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Taj Mahal - Like Never Before (1991) [Re-Up]

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Taj Mahal - Like Never Before (1991) [Re-Up]

Taj Mahal - Like Never Before (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: Private Music | # 261 679 | Time: 00:47:19
Contemporary Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues, Country-Blues

This record was originally released in 1991 after Taj had taken a break for a number of side projects including children's records. He was obviously refreshed - the record is full of new ideas and incorporates new production techniques, check out the lovely song "Every wind in the river" and also the scratching and rap stylings of "Squat that rabbit". A bit radical for blues but both work very well. Taj revists the song "Giant step" and also takes the traditional blues "Blues with a feeling" to New Orleans, with an added dash of steel guitar (!?!). Guests include banjo player David Johnson, guitarist David Lindley, Andy Kravitz and Bill Summers and the backing band sound great throughout. This is a really good, imaginative record that saw Taj coming back to form and his next couple of records in the 90s were even better.

Susan Tedeschi - Hope And Desire (2005) [Re-Up]

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Susan Tedeschi - Hope And Desire (2005) [Re-Up]

Susan Tedeschi - Hope And Desire (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Label: Verve | # 0602498836163 | Time: 00:45:25
Modern Electric Blues, Contemporary Blues

On her first outing in three years and her freshman offering for Verve's Forecast label, Susan Tedeschi digs deep into the soul and R&B fakebook for inspiration and comes out a winner. With an all-star band that includes guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, pianist David Palmer, organist Jebin Bruni, bassist Paul Bryan, drummer Jay Bellerose, and guests including husband Derek Trucks and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tedeschi goes down into her own heart's well for inspiration. Wonderfully produced by Joe Henry, Hope and Desire is truly a singer's showcase of passion and class; she has signature phrasing and is an excellent interpreter.

Sena Ehrhardt - All In (2013) [Re-Up]

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Sena Ehrhardt - All In (2013) [Re-Up]

Sena Ehrhardt - All In (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5151 | Time: 00:47:10

Sena Ehrhardt's second Blind Pig release is a combination of soulful, roots-oriented music that incorporates blues-rock, reggae, soul-blues, and funk. The influence of multi-Grammy-award winner Jim Gaines, who has worked with numerous rock and blues performers, definitely made a difference in utilizing and combining the eclectic mixture without losing the identity of the band – Steve Hansen on bass, Tim Hasler on drums, and Sena's father, Ed Ehrhardt, on guitar. Seven of the songs on All In were written by Sena and her father, including the reflective closing track "Dreamin' or Dyin.'" Also of special note among the 11 tunes are the cover versions of Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me" and "Cold Cold Feeling," originally recorded by T-Bone Walker.

Duke Robillard - Living With The Blues (2002)

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Duke Robillard - Living With The Blues (2002)

Duke Robillard - Living With The Blues (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1277 | 00:55:11

Best known as the founder of Roomful of Blues and for his short stint with the Fabulous Thunderbirds (replacing Jimmie Vaughan), Duke Robillard had only released two blues albums between 1996 and 2002. Although he was awarded the W.C. Handy Best Blues Guitarist award for 2000 and 2001 and his tireless road work always included plenty of stinging solos, Robillard left the jazz and worldbeat tangents behind for this welcome return to his first love. Those who have followed Robillard's career know that he's never been tied to one style, and Living With the Blues highlights his eclectic talents. Robillard crackles on everything here, from the straight-ahead Chicago approach of Willie Dixon by way of Muddy Waters' "I Live the Life I Love" to the Roomful-styled hard swing of the obscure Willie Egans' "I'm Mad About You Baby" to the acoustic treatment of Tampa Red's "Hard Road" and the jump blues of his own "Sleepin' on It" (reprised from the Roomful years).

Colin James - Colin James And The Little Big Band 3 (2006)

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Colin James - Colin James And The Little Big Band 3 (2006)

Colin James - Colin James And The Little Big Band 3 (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 301 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 107 Mb
Full Scans ~ 125 Mb | 00:44:25 | RAR 5% Recovery
Rhythm & Blues / Contemporary Blues / Jump Blues / Modern Big Band / Swing Revival
True North Records #TND631

In 1993 he recorded his first 'Little Big Band' album, followed by Vol.2 in 1998. 2006 issued third installment of the Canadian singer/guitarist's "Little Big Band" series. Colin's continuing the series with this fine set of r&b favorites, recorded with some of the finest players available. Without producing pale copies, Colin has breathed new life into these somewhat out-dated classics. Given his last name by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, James became a national treasure of the Great White North with his soulful, crystalline pipes that twice earned him "Best Male Vocalist" Junos. For this outing, he takes on classics like "Reet Petite", "Lonely Avenue" and a host of the songs that showcase his many talents.

Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)

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Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)

Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 372 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Contemporary Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1331 | 00:51:59

Duke Robillard has always had one foot in the blues world and one in the swing/jazz universe. He loves both styles of music and enjoys not only playing them separately but combining them together. The founder of Roomful of Blues back in 1967, Robillard has led dozens of projects throughout his career, including collaborations with guitarist Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jay McShann. On A Swingin Session, he plays with some of his favorite musicians, many of whom originated (like he did) in Rhode Island. While six horn players participate, there are no more than four on any one selection, and some numbers do not have any. The contrasting tenor solos are fun to hear, with Scott Hamilton sounding smooth and mellow on his numbers while Sax Gordon is greasier and much closer to Illinois Jacquet. Present throughout are Bruce Katz (mostly on organ), one of three bassists (usually Marty Ballou), and drummer Mark Teixeira. Robillard takes vocals on half of the selections in his personable way, but it is his guitar solos, which hint at both Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker, that often take honors.

John Mooney - Gone To Hell (2000)

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John Mooney - Gone To Hell (2000)

John Mooney - Gone To Hell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans ~ 101 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Slide Guitar | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5063 | Time: 00:45:15

This disc by John Mooney stretches his boundaries without compromising his music at all. He adds some New Orleans rhythm & blues/funk to the solid, deep Delta blues foundation on which his music is based. It works yet he doesn't seem quite comfortable with it all yet even though he wrote nine of the 13 songs (some of his strongest songs yet). Of course, he has enlisted some of the finest, such as Dr. John to plink the ivories, and some friendly familiar faces like Jeff Sarli on bass, to assist him in this endeavor. This is more a group-orientated effort and it is excellent in that respect, however, that means Mooney's guitar work is not as prominent in the mix and, thus, it requires more attention by the listener because he has not lost any of his ferocity at all. His guitar playing is some of the most savage and ferocious ever. A big plus on this disc is Mooney's singing because he is sounding more comfortable each time out and he has a voice perfectly matched in passion to the raw and fervid nature of his Delta-based material.

Guy Davis - You Don't Know My Mind (1998)

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Guy Davis - You Don't Know My Mind (1998)

Guy Davis - You Don't Know My Mind (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 282 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Label: Red House Records | # RHRCD 113 | Time: 00:48:41
Genre: Modern Acoustic Blues, Contemporary Blues

You Don't Know My Mind brings back the familiar, friendly growl of modern-day traditionalist Guy Davis, with a pipin' hot baker's dozen of his compositions. Again, on this disc Davis has some extremely able players to help augment his songs and support his vision of them, never overplaying or getting in the way, but providing that constant base of support from which the performer can extend his inspiration. His voice wraps around the lyric and infiltrates it, giving it that heartfelt feeling that makes it his song. This is a consummate performer who loves his music and knows its roots and origins.

Taj Mahal - Senor Blues (1997)

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Taj Mahal - Senor Blues (1997)

Taj Mahal - Señor Blues (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 381 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Label: Private Music | # 01005 82151 2 | Time: 00:51:43
Contemporary Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues, Country-Blues

Señor Blues is one of Taj Mahal's best latter-day albums, a rollicking journey through classic blues styles performed with contemporary energy and flair. There's everything from country-blues to jazzy uptown blues on Señor Blues, and Taj hits all of areas in between, including R&B and soul. Stylistically, it's similar to most of his albums, but he's rarely been as effortlessly fun and infectious as he is here.

Deborah Coleman - Albums Collection 1994-2007 (8CD)

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Deborah Coleman - Albums Collection 1994-2007 (8CD)

Deborah Coleman - Albums Collection 1994-2007 (8CD)
EAC/XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.8 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.1 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Time: 06:11:16

Although she was a powerful blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Deborah Coleman got her first inspiration from an unlikely place: seeing the pop group the Monkees on TV. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in a military family, Coleman took to music easily enough, since her dad played piano, two brothers played guitar, and a sister played guitar and keyboards. She picked up the guitar at age eight after seeing the Monkees and began to play professionally at 15, playing bass with a series of Portsmouth-area R&B and rock bands. She later switched to guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix, also taking to James Brown and the Beatles. Coleman began buying records by blues-rock groups like Cream and Led Zeppelin, and slowly followed the music's origins back to basic blues. Collection includes: Takin' A Stand (1994); I Can't Lose (1997); Where Blue Begins (1998); Soft Place To Fall (2000); Livin' On Love (2001); Soul Be It! (2002); What About Love? (2004); Stop The Game (2007).

Sena Ehrhardt - Live My Life (2014)

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Sena Ehrhardt - Live My Life (2014)

Sena Ehrhardt - Live My Life (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 398 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 147 Mb
Full Scans | 00:46:39 | RAR 5% Recovery
Contemporary Blues, Roots Rock, Blues Rock | Blind Pig Records #BPCD 5161

Blues and roots singer and songwriter Sena Ehrhardt fronted a fresh new band and worked with a new producer, David Z., for Live My Life, her third album, and third for Blind Pig Records, but her approach, which is a varied mix of blues, blues-rock, soulful R&B, funk, and a touch of reggae, remains the same, which is a good thing. Her singing, which can range from sultry to gritty and back again, is as solid as always, showing why she is one of the brightest lights on the contemporary blues scene.

Guy Davis - Skunkmello (2006) [Re-Up]

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Guy Davis - Skunkmello (2006) [Re-Up]

Guy Davis - Skunkmello (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 118 Mb
Label: Red House Records | # RHR CD 192 | Time: 01:05:38
Contemporary Blues, Folk-Blues, Soul-Blues

Guy Davis is a smart singer/arranger, having realized sometime back that the blues world encompassed more than electric Chicago bands and Delta-style soloists. On Skunkmello, he finds joy in moving from style to style, and even improvising by throwing several things into the mix to see what will happen. The collection kicks off with two covers, the first a rewritten version of "Natural Born Eastman" followed by a take on "Goin' Down Slow." The first moves at a brisk pace, fired by Davis' gruff vocal and backed by a spry acoustic mix, while the latter delves deeply into electric barroom blues. There's fancy claw-hammer banjo on "Shaky Pudding," and banjo blues on the lazy "Po' Boy, Great Long Ways from Home." To the average blues fan, this eclectic approach adds variety and keeps the collection intriguing from beginning to the end.

Janiva Magness - Albums Collection 2001-2014 (4CD)

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Janiva Magness - Albums Collection 2001-2014 (4CD)

Janiva Magness - Albums Collection 2001-2014 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC/WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.23 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 485 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Time: 03:05:32

Detroit-born blues and soul singer known for her passionate phrasing and vocal delivery. Collection includes: Blues Ain't Pretty (2001); The Devil Is An Angel Too (2010); Stronger For It (2012); Original (2014).

The Duke Robillard Band - Duke's Blues (1994)

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The Duke Robillard Band - Duke's Blues (1994)

The Duke Robillard Band - Duke's Blues (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 431 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb
Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1195 | Time: 01:09:12 | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Contemporary Blues, Rhythm & Blues

Robillard, ex-Fab Thunderbird and founder of Roomful of Blues, hits a cool-rockin' groove on the opening, "Midnite Cannonball", and rides it with style, chops and hot horn riffs through the closing 11-minute jam on the late Albert Collins', "Dyin' Flu". A fine mix of originals and classics.

Chris Smither - Still On The Levee: 50 Year Retrospective (2014) 2CDs

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Chris Smither - Still On The Levee: 50 Year Retrospective (2014) 2CDs

Chris Smither - Still On The Levee: 50 Year Retrospective (2014) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 558 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 215 Mb | Scans ~ 630 Mb | 01:33:22
Contemporary Blues, Folk-Blues, Folk-Rock | Label: Signature Sounds | # SIG 2066

This is a specially packaged 2 CD set celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chris Smither s career. These are newly recorded versions of Smither s best material, recorded in his hometown of New Orleans with an all-star band and special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright. Other guest appearances include Kris Delmhorst and members of renowned rock band Morphine. Chris Smither has the soul of a poet, the supple fingers of a guitar god and the voice of a sage. Will appeal to fans of Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, and Keb Mo.