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  • King Strings King Strings Quick View

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    King Strings

    John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Johnny "Guitar" Watson And More On 180 Gram Vinyl Pressed At R.T.I.


    Selected from the crown jewels of the rich King-Federal-DeLuxe discography, King Strings features rocking, socking guitar instrumentals from the Cincinnati-based family of labels cut between 1949 and 1962, programmed for power! Fashioned as a vintage King LP from the era and containing a killer line-up of the biggest talents the stable of labels offered, this is the historic various artists collection that should have been issued circa 1962. King was central to the underlying creative flow in R&B during the era, and the recordings here show the depth of style and synergy that the label routinely captured on vinyl. From the proto-funk groove of Hooker's "Stomp Boogie" (under the pseudonym Texas Slim) to two cuts of Baker magic captured in Paris over a decade later, and including key cuts from Freddy King, Albert King, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and many others in between, you'll individually hear a variety of instruments, tones and techniques, but together the clear, common artistry of the players' sovereign ability, sequenced like a long, climactic solo-this is the sound of some of the most heralded talent of the guitar generation! Includes a rich, detailed insert with rare photos and extensive liner notes by Colin Escott. Join six-string soul royalty for a showcase from the company that called itself The King of Them All!

    1. Let's Rock - Johnny Otis with Johnny "Guitar" Watson
    2. San-Ho-Zay - Freddy King
    3. Louisiana Hop - Pete "Guitar" Lewis
    4. Steam Roller - Mickey Baker
    5. Dyna-Flow - Albert King
    6. Honky Tonk (Part 1) - Bill Doggett
    7. Stomp Boogie - Texas Slim (John Lee Hooker)
    8. After Hours - Jimmy Nolen
    9. This Morning - Albert King
    10. Do What You Do - Mickey Baker
    11. Floyd's Guitar Blues - Bill Doggett
    12. Strollin' with Nolen - Jimmy Nolen
    13. Space Guitar - Young John Watson
    14. Hide Away - Freddy King
    15. Gainesville - Roy Gaines
    16. The Big Push - Cal Green & His Orchestra
    Various Artists
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sabougla Voices Sabougla Voices Quick View

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    Sabougla Voices

    In today's frenetically paced world, uncovering a lost treasure is often met with great enthusiasm, excitement, and anticipation. Lost footage of Gene Kelly dancing. A Vincent van Gogh no one knew existed. An Arthur Crudup album lost in a vault for 40 years. Jimi Hendrix material coming to light after 40 years. Well, now we can also celebrate the "discovery" of a blues master stepping into the sunlight, and delivering the best gospel album since Elvis gave us "How Great Thou Art" in February, 1967. The paradox is that Leo Welch has been there all along, living in Sabougla, Mississippi, first playing blues, and then moving to gospel. Born in 1932, Welch grew up playing blues. As his style of blues became less popular, he began to play gospel because churches offered more opportunities to play. Consequently, he was overlooked because blues aficionados frequented juke joints. Most blues lovers would never think to find blues, or blues related music in a church.


    After an off-the-cuff call by Welch to Big Legal Mess Records, things continued to fall into place, and he was able to record his debut album, Sabougla Voices. It is really difficult to accurately describe this stunning album, and faithfully convey the vibe, the atmosphere, and way it moves a listener. Welch has poured a lifetime of learning, living, loving, playing, and praying into this work, and it shows!


    This album is stripped down, bare bones joyful gospel being played and sung from the heart. This is not your daddy's gospel though. Sabougla Voices is a shot of love to your heart, a cool cleansing breeze blowing through your soul, and an orgasm for your ears. The album opens with "Praise His Name," which is beautifully sparse, raw, and has a great bouncing beat. "You Can't Hurry God" is almost a gospel honky-tonk that has a juke joint vibe. "Take Care Of Me Lord" has a very early Magic Slim and The Teardrops sound to it. "Mother Loves Her Children" is really basic, slow, artfully delicate blues. "Somebody Touched Me" has a mid 1960s Rolling Stones blues flavor, and nice backing vocals. "A Long Journey" is delightfully slow, and begs to be pulled over you like a comforting blanket of blues. "His Holy Name" is gospel as a shuffle, and definitely has the church rocking! The album closes with "The Lord Will Make A Way," an acoustic performance that is slow and stark, but very moving.


    If this is Welch's debut alum, we can't wait for the follow-up! This album is definitely a must-have.


    - Barry Kerzner (American Blues Scene Magazine)

    1. Praise His Name
    2. You Can't Hurry God
    3. Me and My Lord
    4. Take Care of Me Lord
    5. Mother Loves Her Children
    6. Praying Time
    7. Somebody Touched Me
    8. A Long Journey
    9. His Holy Name
    10. The Lord Will Make A Way
    Leo Welch
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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