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James Booker - The Lost Paramount Tapes (1995)

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James Booker - The Lost Paramount Tapes (1995)

James Booker - The Lost Paramount Tapes (1995)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Label: DJM Records | # DJM-CD 10010 | Time: 00:45:04
New Orleans Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues

This is a disc made by one of the best piano players to come out of New Orleans, James Booker, playing with an all-star band of New Orleans musicians, most of whom Booker befriended during his days with Dr. John. The music sparkles, all the more amazing because it was recorded live in the L.A. area with no overdubs in 1973, and is just being released in 1995 because it was lost for 20 years. This disc hits a groove and does not quit, shifting from straight-ahead blues to an R&B beat, drifting into some complex Caribbean rhythms, moving off into some jazz riffs, but all the time maintaining the original blues feel it started with. All the players get to shine, but it is definitely James Booker's disc.

Champion Jack Dupree - Blues For Everybody [Recorded 1951-1955] (1990)

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Champion Jack Dupree - Blues For Everybody [Recorded 1951-1955] (1990)

Champion Jack Dupree - Blues For Everybody [Recorded 1951-1955] (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 161 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Piano Blues, New Orleans Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: King Records (KCD 6014)

Although Dupree seldom paused at any one label for very long, the piano pounder did hang around at Cincinnati-based King Records from 1951 to 1955 - long enough to wax the 20 sides comprising this set and a few more that regrettably aren't aboard. By this time, Dupree was a seasoned R&B artist, storming through "Let the Doorbell Ring" and "Mail Order Woman" and emphasizing his speech impediment on "Harelip Blues" (one of those not-for-the-politically correct numbers). Most of these tracks were done in New York; sidemen include guitarist Mickey Baker and saxist Willis Jackson.

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…

The Goodmen Band - Dancing Shoes (2011)

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The Goodmen Band - Dancing Shoes (2011)

The Goodmen Band - Dancing Shoes (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 467 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 175 Mb
Full Scans | 01:05:59 | RAR 5% Recovery
New Orlean Blues, Funky-Blues, Soul-Blues | PMG #PMGCD11

The Goodmen Band with Mike Goudreau; vocalist/guitarist and composer, well known as the leader of The Boppin Blues Band and having produced 11 Jazz & Blues albums since 1993. Organist Lorrie Goodman who produced 3 Jazz albums with ''The Organization'' and drummer Stephane Jette who's worked with many Montreal Blues artists. This trio is a throwback to a concept that was very popular in the late fifties, sixties and seventies: ''The Organ Trio''. Their new CD ''Dancing Shoes'' presents 15 new songs featuring 14 original compositions co-written by Goodman and Goudreau, a great mix of Funky, swing, southern soul, New Orleans blues that features organ, guitar and vocals inspired by Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, The Meters, Albert King, Allman Brothers…

The Blues Masters Featuring "Big Al" Carson - 3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg (2010)

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The Blues Masters Featuring "Big Al" Carson - 3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg (2010)

The Blues Masters Featuring "Big Al" Carson - 3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 502 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 189 Mb
Full Scans | 01:15:19 | RAR 5% Recovery
New Orleans Blues, Funk | Rabadash Records #RAB-035

Funky tight New Orleans Blues. This band plays live 5 nights a week and this music has simmered to a to an incredible stew that isn't usually captured on CD.

Chris Rea - Blue Guitars (2005) 11CD + DVD9 Box Set [Re-Up]

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Chris Rea - Blue Guitars (2005) 11CD + DVD9 Box Set [Re-Up]

Chris Rea - Blue Guitars (2005) 11CD + DVD9
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 3.63 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.41 Gb | Time: 10:11:29
DVD9 | PAL | 16:9 (720x576) VBR | AC3 5.1 @ 448 kbps/2.0 @ 192 kbps/DTS 5.1 | 01:11:27 | 6.1 Gb
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock | Label: EarBooks/Jazzee Blue/Edel | Scans ~ 256 Mb

130-track CD/DVD set comprising of 11 CD albums each with it's own distinct musical style which showcases his passion for the guitar, plus a DVD for the 'Stony Road' album. Having created the cover of Stony Road and interpreted the cover of The Blue Juke Box the close relationship between Chris Rea's music and his painting was defined. This relationship was clearly leading in one direction, a ground-breaking idea to link the two driving forces in his life. The idea of Blue Guitars was born. Eleven albums from Chris Rea in one book pack, 130 brand new Chris Rea songs inspired by the blues ranging globally across all his own interpretations of this musical form, songs that Chris believes are some of his best to date.

James Booker - Classified (1982) Remixed And Expanded 2013

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James Booker - Classified (1982) Remixed And Expanded 2013

James Booker - Classified (1982) Remixed And Expanded 2013
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 408 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Label: Rounder Records | # 11661-9175-2 | Time: 01:13:02
New Orleans Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues

One of the great blues albums of the early '80s, Classified captures the legendary New Orleans pianist James Booker not long before his premature death at the age of 43 on November 8, 1983. Recorded in a series of sometimes problematic sessions in 1982 – producer Scott Billington details them in his terrific liner notes on the 2013 reissue of the record, which is remixed and expanded – Classified appeared just a few months before Booker's death, so it's hard not to read it as something of a final statement.

Champion Jack Dupree - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2005) 2CDs

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Champion Jack Dupree - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2005) 2CDs

Champion Jack Dupree - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 927 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 363 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Horizon, Columbia | # 518518 2, 5185162000 | Time: 02:31:43
Piano Blues, New Orleans Blues, Chicago Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rhythm & Blues

Born in New Orleans in 1910, this blues artist started off as a boxer. After a defeat sometime in the late '30s, he went on to pursue a career in music. After signing to Columbia Records in 1940, he went on to have a fruitful career spanning many years and many record labels. These sessions, recorded for Blue Horizon during the late '60s have been lovingly restored and re-mastered, and include previously unreleased tracks, including six live recordings. Includes liner notes by Mike Vernon and never before seen photos.

Irma Thomas - Simply Grand (2008)

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Irma Thomas - Simply Grand (2008)

Irma Thomas - Simply Grand (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 237 Mb | 00:56:02
New Orleans Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Soul | Label: Rounder | # 11661-2202-2

There has always been a piano at the heart of Irma Thomas's music, and she is accompanied here by twelve of the best pianists around, including Dr. John, Norah Jones, Randy Newman, and many more. The Grammyr-winning Soul Queen of New Orleans has never sounded better than in this all-acoustic setting. From the soul-searing passion of 'Cold Rain' to the bittersweet intimacy of 'This Bitter Earth,' Irma's enduring warmth and soulfulness prevail, never straying far from the blues. Included are many new songs (including one from Burt Bacharach and Steve Krikorian) and a previously unrecorded Doc Pomus-Dr. John composition.

VA - New Orleans Guitar 1947-1955 (2006) 4CD Box Set

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VA - New Orleans Guitar 1947-1955 (2006) 4CD Box Set

VA - New Orleans Guitar 1947-1955 (2006) 4CD Box Set
Featuring: T-Bone Walker, Guitar Slim, Smiley Lewis, Boo Breeding, Pee Wee Crayton

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 685 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 585 Mb | Scans ~ 82 Mb
New Orleans Blues, New Orleans R&B | Label: JSP | # JSP7773 | Time: 04:15:37

JSP's New Orleans Guitar compiles four CDs of performances by Smiley Lewis, Guitar Slim, and T-Bone Walker. It's hard to go wrong with these 102 recordings cut between 1947 and 1955. The tracks have been remastered, making the majority of this material sound great. Unlike other packages of this type, the liner notes are informative, listing personnel, dates, and a concise history without going on ad nauseam. As an extra bonus this is a budget-priced set, making it highly recommended, especially for the blues novice.

Dr. John - High Priest Of Psychedelic Voodoo (2015) 2CDs

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Dr. John - High Priest Of Psychedelic Voodoo (2015) 2CDs

Dr. John - High Priest Of Psychedelic Voodoo (2015) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 587 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 234 Mb | Scans included
Label: Purple Pyramid | # CLP 2323 | Time: 01:36:05
New Orleans Blues, New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements fused with New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of "voodoo" music. He's also quite accomplished and enjoyable when sticking to purely traditional forms of blues and R&B. On record, he veers between the two approaches, making for an inconsistent and frequently frustrating legacy that often makes the listener feel as if "the Night Tripper" (as he's nicknamed himself) has been underachieving.

Professor Longhair - Rock 'N' Roll Gumbo (1974) CD Release 1985

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Professor Longhair - Rock 'N' Roll Gumbo (1974) CD Release 1985

Professor Longhair - Rock 'N' Roll Gumbo (1974) CD Release 1985
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:47:11
New Orleans Blues, New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll | Label: Dancing Cat | # DD-3006

Recorded in 1974, this album almost never saw the light of day. Fortunately, the master tapes were found and the album was released posthumously. Professor Longhair was a giant in the New Orleans music community, but had not recorded in over ten years when he was convinced to start playing again. From the opening riffs, one can understand the stature of Professor Longhair as a great pianist – he demonstrates that he is equally at home playing rhumba boogie, blues songs, and calypso. He plays New Orleans standards (many penned by himself), but what makes this recording a classic is the chance to hear him play with guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The interplay of these music veterans is mesmerizing. The piano playing is breathtaking, and has a percussive quality unlike any other player before or since. It is hard to believe that Professor Longhair languished in obscurity for so many years after hearing the jubilance of "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," a song that will have you tapping your feet and hands as if you were in the parade. This album is essential for fans of New Orleans music and those aspiring to be rock & roll pianists.

Snooks Eaglin - Teasin' You (1992)

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Snooks Eaglin - Teasin' You (1992)

Snooks Eaglin - Teasin' You (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:47:59
New Orleans Blues | Label: Black Top | # CD BT-1072

The best of Eaglin's terrific series of Black Top efforts so far – song selection is absolutely unassailable (lots of savage New Orleans covers, from Lloyd Price and Professor Longhair to Willie Tee and Earl King), the band simmers and sizzles with spicy second-line fire (bassist George Porter, Jr. and drummer Herman Ernest III are a formidable pair indeed), and Eaglin's churchy, commanding vocals and blistering guitar work are nothing short of mind-boggling throughout the entire disc.

James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977) CD Reissue 1992

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James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977) CD Reissue 1992

James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977) CD Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Label: Rounder Records | # ROUNDER CD 2027 | Time: 00:37:42
New Orleans Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues

Why so much of what pianist/vocalist James Booker recorded in the 1970s didn't surface until the '90s is a mystery, but that's secondary compared to the greatness routinely presented on this CD. It contains nine Booker selections that he performed at the 1977 Boogie Woogie & Ragtime Piano Contest held in Zurich. His relentless, driving style, ability to switch from a hard-hitting tune to a light, soft one without skipping a beat, and his wild mix of sizzling keyboard licks and bemused, manic vocals are uniformly impressive. Piano Wizard a bit short for a CD at 37 minutes, but it has so much flamboyant music and singing that it shouldn't be missed.