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All My LifeWith All My Life, his second APO Records release, Jimmie Lee is aiming for goose bumps and tears. And if you've got appreciation for acoustic, front porch blues, you'll have a tough time escaping his spell.
No doubt Jimmie Lee Robinson offers a delightful taste of traditional blues. His work through the years with such stalwarts as Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed have made their impressions on the man called The Lonely Traveler just as he has been credited with inspiring them.
On All My Life you'll hear standby classics like a haunting, slowed-down version of Muddy Waters' Forty Days and Forty Nights with eerie harmonica accompaniment by Madison Slim. And Jimmie Lee even covers a non-blues favorite with What a Wonderful World. His live version of that song at a 1999 concert in Blue Heaven Studios - the converted church that is home to APO Records - brought tears to scores of the 400 in attendance.
But All My Life is also packed with Jimmie Lee originals like the title track, which was once covered by John Mayall, where Jimmie Lee pleads with the woman of his dreams to return all the respect and love he's paid to her. That track is also a perfect showcase for the classic Jimmie Lee growling vocals and the spurs jangling from his boots as the only percussion.
Unlike his first APO release, Remember Me, an almost entirely-solo effort, Jimmie Lee is joined on most of the All My Life tracks by APO artist and noted-guitarist Jimmy D. Lane and journeyman harp player Madison Slim, whose knack for acoustic blues is highlighted on this release.
Jimmie Lee has gained national attention for his protest of the destruction of Chicago's famed Maxwell Street, said to be the birthplace of Chicago blues and the neighborhood where Jimmie Lee grew up. He fasted for 81 straight days, shunning solid food as if it was the wrecking ball he so badly wants to stop. His efforts were even documented on the front page of the New York Times.1. Forty Days and Forty Nights
2. I'll Be Around
3. Love My Baby
4. The Sun Is Shining
5. Driftin' Blues
6. The Girl I Love
8. All My Life
9. I'm Ready
10. What A Wonderful World
11. Too Late
12. If I Get Lucky
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Breaking Silence (45 RPM)Mastered For 45 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Analog Master Tapes!
200-Gram, 45 RPM Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!
Tip-On Gatefold Jacket With Janis' Pure Voice And Personal Songs Spread Across Four Sides!
This album finds Janis' voice in its purest, most vital form ever. The tracks were recorded as live as possible without sounding retro. This 1992 all-analogue recording, praised as much for the artist's too infrequently heard talents as for its recorded dynamics, is now available on the medium that is a natural: 200-gram vinyl!
The audiophile LP version reflects what the two top bibles of high-end audio decree as an impeccable production that has come to be regarded as a high-fidelity reference. Matched with Ian's very personal songs, delivered in a voice that draws you in close in confidence, Breaking Silence is one of the very few recordings of recent years that by reproducing a pure analogue sound, has attained true audiophile status.
Tracks were recorded at Nightingale Studio on a Studer 820, 24-track machine, 30 IPS, non-dolby, at the elevation of +6/250 nu using Ampex 499 tape.
Included among the mics used on the recording dates were: Neumann M-49, AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, Sheffield C-9 and a custom built tube direct box on the bass. Janis' vocal was recorded using a Telefunken U-47 and a Mastering Lab mic preamp, linked with series-one Monster Cable direct to the back of the multi-track machine with no EQ or Limiting.
The album was mixed at Bill Schnee Studio to an Ampex ATR 1/2" machine, at 30 IPS, non-dolby, at the elevation of +3/250 nu on Ampex 499 tape. The reverb on the album was an EMT tube plate used along with natural room sounds captured in the recording. During the mixing of the album, "Some People's Lives" was recorded direct to two-track using the same vocal chain as above and Telefunken 251's on the piano. Take number two was used as the album cut. The album was mixed using Mastering Lab modified Tannoy SGM-10's powered by Sherwood-Sax mono-block tube amps.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jeff Balding.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. All Roads To The River
2. Ride Me Like A Wave
4. What About The Love
5. His Hands
6. Walking On Sacred Ground
7. This Train Still Runs
8. Through The Years
9. This House
10. Some People's Lives
11. Breaking Silence
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Hoodoo Man BluesOne of the all-time great urban blues records and the best-seller in the famed Delmark catalog. Hoodoo Man Blues is so full of bravado and snap it'll make you feel tough just listening to it. Not all of the Delmark titles were recorded very well, but this one certainly was. And at 45 RPM, this now stands as the undisputed definitive version. Hoodoo Man Blues, which features Buddy Guy on guitar, is not only Junior Wells' first LP appearance, it's damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45s by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc., but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of the limitations of juke box/airplay promotion. Hoodoo Man Blues went a long way in the popularization of real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Snatch It Back and Hold It
2. Ships On the Ocean
3. Good Morning Little School Girl
4. Hound Dog
5. In The Wee Hours of the Morning
6. Hay Lawdy Mama
7. Hooddoo Man Blues
8. Early in the Morning
9. We're Ready
10. Do You Love Me, Baby
11. Chiltin Con Carne
12. Yonders Wall
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Bobby Rush - Upstairs At United, Vol 11On February 4th, 2014, 73 year old Grammy nominated blues and R&B legend Bobby Rush added a generous helping of all analog, direct to tape, soul to Upstairs at United series. The set opens with a blistering take on the Beatles ''Come Together'' where most of the vocal is ''sung'' by the harmonica, followed by a sultry take on Otis Redding's ''Hard To Handle.'' Side two starts with a newly penned gem ''Why Do They Act Like That'' and finishes with Floyd-ish take on a Bobby Rush classic, ''2 Eyes Full of Tears.'' As traditional to the series, these recordings were done live to tape above the mechanical hum of the record presses at United Record Pressing then cut as a 45 RPM 12'' EP for the optimum listening experience.1. Come Together (Beatles)
2. Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
3. Why Do They Act Like That
4. 2 Eyes Full of Tears
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Sho' NuffWillie Dixon once told Wild Child Butler, You are the moan of the suffering woman, the groan of the dying man. You ain't nothing but the blues.
Here's a man who's been heavily praised by Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Rogers just to name a few; a man who those blues legends were proud to accompany. As traditional as the blues on this album are, there's no mistaking a Wild Child tune. They can't be played this way by anyone else - not so boisterous, not so Wild Child. His blues sometimes sound angry and raw, other times soft and country-polished.
This release offers a fine mix of Wild Child's down-home acoustic sound, his slow, muscular blues and his up-tempo shuffle or snapping blues. As Wild Child himself said, If you can't dig these blues, you got a hole in your soul [to borrow from a Jimmy Rogers saying]. Talkin' 'bout sho' 'nuff.
George 'Wild Child' Butler is one of the last original, hard-workin' delta bluesmen. Although his career started not until the 1960s, the old times' tradition is still clearly heard on his music. You may call it blues, you may call it southern soul, you may even call it rock 'n' roll, but you just can't categorize him to any particular field. There's just one George Butler, and then there are the others. - Butcher Pete Hoppula, Wang Dang Dula!...It's Time To Rock'n'rolla!1. Open Up Baby
2. You Had Quit Me
3. I Got To Go (Sweet Daddy-O)
4. Can You Use A Man Like Me
5. Moaning Morning
6. Slippin' In
7. Funky Things
8. I's All Over
9. I Changed
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It's Time (Out Of Stock)Jimmy D. Lane's guitar playing will knock you over. His control of his guitar, from the most delicate tonal nuances to the flashiest, fastest licks, is almost superhuman. Only the most masterful guitar players can command their instruments this way, and all the practice in the world can't develop it. Jimmy D. Lane is a natural-born guitar monster. - Bob Margolin, guitarist in the Muddy Waters Band for seven years
It's Time could just as well have been titled It's Overdue. It's long been time for one of today's most powerful and expressive musicians to break the chains of relative commercial obscurity. Time to seize the reins of blues leadership, just as his father, Jimmy Rogers, did in the 1940s. Masters Eddie Kramer (engineer for Hendrix, Zeppelin, Woodstock etc.), Chris Whipper Layton and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble) and Mike Finnigan (organ in the bands of Etta James, Taj Mahal and CSN&Y) are all onboard to give Jimmy the nudge he needs to clear the launching pad. It's Time.
Just wanted to let you know how much Frank and I are enjoying Jimmy D. Lane's new CD - It's Time. It is truly wonderful! We are looking forward to experiencing the Blues Masters concert in Oct. Take care and thanks so much for such a hauntingly awesome CD. Please convey to him that we are hoping not to wear out the CD we enjoy it so much. - Peggy Ulasek, Maryland
Lane's certainly got the goods. The guitarist and singer - he plays bass and drums, too, on a pair of tracks - wrote all but one of the disc's 12 songs. And he's got a knack for mixing Hendrix- and Vaughan-influenced contemporary blues with old-school roots learned from his father...what makes It's Time a fun listen is its textural variety...Kramer's production offers a bright, modern sound that still has the warm feel of live performance. He and Lane keep the set tightly focused...For Jimmy D. Lane, now's as good a time as any. - Michael Cote, Blues Revue, February/March 2005Side One
1. What Makes People
2. 'Til I Loved You
3. Half Love
1. Ain't It a Pity
2. It's Time
3. Stuck in the Middle
1. Hand on the Door
2. Bad Luck
3. My Nature
2. Bleeding Heart
$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - SealedTemporarily out of stock
Neon Angel (Out Of Stock)Bryan's honesty in her approach to song writing has created a stylization that defies category. Neon Angel is a unique and personal body of work. In it, her lyrics are visual and socially relevant, yet intimate, poetic and immediate. Her music ranges from the ethereal to a plaintive earthiness, and at times both expressions are grasped in the same moment. This recording is as classic and as powerful as Joni Mitchell's legendary Blue.
The setting for Nancy's songs is specific, yet timeless. Blame It On The Moon is a Southern swamplife spiritual sung against an undulating bass line. Pulse and Time is as light as whipped cream in the confluence of dobro, ukulele and D-tuned acoustic guitar. And you can almost see the cold blue November sky behind a silhouette of skyscrapers in the melancholy Chicago Skyline and feel the singer's loneliness as her soaring vocals cry out for an irredeemable past.
Neon Angel was recorded live, direct-to-two-track at Blue Heaven Studios, the converted 77-year-old church in Salina, Kansas. This 13-song, all-acoustic album emphasizes the church's natural acoustics, bringing to life the massive, vaulted ceiling and Nancy on the altar.
Though this is only her second solo release, Nancy has won acclaim for several songs she's written and sung for Disney, including a track for the Grammy-nominated and now-gold record Take My Hand. Her songs have also appeared on MTV's popular shows The Real World and Road Rules.
Every track on this record is naked and essential and is an equally integral part of a brilliant mosaic.1. Nobody's Buying
2. Blame it On The Moon
3. Pulse and Time
4. Chicago Skyline
5. Neon Angel
7. Bending Road
8. Skating At The Edge
9. Deep As The Sea$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs SealedTemporarily out of stock
Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Out Of Stock)Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
American blues musician Taj Mahal, was born Henry Fredericks in New York in 1942. His music is a mix of blues, Caribbean styles, bluegrass and the music of Hawaii, where he lived for a number of years. Originally released in 1972, Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff contains seven live tracks and four studio recordings.
Guitar/piano playing rural blues revivalist Taj Mahal was quite a rarity in the late 1960s - a young black man who accurately revived classic country blues for a new generation of listeners. Mahal took an archival interest in folk blues while joining in during the early '60s. On this album, the first seven tracks were recorded live at the Fillmore West and the rest at Columbia's San Francisco studios with backup from the Pointer Sisters. The title Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff certainly sums up the album quite well - that's exactly what Taj Mahal has been doing for several years by this point!
This title is not eligible for discount.LP1
1. Conch Intro
3. Bound To Love Me Some
5. A Free Song (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out Of Your Soul)
7. Conch: Close
8. Cakewalk Into Town
1. Sweet Home Chicago
2. Texas Woman Blues
3. Gitano Negro
$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs SealedTemporarily out of stock
There's A Time (Out Of Stock)Reference Recordings LPs: The Reference Mastercuts Series, Pressed By Quality Record Pressings
Double LP Set In A Gatefold Jacket, 45 RPM, 200-Gram Vinyl
"I did compare this double 45 cut half speed by Paul Stubblebine and pressed on 200 gram at QRP to the CD version and even comparing on a relatively inexpensive vinyl set-up and mega buck digital one (names omitted to protect the innocent) the vinyl exudes an openness and resolution of spatial and transient detail muffled by the CD. The opening track tells the story. On the CD MacLeod and the others are 'there.' On the LP they are there!. QRP's 200-gram pressings were dead silent too.
— Michael Fremer (AnalogPlanet.com)
SAN FRANCISCO - 'Prof.' Keith Johnson's first blues recording! 13 new MacLeod originals highlight this richly detailed recording, done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. by Johnson — Reference Recordings' Grammy® winning engineer.
Also featuring Doug's longtime bassist Denny Croy and Jimi Bott, one of the most recorded, awarded and respected blues drummers in the world.
Doug says: "Making this album was different than any other one I've done in the past. They put Jimi, Denny and me on this huge soundstage at Skywalker Sound in Marin County and we sat around in a circle where we could see each other. We played live, no overdubs, just three guys playing some music together."
A perennial Blues Music Award nominee, MacLeod was nominated in 2012 as Acoustic Artist of the Year. (Drummer Jimi Bott is also a multi-BMA nominee).LP 1
1. Rosa Lee
2. Black Nights
3. The Up Song
5. My Inlaws Are Outlaws
6. The Entitled Few
1. A Ticket Out
2. Run With The Devil
3. St. Elmo's Rooms and Pool
4. I'll Be Walking On
5. East Carolina Woman
6. The Night Of The Devil's Road
7. Dubb's Talking Religion Blues
$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs SealedTemporarily out of stock
Exactly Like This (Out Of Stock)200 Gram Double LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
"Understanding the importance of restraint to the blues, he skirts the predictable with fresh imagery in lyrics and his music is barb-wire sharp." - Down Beat Magazine
Doug MacLeod is a unique, powerful guitarist with a rich and soulful voice, singing original songs based on his own life and experiences. This is "Genuine Original Acoustic Music" at its very best.
His new album Exactly Like This is his third release with Reference Recordings. It's MacLeod at his very best, in a richly detailed recording by Grammy-winning engineer Keith Johnson, made at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California.
In live performance, Doug MacLeod assures his audience "This song is going to go exactly like this." It's presented just for them, not a repeat of any performance he's ever given or will ever give. He records the same way, each of his original songs are offered with a fresh voice. Exactly Like This contains 11 new MacLeod originals reflecting and paying tribute to some of his diverse musical influences: Louis Jordan, Wes Montgomery, Jerry Reed, Tony Joe White, John Lee Hooker, and even a little Duke Ellington. In his previous 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves.
His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya. MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show "In the Heat of the Night." Two of his songs are on Grammy-nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.
Doug MacLeod isn't just a blues guy, he's a singer/songwriter/storyteller and serious guitarist. He is one of the few modern artists doing all original material and traveling the country like a troubadour. Just Doug, headed down the road in his Honda, baseball on the radio, Siri by his side and a trunk full of music!LP1
1. Rock It Till the Crows Come Home
2. Too Many Misses For Me
3. Find Your Right Mind
4. Ain’t It Rough?
5. Serious Doin’ Woman
1. Ridge Runner
2. New Morning Road
5. Heavens The Only Place
6. You Got It Good (And That Ain’t Bad)
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Sonny Is King (Out Of Stock)Although their styles were regions apart and theyd never performed together previously, Georgia harmonica ace Sonny Terry and Texas guitar titan Lightnin Hopkins fit like foot in sock when producer Kenneth S. Goldstein paired them at Rudy Van Gelders studio on October 26, 1960. As LeRoi Jones observed in the original album notes, There is a meeting of ways, where the light and the sad seem to come together simply as blues. Selections six through 10 were recorded the following year, and Terry was back in the more familiar company of another great guitarist, his longtime partner Brownie McGhee.
Terry was a remarkable mouth harp player, and these performances are first rateWhat makes this a truly stand out record is the fine sound, which just jumps out of the speakers. Although this is a stereo recording with rather hard left and right separation (especially on the McGhee songs), that anomaly distracts little from the performance. Recording = 7/10; Music = 8/10 Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 43
This title is not eligible for discount.One Monkey Don't Stop The Show
Changed The Lock On My Door
She's So Sweet
Diggin' My Potatoes
Callin' My Mama
Blues From The Bottom$49.9945 RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedTemporarily out of stock