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B.B. King - Lucille (1968) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Lucille (1968) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Lucille (1968) Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Memphis Blues | Label: BGO | # BGOCD36 | 00:37:17

A decent but short (nine songs) late '60s set, with somewhat sparser production than he'd employ with the beefier arrangements of the "Thrill Is Gone" era. Brass and stinging guitar plays a part on all of the songs, leading off with the eight-minute title track, a spoken narrative about his famous guitar.

Manfred Mann - BBC Sessions (1998) [BBC The Archive Series] Re-Up

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Manfred Mann - BBC Sessions (1998) [BBC The Archive Series] Re-Up

Manfred Mann - BBC Sessions (1998) [BBC The Archive Series]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb
Label: EMI | # 7243 4 97770 2 6 | Time: 01:00:42 | Scans included
British Invasion, Pop/Rock, Beat, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues

This 24-song collection of tracks recorded for the BBC from 1964-1966 sounds very good, thanks to the Paul Jones-fronted lineup (although a few of the songs are instrumentals). Of most interest are four tunes the band never released in the 1960s, including a version of "Parchman Farm" that features only Jones and his harmonica, and the obscure, mediocre Barry-Greenwich composition "That's the Way I Feel." More unexpected are a couple of Jones originals the band never did in the studio, the bluesy and derivative "I Need You" and "It Took a Little While." There's no "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy," but most of the other big mid-'60s hits are played ("Sha La La," "Come Tomorrow," "Pretty Flamingo," "If You Gotta Go, Go Now"), as well as some of their better LP and EP cuts. This is recommended a little above the usual BBC archive compilation, because Manfred Mann played extremely well live, and because there are actually some notable changes from the familiar studio arrangements from time to time. That's especially evident on "Machines," which is decisively better than the studio version; this take, powered by a great bass riff, even sounds strong enough to have been an off-the-wall hit single.

Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (1971) [SACD Reissue 2013] Audio CD Layer

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Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (1971) [SACD Reissue 2013] Audio CD Layer

Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (1971) Reissue 2013
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Psychedelic Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Epic/ORG | # ORGM-1079 | 00:48:03

There's a Riot Goin' On is the fifth studio album by American band Sly and the Family Stone. It was released on November 20, 1971, by Epic Records. The album was recorded during 1970 and 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California, with sessions dominated by band frontman Sly Stone during a period of drug use and intra-group tension. There's a Riot Goin' On embraced a darker and more challenging sound than the optimistic psychedelic soul style of the group's previous records, making use of hard funk rhythms, primitive drum machines, excessive overdubbing, and unconventional mixing techniques. Received with ambivalence upon its release, the album is now praised as one of the greatest and most influential recordings of all-time, and ranked at or near the top of many publications' "best album" lists. In 2003 it was ranked number 99 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - We Walk This Road (2010)

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band - We Walk This Road (2010)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - We Walk This Road (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Label: Warner Bros./Dare Records | # 5099908229328 | Time: 00:56:01
Blues, Gospel, Blues-Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Pedal Steel Guitar

Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, 'We Walk This Road' continues the Sacred Steel tradition for which Robert Randolph has earned wide praise, including the New York Times, which applauds 'his rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument sing without a word.' Throughout the recording of 'We Walk This Road,' Randolph and Burnett worked closely together as archivists, discovering songs-decade by decade-from the 20th century American music canon. The songs they uncovered, ranging from blues and rock to field recordings and gospel, serve as the inspiration for the 11 songs on 'We Walk This Road.' Recorded at the Village Recorders and Electro Magnetic Studio, the album includes 'If I Had My Way' (featuring Ben Harper), 'Salvation' (featuring Leon Russell), and reinterpretations of Prince's 'Walk Don't Walk,' Bob Dylan's 'Shot Of Love,' (featuring Jim Keltner, who played drums on the original version) and John Lennon's 'I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama' (featuring Doyle Bramhall II).

VA - Massive Hits! Sixties (2011) 3CD Set [Re-Up]

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VA - Massive Hits! Sixties (2011) 3CD Set [Re-Up]

VA - Massive Hits! Sixties (2011) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.07 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 466 Mb
Label: EMI | # 50999 0 94519 2 6 | Time: 03:18:53 | Scans included
Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic, AM Pop, Rhythm & Blues

3 CD Set, 75 great tracks. The Animals, The Lovin' Spoonful, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Sly & The Family Stone, Manfred Mann, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Jeff Beck, The Seekers, Elvis Presley, Neil Sedaka, Fats Domino, Cher, Paul Jones, Lulu, Jose Feliciano, Peter And Gordon, Johnny Nash, Bedrocks, P. J. Proby, The Dubliners and more, and more…

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Blackjack (1977) Reissue 1999

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Blackjack (1977) Reissue 1999

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Blackjack (1977) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sugar Hill | # SHCD-3891 | Time: 00:45:08
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Cajun

To call the multitalented Gatemouth Brown, a mainstay of the Texas music scene for over half a century, a bluesman would be inaccurate. Not completely wrong, for Brown's influence on Texas blues has been enormous, but certainly not the whole picture. On Blackjack, Brown (who sings and plays harmonica and a plethora of stringed instruments, from guitar to viola) goes from blues ("Chickenshift") to jazz ("Honey Boy," with a nice drum solo from David Peters) to country ("Dark End of the Hallway") and back again. Not every musician can handle this kind of variety, but Brown makes it work, whether it's the straight-ahead blues of "Here Am I" or "Street Corner" (which has a great harmonica intro), the Cajun-inflected "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again," or the jazz-blues feel of "Tippin' In." It's easy to see, or rather to hear, why Brown has been so influential: every track on Blackjack is performed with the deft assurance of a master.

VA - Roaring Blue: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters Vol. 3 (2009)

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VA - Roaring Blue: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters Vol. 3 (2009)

VA - Roaring Blue: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters Vol. 3 (2009)
20 Groovy Instrumentals From The '60s & '70s

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7028 | Time: 00:58:25 | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, British Psychedelia, R&B

The seemingly bottomless record collection of Nick Saloman from the Bevis Frond has spawned the third in an ongoing series of albums collecting obscure instrumental tracks from the '60s and '70s, and while many of these songs support the popular notion that the hipper and more interesting rock artists of the day were fond of vocal numbers, there are some fun and exciting tunes to be found on this set. Roaring Blue draws its title from the lead-off track, a swinging dance tune by the Sound of Jimmy Nicol, featuring the drummer who briefly replaced an ailing Ringo Starr during a tour in 1964 (this may explain why Nicol's drums are so far up in the mix), while members of the long-running U.K. pop band Blue Mink appear on the track "Beat Party" under the pseudonym the Underground, and John McLaughlin adds guitar licks to "Trans-Love Airways" by Big Jim Sullivan.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Cow Fingers And Mosquito Pie (1991) [Re-Up]

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Cow Fingers And Mosquito Pie (1991) [Re-Up]

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Cow Fingers And Mosquito Pie (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 183 Mb | Scans ~ 123 Mb | Time: 00:49:07
Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll | Label: Epic/Sony | # ESCA 7507

Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie is a magically weird 19-song collection of the bizarre shouter's mid-'50s OKeh/Epic output, when he was at the height of his strange and terrifying vocal powers. In addition to the prerequisite "I Put a Spell on You," and the surreal rockers "Yellow Coat," "Hong Kong," "Alligator Wine," and "Little Demon"; there's the amusing "There's Something Wrong With You"; a previously unissued "You Ain't Foolin' Me"; and a deranged takeoff on the cowboy ditty "Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle." And what Screamin' Jay Hawkins does to the formerly stately "I Love Paris," and "Orange Colored Sky" is truly indescribable!.

Nina Simone - Pastel Blues (1965) Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

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Nina Simone - Pastel Blues (1965) Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

Nina Simone - Pastel Blues (1965) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Verve | # B0006009-02 | Time: 00:35:56

If this is blues, it's blues in the Billie Holiday sense, not the Muddy Waters one. This is one of Nina Simone's more subdued mid-'60s LPs, putting the emphasis on her piano rather than band arrangements. It's rather slanted toward torch-blues ballads like "Strange Fruit," "Trouble in Mind," Billie Holiday's own composition "Tell Me More and More and Then Some," and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." Simone's then-husband, Andy Stroud, wrote "Be My Husband," an effective adaptation of a traditional blues chant. By far the most impressive track is her frantic ten-minute rendition of the traditional "Sinnerman," an explosive tour de force that dwarfs everything else on the album.

VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 612 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 474 Mb | Scans ~ 144 Mb | 03:27:02
Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll | Label: Fantastic Voyage | # FVTD137, 5055311001371

Rarely has the primal excitement of the electric blues guitar been so voraciously and expertly illustrated on one compilation than on Screaming And Crying, renowned British blues buff Neil Slaven s monumental homage to the music which shaped both his life and a whole generation. Over three discs and 75 tracks, the set straddles the spectrum of the electrified blues which fuelled the British R&B boom of the 1960s and beyond, mixing much-feted names such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley with more deliciously obscure outings by the likes of Doctor Ross and Guitar Shorty. Slaven s liner notes outline the story behind the roughshod classics which bust out of the set, whether screaming with the joy of musical release, or crying in a pool of despair, both amplified through jacked-up guitar strings.

Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones - Lovin' Up A Storm (2000)

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Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones - Lovin' Up A Storm (2000)

Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones - Lovin' Up A Storm (2000)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Pegasus, GAS0000017ARM | RU | ~ 263 or 104 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 13 Mb
Rock & Roll, Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues

This is a tribute to 50's rock'n'roll/rockabilly reminiscent of Bill Wyman's "Willie & the Poor Boys" project in the '80's…

Al Kooper - Easy Does It + New York City (You're A Woman) + A Possible Projection Of The Future - Childhood's End (2010) 2CD

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Al Kooper - Easy Does It + New York City (You're A Woman) + A Possible Projection Of The Future - Childhood's End (2010) 2CD

Al Kooper - Easy Does It (1970); New York City (You're A Woman) (1971);
A Possible Projection Of The Future - Childhood's End (1972) 3 LP on 2 CD, 2010

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 924 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 334 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Blues Rock, R&B, Pop/Rock | Label: Raven | # RVCD-318 | 02:25:36

Raven presents, on a great value Double CD, three landmark albums by legendary multi-instrumentalist, producer and solo artist Al Kooper. Few American musicians have pursued a more diverse or fascinating career than Kooper. As well as having played organ on Bob Dylan's timeless 'Like a Rolling Stone', formed Blood Sweat & Tears and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kooper has issued more than a dozen solo albums and continues to record. Easy Does It (1970), New York City (You're a Woman) (1971) and A Possible Projection of the Future (1972) were his 5th, 6th and 7th albums recorded for Columbia and incorporate soul, pop, country and jazz elements with seamless ease. All showcase Kooper's incredible musicianship at its creative and innovative peak. Also features a stellar cast of session musicians including Herbie Flowers, Joe Beck, Rick Marotta, Carol Kaye, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rita Coolidge etc.

Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)

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Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)

Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:07
Jump Blues, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: King Records | # KCD 6008

Jays Blues is a fine collection of early-'50s jump blues sides that Jimmy Witherspoon cut for Federal Records. This 23-track collection offers a good retrospective of one of Witherspoon's most neglected – and admittedly, uneven – periods.

VA - Exile On Blues Street (2003)

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VA - Exile On Blues Street (2003)

VA - Exile On Blues Street (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Teldec | # CD-83571 | Time: 00:50:14

This disc is an integral part of a series Telarc is doing – taking albums that were big sellers by prominent artists and having an innovative group of solid blues players do their interpretations of a variety of the songs from the original album. They have done this with the Beatles' White Album (calling it The Blues White Album) and Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde with good success, which will probably continue with this new interpretation of the Stones' 1972 vintage album. Telarc put together a dynamite "house" band, including Brian Stoltz (ex-Neville Brothers) on guitar and former Double Trouble rhythm section members Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton, and then pulled in many more celebrated artists to handle the leads. the Stones, who started out as a blues and R&B band, always maintained those roots; thus, many of the songs keep their original shape. This is a solid retooling of this classic Stones LP. Telarc has taken the original double disc and picked the songs the artists felt remained truest to their respective traditions and packaged it as a ten-song disc, complete with a cover notes that make it look the same.

The Blues Brothers Band - Live in Montreux (1990)

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The Blues Brothers Band - Live in Montreux (1990)

The Blues Brothers Band - Live in Montreux (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul | Label: WEA | # 9031-71614-2 | Time: 00:58:19

This is a fine CD of Blues Brothers material, featuring the original Blues Brothers Band and frontman Larry Thurston, performing at Montreux Jazz Festival on July 12, 1989. From the late '80s through the early 90's, the Blues Brothers Band was a popular touring act throughout Europe, with Mr. Thurston doing a fine job on lead vocals. None of the other 90's Blues Brothers frontmen (Dan Ackroyd, John Goodman, Jim Belushi) appear on this CD or in this Line-Up. Not exactly "essential", but a good performance of the tour band during this period of the band's history.