Essential New Orleans piano from Professor Longhair – an artist who was neither a professor, nor a man with much hair! The chrome-domed pianist had a huge influence on the sound of New Orleans R&B and soul to come – as he played in a triplet-heavy way that was rooted in blues, but ... (Soul, Blues)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Back cover has some light aging.)
An obscure vocal gem from Prestige – featuring the lesser-known singer Mildred Anderson, working in a mixture of jazz and blues, with backing from the classic Eddie Lockjaw Davis combo! Mildred's got a laidback and bluesy approach that's a few more shades towards the blues than the work of ... (Vocalists, Blues)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – Bluesville label with deep groove and RVG stamp. Record and cover are beautiful!)
Big Time Sarah —
Crying ... CD CMA (Germany), 1993. Used ...
Vintage work from Mississippi John Hurt, but somehow amazingly clear and crisp in this classic LP presentation! The tunes are wonderfully earthy – just vocals and guitar from Hurt, in a style that's definitely blues, but which has some surprisingly jazzy inflections at times – at least ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alan Lomax recordings of the surviving fife and drum music of North Mississippi – much of it recorded in 1969 and 1970 with few recordings from as far back as 1942! The music represents the (then) surviving legacy of earlier African American music of the region, less heard and less ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of 60s southern blues from The Carter Brothers – featuring tracks recorded as singles for Jewel Records, plus additional solo and previously unreleased numbers! Titles include "Booby Trap Baby", "I Woke Up Smilin", "Why Baby Why", "Hey It' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential P-Vine collection of Otis Clay's best work – his tracks recorded for the legendary One-Derful label in Chicago! 12 stunning cuts of raw soul, with a sound that's a lot deeper and a lot harder than his work for other labels. You may have a few of these on scratchy old 45s, but this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great example of why Little Milton was always one of the few Chicago blues artists who could also break strongly in the soul camp at the time – and a beautifully balanced set that perfectly shows both sides of the Chicago scene of the time! Production is by old Vee Jay maestro Calvin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest records ever recorded for Impulse – and the debut set by guitarist Mel Brown! Mel has a really down-and-dirty style that's quite unusual for the label at the time – a rootsy approach to guitar that's steeped in equal parts jazz, soul, and R&B – and which ... (Jazz, Blues)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has two cutout holes.)
A mid 70s meeting of two seminal blues talents from the Memphis scene – singer Bobby Blue Bland, and legendary guitarist BB King! The pair were both working for ABC at the time – major label fame after years woodshedding in the indies – and hitting well-deserved fame for their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
BB King brings in a sweet dose of jazz to his work – just a touch of the funkier backings that some of his electric contemporaries were getting at the time – maybe not as hard-wailing as some of the Chess funky blues records, but definitely somewhere in that direction! Players on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy Rushing's last truly great albums – a jazz-tinged session of bluesy material, one that gets at his best work of the 50s! The arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a fluid swing that pushes Jimmy past cliche – working with players that include Zoot Sims, Budd Johnson, ... (Vocalists, Blues)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing.)
Luther Allison —
Rich Man ... CD Ruf Records (Germany), 1987. Used ...
A great second chapter of work from Smokey Hogg's years at the Modern Records label – material that's got a bit more of a west coast polish than the rootsy vibe of his previous sides! Smokey still has plenty of Texas in his vocals and work on guitar, but the arrangements here often emphasize ... read moreCD
One side features Floyd Jones on vocal and guitar, with Eddie Taylor on second guitar, Otis Spann on piano, and Walter Horton on harmonica – the other features Taylor on vocal and guitar, with Jones on bass – and Spann and Horton too, all recorded at the One-Der-Ful ... read moreCD
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic funky blues from the great Lowell Fulsom – recorded right around the same years as his classic "Tramp" (not on this album), and with a very similar feel. Titles include "Funky Broadway", "Feel So Bad", "Tomorrow", "Mellow Together", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bessie Smith —
Empress ... LP Columbia, 1920s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Vintage work from the earliest days of this legendary venue – featuring tracks by Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Moms Mabley, Spirits Of Rhythm, Buck & Bubbles, Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway, Big Maybelle, and many others! (Jazz, Blues)LP, Vinyl record album
Siegel Schwall Band —
953 West ... LP Wooden Nickel, 1975. Very Good ...
Brilliant later work by Bobby Blue Bland – done with backings that are much fuller than on his earlier albums – a mixture of strings and horns that really expand the sound! That doesn't keep things from being soulful, though – as Bobby's in incredible form vocally, really rising ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set from the Chicago scene – with Bob Riedy on piano, but also with Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Sam Lay on drums, and some guest work by Johnny Young, Johnny Littlejohn, and Carey Bell! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a small split on the spine.)
A collection of classic blues that influenced the heavy rock generation – with older tracks from some of the best Chess artists of the early electric days! Titles include "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" by Muddy Waters, "Don't Start Me Talkin" and "Sad To Be ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono promo pressing. Cover has light wear & a promo sticker.)
An incredible album that has Cleanhead moving way past his usual bag! Sure, he's normally known as an R&B vocalist and alto player, but here, in one of those great Riverside "Cannonball Adderley Presents" sessions, Vinson gets into a whole new bag on some cuts. He's playing with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a split spine & light wear.)
Killer early work from Willie Hightower – a deep soul singer who later disappeared into blues territory, but who cut this searing 60s session for the Fire/Fury label! (Soul, Blues)LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi! Cover has some very light wear.)
Christian Willisohn & Boris Vanderlek —
Blues News ... CD Blues Beacon (Germany), 1994. Used ...