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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
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
  • I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues Quick View

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    I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues

    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Bernie Grundman


    Pressed at RTI!


    Roy Gaines is the greatest living blues guitarist that you probably don't know anything about. Not only is Mr. Gaines a sizzling blues guitarist, he also possesses one of the most magnificent blues voices around. The real tragedy is that until very recently this supremely talented musician was almost forgotten by blues fans in the U.S.


    Born in Houston in 1937, Roy started playing the guitar as a teenager and soon developed a reputation as an instrumental prodigy. By fourteen, he was actually being invited on stage to play with the legendary T-Bone Walker during the latter's live gigs in Houston and became known as T-Bone Jr. By his early 20s, Roy was playing and recording with Roy Milton's band in LA but returned to Houston to join the Duke / Peacock blues label as a full time session guitarist on such seminal blues recordings as Bobby Bland's It's My Life Baby and Junior Parker's Driving Me Mad. He was also the featured guitarist on a whole bunch of singles recorded by Big Mama Thorton for the same label.


    After going on the road with Joe Turner, Roy joined forces with the blues great, Chuck Willis. Roy stayed with Willis until the latter passed away in the late 50's. He then moved to NYC and recorded with Jimmy Rushing, as well as doing a jazz album with Coleman Hawkins on Prestige. Roy returned to LA and during the 60s became one of the city's leading session guitarists, playing with the Crusaders, Earl Grant, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder as well as continuing his pure blues work with the likes of Bobby Bland, Albert King and Lightning Hopkins for the Jewel label.


    The focus of this album is on the music and spirit of the late and very great T-Bone Walker, Roy's earliest mentor and inspiration as a guitar player. T-Bone's body of work includes such timeless blues standards as Stormy Monday, Dreamgirl, West Side Baby, T-Bone Blues and I'm in An Awful Mood and many others. This album focuses on the classic tunes and styles from the period of the 40s and 50s.


    The LP includes an acoustic version of Stormy Monday and House of Gold as a bonus 45rpm supercut. Produced by Joe Harley and recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Sherman Oaks, CA. by engineer Mike Ross. All mastering was done from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman. All LPs are plated and pressed by RTI, CA.

    1. Stormy Monday
    2. T-Bone Shuffle
    3. Dreamgirl
    4. I Got A Break Baby
    5. That Old Feeling Is Gone
    6. I'm In An Awful Mood
    7. T-Bone Blues
    8. Honky Tonk Blues
    9. Westside Baby
    Roy Gaines
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sweet Blood Call Sweet Blood Call Quick View

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    Sweet Blood Call

    At the time this album was recorded, the particularly intense blues artist Louisiana Red was a protÉgÉ of the Blue Labor/Labor recording empire, which was actually two guys, Kent Cooper and jazz arranger and composer Heiner Stadler. Cooper's involvement with Red led, as in many cases of blues producers and their clients, to co-authorship on some of the songs recorded. Cooper and Stadler regarded Red as an artist cut from the same cloth as John Lee Hooker or Lightning Hopkins, and of the same quality -- meaning an intense, mood-setter of a bluesman with a sizzling improvisatory style. They were certainly accurate in their appraisal of his talent, and their interest in recording Red led to several classic blues albums. The fine studio sound they got on these solo recordings makes for a superior album, and it was the first Red would record unencumbered by a combo backing him up. Every nuance of his playing is captured, and he is definitely the type of blues player who thrives on solo work. He rarely sticks to a formula bar structure and likes to stretch out his licks as if casting out a line for fish, but he isn't a player who just stays on one chord like Hooker often did. One of Red's original blues, in which he describes how his wife died of cancer, has got to set some kind of a record for misery described in a blues song, meaning it is the saddest of the sad.


    - Eugene Chadbourne (AllMusic.com)

    1. The Whole World
    2. Had A Date With Barbara Last Night
    3. First Degree
    4. Sweetblood Call
    5. I Was Out Walking
    6. Thirty Dirty Women
    7. King Bee
    8. Death Of Ealase
    9. Who Been Fooling You
    10. Going Home
    11. Too Poor To Die
    Louisiana Red
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Jimmy Page Vs. Albert Lee (Out Of Stock) Jimmy Page Vs. Albert Lee (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Jimmy Page Vs. Albert Lee (Out Of Stock)

    Before becoming the driving force behind Led Zeppelin, guitarist Jimmy Page was a session man, hawking his talent to dozens of bands on the British beat scene, including this 1968 session for fledgling singer Keith De Groot's debut album. However, whatever talent De Groot had was swiftly eclipsed by the sheer force of his backing band, which included future Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, keyboard legend Nicky Hopkins and guitar hero Albert Lee, whose lightning fast licks and Fender Telecaster soon made him an icon of British rock.
    1. Burn Up
    2. Everything I Do Is Wrong
    3. Think It Over
    4. Dixie Fried
    5. Fabulous
    6. Lonely Weekends
    7. Boll Weevil Song
    8. Rave On
    9. One Long Kiss
    10. Lovin' Up A Storm
    11. Livin' Lovin' Wreck
    12. Down The Line
    13. Breathless
    14. Everyday
    Jimmy Page
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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