Anne Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 45rpm Box Set
Anne Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 45rpm Box Set
Hands down one of the greatest festival recordings ever! Out of circulation for nearly twenty years, this great two-record set from 1973 was made available once again by Classic Records. It’s a document of an incredible three days (Sept. 8-10, 1972) of powerful music, attended by more than 15,000 fans at Otis Spann Memorial Field in Ann Arbor Michigan. Hopefully, future re-examination of the Ann Arbor Festival 1972 will yield full sets by each of the participants, including those not represented on this LP, such as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and Lightin’ Slim! Classic Records approached this obscure and rare release with the idea that it deserved the best sonic treatment ever. As such, the decision was made by Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records, to cut the original two record set at 45 rpm** and issue it as 8 single sided 180g LP's.
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B B King – Singin’ the Blues
B B King – Singin’ the Blues
King's vocals are exciting, playful and soulful; the horns are jumpin' and the piano honky tonks that thang all the way home. A number of the songs contained on these first recordings went on to become B.B. King classics, performed and re-recorded down through the years, but here are the first fresh, hot-from-the-oven versions of such tunes as "Did You Ever Love A Woman," "Every Day I Have The Blues" and "Sweet Little Angel." This is home cookin' and these are the original recipes.
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Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – Going Back To Acoustic
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – Going Back To Acoustic
The results stand in stark contrast to the steamy Chicago blues the duo is best known for. Instead, these recordings are relaxed and personal, with an intimate, back-porch feel. Guy switches between six and twelve string guitars and lays down rootsy acoustic rhythms for Wells' tasteful harmonica lines. The two share vocal duties on the performances as they pay homage to the rural, country blues roots these modern bluesmen share.
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Charley Musselwhite’s South Side Band – Stand Back
Charley Musselwhite’s South Side Band – Stand Back
Vanguard may have spelled his name wrong (he prefers Charlie or Charles), but the word was out as soon as this solo debut was released: Here was a harpist every bit as authentic, as emotional, in some ways as adventuresome, as Paul Butterfield. Similarly leading a Chicago band with a veteran Black rhythm section (Fred Below on drums, Bob Anderson on bass) and rock-influenced soloists (keyboardist Barry Goldberg, guitarist Harvey Mandel), Musselwhite played with a depth that belied his age - only 22 when this was cut! His gruff vocals were considerably more affected than they would become later (clearer, more relaxed), but his renditions of "Help Me", "Early in the Morning", and his own "Strange Land" stand the test of time.
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Clapton; Winwood; Wyman; Watts – The London Howlin Wolf Sessions
Clapton; Winwood; Wyman; Watts – The London Howlin Wolf Sessions
With the sixties British blues boom, which included acts such as John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, early Fleetwood Mac, and The Rolling Stones, a number of attempts were made to record the original blues masters such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker (actually the tradition was continued in the nineties by John Lee Hooker with his The Healer project) with some of the young upcoming “white” blues players. Unfortunately many of the projects lacked real impact (usually the recordings were done on the cheap, over short periods, with most of the young musicians simply too intimidated by their idols to offer any real creative input), however these sessions with the great Howlin’ Wolf proved to be one of the exceptions.
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Dolly Varden – Forgiven Now
Dolly Varden – Forgiven Now
Named after a colorful species of hard-to-catch trout, Chicago's Dolly Varden has been making music since 1995. Fronted by the husband and wife singing-songwriting team of Stephen Dawson and Diane Christiansen, Dolly Varden plays what has been called "unabashedly gorgeous Pop music...an effortless meld of Rock, Country and Soul." Their new album, Forgiven Now, is the band's most focused effort yet. If emotional honesty is your true measure of how good a LP is, then I urge you to check out the outstanding and resilient strains offered by Chicago's Dolly Varden on their fourth and latest release Forgiven Now. This is a gem of an album that features strong songwriting that really captures moods and emotions; anyone putting in the time to really listen here will be more than rewarded -- Dolly Varden have outdone themselves.  
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John Lee Hooker – Get Back Home in the U.S.A.
John Lee Hooker – Get Back Home in the U.S.A.
Recorded when Hooker was well into his '60s 'comeback', "Get Back Home" features the bluesman in a solo performance (a mode that best reveals the subtleties of his work). The session was recorded in France, and Hooker must have been feeling a bit homesick, as the first song is "Get Back Home In The USA", where he describes in detail, over his trademark boogie rhythm, his return to his homeland and the joy he knows he will feel.
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John Mayall – John Mayall Plays John Mayall
John Mayall – John Mayall Plays John Mayall
MONO 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl! Includes 3 Rare Bonus Tracks! The 1965 live album from John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers featuring additional bonus tracks. "A tremendously powerful feeling for blues, an ability to make events from his own life into stories, and the musical gift with which to tie up these factors, these are the three major elements in John Mayall's increasing success." - from liner notes by Alexis Korner
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Sale! John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – A Hard Road
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – A Hard Road
More than a compilation, this album is a complete document of the Bluesbreakers' recordings with Peter Green, of which "A Hard Road" was just the most prominent part. Contains 16 bonus tracks, including several non-LP singles (among them the 1967 B-side "Rubber Duck," which has never before appeared on LP.
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Sale! Johnny Shines – Last Night’s Dream
Johnny Shines – Last Night’s Dream
Another wonderful production from Mike Vernon and released on his Blue Horizon label. Engineered and recorded in 1968 by Malcolm Chisholm at the Chess Records Ter-Mar studios in Chicago, the same studio where the audiophile classic Muddy Waters - Folk Singer was recorded.
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Leadbelly – Huddie Ledbetter’s Best
Leadbelly – Huddie Ledbetter’s Best
Leadbelly's last recording sessions for a commercial record label, held in the early fall of 1944, yielded a dazzling 12 songs, embracing virtuoso guitar blues ("Grasshoppers In My Pillow"), pounding piano-driven scatting ("The Eagle Rocks", with Leadbelly himself at the ivories, a talent for which he wasn't usually recognized), and familiar standards done in some startlingly different ways, including "Goodnight, Irene", "Rock Island Line", and "Ella Speed", done with the understated accompaniment of a zither (courtesy of Paul Mason Howard) as well as his own guitar.
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Lightnin’ Hopkins – In New York
Lightnin’ Hopkins – In New York
Another incredible Lightnin' Hopkins performance, this one with the man on vocal, guitar and piano. Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios in New York City in November of 1960. Reissue mastered from the original analog master tapes by Ray Staff at Alchemy. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl by Pallas. This is another in Pure Pleasure's Candid Series, featuring reissues from an incredible label that met its demise some 40 years ago. The American Candid label has achieved a near legendary status among the critics and the International jazz and blues public.
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