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The Complete Recordings (The Centennial Collection)

The Complete Recordings (The Centennial Collection) Lowest new price: $12.27
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Brand: Johnson, Robert
Model: 16478877

May 8, 2011, marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in a midnight bargain that has haunted the music world for three-quarters of a century. The deal brought forth Johnson s incandescent guitar technique and a run of 10-inch 78 rpm singles for the Vocalion, Oriole, Conqueror and Perfect labels recorded in San Antonio in 1936 and Dallas in 1937. Those songs have become a cornerstone of Columbia Records identity, and will be celebrated on two CENTENNIAL releases from Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION double-disc set shares the same genealogy as 1990 s Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings, but that package has now been updated for a new generation. The set includes a new essay by Ted Gioia alongside a new biography of Robert Johnson written by Stephen C. LaVere (completely different from his essay in the 1990 version). Also included are new illustrations, photo images, and a family tree of music originating from Robert Johnson.

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Live At The Regal [Vinyl]

Live At The Regal [Vinyl] Lowest new price: $12.99
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Brand: VINYL

180-gram vinyl re-release of B.B. King's classic live album 'Live At The Regal.' Recorded November 21, 1964 at the Regal Theater in Chicago and released the following year, the album is considered one of the greatest blues recordings ever, with Rolling Stone naming it 141 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is also included in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. King, talking about the album, admitted 'that particular day in Chicago, everything came together.'

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  • LP
  • RECORD
  • VINYL
  • 33 RPM
  • 12 INCH

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American Roots Music [DVD]

American Roots Music [DVD] Lowest new price: $23.21
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Kris Kristofferson narrates this definitive 4 episode documentary series looking at the history of America's popular music; from blues, bluegrass, Cajun through to country and gospel. Features clips of musicians such as Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Muddy Waters, BB King, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Mahalia Jackson, Clifton Chenier and Woody Guthrie.

O Brother, wherever thou art, behold what thou and thy kin hath wrought. With the documentary American Roots Music and its spinoffs (including a book and CD collection), producers Jim Brown and Sam Pollard clearly were influenced by the popularity of the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its music. You won't be seeing Eminem and Mariah Carey here, or even Duke Ellington and Ray Charles, but rather a comprehensive, if flawed, four-part documentary examining the various cultural and ethnic folk traditions that blended together to create the rich, multi- flavored brew that is American music.

Narrated by Kris Kristofferson, each of the four parts is a little less than an hour long. Episode One offers a brief overview before detailing topics like the spread of music via Victrolas and radio, the early days of country music and the Grand Ole Opry, the rise of black gospel music, and seminal blues musicians like Son House, Mamie Smith, and Robert Johnson. Episode Two deals with western music (Gene Autry, Bob Wills), Bill Monroe and bluegrass, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, and more blues (Leadbelly, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King). Episode Three, perhaps the best of the lot, takes on urban blues (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf), black spirituals, and the early '60s folk boom, while Episode Four studies Cajun, zydeco and Tex-Mex styles, along with Native American music and more.

The style is standard documentary, with interviews and photos interspersed with new and old live footage. The producers tout the presence of "rare performances" by Guthrie, Waters, Monroe, Clifton Chenier, and many others, and they're fascinating. But for whatever reason (lack of time or maybe lack of faith in viewers' attention spans) none is presented in its entirety. It's a drawback that is remedied to some extent by the addition of six bonus clips (three on each DVD) that are complete, including wonderful vintage films of Western Swing master Bob Wills and the remarkable gospel singer/guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. --Sam Graham

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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I Am The Blues

I Am The Blues Lowest new price: $3.86
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Brand: Dixon, Willie
Model: 3865316

On this 1970 LP, the quintessential blues songwriter performs his own tunes-every one a classic: I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man; The Little Red Rooster; Spoonful; Back Door Man, and more!

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Precious Lord Recordings of The Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A Dorsey

Precious Lord Recordings of The Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A Dorsey Lowest new price: $4.14
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Model: 3865256

On this 16-track collection we get to hear some legendary artists perform the great compositions from "the father of gospel music." Includes Take My Hand, Precious Lord Marion Williams; When the Gates Swing Open Dixie Hummingbirds; (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley R. H. Harris; Highway to Heaven Alex Bradford (with Dorsey on piano), and others.

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Best Of: Slim Harpo

Best Of: Slim Harpo Lowest new price: $6.70
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Brand: HARPO,SLIM
Model: 2302786

Slim's style of Louisiana blues sounds just as fresh today as it did to the British blues rockers who co-opted it more than 30 years ago. This 16-track CD features Baby, Scratch My Back; Rainin' in My Heart; I'm a King Bee; Te Ni Nee Ni Nu; Tip On In, Part 1; Shake Your Hips , and more from the king of swamp blues.

Slim Harpo recorded really good rhythm and blues. He never got too fancy; he never forgot the importance of the groove. He died young in 1970, but his music reached the Rolling Stones (who covered his "I'm a King Bee"), the Kinks (who sang his "I Got Love If You Want It"), Van Morrison, and Them (whose first single was Harpo's "Don't Start Crying Now"). These songs and other greats--"Tip on In," "Baby, Scratch My Back"--are all included in this excellent collection of Harpo's greatest sides. --Robert Gordon

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Moodfood

Moodfood Lowest new price: $95.99
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Moodfood

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  • Arista

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The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The blues

The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The blues Lowest new price: $11.74
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Brand: Bromberg, David

David Bromberg, Godfather of Americana, musicians musician, decorated multi-instrumentalist, and acclaimed singer-songwriter, hits a milestone with his debut Red House Records release The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. Produced by three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell, its a wonderfully curated selection of deep cuts from the blues genre, in addition to luminous originals and traditional material given the Bromberg treatment. David found his inspiration for the album when he heard Willie Nelson repeat a quote from Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble: There s only two kinds of music - the Star-Spangled Banner and the Blues.  Propelled by Brombergs unparalleled playing and gift for interpretation, a crack band and Campbells tasteful horn arrangements, the album takes us to electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments on his arrangements of songs by Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George Little Hat Jones, Ray Charles, and Sonny Boy Williamson and others. David puts his unmistakable stamp on these chestnuts, then digs deep into the historical archives for such mysterious musical nuggets as How Come My Dog Don t Bark When You Come Round? and 900 Miles, an old country song imagined as if Howling Wolf were to play it. Bromberg may be singing the blues, but this is anything but a downer as he proves that hes still as entertaining, brilliant and witty as when his career began in 1971.

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The Essential Capitol Collection

The Essential Capitol Collection Lowest new price: $13.98
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Keely Smith was so much more than just wife and deadpan foil to Louis Prima. Thankfully, this 27-track set from Capitol captures all sides of this great entertainer, featuring three duets with Frank Sinatra ( Nothing in Common; How Are Ya Fixed on Love? , and Nothing's Too Good for My Baby ), an unreleased live track ( When Day Is Done ) recorded at The Sahara with introduction by Louis Prima, and solo material arranged by Nelson Riddle and Billy May. Among the other songs: That Old Black Magic (with Louis Prima); It's Been a Long Time; All the Way; I Can't Get Started; You Go to My Head; The Song Is You; When Day Is Done; Fools Rush In , and more.

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His Best

His Best Lowest new price: $7.10
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Brand: WILLIAMSON,SONNY BOY
Model: 2302705

Directly or indirectly, Sonny Boy (a.k.a. Rice Miller) influenced every blues harmonica player after him-Junior Parker, Little Walter and Junior Wells to name a few. But he was also a major contributor to the blues repertoire, leaving behind songs that would inspire generations of artists. This collection features 15 of his classic songs, including Don't Start Me Talkin'; Keep It to Yourself; Help Me; Bring It On Home; One Way Out; Fattening Frogs for Snakes , and more.

This is Sonny Boy Williamson II, whose 1940s Mississippi Delta radio broadcasts for King Biscuit Time made him one of the most influential of all blues musicians. A master harmonica player, he created relaxed songs, often humorous, that reminded urban listeners of their country roots. These tracks are from his years at Chess, beginning in the mid-1950s until his death in 1965. His recording bands feature Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, and Robert Lockwood Jr., among others. Perhaps his best-known track here is "Don't Start Me to Talkin' (I'll Tell You Everything I Know)," but his signature sound is evident on every high trill he played. --Robert Gordon

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