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Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam - Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam (1961) Reissue 1986

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Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam - Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam (1961) Reissue 1986

Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam - Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam (1961) Reissue 1986
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Country Blues, Acoustic Chicago Blues | Label: Chess | # CHD 9251 | Time: 00:34:25

Although Chess didn't bother to anthologize these sides into album form until the early '60s, this marvelous collection actually dates from 1953. Broonzy and Sam are both in great form here, sharing the vocals throughout and recalling their earlier days as Bluebird label and session mates. The sound is fleshed out by the addition of guitarist Lee Cooper (who at times almost sounds a bit too modern for the genre being explored here, throwing in what can only be described as Chuck Berry licks) and Big Crawford on upright bass.

Champion Jack Dupree - From New Orleans To Chicago (1966) & Champion Jack Dupree And His Blues Band (1967) [2CD Reissue 2004]

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Champion Jack Dupree - From New Orleans To Chicago (1966) & Champion Jack Dupree And His Blues Band (1967) [2CD Reissue 2004]

Champion Jack Dupree - From New Orleans To Chicago (1966) & Champion Jack Dupree And His Blues Band (1967) [2CD Reissue 2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 476 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 220 MB | Covers - 33 MB
Genre: Piano Blues, Chicago Blues, New Orleans Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: BGO Records (BGOCD649)

Like many black American blues and R&B artists, New Orleans singer and pianist Champion Jack Dupree found more respect and recognition in Europe than he did in his homeland, and he relocated to Europe in 1959, only rarely returning to the U.S. He cut several albums there, including the two included in this double-disc set from Beat Goes On, From New Orleans to Chicago, recorded in London in 1966, and Champion Jack Dupree and His Blues Band, tracked in the same city a year later (both were originally released on London Decca). Of the two, the latter release is the stronger (thanks in no small part to guitarist Mickey Baker), although From New Orleans is probably better known, mainly for the presence of Eric Clapton and John Mayall at the sessions…

Fossen & Struijk Band - Clubbing (2013)

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Fossen & Struijk Band - Clubbing (2013)

Fossen & Struijk Band - Clubbing (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 530 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 205 Mb
Full Scans | 01:02:31 | RAR 5% Recovery
Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Blues Boulevard / Music Avenue #250348

Keeping Chicago Blues alive, Robbert Fossen & Peter Struijk, were the winners of the Dutch Blues Challenge 2012, and finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, in January 2013. Fossen is also nominated for the 2013 Blues Awards "Best Vocalist!" Influenced by legends such as Muddy Waters, Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, and Jerry Portnoy, Fossen plays "real deal Chicago blues." With bands like A Crossroads Deal and the Robbert Fossen Blues Band, he performed incessantly all over Europe, backing American blues artists such as John Primer, Tail Dragger, Chick Rodgers, Nick Holt, Charles Hayes, and T-Model Ford.

Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) [Japanese Edition 2006] Re-Up

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Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) [Japanese Edition 2006] Re-Up

Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) Japanese Edition 2006
featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Universal | # UICY-3475 | 00:56:30

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions is an album by blues musician Howlin' Wolf, released in the summer of 1971 on Chess Records. It was one of the first of the super session blues albums, setting a blues master among famous musicians from the second generation of rock and roll, in this case Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. It peaked at #79 on the Billboard 200.

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

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Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Evidence Records | # ECD 26123-2 | Time: 00:55:38
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Blues-Rock, Jazz-Blues

Rendezvous With the Blues marks another step in the normalization of Melvin Taylor. With Lucky Peterson on keyboards, Taylor is much more the featured lead guitarist in a straight-band context that too often finds him fighting for room to move in the full arrangements. He takes a jazzy lead on the opening "Coming Home Baby," but that runs counter to the measured, mid-tempo groove that dominates the first three tracks and seems like a move to court the contemporary rock-blues audience. So does some of the material – no originals, with ZZ Top, Stephen Stills, and Carlos Santana's tribute to John Lee Hooker in the songwriter credits on one side and Charles Singleton and Prince for contemporary black funk/rock relevance on the other. Horns kick in to punctuate the slinky, clavinet-anchored funk on "I'm the Man Down There," but Taylor's solo gets cluttered up by a duel with Peterson (on guitar here). Taylor is better-served when he escapes the rock beat straitjacket on "Tribute to John Lee Hooker" – the Latin-tinged rhythms give his guitar more freedom to float and sting.

Charlie Musselwhite - The Well (2010) Re-Up

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Charlie Musselwhite - The Well (2010) Re-Up

Charlie Musselwhite - The Well (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 338 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 161 Mb
Full Scans | 00:47:42 | RAR 5% Recovery
Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Alligator Records #ALCD 4939

"Rambler's Blues," the shuffling hip-shaker that opens Charlie Musselwhite's The Well, is the most autobiographical statement he's ever made – until you listen to the rest of the record. Despite his large catalogue, this is his first record of all original material. Musselwhite's back with Alligator after a sojourn of 14 years, during which he recorded some stellar material for various labels, including the stellar Delta Hardware for Real World in 2006. Musselwhite is accompanied here by a stellar band: guitarist Dave Gonzales, bassist John Bazz, and drummer Stephen Hodges. His own harmonica playing and vocals are everywhere and top-notch. The most compelling thing about The Well is its lack of pretension; Musselwhite has risen to the task of recording a completely autobiographical album that refuses easy cliches, or resting on laurels; its energy is infectious.

Koko Taylor And Her Blues Machine - An Audience With The Queen: Live From Chicago (1987)

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Koko Taylor And Her Blues Machine - An Audience With The Queen: Live From Chicago (1987)

Koko Taylor And Her Blues Machine - An Audience With The Queen: Live From Chicago (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 329 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 146 Mb
Full Scans | 00:52:04 | RAR 5% Recovery
Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Alligator Records #ALCD 4754

Koko's only live album, recorded in front of a wild hometown audience. Grammy nominee. "Outstanding…sung with power, conviction and class. A winner."

Melvin Taylor - Plays The Blues For You (1984) Reissue 1993 [Re-Up]

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Melvin Taylor - Plays The Blues For You (1984) Reissue 1993 [Re-Up]

Melvin Taylor - Plays The Blues For You (1984) Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26029-2 | Time: 00:38:28

Guitarist Melvin Taylor's fluid, smartly constructed solos and understated yet winning vocals are surprises on this 1984 nine-track set recorded for Isabel and recently reissued by Evidence on CD. Taylor is not a fancy or arresting singer but succeeds through his simple, effective delivery of lyrics, slight inflections, and vocal nuances. His guitar work is impressive, with skittering riffs, shifting runs, and dashing solos. Organist/pianist Lucky Peterson is an excellent second soloist, adding cute background phrases at times, then stepping forward and challenging or buttressing Taylor's playing with his own dazzling lines.

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops - Sadie Mae (2005)

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Nick Moss & The Flip Tops - Sadie Mae (2005)

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops - Sadie Mae (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 538 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Blue Bella | # BBCD1004 | 01:15:05

Many so-called blues releases are actually filled with bluesy R&B, soul, pop, and rock. There is no such stylistic confusion in Sadie Mae from Nick Moss & the Flip Tops. The music is no-nonsense blues, played with spirit, drive, and swing. Most of the selections are concise, getting their message across and not overstaying their welcome. By varying tempos and moods plus including occasional instrumentals, the quintet performs enjoyable and memorable music, with an emphasis on cooking straight-ahead grooves. Lead voices are Nick Moss on guitar and vocals, harmonica player Gerry Hunot, and pianist Bob Welsh (doubling on organ), but the tight yet loose rhythm section is not to be overlooked either. This is a fun set, well worthy of several listens.

Melvin Taylor - Blues On The Run (1982) Re-release 1994 [Re-Up]

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Melvin Taylor - Blues On The Run (1982) Re-release 1994 [Re-Up]

Melvin Taylor - Blues On The Run (1982) Re-release 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26041-2 | Time: 00:43:50

Melvin Taylor may run a little long at times on his Blues on the Run, but that gives him the opportunity to dazzle with the full scope of his chops. He can play Chicago blues as gritty as anyone, but he can also rock hard and has enough sensitivity for jazz. Hearing him run through all these styles is a little dizzying, however, especially since he doesn't know when to let a little space into the music. Nevertheless, the record functions as an effective showcase for his talents.

Magic Slim And The Teardrops - Scufflin' (1996) [Re-Up]

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Magic Slim And The Teardrops - Scufflin' (1996) [Re-Up]

Magic Slim And The Teardrops - Scufflin' (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD5036 | 00:40:53

One of the more imposing figures on modern blues scene, guitarist-singer Magic Slim serves up raw, passionate Chicago-style blues with his band The Teardrops on Scufflin’ (Blind Pig 5036; 40:53). Raucous, good-time romps like “Hole In The Wall,” Jimmy Reed’s “Down In Virginia” and Slim’s shuffle “Just Before You Go” sound like just another Saturday night at Florence’s on the South Side. And Slim imbues each tune with nasty licks from his trusty Fender Jazzmaster. Sloppy but powerfully intense, like the spirits of Albert King and Hound Dog Taylor mingling at a juke joint jam.

Luther Allison - Blue Streak (1995)

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Luther Allison - Blue Streak (1995)

Luther Allison - Blue Streak (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4834 | Time: 00:53:32

A follow-up to his previous Soul Fixin' Man (which uses the same personnel and may be from the same sessions), bluesman guitarist/singer Luther Allison is in top form throughout this well-rounded set. Allison wrote (or co-wrote with guitarist James Solberg) all but one of the dozen songs, and these range from heated blues struts to blues ballads. Recommended to fans of lowdown, intense Chicago blues.

VA - Willie Dixon: Boss Of The Chicago Blues (2001)

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VA - Willie Dixon: Boss Of The Chicago Blues (2001)

VA - Willie Dixon: Boss Of The Chicago Blues (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb
Label: Fuel 2000 | # 302 061 497 2 | Time: 00:57:42 | Scans included
Genre: Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues, Rock & Roll

As the main songwriter for Chicago's Chess label, bassist/singer Willie Dixon was one of the most influential and prolific figures in blues. Although he often served as a session player for other well-known musicians, his soulful presence was always felt, as revealed on this excellent 18-track collection which features Dixon performing with Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and other blues luminaries.

Otis Rush - Screamin' And Cryin' (1974) Reissue 1992

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Otis Rush - Screamin' And Cryin' (1974) Reissue 1992

Otis Rush - Screamin' And Cryin' (1974) Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26014-2 | Time: 00:51:00

Otis Rush's crunching guitar and vocals were never more emphatic than during the '70s when it seemed that he would actually find the pop attention and mass stardom he deserved. These mid-'70s tracks were originally cut for the Black and Blue label, with Rush playing grinding, relentless riffs and creating waves of sonic brilliance through creatively repeated motifs, jagged notes, and sustained lines and licks, while hollering, screaming, moaning, and wailing. Jimmy Dawkins, an outstanding lead artist in his own right, has also long been one of Chicago's great rhythm artists and shows it by adding plenty of tinkling, crackling figures and lines in the backgrounds. While not as consistently riveting as his live Evidence date, this one is also a valuable Rush document.

Muddy Waters - 'The Real Folk Blues' (1966) + 'More Real Folk Blues' (1967) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2002 [Re-Up]

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Muddy Waters - 'The Real Folk Blues' (1966) + 'More Real Folk Blues' (1967) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2002 [Re-Up]

Muddy Waters - 'The Real Folk Blues' (1966) + 'More Real Folk Blues' (1967)
2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2002

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 163 Mb
Chicago Blues, Folk Blues | Label: MCA/Chess | # 088 112 822-2 | Time: 01:09:31

Waters' The Real Folk Blues and More Real Folk Blues, combined here onto one CD, were not exactly random collections of tracks – the quality was too consistently high for them to just have been picked out of a hat. Still, it was a pretty arbitrary grouping of items that he recorded between 1947 and 1964. In fact, they hail from throughout his whole stint at Chess, virtually; at the time these albums were first issued, though, all of the material on More Real Folk Blues was from the late '40s and early '50s. They didn't exactly concentrate on his most well-known songs, but they didn't entirely neglect them either, including "Mannish Boy," "Walking Thru the Park," "The Same Thing," "Rollin' & Tumblin' Part One," "She's Alright," and "Honey Bee," amongst somewhat more obscure selections. So ultimately, this disc's usefulness depends on your fussiness as a collector – if it's the only Waters you ever pick up, you'll still have a good idea of his greatness, and if you don't mind getting some tracks you might already have on more avowedly best-of sets, you'll probably hear some stuff you don't already have in your collection.