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Eric Bibb - Friends (2004)

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Eric Bibb - Friends (2004)

Eric Bibb - Friends (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Blues, Contemporary Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83619 | Time: 00:58:22

Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. There are 15 cuts here, each of them featuring rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different "friends" in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget "99 ½ Won't Do." The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail – akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places – offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on "Six O' Clock Blues." Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on "Goin' Down Slow," and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional "Kulanjan" and Bibb's own "Sebastian's Tune."

VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991

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VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991

VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb
Label: Polydor | # 825 502-2 | Time: 00:49:12 | Scans ~ 66 Mb
Blues, Folk-Blues, Country-Blues, Delta Blues

Recorded live in a studio in Hamburg, Germany, in October 1962. Includes artists involved with that year's American Folk Blues Festival tour. With generally relaxed and reflective performances. The artists include Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Shakey Jake, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and John Lee Hooker.

John Jackson - Front Porch Blues (1999)

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John Jackson - Front Porch Blues (1999)

John Jackson - Front Porch Blues (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb
Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4867 | Time: 00:45:03 | Scans ~ 129 Mb
Acoustic Blues, Piedmont Blues, Country-Blues

Just as the title says: a wonderful brace of simple country blues done in Jackson's warm Piedmont style. At age 75, his fingers are still nimble as he displays on a jazzy "Just Because" and his vocals still resonate nicely. Audiophile note: This album is nicely recorded and sounds like Jackson is performing about two inches from your face. A warm and engaging batch of performances not to be missed.

Various Artists - Pure... Blues (2010) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Various Artists - Pure... Blues (2010) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Various Artists - Pure… Blues (2010) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 511 Mb | Scans ~ 28 Mb
Label: Sony Music | # 88697776272 | Time: 03:45:15
Blues, Country-Blues, Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues

This four-disc, 68-track collection paints a broad definition of the blues, with cuts ranging from vintage country blues (Robert Johnson's “Cross Road Blues,” Son House's “Death Letter Blues”) to uptown jazz blues (Nina Simone's “Blues for My Mama,” Billie Holiday's “Billie’s Blues”), Chicago blues (a live version of “Howling Wolf” by Muddy Waters), British blues (Jeff Beck's “JB’s Blues”), and contemporary acoustic blues (“Am I Wrong” by Keb' Mo'), with plenty of stops in between, making for a random but varied playlist that circles the different approaches and musical definitions of the genre.

Blind Willie McTell - Last Session (Recorded in 1956) (1961) Remastered 1992

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Blind Willie McTell - Last Session (Recorded in 1956) (1961) Remastered 1992

Blind Willie McTell - Last Session (Recorded in 1956) (1961) Remastered 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Label: Original Blues Classics, Prestige Bluesville | # OBCCD-517-2 | Time: 00:36:24
Acoustic Blues, Pre-War Blues, Country-Blues, Piedmont Blues

This recording has a less-than-stellar reputation, principally because it was done so late in McTell's career, and it is true that he lacks some of the edge, especially in his singing, that he showed on his other postwar recordings. On the other hand, his 12-string playing is about as nimble as ever and a real treat. McTell cut these sides for record store owner Ed Rhodes, who had begun taping local bluesmen at his shop in Atlanta in the hope of releasing some of it – McTell took to the idea of recording only slowly, then turned up one night and played for the microphone and anyone who happened to be listening, finishing a pint of bourbon in the process – the result was a pricelessly intimate document, some of the words slurred here and there, but brilliantly expressive and stunningly played.

Ry Cooder - Three First Albums 1970-1972 (3CD) Reprise Reissue 1996 [Re-Up]

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Ry Cooder - Three First Albums 1970-1972 (3CD) Reprise Reissue 1996 [Re-Up]

Ry Cooder - Three First Albums 1970-1972 (3CD) Reprise Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 556 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 238 Mb | Scans ~ 194 Mb
Genre: Country-Blues, Country-Rock, Blues-Rock, Roots Rock | Time: 01:47:23

Collection includes: 'Ry Cooder' (1970) # 7599-27510-2, 'Into the Purple Valley' (1971) # 7599-27200-2, 'Boomer's Story' (1972) # 7599-26398-2.

VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

VA - Lightning In a Bottle: A One Night History Of The Blues (2004) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 707 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 256 Mb | Scans ~ 75 Mb
Label: Columbia/Legacy | # C2K 92860 | Time: 01:51:54
Blues, Country-Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul-Blues, R&B

This soundtrack to the movie features an astonishing array of blues artists from three generations. Recorded during one long night at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003, the electricity is in the air and on stage. While it may not have been the finest blues show in history, the collection of founding fathers such as David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Buddy Guy, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Larry Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Solomon Burke, and the ubiquitous B.B. King along with their spiritual offspring (Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, and Steven Tyler) and some usual suspects like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, and Keb' Mo', makes it arguably the most significant blues session ever captured on film. Beginning acoustic, the double disc builds momentum and volume as we hear the blues mutate to electric and finally hip-hop with Chuck D. exploding on a rap version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom".

Ry Cooder - The Slide Area (1982) [Re-Up]

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Ry Cooder - The Slide Area (1982) [Re-Up]

Ry Cooder - The Slide Area (1982)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-23651-2 | Time: 00:39:19
Country-Blues, Blues-Rock, Country-Rock, Roots Rock

This CD opens with an outrageous and exceedingly funky "UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto," and which seems so out of place with the other material. Yes, it is a rhythm & blues, bordering at times on funk album, and rap is one direction R&B took, but…. Listen to the groove on "Which Came First," and try to keep your body from bobbing to the strong rhythm laid down by Jim Keltner, Tim Drummond, and the background vocalists. While we are on the subject of vocals, this is one of Ry Cooder's best efforts, and his backup vocalists are key here and deserve special recognition: Bobby King, John Hiatt, Willie Greene, and Herman Johnson for most of the CD. The two gems on this are the phenomenal treatments of both "Blue Suede Shoes" and Bob Dylan's "I Need a Woman." Two songs as different in the original forms as pigs and gerbils are converted to R&B hit status. Both contain some memorable slide guitar work, but isn't that what we expect from this master of the guitar family. The album is very good but those two songs make it a gem.

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.

VA - The Best Country Blues You've Never Heard (Vol. 2) (2021)

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VA - The Best Country Blues You've Never Heard (Vol. 2) (2021)

VA - The Best Country Blues You've Never Heard (Vol. 2) (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 206 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 178 Mb | 01:17:29
Blues, Country | Label: World Music Network

This collection delves yet deeper into the archives of country blues, uncovering hidden gems by artists shrouded in mystery. From classic renditions of blues standards to intriguing novelty songs, this is a must-listen for any blues connoisseur.

Bonnie Raitt - The Lost Broadcast Philadelphia 1972 (2010) Unofficial Release [Re-Up]

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Bonnie Raitt - The Lost Broadcast Philadelphia 1972 (2010) Unofficial Release [Re-Up]

Bonnie Raitt - The Lost Broadcast Philadelphia 1972 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included | 00:57:19
Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Country-Blues, Country Rock | Label: Leftfield Media | # LFMCD502

This has been around as a bootleg for some time, a great radio broadcast from February 1972 featuring mainly Bonnie with Freebo on bass but also T. J. Tindle on lead guitar and John Davis playing harp on a couple of tracks. The sound quality isn't perfect but it's pretty good and it captures Bonnie doing material from her first two albums as well as some songs that have never been officially released - Steve Winwood's 'Can't Find My Way Home', John Hurt's 'Richland Woman Blues' and her own song 'Blender Blues'. Although Bonnie sounds young (she was only 22) she also sounds very confident and relaxed, her voice is perfectly controlled and her guitar playing is particularly good on blues like Robert Johnson's 'Walking blues' and 'Richland Woman Blues'.

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.

Guy Davis - Chocolate To The Bone (2003)

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Guy Davis - Chocolate To The Bone (2003)

Guy Davis - Chocolate To The Bone (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans ~ 113 Mb
Label: Red House Records | # RHR CD 164 | Time: 00:49:44
Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues

With each new release, the clothes of an old bluesman fit Guy Davis more and more comfortably. By now the blues are completely a part of who he is, so when he reworks an old Sleepy John Estes song into the opener, "Limetown," it feels completely natural; even with the familiar "Rollin' And Tumblin'" riff. He mixes it up well between covers and originals, taking in quite a range – there's John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and Blind Lemon Jefferson all sitting amicably together in his style; as well as some pieces like "Step It Up And Go" that are just plain old. His own material is less familiar, of course, but just as good, with the careful (if not wholly accurate) patina of age about it. Perhaps the best thing about Davis is that he never tries to be something he's not; there's no fake Southern accent. What you hear is what you get. And while he's hardly the guitar genius that Charley Patton and Robert Johnson were, he's more than adequate, and his excellent band backs him up solidly and subtly, never stepping out too far. There's plenty of talent in Davis, but there's also an obvious and deep love for the blues, especially the rural country blues, and he brings to his music a real timelessness. The man just keeps getting better and better.

Ray Bonneville - Gust Of Wind (1999)

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Ray Bonneville - Gust Of Wind (1999)

Ray Bonneville - Gust Of Wind (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb | Scans ~ 184 Mb
Label: Stony Plain Records | # SPCD 1256 | Time: 00:43:31
Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Country-Blues, Americana, Folk-Rock

Ray Bonneville combines electric blues motifs, a light sense of humor, and a pop approach to song-making. On pieces like the opening "Don't Look Back," with electric piano from Richard Bell, this combination comes across as a sort of Memphis Randy Newman. Colin Linden here produces this unique, memorable Canadian songwriter on his third album. Linden provides slide, baritone, and other guitar work on the album. Like Linden, Bonneville is adept at incorporating blues styles into accessible pop gems. Recorded in Canada and Nashville, this album features mandolin maestro Tim O'Brien on "Canary Yellow Car" and the Band's Rick Bell playing keyboards on five selections. Like the album, Bonneville is a constantly moving dual citizen of Canada and the United States. This broad base of experience reflects in an album featuring North American themes of pop, rock, and blues.

Guy Davis - Give In Kind (2002) [Re-Up]

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Guy Davis - Give In Kind (2002) [Re-Up]

Guy Davis - Give In Kind (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans ~ 86 Mb
Label: Red House Records | # RHR CD 161 | Time: 00:58:39
Modern Acoustic Blues, Country-Blues, Folk-Blues

Guy Davis has developed into a consummate bluesman. He's listened hard to classic Delta blues and based his style on it, without ever becoming a carbon copy of the greats. Instead they're his jumping-off point into something as individual as "Layla, Layla," where didgeridoo makes an appearance, or the poignant "Joppatowne." Equally adept on guitar, banjo, and harmonica, he's become a force of nature, with the ability to write a song like "I Don't Know" that sounds as if it had come directly from the '30s, alongside covers of Fred McDowell, Big Bill Broonzy, and Sleepy John Estes. The originals and older work mesh perfectly, the sign of a real bluesman. And, of course, he's capable of working the other side of the coin to blues, in gospel, as the closer, "God's Unchanging Hand," clearly shows. This is the tradition reborn and revitalized. Davis' support is wonderfully sympathetic, but he's completely at the center of things, the motivator and mover of this music, and a purveyor of the real blues. His lineage is obvious, and he's the new generation, doing it right and keeping it real.