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BLUES CD STORE BLUESLETTER ‘Freedom’ – This minimag Bluesletter is FREE

ISSUE 212 To order Tel: 01296 634991

BLUES CD STORE FEATURED NEW RELEASES Although 2001’s Spirit Of The Century was The Blind Boys of Alabama's first release for Real World, these men were no spring chickens. The gospel group had been making records and singing live together since before the start of the Second World War, their experience and wisdom making this record something of an instant classic. Backed by something of an all-star band (Ben Harper, Danny Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammon), the ‘boys’ spiritedly tackle an imaginative range of material, including Tom Waits’ Jesus Gonna Be Here and an interesting Amazing Grace.

Blind Boys Of Alabama – Spirit Of The Century £9.99 Little Feat is a six-member powerhouse that carries on the group's tradition of deftly blending Rock, R&B and blues to create a jammin' blend of Americana that has earned accolades from critics, fellow musicians and fans alike for over four decades. Their new album, Rooster Rag features 10 brand new original songs plus two blues classics, one from Mississippi John Hurt and one from Willie Dixon. The result is a compelling album of funkified Feat guaranteed to please longtime fans and new ears.

Little Feat – Rooster Rag £12.99 Singer/songwriter/guitarist Dani Wilde is a passionate artist returnsing with her third solo CD, 'Juice Me Up'. The focus this time around is on meticulously arranged soul, funk and southern grooves, with Wilde – as always – further expanding her artistic horizons on a bold selection of original material and a pair of choice covers. Dani's brother Will Wilde, adds some blues harp sizzle to the Albert King inspired "Mississippi Kisses" And a horn section bolsters roughly half the album's 13 cuts.

Dani Wilde - Juice Me Up £12.99 The gold standard for raw-boned slide-fueled Chicago blues, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have spent the last 25 years recording critically acclaimed albums and playing thousands of butt-rockin’ shows all over the world. 'Jump Start' is jam-packed with Lil’ Ed’s incendiary slide playing and rough, passionate singing, as the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cook like mad alongside him. From frenetic boogies to heart-rending slow blues, there’s nothing lame and nothing tame.

Lil’ Ed And the Blues Imperials – Jump Start £13.50

Welcome to Bluesletter 212 Here is your new Bluesletter packed with great new releases and once again some very special offers. You may have noticed a sharp rise in the cost of postage stamps. At present we are not looking to increase the cost of postage but may look in the future at restructuring the way we charge the P&P. Our P&P is still good value especially if you buy more than one CD at a time and most of our customers do. Blues CD Store Summer Holidays 21st July – 14th August Please try and get your orders in as soon as possible as Blues CD Store will be closed for summer holidays from Saturday 21st July until Tuesday 14th August. Please accept our apologies as during this time we will not have any cover in the office. We will be travelling to the USA visiting New Orleans, Mississippi and seeing some musician friends in Chicago. A real blues holiday! Therefore you will need to get your order in to us in time for us to order in any CDs we haven’t got in stock and get them posted to you. We will do our best to complete everyone’s order before we go. The next Bluesletter will be posted in September but members will get an extra mailing during August. If you are still not a member, why not join? (details on page 8). Still only £20 for the first year and look at the great FREE CD we have this month (details further down this page). If you are going on holiday have a great time and postcards are always welcome. Who won The Rare John Mayall Piece Of Memorabilia? In Bluesletter 112, we were offering a chance to win a rare signed John Mayall vinyl album, ‘A Banquet In Blues’. How much is it worth? Could be the only one in the world - maybe priceless! All you had to do was place an order to be in with a chance of winning. We picked at random one of those good people who ordered by 30th April. And the winner is………..................John Wilson from Cumbria. Congratulations John Blues CD Store Members Competition

(To join the Members Club see details on page 8 )

We made the competition question in Bluesletter 112 a lot easier and low and behold we had a lot more entries and correct answers. The lucky winner was Mr Absolon of Selsey. He correctly stated that Cream was the band who’s song title appeared on the front cover of Bluesletter 112. He wins a Cream double CD (double cream is better than single ), Royal Albert Hall 2005 and an Eric Clapton & Friends DVD. Bluesletter 212 Member’s Competition. So here’s another easy question for those into blues rock. There is once again a song title on the front cover, on the left, in the header of this Bluesletter. Which ground breaking amazing guitarist played this song at The Isle Of Wight festival and it appeared as the first track on the second side of the original live album ‘Isle Of Wight’ released posthumously in 1971. You can either add the answer to your order form or tell us over the phone when you order. The winner will be selected at random from those with the correct answer and the prize is a pack of 10 blues/rock and rock CDs. The winner will be announced in the next Bluesletter. Remember only members can enter.


If you are not a member and want to buy this CD, the cost is £8.50

This is the last in a set of 4 compilation CDs showcasing all manner of blues songs by musicians you wouldn’t normally hear playing together or bands you wouldn’t associate with these songs. For example ‘Judgment Day’ played by The Pretty Things, ‘Man Of The World’ includes Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and Cream lyricist Pete Brown. Vocalist Maggie Bell and Big Jim Sullivan with ‘Blind Man’ and Mick Taylor and Pete Brown with ‘This Is Hip’. This series is for those who like their blues on the rock side and makes for great refreshing listening compared to some many compilations around. If you enjoy this CD, Volumes 1 -3 are available at £7.50 each to members and £8.50 each to non members.

If you are not a member and want to become one, please see page 8. Special introductory offer of £20 for the first year’s membership. An offer too good to refuse! (We reserve the right if necessary, to replace the free CD with one of equal value.)


New Releases / Recent Releases / Re Releases/ Forthcoming Releases Please note most of these releases are already available but some are to be released soon, either imminently or within the next few weeks. However occasionally release dates are put back and we have no control over this. We will always endeavor to get CDs/DVDs to you as soon as possible. Prices shown £0.00 are Blues CD Store Members Club price. You need to be a member to take advantage of these lower prices. Why not join when you order and you may be able to save money. Larry Miller – On The Edge £12.99 - In a world where there are plenty of guitar heroes you’ve never heard of being touted around as the next big thing, blues/rock guitarist Larry Miller is the real deal, having paid his dues on the live circuit. This new album is full of intense passion, power and exciting guitar playing with both rockers and ballads. Larry Miller claims to be a song writer foremost and this album is one hell of a listen, where the songs get equal billing with the guitar playing. Larry Miller really is on the edge of greater things as Classic Rock says “Why Isn’t he A Superstar” and Radio Caroline claimed after playing four tracks from the new album, “The new Gary Moore”. "Nine elegantly crafted compositions provide sturdy foundations for that deep, expressive soloing styled of his & we, for one, are sold. Blues-rock brilliance." Guitar & Bass. "As ever, the notes are wrenched from the heart, circuit honed chops & some superior original material.” Classic Rock "A rock album with blues undertones; and it's brilliant". Miller is a tremendous guitarist with a good voice. Very cool, very talented & very new" Classic Rock Society “Larry appeals to anyone with more than a passing interest in such six string gods as Rory Gallagher, Joe Bonamassa, and Gary Moore; yes he's in that self same league of gentlemen that legends are made of.” All ‘On The Edge’ CDs ordered before the 20th July will be signed by Larry. Also in stock: Unfinished Business / Outlaw Blues / Fearless / Larryocaster / Man On A Mission / Live And Loud. £12.99 each or any two for £24 (This deal excludes On the Edge). GIGS - Larry Miller is playing in July on 13th at Square & Compass, Ilminster, Somerset / 16th Jericho Tavern, Oxford / 21st Tunnels, Bristol / August 24th at General Henrys, Littlehampton followed by a host of gigs in September with a special Central London appearance on 5th October at The Borderline with special guest Cherry Lee Mewis and her band. Get tickets now as this show is expected to sell out. Online at or from Ticketweb 0844 847 2465 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Oli Brown – Here I Am £12.99 - The young man blues sensation. The rock 'n' roll alchemist who fires a bullet-belt of influences into the mix. The heart-onsleeve songwriter who bleeds onto the lyric sheet and solos like his soul is hardwired to his fingers. From ‘Thinking About Her's’ grooving ode to a seductress, past the desolate break-up blues of ‘All We Had To Give’, to the stinger missile ‘Solid Ground’ that features Paul Jones on harmonica. “Oli brings a freshness and excitement to every performance " Planet Rock Radio Also available: Heads I Win Tails You Lose £12.99 / Open Road £12.99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Walter Trout – Blues For The Modern Daze £12.75 - Walter Trout’s passionate new album cuts right to the core of his art and his heart. His 21st album returns the contemporary guitar legend to hard-core blues roots & finds his songwriting at a creative & personal zenith. “I thought it would be exciting to make a blues album now,” Trout explains. “I liked the idea of capturing the energy of my touring band playing live in the studio, and in terms of subject matter, the state of the world is perfect for writing blues songs”. My main inspiration for this album was the country bluesman Blind Willie Johns.” Also available: 12” 180gm vinyl as a Limited Edition 2 LP Set £18.99 + £2.50 P&P WE CAN SUPPLY ALL OF WALTER TROUT’S CDS. ORDER THE NEW CD OR ANY WALTER TROUT CD AND WE WILL ENTER YOU INTO A COMPETITION TO WIN A FRAMED SIGNED WALTER TROUT GIG FLYER. 3

Henrick Freischlader - Still Frame Replay £12.99 £11.99 Henrik Freischlader is a self-taught musician, a multi-instrumentalist and a composer. He loves the Blues. Motivated by Gary Moore, he made the guitar his main instrument. This is his latest album and is a blistering set of Blues with a hard edge that will delight his growing army of fans. “The CD opens with Joe Bonamassa on lead and it picks up from there. That's right, I said it: 'picks up from there'. Don’t get me wrong – the Bonamassa track is incredible, as is his playing. But Freischlader is a phenomenon! He ably moves the CD into overdrive, with taste and playing skills that equal if not surpass his distinguished guest. Fact is, Freischlader is Germany’s secret weapon – a blues-rock guitar powerhouse with virtuosity and taste that makes one think of Hendrix or Winter shot full of Satrianilike chops. Unbelievable is an understatement. He and his band never fail to amaze, on each and every one of their CDs. And this is among his best endeavors. Guitar enthusiasts rejoice!" - Steven J. Rosen (Author - Guitar Player, Guitar World, Rolling Stone). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Warren Haynes Band - Live At The Moody Theatre 2 CD + DVD £14.99 - A stunning 2-disc CD/DVD package capturing the band's blazing performance in Austin, TX late last year. The 2.5-hour show, shot in HD and recorded in 5.1 audio, features several cuts from Haynes’ Grammy-nominated, ‘Man In Motion’ as well as Hendrix’s ‘Spanish Castle Magic’, Steely Dan’s ‘Pretzel Logic’, Sam Cooke’s classic ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, Warren’s live staple ‘Soulshine’ and more. Guests include the Groove Line horns and 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian McLagan of The Faces. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joe Bonamassa – Driving Towards Daylight £11.99 - His 13th album sees him return to what he does best; roots blues delivered with rock'n'roll guts. Recorded in Vegas and featuring Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford among other collaborators, ‘Driving Towards the Daylight’ features covers of classic artists such as Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson as well as five new songs from Bonamassa himself. 12” Vinyl version great cover £14.99 + £2.50 P&P. Also in stock and available: CDs £11.99 each - Blues Deluxe / So It’s Like This / Dust Bowl / Black Rock / John Henry / Sloe Gin/ You & Me / New Day Yesterday/ New Day Yesterday Live. Beacon Theatre DVD (normal or Blu ray) £16.99 / Black Rock 12” Vinyl £15.99. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eddie Martin With His Big Blues Band - Looking Forward Looking Back £13.99 - Martin has a reputation for updating blues traditions with wit, skill and energy. On “Looking Forward Looking Back” he returns to the Electric Blues Guitar Pioneers for his inspiration. Stepping aside from Blues-Rock with its Hendrix/Ray Vaughn starting points, he has looked further back, studied, and with new songs, sought to breathe new life into Big Band Blues. “I love the humour and stinging guitar of Johnny Guitar Watson, the guitar innovation and suave sophistication of Big Band T Bone Walker and the spontaneity and blistering slide of Elmore James. And I love the fantastic horn arrangements of all three” said Eddie in a recent interview. These are exactly the qualities of this all-original 14-track release. Above all, there are memorable songs aplenty. The title track itself is a stand- out with its gospel-tinged emotion, soulful guitar and Everyman song-smith craftsmanship. Most of Eddie Martin’s 12 previous albums are available. Please ask for a list. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 24 Pesos - When The Ship Goes Down £12.75 £11.99 - 24 Pesos have a unique and energetic take on the blues that has put them at the forefront of the new Blues scene in the UK. They play original music, with a deep understanding of the Blues history, virtuoso instrumentation, a joyous groove, real songs and enough energy to bring the house down. Drawing from influences as diverse as Sly Stone, The Meters, James Brown, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Derek Trucks Band, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits and The Roots. All tracks were recorded live to capture the real band sound, spontaneity, excitement and vibe. The tracks were then developed in the band’s own studio. Groovin’, powerful, raw and rockin’, this is very much a crossover album. Also available: Busted, Broken And Blue £12.75. 4

Royal Southern Brotherhood £13.50 - Right now, in 2012, there's something in the air, as The Royal SouthernBrotherhood drag their thrilling new brand of blues-rock and white-hot musicianship from the Southern States onto the world stage. With a lineup comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville, percussion master and perhaps the South's last great soul singer and Devon Allman, as the son of Gregg Allman, has rock 'n' roll in his DNA. Also included in the lineup is Mike Zito, the blues ace whose ear for melody provides the counterpoint to his wingman's rocking tendencies. The South is rising again! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Billy Walton Band – Crank It Up £12.99 - The Billy Walton Band hail from New Jersey U.S.A. Guitarist Billy Walton also plays with the legendary Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and is a highly respected guitarist and vocalist. Their 3rd CD “Crank It Up”, is guitar driven but the sound is not too far from those New Jersey roots with great saxophone playing from Richie Taz and suble keyboards throughout driven along by the rhythm section of William Paris and Johnny D’Angelo. Also in stock: The 2009 album Neon City which was given a glowing review by Blues CD Store and we have just 4 copies left, signed by Billy Walton £12.99 each. Not available else where in the UK. When they’re gone, that’ll be it – finito! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Paul Lamb & The King Snakes – The Games People Play £9.99 - Live album recorded in Bern Switzerland from 2 sets and Kinross Blues Festival Scotland from 2 sets Featuring original material and great blues covers of classic songs by Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Joe South, Lee Dorsey and Roosevelt Sykes. Track Listing: Got A Woman/Fulsom Prison / Let Me In / Come To The Conclusion / Summertime / Depressing Recession / Easy / Black Jack Game / Games People Play / Ida Mae / Mind Games / Ya Ya Blues / Midnight Special. Also in stock: Live At 100 Club £4.99 / John Henry Jumps In £7.99 / Whoopin’ £7.99 / Mind Games £9.50She’s A Killer £7.99 / Snakes & Ladders (Recorded live in 2006) £11.99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sonny Landreth – Elemental Jounrney £13.50 £12.75 - The Louisiana slide wizard's 11th album is something completely different, his first all-instrumental outing and his most adventurous work to date. Elemental Journey features guest stars handpicked by Landreth himself, including Joe Satriani who delivers an astonishing solo on track one, and Eric Johnson. The album blossoms with unexpected yet seamless juxtapositions with Spanish atmospherics enwrapped with visceral bursts of rock and jazz, along with Jamaican inspired grooves and Zydeco romancing classical. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Mayer – Born & Raised £11.99 – This album moves John Mayer forward through his musical journey and explores some new territory through well crafted singer/songwriter type songs. This is rock (on the lighter side) and the influences range from The Black Crowes through to Neil Young and The Allmans. If you are looking for something a bit different with good songs then worth a try. It will grow on you. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ZZ Top – Live In Germany £11.50 - Recorded in 1980 in Essen, Germany for the Rockpalast TV. Hot on the heels of their ‘Deguello’ album (which features heavily), the show epitomising their ‘lil’ ol’ blues band from Texas’ nickname. Complimented by tracks drawn predominantly from their ‘Tres Hombres’ and ‘Fandango!’ albums, this is a true best of ZZ Top in the seventies. Packed with early classics including: ‘La Grange’, ‘Tush’, ‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’, ‘Cheap Sunglasses’, ‘and more. Also available: Live In Germany DVD £12.99 / Live in Texas DVD £13.50. Great prices on ZZ Top albums at present. Enquire for a list. RJ Mischo - Make It Good £14.99 £13.50 - Prepare yourself for some big blues and a little rock 'n roll, on what adds up to one of RJ Mischo's toughest sounding and most satisfying ventures yet. This is RJ Mischo's 10th release and he makes good on the promise of that title by delivering a high-octane original album backed by a formidable stable of talent featuring Austin's foremost blues elite. 5

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody’s Talkin £13.50 - Tedeschi Trucks Band release their first live album, Everybody’s Talkin'. Led by one of the most dynamic husband-wife teams in popular music, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, the 11-piece ensemble is the ultimate big band for lovers of rock and delta blues that also pays homage to the far-ranging influences of funk, gospel, jazz and world music. Contains 11 tracks featuring versions of tunes from Revelator with added details, that takes them a notch higher than the studio originals. Other songs reveal the group’s affection for a wide range of soulful forebears, including Stevie Wonder (“Uptight”), Muddy Waters (“Rollin’ And Tumblin’”), Bill Withers (“Kissin’ My Love”), Bobby Bland (“That Did It”). Also available: Revelator £12.99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Laurence Jones - Thunder In The Sky £12.99 £11.99 - Laurence Jones and his Band play a blend of the rocking blues with a groovy and catchy modern edge. Laurence is being talked about as of one of the new up and coming UK Blues Guitarists. Laurence started playing the classical guitar at the age of 8 and in 2006 he started to play the electric guitar and was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Tony Mcphee, B.B King, Gary More and Albert Collins. A really good debut from another young talented guitarist. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Andy Drudy Disorder – The Blues Civilisation £6.75 - The Andy Drudy Disorder takes the timehonoured traditions of guitar-based blues, mangling and twisting the form into a modern context, with a contemporary urban undercurrent. The music takes the best of each, and renders a powerful mix of timewarped sonic that drags the idiom into the 21st Century. The grit in the voice, the pungent hooks and earthy narratives punctuated by smart guitar, demand repeated listens and a fresh bottle of bourbon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rob Tognoni - Energy Red £13.99 - Tasmanian Rob Tognoni delivers a 100% powerfully charged experience with every performance. After 30 years his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues & festivals as well as gaining many fans of hard blues rock worldwide. Energy Red” contains 9 original tracks, as well as 4 covers from The Marshall Tucker Band, Crowded House, Rolling Stones & Australian bluesrock legends, Chain. A real boogie-rock oriented CD, full of ideas and inventiveness. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Omar & The Howlers - I’m Gone £15.99 £14.99 - This is Omar Dykes’ 50th anniversary CD and the first Omar & the Howlers release with new material since Boogie Man in 2004. Omar’s diverse musical roots are show-cased on each track, with all songs being written by Dykes except I’m Mad Again by John Lee Hooker. Omar says, “I wanted to put out a CD with rockabilly, country, and everything I like on it--- genres of music that I grew up with.” Also in Stock: Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - On the Jimmy Reed Highway £12.99 / Omar & the Howlers - Essential Collection 2 CD Set £13.50. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rick Estrin And The Nightcats – One Wrong Turn £13.50 - Award-winning harp player, songwriter and vocalist Estrin and his band The Nightcats make a wholly unique blend of cutting edge blues and roots rock that sparkles with sly, savvy songs and world-class musicianship. This is a new collection of wry, irreverent songs brought to life by electrifying performances, as Estrin & The Nightcats cruise effortlessly from the jaunty tiki-rock of “D.O.G.” to the low-down shuffle “Callin’ All Fools,” and from the New Orleans R&B groove of “Movin’ Slow” to the deranged surf music splendor of “The Legend Of Taco Cobbler.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Earl Green & The Right Time – Live At Bronte Blues Club £12.99 – The band is led by one of the UK’s finest vocalists. The velvety/soul tinged vocals of Earl Green effortlessly blend into The Right Time who have an understanding about the blues unlike so many British bands. This isn’t raw blues but their sound has a soulful sophistication about it and portrays exactly what Earl and the band do live across the UK. Listen to the CD, get into the groove and you’ll have a right good time! 6

Eddie Taylor Jr - So Called Friends - His Best 15 Songs £12.99 - The son of the late great Eddie Taylor, the legendary Big Town Playboy and creator of the Jimmy Reed Sound, Eddie Taylor Jr. has inherited his extraordinary talent from his father. “So Called Friends” features Eddie Taylor Jr. playing his 15 best songs including 5 newly recorded songs with Otis Rush’s guitar player, Antony Palmer, piano player Roosevelt Purifoy and Eddie’s brother Tim on drums. This is no funk-blues, no soulblues, just the real deal – original Chicago blues at his best. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Larry Garner - Blues for Sale £13.99 - Guitarist, singer & songwriter, Larry Garner, delivers another exceptional distillation of everyday blues. With ten albums to his credit and thousands of blues miles travelled, Larry is no doubt one of the most gifted blues artists of his generation. “Blues For Sale” proves that Larry has his finger on the pulse of the people. He still exemplifies what a true bluesman is all about and in the high tech over-produced blues world that we live in, Larry has managed to find that happy medium. Born in New Orleans, in 1952, and raised in Baton Rouge, Larry Garner was influenced by Slim Harpo, Jimmy Reed, gospel music, and later Jimi Hendrix and sixties rock music, while developing his distinctive roots-based style. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eddie C. Campbell - Spider Eating Preacher - feat. Lurrie Bell £12.99 - This is the solid new album by Chicago blues legend Eddie C. Campbell and it's a family affair. Eddie & his wife Barbara's musical partnership is in full blossom as Barbara plays bass on six songs. Barbara learned the authentic Chicago blues bass ‘bump’ from Eddie! Spider Eating Preacher’ features 12 new original compositions, including the title track, a song about Barbara's blindness. Their son, David, plays violin on two songs - and top guitarist Lurrie Bell is on board. Eddie is Lurrie Bell's godfather, and this is the first time they've recorded together since the teenage Lurrie played bass on the title track on Eddie's classic 1977 album ‘King of the Jungle’. Eddie and Lurrie both play guitar & harp here. This is Eddie's follow-up to ‘Tear This World Up’ which was a finalist for Album of the Year in the 2010 Blues Music Awards. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lightnin' Guy - Plays Hound Dog Taylor £13.99 - Lightnin' Guy, winner of the Belgium Blues Challenge, is one of the hardest working performers on the Belgian blues & roots scene. With this album he pays tribute to his slide guitar hero & inspiration by playing Hound Dog Taylor’s music in the same setting and with the same energy as he did. This album is a perfect alternative to recapturing the magic of a Hound Dog Taylor concert. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sharon Lewis - The Real Deal - with Billy Branch & Dave Specter £12.99 Sharon Lewis received high praise for her Delmark debut in 2007 as a special guest vocalist with Dave Specter on Live in Chicago. Born in Fort Worth, Texas Sharon's earliest musical experience was as a member of a gospel choir. She moved to Chicago permanently in 1975 and became active on the Chicago blues scene in the early 90s. In 2005 Sharon formed her own band, Texas Fire. The Real Deal features new Sharon Lewis original songs and a few covers of songs like Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Rockin' Johnny Band – Grim Reaper £12.99 - This album features many new original compositions. The Rockin' Johnny Band has been one of Chicago's most loved blues bands since 1995. They play modern Chicago blues, but also ventures into funk, rock, and swing. 7

Scrapomatic – I'm A Stranger (And I Love The Night) £13.50 - Scrapomatic are led by Mike Mattison and Paul Olsen and feature Atlanta guitarist Dave Yoke. A captivating array of original and provocative American music, furthers the band’s distinctive forays into eerie swamp blues, wistful romantic soul, and hard crunching rock and roll, all with a compelling or poignant story to tell. Minneapolis natives, Mattison, who also performs with the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Olsen, an award winning New York songwriter and producer, are backed by the tight knit rhythm section of Ted Pecchio and Tyler Greenwell, veterans of Susan Tedeschi and Col. Bruce Hampton’s bands, among others special guests. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jake La Botz - The Devil Lives In My Throat £12.99 - "Blues man Jake La Botz came up the rightproper,hard way: a teen renegade on the streets of Chicago, exploring the rich, deep blues tradition as a street singer and beside Delta-blues originator "Honeyboy" Edwards. For the last several years Jake has become known for his Tattoo Across America Tour where he performs at tattoo shops. "Jake is the modern day Hank Williams." --Steve Buscemi (Actor-Director) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Franck Goldwasser - Can't Raise Me £12.99 - Franck received plenty of exposure while playing with Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Mitch Woods and many other local heroes. After fronting his own band he went on to become one of the key members in the Mannish Boys. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JW Jones – Seventh Hour £12.99 £11.99 - JW plays in the tradition of blues greats like Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack, Ronnie Earl, and Jimmie Vaughan. He can rock, too, although rock/blues is not his thing. JW wrote most of the tunes on this new album plus covers of Roy Orbison and Little Milton songs. Without ever sounding old-fashioned, JW is mixing his blues roots with rock guitar sounds from the 1960s. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Colin Linden - Still Live £13.50 - This is Colin's twelfth solo album and his first live record after thirty years. There are eleven Linden songs on the album plus 'Who's Been Talking', his tribute to Howlin' Wolf, recorded in a small club in Nashville. He's a musician's musician, performing in a class of his own, often compared with contemporaries like Ry Cooder or David Lindley. Colin is a talented songwriter and a firstrate slide guitar player with a deep, mellow tone. His picking technique is exceptional and sophisticated with unexpected twists and tunings. This little live record is doing justice to Colin Linden, one of the finest slide guitar players, worldwide!

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New And Reissued Live Releases Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band - Live £13.99 - This is an exclusive live CD of Jack Bruce's performance on the 19.03.2012 at the Stables in Milton Keynes. Featuring the best of the Jack Bruce’s performances, this 2CD live recording is presented in exclusive packaging with bespoke artwork. This recording perfectly captures the electric atmosphere of the night created by Jack Bruce and his Blues band and the loyal fan base which made up his audience on the night. This CD features 16 tracks from Jack Bruce’s highly successful career which has been going strong for nearly half a century! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Michael Bloomfield With Nick Gravenites And Al Kooper - Blues At The Fillmore 1968 - 1969 £16.75 Ten electrifying and rare performances from Michael Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites and Al Kooper, drawn together on one enthralling release. This remarkable collection of organic electric blues, with added jazz and modal flavours, highlights Bloomfield's playing in its full radiant glow. The late, great Bloomfield is recognised as one of the finest and most influential blues guitarists that America has ever produced. Bloomfield and renowned producer / keyboardist Al Kooper and Bloomfield and singer / songwriter Nick Gravenites, a respected bluesman in his own right, cut a number of incendiary performances at Bill Graham's Fillmore(s) West and East between 1968 and 1969. The track 'It's My Own Fault' features a young and hungry Johnny Winter as guest guitarist. Bloomfield's exhilarating playing throughout unites everything in sheer sonic delight. 77 minutes of quality audio with detailed notes and color booklet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Magic Sam - Live 1969 Raw Blues! £11.50 £10.50 – This live recording was made five months before Magic Sam passed away in 1969. The recording quality isn’t perfect but what you can experience from this show is Sam in a small club, playing as if it was for the last time. Recorded live in Berkley California. Check out his intense version of Freddie King’s classic Hideaway. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joe Louis Walker - Live at Slim’s Volumes 1 & 2 £11.99 - Great value two CD set from the vaults of Hightone Records. Without a doubt, one of the most exciting artists of the contemporary Blues scene, guitarist Joe Louis Walker has glowed like a shining beacon since the release in 1986 of his debut album. ‘Live at Slim’s Volume 1’ features Huey Lewis on harp and a duet with Angela Strehli, on the old Fontella Bass rocker ‘Don’t Mess up a Good Thing’. ‘Volume Two’ again features Huey Lewis on harp, on Walkers version of Haskell Sadlers ‘747’. Also in stock: Live on The Legendry Rhythm & Blues Cruise £12.99 / Between A Rock And The Blues. £12.99. Or buy both for only £20 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Johnny Winter - Live Bootleg Series Vol. 8 £14.75 £13.99 - Fortunately for Johnny Winter’s huge fan base, Johnny has captured a lot of his concerts on tape over the many decades and here’s the latest installment of the chart topping Live Bootleg Series. For Johnny Winter’s Live Bootleg Series Volume 8, the artist surely becomes his instrument in some incredibly guitar shredding live performances. The blues wielding axeman steps out with super extended workouts on concert classics like his masterful version of the Freddie King classic Tore Down, fan favorite Give It Back and a super long jam on the classic Have You Ever Loved A Woman. Always paying homage to his fellow bluesmen, Johnny also dug far back into his archives for two super rare performances of his favorite Elmore James’ classics Stranger Blues and Done Somebody Wrong. Always an astute master of the blues rock genre, Johnny closes out the album with an incredibly rockin’ interpretation of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven. Also in stock: The Progressive Blues Experiment £9.99 / Johnny Winter with bonus tracks £9.99 Live At Rockpalast 1979 2CD Set £18.99. We have one copy reduced to £13.99 – first one gets it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Climax Blues Band - World Tour 1976 £13.99 £12.99 - Recorded Live in Concert at Nottingham University in 1976, while promoting their Top10 hit single ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’ and their massive ‘Gold Plated’ album. Mastered direct from the original Radio station tape recordings. Previously unreleased / fully authorised by the band. Climax Blues Band, were already an established exciting blues rock band when the hot summer of 1976 arrived. 10

Blues & Blues/Rock & Rock DVDs - New & Recent Releases The Zombies, The Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios (DVD + CD) £13.99 A scintillating live show from a legendary group, mixed for release by founder member Rod Argent. Featuring half a dozen songs from one of the most highly regarded albums of the 60s - Odessey & Oracle; plus hits like She's Not There, What Becomes Of the Broken Hearted and Hold Your Head Up Deluxe digipack with 12-page illustrated booklet and detailed liner notes. Region 0 DVD in 16.9 PAL format with DTS 5.1 Surround Sound ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wishbone Ash - Live From London DVD £13.99 - Featuring hits from over a decade of albums. Formed in 1969 Wishbone Ash are credited with being one of the first ever bands to use twin lead guitars. The eponymous jazzy/bluesy/rocky debut album ‘Wishbone Ash’ was released in 1970. However their 3rd album Argus proved to be the biggest chart success of all of Wishbone’s albums, reaching number 3 in the UK album charts and is regarded as the band’s most accomplished work. It was named “Album Of The Year” in the 1972 year-end issue of Sounds magazine and also ‘Top British Album’ by Melody Maker. Also in stock: Wishbone Ash Argus DVD – the story of making the album only £3.99 or buy any two DVDs on this page and we’ll give you it FREE! If you want a list of Wishbone Ash CDs, let us know. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Alexis Korner & Friends -Live from London DVD £13.99 - Considered the father of British rhythm and blues, Alexis Korner’s influence on a generation of musicians should never be underestimated. This superb concert performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Marquee Club in London and recorded as part of the “Live From London” series, is testament to Korner’s talents and pulling power as he is joined on stage by some famous friends including Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ruby Turner to name but a few. Tracks include How Long Blues, Blue Monday, Hoochie Coochie Man and more! This DVD has been available previously on a different label and is now deleted. It had the added bonus video of a performance by old bluesman Fury Lewis. We actually still have a limited amount of these DVDs in stock at a knock down price of £6.99. Hurry only while stocks last. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Martyn - Live From The Camden Palace DVD £9.99 - Considered a great – a musician’s musician capable of playing soul-searching guitar and a hugely talented singer-songwriter. Accompanied by Foss Paterson (keyboards), Jeff Allen (drums) and Danny Cummings (percussion) this 60 minute concert. Goes to highlight the remarkable skills of a man who left us behind all too soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nils Lofgren- Live At The Town & Country Club, London DVD £9.99 - A multi-talented musician and songwriter, this sell-out concert recorded at London’s Town and Country Club sees Lofgren at his very best performing much of his own material including Secrets In The Street, Keith Don’t Go and I Came To Dance. Snowy White - Live From London DVD £9.99 Recorded in 1984 at the Camden Palace, acclaimed guitarist Snowy White sings and strums his way through all his greatest hits including Bird Of Paradise, Lucky Star and Broken Promises. He’s played as a member of Thin Lizzy and with Pink Floyd but his guitar roots are in the blues. Also CDs in stock : Snowy White (self titled) +bonus tracks / White Flames £9.99 ea. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11

Acoustic Blues, Electric Roots And More - New & Recent Releases Hat Fitz & Cara - Wiley Ways £13.50 - This dynamic duo is a unique combination who have skilfully combined their music of hill style country blues with old time folk, the result being material that's original yet crosses the boundaries as if written from a time once forgotten. Such is their attention to detail they have neen banging bed pans, packing Cigarette box Pedals into old leather glad bags for that sought after sound. Now they want to share this personal experience of their scrawls and ramblings they have created late into the many early hours from their shed in the bush and long dark nights on the road with the rest of the world. "Hat Fitz and Cara make beautiful, raw, exciting music that never fails to grab me" - Jeff Lang. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Martyn - Remembering John Martyn 2 CD Set £9.99 - Double CD from the recently deceased John Martyn finds him performing some of his greatest tracks live and in the studio between 1975 and 1993. Track Listing: CD1: Big Muff / Look At The Girl / Fine Lines / Lookin On / Head And Heart / Johnny Too Bad / The Moment / Bless The Weather / Mad Dog Days / Pascanel / Ways To Cry / Couldn't Love You More / Never Let Me Go CD2: One Day Without You / Outside In / I'd Rather Be The Devil / Man In The Station / My Baby Girl / Make No Mistake / Over The Hill / Easy Blues / Dealer / You Can Discover / Spencer The Rover / Black Man At Your Shoulder. Also available: Solid Air ( John Martyn’s iconic 70’s album) £8.75 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rory Block – I Belong To The Band (tribute To Rev. Gary Davis) £13.50 £12.99 Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide.” The Blues Foundation . Rory Block is the most acclaimed female acoustic blues artist. This is the latest project in Block’s “Mentor Series” in which she pays homage to the blues artists that shaped her inimitable style. Rory pays tribute to the legendary blues/folk/gospel artist Rev. Gary Davis who she met in NY while accompanying Stefan Grossman to guitar lessons. The liner notes contain excerpts from Block’s autobiography, When A Woman Gets The Blues (available from Blues CD Store at £13.50 + £2.50 P&P) , in which she recalls sitting in on some guitar lessons with Grossman, and a time when Davis made the arduous climb up to visit them. Also available: Shake 'm On Down, a tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell £13.99 / Blues Walkin' Like a Man: A Tribute To Son House £13.99 / The Lady And Mr. Johnson £12.50. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Otis Taylor Recapturing the Banjo £9.99 - Bluesman Otis Taylor sheds new light on the historical roots of the banjo that go back to the ngoni of West Africa. This reissue of a recording from 2008 features riveting performances by Taylor along with some of the most accomplished banjo players on the current blues/roots music scene: Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb' Mo' and Don Vappie. “Definitely one of the must-hear records of the year.” The Times “A fine celebration of the instrument's roots in Africa.” – Uncut. Also in stock: Definition of A Circle £13.75. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sister Rosetta Tharpe - The One and Only Queen of Hot Gospel £11.99 - Glorious album including the never-before released hilarious recording of her public wedding ceremony conducted by fellow gospel star Reverend Kelsey before an audience of 25,000 fans in Washington DC. A must have for all Tharpe fans! Compiled by writer and broadcaster Michael Pointon. Also in stock: Precious Memories £13.99 / Shout, Sister, Shout – A Tribute to Sister Rosette Tharpe £14.99 - featuring some of the best in blues including Marcia Ball, Rory Block, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Odetta, Janis Ian, The Holmes Brothers.


Traditional Blues And Associated Traditional Music - New & Recent Releases Chuck Jackson's Big Bad Blues Band – A Cup Of Joe - A Tribute To Big Joe Turner £13.50 - Legendary Canadian blues crooner, Chuck Jackson cleverly pays tribute to Big Joe Turner on his new album, 'A Cup of Joe'. Featuring twelve of Turner’s most widely known hits including “Corrine Corrina,” “Cherry Red,” and “Lipstick, Powder & Paint,” the album expertly navigates the waters of blues and early rock and roll. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - Lonesome Whistle – An Anthology Of American Railroad Song 4 CD Set £16.99 £15.99 - 100 track collection celebrating the impact the railroad had on USA's population. The cross-section of genres perfectly illustrate the impact the railways had on the movement, sound, and consciousness of musicians from all strands of folk and roots music of the USA. Tracks from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and some of the obscure roots musicians. Included are rare photos and discographical information. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various - Juke Joints 3 - 4 CD Set £18.99 - How this music was meant to be heard-juke box style. A mix of jumping, rocking, downhome and honking blues!! The two previous JSP box sets of juke joint blues have been steady and continuous sellers. Slim Harpo, Jerry McCain, Lazy Bill Lucas, Buddy Chiles-the legends and the obscurities alongside each other, all making terrific two and a half minute records. Also available: JSP Jook Box Blues 4CD Set £18.99 / Juke Joint Blues 2 - 2CD Set £14.99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Etta James - The Essential Recordings 2 CD Set £7.99 £6.99 - The undisputed Queen of Chess Records, Etta James, will be forever remembered as one of Blues' finest singers. This compilation contains many of Etta's most important performances, like 'All I Could Do Was Cry,' 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' and the legendary 'At Last,' which are the very epitome of the power of the female voice in Blues. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - 40 Delta Blues Gems 2 CD Set £7.99 £6.99 - The Mississippi Delta was home to key artists such as Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters and many more. These musicians inspired a whole generation of Rock bands, such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, and Led Zeppelin. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - Essential Chess Blues 2 CD Set £6.99 - This compilation includes classic Chess Records cuts, featuring the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and more. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ T Bone Walker - The Imperial Blues Years 2 CD Set £6.99 - 2CDs featuring the best of T Bone Walker's material from his Imperial years- not to be missed by fans with all tracks digitally remastered for optimum listening. Also in stock: Midnight Blues £6.99 / Swinging The Blues – 22 early tracks – low price £4.75 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Amos Milburn - Rockin' And Drinkin' – Greatest Hits And More 2 CD Set £11.99 - Amos Milburn was a boogie woogie pianist and blues balladeer. This 50 track 2CD set features every one of his Billboard R&B chart hits and includes classic and influential songs such as: “Chicken Shack Boogie”, “Bad Bad Whiskey” and “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer”. This is a must for blues fans and of course the man himself! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Charles Brown - The Cool Cool Blues Of Charles Brown - All-time Classic Hits 2 CD Set £11.99 50 fantastic tracks across 2CDs featuring fifteen of his billboard R&B chart hits between 1945-1961, including: “So Long”, “More Than You Know” and “Merry Christmas Baby” which was revived by Elvis Presley. Plus let’s not forget “Driftin’ Blues” which has been recorded time and time again. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Higher Ground £10.75 £9.99 - The Blind Boys of Alabama started singing together way, way back in 1938. A mere 64 years later, the gospel group recorded this phenomenal set. Higher Ground is a gutsy, impassioned offering, shot through with gospel fervour and soulful intensity. The boys are aided by Robert Randolph’s blowtorch pedal steel guitar. 13

Albums Re Released Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges - Born To Be Blue £13.50 - Born in 1963 Eugene is the son of the blues guitarist Hideaway Slim. His mother was from the Bullock family- that same family as Anna Mae Bullock- better known as Tina Turner. The original release of Born to Blue coincided with Eugene winning his first award Vocalist of the Year in Britain’s Blueprint magazine. 2012 sees Eugene nominated again, this year in three categories including Soul Blues Album and Soul Blues Artist. Eugene has now firmly established himself as truly international bluesman Also in stock: Rock And A Hard Place (2011) / Jump the Joint (2003) £12.99 each ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ZZ Top – Original Album Series £15.99 – Rhino presents five classic ZZ Top albums: Deguello, Eliminator, Fandango, Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres as a box set. Great value at just over £3 an album. Also in stock: Rancho Texicano – The Very Best Of ZZ Top 2 CD Set £11.99. Great prices on ZZ Top albums at present. Enquire for a list of titles and low prices. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ten Years After - About Time £11.75 £10.99 - This 1989 album was the final studio album released featuring Alvin Lee, their singer and most prominent songwriter since the band's creation. It was also their first studio release in fifteen years (since Positive Vibrations in 1974). Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chicken Shack - 100 Ton Chicken £13.50 In the late '60s, they were purveying a more traditional brand of Chicago blues, heavily influenced by Freddie King. Although guitarist Stan Webb took most of the songwriting and vocal duties, Christine Perfect also took lead vocals and had song writing credits. '100 Ton Chicken' was released in November 1969. Also in stock: Stan Webb Jersey Lightning £7.99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Louisiana Red - Always Played The Blues £13.50 - Stunning studio set newly remixed and repackaged after the recent sad death of this iconic electric bluesman. Louisiana Red was a master of the Delta to Chicago electric blues style. He brought to this studio date a bunch of brand new, very personal songs and his best playing. Added to that is piano player Jon Cleary, making this a true meeting of musical legends, a superb rhythm section and the best studio sound. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - The Songs of Willie Dixon £9.99 –1998 album paying tribute to Willie Dixon, one of the blues' greatest songwriters. Featuring leading blues artists such as Tab Benoit, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Ronnie Earl, Eddie Kirkland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Deborah Coleman and John Mooney. Also in stock: Willie Dixon Story 4 CD Set £14.99 / Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man £7.99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Blues Band – Ready £11.99 - Driving, rockin’ blues and R&B, energetically delivered by this legendary powerhouse outfit, dominate these 12 original tracks, serving up the blues just the way you like it. 5 Bonus tracks are included on this CD, including the extra track featured on the UK release of the LP, plus the A & Bsides of the 2 singles from the same period. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Blues Band - Itchy Feet £11.99 £7.59 - 12 track set of Blues standards and original compositions, first released in 1981. Includes 9 bonus tracks: 7 out-takes from the ‘Itchy Feet’ sessions; a recording from the period - intended as a Paul Jones single, but never released; plus ‘Green Stuff’ (live). This is low down, dirty, moody blues with wailing harmonica and deep throaty vocals. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Roy Buchanan - Roy Buchanan/Second Album £12.99 - Roy was one of the most soulful masters of the electric guitar. He pioneered the use of controlled harmonics as used by Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Includes the amazing ‘The Messiah Will Come Again’ and Tribute To Elmore James 14

Various Artists - Preachin' the Blues: The Music of Mississippi Fred McDowell £9.99 - In celebration of Fred McDowell's legacy, twelve leading figures in contemporary blues - including Charlie Musselwhite, Tab Benoit, Sue Foley and Steve James - came together to record this 2002 tribute album. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - In the Pocket: A Taste of Blues Harmonica £9.99 £8.99 2002 compilation of tracks featuring the harmonica. Assembled from the Telarc Blues catalogue, this collection contains some of the best harp players and performances in blues today. Included are tracks by James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Ray Norcia, Billy Branch Junior Wells, Annie Raines, Pinetop Perkins, Kenny Neal and Jerry Portnoy. Various Artists - Down the Dirt Road: The Songs of Charley Patton £9.99 £8.99 2001 album paying tribute to Charley Patton and featuring Snooky Pryor, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, and Graham Parker . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - The Blues White Album £9.99 - 2002 album of blues artists refashioning the original songs from The Beatles seminal ‘The White Album’. Among the contemporary blues artists featured are Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers ("Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"), Lucky Peterson ("Yer Blues"), Chris Duarte ("I'm So Tired") and Charlie Musselwhite ("Dear Prudence"). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - Blues on Blonde on Blonde £9.99 - Nearly forty years after the debut of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’, Telarc released this 2003 album, a collection of some of the finest artists on the contemporary blues scene paying musical tribute to the pivotal recording that blended blues, country, rock and folk and marked the zenith of Dylan's electric period. Featured artists include Eric Bibb, Joe Louis Walker, Cyril Neville and Sean Costello. Some of the performances could be considered straight-ahead blues, while others fall into related categories like early jazz, folk, soul and zydeco. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Various Artists - Bar Room Blues: £9.99 - 12 tracks culled from Telarc's extensive blues catalogue this 2004 compilation features 12 drinking ditties, poured and served by a cadre of top blues artists. Tommy Castro, Charlie Musselwhite, Tab Benoit, Jimmy Thackery, Bob Margolin and several others. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Groundhogs - Hogwash £11.75 - The band's sixth album for Liberty/UA Records, from 1972. Clive Brooks from Egg replaced long-time drummer Ken Pustelnik on this album, which musically is a continuation of their Blues Rock with the addition of a mellotron to vary the sound. Digitally remastered. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tab Benoit – Wetlands £9.99 - Blues guitarist Tab Benoit, born and raised in Louisiana, On this reissue of his 2002 debut recording for Telarc, the contemporary bluesman pays tribute to his roots as he incorporates the Cajun and Zydeco elements that are embedded in the Louisiana blues story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Junior Brown - Live at the Continental Club £9.99 - Reissue of a 2005 line recording by Junior Brown who is armed with his unique Guit-steel - an otherworldly double-necked machine that marries the six stringed guitar with its steel counterpart. He blasts through twelve tracks that mix the best of country, blues, TexMex, Western swing, rock and roll and countless other shades of electrified American music. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Robin Trower - For Earth Below / Live £12.99 £11.99 - Originally released in 1975. Sleevenote by Robert Fripp 'Live' recorded at Stockholm Concert Hall for the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Robin Trower - Twice Removed From Yesterday £11.75 - Trower’s first solo album from 1973 made the US Top 200 Albums. The power trio features James Dewar on bass and Reg Isidore on drums. Trower had a string of chart success on both side of the Atlantic and is still recording and gigging to this day. Digitally remastered and slip-cased, and with new notes by Mick Clarke. 15

GREAT CD PRICES !!! SOME ARE LIMITED AVAILABILITY SO BE QUICK Eric Clapton – Tribute To Elmore 2 CD Set Only £4.99- Features early recordings with John Mayall’s Blueslbrealers, The Yardbirds and Jimmy Page. Eric Clapton – The Blues Roots Of £3.99 – 12 tracks from 60’s Eric, studio and live inc ‘Stormy Monday’ and ‘Big Boss Man’ plus an interesting ‘Early In the Morning’ arranged by Ginger Baker. John Mayall – Stories £6.50 – This 2002 original album has now been deleted by Eagle Records but we have 10 to sell at a knock down price. John Mayall’s modern blues albums have won critical acclaim with Texan Buddy Whittington on guitar and ‘Stories’ must be one of the best. Also in stock, ‘In The Palace Of The King’ (tribute to Freddie King) £6.50 / Road Dogs £6.50. Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters – Peace Of Mind £6.99 – 1980s re release with two smokin’ live bonus tracks. Only 5 copies available at this very low price. John Lee Hooker Blues From Motor City £4.75 – CD consisting of two parts. 11 tracks with just JLH and his guitar and the 2nd part titled Detroit Combo Blues. All tracks from the 1940’s and 1950’s and includes ‘Boogie Chillen’, ‘Sugar Mama’, ‘Crawling King Snake’, ‘Bumble Bee Blues’ and ‘Ride ‘Til I Die’. T-Bone Walker – Swinging Blues £4.75 – 22 early tracks from the 1940’s and 50’s inc. ‘Stormy Monday’, ‘T-Bone Shuffle’ and ‘T-Bone Boogie’. Pinetop Perkins Hot Blues From A Cold Place £8.50 – A live-in-the-studio album recorded by Pinetop Perkins in 1991, in Reykjavik, Iceland with effective harmonica work from Chicago Beau. Greg Koch & Malford Milligan – Nation Sack - £6.99 – US guitarist Greg Koch teams up with ex Storyville vocalist Malford Milligan. This is a mix of fusion, rock and blues and if you like a bit of Joe Bonamassa or Pat Travers, this could be a discovery for you. Only 3 available at this price. Cory Stevens – Albertville £7.50 – Save £6 on the normal RUF price. Californian singer/guitarist has recorded nine songs associated with Albert King as well as one King-inspired original. An impressive and entertaining tribute to his hero. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – How I Go £8.75 - We’ve got a few cheap copies of this wonderful recent album inc bonus tracks. One of the best of 2011. Matt Schofield – Siftin’ Thru Ashes £11.99 - last 4 copies (now deleted). Also in stock: the latest CD from Matt Schofield ‘Anything But Time’ £11.99. Muddy Waters – Folk Singer £8.99 – We’ve found 2 more copies of this CD with extra tracks, so those who missed out previously can grab a copy. You probably need to be quick. A Tribute To Howlin Wolf £7.50 –Here you have some of The Wolf’s top songs played by top musicians inc. Henry Gray, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay, Colin Linden, James Cotton, Debbie Davis, Colin James, Taj Mahal, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson and Lucinda Williams. Robert Lockwood Jr. – Delta Crossroads £6.99 – 16 tracks of acoustic blues as authentic as you can get. His mother had a relationship with Robert Johnson and Robert taught Robert Jr a thing or two. There’s Lockwood originals, as well as sterling versions of Robert Johnson songs plus such well know songs as CC Rider and Key To the Highway.

A LITTLE ROCK Steve Miller Band – Circle Of Love £4.99 - 1981 album featuring blues workout "Macho City" Yes, Friends And Relatives £4.99– A double CD of tracks by members of Yes. Includes a modern version of ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ by Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman solo material inc ‘Arthur’, a live solo version of ‘Roundabout’ by Steve Howe. Plus excerpts from ‘Close To the Edge’ by Yes and ‘Tales Of Topographic Ocean’ by Steve Howe. Great price for some great prog rock. Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart £4.99 - Live album, last 2 at a great price / Asia – Live In The USA

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Information on blues and blues rock CDs and DVDs. New releases, re releases and special offers.