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  • Trying To Get Home Trying To Get Home Quick View

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    Trying To Get Home

    The delta guitar legend, Blind Willie McTell's 1949 recordings originally on Regal, re-released on Biograph in the 1970s. This is mid-period McTell, finding the bluesman at his best with a pronounced guitar playing that conveys a sense of masterful urgency. Produced by Arnold Caplin with a classic Biograph cover. Liner notes by Down Beats Chris Albertson.
    1. Hide Me In Thy Bosom

    2. Honey It Must Be Love
    3. Sending Up My Timber
    4. Sending Up My Timber
    5. Lord Have Mercy If You Please
    6. It's My Desire
    7. Trying To Get Home
    8. Don't Forget It
    9. Good Little Thing
    10. You Can't Get Stuff No More
    11. Pal Of Mine - take 2
    Blind Willie McTell
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Blind Willie McTell's Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol 1 Blind Willie McTell's Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol 1 Quick View

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    Blind Willie McTell's Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol 1

    Blind Willie McTell's Volume 1 from Third Man's highly-anticipated Document Records reissue series on black 180-gram vinyl, remastered by Document's very own Gary Atkinson and features brand new artwork by Grammy-award-winning designer Rob Jones.

    The recordings we'll be presenting in this reissue series are the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, R&B, Elvis, teenagerism, punk rock... it all goes back to these vital, breathtaking recordings. Third Man Records is proud to present these landmark albums in conjunction with Document Records, with brand new, jaw-dropping artwork by Rob Jones and new insightful liner notes, on vinyl for the first time in decades. Every record collection should have ample room for these highly important and endlessly listenable albums.

    1. Writin' Paper Blues
    2. Stole Rider Blues
    3. Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day
    4. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (tk. 1)
    5. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (tk 2)
    6. Three Women Blues
    7. Dark Night Blues
    8. Statesboro Blues
    9. Loving Talking Blues
    10. Atlanta Strut
    11. Travelin' Blues
    12. Come On Around To My House Mama
    13. Kind Mama
    14. Drive Away Blues
    15. Love Changing Blues
    Blind Willie McTell
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Atlanta Twelve-String Atlanta Twelve-String Quick View

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    Atlanta Twelve-String


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

    Gatefold Sleeve


    Blind Willie McTell (May 5, 1898 - August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues. Unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voices of Delta bluesmen such as Charley Patton.

    McTell's influence extended over a wide variety of artists, including the Allman Brothers Band, who covered his Statesboro Blues, and Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to him in his 1983 song Blind Willie McTell, the refrain of which is And I know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell. Other artists influenced by McTell include Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ralph McTell, Chris Smither and the White Stripes.

    1. Kill It Kid
    2. The Razor Ball

    3. Little Delia

    4. Broke Down Engine Blues
    5. Dying Crapshooter's Blues

    6. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie

    7. Blues Around Midnight

    8. Last Dime Blues

    9. On The Cooling Board

    10. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
    11. I Got To Cross The River Jordan
    12. You Got To Die

    13. Ain't It Grand To Live A Christian
    14. Pearly Gates

    15. Soon This Morning
    Blind Willie McTell
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress) Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress)

    Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style 12-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. An evening's sonic evocations of pre-WWII Blues covers an extensive selection of material recorded in the 1920's and 30's. Playing the 12 string guitar, Todd brings to life an era composed of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Willie McTell and Leadbelly, among others. Todd's history playing the Blues reaches over 25 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn't in his hands.

    He first heard the Country Blues at the age of twelve, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one-the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters. Todd has performed across the U.S, both as a solo musician and alongside his former country blues string band, The Staving Chain. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia.

    1. Savannah Mama
    2. Kill It Kid
    3. Rising River Blues
    4. Delia
    5. Sweet Mary Blues
    6. Cherry Ball Blues
    7. My Money Never Runs Out
    8. Train That Carried My Girl From Town
    Todd Albright
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 Quick View

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    Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3

    Bob Dylan has always been incredibly prolific, only releasing a fraction of what he records. Such a policy has made him a prime target for bootleggers over the years, finally prompting this sanctioned 1991 dive into the Dylan vaults. It consists of rare tracks, unreleased outtakes, early versions of classics (Times They Are a-Changin', Like a Rolling Stone, I Shall Be Released), and alternate versions that sometimes cut the originals (Idiot Wind). A measure of Dylan's depth is his list of discarded songs (She's Your Lover Now, Blind Willie McTell, Series of Dreams) that would be the crown jewels of most catalogs. These tracks serve as a shadow history of one of our most important artists. - Ben Edmonds
    LP 1
    1. Hard Times In New York Town (Live)
    2. He Was a Friend of Mine (Album Version)
    3. Man On the Street (Album Version)
    4. No More Auction Block (Album Version)
    5. House Carpenter (Album Version)
    6. Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (Album Version)
    7. Let Me Die In My Footsteps (Album Version)
    8. Rambling, Gambling Willie (Album Version)
    9. Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues (Album Version)
    10. Quit Your Low Down Ways (Album Version)
    11. Worried Blues (Album Version)
    12. Kingsport Town (Album Version)
    13. Walkin' Down the Line (Album Version)
    14. Walls of Red Wing (Album Version)
    15. Paths of Victory (Album Version)

    LP 2
    1. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (Album Version)
    2. Who Killed Davey Moore? (Album Version)
    3. Only a Hobo (Album Version)
    4. Moonshiner (Album Version)
    5. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie (Live)
    6. When the Ship Comes In
    7. The Times They Are A-Changin'
    8. Seven Curses (Album Version)
    9. Eternal Circle (Album Version)
    10. Suze (The Cough Song) (Album Version)
    11. Mama, You Been On My Mind (Album Version)
    12. Farewell, Angelina (Album Version)

    LP 3
    1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
    2. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night) (Album Version)
    3. Sitting On a Barbed Wire Fence (Album Version)
    4. Like a Rolling Stone (Alternate Take)
    5. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Album Version)
    6. I'll Keep It with Mine (Album Version)
    7. She's Your Lover Now (Album Version)
    8. I Shall Be Released (Album Version)
    9. Santa-Fe (Album Version)
    10. If Not for You (Album Version)
    11. Wallflower (Album Version)
    12. Nobody 'Cept You (Album Version)
    13. Tangled Up in Blue (Album Version)

    LP 4
    1. Call Letter Blues (Album Version)
    2. Idiot Wind (Album Version)
    3. If You See Her, Say Hello (Album Version)
    4. Golden Loom (Album Version)
    5. Catfish (Album Version)
    6. Seven Days (Album Version)
    7. Ye Shall Be Changed (Album Version)
    8. Every Grain of Sand (Album Version)
    9. You Changed My Life (Album Version)
    10. Angelina (Album Version)

    LP 5
    1. Need a Woman (Album Version)
    2. Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart (Album Version)
    3. Tell Me (Album Version)
    4. Lord Protect My Child (Album Version)
    5. Foot of Pride (Album Version)
    6. Blind Willie McTell (Album Version)
    7. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky (Album Version)
    8. Series of Dreams (Album Version)

    Bob Dylan
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rough Guide To Barbecue Bob Rough Guide To Barbecue Bob Quick View

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    Rough Guide To Barbecue Bob

    Lovingly Remastered Using Pioneering Restoration Techniques

    Very few names in the history of the blues capture the imagination quite like that of Barbecue Bob. Don't be fooled by the quirky pseudonym and gimmicky publicity photograph of him posing in his chef's whites with guitar in hand, as he was an incredibly influential figure whose records helped pave the way for many of the important bluesmen that followed.

    One of the unsung heroes of the Piedmont blues style, Robert Hicks aka Barbecue Bob recorded over sixty sides for Columbia Records and became one of the best-selling artists on their 'race series', outsold only by Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Blind Willie Johnson. With his original and witty compositions he was one of the real pioneers of the Atlanta blues scene of the time, but his career was tragically ended by his death from pneumonia at the age of just 29.

    Born in Walnut Grove, Georgia to a family of sharecroppers, Hicks learned to play the guitar from his brother Charley and Savannah 'Dip' Weaver, the mother of his friend Curley Weaver. He teamed up with Charley, Curley and harmonica player Eddie Mapp to perform at dances, parties and picnics in the Atlanta area. After leaving the group in 1926, Hicks became a chef in a barbecue joint where he would cook, serve and sing to the customers. He soon became something of a local celebrity and was noticed by a talent scout from Columbia Records, who gave him the opportunity to record under the catchy title of Barbecue Bob.

    Characterized by a heavy percussive guitar style, he often used a bottleneck and played with a frailing technique that is more often associated with the claw hammer banjo. His twelve string guitar gave a rich accompaniment to his warm nasal singing voice which, compared to the morbid and foreboding songs of the Delta blues, created a vibe which was jaunty and upbeat. With a huge repertoire of songs ranging from hokum to slow blues and spirituals to traditional songster tunes, his music is imbued with a special warmth typical to the East Coast blues.

    Even from the opening few measures of his very first record Barbecue Blues, Hicks signature sound of a bright and trebly twelve string guitar combined with his expressive voice is instantly accessible and almost 'pop' sounding in comparison with other blues singers of the time. His debut song was a huge success and led to a prolific recording career over the next four years when, it is said, he lived fast and enjoyed the high life. Hicks frequently recorded with his brother Charley, who was known as Laughing Charley Lincoln, and would later record several sides in 1930 with Buddy Moss and Curley Weaver as the Georgia Cotton Pickers.

    Largely due to his life being tragically cut short in 1931, his music has been sadly overlooked and has therefore not received the respect proffered to other East coast players such as Blind Willie McTell and Buddy Moss. He was however a true innovator in his time, and this compilation gives proof that his music is undoubtedly some of the most engaging early blues that you are likely to hear.

    1. Poor Boy A Long Ways From Home (1927)

    2. Barbecue Blues (1927)
    3. Honey Your Going Too Fast (1928)

    4. Motherless Chile Blues (1927)

    5. She Looks So Good (1930)
    6. Thinkin' Funny Blues (1927)

    7. Honey You Don't Know My Mind (1927)
    8. Going Up The Country (1928)

    9. Atlanta Moan (1930)

    10. It Just Won't Hay (1929)

    11. Chocolate To The Bone (1928)

    12. She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day (1930)
    Barbecue Bob
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  • Paradise & Lunch Paradise & Lunch Quick View

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    Paradise & Lunch

    Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies

    Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound

    Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.

    Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.

    On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.

    At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.

    Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.

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    1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    2. Tattler
    3. Married Man's a Fool
    4. Jesus on the Mainline
    5. It's All Over Now
    6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
    7. If Walls Could Talk
    8. Mexican Divorce
    9. Ditty Wah Ditty
    Ry Cooder
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Boomer's Story Boomer's Story Quick View

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    Boomer's Story

    Ry Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul

    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures

    Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.

    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.

    Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).

    A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.

    Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Boomer's Story
    2. Cherry Ball Blues
    3. Crow Black Chicken
    4. Ax Sweet Mama
    5. Maria Elena
    6. The Dark End of the Street
    7. Rally 'Round the Flag
    8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
    9. President Kennedy
    10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man
    Ry Cooder
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Kill It, Kid - The Essential Collection (Out Of Stock) Kill It, Kid - The Essential Collection (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Kill It, Kid - The Essential Collection (Out Of Stock)

    Special 180 gram vinyl release featuring ragtime blues legend immortalized by Bob Dylan in his song "blind willie Mctell!" Features 12 of Willie's best tracks including "Kill it, Kid" and "Dying Crapshooter's blues" as well as duets with his wife Kate McTell (also known as Ruby Glaze)!
    1. Kill It, Kid
    2. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
    3. Savannah Mama
    4. Lord, Send Me An Angel
    5. Dying Gambler (with Kate McTell)
    6. Boll Weevil
    7. Statesboro Blues
    8. Low Down Blues (with Kate McTell)
    9. Rollin' Mama Blues (with Kate McTell)
    10. Broke Down Engine Blues
    11. Death Cell Blues
    12. Lay Some Flowers On My Grave
    Blind Willie McTell
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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