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V.A. - Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection (2001) [2CD] Re-up

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V.A. - Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection (2001) [2CD] Re-up

V.A. - Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection (2001) [2CD]
EAC Rip | FLAC: Image+Cue+Log | 1 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 367 Mb | Scans | 34 Mb | Time: 02:29:56
Alligator Rec. & Artists Mgmt., Inc. | ALCD 112/13
Blues, Blues Rock

Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection has 31 songs (over 145 minutes of music), and offers a distinct alternative to our previous anniversary collections with one disc of studio material and one disc of live performances. Disc 2 features the only known video of Alligators first artist, Hound Dog Taylor, performing at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues Festival.

The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)

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The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)

The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans ~ 69 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Rycodisc | # RCD 10611 | Time: 00:52:50

Perhaps the most telling tune on Shoulda Been Home is the T-Bone Walker-influenced "Renew Blues," not because of the style, but because the slow blues fades out after just one tiny minute. By contrast, the mellow soul sway of "Out of Eden" stretches out to over nine minutes. Robert Cray has been heralded as a savior of modern blues, but the truth is Cray's music is much closer to the vintage soul of O.V. Wright and Otis Redding than the 12-bar form of B.B. King or Albert King. Granted, his punctuating Stratocaster guitar riffs borrow from the books of all the blues masters, but his songwriting and arranging don't. Often backed by arpeggiated guitar chords, Cray's vocals are front and center here, passionately leaning into these predominantly slow or mid-tempo tunes. By contrast, only a couple of cuts are upbeat enough to really get the knees a-shakin'. The infectious opening cut "Baby's Arms" – the best tune on the record – could have been a hit single for Stax Records, and Sir Mack Rice's upbeat "Love Sickness" was a hit for Stax Records. Meanwhile, "Help Me Forget," with its mellow, candlelight mood, could have been a hit for Barry White.

Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland ‎- Showdown! (1985)

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Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland ‎- Showdown! (1985)

Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland ‎- Showdown! (1985)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1995 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 620 | ~ 259 or 104 Mb | Scans Included
Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Texas Blues

Cray found himself in some pretty intimidating company for this Grammy-winning blues guitar summit meeting, but he wasn't deterred, holding his own alongside his idol Albert Collins and Texas great Johnny Copeland. Cray's delivery of Muddy Waters' rhumba-rocking "She's into Something" was one of the set's many highlights…

Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990) [Re-Up]

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Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990) [Re-Up]

Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Genre: Blues | Label: AudioQuest | # AQ-CD1001 | Time: 00:56:17

West Coast vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Robert Lucas forged a path for himself in the blues world after the release of his much-hailed 1990 self-produced debut cassette, Across the River. Based in Long Beach, CA, as a solo artist Lucas recorded for the Audioquest label out of San Clemente. He was also a member of the legendary boogie blues band Canned Heat, singing and playing bottleneck guitar and harmonica with the group off and on starting in 1994. Lucas paid homage to traditional blues but also carefully crafted his own singing and slide guitar style. These talents are on ample display on his Audioquest albums, including Luke and the Locomotives, Usin' Man Blues, Built for Comfort, Layaway, and Completely Blue, all released during the '90s, as well as latter-day Canned Heat albums on the Ruf and Fuel 2000 labels.

The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)

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The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)

The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 84 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7436 2 | 00:48:56

Sometimes even the most consistent artists need to shake things up a bit. In Robert Cray's case, that means shuffling his lineup – he retained longtime bassist Richard Cousins but brought in drummer Les Falconer and keyboardist Dover Weinberg – and bringing in producer Steve Jordan, who last worked with Cray on 1999's Take Your Shoes Off. There's a reason this record is called In My Soul: Jordan assists Cray in moving toward Memphis soul, dedicating the entire record to slow, sultry burners that emphasize his mellow vocals and dexterous grooves. This may primarily be a mood record but the individual songs are also quite strong, whether it's the originals ("Fine Yesterday" is so gorgeous it makes heartbreak seem welcome) or sharply chosen covers. Among the latter is a cleanly funky reading of Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault But Mine," which features Falconer on co-lead vocals, an unusual change of pace for Cray that also signals how the veteran guitarist has been revitalized by his change in companions.

Shemekia Copeland - Turn The Heat Up (1998)

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Shemekia Copeland - Turn The Heat Up (1998)

Shemekia Copeland - Turn The Heat Up (1998)
EAC | FLAC | APE (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, R&B | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4857 | 01:02:59

The daughter of the late bluesman Johnny Copeland steps up to the plate with this, her debut album for the Alligator imprint. Although only 19 at the time of this recording, Copeland comes to this album with a mature style and vast amounts of assuredness. While comparisons to Koko Taylor and Etta James will be plentiful, Shemekia has enough tricks up her sleeve to make this a disc well worth checking out. Eight of the 14 tunes aboard are co-written by producer John Hahn and strong musical support is summoned up from guitarist Jimmy Vivino, with guest turns from Joe Louis Walker and "Monster" Mike Welch, while the Uptown Horns show up on three tunes, including the title track. Highlights are numerous on this disc, but special attention should be paid to Copeland's "Ghetto Child," a nice cover of Don Covay's "Have Mercy"; Walker's "Your Mama's Talking"; and the strutting "I Always Get My Man." This is one very impressive debut.

Shemekia Copeland - Talking To Strangers (2002)

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Shemekia Copeland - Talking To Strangers (2002)

Shemekia Copeland - Talking To Strangers (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 428 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, R&B | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4887 | Time: 00:59:45

This disc, which has Dr. John at the controls as a producer, brings together a mix that brings out the best for all those concerned and involved with this project. There is no weakness here, it is a straight-ahead use of all the strengths of Shemekia Copeland, daughter of Johnny Copeland. The songs were well selected to effectively show off all her potency as a vocalist. There are some many good writers that are also players on this disc that the tunes fit like gloves. There are strong contributions by John "Fingers" Hahn, Mac Rebennack, and Shemekia Copeland herself. The tunes, varied in style, are all based in the deep blues, and were selected for their capability to push her vocal talents to constant new personal pinnacles. She keeps it interesting by varying the pace and on "The Push I Need," she sounds right at home singing this funky tune as a duet with Dr. John. She stays with the good Dr. through the tune as if she were doing this everyday. Then she turns around and seems just as comfortable singing "Happy Valentine's Day," as a slow bluesy torch-burner, with minimal accompaniment.

Paul Thorn - Too Blessed To Be Stressed (2014)

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Paul Thorn - Too Blessed To Be Stressed (2014)

Paul Thorn - Too Blessed To Be Stressed (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb | Time: 00:43:14
Roots Rock, Blues Rock, Electric Blues | Label: Perpetual Obscurity | # POR 2014

Tupelo, Mississippi's Paul Thorn has a knack for synthesis. His father was a Pentecostal preacher, so Thorn grew up with gospel, but he noticed that, in his own words, "white people sang gospel like it was country music, and the black people sang it like it was rhythm & blues," and a mix of the two gospel styles – with some gutbucket blues, old-time rock & roll, a sharp pop sense, and a gift for good old storytelling thrown in – pretty aptly describes Thorn's own brand of inspirational roots rock. Like the professional boxer he once was, he drives his music home with patience, skill, and purpose, putting his own restless energy at the heart of things. This set of originals, which follows 2012's What the Hell Is Goin' On?, an album of covers, finds Thorn at his best, and no song here even comes close to being filler. Thorn writes about his native South and its characters with incisiveness, and that old Saturday night/Sunday morning split between the secular and the sacred has always been his favorite theme, the notion that you can mess up, fall from grace, and then still find some kind of personal redemption is what makes Thorn's blend of gospel country rock and R&B sound so naturally joyous.

Bert Wray Blues - Gut Bucket Radio (2017)

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Bert Wray Blues - Gut Bucket Radio (2017)

Bert Wray Blues - Gut Bucket Radio (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 238 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 96 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 600 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues, Blues Rock | Third Lock Records #888295562171

Bert Wray Blues brings together slide-guitarist/singer Bert Wray with drummer Mitch Cooper and bassist Dave Wall. The band’s music merges the vintage juke joint sound with plenty of Carolina twang and fresh songwriting. Equally inspired by Delta blues pioneers, rockabilly cats, and 1960’s blues-rockers, the trio hits the sweet spot between classic blues and good ol’ rock and roll. The new album Gut Bucket Radio will be released on March 10, 2017. The recording captures the band's energy and slide blues antics in an 8-song album that takes the listener on a road trip across the blues landscapes of the past like a gut bucket radio blaring into a new century…

The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Dr. Dunbar's Prescription `69 & Blue Whale `70 (2004)

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The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Dr. Dunbar's Prescription `69 & Blue Whale `70 (2004)

The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Dr. Dunbar's Prescription `69 & Blue Whale `70 (2004)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2004 | Walhalla Records, WH 90327 | ~ 522 or 188 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 8 Mb
Blues, Blues-Rock

Of the numerous British blues-rock bands to spring up in the late '60s, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation was one of the better known, though solid reception on tours did not translate into heavy record sales. Musically, the group recalled John Mayall's Bluesbreakers during the 1966-1967 era that had produced that group's A Hard Road album, though with a somewhat more downbeat ton…

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Spinning Coin (1995)

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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Spinning Coin (1995)

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Spinning Coin (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
British Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Silvertone | # 01241-41541-2 | 00:49:04

Somehow the grandfather of British blues still had the fire in his belly to record a strong album almost 40 years after he began his storied career. Buddy Whittington acquits himself well as the latest in a long line of hotshot guitarists for this multi-instrumentalist, who still does his best work on harmonica. He still admires long-dead bluesman J.B. Lenoir, including "Voodoo Music" here. A lot of credit for this strong outing goes to R.S. Field, lyricist and sometime producer for Webb Wilder. "Long Story Short" would pass for a Wilder tune were it not for Mayall's distinctive voice.

Al Basile With Duke Robillard - Groovin' In The Mood (2006)

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Al Basile With Duke Robillard - Groovin' In The Mood (2006)

Al Basile With Duke Robillard - Groovin' In The Mood (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 354 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 00:50:09
Modern Electric Blues, Jump Blues, East Coast Blues | Label: Sweetspot | # 6602

Vocalist/cornet player Al Basile's longtime friend Duke Robillard gets front cover billing, as well he should, as co-producer and guitarist on this impressive outing. The album, Basile's fifth, was even recorded at the guitarist's Pawtucket, RI studio called the Mood Room, hence the album's title. Musically, it's a combination of old-school R&B ("Baby Sister," "Be a Woman"), swamp-tinged rock & roll ("I'm in a Mood"), mid-tempo, Chuck Berry styled groovers ("Coffee and Cadillacs"), grinding blues ("Picked to Click") and even a jump blues throwback to the duo's Roomful of Blues days ("She's on the Mainline"). Robillard keeps the sound full yet stripped down – most of the tracks feature a standard three-piece – bass/drums/guitar setup – which leaves space for Basile's sly vocals and snappy lyrics. Basile, a teacher and fiction author who also has a Master's degree in creative writing, not surprisingly crafts lyrics that are far more imaginative and original than most blues artists'. But they never detract from these melodies that glide along sparked by Robillard's tasty licks.

Elvin Bishop - Don't Let The Bossman Get You Down! (1991)

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Elvin Bishop - Don't Let The Bossman Get You Down! (1991)

Elvin Bishop - Don't Let The Bossman Get You Down! (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 94 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Alligator | # ALCD-4791 | 00:39:45

On Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down, Bishop projects a good-natured, humorous persona in the extended spoken-word sections of his songs, but still finds time to play a lot of tasty blues guitar.

Albert King - More Big Blues (2001)

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Albert King - More Big Blues (2001)

Albert King - More Big Blues (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Ace Records | # CDCHD 827 | Time: 01:02:25

All of King's recordings for the Bobbin label are on this 22-track disc, including everything from his 1959-1963 singles for the label and previously unissued alternate takes of "Why Are You So Mean to Me," "The Time Has Come," and the previously unissued "Blues at Sunrise." While these are decent journeyman urban blues/R&B, they're not up to the level of his subsequent recordings for Stax. Albert King just sounds too much like the records another King – B.B. King, that is – was making during the same era. There are similar horn arrangements and alternation of stinging guitar with smooth, confident vocal phrasing. It's a tribute to Albert King's abilities, in a way, that it does sound confident, and not the work of an imitator, despite the similarities.

The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers Complete (1998)

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The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers Complete (1998)

The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers Complete (1998)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 35 Tracks | 118:28 | 285 MB
Genre: Blues, Vocal, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Rock Blues | Label: Atlantic Records

The title of The Blues Brothers Complete pretty much says it all; the double-disc, 35-track collection contains everything Jake and Elwood Blues recorded during the peak of their career. The catch is that the compilation was only released by EastWest/Atlantic's Australian division, therefore, it's hard to find outside of Australia. But, for hardcore fans, it's worth tracking down since it has every track from Briefcase Full of Blues, the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers (including the selections sung by Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin), and Made in America, plus "I Ain't Got You," which was only on The Best of the Blues Brothers, and "From the Bottom," which was the B-side of the "Soul Man" single. In other words, it's everything…