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The Anthology [2 CD]

The Anthology [2 CD] Lowest new price: $7.39
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Brand: Bland, Bobby 'Blue'
Model: 1972486

Those who have gotten "blue" over Bobby's previous packages will thrill to this one, the first to include all 25 of his Top 10 R&B hits: Farther up the Road; That's the Way Love Is; I Pity the Fool; Don't Cry No More; Turn On Your Love Light; I'll Take Care of You; Stormy Monday Blues; Call on Me , and more. 50 songs on 2 CDs-over 155 minutes from across his entire career!

Over the 1952-82 time-span covered here, Bobby "Blue" Bland united tough-as-pavement blues singing with heartbroken Southern R&B, and helped to create chitlin-circuit soul as we know it now. Too raw for most oldies radio, Bland was a major presence in his time: 30 of these 50 songs hit the pop charts, and almost all of them were significant R&B hits. The first disc-and-a-half documents his long-running Duke Records collaboration (in Chicago, Texas, and Nashville) with trumpeter Joe Scott, who wrote ambitious arrangements that ran from tender love-man pop to howling, honking blues terrorism, but usually gave Bland a chance to emote harder than his microphone could handle. The remainder finds Little Boy Blue on his own in L.A. in the '70s, spicing up smoother blues-inflected soul (and even a stab at light disco, "It Ain't the Real Thing") with the famous squall in his voice. --Douglas Wolk


  • The Anthology [2 CD] by MCA (2001-06-05)

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The Best of John Lee Hooker 1965 - 1974

The Best of John Lee Hooker 1965 - 1974 Lowest new price: $3.84
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Brand: MCA
Model: 1972100

Here are the Hook's choice ABC cuts from the era when the blues-rock explosion elevated him to godlike status. Includes It Serves You Right to Suffer; Shake It Baby; Bluebird; Mr. Lucky; I'm in the Mood; House Rent Boogie , and 10 more!


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The Complete Aladdin Recordings

The Complete Aladdin Recordings Lowest new price: $9.56
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Brand: CD
Model: 2018372

Lightnin' Hopkins - Complete Aladdin Recordings - Double Cd

Forty-three tracks of the seminal bluesman's recordings for Aladdin in the 1940s, The Complete Aladdin Recordings is a must-hear. Performing alone with his guitar or with sparse accompaniment--usually pianist Wilson "Thunder" Smith--Lightnin' dishes out the best of Texas country-blues. Starting off with "Katie May," Hopkins's first recording for Aladdin, the two-CD set winds its way through the guitarist's years with the label, showcasing what he was up to before his decline in popularity and eventual revival with the folk boom of the 1960s. Those expecting the almost-rock & roll of the latter period won't here any of that here, but they will hear its germination in such rollicking tunes as "Big Mama Jump" and "Let Me Play with Your Poodle." Definitely required, not only to hear the best of early Lightnin', but to hear the best of Texas country-blues. --Genevieve Williams

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B.B. King - Greatest Hits

B.B. King - Greatest Hits Lowest new price: $4.99
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Brand: KING,B.B.
Model: 1972298

This is a lot of blues for a single disc-16 of B.B.'s essential recordings, including The Thrill Is Gone; I Like to Live the Love; To Know You Is to Love You; Paying the Cost to Be the Boss; Chains and Things; Hummingbird; Don't Answer the Door; How Blue Can You Get?; Every Day I Have the Blues (Live) , and seven more.



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Shake Your Moneymaker: The Best of the Fire Sessions

Shake Your Moneymaker: The Best of the Fire Sessions Lowest new price: $5.78
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Brand: Buddha
Model: 2148392

Elmore's 1960 hit The Sky Is Crying , a classic covered by countless blues and rock bands, came on the Fire label, as did all the other tracks on this awesome collection. His slide sears the strings as he plays that hit plus Shake Your Moneymaker; Dust My Broom; Look on Yonders Wall , and 12 more!

Classic is a word tossed around so frequently and carelessly these days it's hard to recall the time when it accurately described truly stellar songs. Well, this compilation of 16 sides by Chicago slide-guitar master Elmore James, recorded in New Orleans, Chicago, and New York City between 1959 and 1961, includes real, honest-to-god classics such as "The Sky Is Crying," "Done Somebody Wrong," "Shake Your Moneymaker," and "Look Up Yonder Wall." James's grainy vocals and stinging guitar powerfully express pain and regret. His recording studio band, Broomdusters, sometimes with the great drummer Belton Evans present, reveals emphatic feeling in a supporting role. Only "My Bleeding Heart," sullied by noisome horns and a general sluggishness, and "Something Inside Me," on which an unidentified sax player wears out his welcome fast, fail the test of time. --Frank-John Hadley


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Collectors Series: Louis Prima

Collectors Series: Louis Prima Lowest new price: $4.71
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Capitol Collectors Series by Louis Prima

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Band leader and lounge kingpin Louis Prima will be best be known for the classic, "Just a Gigolo," immortalized by David Lee Roth for a whole new generation of swingers. But Prima's output went much further: in his day he recorded for Capitol, acted in a movie or two, even owned a golf course. Prima's genius is infectious: lounge, swing, and Dixieland all fuse together into medleys that are fun, dance-worthy, and upbeat. Prima's duets with Keely Smith are the obvious highlights here: "That Ol' Black Magic," "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!," and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are essential Prima tracks. Sure, the cheese factor occasionally runs high, but it is a fun trip. --Jason Verlinde


  • Louis Prima Collectors Series CD

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Best Of Chess: Original Versions Of Songs in Cadillac Records

Best Of Chess: Original Versions Of Songs in Cadillac Records Lowest new price: $3.16
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Brand: Umgd/Mca
Model: 5261705

The 2008 movie Cadillac Records is the story of Chess Records. The Best of Chess is the original versions of the songs used in the Cadillac Records movie starring Beyonce, Mos Def, Solange, Jeffrey Wright, Raphael Saadiq and others. Cadillac Records chronicles the history of Chess Records, the pre-eminent blues label of the 1950s and 1960s co-founded by Leonard Chess and his brother Phil. Featured songs in Cadillac Records by Etta James (played by Beyonce Knowles), Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker) and more.

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Zydeco's Greatest Hits

Zydeco's Greatest Hits Lowest new price: $3.45
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Model: 2115951

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Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)

Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith) Lowest new price: $58.51
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Over 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release, this is still the best American roots music collection around! Musicologist Harry Smith assembled the anthology from 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. This 6-CD reissue was painstakingly researched, annotated and packaged to perfection. With 84 rare tracks, this one is a library all by itself! Includes Drunkard's Special Coley Jones; Peg and Awl Carolina Tar Heels; Frankie Mississippi John Hurt; Engine 143 Carter Family; Indian War Whoop Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers; Newport Blues Cincinnati Jug Band; John the Revelator Blind Willie Johnson; Fifty Miles of Elbow Room Rev. F.W. McGee; Sugar Baby Dock Boggs; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Blind Lemon Jefferson; The Lone Star Trail Ken Maynard, and many more!

This impressive--and frankly, fun--musical document is still sending out shock waves almost 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release. The Smithsonian's six-CD reissue is painstakingly researched, annotated, and packaged (even boasting an enhanced disc for the techno-capable). Unlike field recorders, eccentric filmmaker/collector/musicologist Harry Smith assembled the Anthology from commercially released (though obscure) 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. Its broad scope--from country blues to Cajun social music to Appalachian murder ballads--was monumentally influential, setting musicians like Bob Dylan down the path to folk fandom. The White House started its own national music library with the Anthology; anyone with more than a passing interest in American roots music should do the same. --Michael Ruby

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Snake Farm

Snake Farm Lowest new price: $11.61
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Model: 25646790


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