holt – plus a few later cuts with Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Claude McLinMona Lisa/Benny's Bounce ... 78 RPM
Chess, 1950. Very Good ... $7.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker on the A side.)

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✨✧ Radiants(Don't It Make You) Feel Kinda Bad/Anything You Do Is Alright ... 7-inch
Chess, 1967. Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest tracks ever by this wonderful Chicago soul group! "Feel Kind Of Bad" is one of the all-time non-LP greats – with a "should have been huge" hook, and harmonies that don't quit! "Anything You Do" is pretty good too – and is a version of a Maxine Brown song, with production by Charles Stepney – but the a-side's the killer here! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some pen.)

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✨✧ Jimmy RogersChicago Bound ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
The title's an apt one here, as Jimmy Rogers was one of the many bluesmen who started out in the south, but headed to Chicago for greater fame – which was a good thing for Chess Records, who managed to come some of these great sides in the 50s! Rogers both sings and plays guitar – the later of which has a sometimes snakey quality that almost echoes a slight bit of jazz – a mode that recalls some of the inventions T Bone Walker was putting down at the time, but a little bit rootsier overall. Players on these sessions include Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Spann, and Willie Dixon – and tracks include "Money Marbles & Chalk", "Ludella", "You're The One", "Back Door Friend", "I Used To Have A Woman", "Sloppy Drunk", "Blues Leave Me Alone", and "Walking By Myself". CD
(CDr pressing.)

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SCLC Operation Breadbasket Orch & ChoirOn The Case ... LP
Chess, 1970. Sealed ... $13.99
A full-blown, very righteous offering from Chess to the political cause of Operation Breadbasket! Tenorist Ben Branch leads the large gospel-tinged group – and sax player Gene Barge produces and plays, with a style that's very much in the Chess/Checker bag of the late 60s soul era. Most cuts have chorus vocals, but there are are a few instrumentals on the record. Titles include "Country Preacher", "We Shall Overcome", "I Wish I Knew", and "Nobody Knows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a small cut corner.)

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Billy StewartMountain Of Love/Because I Love You ... 7-inch
Chess, 1965. Very Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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StudentsI'm So Young/My Vow To You ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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VariousPetal Pushers ... LP
Chess, 1968. Very Good ... $24.99
Features tracks by Bystanders, Traffic Jam, Sounds Around, Ali Ben Dhown, Pinkerton's Colours, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label promo.)

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Muddy WatersRollin Stone/Walkin Blues ... 7-inch
Chess, 1950. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A classic early tune from Muddy Waters – one that might not have changed the world when it was released at the start of the 50s – but later gave the famous group their name! The tune's a wonderful mix of raw rural and early electric Chicago blues modes – spare, but extremely powerful in approach! "Walkin Blues" is equally well-balanced – and Muddy's got some wonderful twang in parts on the strings of his electric guitar! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Recent Third Man reissue on black vinyl, in the vintage style Chess sleeve.)

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✨✧ Muddy Waters & Howlin WolfMuddy & The Wolf ... LP
Chess, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover is faded a bit along the spine.)

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Sonny Boy WilliamsonEssential Sonny Boy Williamson ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Features 45 tracks including "She's My Baby", "Keep It To Yourself", "You Killing Me", "Born Blind", "The Goat", "Down Child", "Checkin Up On My Baby" and "Nine Below Zero". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousAmerica's Musical Roots ... LP
Chess/Festival, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Includes work by Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lowell Fulsom, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Memphis Slim. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and light waviness from moisture along the bottom.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerryDefinitive Collection ... CD
Chess/Geffen, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
30 tracks of work from his classic years at Chess! CD

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✨✧ Chuck BerrySt Louis To Liverpool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Geffen/Chess, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Bo DiddleyHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 to touch. This 14 track set features some of Bo's best Chicago work from the late 50s – including "Who Do You Love", "Say Man", "Bo's Bounce", "Crackin Up", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", and "Diddley Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker Plays & Sings The Blues ... LP
Chess, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
About as pure as you can get for John Lee Hooker – a classic set of cuts for Chess, recorded with a feel that's almost folksy at times! The guitar has a raw edge that goes way back to the delta – and the overall approach is much more gritty than even some of Hooker's labelmates at the time – a really classic vibe that's supported in the liner notes by Studs Terkel! Titles include "The Journey", "Hey Baby", "Mad Man Blues", "Worried Life Blues", "Apologize", "Lonely Boy Boogie", and "Just Me & My Telephone". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfHis Greatest Sides Vol 1 (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Chess/Jackpot, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title definitely gets it right – as this 70s collection brings together most of the best Chess Records material by Howlin Wolf from the late 50s and early 60s – almost all of them small combo sides that present the man in all of his raspy, growling glory! The tracks span a space from 1954 through 1965 – showing a great development over the space of a decade, but no departure at all from that core energy that made Wolf one of the key figures to transform the sound of blues in the postwar years. Other players include Hubert Sumlin on guitar, Otis Spann on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and JT Brown on tenor – and titles include "Evil", "Spoonful", "No Place To Go", "Down In The Bottom", "Who's Been Talkin", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit of harmonica and guitar as well – and other artists include Steve Winwood on piano and organ, Eric Clapton on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass, and Charlie Watts on drums – all players who are respectful of the original bluesy sound of Chess, and who clearly dig the opportunity to show off their chops in the setting. Titles include "I Ain't Superstitious", "Poor Boy", "Do The Do", "Red Rooster", "Built For Comfort", "What A Woman", "Highway 49", "Who's Been Talking", and "Rocking Daddy". CD

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✨✧ Roland KirkIntroducing Roland Kirk ... CD
Chess/Universal, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Despite the fact that the title's "Introducing Roland Kirk", it's not actually Kirk's first album – but it is a heck of a smoker with a very unusual sound! The session features Roland with a Chicago group that includes Ira Sullivan on trumpet, Don Garrett on bass, and Ron Burton on both piano and organ – the latter of which gives Kirk's playing a very different feel than usual – a bit more soul jazz and gutbuckety than on the later Mercury recordings. In fact, given Roland's use of many different reed instruments (tenor, manzello, stritch, and whistle – all often played at the same time!) – there's almost a Yusef Lateef quality to the album, at last in the style of some of Lateef's more hardbop sides for Prestige at the time. Kirk's tone, as always, is amazing – with that really spacious feel he gets from playing more than one horn at once! Titles include some great originals, like "The Call", "Soul Station", and "Spirit Girl" – plus "Our Waltz" and "Jack The Ripper". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisGreatest Hits ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ramsey Lewis on piano, Christopher White, Cleveland Eaton, and Eldee Young on bass, Maurice White and Red Holt on drums, and Eldee Young on cello. CD

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✨✧ Little WalterBoss Blues Harmonica ... LP
Chess, 1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty nice little 2LP set – put together in the early 70s, and featuring material that Walter recorded for Chess during the 60s. As the title would imply, there's a lot of harmonica on the album – but Walter's vocals should also be given their due, as they're a bit more in the soul mode than some of his Chicago blues contemporaries. Titles include "Last Night", "My Babe", "Sad Hours", "Blues With A Feeling", "Off The Wall", "Juke", "Mean Old World", "I Got To Go", "Shake Dancer", "Thunderbird", "Ah'W Baby", "Too Late", "Boom Boom Out Go The Lights", "You Better Watch Yourself", and "Blue Lights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has staining and peeling on the left seam.)

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✨✧ Willie MabonBlues Roots Vol 16 – I'm A Heart Regulator ... LP
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare Chess work from Chicago pianist and singer Willie Mabon – an artist who never hit the heights of some of his contemporaries, but was a key part of the Chicago scene in the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue.)

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✨✧ James MoodyMoody's Mood (Moody's Mood For Love/Flute N The Blues/Last Train From Overbrook) ... LP
Argo/Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little collection of James Moody's excellent work for the Argo label from the early 60s – featuring tunes that originally appeared on the albums Moody's Mood For Love, Flute N The Blues, and Last Train From Overbrook! The overstuffed set actually seems to include almost all the tracks from the records – a total of 26 tracks that show Moody as an incredibly inventive player at the time, really moving past bop into a realm of exotic soul jazz and freer-thinking tones and colors! Titles include "Tico Tico", "Yvonne", "Brother Yusef", "There She Goes", "Boo's Tune", "Breaking The Blues", "Birdland Story", "Mean To Me", "Parker's Mood", and "Plus Eight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersDefinitive Collection ... CD
Chess, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Trouble No More", "Rollin' Stone", "Forty Days And Forty Nights", "Mannish Boy", and "Long Distance Call" – 24 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny Boy WilliamsonHis Best ... CD
MCA/Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Born Blind", "Sad To Be Alone", "Bye Bye Bird", "Cross My Heart", "Ninety Nine", "Down Child", "Checkin' Up On My Baby", and "Bring It On Home" – 20 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bo DiddleyBig Bad Bo ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported strongly with electric studio arrangements from Wade Marcus – used here in very nice contrast to Diddley's rougher vocals and guitar! The style's got a bit more electric jazz touches than some of the other Chess blues funk records from the time – but the overall sound is still bound to please any funk fan – and titles include "Bite You", "Stop The Pusher", "You've Got a Lot Of Nerve", and the breakbeat classic "Hit Or Miss"! CD

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✨✧ Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry/Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleyTwo Great Guitars/Super Super Blues Band ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of amazing all-star albums from Chess Records – back to back on a single CD! First up is Two Great Guitars – in which Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry come together in a really unique album for Chess Records in the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given all the groundbreaking sounds we heard from that label at the time! The format is quite unusual – as each side features a long instrumental jam that really lets the guitarists work out their differences – in modes that are almost proto-funk more than blues, rock, or soul – with lots of wicked guitar lines that are way ahead of their time in terms of recording space! The long tracks are "Chuck's Beat" and "Bo's Beat" – but the duo also shine brilliantly on the shorter tunes "Liverpool Drive" and "When The Saints Go Marching In". Next is The Super Super Blues Band – 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 his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". CD

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✨✧ VariousWizards From The Southside ... LP
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddly and Little Walter. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 80s pressing!)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfMoanin In The Moonlight ... LP
Chess, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Classic raspy vocals from the legendary Howlin Wolf – singing here in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that much! Wolf's vocals are wonderful throughout – archetypal, but not nearly as cliched as some of his contemporaries came to sound – with a timeless feel that really holds up throughout. Titles include "Smokestack Lightnin", "No Place To Go", "All Night Boogie", "Evil", "I Asked For Water", "Forty Four", and "Somebody In My Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Etta JamesEtta James Collected (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great little collection – one that's really heavy on the hard-hitting soul tracks that Etta James cut for Chess Records in the 60s, plus some nice bits from other years too! Etta's one of those singers that's almost a genre unto herself – like Aretha Franklin, a vocalist with tremendous power in the right setting – which she definitely finds here, in a mix of modes that move between deep soul and more sophisticated settings, but always in ways that allow the bluer currents in Etta's voice to come to the forefront. Sometimes she's a growling tiger, other points she hits a heartbreaking quality that's amazing – and the huge set features 36 tracks in all, with titles that include "In The Basement", "Spoonful", "The Blues Is My Business", "Feelin Uneasy", "Only Women Bleed", "Losers Weepers", "Security", "The Wallflower", "All I Could Do Was Cry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Pushover", "Damn Your Eyes", "Do Right Woman", "I Miss You", "Say It Isn't So", and "Born Under A Bad Sign". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tony ClarkeLandslide/Entertainer ... 7-inch
Chess (UK), 1967. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(UK solid center pressing.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersComplete Plantation Recordings – The Historic 1941 to 1942 Library Of Congress Field Recordings ... CD
Chess, 1941/1942. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
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Reverend Robert Ballinger with Willie DixonKing's Highway ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.99
Robert Ballinger might be a Reverend, but he's got the sound of a 50s bluesman in Chicago – no surprise, as he recorded most of these tracks in the Windy City during the decade – with plenty of help from the great Willie Dixon on bass! Ballinger sings and plays piano on these cuts – with raw, romping energy that makes these vintage singles as appealing as blues sides as they are as gospel gems – originally done for labels that include Chess, United, and Peacock – sometimes with added backing vocals or instrumentation, but always with Ballinger's raw energy at the core. This 2CD set is the first we've ever seen to really do justice to these recordings – and features 35 tracks that include "Hold My Body Down", "No Bread", "He's My Everything", "The Little Black Train", "How I Got Over", "Something Has Happened", "Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim", "Oil In Your Vessel", "Standing In The Safety Zone", "This Train", "God Rode In A Windstorm", "The Life I Sing About", "Sweet Lamb", and "I Got To Tell It". CD

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Chuck BerryToronto Rock & Roll Revival 1969 ... CD
Sunset Blvd, 1969. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A searing live set from Chuck Berry – one that's way better than the "rock and roll revival" in the title! In 1969, Chuck was still completely on fire – after making some albums for Mercury that were filled with expansive guitar lines and really great sounds – and about to move back to Chess, where he'd experiment with funk too! Here, Berry stretches out in a live setting with all these wicked long guitar solos – of a sort that you'd be hard-pressed to find on earlier records – almost like he's showing the Hendrix generation that he was there first! Sure, most of the tunes are familiar – but the versions here are very different – and titles include "Wee Wee Hours", "Memphis Tennessee", "Maybellene", "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man", "Rock & Roll Music", "School Day", "Johnny B Good/Carol/Promised Land", and "Reelin & Rockin". CD

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Otis BrownSouthside Chicago ... LP
Numero, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Otis Brown wasn't the biggest name on the Chicago scene of the 60s – but during that decade, he cut some fantastic work for a variety of small labels – and finally gets his due on this complete collection of his rare 45s! Although home to big labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and One-Der-Ful, Chicago also had countless small imprints back in the day – great companies who let singers like Otis really open up and do their thing – working in the shadows of the bigger groups and names, but with a quality level that would have made them huge, had they been in smaller cities where they might have gotten bigger exposure. That's definitely the case here with Otis Brown – a singer who's wonderful on heartbreaking cuts with a mellow groove, but who can also soar on more upbeat numbers too – served up here in a variety of rare material recorded for the Ole, Lujana, and Expect More labels – presented here as the first full-length package to focus on his music. Titles include "The Willie Bop", "I Don't Wanna Cry", "Southside Chicago", "Whatever You Do Do It Good", "You Girl", "Find Somebody New", "Mama Don't Allow Now Loving IN Here", "What Would You Do", "Who's Gonna Take Me Home", "I'm Ready For Love", and "Sound Of The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny BurrellOde To 52nd Street ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $18.99 About June 16, 2021
Less of the bop tribute that you might think – given the title – and more of a groovy batch of jazz tracks, with arrangements by Richard Evans, in the soulful bouncy style that was his best standard for mid 60s work at Chess! Evans' work is what really makes the record sparkle – and Kenny's soloing here in a Verve-ish mode, floating over the top of a variety of material, both mellow and upbeat. Side one features the extended "Suite For Guitar & Orchestra" – and side two features "I Want My Baby Back", "Soulero", "Con Alma", and "Blues Fuse". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!) This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, June 16.

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✨✧ Jerry ButlerSagittarius Movement ... LP
Mercury, 1971. Very Good ... $5.99
One of the great albums of trippy soul that Jerry Butler cut with his Fountain Productions group of players, arrangers, and engineers – a group that borrowed a lot of talent from the Chess/Cadet studios of the late 60s. Jerry produced with Gerald Sims, and the arrangements were handled by Sims, James Mack, and Donny Hathaway (who also played piano on the record.) Tracks include "Ain't Understanding Mellow", "Windy City Soul", "True Love Don't Come Easy", and a lesser known Terry Callier/Billy Butler track called "Sail Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and light aging, seam splitting and a small sticker spot.)

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Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (180 gram 2LP expanded edition) ... LP
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that sound is the genius that is Terry Callier! This is very stripped down material, very dark and brooding – a good chance to hear Terry before he hit the Chess studios and they backed him up with a lot of orchestrations (although we love the orchestrations, too.) The material has a soulful spiritual feel, and is sung with a lot of passion over acoustic guitar. Think of Nina Simone's folksier stuff from the same time, if you need a reference. Tracks include "900 Miles", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "It's About Time", "Promenade In Green", and "I'm A Drifter". This expanded edition includes bonus tracks – "Be My Woman", "Jack O' Diamonds", and "The Golden Apples Of The Sun" – plus alternate takes of "Promenade In Green" and "900 Miles". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)

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✨✧ Buck Clayton & Buddy TateBuck & Buddy Blow The Blues ... CD
Prestige/Swingville/OJC, 1961. Used ... $11.99
A romping little session from Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate – served up in a looser, more relaxed setting than the former's albums for Columbia, and a slightly more swing-based mode than the latter's dates for Chess! Both horn players get plenty of room to solo in the open-ended Swingville mode – Buck on trumpet and Buddy on both tenor and clarinet – and the group's a nice one too, since Sir Charles Thompson's playing piano, Gene Ramey's on bass, and Gus Johnson's on drums. Titles include "Blue Creek", "Blue Breeze", "Blue Ebony", "Rompin At Red Bank", and "Dallas Delight". CD
(Out of print.)

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Earth Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World (expanded edition) ... CD
CBS, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Amazing! Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, and afrocentric jazz – all expertly handled by the great Charles Stepney, who still has the same rich talent for blending styles that he had while working at Chess/Cadet during the glory days of the late 60s. Some of these songs have been played to death (and covered so much) over the years that it's often easy to forget what a crowning moment this was for former underground soul heroes Earth Wind & Fire – but we'll never cease to be amazed at the power of their mid 70s work, and this album's the best of the best. Titles include "Shining Star", "That's The Way Of The World", "Reasons", "Africano", "See The Light", and "Happy Feelin". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Shining Star (future star)", "All About Love (first impressions)", "Happy Feelin (anatomy of a groove)", "Caribou Chaser (jazzy jam)", and "That's The Way Of The World (Latin expedition)". CD

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Richard EvansDealing With Hard Times ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ... $24.99
A sublime set of soul instrumentals – very funky work, and sort of a 70s follow-up to the Soulful Strings albums on Cadet Records from the 60s! Maestro Richard Evans is at the top of his game here – stepping out with that hip Chisoul mode he first forged at Chess, tuned here towards some even more sophisticated modes for Atlantic Records! Many of Evan's previous players are on board to make the record great – including Lennie Druss on flute, Paul Serrano on trumpet, Odell Brown on organ, and Phil Upchurch on guitar. Evans himself plays bass for the record – using a very funky bottom sound – and the set also features some wicked vibes from the legendary Billy Wooten, working away from his Nineteenth Hole group on a rare major label date! The sound is blacksploitation soundtrack, part Curtom funk – and titles include the great originals "Pie Daddy's Dream", "Wado City", "Angela My Sister", and the great "Patutu" – which was done by the Soulful Strings – plus a few nice covers like "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Ellie's Love Theme", by Isaac Hayes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and some waviness from moisture.)

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Aretha FranklinSongs Of Faith – Aretha Gospel ... LP
Checker, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
Some of the earliest recordings ever done by Aretha Franklin – a Chess Records album of the 60s, but one that brings together obscure Detroit tracks from Aretha's earliest years – gospel sides that came out as singles, mixed with a few others that were never issued at the time! The feel is very different than Aretha's later spiritual recordings – much more in the stripped-down gospel style of the postwar years – but with the lady's majestic voice right out front, often in a live setting, often with a group. While less iconic, the whole thing is still an essential piece of the Aretha Franklin puzzle – and one of the few records to truly tap into her Detroit roots! Titles include "Precious Lord (parts 1 & 2)", "Never Grow Old", "He Will Wash You White As Snow", and "The Day Is Past & Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lowell FulsonComplete Kent Recordings 1964 to 1968 (4CD set) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $74.99
Funky blues and plenty of soul – a massive 4CD set that not only features the complete 60s recordings done by Lowell Fulson for the Kent label, but which also includes a fair bit of rarities and unreleased material! If you're a fan of funky soul, you've probably heard Lowell's classic "Tramp" – a cut sampled heavily in early hip hop years, and still one of the best blends of blues and funk you'll ever hear – a mode that Fulson explored heavily on the Kent label, after a long initial career recording for Chess, Modern, and other labels. The sense of rhythm on most of these cuts is great – and Lowell's got a nicely sinister vibe to his vocals, too – often matched with guitar that more than keeps up his blues chops, but which also has plenty of funky touches as well. The first 2CDs in the set features released material for Kent – 51 tracks – then CD3 features 23 more unreleased rare tracks and remixes, and CD4 features 22 more alternate takes and other unissued numbers – a huge batch of material in a really wonderful package! CD

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Holy Modal RoundersHoly Modal Rounders – Live In 1965 ... CD
ESP/Don Giovanni, 1965. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Some of the earliest music ever from The Holy Modal Rounders – a rare live performance from 1965, recorded at the Chess Mate nightclub in Detroit, and featuring only the duo of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber! The music here is a bit more folksy and a bit less trippy than some of the Rounders' later recordings, but it still shows a decidedly left-field approach – not just in the subjects of the tunes, but also in the way the guitar, banjo, and fiddle are used – almost as additional voices at times, instead of conventional folk instrumentation. Titles include "Crowley Waltz", "Black Eyed Suzy", "My Mind Capsized", "Fishin Blues", "Rum Mountain", "Random Canyon", "Skin Game", "Indian War Whoop", and "Flop Eared Mule". CD

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Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleySuper Super Blues Band (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Checker/Jackpot, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 22.99
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 his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited colored vinyl pressing.)

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George JacksonGeorge Jackson In Memphis ... LP
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A stunning collection of work from the great George Jackson – a real 70s powerhouse in southern soul, but an artist who didn't always get the chance to shine as much as he should! One reason for that was that Jackson only issued singles during the decade – work here collected from labels that include Chess, MGM, and Sounds Of Memphis – superbly-written tunes that really show off George's skills as a songwriter – at a level that also had Jackson's talents so in demand by others, he didn't always get the chance to issue records on his own. As you'd guess from the title, the work here was all recorded in Memphis – with wonderful vocals by George, and that strong Memphis style backing of soulful guitars, horns, sweet keys, rollicking drums and insistent bass lines. Titles include "Things Are Getting Better", "Let's Live For Ourselves", "If You Never See Me", "Dear Abby", "I Don't Need You No More", "Talking About The Love I Have For You", "How Can I Get Next To You", "If You Never See Me", and "Walking The City Streets". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sam LazarOrgan Grooves (Space Flight/Playback/bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pair of Hammond jazz classics from organist Sam Lazar – back to back on a single CD, with rare bonus tracks too! First up is Space Flight – a tight batch of organ groovers with a raw R&B feel, recorded by the obscure St Louis organist Sam Lazar – with a very young Grant Green on guitar! The album's a bit different than Sam's other records for Argo – in that the tunes are all quite short, with a tight fast sound that's almost more R&B at times than jazz – a very unusual setting especially for Grant Green! The guitar is nice and loud – really racing to keep up with Lazar's fast work on the Hammond – and other members of the group include Willie Dixon on bass and Chauncey Williams on drums. Titles include "Mad Lad", "Space Flight", "Caramu", "Funky Blues", and "Big Willie". Playback is one of a few rare albums from Hammond player Sam Lazar – a lesser-known artist from the same searing generation as Baby Face Willette and Jack McDuff, but a musician who never full got his due! This record was done for the Argo side of Chess Records, and it's got a raw sound that's equal parts soul jazz and R&B – with Sam doing some great work on the keys, and the obscure tenorist Miller Brisker in the group too – a really great musician who works with lots of unique twists – and spurs Lazar onto new heights of playing, with maybe an even farther reach on the keys than his other albums. Lazar wrote most of the set, and the tracks include "Deep", "Fuzz Buzz", "S&S", "Scootin", and "Long Gone". A nice bit of soul jazz, with a deep rootsy sound all the way through! CD also features the bonus two-part 45rpm single of "Space Flight". CD

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Michel LegrandThomas Crown Affair – Deluxe Edition ... CD
United Artists/Ryko, 1968. Used ... $13.99
One of the greatest soundtracks of the 60s – and a crowning moment of international fame for French composer Michel Legrand! Legrand already had plenty of records under his belt by the time he scored this great film – a heist movie with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway – and he brings all that experience to bear in his music here – with sounds that run from jazzy groovers to bossa instrumentals to a few vocal numbers that are completely sublime, and which show his music works equally well in English as it does in French! Noel Harrison sings the landmark "Windmills Of Your Mind", and Legrand himself sings on the killer "His Eyes Her Eyes" – both of which get instrumental versions as well – and other instrumental tracks include "The Chess Game", "Playing The Field", "The Boston Wrangler", "Doubting Thomas", "The Crowning Touch", and "Room Service". Plus, the CD contains snippets of extra dialogue from the film, and it's also got great notes, extra photos, and even an enhanced CD Rom with cool archival material. A super tribute to one of our favorite soundtracks of all time, and proof that the US reissue market is up to something right these days! CD
(Out of print.)

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Barbara LewisDon't Forget About Me – The Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1960s. Used 3CD ... $22.99
Damn fantastic work from Barbara Lewis – one of our favorite soul singers of the 60s, and an artist who's a bit unlike anyone else! Lewis hails from the Detroit area, but also did a fair bit of early recording in Chicago – and in a way, her sound is maybe a mix of the class of Motown with some of the sophistication that was coming into the Chess Records soul work as the 60s moved on – both modes that Lewis held together perfectly, and with a quality that was years ahead of her time! On these sides, Barbara can be groovy, but never silly – open with her emotions, but never imprisoned by them – often working with the best arrangers of the time, like Arif Mardin or Riley Hampton – and even getting backing support from members of The Dells on a number of cuts. The set is amazing – six full albums' worth of material recorded for Atlantic, plus lots of non-album tracks and b-sides, one unreleased track, and two sides from a very obscure Reprise Records single in 1973. There's never been a collection of Lewis' work like this – a massive 68 track package, with details on all the sessions, and superb sound throughout! CD
Also available Don't Forget About Me – The Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD set) ... CD 26.99

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Barbara LewisDon't Forget About Me – The Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1960s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99
Damn fantastic work from Barbara Lewis – one of our favorite soul singers of the 60s, and an artist who's a bit unlike anyone else! Lewis hails from the Detroit area, but also did a fair bit of early recording in Chicago – and in a way, her sound is maybe a mix of the class of Motown with some of the sophistication that was coming into the Chess Records soul work as the 60s moved on – both modes that Lewis held together perfectly, and with a quality that was years ahead of her time! On these sides, Barbara can be groovy, but never silly – open with her emotions, but never imprisoned by them – often working with the best arrangers of the time, like Arif Mardin or Riley Hampton – and even getting backing support from members of The Dells on a number of cuts. The set is amazing – six full albums' worth of material recorded for Atlantic, plus lots of non-album tracks and b-sides, one unreleased track, and two sides from a very obscure Reprise Records single in 1973. There's never been a collection of Lewis' work like this – a massive 68 track package, with details on all the sessions, and superb sound throughout! CD
Also available Don't Forget About Me – The Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD set) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Bobby LewisMumblin, Tossin, & Turnin ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
A really wonderful overview of the early career of Bobby Lewis – a pre-soul singer who recorded for a variety of different labels, and always managed to pack a hell of a punch! Bobby can have a very dynamic vocal approach when he wants – a sometimes-explosive approach that paves the way from jump blues through R&B into soul – and the tracks here follow a similar trajectory, and start with early work for Chess, Mercury, Spotlight, and Roulette – before moving into the early 60s material for Beltone Records that's perhaps some of Lewis' best-known material. Throughout the 27 track set, there's a real love for an upbeat, playful tune – the kind of work that would be more strongly associated with the New Orleans scene in the 60s, even though Bobby's roots are in the midwest. Titles include two versions of his early hit "Mumbles Blues" – plus "Tossin & Turnin", "Oh Mr Somebody", "Solid As A Rock", "Turn Over A New Leaf", "Cry No More", "One Track Mind", "Yay Yay I Feel So Gay", "A Man's Gotta Be A Man", "Yes Oh Yes It Did", "Boom A Chick Chick", and "I'm Tossin & Turnin Again". CD

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 19.99
A quadruple-header from Ramsey Lewis – four albums from his great 70s electric period on Columbia Records! First up is Funky Serenity – sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". Golden Hits isn't a "best of", but instead has Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". Solar Wind was cut smack dab in the middle of Ramsey's glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". Sun Goddess is one of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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Roscoe Mitchell Art EnsembleCongliptious (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Nessa, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
We're not sure what "congliptious" means – but to us, it's always been the title of this excellent early session from reedman Roscoe Mitchell! The sessions here were recorded in 1968, at the Ter-Mar (Chess) Studios in Chicago – and they document a key coming-together of Chicago avant jazz talents – one that captures Mitchell with Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors in the years before better-known dates by the Art Ensemble of Chicago! The style here is somewhat similar to some of the best Delmark AACM sessions of the time – in that there's a hell of a lot of room for each player to open up individually – almost a recording style that takes off even more strongly from the individualist mode of the New York "new thing" generation – showing that Chicago could go one better by allowing each player completely unbridled space to express themselves. Malachi Favors solos on "Tutankhamen", Mitchell does an alto solo on "Thke", and Bowie plays alone on "Jazz Death" – while the trio of players comes together with percussionist Robert Crowder on the long number "Congliptious/Old" – a cool cut that almost links a Sun Ra aesthetic to the AACM. CD also features 4 bonus tracks – 3 takes of "Carefree", plus "Tatas-Matoes" – all cuts that originally appeared on the Art Ensemble 1967/1968 box set. CD

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Morgan NixonBorn In A Car Crash – A Guide To Choice 1950s & 60s Rhythm & Blues 45s ... Book
Long Road Society, 2021. New Copy ... $26.99 30.00
The title's a bit mysterious, but the book is very very cool – a guide to loads of rare, raw singles – each of which gets a full page devoted to itself! The book is all color, with heavy glossy pages – and each of the rare 45s is presented with a full scan of the record, and a short essay on why the track is so great – with page after page of entries from classic labels like Chess and King, and lots more obscure entries from really tiny imprints! If you love holding a pile of rare 45s in your hands, you'll find plenty to love here – as the book features almost 250 entries that leap off the page like a piece of rare vinyl. The book is softcover, full color, and very heavily skewed to postwar blues and R&B! Book

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Rotary ConnectionBlack Gold Of The Sun – The Very Best Of Rotary Connection ... CD
Cadet/Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 29.99
Some of the trippiest soul music ever recorded – an amazing collection of work by the legendary Rotary Connection – early home to vocalist Minnie Riperton and arranger Charles Stepney! Rotary Connection was a unique late 60s combination of soul, jazz, and rock-based modes – all inflected by more baroque production styles coming down in the Chicago scene of the time – balanced perfectly by the genius of Stepney – who often drew inspiration from avant classical work to round out his sound! Stepney gave the group a heady heady sound that went far beyond the airy vocal sound of Minnie Riperton or the rougher edge of Sidney Barnes – and the mix of unusual instrumentation, odd recording techniques, and strange timings made the group's music years ahead of its time – at a level that's really only fully appreciated these many years later. This 2CD set goes way beyond previous collections of Rotary Connection work, because it shows a real appreciation for the more adventurous sounds of Stepney in the studio – and brings together the trippiest, most freewheeling cuts from the group's 4 albums for Chess/Cadet – as well as a number of key tunes that have been heavily sampled over the years. 33 tracks in all – including "The Salt Of The Earth", "Rapid Transit", "Magical World", "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun", "A-Muse", "Sursum Mentes", "Memory Band", "Hey Love", "The Sea & She", "Song For Everyman", "Love Is", "We're Going Wrong", "Life Could", "Teach Me How To Fly", "VIP", "Let Them Talk", "Love Has Fallen On Me", "Respect", "Pink Noise", "Want You To Know", and "This Town". CD

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Salloom SinclairSalloom Sinclair & The Mother Bear (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cadet/Big Pink (Korea), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Funk folks unfurling their freak flag, hailing from Tennessee – but working under the aegis of Marshall Chess and Abner Spector in the crossover mode of some of the other Cadet Concept albums from the time, plying a righteous verging-on-soul vibe that a lot of the hippy generation seemed to favor – and we mean that in the best possible way! Roger Salloom and Robin Sinclair sing together on most tracks, in a R&B influenced style you might imagine coming out of the Bay Area, over heavy organ driven grooves with some nice fuzzed out guitar. Titles include "Violence Blam Blam I'm Sorry", "Lesson At The Delicatessen", "Motorcycle", "One More Try", "I'm Comin Home Again", "Sleep", "Faith Has Been Given", and "Animal". CD

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Shades Of BrownS.O.B. ... CD
Cadet/Dusty Groove, 1970. Used ... $8.99
Amazing soul from Chess Records – and an album that almost feels like some lost small-label soul set, or a batch of rare funky 45s! Shades Of Brown are an ultra-hip male group from Chicago – a quartet of singers with the range and depth of The Temptations or Dells at their best, supported by a small combo of very lively instrumentalists who bring a really funky edge to their music – that sort of self-contained sound than you might find more in the hinterlands of the 60s soul scene than at Chess. But there's also plenty of key Chess touches too – including production by Dells maestro Bobby Miller, who also penned all the tunes for the record, giving the group some wonderful material to work with. Richard Evans handled most of the arrangements, but Charles Stepney also did a few too – and titles include "Man's Worst Enemy", "Girl I'm Coming Home", "Falling In Love Too Hard", "Lite Y'All Up", "Lie #2", "Little Girl", "Ho-Hum World", "He Didn't Leave Me A Name", "Garbage Man", and "The Soil I Tilled For You" – which has an amazing break! CD
(Out of print.)

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Wayne ShorterClassic Blue Note Recordings ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
2CDs worth of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note recordings – what more could a jazz fan ask for? Without a doubt, Shorter ranks among the most significant jazz composers for small ensembles of the modern era, and it's easy to see why on these recordings, where his vision was fully formed, but that doesn't take away from appreciation of his skill as a soloist, weaving beautiful, intricate lines. As you might imagine, the sidemen here reads like a roster of the most important jazzmen of the age, and their playing here is stellar, including Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams, with the tracks pulled from LPs like Speak No Evil, Night Dreamer and Adam's Apple among others. The second disc of the set focuses on his playing as a in others' groups, with a nice chunk devoted to the Jazz Messengers. 22 trcks in all, including 'Black Nile", "Yes Or No", "Speak No Evil", "Infant Eyes", "Angola", "Etcetera", "Adam's Apple", "Footprints", "The Chess Players", "Ping Pong", "Children Of The Night" and "Nefertiti". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Siegel Schwall BandSiegel-Schwall '70 ... LP
Vanguard, 1970. Near Mint- ... $16.99
The Siegel Schwall Band change things up a bit here – leaving behind the rootsy Sam Charters production of their first few albums for the the heady sound of Dunwich – and picking up just a bit of electric piano and electric bass in the process! The style is still rooted in blues, but maybe not as slavishly tied to the modes of Chess Records as before – as the group, especially Corky Siegel, seem to be coming up with lyrical modes that are maybe a bit more of a nod to the north side crowds that were really cheering them on in Chicago – not mainstream, certainly, but maybe a bit more longhaired than south side juke joint crowds – almost a bit of a Bay Area vibe in the mix. Titles include "Angel Food Cake", "Song", "A Sunshine Day In My Mind", "Do You Remember", "I Don't Want You To Be My Girl", and "Geronimo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny StittChronological Sonny Stitt – 1951 to 1953 ... CD
Classics (France), Early 50s. Used ... $8.99
Collects small and large group material recorded for Prestige, Chess, and Roost. Features work with Kai Winding on trombone, Horace Silver on piano, and Charles Mingues on bass. CD
(CDr pressing.)

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Sonny StittDumpy Mama ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
A pretty wild album from legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt – one that's quite different from the bop of his roots, but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The album is a handful that Sonny cut in the 70s with an electric vibe – similar to his work for Chess and Prestige records ad the time, and a great new outlet for his maturing reed style – thanks to the handling of the Flying Dutchman label! The cover and title might make you assume the set's an all-out funk affair – but instead, it's a reworking of older Stitt modes, into a hip 70s style – with keyboards and piano from Mike Wofford, and some additional work on saxes from Pee Wee Ellis and Frank Strozier – both players who provide nice backing to Sonny's solos. Highlights include the mighty ten minute title track, "Dumpy Mama" – and the cut "Jason", which has a slight Latin vibe, thanks to percussion from Ray Barretto. Other titles are nice, too – reworked standards with a 70s vibe – including "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Just Friends", and "Danny Boy For Ben". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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T Bone WalkerEvery Day I Have The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A sweet funky set from the mighty T-Bone Walker – a record that still includes loads of his wickedly sharp guitar lines, but which also gives him a tight groove with electric bass and great drums from the legendary Paul Humphrey! The bottom end here kicks as much as Walker's work on the top – which gives the record a cool crossover mix of blues, soul, and funk – not that different from some of the funky blues experiments going on over at Chess Records at the time, but with more of an LA twist. A young Tom Scott plays some great tenor lines on the record – and titles include "Vietnam", "T Bone Blues Special", "Sail On", "For BB King", "Cold Cold Feeling", and "Shake It Baby". CD features two bonus tracks – live versions of "Sail On" and "Stormy Monday Blues". CD

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Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor/Universal (Japan), 1971. Used Gatefold ... $28.99
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". CD
(Out of print SHM CD pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ Various101 Northern Soul – 101 Of The Greatest Northern Soul Anthems (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Just Sold Out!
The title's no lie – as this sweet little set features 101 Northern Soul classics – a treasure trove of upbeat soul from the 60s – with lots of rare cuts, obscure groovers, and the kinds of tracks that always got more play on UK dancefloors than back home here in the US! For the price, the set is a hell of a collection – and features killer classics from labels that include Motown, Chess, Philips, MGM, and other vintage imprints – with a nice degree of overlooked cuts that have only been discovered by the northern scene in more recent years. Titles include "Til You Were Gone" by Frank Wilson, "Love Love Love" by Bobby Hebb, "Stop Her On Sight" by Edwin Starr, "What More Could A Boy Ask For" by The Spinners, "Can't Satisfy" by The Impressions, "I'm The One Who Loves You" by Darrell Banks, "Why Am I Lovin You" by Debbie Dean, "The Night" by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, "I Got A Feelin" by Barbara Randolph, "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by The Elgins, "Dr Love" by Bobby Sheen, "Trampoline" by Spencer Davis Group, "Nothing Left To Give" by Thelma Houston, "Baby I Miss You" by Tommy Good, "I've Been Blessed" by Bobby Taylor, "Look What You Done Boy" by The Lollipops, "Friday Night" by Johnny Taylor, "Baby I Love You" by Howard Tate, "Helpless" by Kim Weston, "Moody woman" by Jerry Butler, "There's A Ghost In My House" by R Dean Taylor, "Ordinary Joe" by Terry Callier, "Wade In The Water" by Marlena Shaw, "Drop In The Bucket" by Mary Wells, "Baby A Go Go" by Barbara McNair, "Love's Gone Bad" by Chris Clark, "Run For Cover" by The Dells, "Battened Ships" by Odyssey, "Nothing But A Heartache" by The Flirtations, "Sure Is A Lotta Woman" by The Isley Brothers, and "Keep On Lovin Me" by Francis Nero. CD

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Various80s Jazz Dance ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A set with an 80s cover, but one that features vintage soul jazz throughout – the kind of late 50s/early 60s material that really played big on UK club floors in the early years of Acid Jazz, thanks to work by DJs like Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge! These are all classic cuts from the US – from labels like Prestige and Chess – served up with plenty of Hammond, riffing guitar, and strong tenor lines – plus occasional vocals too. Forget the look of the package, and imagine some fantastic jazz photographs instead – alongside cuts that include "Camp Meetin" by Sam Lazar, "Moanin" by Art Blakey, "Screamin" by Jack McDuff, "Cerveza" by Boots Brown, "Somethin Strange" by Baby Face Willette, "Meetin Here" by Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Wade In The Water" by Johnny Griffin, "Vera" by Richard Evans, "Sack O Woe" by Ray Bryant, and "Night In Tunisia" by Buck Clarke. CD

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VariousAnn Arbor Blues Festival 1969 ... CD
Third Man, 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 19.98
A fantastic document of the first-ever Ann Arbor Blues Festival – the start of a great event that would blossom into other styles of music in the 70s, but which stood as a strong blues-based event in its initial year of 1969! In some ways, the three day series of concerts is a roots answer to Woodstock – which took place just a few weeks before – as the festival featured a great scope of blues talents, from the rootsier sort of artists who were recording for labels like Folkways or Arhoolie, to some of the sharper modern talents rising to the top on Chess or Delmark! The package alone is almost worth the price of admission – beautiful photographs of the event, detailed notes, and the first-ever release of this music – which has sat in the vaults for decades, finally to see the light of day. Titles include "Dirty Mother For You" by Roosevelt Sykes, "So Glad You're Mine" by Arthur Big Boy Crudup, "Everybody Must Suffer/Stone Crazy" by Luther Allison & The Blue Nebulae, "Help Me" by Junior Wells, "I Wonder Why" by Jimmy Dawkins, "Too Much Alcohol" by JB Hutto & His Hawks, "So Many Roads So Many Trains" by Otis Rush, "Long Distance Call" by Muddy Waters, "Off The Wall" by James Cotton Band, "Juanita" by Big Joe Williams, "Jelly Jelly Blues" by Shirley Griffin, "I Feel So Good" by Magic Sam, "Call It Stormy Monday" by T-Bone Walker, "Death Letter Blues" by Son House, "Key To The Highway" by Sam Lay, and "Mojo Hand" by Lightnin Hopkins. CD

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✨✧ VariousEccentric Soul – The Way Out Label ... CD
Numero, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99 29.98
Great work from a label that was way out in the Cleveland scene of the 60s – but which bristles with some of the best energy of Detroit and Chicago at the time! The tiny imprint never cracked the big time, but not for lack of quality – as the cuts here have a sharp blend of deep soul vocals and tight arrangements – of the sort that we've always loved in the best smaller Chicago indies of the late 60s – particularly the kind of labels that were operating in the shadows of Chess and Brunswick. A core group of artists recorded most of this music – and make for a very unified feel throughout – especially given that even some of the numbers with solo singers still really maintain a group soul sort of vibe. And the overall quality of the package takes us back to the earliest days of projects like this from the Numero Group – right down to the very detailed story of the label's unique place in 60s soul music. Titles include "There's No You" by The Occasions, "Demanding Man" and "Two Can Make It" by The Sensations, "She Didn't Know" by Sammy Jones, "Ain't That A Heartache" and "Baby Don't Go" by Norman Scott, "You're Not Loving A Beginner" by Jesse Fisher, "How long Will It Last" by The Soul Notes, "Why" by The Springers, and "Party At Lester's" by Lou Ragland & His Bandmasters. 2CD set – with 40 tracks and a great booklet! CD

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VariousKent & Modern Records Blues Into The 60s Vol 1 – Dirty Work Going On ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A huge collection of rare blues material from west coast powerhouse label Kent/Modern Records – a really important indie during the postwar R&B scene in LA, still going strong here well into the 60s! Modern was a real pioneer in recording electrified blues during the 50s – maybe every bit as important as Chess Records, with a roster of talent that drew from the Memphis and Texas scenes, and which also included blues musicians who'd migrated west as well! The Modern approach always lived up to its name – helping evolve rootsier styles into more sophisticated modes, often unlocking currents of jazz and nascent soul in the music – so that by the time of the 60s, the company (and its related Kent Records imprint) kept on moving things forward – recording so much amazing work, a good deal of it was never even issued on record at the time. That's definitely the case here – as the collection brings together a large number of tracks that either appear here for the first time ever, or which didn't make their debut until Japanese CD releases back in the 90s – brought together in a collection of 26 tracks with plenty of appeal for fans of raw soul too. Titles include "Blues In G Minor" by Big Jay McNeely, "Let Me Be Your Eagle Baby (take 1)" by King Solomon, "Go Ahead (take 1)" by Fillmore Slim, "Jimmy's Special" by Little Joe Blue, "Sweet Little Angel" by Larry Davis, "Jealous Woman" by T-Bone Walker, "On My Way Back Home (alt)" by Flash Terry, "Fast Gun Annie" by Billy Ray, "Consider Yourself (ext)" by Stacy Johnson, "Down Now (take 3)" by BB King, "New Figure" by King Solomon, and "One Thing We Know" by Flash Terry. CD

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VariousLast Shall Be First – The JCR Records Story ... CD
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
A treasure trove of rare and unusual gospel recordings from the Memphis scene – work done for the tiny JCR imprint of the also-tiny D-Vine Records label – a real wellspring of under-discovered talent from the south! JCR was kind of the bush league for D-Vine – a custom label that let gospel acts press their own records, some of which were then pulled up to record for the main imprint – some of whom never fully got their due – a great assortment of soulful groups collected here for the first time ever! There's some really wonderful material here – and the set really shows that embrace of deeper soul styles that the gospel world was making in the late 60s on labels like Chess or Peacock, carried over strongly here with a very special Memphis sort of vibe. Titles include "Rock My Soul" by The Masonic Travelers, "Too Late Too Late" by The Chosen Wonders, "You Can't Hurry God" by The QCs, "In The Last Day" by The Hewlett Sisters, "Keep On Pushing" by The Calvary Nightingales, "Call On Him" by The Silver Wings, "Someone Who Cares" by The Dixie Wonders, "I Want To Move A Little Higher" by The Seven Souls, "Sinner Man" by The Bible Tones, "Every Knee Must Bow" by The Southern Nightingales, and "Just Over The Hill" by The Spiritual Harmonizers. CD

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VariousSacred Soul – Dave Hamilton's Raw Detroit Gospel 1969 to 1974 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
The lost gospel music legacy of Detroit producer Dave Hamilton – a key force in funk and soul in the Motor City in the 60s – where he developed an amazing sound that he also brought to his spiritual recordings as well! Dave's approach was always grittier than that of Motown or some of the sweeter labels in the city – as you might have heard on some of the great Ace/Kent collections of his rare singles and unissued recordings over the years – all compilations that really lay the groundwork for this one, which is brimming over with raw gospel material from a very soulful stretch in the genre! The work here is like the hippest soul gospel recorded by Chess/Checker or Jewel/Paula at the same time – strongly associated with secular soul in terms of instrumentation, arrangements, and production – and graced with message-oriented lyrics that are perfect for the heady times of the late 60s and early 70s. Some of the tracks were issued on the Sacred Sounds label back in the day, and are mixed with some others found in Hamilton's archives – all given the usual great support by Ace with a big booklet of notes and photos. Titles include "Grown Old & Feeble" by The Soul Inspirers, "I Still Remember" by Umble Faith, "Someday We'll Be Together" by The National Independent Singers, "Savoir On The Throne" by Mr Bo, "Pressing On" by The Silver Harps, "I'm Not Ready To Die" by The Scott Singers, "Down Here Praying" by The Detroit Silvertones, "The Little Light" by The Fantastic Voices Of Joy, "I Heard A Voice (part 1)" by Sensational Angelettes, "If I Had My Way" by OC Tolbert & Clara White Houston, and "Life's Pathway" by Rev Evans. CD

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VariousStranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 to 1966 ... LP
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. This first volume focuses on work from the earliest years of Savoy's gospel productions – and features 24 tracks by The Davis Sisters, Gospel Chimes, Jimmy Scott, Roberta Martin Singers, Swindell Brothers, Christones, Gospel Harmonettes Specials, Harmonizing Five, Famous Ward Singers, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Stars Of Faith, Gospel Cavaliers, and even the Staple Singers! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 to 1986 (3CD set) ... CD 23.99

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VariousStranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 to 1986 (3CD set) ... CD
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $23.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. A great 3CD set – with a huge amount of work – music by The Davis Sisters, Gospel Chimes, Jimmy Scott, Roberta Martin Singers, Swindell Brothers, Christones, Gospel Harmonettes Specials, Harmonizing Five, Famous Ward Singers, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Stars Of Faith, Gospel Cavaliers, Staple Singers, The Metro Tones, Betty Hollins, Gene Martin, Swan Silvertones, Artistic Sounds, James Moore, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Brooklyn Skyways, World Wonders, Myrna Summers, Brockingham Ensemble, Prof Charles Taylor, Exciting Supreme Highlights, Highway QCs, Solomon Burke, Genobia Jeter, World Wonders, Edith Moreno, Glenn Jones & The Modulations, Hollywood Stars, James Cleveland, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Sensational Williams Brothers, Gospelaires Of Dayton, Helen Hollins Singers, Edith Moreno, and The 4th Of May. CD
Also available Stranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 to 1966 ... LP 23.99

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 35 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Mercury & Limelight Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Hard-rocking gems from the second decade of Mercury Records – a label that first broke big in the postwar years with a strong ear for up-and-coming R&B – and one who continued that close to the ground success during the early years of rock and country music as well! Mercury wasn't as close to the south as some of its contemporaries, but it had a really great ear for key talent, and would often scour points far from its Chicago home in search of budding talents in a variety of genres – which means that the work here is definitely at the top of the pack for the time – tunes that have the sharp bristle of cuts on Chess, Sun, or Starday – the latter of whom was an early partner in helping Mercury find talent. The set features 35 tracks in all, with the superb presentation and detailed notes of previous volumes – on titles that include "Sittin On Top" by Curtis Gordon, "Rockin Robert" by The LaDell Sisters, "My Search" by Ben Hewett, "Baby Baby Baby" by Eddie Bond, "Shake It Up" by Conway Twitty, "My Foolish Fling" by The Half Brothers, "The Last Drag" by Voxpoppers, "Downtown" by Orville Couch, "I Want You Baby" by Jackie Cray, "I'll Never Let It Show" by Charlie Walker & The Four Pals, "Shake This Town" by The Counts, and "Cry Baby Cry" by Narvel Felts. CD

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✨✧ VariousTurn It Loose, Ain't No Good – Savoy Gospel 1970 to 1979 ... LP
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. This second volume features work from Savoy's prime 70s gospel years – 20 tracks by artists who include The Metro Tones, Betty Hollins, Gene Martin, Swan Silvertones, Artistic Sounds, James Moore, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Brooklyn Skyways, World Wonders, Myrna Summers, Brockingham Ensemble, Prof Charles Taylor, Exciting Supreme Highlights, and Highway QCs. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousYou Better Get Ready – Savoy Gospel 1978 to 1986 ... LP
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. Savoy kept going strong into the 80s, in a mix of styles that includes some funk and boogie – served up here on 17 tracks by artists that include Solomon Burke, Genobia Jeter, World Wonders, Edith Moreno, Glenn Jones & The Modulations, Hollywood Stars, James Cleveland, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Sensational Williams Brothers, Gospelaires Of Dayton, Helen Hollins Singers, Edith Moreno, and The 4th Of May. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsBlue Groove ... LP
Prestige, 1962/1982. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare one by Gene Ammons – recorded in 1962 for Chess, but unissued until this obscure early 80s pressing on Prestige! The session is one of Jug's excellent early 60s sides – and is very much in the style of other work from the period. Players on the set are mostly unknown, but the great Chicago player Clarence Sleepy Anderson is working with Ammons on both piano and organ throughout – grooving nicely on a set of tracks that includes the original tunes "Sleepy", "Yea", "Blue Groove", "Blinky", and "It Never Goes Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art BlakeyBig Beat ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their early soulful powers here – working with Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt in a set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. Nearly every track on the record's a classic – and titles include an early version of Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus Wayne Shorter's beautiful tunes "Lester Left Town", "Chess Players", and "Sakeena's Vision". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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