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  • Delta Blues Delta Blues Quick View

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    Delta Blues

    Reissue of this 1963 collection of recordings from Son House and J.D. Short, including House's recordings for Alan Lomax. Unknown to him at the time, House's recordings for Alan Lomax represented his musical farewell to the delta as his home... and preserved for all time the anguish, the frustrations, the bitterness and tormented melancholy of the Delta.
    Side 1 - Son House
    1. My Black Woman
    2. Sun Goin' Down
    3. I Ain't Goin' To Cry No More
    4. This War Will Last You For Years
    5. Was I Right Or Wrong?
    6. County Farm Blues


    Side 2 - JD Short
    1. So Much Wine
    2. Train, Bring My Baby Back
    3. You Been Cheating Me
    4. Fighting Dear Old Uncle Sam

    Son House
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  • Essential Delta Blues Essential Delta Blues Quick View

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    Essential Delta Blues

    LP 1 Side 1


    1. Baby Please Don't Go- Big Joe Williams
    2. Country Blues- Muddy Waters
    3. Parchman Farm Blues- Bukka White
    4. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom- Robert Johnson
    5. Candy Man Blues- Mississippi John Hurt
    6. Shady Grove Blues- John Lee Hooker


    LP 1 Side 2


    1. Standing At The Crossroads- Elmore James
    2. Mississippi River Blues- Big Bill Broonzy
    3. Crawlin' King Snake- Tony Hollins
    4. Nobody's Fault But Mine- Blind Willie Johnson
    5. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues- Skip James
    6. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)- Robert
    Johnson


    LP 2 Side 1


    1. Landing Blues- John Lee Hooker
    2. Fixin' To Die- Bukka White
    3. Canned Heat Blues- Tommy Johnson
    4. Love In Vain- Robert Johnson
    5. Stagolee- David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
    6. Shake It And Break It- Charley Patton


    LP 2 Side 2


    1. Death Valley Blues- Arthur 'Big Boy'
    Crudup
    2. I Be's Troubled- Muddy Waters
    3. Rootin' Ground Hog- Big Joe Williams
    4. My Pencil Won't Write No More- Bo Carter
    5. Special Steam Lines- Bukka White
    6. Hellhound On My Trail- Robert Johnson

    Various Artists
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  • Scarey Day Blues Scarey Day Blues Quick View

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    Scarey Day Blues

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    William Samuel McTier was born in Georgia in 1898 (according to some sources), and despite his blindness was a talented musician since early childhood. He began his recording career in 1927 for Victor Records in Atlanta and is credited with having created an entire blues sub genre by mixing the hard roots of the Delta style with the more refined East Coast style (Piedmont Blues). His unique country blues can be heard on the grooves of this double LP collection brought to you by Monk records.

    1. Writing Paper Blues
    2. Stole Rider Blues
    3. Mamma, Tain't Long Fo' Day
    4. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (Take 1)
    5. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (take 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. Teasing Brown
    15. Drive Away Blues
    16. This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread
    17. Love Changing Blues
    18. Talkin' To Myself
    19. Razor Ball
    20. Southern Can Is Mine
    21. Broke Down Engine Blues
    22. Stomp Down Rider
    23. Scary Day Blues
    24. Rough Alley Blues
    25. Experience Blues
    26. Painful Blues
    Blind Willie McTell
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  • Delta Blues (Awaiting Repress) Delta Blues (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Delta Blues (Awaiting Repress)

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    Arguably the greatest recordings of the great Fred McDowell's career were the two albums for Arhoolie, recorded at the height of the blues revival in 1964-65. This is the first of those two and an absolutely stunning piece of delta blues majesty. Stripped down beauty that's reissued here on high quality vinyl with an exact reproduction of the paste-on sleeve.

    1. Write Me A Few Lines
    2. Louise
    3. I Heard Somebody Call
    4. 61 Highway
    5. Mama Don't Allow Me
    6. Kokomo Blues
    7. Fred's Worried Life Blues
    8. You Gonna Be Sorry
    9. Shake 'Em On Down
    10. My Trouble Blues
    11. Black Minnie
    12. That's Alright
    13. When I Lay My Burden Down
    Mississippi Fred McDowell
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  • Atlanta Twelve-String Atlanta Twelve-String Quick View

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    Atlanta Twelve-String

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Mono


    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
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  • The Real Delta Blues The Real Delta Blues Quick View

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    The Real Delta Blues

    Son House - The Real Delta Blues: 14 Songs From The Man Who Taught Robert Johnson


    ...a cross-section of the most effective House material his co-discoverer Nick Perls privately taped in the early sixties... On this set of recordings (some made in private homes, others at a now-defunct Washington, DC coffeehouse where House, John Hurt, and Skip James all once held court) House often sang as if there were no audience, other than himself.

    1. Milkcow's Calf Blues
    2. I Shall Not Be Moved
    3. Rochester Blues
    4. Hobo
    5. Lake Cormorant Blues
    6. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
    7. Mississippi County Farm Blues
    8. Pony Blues
    9. Trouble Blues
    10. This Little Light Of Mine
    11. A Down The Stuff
    12. The D. T. Moan
    13. Lord Have Mercy When I Come To Die
    14. Soon In The Morning
    Son House
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  • Raw Delta Blues Raw Delta Blues Quick View

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    Raw Delta Blues

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    Special 2 LP Gatefold Edition on 180 Gram

    LP 1


    1. Death Letter Blues
    2. Special Rider Blues
    3. Delta Blues
    4. American Defense

    5. Depot Blues
    6. My Black Mama
    7. Government Camp Blues
    8. Shetland Pony Blues
    9. Am I Right Or Wrong?
    10. The Jinx Blues (Part 1)

    11. The Jinx Blues (Part 2)


    LP 2


    1. County Farm Blues
    2. Dry Spell Blues
    3. Levee Camp Blues
    4. Preachin' The Blues
    5. Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
    6. Four O'Clock Blues
    7. Walking Blues
    8. The Pony Blues
    9. Clarksdale Moan
    10. John The Revelator
    11. Camp Hollers
    12. I Shall Not Be Moved

    Son House
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  • Founder Of The Delta Blues Founder Of The Delta Blues Quick View

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    Founder Of The Delta Blues

    Side One


    1. Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues (June 1929)
    2. Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues (June 1929)
    3. Down The Dirt Road Blues (June 1929)
    4. Pony Blues (June 1929)
    5. Banty Rooster Blues (June 1929)
    6. It Won't Be Long (June 1929)
    7. Tom Rushem Blues (June 1929)


    Side Two


    8. A Spoonful Blues (June 1929)
    9. Shake It And Break It (June 1929)
    10. Going To Move To Alabama (Nov. 1929)
    11. Elder Green Blues (Nov. 1929)
    12. Frankie And Albert (Nov. 1929)
    13. Some These Days I'll Be Gone (Nov. 1929)
    14. Green River Blues (Nov. 1929)


    Side Three


    15. Hammer Blues (Nov. 1929)
    16. When Your Way Gets Dark (Nov. 1929)
    17. High Water Everywhere Part I (Dec. 1929)
    18. High Water Everywhere Part II (Dec. 1929)
    19. Rattlesnake Blues (Dec. 1929)
    20. Running Wild Blues (Dec. 1929)
    21. Dry Well Blues (July 1930)


    Side Four


    22. Moon Going Down (July 1930)
    23. Bird Next Bound (July 1930)
    24. High Sheriff Blues (Jan. 30, 1934)
    25. Stone Pony Blues (Jan. 30, 1934)
    26. 34 Blues (Jan. 31, 1934)
    27. Revenue Man Blues (Jan. 31, 1934)
    28. Poor Me (Feb. 1, 1934)

    Charley Patton
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  • Delta Momma Blues Delta Momma Blues Quick View

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    Delta Momma Blues

    Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, Townes Van Zandt has directly influenced such singers as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. Fat Possum is proud to reissue two titles from his early career, Townes Van Zandt and Delta Momma Blues, on 180g vinyl. Recorded between 1969 and 1978, Van Zandt's most prolific and most critically acclaimed decade, these titles are the heart of any serious consideration of Townes' career. Featuring iconic cover art designed by Milton Glaser, each is a classic in every sense of the word. These titles are the first in a series of Townes Van Zandt reissues that Fat Possum is undertaking in conjunction with the Van Zandt estate.
    1. Ffv
    2. Delta Momma Blues
    3. Only Him or Me
    4. Turnstyled, Junkpiled
    5. Tower Song
    6. Come Tomorrow
    7. Brand New Companion
    8. Where I Lead Me
    9. Rake
    10. Nothin'
    Townes Van Zandt
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  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol.1 King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol.1 Quick View

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    King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol.1

    Ranked 27/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    King of the Delta Blues Singers is a compilation album by American blues musician Robert Johnson, released in 1961 on Columbia Records. It is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential blues releases ever.

    1. Crossroad Blues
    2. Terraplane Blues
    3. Come On In My Kitchen
    4. Walking Blues
    5. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    6. 32-20 Blues
    7. Kindhearted Woman Blues
    8. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
    9. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
    10. When You Got A Good Friend
    11. Rambling On My Mind
    12. Stones In My Passway
    13. Traveling Riverside Blues
    14. Milkcow's Calf Blues
    15. Me And The Devil Blues
    16. Hellhound On My Trail
    17. Traveling Riverside Blues (Alternate Take)
    Robert Johnson
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  • Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers Quick View

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    Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers

    After Skip James was rediscovered in the early '60s he went on to record an amazing body of material. These 1964 recordings by Dick Spottswood are some of the best. They initially came out on Melodian which was later sold to Biograph who reissued them. Some of these recordings have been featured on other Skip James records, but Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers and its beautiful cover drawing of the blues legend is one of the rarest. This 180g vinyl reissue from Sutro Park also includes two bonus tracks that were rarely recorded by James in Motherless and Fatherless and Skip's Worried Blues.
    1. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
    2. Sick Bed Blues
    3. Washington HC Hospital Center Blues
    4. Devil Got My Woman
    5. Skip's Worried Blues
    6. Illinois Blues
    7. I Don't Want A Woman To Stay Up All Night Long
    8. Cherry Ball Blues
    9. All Night Long
    10. Motherless & Fatherless
    Skip James
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  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. II King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. II Quick View

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    King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. II

    Ranked 424/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. II is a compilation album by American blues musician Robert Johnson, released in 1970 on Columbia Records. It is considered one of the greatest blues releases ever.

    1. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
    2. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
    3. Sweet Home Chicago
    4. Rambling On My Mind
    5. Phonograph Blues
    6. They're Red Hot
    7. Dead Shrimp Blues
    8. Preachin' Blues
    9. I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
    10. From Four Till Late
    11. Little Queen Of Spades
    12. Malted Milk
    13. Drunken Hearted Man
    14. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
    15. Honeymoon Blues
    16. Love In Vain
    Robert Johnson
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  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. II King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. II Quick View

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    King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. II

    Ranked 424/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. II is a compilation album by American blues musician Robert Johnson, released in 1970 on Columbia Records. It is considered one of the greatest blues releases ever.


    A wonderful follow-up to the first compilation (King of the Delta Blues Singers) of Robert Johnson's small library of recorded work. This album boasts the first album appearance of Love in Vain, as well as a number of other blues classics penned by the artist. Sweet Home Chicago, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, They're Red Hot, and Malted Milk are all present (and all covered by a multitude of artists -- the Blues Brothers, Elmore James, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Eric Clapton, respectively). As is generally the practice with Robert Johnson albums, a painting stands in for the cover (there are only two known photographs of the artist in the first place, and every other album released uses one of them). The music is certainly impeccable -- the self-accompanying bassline boogie was one of Johnson's greatest contributions to the blues, and it's displayed in all its beauty here. To top this, there's the beauty of his melodic work, and the interplay with his semi-gruff voice that help to make his songs memorable. He is the true legend of the blues, and anyone with even the slightest curiosity in that genre or rock needs to own both this album and its predecessor.

    - Adam Greenberg (All Music Guide)

    1. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
    2. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
    3. Sweet Home Chicago
    4. Rambling On My Mind
    5. Phonograph Blues
    6. They're Red Hot
    7. Dead Shrimp Blues
    8. Preachin' Blues
    9. I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
    10. From Four Till Late
    11. Little Queen Of Spades
    12. Malted Milk
    13. Drunken Hearted Man
    14. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
    15. Honeymoon Blues
    16. Love In Vain
    Robert Johnson
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  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 Quick View

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    King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1

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    Remastered Audio


    If one would ever have to start assembling a serious Blues collection, Robert Johnson's King Of The Delta Blues Singers vol. 1 would be the best purchase. The mythical figure that inspired the worldwide Blues revival in the Sixties will forever be credited with inspiring guitar greats like Clapton and Hendrix to pick up a guitar.


    Johnson lived a short but impactful musical tenure in the Thirties. After apparently 'selling his soul at the crossroads', Johnson quickly became the best Country Blues singer in his time, however a tormented one. The devil eventually took his soul at a too young age of 27. The remastered audio of this original 1961 collection of material is simply stunning - Robert Johnson never sounded so alive.

    1. Crossroads Blues
    2. Terraplane Blues
    3. Come On In My Kitchen
    4. Walking Blues
    5. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    6. 32-20 Blues
    7. Kindhearted Woman Blues
    8. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
    9. Preaching Blues
    10. When You Got A Good Friend
    11. Rambling On My Mind
    13. Stones In My Passway
    14. Traveling Riverside Blues
    15. Milkcow's Calf Blues
    16. Me And The Devil Blues
    17. Hellhound On My Trail
    Robert Johnson
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  • Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions (Pure Pleasure) Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions (Pure Pleasure)

    House's recording session ran over a few days and saw the studio set up like a small club with an invited audience. I remember John (Hammond) running around crazed, as was Son's manager, Dick Waterman (a man to whom Son owed everything). Al Wilson of Canned Heat was sat alongside Son, and once the recording started occasionally played harp and guitar. He appeared to have a decidedly calming influence on House, who throughout would turn to him to discuss various things. Once things had begun Son was quite nervous but ever so slowly, as time wore on, the emotional intensity of his performance transported one back to the Mississippi Delta c. 1930 when Son, as a young man, ruled the roost along with Delta legend Charlie Patton. And today, many years later, the images are frozen pieces of time, forever stored in my memory.



    Excerpt from a piece by Lawrence Cohn who was present at the session.



    Musicians:



    • Son House (vocal, steel-guitar)

    • Al Wilson (guitar, harmonica)




    Recording: April 1965 at Columbia's studios, New York City

    Production: John Hammond and Frank Driggs




    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.



    1. Death Letter Blues
    2. Pearline
    3. Louise McGhee
    4. John The Revelator
    5. Empire State Express
    6. Preachin' Blues
    7. Grinnin' In Your Face
    8. Sundown
    9. Levee Camp Moan
    10. Death Letter Blues (alternate take)
    11. Levee Camp Moan (alternate take )
    12. Grinnin' In Your Face (alternate take )
    13. JohnThe Revelator (alternate take )
    14. Preachin' Blues (alternate take )
    15. President Kennedy
    16. A Down The Staff
    17. Motherless Children
    18. Yonder Comes My Mother
    19. Shake It and Break It
    20. Pony Blues
    21. Downhearted Blues
    Son House
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  • My Home Is In The Delta My Home Is In The Delta Quick View

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    My Home Is In The Delta


    Original Ultra-Rare Cover


    Remastered By Sound-Mastermind Gary Hobish


    These recordings, made in 1963-64, showcase Fred McDowell in his prime. As recorded by Peter Welding, My Home Is In The Delta finds Fred and his wife, basking in the blues and gospel. Unlike Amazing Grace, which was also originally released by Testament and reissued by Sutro Park, this album is barer...a little more raw and personal....as if Fred was in a room right next to you playing the blues with his slide style that set the pace for everyone who came after. Fred McDowell is the king of the hill country blues, and My Home Is In The Delta is the crown. Includes classics such as Going Down South and Waiting For My Baby.


    A true treasure, remastered for this release by sound-mastermind Gary Hobish and it is pressed on 180 gram vinyl with a beautiful tip on jacket. Note: this is the original ultra-rare cover.

    1. Waiting For My Baby
    2. I'm In Jail Again
    3. The Girl I'm Loving

    4. Going Down South, Carry My Whip
    5. Diving Duck Blues
    6. The Sun Rose This Morning
    7. Get Right, Church
    8. Amazing Grace
    9. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed

    10. Where Would I Go (But To The Lord)?
    11. The Lord Will Make A Way
    12. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
    13. When The Saints Go Marching In
    Fred McDowell & Annie Mae McDowell
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  • Naptown Blues 1929-1934 Naptown Blues 1929-1934 Quick View

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    Naptown Blues 1929-1934

    Although the names of pianist Leroy Carr and guitarist Scrapper Blackwell tend to register with most prewar blues aficionados, these Indianapolis-based musicians still don't get the full respect they deserve nor is their influence on other artists sufficiently acknowledged. Much of this may have to do with the view that they were over-recorded, resulting in being taken for granted and dismissed as overly-commercial. Sure, the pair remade How Long - How Long Blues a few too many times and were also guilty of settling into more of a formulaic approach as the 1920s progressed into the 1930s, but their best sides remain among the greatest guitar-piano duets in blues history. Indeed, many of their songs have become standards of the genre, even if a lot of people don't realize that Carr and/or Blackwell wrote or were the first to record them. Perhaps the best example of their influence is the music of Robert Johnson. While other writers have endlessly rehashed the role that the styles of other Mississippi Delta blues guitarists had played in his development, it can persuasively be argued that material by Carr and Blackwell shaped Johnson's approach more than any other single source.


    Leave it to Yazoo to put together a first-rate collection of the duo's late-1920s and early-1930s material. The imaginatively-compiled Naptown Blues 1929-1934 emphasizes Carr and Blackwell's less-celebrated uptempo songs that to my non-musician ears sound insufficiently low-down to be considered blues in the traditional 12-bar sense. However one assesses these 14 tracks, they demonstrate how perfectly the musicians complemented each other and why they are the standard by which all other contemporary piano-guitar combinations are judged.

    -Record Fiend

    1. Carried Water For The Elephant
    2. Low Down Dog Blues
    3. Papa Wants A Cookie
    4. Naptown Blues
    5. Bread Baker
    6. I Keep The Blues
    7. Gettin' All Wet
    8. What More Can I Do?
    9. Longing For My Sugar
    10. Fore Day Rider
    11. How About Me?
    12. Memphis Town
    13. Hold Them Puppies
    14. Papa Wants To Knock A Jug
    Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
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    The Natch'l Blues

    Taj Mahal's second album, recorded in the spring and fall of 1968, opens with more stripped-down Delta-style blues in the manner of his debut, but adds a little more amplification (partly courtesy of Al Kooper on organ) before moving into wholly bigger sound on numbers like She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride and The Cuckoo -- the latter, in particular, features crunchy electric and acoustic guitars and Gary Gilmore playing his bass almost like a lead instrument, like a bluesman's answer to John Entwistle. Most notable, however, may be the two original closing numbers, You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) and Ain't That A Lot Of Love, which offer Taj Mahal working in the realm of soul and treading onto Otis Redding territory. This is particularly notable on You Don't Miss Your Water, which achieves the intensity of a gospel performance and comes complete with a Stax/Volt-style horn arrangement by Jesse Ed Davis that sounds more like the real thing than the real thing. Ain't That a Lot of Love, by contrast, is driven by a hard electric guitar sound and a relentless bass part that sounds like a more urgent version of the bassline from the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin'. This LP reissue includes a trio of bonus tracks: a faster-paced rendition of The Cuckoo with a more prominent lead guitar, the slow electric lament New Stranger Blues featuring some good mandolin-style playing on the guitar, and the rocking instrumental Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine, which is a killer showcase for Davis' lead electric guitar and Taj Mahal's virtuosity on the harmonica.
    1. Good Morning Miss Brown (Album Version)
    2. Corinna
    3. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll (Album Version)
    4. Going up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
    5. Done Changed My Way of Living
    6. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
    7. The Cuckoo (Album Version)
    8. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) (Album Version)
    9. Ain't That a Lot of Love
    Taj Mahal
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    American Epic: The Best of Blues

    Early geniuses of Delta Blues - Robert Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, Son House, Charley Patton and many more have been painstakingly remastered using a mix of analog and digital technology for a hybrid sound that is simultaneously contemporary, immediate but still completely true-to-form.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Cross Road Blues by Robert Johnson
    2. On the Road Again by Memphis Jug Band
    3. Louis Collins by Mississippi John Hurt
    4. Sittin' On Top of the World by Mississippi Sheiks
    5. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Part 1) by Frank Stokes
    6. Down the Dirt Road Blues by Charley Patton
    7. My Black Mama (Parts 1 & 2) by Son House
    8. Walk Right In by Cannon's Jug Stompers
    9. The Panama Limited by Bukka White
    10. Last Kind Words Blues by Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas
    11. Cottonfield Blues (Part 2) by Garfield Akers
    12. Tallahatchie River Blues by Mattie Delaney
    13. Mama 'Tain't Long fo' Day by Blind Willie McTell
    14. Future Blues by Willie Brown
    15. Cool Drink of Water Blues by Tommy Johnson
    16. Cypress Grove Blues by Skip James
    17. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground by Blind Willie Johnson
    Various Artists
    $19.99
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    The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker

    John Lee Hooker is the most down-home of the major post-war blues figures, "a most authentic singer of the way-back, close-to-the-soil kind of blues," as
    Orrin Keepnews once wrote. Of his innumerable recordings, The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker is perhaps the truest to Hooker's Mississippi roots.
    The celebrated guitarist set his usual amplified instrument aside, in exchange for an acoustic guitar, only accompanied by his voice. The result is an
    intimate, wonderfully varied set of deep Delta blues, moans and boogies. Some songs are autobiographical, others re-workings of blues standards-all
    stamped with the hauntingly personal John Lee Hooker touch.
    1. Black Snake
    2. How Long Blues
    3. Wobblin' Baby
    4. She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like A Willow Tree
    5. Pea Vine Special
    6. Tupelo Blues
    7. I'm Prison Bound
    8. I Rowed A Little Boat
    9. Water Boy
    10. Church Bell Tone
    11. Bundle Up And Go
    12. Good Mornin', Lil' School Girl
    13. Behind The Plow
    John Lee Hooker
    $21.99
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    Walking The Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Walking The Blues is arguably the finest record Otis Spann ever cut, boasting 11 cuts of astounding blues piano. On several numbers, Spann is supported by guitarist Robert Jr. Lockwood and their interaction is sympathetic, warm, and utterly inviting. Spann relies on originals here, from Half Ain't Been Told to Walking the Blues, but he also throws in a few standards (Goin' Down Slow, My Home Is In The Delta) that help draw a fuller portrait of his musicianship. Most importantly, however, is the fact that Walking The Blues simply sounds great -- it's some of the finest blues piano you'll ever hear.



    Musicians:



    • Otis Spann (vocal, piano)

    • Robert Lockwood Jr. (guitar)

    • St. Louis Jimmy (James Oden) (vocal)




    Recording: August 1960 at Fine Recording Studios, New York, by George Piros

    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.

    1. It Must Have Been the Devil
    2. Otis' Blues
    3. Goin' Down Slow
    4. Half Ain't Been Told
    5. Monkey Face Blues
    6. This Is the Blues
    7. Can't Stand Your Evil Ways
    8. Come Day, Go Day
    9. Walkin' the Blues
    10. Bad Condition
    11. My Home Is in the Delta
    Otis Spann
    $34.99
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    The Natch'l Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Taj Mahal's second album, recorded in the spring and fall of 1968, opens with more stripped-down Delta-style blues in the manner of his debut, but adds a little more amplification (partly courtesy of Al Kooper on organ) before moving into wholly bigger sound on numbers like She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride and The Cuckoo -- the latter, in particular, features crunchy electric and acoustic guitars and Gary Gilmore playing his bass almost like a lead instrument, like a bluesman's answer to John Entwistle. Most notable, however, may be the two original closing numbers, You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) and Ain't That A Lot Of Love, which offer Taj Mahal working in the realm of soul and treading onto Otis Redding territory. This is particularly notable on You Don't Miss Your Water, which achieves the intensity of a gospel performance and comes complete with a Stax/Volt-style horn arrangement by Jesse Ed Davis that sounds more like the real thing than the real thing. Ain't That a Lot of Love, by contrast, is driven by a hard electric guitar sound and a relentless bass part that sounds like a more urgent version of the bassline from the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin'. This LP reissue includes a trio of bonus tracks: a faster-paced rendition of The Cuckoo with a more prominent lead guitar, the slow electric lament New Stranger Blues featuring some good mandolin-style playing on the guitar, and the rocking instrumental Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine, which is a killer showcase for Davis' lead electric guitar and Taj Mahal's virtuosity on the harmonica.




    Musicians:



    • Taj Mahal (harmonica, guitar)

    • Jesse Edwin (guitar, piano, arranger)

    • Al Kooper (organ, piano)

    • Gary Gilmore (bass)

    • Chuck Blackwell, Earl Palmer (drums)




    Recording: May & October 1968

    Production: David Rubinson




    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.



    1. Good Morning Miss Brown Corinna
    2. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
    3. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
    4. Done Changed My Way Of Living
    5. The Cuckoo (alternative version)
    6. She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride
    7. The Cuckoo
    8. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)
    9. A Lot Of Love
    10. New Stranger Blues
    11. Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine
    Taj Mahal
    $34.99
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    Father of Folk Blues (Awaiting Repress)

    This was the first such presentation of a Delta blues musician done by Columbia, which seemed like a pretty hip label at the time, since they had both Bob Dylan and Paul Revere and the Raiders. The man's picture on the front is mesmerizing, in a word; the white shirt, black string tie, and silver steel guitar just adding to the excitement. Perhaps this album picture was the first glimpse many young listeners had of such a style of guitar. It was decades before Dire Straits appropriated the image. Revisionist critical thinking has it that the later recordings by Son House can't match the music created during his '30s sessions for Paramount. Here, of course, we have the music as sports syndrome, an area where the elderly are always going to fail in someone's eyes. So much of music enjoyment, however, is a subjective reaction that so often involves many other factors, among them time and place. The sound of the metal slide quietly hovering over the strings can bring to mind only one thing in the mind of a westerner: an angry rattlesnake. And the way many listeners' jaws dropped upon hearing music such as this for the first time may not be quite as intense as a hiker's facial expression upon encountering such a creature, but it is close enough. There is a second blues legend appearing here as well. Guitarist and harmonica player Al Wilson was a founding member of Canned Heat, and a musician so good at what he did that he became a sterling example of the possibility that young white blues fans could actually learn to play this music really well, with intensity.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Death Letter
    2. Pearline
    3. Louise McGhee
    4. John The Revelator
    5. Empire State Express
    6. Preachin' Blues
    7. Grinning In Your Face
    8. Sundown
    9. Levee Camp Moan
    Son House
    $18.99
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    The Legendary Father of Folk Blues


    Legendary Delta Bluesman's Columbia LP Now On 200-Gram Vinyl!


    One Of The Truly Great Audiophile Blues Recordings Of All Time!


    Lacquers Cut By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Master Tape


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Heavyweight Glossy Tip-On Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Mississippi's Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans in 1964.


    The Father of the Delta Blues recorded this namesake LP for Columbia Records a year later in 1965. It's become, in the words of Living Blues magazine - Essential recordings by one of the greatest bluesmen ever. And now, Analogue Productions presents a reissue unmatched in sonic quality and luxury presentation. For our version we turned to Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound to remaster the recording from the original master tapes. The freshly cut lacquers were then plated and pressed on 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings.


    Son was born Eddie James House, Jr., on March 21, 1902, in Riverton, Miss. By the age of 15, he was preaching the gospel in various Baptist churches as the family seemingly wandered from one plantation to the next. He didn't even bother picking up a guitar until he turned 25; to quote House, I didn't like no guitar when I first heard it; oh gee, I couldn't stand a guy playin' a guitar. I didn't like none of it. But if his ambivalence to the instrument was obvious, even more obvious was the simple fact that Son hated plantation labor even more and had developed a taste for corn whiskey. After drunkenly launching into a blues at a house frolic in Lyon, Miss., one night and picking up some coin for doing it, the die seemed to be cast; Son House may have been a preacher, but he was part of the blues world now.


    Now, sit back and enjoy one of the genre's greatest, on a reissue that's the best that's been made to date. So authentic, so real - that's the Analogue Productions difference.

    1. Death Letter
    2. Pearline
    3. Louise McGhee
    4. John The Revelator
    5. Empire State Express
    6. Preachin' Blues
    7. Grinning In Your Face
    8. Sundown
    9. Levee Camp Moan
    Son House
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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