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Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (1971) {2018, 24-bit High Resolution Remastering}

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Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (1971) {2018, 24-bit High Resolution Remastering}

Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (1971) {2018, 24-bit High Resolution Remastering}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 389 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 158 Mb
Full Scans | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Classic Rock, British Blues | Universal Music Catalogue #5797724

Rory Gallagher's solo debut picks up where On The Boards left off - it's a solid, but significantly less raucous, blues rock outing with ten original tunes that were far more than skeletons for his incisive Strat picking. "Laundromat," "Hands Up," and "Sinner Boy"'s distinctive riffs were early concert favorites, but the album's ballads were some of Gallagher's strongest. "For the Last Time," "Just the Smile" and the acoustic "I'm Not Surprised" mixed strains of Delta blues with strong melodic sensibilities into songs of rare poignancy, especially for an artist who was best known for his scorching leads. In this respect Gallagher was an early model for Eric Clapton, whose solo career followed a similar path.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Label: Verve, Gitanes Blues Productions | # 314 537 617-2 | Time: 00:56:46
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jump Blues, Jazz-Blues, Swing

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's tough-minded approach to the blues, country, Cajun, and jazz insures a minimum of nonsense and a maximum of variety, while his virtuosity on the guitar and fiddle insures the highest standards. Nonetheless, Brown's 1997 album is a landmark for the 73-year-old picker who won a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. All 13 tunes on Gate Swings find Brown working with his regular road quartet plus a 13-piece horn section, enabling him to prove that Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton have been as important to his music as any bluesman or Creole fiddler. Gate Swings includes tunes by all three of those big-band leaders as well as compositions by Buddy Johnson, Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Brown himself, and they all swing with the massive force that only a big horn section can muster. Brown has leaned in this direction before, but Gate Swings is special, because it features the horn arrangements of Wardell Quezergue, an alumnus of the Dave Bartholomew band who arranged many of the best New Orleans R&B hits in the '60s and '70s.

Byther Smith - Addressing The Nation With The Blues (1989) {1994, Reissue}

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Byther Smith - Addressing The Nation With The Blues (1989) {1994, Reissue}

Byther Smith - Addressing The Nation With The Blues (1989) {1994, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 413 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 162 Mb
Scans Included | RAR 5% Recovery
Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues | JSP Records #JSPCD 254

Smith was so far outside the domestic blues loop that this Chicago-cut set only found release on a British logo, JSP. It was our loss – Smith is typically brusque and ominous, threatening to "Play the Blues on the Moon" and "Addressing the Nation with the Blues" as only he can. Nothing derivative about his lyrical muse – he's intense to the point of allowing his words not to rhyme to make his points, while his lead guitar work is inevitably to the point. Strictly judging from the lyrical sentiment of his recordings, it might be wise not to make Chicago guitarist Byther Smith angry. Smitty's uncompromising songs are filled with threats of violence and ominous menace (the way blues used to be before the age of political correctness), sometimes to the point where his words don't even rhyme.

James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995) [Re-Up]

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James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995) [Re-Up]

James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 497 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Blues | Label: Verve/PolyGram | # 314 527 371-2 | Time: 01:16:21

Taken from the high-energy harpist's first three albums for Verve following his split from Muddy Waters (including the entirety of his fine eponymous 1967 debut), this 20-track anthology is a fine spot to begin any serious Cotton collection. In those days, Cotton was into soul as well as blues – witness his raucous versions of "Knock on Wood" and "Turn on Your Lovelight," backed by a large horn complement. Compiler Dick Shurman has chose judiciously from his uneven pair of Verve follow-ups, making for a very consistent compilation.

Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King - We Three Kings Of Blues Guitar (2013)

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Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King - We Three Kings Of Blues Guitar (2013)

Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King - We Three Kings Of Blues Guitar (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included | 00:50:40
Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Fuel | # 302 061 993 2

Curious, isn't it, how some of the greatest guitarists in post-war Blues history all shared the same regal surname? And entirely fitting. Freddie, Albert, and Earl King royally ruled the Blues kingdom with their brilliant innovations and seminal licks. All of them greatly impacted the Rock field as well. Eric Clapton cites Freddie as a major influence, while Stevie Ray Vaughan was an Albert acolyte. Jimi Hendrix did a dynamite version of Earl's 'Let The Good Times Roll.' These three kings of the electric Blues guitar played a mammoth role in defining the sound of post-war Blues guitar. Their influence remains monumental to this day.

T-Bone Walker - Everyday I Have The Blues (1969) Expanded Remastered 2014 [Re-Up]

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T-Bone Walker - Everyday I Have The Blues (1969) Expanded Remastered 2014 [Re-Up]

T-Bone Walker - Everyday I Have The Blues (1969) Expanded Remastered 2014
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 89 Mb | Scans ~ 118 Mb
Electric Texas Blues | Label: Ace Records UK | # CDCHM 1396 | Time: 00:38:58

Guitarist T-Bone Walker is one of the most influential musicians in musical history. The Texan was one of the pioneers of the electric guitar and his recordings, made in the early 1940s for Capitol, Rhumboogie, and Black & White, are some of the earliest defining moments for electric blues. His playing was influential upon others of his era: most notably B.B. King but also several jazz players and many rock greats. He made a lot of records throughout his later career, some of variable quality. The less ground-breaking albums have often been overlooked; one of the best is his 1969 Bluestime LP Every Day I Have The Blues . Producer Bob Thiele took him to Capitol studios, teamed him up with some of the best session musicians and made a crisp, slightly funky masterpiece. There are great vocal performances, such as on the title track and Sail On , and his guitar sounds amazing on For B.B. King . This album didn t sell well, is difficult to find and is largely forgotten. This is its first reissue, and is taken from original master tapes. As a bonus Ace have added two tracks that were recorded at a 1970 show at the Carnegie Hall, New York.

Crow Black Chicken - Electric Soup (2012)

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Crow Black Chicken - Electric Soup (2012)

Crow Black Chicken - Electric Soup (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 431 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans ~ 65 Mb
Genre: Blues Rock | Label: Crow Black Chicken | # none | Time: 01:02:24

The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream are among the first groups that come to mind when discussing classic power trios. Ireland's Taste, led by guitarist Rory Gallagher, were also there at the beginning. They were raw, rocked hard, and were more devoted to the blues. Gallagher kept the trio format long after going solo, and became a fine songwriter as well. Crow Black Chicken are his countrymen. Christy O'Hanlon (vocals, guitar), Stephen McGrath (bass), and Gev Barrett (drums, backing vocals) have soaked up his and his contemporaries' influences, as well other loud and proud trios: ZZ Top, Mountain, Gov't Mule, etc. Electric Soup is their debut long-player. It's an excellent showcase for CBC's stunning playing and excellent songwriting – the latter is something many of their contemporaries never learned. These are not mere riff-heavy stoner rock jams, but songs. While they keep things basic, CBC understand the place of melody and dynamics; they've soaked up their share of folk and country in addition to blues and guitar rock.

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Show Me the Money (2004) [Re-Up]

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Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Show Me the Money (2004) [Re-Up]

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Show Me the Money (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5090 | 00:42:13

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King's albums are dependable affairs that stick close to good old barroom Texas blues. The lyrics won't win any Pulitzer Prizes, and while Kubek is an amazing guitar player with a huge tone, he isn't exactly reinventing the instrument, and likewise King, although he is a distinctive and pleasant vocalist, isn't going to be mistaken for Marvin Gaye anytime soon. Not much has changed on their second release on the Blind Pig label, and Show Me the Money delivers another dose of straight-ahead roadhouse blues. If there are any concessions here, it is that all the songs pull in at a radio-friendly length, and at least one, the infectious "My Heart's in Texas," would fit effortlessly on "new country" play lists. The first two tracks, "I Saw It Coming" and "Burnin' to the Ground," pretty much lead the charge here, and King's easy, subtle singing pairs nicely with Kubek's gutbucket guitar tone, but there are no real surprises waiting in the grass, and certainly nothing that will shake the roots of the music industry – just solid blues-rock. Somebody's gotta do it, and Kubek and King do it so well.

Mark Cameron - On a Roll (2019)

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Mark Cameron - On a Roll (2019)

Mark Cameron - On a Roll (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 374 MB | Tracks: 14 | 59:19 min
Style: Blues, Rock | Label: Cop Records

"On a Roll" builds on the success of "Playing Rough" (2016) and "Live at Blues on the Chippewa (2017) to bring the unique songwriting style of singer/guitarist Mark Cameron into a new era. The soulful sax of Sheri Cameron and "down-and-dirty" harp playing of Rick Miller combine to make "On a Roll" a party from the word go. With moods that range from hard-driving electric blues to vintage Delta acoustic with a heavy dose of Swing and Shuffle blues in between, and lyrics that are fun, funny and often poignant. The binding thread in "On a Roll" is the infectious rhythm playing of drummer Dan Schroeder and bassist Scott Lundberg. You will find your toes tappin, and your butt shakin, all the way through "On a Roll".

Rory Gallagher - Calling Card (1976) [Non-Remastered, Germany Press]

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Rory Gallagher - Calling Card (1976) [Non-Remastered, Germany Press]

Rory Gallagher - Calling Card (1976)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, British Blues | Label: Intercord | # INT 845.124 | 00:45:23

Gallagher's second album for Chrysalis – and last with his longstanding trio of Lou Martin (keyboards), Rod De'Ath (drums) and Gerry McAvoy (bass) – was a milestone in his career. Although Calling Card was produced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover and not surprisingly contained some of his most powerfully driving rockers, tracks like the acoustic "Barley & Grape Rag" and the jazzy, soulful, finger snapping title cut – a perennial concert favorite – found the Irish rocker not only exploring other musical paths, but also caught him on one of his most consistent songwriting streaks ever. Even "Do You Read Me," the muscular opening track, is a remarkably stripped-down affair that adds subtle synths to the rugged blues rock that was Gallagher's claim to fame. While "Moonchild," "Country Mile," and "Secret Agent" displayed catchy hooks, engaging riffs, and raging guitar work (the latter adds a touch of Deep Purple's Jon Lord-styled organ to the proceedings), it's the elegant ballad "I'll Admit You're Gone" that shifts the guitarist into calmer waters and proves his melodic talent was just as cutting on quieter tunes.

Shuggie Otis - Shuggie's Boogie: Shuggie Otis Plays the Blues (1994) [Re-Up]

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Shuggie Otis - Shuggie's Boogie: Shuggie Otis Plays the Blues (1994) [Re-Up]

Shuggie Otis - Shuggie's Boogie: Shuggie Otis Plays the Blues (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Epic/Legacy | # EK 57903 | 00:52:23

Culled from four albums, except for one previously unreleased track, Shuggie's Boogie: Shuggie Otis Plays the Blues is a tour de force made all the more remarkable because the prodigy who produced it was so young. In fact, Shuggie Otis recalls during a boyish spoken intro in "Shuggie's Boogie" how he used to wear dark glasses and paint on a mustache to look older than his 14 or 15 years when he played in bars in the band of his legendary father Johnny Otis. During the same intro he effortlessly throws off guitar impersonations of T-Bone Walker, B.B. King and Elmore James. This compilation has a few rousing, up-tempo numbers, but the highlights are the slow, soulful tunes. One unfortunate omission is the seven-minute "Oxford Gray" from his 1970 album Here Comes Shuggie Otis.

Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Mystic Mile (1993) [Re-Up]

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Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Mystic Mile (1993) [Re-Up]

Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Mystic Mile (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 439 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included | 00:55:57
Modern Electric Blues, Jazz-Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Stretch/GRP | # GRS 00082

Mystic Mile is an electric blues album by Robben Ford and the Blue Line, released in 1993. In this second record for Stretch Records, Ford shows a notorious growth as songwriter besides his outstanding virtuosity as a guitarist.

Albert King - Blues At Sunset: Live At Wattstax And Montreux (1973) Remastered 1993 [Re-Up]

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Albert King - Blues At Sunset: Live At Wattstax And Montreux (1973) Remastered 1993 [Re-Up]

Albert King - Blues At Sunset (Live At Wattstax And Montreux) (1973) Remastered 1993
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Stax | # SCD 8581-2 | Time: 00:49:24

Blues at Sunset is a Blues album by Albert King, recorded live at Wattstax (August 20, 1972) and at the Montreux Jazz Festival (July 1, 1973), and released in 1973. Additional material recorded at the 1973 Montreux festival would be released in his later albums Montreux Festival and Blues At Sunrise.

Tab Benoit - Best Of The Bayou Blues (2006) [Re-Up]

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Tab Benoit - Best Of The Bayou Blues (2006) [Re-Up]

Tab Benoit - Best Of The Bayou Blues (2006)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Louisiana Blues, Swamp Blues, Electric Blues | Label: Vanguard | # 79802-2 | 01:17:54

Tab Benoit's funky, ragged blend of Louisiana swamp blues and East Texas guitar, with hints of funk, soul, and country thrown in to give the gumbo just the right spice, has served him well since he burst on the scene in the early '90s. Since Benoit hasn't essentially changed his sound since, this collection of sides made up largely from his early releases for Houston-based Justice Records (all of Benoit's Justice albums have been reissued by Vanguard Records in recent years) makes an ideal introduction to what this guy is all about, and although Best of the Bayou Blues covers a five-year span from 1992 to 1997, the tracks all fall together in a completely coherent sequence. Opening with the Benoit original "Voodoo on the Bayou" from 1992's Nice & Warm and running through several originals and some interesting covers (including country-funk takes on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" and Willie Nelson's "Rainy Day Blues"), this set spotlights Benoit's southern Louisiana take on contemporary blues.

Michael Russell - Electric Blue Dream (2019)

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Michael Russell - Electric Blue Dream (2019)

Michael Russell - Electric Blue Dream (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 263 MB | Tracks: 11 | 56:04 min
Style: Blues, Rock | Label: Michael Russell

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter based out of Northern California. A performing and recording artist showcasing original blues, roots rock'n'roll, and hints of Americana. Michael Russell's stone cold blues guitar licks, old school rock 'n' roll energy, and timeless songwriting style make him and the Michael Russell Trio a refreshing addition to the California blues and roots rock scene.