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Mighty Joe Young - Mighty Joe Young (2002)

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Mighty Joe Young - Mighty Joe Young (2002)

Mighty Joe Young - Mighty Joe Young (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5073 | 00:47:08

Blind Pig's 2002 release Mighty Joe Young is a compilation that picks from Mighty Joe Young's Ovation releases Chicken Heads (1974) and Mighty Joe Young (1976). These are generally considered to be among Young's best work, yet they have been out of print for years and never have appeared on CD. Thankfully, this collection picks the 12 best tracks from these records, bringing back into circulation the work that showcases Young at his best. While it would have been nice to have these two albums in their entirety in their original running order, the music is so good and so rare, it's nice just to have it out officially, since this is the place to go to hear him at his best.

Charlie Musselwhite - In My Time... (1993) [Re-Up]

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Charlie Musselwhite - In My Time... (1993) [Re-Up]

Charlie Musselwhite - In My Time… (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4818 | 01:02:43

Charlie Musselwhite takes four different approaches on this Alligator release. On two tracks, he turns to guitar, proving a competent instrumentalist and convincing singer in a vintage Delta style. He also does two gospel numbers backed by the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, which are heartfelt, but not exactly triumphs. Musselwhite reveals his jazz influence on three tracks, making them entertaining harmonica workouts. But for blues fans, Musselwhite's biting licks and spiraling riffs are best featured on such numbers as "If I Should Have Bad Luck" and "Leaving Blues." Despite the diverse strains, Musselwhite retains credibility throughout while displaying the wide range of sources from which he's forged his distinctive style.

VA - Harmonica Blues Benders (2014)

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VA - Harmonica Blues Benders (2014)

VA - Harmonica Blues Benders (2014)
Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | FLAC (tracks) | Cover | 01:12:21 | 411 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: X5 Music Group | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2014

From the beginning, the harmonica has been an integral part of blues music. The blues is a uniquely American art form that got its start from the collision of African and European cultures in the American South. And the harmonica has a natural genius for the blues, with its ease of producing the moaning, wailing sounds often associated with this style of music.

Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

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Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 111 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: This Way Up, Mercury | # 314 518 769-2 | 00:58:06

Otis Rush and Buddy Guy were hot young Chicago guitar slingers in the 1950s, when legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf ruled the Second City. Rush was renowned for his nasty, over-amplified guitar sound, and songs like "All Your Love" and "Double Trouble" were seminal touchstones for such `60s British guitarists as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Rush has lately been known more for live shows than records, and 1994's Ain't Enough Comin' In succeeded because it was programmed like a great concert set, with fat guitar solos that suggested Albert King in a sweat, and songs that drew from both the blues and soul songbooks. Rush sounds great singing Sam Cooke's good-news gospel ("Somebody Have Mercy" and "Ain't That Good News") and pays his propers to Ray Charles on "A Fool for You." Exciting takes on epic tunes associated with B.B. King ("It's My Own Fault") and Albert King ("As the Years Go Passing By") also leave no doubt that Rush hasn't forgotten how to burn down the house.

Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, 2014

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Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, 2014

Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) 2CDs
featuring Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop. Recorded in 1968
Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Remastered Reissue 2014

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 553 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb | Scans ~ 173 Mb | 01:25:31
Blues-Rock, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Sony Records Int'l | # SICP 30453

The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper is a double album recorded at the Fillmore West venue; the album is a successor to the studio album Super Session, which included both Bloomfield and Kooper in addition to Stephen Stills, and had achieved commercial and critical success earlier in 1968. The performances, recordings and production cannot be described as flawless; in his sleeve notes, Kooper describes the difficulties of finding rehearsal space, Bloomfield's insomnia, and the failure of a vocal microphone during "Dear Mr Fantasy"; the track "I Wonder Who" is faded during a Bloomfield solo for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, the album remains an important, if raw, document of a live blues-rock performance of the period and, apart from its intrinsic qualities, is notable not only for one of the earliest live recordings by Carlos Santana but also for Bloomfield's debut as a vocalist. Whilst he is not historically noted in this role, in "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong", according to Kooper, "he displays consummate homage to the traditional guitar-voice trade-offs; a lesson in phrasing and understanding."

Son Seals - Chicago Fire (1980)

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Son Seals - Chicago Fire (1980)

Son Seals - Chicago Fire (1980)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4720 | Time: 00:40:53

Son Seals in an experimental mood, utilizing chord progressions that occasionally don't quite fit together seamlessly (but give him an A for trying to expand the idiom's boundaries). Less innovative but perhaps more accessible are his smoking covers of Albert King's "Nobody Wants a Loser" and Junior Parker's "Goodbye Little Girl".

Son Seals - Lettin' Go (2000) [Re-Up]

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Son Seals - Lettin' Go (2000) [Re-Up]

Son Seals - Lettin' Go (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 454 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83501 | Time: 01:10:39

2000's Lettin' Go was the seventh studio album (and ninth album) released by Son Seals, it came six years after the release of his previous studio album "Nothing But The Truth" for Alligator Records. It was his debut on the Telarc label and his last studio album before his death (from complications from diabetes on December 20, 2004, in Richton Park, Illinois) and has a playing time of 70:39. In 2001, at the 22nd W.C. Handy Blues Awards (since 2006 the Blues Music Awards) Lettin' Go was nominated for both "Blues Album Of The Year" and "Traditional Blues Album Of The Year". It won the award for "Traditional Blues Album Of The Year".

Son Seals - Living In The Danger Zone (1991)

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Son Seals - Living In The Danger Zone (1991)

Son Seals - Living In The Danger Zone (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Alligator Records | # ALCD 4798 | Time: 00:52:02

Son Seals 1991 Alligator release "Living In The Danger Zone" is arguably one of Seal's finest studio releases to date. His best live performances being "Live and Burning" and "Spontaneous Combustion". Like the live disc's, Danger Zone features and abundance of gritty vocals and piercing guitar solo's in the style of Albert King. The songs on the disc range from the humorous "Frigidaire Woman" to the slow blues number "Danger Zone" to the funky "Bad Axe" to a ballad like "My Life". Seal's is a natural for the blues. He was born in Osceola Arkansas and, as a child, spent much of his time in his dad's juke joint surrounded by the likes of Albert King, Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Nighthawk. About four years after recording this CD his wife shot him in the face. He would survive that trauma only to later have his leg amputated due to complications from diabetes. As the saying goes, you got to live the blues to play the blues.

Mike Bloomfield - Rx for the Blues (1996)

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Mike Bloomfield - Rx for the Blues (1996)

Mike Bloomfield - Rx for the Blues (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Success | # 22540CD | Time: 00:57:48

The celebrated blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield performs a variety of blues, R&B, and ragtime classics, including "Cherry Red," "Don't You Lie to Me," and "Walking the Floor Over You," on this accomplished and wide-ranging set. He's accompanied by the pianist Mark Naftalin and a skilful rhythm section, and though singing was never his strong point, his consummate guitar playing carries him through.

A.C. Reed - I'm In The Wrong Business! (1987) [Re-Up]

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A.C. Reed - I'm In The Wrong Business! (1987) [Re-Up]

A.C. Reed - I'm In The Wrong Business! (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4757 | Time: 00:51:55

Solid, soulful blues, often with humorous, self-deprecating lyrics, comes from the well-respected vocalist, tenor player, composer, and veteran of the bands of Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, and Son Seals. Reed has been called "the definitive Chicago blues sax player." This album features Reed's band, with guests Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Charlie Musselwhite - The Blues Never Die (1994) [Re-Up]

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Charlie Musselwhite - The Blues Never Die (1994) [Re-Up]

Charlie Musselwhite - The Blues Never Die (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 449 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 206 Mb | Scans included
Harmonica Blues, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Vanguard | # VCD 153/54 | 01:18:40

This may be an overview of Musselwhite's career (from the late '60s to the present – with some previously unreleased tracks, including the title cut), but it is not the best introduction to the artist. For that, his Vanguard '60s output is still recommended, along with the 1984 session on Blue Rock'it and Alligator's In My Time.

Dave Specter & Steve Freund - Is What It Is (2004) [Re-Up]

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Dave Specter & Steve Freund - Is What It Is (2004) [Re-Up]

Dave Specter & Steve Freund - Is What It Is (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 428 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Delmark | # DE-779 | 01:06:46

The long established musical relationship between guitarists Dave Specter and Steve Freund goes back nearly 20 years, when Specter sought out Freund as a guitar teacher. They have shared many stages, but this marks the first occasion that they have recorded together. In the best of the Chicago blues tradition as illustrated by the legendary Delmark label, Is What It Is is a loose, swinging, tough blues date filled with great tunes, inspired playing and loose-groove vibes. While Specter has become well-known for his jazzy blues playing, his former teacher Freund has stayed close to the roots of the Chicago sound. That contrast works beautifully here on both covers and originals. Freund's tunes are some of the bets on the set as evidenced by the opener "My Little Playhouse." One of the reasons for this is his deep, clear soulful singing which adds punch and nuance to the dueling guitars Specter brings classy elegance to the set in his instrumentals, like the title track that carries a deeply Southern-fried funk to the more urban Chicago sound and the shuffling gutbucket stroll of "Riverside Ride," where the two players wind around and through one another exuberantly.

Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band - Tennessee Woman (1969) [Re-Up]

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Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band - Tennessee Woman (1969) [Re-Up]

Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band - Tennessee Woman (1969)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Label: Vanguard | # VMD 6528-2 | Time: 00:42:06

The addition of jazz pianist Skip Rose gave a new dimension to the ensemble sound, and provided a perfect foil to Charlie's own soloing – especially on the re-take of "Cristo Redentor," extended to 11 minutes, shifting to double-time in spots. Rose's instrumental, "A Nice Day for Something," is a welcome change of pace, and Musselwhite's "Blue Feeling Today" compares favorably to fine covers of Little Walter and Fenton Robinson tunes.

Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good (1994)

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Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good (1994)

Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:39:44
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5018

This Blind Pig CD reissues material from 1983-84. The legendary veteran Jimmy Rogers (taking most of the vocals and occasional guitar solos) is heard teamed up with the talented harmonica player Rod Piazza and his jumping group. The results are consistently exciting. Piazza's harmonica serves as a perfect foil to Rogers' voice, and the impressive backup band (which also features Honey Piazza on piano) clearly enjoys jamming on the basic blues changes. The many strong solos and the superior material make this an easily recommended set.

Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar: The Chief / Age / U.S.A. Sessions 1960-1963 (2001) [Re-Up]

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Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar: The Chief / Age / U.S.A. Sessions 1960-1963 (2001) [Re-Up]

Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar: The Chief / Age / U.S.A. Sessions 1960-1963 (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Slide Guitar Blues, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: P-Vine | # PCD-24045 | 01:11:28

Widespread respect for Earl Hooker, one of the unsung giants of the blues, is long overdue, and his rather limited available discography belies a great original talent. P-Vine Japan has attempted to put this right with Blues Guitar: The Chief and Age Sessions 1959-1963, an intelligent and authoritative collection of Hooker's early-'60s heyday, containing instrumental classics such as "Blue Guitar" and "Blues in D Natural." Both sound quality and packaging supersede all previous reissues of this work and, as such, this release becomes perhaps the cornerstone of any Earl Hooker collection.