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Pinetop Perkins - On the 88’s: Live in Chicago (2007)

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Pinetop Perkins - On the 88’s: Live in Chicago (2007)

Pinetop Perkins - On the 88’s: Live in Chicago (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 167 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb
Label: Sagebrush | # SB-CD-101 | Time: 00:48:39 | Scans included
Genre: Piano Blues, Chicago Blues, Boogie-Woogie

In 2001, legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins was edging up on 88 years of age when he played the concert date in Chicago documented on this album. Perkins sounds plenty spry here, but this certainly doesn't capture the great man at his best; Perkins was a pioneer of the boogie-woogie style and was a longtime member of Muddy Waters' band, but most of On the 88's: Live in Chicago is devoted to easygoing midtempo numbers that sound a bit timid compared to what he played in his prime. Perkins shows he still had a great touch on this recording, and his timing is more than fine, but his left hand doesn't quite anchor these tunes the way he did in his salad days (it might have helped if he'd been given a better piano for this gig, since the instrument has the tone of a second-rate electronic keyboard), and even if his singing is game, his voice was showing its wear.

Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man (2014)

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Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man (2014)

Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 347 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 122 Mb
Full Scans | 00:43:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Modern Electric Blues / Piano Blues / Louisiana Blues / Swamp Blues / Texas Blues
Alligator Records #ALCD 4964

Austin-based pianist and singer Marcia Ball began her solo career in earnest with the 1984 album Soulful Dress, and 30 years later, she's still pounding out the blues and boogie on The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man. The biggest challenge of a career that's been chugging along for more than three decades is keeping things fresh, and while The Tattooed Lady doesn't blaze many new trails, the album proves Ball's mojo is still working as a songwriter and a piano player, and she clearly hasn't run out of things to say.

Big Joe Turner - All The Classic Hits 1938-1952 [5CD Box Set] (2003)

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Big Joe Turner - All The Classic Hits 1938-1952 [5CD Box Set] (2003)

Big Joe Turner - All The Classic Hits 1938-1952 [5CD Box Set] (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 713 MB | Covers - 210 MB
Genre: Piano Blues, Jump Blues, Early R&B, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: JSP Records (JSP7709)

Classic Hits 1938-52 is a five-disc, 123-track collection of Big Joe Turner's earliest recording sessions before finding stardom with his mid-'50s R&B sides. While this JSP set isn't extravagant, it's a luxury to have Turner's sides for National, Aladdin, Freedom, MGM, and Imperial remastered and together in one collection. The final disc also includes the Boss of the Blues' first recordings for Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun of Atlantic Records: "Chains of Love," "Sweet Sixteen," "Poor Lover's Blues," and "Still in Love (With You)." Turner tackles blues, swing, and fiery up-tempo jump blues, assisted by Pete Johnson, Wynonie Harris, Pee Wee Crayton, Budd Johnson, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Joe Houstin, Albert Ammons, Don Byas, Art Tatum, and Hot Lips Page. While this is a collector's dream, the casual listener would do better with Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology on Rhino.

Marcia Ball - Shine Bright (2018)

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Marcia Ball - Shine Bright (2018)

Marcia Ball - Shine Bright (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 299 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 128 Mb
Full Scans | 00:42:22 | RAR 5% Recovery
Modern Electric Blues / Piano Blues / Louisiana Blues / Texas Blues
Alligator Records #ALCD 4982

One of America's best known, most beloved roots artists, releases a career-defining album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Marcia is simply on fire throughout 'Shine Bright', with a rollicking array of piano-fueled roadhouse romps seasoned by her incomparably soulful balladry. Tracks include nine new Marcia originals, plus brilliant takes on the music of Ray Charles, Ernie K-Doe and Jesse Winchester. Producer/saxophonist Berlin guests on five tracks. "Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth."

Champion Jack Dupree - The Legendary Champion Jack Dupree 1980-1988 (1988)

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Champion Jack Dupree - The Legendary Champion Jack Dupree 1980-1988 (1988)

Champion Jack Dupree - The Legendary Champion Jack Dupree 1980-1988 (1988)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 343 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 177 MB | Covers - 42 MB
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pinorrekk Records (5005 CD)

Recordings 1980-1988, featuring Memphis Slim, Louisiana Red, Axel Zwingenberger, Mickey Baker, Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band, Kenn Lending Blues Band.
A formidable contender in the ring before he shifted his focus to pounding the piano instead, Champion Jack Dupree often injected his lyrics with a rowdy sense of down-home humor. But there was nothing lighthearted about his rock-solid way with a boogie; when he shouted "Shake Baby Shake," the entire room had no choice but to acquiesce.

Blind John Davis - Blind John Davis (1983) [Reissue 1994]

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Blind John Davis - Blind John Davis (1983) [Reissue 1994]

Blind John Davis - Blind John Davis (1983) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 187 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 92 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Evidence Music (ECD 26056-2)

Chicago native John Henry Davis spent most of his later years recording in Europe, where he was much better known than he was in the U.S. This release, recorded in the mid-'80s, spotlights Davis solo at the piano (except for the final bonus track, which features a vocal by Jeanne-Marie Carroll), and his warm, unhurried playing and singing is as comfortable as an old easy chair. Although he helped format the Chicago blues sound through his work in the 1930s and 1940s with artists like Tampa Red, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Big Bill Broonzy, Davis seems most at home doing a kind of lounge blues, an approach that plays to his strengths. The opening track on this collection, "I Had a Dream," sets the pace here, and it is a likeable tune that contains the line "I dreamed I won the Brooklyn Bridge on my knees shooting dice" before turning into a song of amused resignation…

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…

Deanna Bogart - The Great Unknown (1998)

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Deanna Bogart - The Great Unknown (1998)

Deanna Bogart - The Great Unknown (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Piano Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Shanachie | # 9011 | Time: 00:45:15

On her fourth album, 1999's The Great Unknown, Deanna Bogart serves up some more of her heartfelt, bluesy piano and vocals. Bogart's wide-ranging sound embraces rock, soul, swing and R&B, but keeps its roots in the blues. The Great Unknown includes Bogart originals like "Adam Bomb Boogie," "Love Funk" and the title track.

Roosevelt Sykes - The Honeydripper (1961) [Reissue 1993]

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Roosevelt Sykes - The Honeydripper (1961) [Reissue 1993]

Roosevelt Sykes - The Honeydripper (1961) [Reissue 1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 226 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 87 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Prestige/Bluesville (00025218055727)

Roosevelt Sykes expertly fit his classic, down-home piano riffs and style into a fabric that also contained elements of soul, funk, and R&B. The nine-cut date, reissued by Original Blues Classics, included such laments as "I Hate to Be Alone," "Lonely Day," and "She Ain't for Nobody," as well as the poignant "Yes Lawd," and less weighty "Satellite Baby" and "Jailbait." Besides Sykes' alternately bemused, ironic, and inviting vocals, there's superb tenor sax support from King Curtis, Robert Banks' tasty organ, and steady, nimble bass and drum assistance by Leonard Gaskin and drummer Belton Evans.

Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions (2011)

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Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions (2011)

Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:37
Modern Electric Blues, Piano Blues, Louisiana Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4942

Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues, and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and through 12 albums, she has never let that energy go. Roadside Attractions, her fifth release for Alligator Records, is no exception – it cooks and rattles and rocks with Ball's typical joyous energy and powerful piano. None of her many fans will be disappointed by this outing, but it is a little different for Ball in one respect – for the first time on one of her albums she has either written or co-written every song on it, and all of them draw on her thousands of hours on the road bringing her infectious brand of swampy boogie to the world.

Roosevelt Sykes - The Return of Roosevelt Sykes (1960) [Reissue 1992]

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Roosevelt Sykes - The Return of Roosevelt Sykes (1960) [Reissue 1992]

Roosevelt Sykes - The Return of Roosevelt Sykes (1960) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 214 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 92 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Prestige/Bluesville (00025218054621)

Sykes's lyrical images are as vivid and amusing as ever on this 1960 set, with titles like "Set the Meat Outdoors" and "Hangover" among its standouts. Other than drummer Jump Jackson, the quartet behind the pianist is pretty obscure, but they rock his boogies with a vengeance. Contains a nice remake of his classic "Drivin' Wheel."

Memphis Slim - Very Much Alive and in Montreux (1973) [Reissue 2006]

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Memphis Slim - Very Much Alive and in Montreux (1973) [Reissue 2006]

Memphis Slim - Very Much Alive and in Montreux (1973) [Reissue 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 256 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 13 MB
Genre: Piano Blues, Boogie-Woogie | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal/Maison De Blues (983 212-4)

This choice chapter in the Memphis Slim story delivers an exciting taste of what a modern electric blues band sounded like in live performance during the early '70s. This reissue includes a bonus track featuring Hammond B-3 organist Deacon Jones and formidable electric guitar wizard Freddie King. The year 1973 was particularly exciting as blues, soul, funk, and rock & roll began to blend in ways that had only been hinted at during the 1960s. This cultural explosion was inevitable as music festivals were expanded to include a wide range of styles and genres. The 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, for example, featured One String Sam, Victoria Spivey, Roosevelt Sykes, John Lee Hooker, and Ray Charles on the same weekend as Yusef Lateef, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The 1973 jazz festival held in Montreux, Switzerland, underwent comparable dilation…

Otis Spann - I Wanna Go Home (Heritage of the Blues) (2003)

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Otis Spann - I Wanna Go Home (Heritage of the Blues) (2003)

Otis Spann - I Wanna Go Home (Heritage of the Blues) (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Chicago Blues, Piano Blues | Label: Hightone | # HCD 8155 | Time: 00:45:32

Pianist Otis Spann played in Muddy Waters' band from 1953 to 1970, and was instrumental in creating the electric Chicago blues sound. These 11 tracks were recorded in the mid-'60s by Down Beat magazine editor Pete Welding, and were previously released as Otis Spann's Chicago Blues on Testament Records. This reissue omits the solo Spann material from the original disc and highlights the group recordings featuring S.P. Leary, Johnny Young, James Cotton, Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters. While not as revolutionary as the records Spann played on with Muddy in the late '50s, you can't deny this lineup of seminal Chicago bluesmen doing what they did best.

Albert Ammons - 1939-1946 (1997) (Re-up)

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Albert Ammons - 1939-1946 (1997) (Re-up)

Albert Ammons - 1939-1946 (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 252 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 181 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Piano Blues/Jazz, Boogie-Woogie | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 927)

This CD offers three distinct periods in the development of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. Kicking off with solo tracks recorded in 1939 and 1944 for the Solo-Art and Commodore labels, the next batch follows him into a small-band format with Hop Lips Page practically stealing the show in his demonstrative style. The final ten selections emanate from Chicago sessions for Mercury - again with a small group - featuring vocals from Sippie Wallace and Mildred Anderson. Ammons was a giant in his chosen field of endeavor, and these sides make a marvelous addition to his too-short discography.