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Chuck BerryRollin' Till The Break Of Dawn – 25 Original Chess Masters ... CD
Hoodoo, Late 50s. Used ... $5.99
... 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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Willie DixonWillie Dixon – Chess Box (2CD box set) ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
36 tracks on 2CDs – a rich collection of work from this legendary Chicago bluesman! CD
(Includes book & box. Box has a water stain for about 2/3 inches along the right side.)

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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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Little MiltonLittle Milton – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, 1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Classic Chess Records material from Little Milton – plus a full side of unreleased material – Live At The Burning Spear! Titles include "Grits Ain't Groceries", "I Stand Accused", "We're Gonna Make It", "Blind Man", "Who's Cheating Who", "Help Me Help You", "More & More", "Driftin Drifter", and "Baby I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Little MiltonWelcome To The Club – The Essential Chess Recordings ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $13.99
... CD
(Out of print. Columbia House pressing.)

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✨✧ MoonglowsTheir Greatest Hits (Chess collection pressing) ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Still sealed!)

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonHer Chess Years – Featuring The Gems & Rotary Connection – 50th Anniversary Collection ... CD
MCA/Chess, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work by Minnie Riperton – featuring tracks that she recorded as a female soul singer, plus later work recorded with the groundbreaking group Rotary Connection! The set's got some of Minnie's earliest singles for the Chess label – including "All Of It", "Lonely Girl", and "Happy New Love", recorded as Andrea Davis or with The Gems. Then, the set's got 13 nice tracks from Minnie's Rotary Connection days, most of which feature her in lead vocals. Titles of those include "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp", "Love Me Now", "Living Alone", "Magical World", "Respect", and "A-muse". CD
(Out of print, name in pen on booklet cover.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Chess Blues ... CD
MCA/Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, Eddie Boyd and his Chess Men, Willie Mabon, Lowell Fulson, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter & His Night Cats, JB Lenoir, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Little Walter. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerryJohnny B Goode – His Complete 50s Chess Recordings (4CD set) ... CD
Chess/Hip-O Select, Mid/Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Chuck Berry at Chess – as monumental as anything recorded by anyone in the 1950s with an importance that can't be overstated – but even if you put the historical relevance and cultural cache aside, you're still left with some of the most exhilarating blasts of high octane rock, blues & r&b ever! Hip-O Select doesn't shy away from exhaustive collections – and if this mammoth, beautifully packaged 4 CD treasure trove doesn't have every note Chuck cut for Checker/Chess, probably does have all you'll ever need – with all the great singles, multiple alternate takes, instrumentals, demos, masters, live versions and more. Comes in a beautiful, foldout, string-bound package with a nice booklet, photos and notes by biographer Fred Rothwell. A great set – with more than 100 tracks on 4CDs! Includes "Maybellene", "Wee Wee Hours", "Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)", "You Can't Catch Me", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Oh Baby Doll", "Rock And Roll Music", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Reelin' And Rockin'", "Johnny B Goode", "Around And Around", "It' Don't Take But A Few Minutes", "21 Blues", "Memphis Tennessee", "Little Queenie", "Almost Grown", "County Line", "Let It Rock", "Too Pooped To Pop", and much, much more! CD
(Very limited edition – and in great shape!)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersChess Singles Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
... 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 BerryGreat Twenty Eight ... CD
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Chuck BerryMaybellene/Wee Wee Hours ... 7-inch
Chess, 1955. Very Good ... $13.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue & silver label pressing. Label has some aging.)

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✨✧ Wayne Cochran & The CC RidersWayne Cochran! ... LP
Chess, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Wild stuff! White singer Wayne Cochran looks like he should be a rockabilly star – right down to his big ol' pompadour haircut – but this early album of his for Chess is actually a tight batch of groovers that holds a nice appeal to fans of late 60s funk! Cochran's got a raw Wilson Pickett-ish sound to his voice, and the CC Riders vamp behind him in a nice tight way that's similar to a lot of the mixed race groups backing up other southern soul stars from the time. Includes the breakbeat version of "Little Bitty Pretty One", plus "Big City Woman", "Get Down With It", "Boom Boom", and "Get Ready". Nice gatefold, too – filled with wild pictures of Wayne, and a recommendation from Jackie Gleason! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Mitty CollierTogether/No Faith, No Love ... 7-inch
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ DellsDells (Greatest Hits) ... LP
Chess/MCA, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A collection of tracks recorded during the late 60s and early 70s – when the Dells were at their peak, recording at Cadet with arrangers and producers like Charles Stepney, Bobby Miller, and Don Davis. Titles include "Love Is Blue (I Can Sing A Rainbow)", "There Is", "Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation", "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind", and "My Pretending Days Are Over". 11 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Benny GolsonFree (Free/Take A Number From One To Ten) ... CD
MCA/Chess, 1960/1962. Used ... $6.99
Includes the full ablum "Free" plus 7 tracks from "Take A Number From One To Ten". CD
(Out of print.)

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Buddy GuyI Left My Blues In San Francisco ... CD
MCA/Chess, 1969. Used ... $8.99
Not the Bay Area effort you might guess from the title – and instead a sweet Chicago session that's easily one of the funkiest records that Buddy Guy ever cut! There's a great mix of funk and soul mixed in with the blues – thanks to arrangements from Charles Stepney and Gene Barge, who groove Buddy up in the same new funky mode that Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters got from Chess Records at the same time. A few cuts are more stripped-down and classic – but most have this great tight groove, with instrumentation by Stepney on some surprisingly funky drums, plus Matt Murphy on guitar, Phil Upchurch on bass, and Gene Barge on tenor sax. Titles include "Goin Home", "Buddy's Groove", "She Suits Me To A Tee", "Every Girl I See", "Too Many Ways", "Crazy Love", "Keep It To Myself", and "When My Left Eye Jumps". 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 ... $4.99
... CD

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Ahmad JamalCross Country Tour 1958 to 1961 ... CD
Chess/Universal, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
Excellent live work by Ahmad Jamal – recorded during his classic years, when he was wowing audiences all over the US! The set features 2 CDs, with material recorded at the Pershing Lounge and Alhambra in Chicago, The Spotlite Club in Washington DC, and the Black Hawk in San Francisco. On the 2 CDs, you're getting a huge amount of material – 32 tracks that made up some of Jamal's best-selling albums of the early 60s, all recorded with the classic trio of Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier. Titles include "Moonlight In Vermont", "Woody N You", "Poinciana", "Cherokee", "Tater Pie", "Billy Boy", "Snowfall", "Sweet & Lovely", and "Darn That Dream". CD

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Etta JamesTell Mama – Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1968. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary Fame Studios lineup that included Barry Beckett on organ, Charles Chalmers on tenor, and Roger Hawkins on drums – all coming together with the great Rick Hall at the production helm! Etta's back in hard-belting R&B-tinged territory here – a bit more sophisticated than the 50s, with a good mix of hard soul numbers and ballads, opening up in some southern territory that really suits her well. Titles include "The Same Rope", "Watch Dog", "Tell Mama", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Just A Little Bit", and "Don't Lose Your Good Thing". CD adds a whopping 10 bonus tracks to include other material recorded by Etta for the album – issued only on singles during the 60s, or never issued until this CD. Additional tracks include "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", "Misty", "I've Gone Too Far", "You Took It", "I Worship The Ground You Walk On", and "You Got It". CD

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Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Trio In Person – 1960 to 1967 ... CD
Chess, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $11.99
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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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 ... $6.99
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 partially split top seam and light wear.)

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✨✧ Moonglows, Miracles, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, CoronetsBunch Of Goodies ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A great little compilation of early vocal group material on Chess Records! The set is very heavy on tracks by The Moonglows – including "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "When I'm With You", "Sincerely", "Most Of All", and "We Go Together". Other cuts include "You're Everything To Me" by The Orchids, "Nadine" by The Coronets, "Long Lonely Nights" by Lee Andrews & The Hearts, and "Bad Girl" by The Miracles. LP, Vinyl record album
(60s light blue label pressing. Cover is nice – but has a small cutout hole, and one corner has the trace of some marker in the white letters.)

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Jimmy RogersChicago Bound ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... $4.99
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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Jimmy RogersHis Best ... CD
MCA/Chess/Chronicles, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print. Note – artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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SCLC Operation Breadbasket Orch & ChoirOn The Case ... LP
Chess, 1970. Sealed ... $14.99
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 and label have a small cutout hole.)

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Billy StewartKeep Loving/I Do Love You ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $4.99
Beautiful beautiful soul stuff, by one of the most unique voices in soul history! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black shield label pressing.)

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Sonny Stitt & FriendsHow High The Moon ... CD
Chess/GRP, 1958/1965. Used ... $6.99
Includes the songs "Koko", "Easy Listening", "It's Hipper Than That", "How High The Moon", "Lover Man", "Fools Rush In", "Lonesome Road", "I Want To Go A Home", "Katea", "Flame And Frost", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "Our Day Will Come", and "My Main Man". CD
(Out of print.)

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StudentsI'm So Young/My Vow To You ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Clay TysonUp Tight – Live At Howard Theatre, Washingon, DC ... LP
Chess, 1965. Very Good- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing. Cover has wear and aging, center split in the bottom seam, and a Altered For Stereo sticker on front.)

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Sonny Boy WilliamsonBummer Road ... CD
Chess, 1957/1958/1960. Used ... $7.99
No bummer here, as the set's a really great one – filled with late 50s Chess Records sides by Sonny Boy Williamson – a number of which are previously unissued! The package does a great job of reviving this material for a newly-informed blues audience of the modern age – giving liner notes, recording details, and more – in addition to pulling together sides that hadn't appeared on album before. Titles include "Little Village" – which is 12 minutes long, and interestingly marked as "not suitable for airplay" – plus "She Got Next To Me", "Santa Claus", "Unseen Eye", "I Can't Do Without You", "Temperature 110", and "This Old Life". CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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VariousPetal Pushers ... LP
Chess, 1968. Very Good ... $19.99
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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✨✧ Chuck BerryHis Best Vol 2 ... CD
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mitty CollierLike Only Yesterday/Watching & Waiting ... 7-inch
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Deep soul from Mitty Collier – secular work, but with a heavenly finish! "Like Only Yesterday" has a slow, spiritual feel – Mitty's vocals stretching out over arrangements by Charles Stepney and Gene Barge, burning deeply as the song moves onward. "Watching & Waiting" has a similar feel, but a bit more of a bounce – almost a proudly stepping gospel march feel. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bo DiddleyLondon Bo Diddley Sessions ... CD
Chess, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Well, not just London – as Bo Diddley also plays a bit here in Chicago, with help from Willie Henderson and Gene Barge on saxes, piano from Tennyson Stephens, guitar from Phil Upchurch, and congas from Derf Reklaw! The London sessions feature Roy Wood on bass, Eddie Hardin on organ, and Ray Fenwick on guitar. Chicago sessions arranged by Richard Evans, too! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Buddy GuyI Was Walking Through The Woods ... CD
Chess, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Buddy Guy reached much bigger fame on later labels, but he sounds pretty darn great here in a set of early recordings done for Chess – all sides recorded in the first half of the 60s, when Buddy represented one of the best talents in a new generation of bluesmen rising up in Chicago! The style here is tighter and a bit more urban than some of the Chess work of the 50s – less rootsy overall, with saxophone often sliding next to the guitar – in a wickedly soulful mode that's got elements of R&B in the mix. Titles include "My Time After A While", "Ten Years Ago", "Watch Yourself", "Stone Crazy", "I Found A True Love", "First Time I Met The Blues", and "No Lie". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfBlues From Hell ... CD
Chess/Not Now (UK), 1950s/1960s. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Digipack case has some edgewear & a piece of clear tape covering a tear on the spine.)

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalBut Not For Me – Ahmad Jamal Trio At The Pershing ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Little WalterEssential Little Walter ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1950s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic set – 46 Chess Records recordings, including a few unissued titles! CD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Moms MableyFunniest Woman In The World – Moms Mabley Onstage ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue fade label pressing. Cover has some aging on the back.)

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✨✧ Pigmeat MarkhamTune Me In ... LP
Chess, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great album that mixes funky music and comedy routines by Pigmeat! The set features 2 great funky 45 tracks – the hilarious "My Wife I Ain't Seen Her", plus a remake of "Open The Door Richard", done with some heavy Gene Barge backings. The album also features longer routines without music – "How To Make Love" and "The Bachelor Apartment" – recorded live at the Regal Theater. LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice original 60s pressing! Cover and label have a small cutout hole. Cover has light wear, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Sonny Boy WilliamsonEssential Sonny Boy Williamson ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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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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✨✧ Lowell FulsonHung Down Head ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case and arwork.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfMoanin In The Moonlight ... LP
Chess, 1959. Very Good+ ... 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
(A beautiful early mono pressing – blue Chess label with silver text, and Sheldon stamp in runoff. Cover is great!)

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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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✨✧ Rory GallagherCleveland Calling Part 2 (180 gram pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Chess, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's a bit different than the first volume in this series of rare material from the Rory Gallagher archives – still an unreleased batch of material, recorded by a Cleveland radio station in 1972 – but featuring Rory with his full band, and not playing solo acoustic! The performance was done at an empty venue – kind of a concert, but not a concert – and the set features titles that include "Should've Learnt My Lesson", "Messin With The Kid", "Used To Be", "Laundromat", "In Your Town", "Pistol Slapper Blues", and "Banker's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Andrews & The HeartsTear Drops/The Girl Around The Corner ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing with a spot of tape.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerrySweet Little Sixteen/Reelin & Rockin ... 7-inch
Chess, 1958. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a small date stamp.)

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✨✧ Billy StewartMountain Of Love/Because I Love You ... 7-inch
Chess, 1965. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)
 
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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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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersRitual ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A hard-swinging cooker from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – recorded during the landmark year of 1957 – when Blakey's group was open to recording for a number of different labels, in a number of different settings! The set was originally done for the west coast stalwart Pacific Jazz, but it's got a sound that's much more in the hardbop mode of the New York scene – all the fire and intensity that Blakey first cooked up for Blue Note, cast out with a slight sense of openness here in the less iconic setting. Players include Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the album's right up there with Vik/RCA, Savoy, and Chess material they cut at the time. Tracks include "Touche", "Sam's Tune", "Once Upon A Groove", and "Wake Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellOde To 52nd Street ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $18.99
A really wonderful Chess/Cadet session from the 60s – not the bop-styled record you might expect from the 52nd Street reference in the title! Instead, the whole thing's more of a cool Chicago take on soul jazz – with these great large arrangements from Richard Evans, backing strong solos in the lead from guitarist Kenny Burrell – sounding wonderful here, almost in a Verve Records 60s mode – floating over the top of a variety of material, both mellow and upbeat, all very groovy! 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 – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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✨✧ Jerry ButlerSagittarius Movement ... LP
Mercury, 1971. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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 a split top seam, a partially split bottom seam, and a cutout hole.)

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Buck Clayton & Buddy TateBuck & Buddy Blow The Blues ... CD
Prestige/Swingville/OJC, 1961. Used ... $9.99
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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CrampsLook Mom No Head! ... CD
Restless, 1991. Used ... $7.99
A totally fun later record from The Cramps – with solid roots rock, fuzzed out garagey stormers and vintage B-Movie imagery – as brilliantly as ever! By this point, The Cramps were understandably being championed for their killer live show more than their records, which is too bad, because this a gem that's been largely buried in the early 90s crypt. It's a nice mix of faster than usual paced punky numbers and their trademark, slower grooving melange of Chess Records, surf, rockabilly and all around mix of both pivotal and obscure influences. Includes "Dames, Booze, Chains And Boots", "Two Headed Sex Change", "Blow Up Your Mind", "Hardworkin' Man", "Miniskirt Stomp", "I Wanna Get In Your Pants", "Bend Over, I'll Drive", "Eyeball In My Martini", "Hipsille 29 BC" and "The Strangeness In Me". 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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Cleveland EatonPlenty Good Eaton ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the most electric albums on the legendary Black Jazz label – a hip set of funky fusion tracks from bassist Cleveland Eaton, with a vibe that's similar to his album for the Gamble label, and his funky 45 work with The Kats! The record's a good extension of Eaton's roots in the Cadet studio scene working with Ramsey Lewis – and as proof of those roots, the record contains work by loads of key Chicago players – including Ari Brown on tenor, Odell Brown on keyboards and Hammond, Duke Payne on tenor and flute, and Morris Jennings on percussion! There's a wicked groove on most cuts, and the set was also recorded at the Chess studios – which furthers the Chicago vibe – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Chi-town Theme", "Keena", "Moe Let's Have A Party", "Kaiser 405", "All Your Lover, All Day, All Night", and "Hamburg 302". CD

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Aretha FranklinARETHA ... CD
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic – but this package features earlier sides for Chess and Columbia, later work from Arista – and a whole host of rare and unreleased material – plus special tracks from side projects that worked together to form a crucial part of Aretha's legacy over the years! In addition to the rare tracks, there's some other great surprises here – and titles include "Until You Come Back To Me (work tape)", "Chain Of Fools (alt version)", "Rock Steady (alternate mix)", "Call Me (alt version)", "How I Got Over (live single edit)", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "A Rose Is Still A Rose", "Master Of Eyes", "A Change Is Gonna Come (mono)", "One Step Ahead", "Never Grow Old", "Today I Sing The Blues", "You Light Up My Life (unissued)", "Think", "I Knew You Were Waiting (with George Michael)", "Respect", and her version of "Natural Woman" from the 2015 Kennedy Honors ceremony. CD

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinARETHA ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $30.99 32.99
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic – but this package features earlier sides for Chess and Columbia, later work from Arista – and a whole host of rare and unreleased material – plus special tracks from side projects that worked together to form a crucial part of Aretha's legacy over the years! In addition to the rare tracks, there's some other great surprises here – and titles include "Until You Come Back To Me (work tape)", "Chain Of Fools (alt version)", "Rock Steady (alternate mix)", "Call Me (alt version)", "How I Got Over (live single edit)", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "A Rose Is Still A Rose", "Master Of Eyes", "A Change Is Gonna Come (mono)", "One Step Ahead", "Never Grow Old", "Today I Sing The Blues", "You Light Up My Life (unissued)", "Think", "I Knew You Were Waiting (with George Michael)", "Respect", and her version of "Natural Woman" from the 2015 Kennedy Honors ceremony. LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinARETHA (4CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 4CD ... Just Sold Out!
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic – but this package features earlier sides for Chess and Columbia, later work from Arista – and a whole host of rare and unreleased material – plus special tracks from side projects that worked together to form a crucial part of Aretha's legacy over the years! This 4CD package is beautiful – a book-style cover, with loads of vintage and rare photos, essays on Aretha by David Nathan and Rochelle Riley, and track-by track notes on the 81 tracks included in the lavish set. In addition to the rare tracks, there's some other great surprises here – and titles include "Until You Come Back To Me (work tape)", "Chain Of Fools (alt version)", "Rock Steady (alternate mix)", "Call Me (alt version)", "How I Got Over (live single edit)", "Chain Of Fools (alt)", "My Kind Of Town (Detroit Is) (demo)", "Try A Little Tenderness (demo)", "Oh Baby (demo)", "Til It's Over (demo)", "Angel (work tape)", "Somewhere (alt version)", "Mr DJ", "Ooo Baby Baby (with Smokey Robinson)", "Share Your Love With Me (live)", "Spanish Harlem (alt mix)", "Bridge Over Troubled Water (long version)", "Young Gifted & Black (alt long version)", "It's Not Unusual/See Saw (with Tom Jones)", "You're All I Need To Get By (work tape)", "Don't Play That Song (live)", "Spirit In The Dark (live reprise with Ray Charles)", "Oh Happy Day (with Mavis Staples)", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "A Rose Is Still A Rose", "Master Of Eyes", "A Change Is Gonna Come (mono)", "One Step Ahead", "Never Grow Old", "Today I Sing The Blues", "You Light Up My Life (unissued)", "Think", "I Knew You Were Waiting (with George Michael)", "Respect", and her version of "Natural Woman" from the 2015 Kennedy Honors ceremony. CD

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Aretha FranklinGospel Soul Of Aretha Franklin ... LP
Checker, 1972. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A collection of earlier work by Aretha Franklin – issued by Chess after her fame on Atlantic, but featuring tunes cut when a younger woman, working with famous father Reverend CL Franklin! Given that CL was one of the biggest stars of Chess' gospel recordings, there was plenty of material recorded back in the day – and Aretha's heard here on some great live tunes that mostly just feature piano backings. Nice raw energy here – 9 tracks in all, including 'Precious Lord", "You Grow No Closer", "The Day Is Past And Gone" and "He Will Wash You White As Snow". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing, in a black and white cover. Cover has a cutout mark, and is slightly bumped in one corner.)

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✨✧ Al Grey & Jimmy Forrest QuintetLive At Rick's ... LP
Aviva, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Al Grey and Jimmy Forrest found some really great company working together in the 70s – a way to extend the soulful sounds that either player had first started crafting at the beginning of the 60s – Grey on his excellent soul jazz trombone albums for Chess, and Forrest on some killer tenor dates for Prestige – both great moments that the players return to here in a spirited live performance from Chicago! The setting's a small group one – a quintet with Shirley Scott on piano, instead of her usual Hammond – and the tracks burst out with some boldly-blown solos from both Grey and Forrest, who are determined to make their unique voices known – on titles that include "CB & Me", "Salty Papa", "I Can't Get Started", and "Truly Wonderful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some seam splitting and light surface wear.)

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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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Takehiro HondaT Honda Meets Rhythm Section – Featuring S Watanabe ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1969. Near Mint- ... $28.99
A fantastic pairing of two key Japanese talents of the late 60s – pianist Takehiro Honda and reedman Sadao Watanabe – both of whom come together here on a record that's one of their most soulful of the time! Honda's clearly drinking deep from the soul jazz modes of Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, and Ray Bryant – and really makes the tunes move with a strongly rhythmic vibe on his left hand, which is amplified by the round basslines and tight drums in the combo – working with a well-crafted groove that would be right at home on an American label like Chess or Prestige at the time. Watanabe blows with a very soulful vibe, too – even more than on his own records on Takt – and while he's not on every track, his presence here is really wonderful. Titles include "Quiet Sea", "Stella By Starlight", "Minton Blues", "Hey Jude", and "Ain't Tell You A Good Way But". LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing.)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way artists like Wolf, Etta James, and Bo Diddley were being handled (especially with a "we know better than them" message on the cover like this!), the funky blues records from this time actually seem to be some of the most enduring from Chess – especially with younger listeners in the 21st Century! A big part of the success here goes to producers Charles Stepney and Gene Barge – who helped bring together a younger batch of players for Wolf's backing – including Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch on guitars, Louis Satterfield on bass, and Morris Jennings on drums. Titles include "Spoonful", "Tail Dragger", "Smokestack Lightning", "Red Rooster", "Evil", and "Down In The Bottom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Illinois JacquetMessage (The Message/Desert Winds) ... CD
Argo/Lonehill (Spain), 1963/1964. Used ... $16.99
2 killers from Illinois Jacquet – back to back on one CD! The Message is a really hard groover from Jacquet's later years on Chess – a solidly smoking session that features plenty of organ and guitar! There's a gutbuckety groove here that's a lot like some of Willis Jackson's best work on Prestige at the time – a style that's based around the deeply soulful tenor sound of the leader, but which also features some wonderfully playful accompaniment from the rest of the group, who push things past the obvious organ/tenor sound of the time, into the more unusual rhythms that showed up later in Jackson's years at Prestige. Players include Wally Richardson and and Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ralph Smith on organ, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion – giving some tunes a nice Latin flair! Titles include "Wild Man", "The Message", "Like Young", "Turnpike", and "Bonita". Desert Winds is an easily-grooving set that features Illinois Jacquet blowing over small combo arrangements with Tommy Flanagan on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – plus some added Latin percussion from Willie Rodriguez! The presence of the Latin percussion really adds a nice element to the album – making the tracks dance lightly, in the "conga plus soul jazz" mode that was being employed heavily at the time on labels like Blue Note and Prestige – and in a style that really makes Jacquet hit a few new notes to match the groove! Titles include "Star Eyes", "Blues For The Early Bird", "Lester Leaps In", "Canadian Sunset", and "Desert Winds". CD
(Out of print.)

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Etta JamesEtta James – The Montreux Years ... CD
BMG, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.98
Etta James on stage at the Montreux jazz festival – mostly captured in a lean, live setting that recalls some of her club work of previous decades, but with some of the more blues-based modes that Etta was bringing to her studio records in later years! A number of the tracks here are familiar – remakes of cuts from the Chess Records years, or Jones taking on work by other artists too – still graced with that wonderful vocal style that made her a strongly soulful talent from her young years onwards. The set features work from a number of different performances – a few from the late 70s, one from 1989, and a few more from the early 90s – the latter of which have backing from The Roots Band, while earlier sets have Etta working with some surprising guests – including Rick Wakeman on keyboards, David Newman on saxes, and Cash McCall on guitar. Titles include "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Come To Mama", "Beware", "Damn Your Eyes", "Tell Mama", "Running & Hiding Blues", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", "I Got The Will", "A Lover Is Forever", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", and "At Last/Trust In Me/Sunday Kind Of Love". 2CD set features a full bonus disc – a complete 9 track show recorded at the Montreux Casino in 1975! CD
Also available Etta James – The Montreux Years (180 gram pressing) ... LP 33.99

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✨✧ Etta JamesEtta James – The Montreux Years (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BMG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99 34.98
Etta James on stage at the Montreux jazz festival – mostly captured in a lean, live setting that recalls some of her club work of previous decades, but with some of the more blues-based modes that Etta was bringing to her studio records in later years! A number of the tracks here are familiar – remakes of cuts from the Chess Records years, or Jones taking on work by other artists too – still graced with that wonderful vocal style that made her a strongly soulful talent from her young years onwards. The set features work from a number of different performances – a few from the late 70s, one from 1989, and a few more from the early 90s – the latter of which have backing from The Roots Band, while earlier sets have Etta working with some surprising guests – including Rick Wakeman on keyboards, David Newman on saxes, and Cash McCall on guitar. Titles include "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Come To Mama", "Beware", "Damn Your Eyes", "Tell Mama", "Running & Hiding Blues", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", "I Got The Will", "A Lover Is Forever", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", and "At Last/Trust In Me/Sunday Kind Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Etta James – The Montreux Years ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ BB KingBB King In London ... LP
ABC, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
BB King in London – not playing live, but working in the studio with a host of British musicians he'd inspired over the years! The lineup varies from track to track, giving a nice sort of variety to the album – and the overall feel is a bit like some of the Chess London sessions of the time – but maybe more blues overall! Features work by Peter Green on guitar, Steve Marriott on harmonica, Alexis Korner on acoustic guitar, Gary Wright on electric piano and Hammond, Ringo Starr on drums, and The Mystery Shadow on Hammond – and titles include "Ghetto Woman", "Wet Hayshark", "Part Time Love", "We Can't Agree", and "Blue Shadows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Timo LassyTimo Lassy Trio ... CD
WeJazz (Finland), 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really great record from Finnish saxophonist Timo Lassy – and one that's a bit different than you might expect from the title – as the set doesn't just feature Timo blowing with his trio, but also work from a larger set of strings, who really take the record into sublimely soulful territory! The vibe is maybe late 60s Cadet Records, with all the complexity in the arrangements – straight blowing from Timo on tenor, with a wonderfully raw, raspy sound – but set against these larger charts that are wonderful – almost like an Eddie Harris record with Charles Stepney, or some of the earliest John Klemmer material for Chess! Titles include "Sointu", "Orlo", "Pumping C", "Better Together", "Foreign Routes", and "Subtropical". CD

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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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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

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 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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Ramsey LewisGroover ... LP
Cadet, Mid 60s/1972. Very Good ... $4.99
A set of classic Ramsey Lewis recordings with his trio of Eldee Young and Redd Holt, all of which were recorded during the 60s for Argo/Chess, but not released until this set in 1972. The tracks all came from the same live set that spawned the group's hit single version of "Hang On Sloopy", and the titles include "Look-A-Here", "Bags Groove", and "Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Willie MabonShake That Thing ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (France), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago recording – with Willie on vocals, piano, and a bit of harmonica – and some sweet electric lines on guitar from the team of Louis Myers on lead, and Jimmy Rogers on rhythm – alongside Dave Myers on bass and Fred Below on drums. There's almost a slight current of funk at times, which Willie emphasizes with his piano in a great way – and titles include "Got To Have Some", "Shake That Thing", "Poison Ivy", "I'm Mad", "Lover Girl", "I Enjoyed Myself In Pau", "Hungry", and "Hey Girl". CD features a number of unissued tracks – including a few recorded at the same time in The Netherlands with guest vocals on one track by Koko Taylor! CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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Dodo MarmarosaDodo's Back! ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
A wonderful later album from pianist Dodo Marmarosa – quite possibly his greatest record ever! The set's an obscure "comeback" date recorded in Chicago for Chess in the early 60s – a trio session with Richard Evans on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – both working very gently behind Marmarosa's lead. Dodo sounds wonderful here – slightly broken down and world-weary, but in a way that makes for quite a change both from his earlier recordings, and from the standard piano session of the time. There's nothing too polished here, and there's always a strong sense of "voice" on the tracks – a quality that speaks volumes with a short amount of effort – and which has really made this one a favorite of ours over the years! Titles include "Tracy's Blues", "Mellow Mood", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "Cottage For Sale". CD

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Minnie RipertonCapitol Gold – The Best Of Minnie Riperton ... CD
Capitol, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
An essential collection of work from the legendary Minnie Riperton – a set that was crucial to so many listeners, as during the early years of the CD era, it was the only way you could find any of her music in print! And all these many years later, the set's still a wonderful introduction to her charms – filled with all the right cuts that will both introduce you to Minnie's many charms, and help longtime listeners remember just what a special talent she was in soul music, before being taken from our planet all too soon! The work here is all post-Rotary Connection, post-Chess Records – when Minnie was out in Cali, and working with key musical partner Richard Rudolph, as well as heavyweights like Stevie Wonder and Leon Ware too. CD features 17 tracks in all – including "Perfect Angel", "Memory Lane", "Lovin You", "Stick Together", "Woman Of Heart & Mind", "Young Willing & Able", "Light My Fire", Simple Things", "Stay In Love", "Can You Feel What I'm Saying", "Wouldn't Matter Where You Are", "Give Me Time", You Take My Breath Away", "Inside My Love", "Here We Go", and "Adventures In Paradise". 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 ... $6.99
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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Siegel Schwall BandSiegel-Schwall '70 ... LP
Vanguard, 1970. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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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Soulful StringsPaint It Black ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The group runs through jazz standards like "Take Five" and "Sidewinder", plus some pop and soul tracks like "Sunny", "Eight Miles High", "Lover's Concerto", and "Paint It Black". A bit funky, a bit groovy, and some nice instrumental tracks from the legendary Cadet studios! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is nice and clean.)

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Sonny StittChronological Sonny Stitt – 1951 to 1953 ... CD
Classics (France), Early 50s. Used ... $18.99
Collects small group material recorded for Prestige, Chess, and Savoy – plus a couple of larger sessions with the Johnny Richards Orchestra alongside Kai Winding on trombone, Horace Silver on piano, and Charles Mingus on bass. CD
(Out of print original Classics pressing.)

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Sonny Stitt & Bennie GreenMy Main Man ... LP
Argo, 1964. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A lost little cooker from Stitt and Green – recorded at a time when they were working together briefly, with backing by a Chicago organ trio that includes Bobby Buster on Hammond, Jo Diorio on guitar, and Dorel Anderson on drums. Tracks are short and fierce, but it's clear that Stitt can groove in a "blow the jukebox out" kind of way when he's in the right company – but still show enough of the impeccable care that he did with his straighter jazz albums on Roost and Verve. Titles include "Let's Play Chess", "Double Dip", "My Main Man", and "Broilin". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s orange label Cadet pressing in a black and white cover, with a cutout notch, light wear and aging.)

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Muddy WatersAfter The Rain ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
A gem of a record from the funk-heavy period of Muddy Waters – a moment that once made the traditional blues fans mad, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend – thanks to a real criss-crossing of Chicago talents in the studio! The set was co-produced by Chess Records talents Charles Stepney, Gene Barge, and Marshall Chess – and features expanded instrumentation that includes Phil Upchurch on added guitar, Louis Satterfield on bass, Charles Stepney on organ, and Morris Jennings on drums – plus even more guitar from Pete Cosey, who you might know from later work on some Miles Davis electric albums! Muddy is still very firmly the lead talent at the core, though – coming across with a badass kind of vibe that mixes his raw roots with the hipper soul of the new generation – a great Chess/Cadet hybird that was years ahead of its time. Titles include "I Am The Blues", "Hurtin Soul", "Bottom Of The Sea", "Honey Bee", "Rollin' And Tumblin'", "Screamin & Cryin", and "Blues & Trouble". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie WrightI'm On My Way ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Soulful Chicago folk stuff by Willie Wright, a black performer from the city who recorded for Chess, and who's a key link in the tradition that spawned Terry Callier. (In fact, a number of the tracks on Terry's First Light CD are from a 1970 benefit for Willie Wright!) Willie sings in a deep soulful voice, and accompanies himself on guitar in this spare moody set. Nearly all of the tracks are public domain material like "Cotton Eye Joe" and "Sinner Man", with new arrangements by Willie. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small peeled spot on one corner, aging on the back, a cutout hole, and light wear.)

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Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99 27.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAfter Hours ... LP
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
A classic 50s compilation from the legendary King Records – one that really shows off the grittier, bluesier side of their catalog – and features some key crossover cuts from the postwar years too! The music here is a wonderful mix of modes – instrumental R&B, jukebox jazz, and some rootsier blues – all captured with that core intensity that really made King's singles stand out from the rest of the pack – maybe even more than labels like Chess or Vee Jay at the time. The tunes work together wonderfully, in a surprisingly unified vibe – and titles include "Long Gone (parts 1 & 2)" and "Mellow Blues (parts 1 & 2)" by Sonny Thompson, "After Hours" by Jimmy Nolen, "What's New" by Bill Jennings, "Midnight To Dawn" by Earl Bostic, "Ooh Midnight" by Pete Guitar Lewis, "In The Morning" by Washboard Bill, "Eventide" by Bill Doggett, and "Blues For The Red Boy" by Todd Rhodes. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAnn Arbor Blues Festival 1969 – Vol 2 ... LP
Third Man, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 27.98
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 on this second volume include "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. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousKing R&B Box Set (4CD set) ... CD
King, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 4CD ... $21.99 29.99
A really great collection of work from the early years of King Records – music from a time when the Cincinnati label was one of the key forces in helping shape the sound of R&B in the years before soul music – always with a quality level that set them apart from the rest! Sure, plenty of folks know Atlantic Records and Chess, but back at the time of these recordings, King might have had both of them beat – a label with a fantastic ear for the sorts of acts who were turning late swing and jump blues into something leaner and groovier – a range of artists that includes vocal groups, solo singers, and instrumental combos! There's plenty of classics here, but the package digs nicely into the deeper range of King as well – and as a special bonus, there's even a few unusual spoken passages from the legendary label owner, Syd Nathan. The set features 87 tracks in all, a very big booklet of notes, and work by artists who include Smokey Smothers, Bullmoose Jackson, The Dominoes, Johnny Watson, The Charms, Tiny Topsy, Champion Jack Dupree, Mabel Scott, The Midnighters, Wynonie Harris, Lucky Millinder, Roy Brown, Lonnie Johnson, Todd Rhodes, Little Esther, Dave Bartholomew, The Swallows, Roy Byrd, Tiny Bradshaw, Sonny Thompson, The King Pins, Otis Williams & The Charms, The Ravens, Little Willie Littlefield, Hank Ballard, and many others! CD

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VariousLa Noire Vol 1 – Have Mercy Uncle Sam ... LP
Doghouse & Bone (France), 1960s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $34.99
A rollicking set of classic and should-be classic tunes on Chess, King, Fame, Jubilee and other iconic labels – plus some comparably rare gems – all in touch with the bluesy roots, and laying the groundwork for the soul scenes to come! This first La Noire compilation has one killer tune after another, many from that pivotal early 60s period when the influences of the grander rhtyhm & blues orchestras of the preceding decade were finding their way into a stripped down to the bare essentials sound – with crack rhythm sections, tight horns, and masterful vocals. Includes tracks by solo legends like Bobby Bland and Koko Taylor, the tight group sounds of The Spellbinders, The X-Cellents, and much more. Great stuff! Includes "Just You And I" by Guitar Red, "You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover" by Dell Mack, "Don't Cry No More" by Bobby Bland, "Can't Stay Away From You" by Tarheel Slim and Little Ann, "Hey, Little Willie" by The X-Cellents, "Wang Dang Doodle" by Koko Taylor, "Uncle Bud" by Billy Bland, "Ride On Red, Ride On" by Louisiana Red and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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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 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

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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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