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Blues Vinyl Records
The Legendary Father of Folk Blues (45 RPM)Legendary Delta Bluesman's Columbia Lp Now A 200-gram 45 Rpm 2lp Set!
45 RPM 2LP Set Includes Bonus Track: "Motherless Children"
Lacquers Cut By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Master Tape
Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!
Heavyweight Glossy Tip-on Jacket By Stoughton Printing
Mississippi's Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans in 1964.
The "Father of the Delta Blues" recorded this namesake LP for Columbia Records a year later in 1965. It's become, in the words of Living Blues magazine — "Essential recordings by one of the greatest bluesmen ever." And now, Analogue Productions presents a reissue unmatched in sonic quality and luxury presentation. For our version we turned to Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound to remaster the recording from the original master tapes. The freshly cut lacquers — for this version we've cut the album at 45 RPM for truer cartridge tracking and decreased distortion on the inner groove — were then plated and pressed on 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings.
Son was born Eddie James House, Jr., on March 21, 1902, in Riverton, Miss. By the age of 15, he was preaching the gospel in various Baptist churches as the family seemingly wandered from one plantation to the next. He didn't even bother picking up a guitar until he turned 25; to quote House, "I didn't like no guitar when I first heard it; oh gee, I couldn't stand a guy playin' a guitar. I didn't like none of it." But if his ambivalence to the instrument was obvious, even more obvious was the simple fact that Son hated plantation labor even more and had developed a taste for corn whiskey. After drunkenly launching into a blues at a house frolic in Lyon, Miss., one night and picking up some coin for doing it, the die seemed to be cast; Son House may have been a preacher, but he was part of the blues world now.
Now, sit back and enjoy one of the genere's greatest, on a reissue that's the best that's been made to date. So authentic, so real - that's the Analogue Productions difference.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Death Letter Blues
3. Louise McGhee
4. John The Revelator
5. Empire State Express
6. Preachin’ Blues
7. Grinning In Your Face
9. Levee Camp Moan
10. Motherless Children (bonus track)
$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Seesaw reunites force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa for a second album of choice covers from various musical eras. As with their first outing, Don’t Explain, the project is in collaboration with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes). Each of the three principals suggested and selected tracks for the 11-song set list, which mines soulful classics previously made famous by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, and Nina Simone.
The one-two punch of Hart’s powerhouse vocals and Bonamassa’s scorching solos both honors and reinvents the original recordings. They are backed by the same world class band that kept the grooves going on Don’t Explain: Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Carmine Rojas (bass), Blondie Chaplin (rhythm guitar, backing vocals and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (organ, piano). This time out, their mighty sound is augmented by a horn section, with Lee Thornburg on trumpets and trombones, and Ron Dziubla on saxophones.
For Hart and Bonamassa, making music together grew out of the friendship and mutual artistic appreciation they developed after crossing paths on the road numerous times, particularly on the festival circuit in Europe. Bonamassa wanted to do a project with her, and came up with the idea for a soul covers record. Shirley, who’s produced 12 of Bonamassa’s albums, was enthusiastic, and Bonamassa contacted Hart. “When I got the call that he wanted to do a soul record with me, I figured I’d be the background singer. He said ‘no, you’re singing lead.’” The chemistry clicked, and Don’t Explain was released in 2011, followed now by 2013’s Seesaw—in between, both Hart and Bonamassa have toured, recorded solo albums, and reached new career highs.
“What’s so cool about these projects is that when Joe and Beth enter the studio, he comes in as a guitar player, and she comes in as a singer,” says Shirley. “They’re getting together just to play fun music, sing some favorite songs, without the pressure of career issues they might have on solo projects. The point is to pick up and celebrate songs that didn’t get their due in the day, and to pay homage to ones that were truly classics. The vibe this time is more upbeat than on Don’t Explain, lots of big band horns.”1. Them There Eyes
2. Close to My Fire
3. Nutbush City Limits
4. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
5. Can't Let You Go
6. Miss Lady
7. If I Tell You I Love You
9. A Sunday Kind of Love
11. Strange Fruit
$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Soul BluesPart of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions — 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
A true poet of the blues, Lightnin' Hopkins was a master of tall, tongue-in-cheek tales, often made up on the spot in the recording studio. The first song on this album, "I'm Going to Build Me a Heaven of My Own," describes an encounter with a bearded man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Hopkins also puts his personal stamp on Willie Dixon's "My Babe" and Smokey Hogg's "Too Many Drivers," among others.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. I'm Going to Build Me a Heaven of My Own
2. My Babe
3. Too Many Drivers
4. I'm A Crawling Black Snake
5. Rocky Mountain Blues
6. I Mean Goodbye
7. The Howling Wolf
8. Black Ghost Blues
9. Darling, Do You Remember Me?
10. Lonesome Graveyard
$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
American Epic: The Best of Lead BellyLouisiana delta native Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter is the master of twelve-string blues guitar. His story is one of high-highs and low-lows, from serving stints in prison after killing a man in a fight for a woman’s heart, but then eventually earning early release by entertaining his fellow prison-mates and penning a song for the governor, thus cementing his reputation of singing his way out of prison. Folklorists John and Alan Lomax were early supporters that brought Lead Belly to the attention of Ivy Leaguers as well as a European audience. His songs have been widely covered by artists such as Elvis, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, and the Grateful Dead.
Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.1. Mr. Tom Hughes’ Town
2. C. C. Rider
3. You Can’t Lose Me, Charlie
4. Kansas City Papa
5. Death Letter Blues, Part 1
6. Death Letter Blues, Part 2
7. Fort Worth and Dallas Blues
8. Bull Cow
9. Ox Drivin’ Blues
10. Shorty George
11. You Don’t Know My Mind
12. Matchbox Blues
13. My Baby Quit Me
14. Baby Don’t You Love Me No More
$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The Sun Moon & HerbsImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes Insert With Lyrics
Dr. John A.K.A. The Night Tripper is a singer, songwriter, voice actor, pianist, and guitarist, whose music combines Blues, Pop, Jazz, Zydeco, Boogie Woogie and Rock & Roll.
Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960's following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive music. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. This eventually resulted in his signature 'voodoo' music style.
The Sun Moon & Herbs is described by Allmusic as "dark and swampy" and "best listened to on a hot, muggy night with the sound of thunder rumbling off in the distance like jungle drums".
The centerpiece of the album is "Familiar Reality," a long cut based on one evil-sounding Stones-type riff. As usual, Dr. John's strength lies in his galvanizing; mesmerizing choruses. The ones on "Black John the Conqueror" and "File Gumbo" are unforgettable.1. Black John the Conqueror
2. Where Ya At Mule
3. Craney Crow
4. Familiar Reality--Opening
5. Pots on Fiyo (File Gumbo)/Who I Got to Fall On (If the Pot Get Heavy)
6. Zu Zu Mamou
7. Familiar Reality--Reprise
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The Sky Is Crying (45 RPM)200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
All-Analog Mastering By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Tapes
Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
“The new remastering sounds amazing. Better than it ever did. I’m happy and pleasantly surprised.”
-Chris “Whipper” Layton, Double Trouble drummer
“This is visceral, hair-raising stuff.”
-Andy Aledort, senior editor of Guitar World
“These recordings have never sounded this good, and likely will never sound better. Layers seem to have been stripped away, and the music seems to have been set free. Vaughan’s guitar has new bite and edge...sonically, all questions have now been answered...”
-Robert Baird, Stereophile
The Sky Is Crying was released after SRV’s 1990 helicopter crash that took his life. The posthumously assembled 10-track outtakes collection actually proves to be one of Vaughan’s most consistent albums, rivaling In Step as the best outside of the Greatest Hits collection. These songs were recorded in sessions spanning from 1984’s Couldn’t Stand the Weather to 1989’s In Step and were left off of the LPs for whatever reason (or, in the case of Soul to Soul’s “Empty Arms,” a different version was used).
What makes the record work is its eclectic diversity — Vaughan plays slide guitar on “Boot Hill” and acoustic on “Life By The Drop”; he smokes on the slow blues of “May I Have a Talk With You” and the title track just as much as on the up-tempo Lonnie Mack cover, “Wham”; and he shows the jazzy side of his playing on Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and Kenny Burrell’s “Chitlins Con Carne.”
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Boot Hill
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Empty Arms
4. Little Wing
1. May I Have A Talk With You
2. Close To You
3. Chitlins Con Carne
4. So Excited
5. Life By The Drop
$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest2017 marks what would have been John Lee Hooker’s 100th birthday. As part of a larger, year-long centennial celebration for the legendary bluesman, this new collection features some of Hooker’s most celebrated recordings, from the prime of his career. Spanning his time on Vee-Jay, Stax, Riverside and Specialty Records, the collection includes such favorites as “Boom Boom,” “Boogie Chillun’” and “Big Legs, Tight Skirt.” New liner notes by music journalist Bill Dahl round out the package.1. Boom Boom
2. Boogie Chillun'
4. I'm In the Mood
5. I Love You Honey
6. Whiskey & Wimmen
7. I Need Some Money
8. Grinder Man
9. I'm Going Upstairs
10. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
11. No More Doggin'
12. No Shoes
13. Crawlin' Kingsnake
14. Frisco Blues
15. It Serves Me Right
16. Time is Marching
$21.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
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
$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 PRM - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Best of the Sun Records SessionsHowlin’ Wolf recorded some of his finest work while in Memphis, TN from 1951-1952 with legendary producer and Sun Records founder, Sam Phillips. This album features the very best of those sessions, all in one place.
The recordings were remastered and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.1. All In The Mood
3. Drinkin’ C V Wine
4. Mr. Highway Man
5. Chocolate Drop
6. Well That’s Alright
7. I Got A Woman
8. Oh Red
9. My Troubles And Me
10. Dorothy Mae
11. Come Back Home
12. My Baby Walked Off
13. Getting Old And Grey
14. My Last Affair
$22.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Labor Of LovePreviously Unreleased Late 1990s Recordings
200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Taj Mahal, Loose And Casual In Informal Recording Sessions With Peers
Taj Performs With Guest Artists: John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Cootie Stark And Algia Mae Hinton
Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
The blues live on because the blues give people life, not the other way around. Talk about the blues with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and composer Taj Mahal, or Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and you'll quickly understand how deeply they grasp this. So it's no surprise that their shared love of blues has created a special vinyl-only album release that's got the loose, easy feel of a porch-sitting guitar strum, sipping sweet tea on a warm summer day.
Labor of Love comprises recordings made by Duffy, hanging out with Taj and other artists in a Houston hotel room and during visits to the Music Maker Relief Foundation headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Taj and Tim first connected in the mid-1990s as Tim was establishing the foundation. The foundation is dedicated to preserving Southern roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need while documenting their music and sharing their stage and recording talents with the world.
A CD collection released by the foundation featuring Music Maker artists caught Taj's attention. Tim invited Taj to his place in rural Pinnacle, N.C., where he hung out with several of the artists. Taj loved how they played and sang, but he especially loved "getting to know their lives and how they made things work."
Not much time passed before a performing tour was launched, with Taj as the headliner. Meanwhile, Tim, sensing an incredibly rich opportunity, was hauling along with the tour, high-end recording gear. He set it up in hotel rooms hoping to capture an impromptu session. One night in Houston, magic happened. A few senior bluesmen, Tim, Taj and the daughter of Katie Mae, immortalized in the Lightin' Hopkins classic "Katie Mae Blues" hung out together in a hotel room in Houston. Taj picked up an acoustic guitar and started in on classic tunes — "Stack-O-Lee," "Walking Blues," and more. The tape was rolling.
During the time of the tour, Taj was also visiting during hang-out, barbecue and recording sessions at Music Maker's new North Carolina headquarters in Hillsborough. When the music got going, Taj would play some piano, bass, harp, banjo, mandolin and whatever else was needed.
Now is the time for these immortalized sessions to be heard. So here they are on a solid piece of wax. And what wax it is — a full-on 200-gram vinyl Analogue Productions masterpiece plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world's best-sounding LPs. Packaged in a Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket. You won't find a more intimate portrayal of Taj as a freewheeling, fun-loving, always-in-the-pocket sideman.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Stack-O-Lee
2. Shortnin' Bread (with Neal Patman)
3. My Creole Belle
4. I Ain't The One You Love (with Algia Mae Hinton)
5. Fishing Blues
6. Mistreating Blues (with John Dee Holeman)
7. African Wysie
8. So Sweet (with Cootie Stark)
9. Klondike Gold
10. Hambone (with John Dee Holeman)
11. Walking Blues
12. John Henry (with Etta Baker)
13. Song For Brenda (with Cool John Ferguson)
$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Ice Pickin'All Tracks Remastered
Out Of Print On Vinyl For 25 Years
First Ever Pressing On 180 Gram Vinyl
180 gram vinyl reissue of the Grammy-nominated Alligator debut by The Master of the Telecaster, Albert Collins. Features all-time fan favorites like “Master Charge” and “Honey Hush.”1. Honey, Hush!
2. When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
3. Ice Pick
4. Cold, Cold Feeling
5. Too Tired
6. Master Charge
7. Conversation With Collins
$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The Super Super Blues BandLimited Edition Pressing On Light Orange Opaque Vinyl
Super Super Blues Band starter out merely as Super Blues, a conglomerate of blues pillars Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Little Walter. When Little Walter bowed out and was replaced by Howlin' Wolf, they rightfully threw another Super on the name, and went on to release this burning, irreverent and even sometimes hilarious set of drunken, wild-eyed electric blues. Long form jams roll on in a trance as the trio of blues legends flex egos, talking shit to each other, trading off leads and ducking blasts of unexpected wah-wah guitar lines. Songs are peppered with an incredible level of banter between the trio of bandleaders that predicts the call and response sing-talking of early hip hop, laced with random screams in the background that teeter between celebration and danger.
That these three ever got into the same room together is a miracle, and that they produced something so intense, energetic and weird is another almost unbelievable feat. The record is special enough as a stand-alone document of this meeting/melting of the minds before you find out the backing band consists of Hubert Sumlin, Otis Spann, and freaking Buddy Guy. Lordy. Might have needed one more "Super" in there.1. Long Distance Call
2. Medley: Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life
3. Sweet Little Angel
5. Diddley Daddy
6. The Red Rooster
7. Goin' Down Slow
$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Muddy Wolf At Red RocksImport
Joe celebrating Muddy Waters & Howlin' WolfLP1
1. We Went Down To The Mississippi Delta
2. Muddy Waters Talking
3. Tiger In Your Tank
4. I Can’t Be Satisfied
5. You Shook Me
6. Stuff You Gotta Watch
7. Double Trouble
8. Real Love
9. My Home Is On The Delta
10. All Aboard
1. Howlin’ Wolf Talking
2. How Many More Years
3. Shake For Me
4. Hidden Charms
6. Killing Floor
7. Evil (Is Going On)
8. All Night Boogie (All Night Long)
1. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
2. Oh Beautiful!
3. Love Ain’t A Love Song
4. Sloe Gin
5. The Ballad of John Henry
6. Mississippi Heartbeat (Opening Title)
7. Muddy Wolf (Credits)
$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs SealedBuy Now
Texas CannonballReleased in 1972 as the second of Freddie King's three releases for Shelter Records, Leon Russell's Tulsa-based label. In fact, when Russell first formed Shelter, he reportedly did so partly to play out his vision of recording one of his favorites, Freddie King.
King's output on Texas Cannonball includes brilliant covers of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Leon Russell, Bill Withers and Elmore James.
Backing artists include many musicians who played with Eric Clapton in the 1970s. Clapton has stated many times over that Freddie King was among his chief influences. Supporting musicians include Leon Russell on piano, Carl Radle and Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Jim Gordon, Chuck Blackwell and Al Jackson on drums, Don Preston on guitar and John Gallie on organ.
Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in February 1972.
Texas Cannonball is among the first titles to be pressed at Acoustic Sounds' Quality Record Pressings.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Lowdown In Lodi
2. Reconsider Baby
3. Big Legged Woman
4. Me And My Guitar
5. I'd Rather Be Blind
6. Can't Trust Your Neighbor
7. You Was Wrong
8. How Many More Years
9. Ain't No Sunshine
10. The Sky Is Crying
$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Live At The Avant GardeBefore Magic Sam scored with 1967's West Side Soul (DMK 615) his recorded legacy included a handful of sides for Cobra in the late '50s, Chief in the early '60s and a few miscellaneous 45s in the mid-'60s. But just when it looked like things were going to really take off for Sam he passed away on December 1, 1969 at the age of 32. Delmark issued 1968's Black Magic (DMK 620) and there have been several posthumous releases of live recordings including the classic Live (DMK 645). This album comes from a June 22, 1968 live concert recorded at the Avant Garde in Milwaukee. It features Magic Sam, vocals, guitar; Big Mojo Elem, bass and Bob Richey, drums. Over 65 minutes.1. San-Ho-Zay
2. Don't Want No Woman
3. I Need You So Bad
4. Feelin' Good
5. It's All Your Fault Baby
6. You Belong To Me
7. Bad Luck Blues
8. Come On In This House
9. Hide Away (Theme)
10. Hoochie Coochie Man
11. Still A Fool
12. That's All I Need
13. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
14. That's All Right
15. I Found Me A New Love
16. Lookin' Good
17. Everynight Everyday
18. Hully Gully Twist
$28.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Live At The RegalRanked 141/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Classic live recording from Chicago recorded in 1964 and released in 1965. Live at the Regal showcases B.B. King's penchant for not only playing guitar and singing, but also entertaining. King treats an enthusiastic audience here to a collection of some of his greatest uptown blues hits.1. Every Day I Have The Blues
2. Sweet Little Angel
3. It's My Own Fault
4. How Blue Can You Get?
5. Please Love Me
6. You Upset Me Baby
7. Worry, Worry
8. Woke Up This Mornin'
9. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
10. Help The Poor
$32.99Vinyl LPBuy Now
The Okeh Sessions (Pure Pleasure)Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the ‘50s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads. She appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, and acquired a large following among lovers of the blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and rock and roll. Near the end of her life she even covered hits by the Beatles and Donovan. Big Maybelle's career was hampered throughout and cut short by a severe drug addiction, but she packed a lot of living into her shortened lifespan. It's worth mentioning how, almost half a century later, the power in her Okeh sessions is still palpable. With her bold, gritty sound, she comes off like nothing so much as a female Howlin' Wolf, and one can't imagine her not being an influence on the full-throttle blues of Etta James, Aretha, Janis Joplin and countless others. "So Good to My Baby" features typically microphone-distorting belting from the singer, and an appropriately blazing horn section. "Gabbin' Blues", her 1952 Okeh debut smash, is a humorous dialogue between Maybelle and gossiping rival Rose Marie McCoy, the tune's co-writer. One of the most stirring cuts here is "Ocean Of Tears", a percolating, minor-key tune in which Maybelle bemoans her sorrowful state with an unforgettably cathartic angst. Also impressive, though, are ballads such as "You'll Never Know", "Ain't No Use", and "You'll Be Sorry", which show a pleasant, softer side to Maybelle's craft. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" - a song that she took to the top of the R&B charts before Jerry Lee Lewis turned it into a rock & roll anthem -, her 1955 single "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" and 1954's "I'm Getting 'Long Alright", are also standouts. New York session wizards such as tenor saxophonist Sam 'The Man' Taylor and guitarist Mickey Baker provide great support throughout. The tracks contained on this album showcase one of the greatest blues singers of all time, at her prime.
Recording: October 1952, June 1953, January and March 1954, March 1955
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.LP1
1. Just Want Your Love
2. So Good To My Baby
3. Gabbin' Blues
4. My Country Man
5. Rain Down Rain
6. Way Back Home
7. Stay Away From My Sam
8. Jinny Mule
9. Maybelle's Blues
10. I've Got A Feeling
11. You'll Never Know
1. No More Trouble Out of Me
2. My Big Mistake
3. Ain't No Use
4. I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright
5. You'll Be Sorry
6. Hair Dressin' Women
7. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
8. Don't Leave Poor Me
9. Ain't To Be Played With
10. New Kind of Mambo
11. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
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Bluesamericana“I never set out to be a ‘blues guy’, but the blues is very powerful and fuels what I do. The blues puts the ‘realness’ in it for me.” – Keb’ Mo’
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller, Keb’ Mo’, embarks on a new chapter in his career with the release of BLUESAmericana on Kind of Blue Music. His twelfth full-length album marks the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut. But, more importantly, the album is a signpost of artistic and personal growth.
“I only make albums when I’m inspired to, and these 10 songs come from a very honest place,” Keb’ relates. “BLUESAmericana is the beginning of the next phase of who I am.”
Recorded in Nashville, and produced by Keb’ Mo’ and Casey Wasner, BLUESAmericana features some of the three-time Grammy winner’s most poignant and joyful songs. Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy” premiered the first single, “The Old Me Better,” which gets its Crescent City sound from guest artists The California Feetwarmers.1. The Worst Is Yet To Come
2. Somebody Hurt You
3. Do It Right
4. I’m Gonna Be Your Man
6. For Better Or Worse
7. That’s Alright
8. The Old Me Better
9. More For Your Money
10. So Long Goodbye
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Muddy Waters At Newport 1960The Muddy Waters/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!
Muddy Waters Masterwork Live Album! In Stereo!
First Time Official Audiophile Vinyl – Stunning First Time Gatefold Cover
Mastered From The Authorized Chess Records Stereo Tapes By Joe Reagoso
Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) will always be known as one of the founding fathers of modern day blues. His legendary style of playing guitar, his unique vocal prowess and of course his stellar list of classic Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues tunes have all gone on to influence generations upon generations of rock and blues performers worldwide.
With almost six decades in the music business, this Mississippi native began his career cutting early sides for defunct labels before landing in Chicago in the early forties, where he began a long climb to the top of the blues world, later cutting a series of hit sessions for Aristocrat which became Chess Records. Phil and Leonard Chess knew they had a kingpin on their hands when Muddy started his endless stream of blues smashes. The label honored the man with his first live album simply titled Muddy Waters At Newport 1960. Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, Muddy drove the crowd into a frenzy with his famous guitar licks and his Delta growl, truly a thrilling presence on the stage.
Featuring an all-star band with the likes of the legendary James Cotton on harp and the masterful Otis Spann on piano, Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 would go on to become one of the most revered albums in modern day Chicago blues history.
Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits I Got My Brand On You, Muddy continues to rock the crowd through a treasure trove of 8 more blues champions which made this one of the most important live recordings of all time. The album features classic gems like his classics Got My Mojo Working, Baby Please Don’t Go, and I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man. Noted for his stellar guitar work, pretty much introducing his Chicago laden blues style to a whole new generation of guitar players, Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 became truly a primer for a ton of rock and blues guitarists for years like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat and The Rolling Stones. Muddy broke down barriers for millions of music fans worldwide to enjoy rock and blues, making him along with John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Johnson one of the first pioneers of the blues and rock genre.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chess Records arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so very proud to announce another installment in The Muddy Waters/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary masterpiece Muddy Waters At Newport 1960.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the first time on audiophile vinyl from the Chess stereophonic tapes, Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles to be released in quite some time.
To further celebrate this first time authorized stereophonic audiophile vinyl LP, we enhance this limited edition masterwork with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as a rare inside gatefold photo of the man who helped fuse blues and rock music for millions of music lovers across the globe.
Muddy Waters…Muddy Waters At Newport 1960…Impeccable stereophonic sound from the AUTHORIZED Chess Records tapes! Baby, Please Don’t Go…1. I Got My Brand On You
2. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Baby, Please Don’t Go
4. Soon Forgotten
5. Tiger In Your Tank
6. I Feel So Good
7. Got My Mojo Working
8. Got My Mojo Working, Part 2
9. Goodbye Newport Blues
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Soul BrothersJohnny Rawls and Otis Clay have over 10 Blues Music Award nominations between them. Otis was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the 2013 Blues Music Awards. Johnny has had three of his albums named Living Blues Magazine Critics' Choice Southern Soul Album of the Year. Recorded at Sonic Ranch, the duo are backed by the acclaimed 8 piece Catfood Studio group with the addition of Southern California percussionist Jon Olazabal and background vocals by the Iveys. Multi-Grammy winner Jim Gaines mixed and 2012 Grammy winner Brad Blackwood mastered the album.1. Only You Know And I Know
2. Momma Didn't Raise No Fool
3. Voodoo Queen
4. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
5. Living On Borrowed Time
6. Turn Back The Hands Of Time
7. Road Dog
8. Poor Little Rich Girl
9. Hallelujah Lord
10. Waiting For Dreams
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The Dirty Truth (Discontinued)British blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to UK shores with a Nationwide UK Tour in November 2014, which follows hot on the heels of her fourth new studio album, The Dirty Truth, which is currently being recorded in Memphis.1. Mud, Honey
2. The Dirty Truth
3. Wicked Soul
4. Fool In Love
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Tried, Tested And True
7. Outlaw Angel
8. Shiver And Sigh
9. Struck Down
10. Feels Like Home
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Major HandyMajor Handy was actually born "Joseph Majay Handy," May 15, 1947. He thinks, if he understands what his mother's told him, that his parents had a child before him and named that boy "Joseph Majay Handy." That son died near birth, and when the couple had their next child, also a boy, they decided to reuse the name. Eventually, after people had trouble recognizing the correct pronunciation, the middle name "Majay" morphed into "Major." He says he did go by his first name initially. "A lot of people called me 'Joe,' but that didn't ring no bell." And so, "Major Handy" it became.
Handy was born and raised as the oldest of seven children in St. Martinville, Louisiana, the parish seat of St. Martin Parish and right on the Bayou Teche. It's a rural town about 15 miles southeast of Lafayette and is generally considered the heart of the Creole and Cajun melting pot that makes this specific sub-region unique to anywhere else in the world. It's from right here that so much of the culture - the food, music, swamp life - that people associate with Louisiana comes.
Like with many people from St. Martinville, Handy's heritage is Creole, meaning it's tangled. "I'm like a gumbo - everything. Alligator, fish, shrimp, Indian, Negro, white, whatever...I guess that's what that is. But I was raised as a black person," he says. "The only time I ever mingled with white people was the music thing. 'Cause I didn't go to school with white people. I quit school in the ninth grade (just before school desegregation in Louisiana)."
Handy's earliest musical inspiration came from his father, who had an old accordion that he toyed with as nothing more than a pastime, and some cousins who were "fooling around" with music. "I saw that, and I wanted to take it and be better," Handy says. "The first thing I picked up was a guitar. And I took it from there." His first professional gig came on bass in a cousin's band. From there it was back to guitar and eventually accordion as a bandleader. In between, he played in the bands of Rockin' Dopsie for many years as well as in the very first incarnation of Buckwheat Zydeco just after Buckwheat had left Clifton Chenier.
While he'd recorded previously as a bandleader, Handy's 2008 APO Records release Zydeco Feeling marked his first widely distributed release in 25 years.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Jalapeno Cornbread
2. Bad Luck And Trouble
3. Well I Done Got Over It
4. Zydeco Feeling
5. Te Ni Nee Ni Nu
6. Lost My Baby
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RootsRoots is the new Megaforce Records release from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winters own signature sound and style. Roots follows-up his Grammy-nominated album, Im a Blues Man.
A host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny's brother Edgar Winter.1. T-Bone Shuffle (ft. Sonny Landreth)
2. Further On Up The Road (ft. Jimmy Vivino)
3. Done Somebody Wrong (ft. Warren Haynes)
4. Got My Mojo Workin'
5. Last Night (ft. John Popper)
6. Maybellene (ft. Vince Gill)
7. Bright Lights, Big City (ft. Susan Tedeschi)
8. Honky Tonk (ft. Edgar Winter on sax)
9. Dust My Broom (ft. Derek Trucks)
10. Short Fat Fannie (ft. Paul Nelson)
11. Come Back Baby (ft. John Medeski)
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Vol. 2Recorded in 1964 at Dock Boggs’ sister’s house, with guitar accompaniment from Mike Seeger, Vol. 2 is, not surprisingly, the second release from this legendary folk-blues banjo player on the Folkways label. A mix of Appalachian folk and African-American blues, Boggs' style is unique and inimitable. Lovingly reissued on vinyl with an exact replica of the original Folkways jacket and booklet.1. Mixed Blues
2. Old Joe's Barroom
3. Danville Girl
4. Cole Younger
5. Schottische Times
6. Papa, Papa, Build Me a Boat
7. Little Black Train
8. No Disappointment in Heaven
9. Glory Land
10. Banjo Clog
11. Wise County Jail
12. Sugar Baby
13. The Death of Jerry Damron
14. Railroad Tramp
15. Poor Boy in Jail
16. Brother Jim Got Shot
17. John Henry
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