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Mitty CollierShades Of Mitty Collier – The Chess Singles 1961 to 1968 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A mighty helping of music from the overlooked Mitty Collier – a 60s soul singer on Chess Records, and one who was every bit as great as bigger label stars like Etta James or Fontella Bass! Like both of those singers, Mitty's got a voice that grabs you right from the get-go – a deeply soulful approach to her music that's really fresh and without cliche – especially considering she got her start belting out tunes years before some of the bigger names in 60s female soul, and managed to keep things mighty real all the years she was working at Chess. Production and arrangements here are all top shelf – handled by Phil Wright, Riley Hampton, and others – and the CD offers up 24 gems from Mitty's years at Chess – the a-sides of all 15 singles cut for the label, plus 9 more great tunes from the flips! Titles include "Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes", "Gotta Get Away From It All", "I've Got Love", "I Had A Talk With My Man", "Walk Away", "My Party", "Sharing You", "That'll Be Good Enough For Me", "Git Out", "Watching & Waiting", "Like Only Yesterday", "No Faith No Love", "I'm Your Part Time Love", and "Miss Loneliness". CD

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Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $8.99
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
Also available Go Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD 11.99

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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
Also available Go Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD 8.99

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Bo DiddleyBo Diddley (Chess) ... LP
Chess, 1958. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Fantastically twangy! We never tire of Bo Diddley's incredible guitar work – and you'll get plenty of it in this early album he cut for Chess, a tasty batch of 12 tracks, all original tunes with a stripped-down gutbuckety sound – rough, raw rhythms that feature plenty of Bo's gritty guitar over the top! The cover's got a picture of Bo holding a conventional hollow-body – nice and echoey, and a bit different than his later trademark square guitar – but the sound is still loud and proud throughout. Titles include "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Bring It To Jerome", "Say Bossman", "Diddley Daddy", "Hush Your Mouth", and "Who Do You Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Lowell FulsomLowell Fulson – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Is it Fulsom or Fulson? We're not going to try and present ourselves as the authority, but what we can tell you is this collection features 27 tracks from the man, mostly raw blues, though a number of cuts are more produced, with full horn section and piano complementing Fulsom's guitar and vocals, and mostly issued as 45s, though many of the numbers were previously unreleased at the time this collection was put together in the mid 70s. The best numbers are stripped down, lean and raw – and titles include "I Want To Know", "Lonely Hours", "It's A Long Time", "Rollin' Blues", "Love 'N Things", "Love Grow Cold", "Hung Down Head", "Someday Baby", "I Want To Make Love To You", "Rock This Morning", "Rock 'Em Dead", 'Worry Worry", "I'm Glad You Reconsidered", "Blue Shadows", "Why Don't You Write Me" and "Blue Soul", plus loads more! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in the textured cover, with a cutout notch.)

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John Lee HookerHis Best Chess Sides ... CD
Chess, Early 50s/Mid 60s. Used ... $1.99
With 15 tracks including "Mad Man Blues", "Leave My Wife Alone", "Please Don't Go", "High Priced Woman", "The Waterfront", and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Lee HookerMore Real Folk Blues (Chess collection pressing) ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD

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MiraclesBad Girl/I Love Your Baby (Chess) ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Later yellow label Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Jimmy RogersComplete Chess Recordings Vol 2 (Chess collection pressing) ... CD
Chess/MCA, Mid/Late 50s. Used ... $6.99
Includes 26 tracks. CD
(Out of print.)

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Muddy WatersChess Box (3CD set) ... CD
Chess, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 3 CDs ... $14.99
Classic Muddy Waters on Chess Records – 72 tracks in all, including 10 previously unissued tracks! CD
(Out of print and in great shape! Individual CD's have small cutout holes through case and artwork.)

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Muddy WatersMuddy Waters On Chess Vol 1 – 1948 to 1951 ... CD
Chess/Vogue (France), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $4.99
With 20 tracks including "Gypsy Woman", "Train Fare Home", "Whiskey Blues", "Canary Bird", "Walking Blues", "Kind-Hearted Woman", and "Too Young To Know". CD
(Out of print.)

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Muddy WatersMuddy Waters On Chess Vol 2 – 1951 to 1959 ... CD
Chess/Vogue (France), 1950s. Used ... $4.99
With 20 tracks including "Still A Fool", "Standing Around Crying", "Mannish Boy", "Crawlin' Kingsnake", "Just To Be With You", and "Southbound Train". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBest Of Chess Rock N Roll ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
Includes selections by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jackie Brenston & His Delta Kings, Bobby Charles, Dale Hawkins, The Moonglows, Clarence Frogman Henry, The Flamingos, The Tune Weavers, The Students, The Monotones, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Harvey & The Moonglows, The Sensations, Johnnie & Joe, Tommy Tucker, Dave Baby Cortez, and Jaynetts. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and stuck gatefold.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesWho's Blue? – Rare Chess Recordings Of The 60s & 70s ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Muddy WatersChess Box (6LP Box Set) ... LP
Chess, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 6LP Box Set ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Box is lightly bumped at the top right corner.)
Also available Chess Box (3CD set) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Jimmy WitherspoonSpoon So Easy – The Chess Years ... LP
Chess/MCA, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 90s issue. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Willie DixonWillie Dixon – Chess Box (3LP set) ... LP
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 3LP Box Set ... Out Of Stock
36 tracks on 3 LPs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. NOTE – Box top is stained on the inside along the bottom. Box has a cutout hole.)
 
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✨✧ Gene AmmonsEarly Visions ... LP
Chess, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
24 tracks that perfectly illustrate all that was great about Gene Ammons in his early days – a set of singles and 78s recorded for Chess in the late 40s and early 50s, featuring players that include Tom Archia, Matthew Gee, Junior Mance, Sonny Stitt, and Bill Massey. Titles include "Do You Really Mean It", "Swingin For Xmas", "The Battle", "Jam For Boppers", "Bless You", "Cha Bootie", "Goodbye", " Tenor Eleven", "Don't Do Me Wrong", "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe", and "Can Anyone Explain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing in the black & white cover which has waviness and stains along the opening.)

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Chuck BerryAnthony Boy/That's My Desire ... 7-inch
Chess, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Chuck BerryBeautiful Delilah/Vacation Time ... 7-inch
Chess, 1967. Near Mint- ... $5.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some marks in pencil.)

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry In London ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
One of the most continually inventive musicians from the rock years on Chess – stepping out here for a UK performance! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerryChuck Berry's Golden Decade ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A classic collection of Chuck Berry's early genius – a set that introduced his best cuts to a new younger audience in the 70s! All the work here is from the early Chess Records days – and titles include "Deep Feeling", "Wee Wee Hours", "Nadine", "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Thirty Days", "Havana Moon", "Too Much Monkey Business", "School Days", "Reelin & Rockin", "Oh Baby Doll", "Too Pooped To Pop", "Round & Round", "Rock & Roll Music", and "Back In The USA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear and some aging. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on "Too Pooped To Pop".)

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry's Golden Decade (70s pressing) ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A classic collection of Chuck Berry's early genius – a set that introduced his best cuts to a new younger audience in the 70s! All the work here is from the early Chess Records days – and titles include "Deep Feeling", "Wee Wee Hours", "Nadine", "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Thirty Days", "Havana Moon", "Too Much Monkey Business", "School Days", "Reelin & Rockin", "Oh Baby Doll", "Too Pooped To Pop", "Round & Round", "Rock & Roll Music", and "Back In The USA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry/More Chuck Berry ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
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 BerryOur Little Rendezvous/Jaguar & Thunderbird ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing. Label has some marker and pencil.)

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DellsThere Is/O-O, I Love You ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Wonderful Chicago soul from The Dells! "There Is" is a strident Charles Stepney track, with insane production, and a hook that just won't quit! "O-O, I Love You" is much more in their older harmony style, and has a very classic group sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue Chip Series pressing in the printed sleeve.)

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Bo DiddleyGot My Own Bag Of Tricks ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/1960s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $14.99
A nice little collection of Bo Diddley's earlier work for Chess – put together in the early 70s, when Bo was in his Black Gladiator phase, as pictured on the cover – but featuring the rawer, rougher grooves of his initial recordings in the late 50s and early 60s! The Bo Diddley groove hardly needs an introduction from us – and the 24 tracks on the set are a perfect illustration of his blinding mix of fast rhythms, choppy guitar, and comical vocals – a sound that made Bo's work some of the most striking R&B of the time! Titles include "I'm Man", "Pretty Thing", "Before You Accuse Me", "Who Do You Love", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Say Man", "I'm Looking For A Woman", "Road Runner", "Cops & Robbers", "Story Of Bo Diddley", and "Hush Your Mouth". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Bo DiddleyWhere It All Began ... LP
Chess, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
Nasty nasty funk from the great Bo Diddley – one of his rare funky 70s classics for Chess – produced by Johnny Otis with a really tripped-out groove! The album's got an edge that seems to go even farther than some of Bo's other Chess work at the time – and picks up the full-on Otis funky mode by leaning hard on the drums, pulling up the bass, and bringing in a trio of female lovelies to back up Bo on vocals! Gloria Scott's one of the vocalists on the album, and Shuggie Otis even joins in on the funky party with some sweet guitar! But even with all this help, Bo's still the star of the story – and his massive chugging approach to guitar is moving full steam ahead on the set – really ripping a groove through a great batch of original tracks that include "Take It All Off", "I've Had It Hard", "Good Thing", "Bad Trip", "Infatuation", "Bo Diddley-Itis", "Woman", and "Look At Grandma". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $8.99 14.99
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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✨✧ Bo Diddley/Chuck BerryTwo Great Guitars ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Checker piece label pressing – nice and heavy!)

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✨✧ Art Farmer/Benny GolsonMeet The Jazztet ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1960. Used ... $4.99
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, though, they turned that approach towards a heavier sounding style of jazz – tightly stepping soul jazz, in the manner that was being explored at the time by Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, and others – presented by Farmer and Golson with a bit more groove and a wonderful kick at the bottom! This album's the first the group cut together – and apart from trumpet by Farmer and tenor by Golson, it also features Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Addison Farmer (brother of Art) on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums. Includes the massive original recording of "Killer Joe", which went onto become one of the most recorded jazz standards ever, plus the tracks "Blues March", "Mox Nix", "Park Avenue Petite", and "I Remember Clifford". Perfect tone, perfect groove, and a perfect sound all the way through! CD

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Reverend CL FranklinWhat Of The Night ... LP
Chess, 1972. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Tony GideonWay You Move Me, Baby/Whatcha Gonna Do ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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John Lee HookerGold ... CD
Hip-O/Chess, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
With 35 tracks including "Louise", "Leave My Wife Alone", "Dimples", "Hobo Blues", "I'm Bad Like Jesse James", "Red House", "Tupelo", and "Boom Boom". CD

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Howlin WolfChange My Way ... CD
Chess/Traffic, 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
(Sealed digipack pressing.)
Also available Change My Way ... CD 3.99

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Howlin WolfChange My Way ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
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, small cutout hole through case.)

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Howlin WolfHis Greatest Sides Vol 1 (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Chess/Jackpot, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
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 WolfMoanin In The Moonlight ... LP
Chess, 1959. Near Mint- ... $49.99
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
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing.)

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Howlin WolfMore Real Folk Blues ... LP
Chess, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $59.99
A much earlier set of tracks than the first volume of Real Folk Blues from Howlin Wolf – mostly material recorded in the mid 50s, both in Chicago and Memphis – all with a really nitty gritty sort of feel! There's a rough and rootsy mode going on here – one that has Wolf's raspy vocals right up front in the lead, often supported by just a bit of electric guitar to emphasize the more sinister notes in the tunes. All tracks are originals by Wolf (aka Chester Burnett) – and titles include "Just My Kind", "I've Got A Woman", "Work For Your Money", "I'll Be Around", "You Can't be Beat", "You Gonna Wreck My Life", "I Love My Baby", "Neighbors", "I'm The Wolf", "Rocking Daddy", "Who Will Be Next?", and "I Have A Little Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing without deep groove, matrix ending in 1A. Cover has an Electronically Altered For Stereo sticker, some ring & edge wear, and a small peeled spot and some remnants from sticker removal on front.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfReal Folk Blues (Original Master Recording – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Mobile Fidelity, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Classic work from Howlin Wolf – tunes recorded with incredibly raspy vocals, set to a folksy electric guitar sound – one that instantly conjures up images of the south side blues scene that Chess documented so well during the 50s and 60! The work here was recorded over a number of different years – from 1956 to 1965 – and the later tunes show the more trademark style that Wolf was adapting in the mid 60s as his star was beginning to rise with younger audiences around the world. Tracks were penned by Wolf or Willie Dixon – and titles include "Killing Floor", "Tail Dragger", "Natchez Burnin", "Ooh Baby, Hold Me", "Built For Comfort", "My Country Sugar Mama", and "Sittin On Top Of The World". CD
(Out of print, gold CD pressing from Mobile Fidelity – still in the original lift-lock case and in nice shape too!)

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Howlin' WolfWho's Been Talking/Tell Me ... 7-inch
Chess, 1960. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Later orange label pressing.)

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Ahmad JamalAhmad's Blues ... CD
Chess, 1958. Used ... $3.99
Features the full Ahmad Jamal album on Argo, plus tracks from Portfolio Of Ahmad Jamal! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Ahmad JamalSun Set (Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing/Ahmad Jamal At The Blackhawk) ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Sealed 2LP ... $13.99
A 70s 2-fer that collects 2 live sides originally issued by Argo, then subsequently by Chess under the Cadet label. Classic Chicago piano jazz – featuring the very popular pianist Ahmad Jamal, recorded at the legendary Pershing Lounge, down at 63rd and Cottage Grove and at the equally legendary Blackhawk Lounge in San Francisco. For many years we didn't get these earlier sides by Jamal, prefering the later electric stuff, but you can see the blueprint of both those later sounds and the piano style that had such a huge impact on Miles here, in sets that cover lots jazz standards, including 'But Not For Me", "Moonlight In Vermont", "poinciana", "Woody'N You", "All The Things You Are", "Cherokee", "It Might As Well Be Spring" and quite a few more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Etta JamesAt Last (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1960. Used ... $1.99
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again and again over the years – but the whole record's wonderful, and handled with this new level of soul sophistication by arranger Riley Hampton – the great Chicago talent who'd reach similar heights in his charts for singers that include Lorez Alexandria and Walter Jackson. Hampton's dark use of strings brings out a whole new side of James' brilliance – a quality that raised Etta James up out of the R&B ghetto, and forever put her into the legions of legendary 60s soul stars! Titles include the perennial classic "At Last", plus "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Tough Mary", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Anything To Say You're Mine", and "Trust In Me". Includes 4 bonus tracks – "My Heart Cries", "Spoonful", "It's A Crying Shame", and "If I Can't Have You". CD

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Etta JamesAt Last/All I Could Do Was Cry ... 7-inch
Chess, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
2 fantastic tracks from Etta James – both of them raw and bluesy, but also sophisticatedly soulful! "At Last" is one of her all-time greats, a sweetly done number that always breaks our heart, set to impeccable arrangements that show that Etta can move from the rough R&B crowd with ease. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue Chip Series pressing in the printed sleeve.)

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Bette LaineRock A Bye Rock/A Broken Heart ... 7-inch
Chess, 1957. Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Johnny LemacSippin' Wine/Yoke, Stroke With Me Baby ... 7-inch
Chess, 1971. Very Good- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Plays with a skip on "Sippin Wine".)

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Little MiltonWho's Cheating Who/Feel So Bad ... 7-inch
Chess, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(70s Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Willie MabonWorry Blues/I Don't Know ... 78 RPM
Chess, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $7.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Memphis SlimMemphis Slim ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Really tremendous work from Memphis Slim – a set of early 50s recordings for Chess Records, most of which have a style that mixes equal parts jazz and blues! Slim's definitely got some bluesy phrasing in his piano, but he also echoes an older generation of jazz pianists too – especially the late 30s boogie crowd. Yet his vocals at times also have some surprisingly sophisticated elements, almost that transformation of blues that took place on the west coast in the postwar years – with singers like Charles Brown or Johnny Moore. We never would have thought to put Memphis Slim in the same territory as that late 40s LA scene, but the sound here definitely has a link – especially when tenor or alto sax come into the grooves. Great stuff all around – and titles include "Marack", "Havin Fun", "Mother Earth", "Slim's Blues", "Really Got The Blues", and "Tijuana". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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MoonglowsMoonglows ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
70s compilation that brings together some of the best Chess doo wop sides recorded by The Moonglows – simply stunning tunes that are some of our favorite vocal group recordings of the time! The set's got one unissued track – "Sweeter Than Words" – plus titles that include "Let's Go", "Thrill Me", "We Go Together", "Ten Commandments Of Love", "Foolish Me", "The Masquerade Is Over", "Secret Love", and "Slow Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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MoonglowsWe Go Together/Chickie Um Bah ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Moonglows, Chuck Berry, & The FlamingosRock Rock Rock ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Classic Chess cuts fill this famous rock and roll soundtrack – with some especially nice bits from The Moonglows and Flamingos! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Jackie RossHaste Makes Waste/Wasting Time ... 7-inch
Chess, 1964. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drill hole.)

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Jackie Ross/Laura LeeSelfish One/Dirty Man ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, & OthersDrop Down Mama ... CD
Chess, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $6.99
Some of the earliest blues ever recorded by the legendary Chess Records – material by a variety of artists caught at the very start of the 50s! The names here aren't as big as those of the stars who would firmly put Chess on the map later in the decade – but the work is a great indication that the Chess brothers were on the right track even in these early days – picking some of the finest talents of the underground, and setting their work to wax! Titles include a few previously unreleased numbers, plus other tracks from older 78s – and titles include "Joliet Blues" and "So Glad I Found You" by Johnny Shines, "Sweet Black Angel" and "Anna Lee" by Robert Nighthawk, "Dark Road" and "You Can't Live Long" by Floyd Jones, "Crying" and "Sad Story" by Blue Smitty, "One Of These Days" by Big Boy Spires, and "Drop Down Mama" by Honey Boy Edwards. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Tab SmithEasy, Mr. Benson/Love ... 78 RPM
Chess, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Billy StewartOl' Man River/Every Day I Have The Blues ... 7-inch
Chess, Mid/Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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Billy StewartSummertime/I Do Love You ... 7-inch
Chess, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue Chip Series pressing in the printed sleeve.)

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Tommy Tucker/VibrationsHi Heel Sneakers/Watutsi ... 7-inch
Chess, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(70s Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Muddy WatersBaby Please Don't Go ... CD
Chess/Vogue (France), 1960s. Used ... $6.99
Includes "It's All Over", "When The Eagle Flies", "County Jail", "Two Steps Forward", "My Life Is Ruined", and "I Got My Mojo Working (Part 1)" – 17 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print. Part of Vogue's Living The Blues series)

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Muddy WatersClouds In My Heart/Ooh Wee ... 7-inch
Chess, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing with a peeled spot on the A side.)

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Muddy WatersRollin' Stone – The Golden Anniversary Collection ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1950s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $26.99
More classic blues than you could hope to shake a stick at – a 2CD set that features 50 tunes from Muddy's famous years at Chess Records! The set's brimming over with good stuff – classic and obscure numbers alike, going way past a simple "greatest hits" set. Titles include "Long Distance Call", "Evan's Shuffle", "Appealing Blues", "Rollin Stone", "Sad Letter Blues", "Kind Hearted Woman", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Mean Disposition", "Good Lookin Woman", "Little Geneva", "Canary Bird", "Rollin & Tumblin (parts 1 & 2)", "Lonesome Day", "Stuff You Gotta Watch", and "All Night Long". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Muddy WatersSail On (aka The Best Of Muddy Waters) ... CD
Chess/Traffic, Early 50s. Used ... $1.99
A classic full album that brings together some of Muddy Waters' earliest recordings for Chess – a great collection of early singles recorded in Chicago between 1950 and 1954 – most originally issued on 78rpm singles, and beautifully presented in this set! The work's relatively spare and rootsy overall – a great example of Chicago blues in its formative years, with some traces of a more southern style still in the mix – and titles include "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I'm Ready", "Rollin Stone", "Honey Bee", "She Moves Me", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Standing Around Crying", "Long Distance Call", and "I Just Want To Make Love To You". CD
(Digipack pressing – still sealed.)

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Muddy Waters & Howlin WolfMuddy & The Wolf ... CD
Chess, Early 70s. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Rushing, Al Hibbler, etcShoutin Swingin & Makin Love – Rare Vintage Recordings 1951 to 1964 ... LP
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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VariousBlues Vol 5 ... LP
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Features work by Willie Mabon, Lowell Fulson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Minnie, Little Walter, Eddie Boyd, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Nelson, Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s orange label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)

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✨✧ VariousChicago Radio Soul ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A really great look at a special side of the Chess Records soul catalog of the 60s – tracks that were very big on Chicago airwaves in the label's home town, yet which hardly got much play at all in the rest of the country! The collection's put together by Robert Pruter – the man who (literally) wrote the book on Chicago soul – and it's a wonderful portrait of soul in the Windy City of the 60s, with strands of music that nicely differ from the overplayed hits in later years. The collection also stands as a super-strong tribute to the never-ending genius of Chess Records – a label that never seems to let us down whenever we uncover a soul single we've never heard before! Titles include "Shy Guy" by The Radiants, "No Faith No Love" by Mitty Collier, "I Can't Help Myself" by The Gems, "Love Is A 5 Letter Word" by James Phelps, "A Thousand Miles Away" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Selfish One" by Jackie Ross, "Strange Feeling" by Billy Stewart, "The Creeper" by Freddy Robinson, "Peak Of Love" by Bobby McClure, "Lonely Girl" by Andrea Davis, "This Heart Of Mine" by Tony Clarke, "Bossa Nova Bird" by The Dells, and "Only Time Will Tell" by Etta James. CD

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✨✧ VariousKnights Of The Keyboard – Chicago Piano Blues 1947 to 1956 ... LP
Chess (Italy), Mid 40s-Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Includes work by Otis Spann, Little Henry, Little Johnny Jones, Eddie Ware, and Sunnyland Slim. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackie BrenstonRocket 88 ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the only full sets we've ever seen to document the great run of singles cut by Jackie Brenston in the early 50s – work initially done in Memphis, as a real precursor to that city's soul scene – and later cut also in Chicago, with a really hard-wailing approach! The set's titled after "Rocket 88" – a track many folks call the first rock and roll song ever – recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis by Sam Philips, with Ike Turner as the real bandleader – before Chess took over the single, and then started recording Jackie up in Chicago. Titles include "Rocket 88", "I Want To See My Baby", "Jackie's Chewing Gum", "88 Boogie", "Pat Meat Is Greasy", "True Love", "The Blues Got Me Again", and "Lovin Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 90s Italian issue. Cover is lightly stained at the bottom 3 inches.)

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✨✧ Little MiltonHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, 1960s/1970s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue. Cover has a small X imprint and is lightly bent at the top right corner.)

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✨✧ Little MiltonLittle Milton Greatest Hits (70s pressing) ... LP
Chess, Late 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent 60s work from Little Milton – one of the few Chicago bluesmen of the 60s we actually dig! Milton always had a good deal of soul in his blues, and on these standout 60s tracks he really takes off – bridging worlds nicely, and crossing over to audiences who were digging sounds from Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor at the same time. A fair bit of the tracks here have a nice funky undercurrent, and production was handled by Gene Barge, Billie Davis, and Calvin Carter – all with strong Chi-soul pedigrees. Titles include "Sweet Sixteen", "Just A Little Bit", "I Play Dirty", "I Feel So Bad", "Grits Ain't Groceries", and "We're Gonna Make It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, ring & edge wear, split seams held with some clear tape, and some small stains on front.)

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✨✧ James MoodyAt The Jazz Workshop (Cookin The Blues plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Universal, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent live set from James Moody – one that really captures all the creative soulfulness that was part of his genius during the 60s! The set was recorded at the Jazz Workshop in LA, and features a hip group that includes Bernard McKinney on trombone, Musa Kaleem on baritone, Howard McGhee on trumpet, and Moody on flute, alto, and tenor. The groove is a mix of soul jazz and bop – but always with that slightly exotic style that Moody was picking up at the time, kind of a mix of the harder edge of Yusef Lateef, and the more playful Latin grooving of Dizzy Gillespie. The CD features all the tracks from the album Cooking the Blues, plus 3 unissued numbers, and one that had only ever shown up on a compilation. Very nicely done overall, as part of an excellent and short-lived reissue series on Chess. Titles include "Moody's Mood For Love", "Bunny Boo", "One For Nat", "The Jazz Twist", "Little Buck", "Sister Sadie", and "Home Fries". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Max Roach & Art BlakeyPercussion Discussion (Tough/Max) ... LP
Chess/Cadet/Argo, 1957/1958. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s issue of 2 late 50s hard bop sides released by Argo and Cadet. Though the title and packaging might lead you to believe Max and Art are performing side by side, it's really just two albums slapped together, and not necessarily inappropriately, in a gatefold sleeve to sell easily. The first set is Blakey's Tough, one of those obscure sessions recorded during the years after the time he and Horace Silver split, with a transitional early lineup of the Jazz Messengers featuring Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman up front with Sam Dockery and Spanky DeBrest filling out the rhythm section. Included are a swinging Gershwin medley and two Duke Jordan tunes "Scotch Blues" and the classic "Flight to Jordu". Max's sides were issued as Max, a killer set of bop tracks recorded by Max with Hank Mobley and Kenny Dorham – plus a guest appearance by Ramsey Lewis on piano, in one of his few non-Chicago, non-trio sides! The record's got that great kind of energy that Roach could hit when he really was kicking his group into gear – and although the overall approach is mostly hard bop, there's plenty going on under the surface. Tracks include "CM", "Four X", "Crackle Hut", and "Speculate". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ War/Curtis Mayfield/Kool & The GangFirst Annual Benefit Concert For The Congressional Black Caucus ... LP
Chess, 1974. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer moment in 70s soul – but kind of a lost gem, too – given that the album was issued by Chess Records, but features a number of big names who mostly recorded for other companies! The live performance was recorded at the first annual benefit for the Black Congressional Caucus – and the tunes have the right sort of righteous energy to match the important political event – really special performances that include a searing 9 minute version of "Wild & Peaceful" by Kool & The Gang, super-heavy versions of "Give Me Your Love" by Curtis Mayfield and the Mayfield-penned "On & On" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. War follows up with a smoking Hammond-heavy take on "Gypsy Man" – and even Jimmy Witherspoon sounds pretty darn great on a take of his classic "Goin Down Slow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Muddy WatersBrass & The Blues ... LP
Chess, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A unique mid 60s Chess session from Muddy Waters – one with a very different feel than usual, and a good dose of soul too! As you might guess from the title, Muddy gets some full backings on this set – not exactly a large brass section, but a set of Chicago soul-styled backings handled by Gene Barge and Charles Stepney – grooves which, when mixed with his own bluesy guitar and vocals, creates a feel that's a bit like some of the Little Milton Chess work from the same time. Titles include "Hard Loser", "Going Back To Memphis", "Trouble In Mind", "Sweet Little Angel", and "Take My Advice". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersHis Best 1947 to 1955 ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersThey Call Me Muddy Waters ... LP
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rich collection of Muddy Waters' famous work for Chess Records – put together in the 70s, but featuring tracks from his earliest days in the studio, up through the key electric years of the 60s! The package pulls together some real gems – including work with Little Walter and James Cotton on harmonica, and Otis Spann on piano – and the album's also got some nice historical notes that document the original recordings. Titles include "Crawlin Kingsnake", "County Jail", "They Call Me Muddy Waters", "Find Yourself Another Fool", "Kinfolk's Blues", "Making Friends", "Blind Man", "Howling Wolf", "Two Steps Forward", and "Bird Nest On The Ground". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 90s Original Chess Masters pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousAmerica's Musical Roots ... LP
Chess/Festival, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features work by Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Howlin Wolf, Bo Diddley, and other Chess Records artists! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ VariousTreasure Tunes From The Vault – As Advertised On WLS ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic compilation of "oldies", put together back in the day when most of the tunes were only a few years old! The compilation was done by Chess in conjunction with Chicago pop powerhouse station WLS – and it's got a great goofy photo on the front that features all of the young rock DJs at LS in front of a large silver dollar! Titles include "But I Do" by Clarence Henry, "So Fine" by The Fiestas, "A Thousand Stars" by Kathy Young, "Money" by Barrett Strong, "Tonight I Fell In Love" by The Tokens, and "Oh Julie" by The Crescendos. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has split seams held with clear tape, some wear, and aging.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerryAfter School Session ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and is lightly bent at the top left corner.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerryAlmost Grown/Little Queenie ... 7-inch
Chess, 1959. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing. Labels have a drillhole and light staining.)

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✨✧ Chuck BerryLondon Sessions ... LP
Chess, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Chuck Berry makes the same London move as some of his other Chess Records contemporaries – and the result is one of Chuck's best albums from the later years! The set's not as star-studded as other efforts of this nature – but that's fine with us because Chuck really shines as the lead star out front, on both vocals and guitar – getting some great gritty backing from players who include Derek Griffiths and Owen McIntyre on guitar, Ian McLagen and Dave Kaffinetti on piano, and Rick Gretsch on bass. The set features a mix of London studio recordings and a few live tracks – and titles include "I Will Not Let You Go", "London Berry Blues", "Let's Boogie", "Mean Old World", "Johnny B Goode", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a center split top seam.)

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✨✧ Solomon BurkeBack To My Roots (180 gram pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Chess/Anagram, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really great record from Solomon Burke – and one that's quite different than his early work on Atlantic Records! Solomon's not going for his roots, and instead works with help from Sylvia Robinson and the team over at All-Platinum Records – to get kind of a pre-Sugarhill dose of mellow soul and New Jersey hipness that really sets this one apart! Unlike so many other 70s acts, Solomon never made the trip to Philly to record during the decade – but this album is maybe the closest we'll get – with that slightly rawer edge that always made the New Jersey records so great! Case in point is a tasty track by Ray and Goodman of the Moments, called "Over and Over", which is a wonderful mellow modern soul track – very different than anything Solomon ever recorded – heard here alongside other cuts that include "Life Has Its Ups & Downs", "Everybody's Got To Cry Sometime", "I'm Going Back To My Roots", "Burning For Your Love", "Night and Day", "Precious Flower", and "I'll Never Stop Loving You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing – first time reissue – on 180 gram vinyl!)

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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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✨✧ Rory GallagherCleveland Calling (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Chess, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real gem for fans of Rory Gallagher – and a very unique recording that sees the light of day here for the first time ever! The set features Rory playing acoustic, doing a performance in a radio studio in Cleveland in 1972 – a very different setting than some of his albums of the period, and one that shows just what a completely charming individual he could be in a close-up setting! Titles include "Bankers Blues", "The Cuckoo", "Gypsy Woman", "Out Of My Mind", "Pistol Slapper Blues", "Don't Know Where I'm Going", "Blow Wind Blow", and "Should've Learned My Lesson". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tony ClarkePoor Boy/Fugitive Kind ... 7-inch
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
2 nice numbers from Tony Clarke – best known for "The Entertainer", but a really great singer who cut some fine singles for Chess! "Poor Boy" is as sad as it sounds – a downbeat number that has Tony singing in a good mix of deep and sweet styles! "Fugitive Kind" is wonderful too – with a groove that's a bit like Tony's hit, but a bit more contemplative – just great for the lyric! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a cutout hole. Black label Chess pressing with a drillhole.)

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✨✧ Woody HermanDouble Exposure ... LP
Chess/Cadet, Late 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Forget everything you know about Woody Herman – and enjoy this amazing record! The album compiles sides that Woody recorded at the end of the 60s, when he was working with the Chess/Cadet team on some fantastic funky big band material. Most of the tracks feature arrangements by Richard Evans, the genius behind many of the best Chess soul recordings – and he gives the tracks a funky sound that you'd never expect from Woody Herman. The whole album's a total delight, and we never tire of listening to it – especially the version of "Ponteio", plus "The Hut", "Sex Machine", "Lancaster Gate", "Light My Fire", and a great early version of Donny Hathaway's "Flying Easy"! Hathaway also plays organ on some tracks, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Little MiltonPoor Man/If Walls Could Talk ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(70s Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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✨✧ Billy StewartI'm In Love (Oh, Yes I Am)/Crazy 'Bout You Baby ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Two beautiful cuts of rollin' soul by this great vocalist. "I'm In Love" is a bouncy jumpy soul cut with soaring vocals, and "Crazy Bout You Baby" is a good catchy cut with a nice hook. Both treasures by Billy – sung in his totally unique style! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Muddy WatersThey Call Me Muddy Waters ... CD
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rich collection of Muddy Waters' famous work for Chess Records – put together in the 70s, but featuring tracks from his earliest days in the studio, up through the key electric years of the 60s! The package pulls together some real gems – including work with Little Walter and James Cotton on harmonica, and Otis Spann on piano – and the album's also got some nice historical notes that document the original recordings. Titles include "Crawlin Kingsnake", "County Jail", "They Call Me Muddy Waters", "Find Yourself Another Fool", "Kinfolk's Blues", "Making Friends", "Blind Man", "Howling Wolf", "Two Steps Forward", and "Bird Nest On The Ground". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
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Gene AmmonsRed Top ... CD
Past Perfect (Germany), Late 40s. Used ... $5.99
A nice collection of Gene Ammons' work that doesn't always get as well remembered as his sides for Prestige or Chess – late 40s bop recordings for Savoy, done in a wonderfully full-voiced tone! The set features Gene's classic "Red Top", plus the great two part "Big Slam", and the titles "Chips", "Goodtime Blues", "Fuzzy", "Jim Dawgs", and "Street Of Dreams". The album doesn't list personnel at all for the tracks, or dates – but the music speaks volumes on its own! CD

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoArt Ensemble Of Chicago With Fontella Bass (limited numbered edition) ... CD
America/Verve, 1972. Used ... $29.99
One of a few wonderful albums recorded by the Art Ensemble of Chicago with singer Fontella Bass – a vocalist who's best known to the world for her 60s soul hits, but who's coming out here as a tremendous force in modern jazz! Fontella's sound here is miles away from that of her work for Chess – deeply organic, and with chanted qualities that one would have never expected in earlier years. The track "How Strange/Ole Jed" builds with a sound that's similar to other Art Ensemble work in Paris – but has more than enough space for some lovely chants and vocalizations from Bass. "Horn Web" follows with a more driven, percussive approach – offering a tremendous showcase for Don Moye's work on drums at the start, then moving into more contemplative space to be explored by the entire group. CD
(Out of print, please note that there a slight tear on the case cover & is priced accordingly.)

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Fontella Bass & Bobby McClureYou'll Miss Me (When I'm Gone)/Don't Jump ... 7-inch
Checker, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
2 great duets from the team of Fontella and Bobby – one of the lesser known pairs to record in the style for Chess! Both cuts are hard-hitting, sock-soul numbers – really grooving with a blend of southern deep and Chicago hard – coming off well in a mode that brings out the best in both singers! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Maroon label pressing.)

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Chuck BerryOne Dozen Berrys/Juke Box Hits ... CD
BGO (UK), 1958/1960. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Two classic Chess albums from Chuck Berry – issued here on a single CD! First up is One Dozen Berrys – the fresh fruits of the labors of a young Chuck Berry – heard here at his raw, early best! The sound here is stunning – a version of Chuck that gets way past any oldies cliches – and which reminds us that at the start, his music was coming from the same Chess Records fount as Bo Diddley's riffing guitar and Muddy Waters' Chicago blues! The tunes all work together perfectly – and the familiar numbers fit in perfectly with overlooked gems that really make the album great – especially when Chuck's guitar is really given a chance to step out and solo. Titles include "La Juanda", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "It Don't Take But A Few Minutes", "Rock & Roll Music", and "Low Feeling". Juke Box Hits is way more than a "hits" album – as it's filled with some great obscure material that always gets eclipsed by Chuck's big hits. Despite the idea that these would be "new jukebox hits", the material has an approach that was probably a bit too hard for radio, but that's ok with us! Titles include "13 Question Method", "Don't You Lie To Me", "The Way It Was Before", "Away From You", "I'm Talking About You", and "Stop & Listen". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyBig Beat ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $3.99
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. NOTE: this copy is missing the tray card and is priced accordingly.)

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Eddie BoSlippin & A Slidin – Singles As & Bs 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Maybe the most overstuffed collection of work we've ever seen from early New Orleans soul legend Eddie Bo – a set that not only includes his early classics for the Ric label, but also more obscure material for Apollo, Chess, Ace, and Swan – all brought together here with a number of unissued tracks from the time! If you don't know Eddie, you're in for a treat – as the singer first began in a more familiar New Orleans R&B mode, but already had a gritty style that helped him first pave the way towards Crescent City soul, then some even more important funk territory as the 60s moved on! This set focuses on six key years in Bo's early career – clearly a very fruitful time, as the package features 43 tracks in all – titles that include "Baby", "I'm Wise", "Happy Tears", "I'll Be Satisfied", "Walk That Walk", "Oh Oh", "My Dearest Darling", "I Love To Rock & Roll", "So Glad", "I'm So Tired", "Hey There Baby", "I Need Someone", "Tell It Like It Is", "Every Dog Got His Day", "Roamin-titis", "Now Let's Pop Eye", "Hep Hep Hooray", "I Cry On", and lots lots more! CD

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Clea BradfordHer Point Of View ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good ... $19.99
Clea was one of a host of hip female singers that Chess was trying to bring up in the late 60s – and although she was less successful than bigger stars like Fontella Bass or Marlena Shaw, this album's in very much the same mode as some of the best Cadet female soul, with arrangements by Richard Evans that cover the same range of styles as Shaw's best early work. The album kicks off with the funky cut "My Love's A Monster", then rolls into hip jazzy versions of "Summer Time", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Spring Is Here" – and also includes two originals, "I Need Love" and "The View From Up Here", both with a strong stepping groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing. Cover has adhesive residue along the spine and some light wear.)

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Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
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", "It's About Time", and "The Golden Apples Of The Sun" – plus alternate takes of "Promenade In Green" and "900 Miles". CD

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James CottonJames Cotton Blues Band ... LP
Verve, 1967. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Chicago blues, but plenty darn funky – recorded with a sharpness and tightness that shows a strong soul-based influence in the second-generation electric work of James Cotton's generation! The core group here features James on harmonica and vocals – backed by piano, guitar, bass, and drums – plus a great horn section that has a distinct Chess Records feel – no surprise, given that it features Gene Barge, Paul Serrano, and Louis Satterfield! The production is by Barry Goldberg and Mike Bloomfield – and they're clearly helping Cotton tighten up his groove – and almost hit some Atlantic soul-styled modes at times. Titles include "Knock On Wood", "Sweet Sixteen", "Feelin Good", "Off The Wall", "Good Time Charlie", "Turn On Your Lovelight", "Something On Your Mind", and "Don't Start Me Talkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Forecast pressing. Cover has light wear and a Verve Forecast sticker.)
 
 
 



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