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  • Last Night Blues Last Night Blues Quick View

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    Last Night Blues

    Last Night Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins was originally released in 1961. Joined by harpist Sonny Terry this is a stripped down, soulful release with Sonny delivering instinctive accompaniment to Lightnin's fluid finger picking guitar and gritty vocals. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl on a tip on sleeve with a paper and poly lined inner sleeve.
    1. Rocky Mountain
    2. Got To Move You Baby
    3. So Sorry To Leave You

    4. Last Night Blues

    5. Lightnin's Stroke

    6. Hard To Love A Woman

    7. Conversation Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry
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  • Smokes Like Lightning Smokes Like Lightning Quick View

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    Smokes Like Lightning

    Originally released in 1963 from sessions recorded in 1962, Smokes Like Lightning features Hopkins solo on guitar and vocals except for a full band on three of the tracks. Includes a re-recording of T Model Blues and Let's Do The Susie-Q. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl on a tip on sleeve with a paper and poly lined inner sleeve.
    1. T Model Blues
    2. Jackstropper Blues

    3. You Cook All Right

    4. My Black Name

    5. Never Miss Your Water

    6. Lets Do The Susie-Q

    7. Ida Mae

    8. Smokes Like Lightning

    9. Prison Farm Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Blues In My Bottle Blues In My Bottle Quick View

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    Blues In My Bottle

    The great Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the most natural of bluesmen-a poet who would often make up lyrics as he recorded. Because his meters and chord changes were frequently irregular, he was at his best when
    unaccompanied, as on this 1961 Prestige date. Besides such blues standards as Wine Spodee-O-Dee, Blues in
    the Bottle, and Catfish Blues, the album contains originals, including Beans, Beans, Beans about his stint on a railroad track gang and D-7 about his aversion to flying.
    1. Buddy Brown's Blues (98 Degree Blues)
    2. Wine Spodee-O-Dee
    3. Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On
    4. DC-7
    5. Death Bells
    6. Goin' To Dallas To See My Pony Run
    7. Jailhouse Blues
    8. Blues In The Bottle
    9. Beans, Beans, Beans
    10. Catfish Blues
    11. My Grandpa Is Too Old!
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Goin' Away Goin' Away Quick View

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    Goin' Away

    Part 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


    Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, a true poet who invented most of his lyrics on the spot and never seemed to run out of new ideas, was a blues giant of post-war blues whose style was rooted in pre-war Texas traditions. While he cranked up his amp to fierce proportions when performing for his friends at Houston juke joints, producers who recorded him for the so-called folk-blues market usually insisted that he use an acoustic guitar for more "authentic" results. Either way, Lightnin' seldom made a bad record, and this June 4, 1963, session on which he played acoustic was among his finest, thanks much to the sensitive support of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herbie Lovelle, who did a remarkable job of following his irregular bar patterns and abrupt song endings.


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    1. Wake Up Old Lady
    2. Don't Embarrass Me, Baby
    3. Stranger Here
    4. Little Sister's Boogie
    5. Goin' Away
    6. You Better Stop Her
    7. Business You'r Doin'
    8. I'm Wit' It
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Soul Blues Soul Blues Quick View

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    Soul Blues

    Part 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.


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    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
    Lightnin' Hopkins
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • In New York (Pure Pleasure) In New York (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    In New York (Pure Pleasure)

    Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the most over-recorded artists in the blues genre. The recordings here were made at a pivotal moment in his career. In 1960, at 48 years old, he was no longer a star in the black community, but was becoming a folk legend. His deeply personal music not only reflected the experiences of his community but touched a universal nerve. Chris Strachwitz, who often recorded Hopkins, has called his records »brief audio snapshots of one of the great folk poets to emerge from the African-American experience in Texas.« When he died in 1982 he had recorded well over 600 'audio snapshots'. From his prolific output this Candid session ranks amongst his finest and most intimate work.




    Musicians:



    • Lightnin' Hopkins (vocal, guitar, piano)




    Recording: November 1960 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City, by Bob d'Orleans

    Production: Nat Hentoff




    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Take It Easy
    2. Mighty Crazy
    3. Your Own Fault, Baby, To Treat Me The Way You Do
    4. Ive Had My Fun If I Dont Get Well No More
    5. The Trouble Blues
    6. Lightnins Piano Boogie

    7. Wonder Why
    8. Mister Charlie

    9. Black Cat
    Lightin' Hopkins
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  • Bring Me My Shotgun Bring Me My Shotgun Quick View

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    Bring Me My Shotgun

    Superb vinyl compilation by one of the most prestigious bluesmen in the history of the genre, Lightnin' Hopkins, featuring the legendary cuts "Mojo Hand," "Shake That Thing," and, of course, "Bring Me My Shotgun!"


    Includes the entire 1960 studio album, Mojo Hand, plus many more classics recorded between 1949 and 1960 with such timeless favorites as "Shake That Thing," "I'm Leaving You Now" and lots more!

    Side A
    1. Bring Me My Shotgun

    2. Mojo Hand
    3. Shake That Thing
    4. Lonesome Dog Blues
    5. Coffee For Mama
    6. Shine On, Moon!


    Side B
    1. How Long Has The Train Been Gone?
    2. Awful Dream
    3. Last Night
    4. Sometimes She Will
    5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
    6. Houston Bound

    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Lightnin' Lightnin' Quick View

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    Lightnin'

    Part 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


    "Recorded for Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary in 1960, Lightnin' is among the rewarding acoustic dates Lightnin' Hopkins delivered in the early '60s. The session has an informal, relaxed quality, and this approach serves a 48-year-old Hopkins impressively well on both originals like 'Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend' and the familiar 'Katie Mae' and enjoyable interpretations of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee's 'Back to New Orleans' and Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's 'Mean Old Frisco.' Hopkins' only accompaniment consists of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Belton Evans, both of whom play in an understated fashion and do their part to make this intimate setting successful. From the remorseful 'Come Back Baby' to more lighthearted, fun numbers like 'You Better Watch Yourself' and 'Automobile Blues,' Lightnin' is a lot like being in a small club with Hopkins as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you." - All Music Guide


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    1. Automobile Blues
    2. You Better Watch Yourself
    3. Mean Old Frisco
    4. Shinin' Moon
    5. Come Back Baby
    6. Thinkin' 'Bout An Old Friend
    7. The Walkin' Blues
    8. Back To New Orleans
    9. Katie Mae
    10. Down There Baby
    Lightnin' Hopkins
    $39.99
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  • Roll With The Punches Roll With The Punches Quick View

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    Roll With The Punches

    Roll With The Punches - Van Morrison's 37th studio album - sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin' Hopkins among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It's an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock'n'roll alongside five new numbers by one of our most consistently brilliant recording artists.

    Roll With The Punches was produced by Van Morrison and recorded with an incredible team of studio collaborators including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.

    1. Roll With the Punches (Van Morrison & Don Black)
    2. Transformation (Van Morrison)
    3. I Can Tell (Bo Diddley & Samuel Bernard Smith)
    4. Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue (T-Bone Walker / Doc Pomus)
    5. Goin' To Chicago (Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing)
    6. Fame (Van Morrison)
    7. Too Much Trouble (Van Morrison)
    8. Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
    9. Ordinary People (Van Morrison)
    10. How Far From God (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
    11. Teardrops From My Eyes (Rudy Toombs)
    12. Automobile Blues (Lightnin' Hopkins)
    13. Benediction (Mose Allison)
    14. Mean Old World (Little Walter)
    15. Ride On Josephine (Bo Diddley)
    Van Morrison
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  • Texas Blues Man Texas Blues Man Quick View

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    Texas Blues Man

    Includes MP3 Download


    Lightnin' Hopkins had already recorded dozens, if not hundreds, of sides for various labels by the time he hooked up with Chris Strachwitz in the late '50s, but his recordings for Strachwitz's Arhoolie label are some of the rawest and strongest of his career. Originally released in 1968, this classic slab of Texas blues is reissued here on high quality vinyl with an exact reproduction of the paste-on sleeve.

    Tom Moore Blues
    Watch My Fingers
    Little Antoinette
    Love Is Like A Hydrant
    Cut Me Out Baby
    Take A Walk
    Slavery
    I Would If I Could
    Bud Russell Blues
    At Home Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins
    $19.99
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  • Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club Quick View

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    Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club

    Gatefold Packaging


    On June 23, 1977, Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins walked onto a small stage in a smoke & whisky
    filled club in Montreal and proceeded to lay down arguably his last great performance
    before his death 5 years later.


    "Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club" - remastered and available
    on vinyl for the first time - reveals a master blues man still in full control of his many
    talents and working the crowd to "Get Up Off O' Yo'".


    Lightnin' Hopkins is considered one of the greatest blues guitarists and singers of all
    time and, according to the New York Times, "perhaps the greatest single influence on
    rock guitar players."

    LP 1
    1. Trouble In Mind
    2. Mercy
    3. Cook My Breakfast
    4. Hard To Love A Woman
    5. Get Up Off O' Yo'
    6. Katie Mae


    LP 2
    1. Goin' To Louisiana
    2. Forgot What To Say
    3. Lightnin's Boogie
    4. I'm Coming Home
    5. Early In The Morning Blues
    6. My Babe
    7. Rock Me Baby

    Lightnin' Hopkins
    $26.99
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  • Live At Keystone Live At Keystone Quick View

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    Live At Keystone

    Recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973, at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, this recording beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street. The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.
    LP 1
    1. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
    2. Positively 4th Street
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    5. Space
    6. It's No Use


    LP 2
    1. That's All Right, Mama
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someday Baby
    4. Like A Road

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
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  • American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure) American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure)

    German jazz publicist Joachim-Ernst Berendt first had the idea of bringing original African-American blues performers to Europe. Jazz had become very popular, and rock and roll was just gaining a foothold, and both genres drew influences directly back to the blues. Berendt thought that European audiences would flock to concert halls to see them in person.



    Promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau brought this idea to reality. By contacting Willie Dixon, an influential blues composer and bassist from Chicago, they were given access to the blues culture of the southern United States. The first festival was held in 1962, and they continued almost annually until 1972, after an eight-year hiatus reviving the festival in 1980 until its final performance in 1985.
    The concerts featured some of the leading blues artists of the 1960s, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson along with blues legends from an earlier period such as Sleepy John Estes, John Henry Barbee & Lightnin' Hopkins.



    Attendees at Manchester in 1962, the first ever venue for the festival in Britain, included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Jimmy Page. Subsequent attendees at the first London festivals are believed to have also included such influential musicians as Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood. Collectively these were the primary movers in the blues explosion that would lead to the British Invasion.



    Musicians:



    • Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harpsichord)

    • Hubert Sumlin (guitar)

    • Willie Dixon (bass)

    • Clifton James (drums)

    • Sunnyland Slim (vocal, piano)

    • Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf (guitar, vocal)

    • Hammie Nixon (harpsichord, jug)




    Recording: October 1964 live at Musikhalle Hamburg, Germany, by Peter Kramper

    Production: Siegfried E. Loch



    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I'm Trying To Make London My Home
    2. Dissatisfied
    3. Everytime I Get To Drinkin'
    4. Ain't It A Pity
    5. Baby Please Don't Go
    6. I'm A Tearing Little Daddy
    7. Cotton Pickin' Blues
    8. No Title Boogie
    9. Slip In Mules
    10. Dust My Broom
    Various Artists
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Walkin' This Road By Myself Walkin' This Road By Myself Quick View

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    Walkin' This Road By Myself

    Walkin' This Road By Myself was originally released in 1962.


    Hopkins' style emanated from playing most of his life unaccompanied at his own insistence. His fingerstyle picking of playing alternating and monotonic bass, rhythm, lead, and percussion all the while improvising lyrics, even 'talking' his lyrics. He incorporated creative, chromatic turnarounds and single note lead lines. Tapping or slapping the body of his guitar adding his own percussive effects. While most of his songs are standard 12-bar blues, his phrasing was loose and free.


    Hopkins is the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act. - Robert Mack McCormick, Lightnin's producer in the '50s and Smithsonian musicologist


    One of the great country blues and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players. - New York Times, January 31, 1982

    Side A
    1 Walkin' This Road By Myself
    2 Black Gal
    3 How Many More Years I Got To Let You Dog Me Around

    4 Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes
    5 Worried Life Blues


    Side B
    1 Happy Blues For John Glenn
    2 Good Morning Little School Girl

    3 The Devil Jumped The Black Man

    4 Coffee Blues
    5 Black Cadillac

    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Lil Son Jackson Lil Son Jackson Quick View

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    Lil Son Jackson

    Texan bluesman Melvin Lil Son Jackson was a contemporary of Lightnin Hopkins who originally recorded for the Gold Star and Imperial labels in the 40s and 50s. A car accident in the mid-50s led to Jackson giving up the music career and returning to work as a mechanic. Arhoolies Chris Strachwitz pulled him out of retirement in 1960, convincing him to record this classic and rare Texas blues LP. Reissued in all its original glory.
    1. Blues Come To Texas
    2. Cairo Blues
    3. Ticket Agent
    4. Louise Blues
    5. Sugar Mama
    6. The Girl I Love
    7. Santa Fe Blues
    8. Turn Your Lamp Down Low
    9. Groundhog Blues
    10. Gambler Blues
    11. Charley Cherry (Take 1)
    12. Charley Cherry (Take 2)

    13. West Dallas Blues
    14. Rollin' Mill Went Down
    15. Red River Blues 8. Roberta Blues
    Lil Son Jackson
    $19.99
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  • Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Pre-Order) Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Pre-Order)

    This is a 180g vinyl reissue of the 2009 Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning soundtrack, Crazy Heart. This 2-disc, 180g LP features the Academy Award winner for Best Original Song, The Weary Kind as well as a list of other hits performed by Buck Owens, Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, and Lightnin' Hopkins. Pressed onto vinyl for the very first time, this package features a 6-panel digi-gatefold as well as a fold out movie poster.
    LP 1
    1. Hold On You - By Jeff Bridges
    2. Hello Trouble - By Buck Owens
    3. My Baby's Gone - By The Louvin Brothers
    4. Somebody Else (Instrumental) - By Stephen Bruton
    5. Somebody Else - By Jeff Bridges
    6. I Don't Know - By Ryan Bingham
    7. Wesley's Piano - By Thomas Canning
    8. Fallin' & Flyin' - By Jeff Bridges
    9. Searching (For Someone Like You) - By Kitty Wells
    10. I Don't Know - By Jeff Bridges
    11. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - By Waylon Jennings
    12. Once Was A Gambler - By Lightning Hopkins
    13. I Let The Freight Train Carry Me On - By The Delmore Brothers


    LP 2
    1. Color Of The Blues - By George Jones
    2. Joy - By Lucinda Williams
    3. Fallin' & Flyin' - By Colin Farrell & Jeff Bridges
    4. Gone, Gone, Gone - By Colin Farrell
    5. If I Needed You - By Townes Van Zandt
    6. Reflecting Light - By Sam Phillips
    7. Mal Hombre - By Lydia Mendoza
    8. Live Forever - By Robert Duvall
    9. Brand New Angel - By Jeff Bridges
    10. The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) - By Ryan Bingham

    Various Artists
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Red Beans And Weiss Red Beans And Weiss Quick View

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    Red Beans And Weiss


    Executive Produced By Johnny Depp and Tom Waits


    Includes CD


    Which Chuck E. Weiss do we talk about here? The one who so impressed blues legends Lightnin'
    Hopkins and Willie Dixon as a Denver teenager that they took him out in their road bands? The one
    who lived in LA's Tropicana Hotel in the 70s alongside Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, ending up
    namechecked on the classic Waits albums Small Change and Nighthawks at the Diner, and in Rickie Lee Jones' hit "Chuck E.'s in Love"? The one who has recorded with Tom Waits, Muddy Waters,
    Howlin' Wolf, Roger Miller, Dr. John, Willie Dixon? Whichever Chuck E. Weiss you choose, he's a
    legend, and his new album Red Beans and Weiss delivers on the big personality. Executive produced
    by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits, Red Beans and Weiss blends blues, barrelhouse, and bluster into
    a highly entertaining whole.

    1. Tupelo Joe
    2. Shushie
    3. Boston Blackie
    4. That Knucklehead Stuff
    5. Bomb The Tracks
    6. Exile On Main Street Blues
    7. Kokamo (Boy Bruce)
    8. Hey Pendejo
    9. Dead Man's Shoes
    10. Old New Song
    11. The Hink-A-Dink
    12. Oo Poo Pa Do In The Rebop
    13. Willy's In The Pee Pee House
    Chuck E. Weiss
    $21.99
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  • Close Ties Close Ties Quick View

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    Close Ties

    Rodney Crowell's new album, Close Ties, demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. Close Ties is at once his most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter-and be entered by-life. "It's a loose concept album, you could say," Crowell says. "And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative-especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing-had become a part of my songwriting process."


    Close Ties is a roots record, in the sense that Crowell himself has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies. The rise of Americana music has struck a nerve with Crowell. "I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It's a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it-Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell-share a common thread, and that thread is poetry. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me." There is also a powerful undercurrent of the blues running through the record. "Recently, I think-I hope-that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. Those artists, whether it's Lightnin' Hopkins or John Lee Hooker or the acoustic Delta players, connected to something fundamental. With that in mind, I'm trying to move forward but also get back there."

    1. East Houston Blues
    2. Reckless
    3. Life Without Susanna
    4. It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)
    5. I Don't Care Anymore
    6. I'm Tied To Ya' (feat. Sheryl Crow)
    7. Forgive Me Annabelle
    8. Forty Miles From Nowhere
    9. Storm Warning
    10. Nashville 1972
    Rodney Crowell
    $24.99
    150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Step Back Step Back Quick View

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    Blues legend Johnny Winter will release a new studio album, Step Back, via Megaforce Records. The album, the followup to 2011's Roots, will find Winter exploring a more aggressive vintage-blues style.


    The album also will feature a host of special guests, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer and Joe Bonnamassa.


    "If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it, Winter says. [Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they hear today.


    Produced by Winter's guitarist, Paul Nelson, Step Back opens with "Unchain My Heart," which features Winter and his band joined by the Blues Brothers horns. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is featured on "Where Can You Be."


    "I never had the opportunity to jam with him [in the Sixties and Seventies]," Gibbons says. "I was content to remain in awe and admiration."


    "If it weren't for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar," adds Aerosmith's Joe Perry, who joins Winter on Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand."


    Other highlights include Winter's guitar and vocal trade-offs with Harper on Willie Dixon's "Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)," Winter and Clapton's rendition of Bobby Bland's "Don't Want No Woman" and Winter and Dr. John honoring Fats Domino with "Blue Monday."


    "When you hear that sound come out of that Firebird guitar, you know it can be the one and only Johnny Winter," says Setzer, who is featured on Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp."


    - Jackson Maxwell (Guitar World)

    1. Unchain My Heart - Johnny Winter
    2. Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) - Johnny Winter with Ben Harper
    3. Don't Want No Woman - Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton
    4. Killing Floor - Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
    5. Who Do You Love - Johnny Winter
    6. Okie Dokie Stomp - Johnny Winter with Brian Setzer
    7. Where Can You Be - Johnny Winter with Billy Gibbons
    8. Sweet Sixteen - Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa
    9. Death Letter -Johnny Winter
    10. My Babe - Johnny Winter with Jason Ricci
    11. Long Tall Sally - Johnny Winter with Leslie West
    12. Mojo Hand - Johnny Winter with Joe Perry
    13. Blue Monday - Johnny Winter with Dr. John
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    Pushing My Luck

    Robert Belfour's sophomore effort for Fat Possum -- at 63, he is one of the youngest artists on the roster and is by far the most polished, if the Delta blues can ever really be called that -- proves his debut was indeed only a beginning.


    In stark contrast to his labelmates, Belfour strictly plays acoustic blues, but he plays them with the same dark, trancelike feel of Junior Kimbrough, haunting spookiness of Fred McDowell, rhythmic intensity of John Lee Hooker, and sprawling drawl of Lightnin' Hopkins. Ted Gainey aids Belfour on a drum kit.


    While the first album was all of a piece, and everything but the vocal seemed to be recorded at the same level (and even then, Belfour couldn't always be understood among the ringing guitars and shuffling drums), Pushin' My Luck is nervier, a bit more edgy. Belfour's truly nearly unbelievable singing is a bit more in the foreground, enough to add to the hypnotic repetition in his music, while the drums -- played no more elaborately than Meg White's in the White Stripes -- are mixed just a tad higher, bringing it extremely close to the punch this stuff has when played in front of a live audience.


    Fans of Kimbrough's guitar playing -- or Ali Farka Toure's, for that matter -- will be instantly drawn to the polyrhythmic, droning chords and ambling, elegantly raw, slippery fills that Belfour plays, whether it's on Hill Stomp, the title track, I Got My Eyes on You, Sweet Brown Sugar, or I'm Gonna Leave, which closes the set. The vibe is the same everywhere; this is deep, hot Mississippi blues full of a slow, steamy, writhing sexual vibe; twisted soul; and a sense of foreboding mystery that cannot be mentioned, let alone explained.


    This is the first great blues record of 2003 and if it isn't nominated for the W.C. Handy Award, the damned foundation should be disbanded on the basis of deafness. I hope this guy lives to be a 100 and makes a record every year he's on this planet. Forget everything you just read: This record is amazing; just buy it.


    - Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)

    1. Hill Stomp

    2. Breaking My Heart

    3. Pushin' My Luck

    4. Go Ahead On

    5. You Got Me Crying

    6. I Got My Eyes On You

    7. Sweet Brown Sugar

    8. Stayed Awake

    9. Crazy Ways

    10. I'm Gonna Leave You

    Robert Belfour
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    The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone

    Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, will make her debut for ATO Records with the release of 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,' an album that mixes the country, soul, gospel and blues of her native East Texas, into an audacious, sharp-edged work of art. Produced by Womack's husband and fellow Texan Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert's 'The Weight of These Wings'), and featuring songs mostly co-written by Womack, 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,' is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year 'There's More Where That Came From' toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.


    'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone' features fourteen new songs, recorded with Womack's core band of top shelf musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, songwriters and guitarists Wright, Payne and Ethan Ballinger, and drummer Jerry Roe. The album was mostly recorded at the legendary SugarHill Studios in Houston, TX. Formerly known as Gold Star and open since 1941, SugarHill is one of the oldest continuously run studios in the country and home to seminal early recordings by many artists who had a formative influence on Womack, including George Jones, Willie Nelson and Lightnin' Hopkins. Among the album's three cover songs, Womack recorded a haunting version of George Jones' Take the Devil Out of Me standing on the same gold star linoleum floor where he cut the 1959 original.


    I wanted to get out of Nashville, and tap the deep music and vibe of East Texas, says Womack. I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul. I wanted to remind people of that.


    'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone' follows Womack's acclaimed 2014 album 'The Way I'm Livin',' which SPIN deemed the best of her career to date. Highlights from that career include performances for presidents and other world leaders, duets partners ranging from George Strait to John Legend, a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music awards, and six Country Music Association awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and two Singles of the Year.

    1. All The Trouble
    2. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
    3. He Called Me Baby
    4. Hollywood
    5. End of the End of the World
    6. Bottom of the Barrel
    7. Shine On Rainy Day
    8. Mama Lost Her Smile
    9. Wicked
    10. Long Black Veil
    11. Someone Else's Heartache
    12. Sunday
    13. Talking Behind Your Back
    14. Take The Devil Out Of Me
    Lee Ann Womack
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    Recorded in Berkeley, CA and Houston, TX during the winter of 1961-62, Lightnin Sam Hopkins features a stripped-down blues trio on some of the most intimate and powerful recordings of Hopkins long and storied career. An absolute classic of electric Texas blues.

    1. Meet At The Chicken Shack
    2. Once Was A Gambler
    3. Speedin' Boogie
    4. Ice Storm Blues
    5. California Showers
    6. Burnin' In LA
    7. Do The Boogie
    8. Bald Headed Woman
    9. Goin' Out
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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    Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down (Out Of Stock)

    Like jazz, the blues has its share of late bloomers -- artists who didn't start recording or didn't become well-known until they were well into their 50s or 60s. R.L. Burnside is very much a late bloomer; the Mississippi bluesman was born in 1926, but it wasn't until the 1990s that he started to enjoy the publicity he deserved. Recorded in 2000, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down finds the veteran singer continuing to be fairly unpredictable at 73. Essentially, this [album] falls into the Mississippi blues category -- Burnside maintains the earthy, down-home rawness that people expect from Mississippi country-blues. But Burnside certainly isn't without urban influences, and this [album] illustrates his appreciation of John Lee Hooker and early Muddy Waters as well as the Texas blues of Lightnin' Hopkins. Burnside has also been influenced by R&B; one of the few tracks that he didn't write or co-write is a cover of Aretha Franklin's 1960s smash Chain of Fools. The producers (who include Andy Kaulkin, John Porter, and Brad Cook) try to make that track and others relevant to hip-hop by adding sampling and scratching -- and when they do, it sounds forced and unnatural. Some of the producing is simply too high-tech for an artist as raw as Burnside, but that doesn't make his vocals any less impressive. Despite its imperfections, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down is a generally appealing document of Burnside at 73.

    - Alex Henderson (All Music)
    1. Hard Time Killing Floor
    2. Got Messed Up
    3. Miss Maybelle
    4. Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
    5. Too Many Ups
    6. Nothin' Man
    7. See What My Buddy Done
    8. My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble
    9. Bad Luck City
    10. Chain Of Fools
    11. R.L. 's Story
    R.L. Burnside
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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
    Tater Pie
    She's So Sweet
    Diggin' My Potatoes
    Sonny's Coming
    Ida Mae
    Callin' My Mama
    Bad Luck
    Blues From The Bottom
    Sonny Terry
    $49.99
    45 RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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