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Elvin Bishop - Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (2017)

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Elvin Bishop - Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (2017)

Elvin Bishop - Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:42:57
Modern Electric Blues, R&B, Blues Rock | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4973

The Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, and Bob Welsh on guitar and piano) forges a new blues and R&B sensibility, colored by the distinctive, stripped-down instrumentation and shot through with Elvin’s exuberant, down home vibe. There are seven Bishop originals here (including a remake of the title track from his Ace In The Hole release), plus Lightnin’ Hopkin’s Honey Babe, Fats Domino’s Let The Four Winds Blow, Sunnyland Slim’s It’s You, Baby, and Bobby Womack’s It’s All Over Now. Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin and Kim Wilson guest.

Legends Of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers (2001) DVD5

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Legends Of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers (2001) DVD5

Legends Of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers (2001)
from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2000

DVD5 | PAL | 4:3 (720x576) VBR | AC3, 6ch, 448 kbps / 2ch, 224 kbps | ~ 3.6 Gb
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans Blues, Jazz-Blues | Time: 00:57:17

Legends of New Orleans showcases three of the city's most celebrated musicians: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and the Neville Brothers. These musicians came of age during the heyday of R&B when the New Orleans sound dominated the national R&B charts. These performances are from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2000, the world's largest music and cultural event with over a half million people from around the world attending. Includes a special appearance by Bonnie Raitt.

Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD) [Re-Up]

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Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD) [Re-Up]

Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.71 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 644 Mb | Scans ~ 732 Mb
Genre: R&B, Soul, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Soul-Blues | Time: 04:41:11

Much can be said about the late Amy Winehouse, one of the U.K.'s flagship vocalists during the 2000s. The British press and tabloids seemed to focus on her rowdy behavior, heavy consumption of alcohol, and tragic end, but fans and critics alike embraced her rugged charm, brash sense of humor, and distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals. Her platinum-selling breakthrough album, Frank (2003), elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill. Interestingly enough, despite her strong accent and vernacular, one can often hear aspects of each of those singers' vocal repertoires in Winehouse's own voice. Nonetheless, her allure had always been her songwriting – almost always deeply personal but best known for its profanity and brutal candor.

Don Covay - Mercy (1965) + See-Saw (1966) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2000

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Don Covay - Mercy (1965) + See-Saw (1966) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2000

Don Covay - Mercy (1965) + See-Saw (1966) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2000
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Scans ~ 93 Mb | Time: 01:03:09
Southern Soul, Deep Soul, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Koch | # KOC-CD-8186

In 2000, Koch reissued Don Covay's two classic mid-'60s albums, Mercy and See-Saw, on one tremendous CD. The term "classic" is thrown around haphazardly in pop music, but these are two sublime records that earn the term, even if they're not as roundly celebrated as platters from Otis Redding or even cult favorite James Carr. Though he racked up a number of singles on the R&B charts, he never had a huge crossover hit, but his music stands as some of the most effervescent, infectious soul of the '60s (not to mention that his vocal style was a clear inspiration to Mick Jagger). What makes his music so remarkable is how it's earthy Southern soul, kicking really hard in its rhythms and with plenty of growl in Covay's voice, but is as nimble, tuneful, and sunny as the sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit during the mid-'60s. Perhaps that's why he never quite got a huge single – he straddled the two popular sounds without fully being part of either. It may have not resulted in big singles, but it resulted in splendid music. If there's not much difference stylistically between Mercy and See-Saw – they're both pretty much cut from the same cloth – there's also little difference in quality. It's all tremendous, enjoyable, sweet Southern soul. Razor & Tie's Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay provides the definitive overview, but for a pure concentration of Covay at his peak, this is irresistible and essential.

Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1974) Reissue 1996

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Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1974) Reissue 1996

Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1974) Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: MCA/Chess | # CHD-9363 | 00:43:26

Come a Little Closer is a surprisingly effective mating of a distinctive singer with seemingly incongruous material and production. Helmed by Gabriel Mekler, who'd produced Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night, the record features Etta James supported by a slew of hotshot L.A. session men (including Little Feat's Lowell George). The song selection ranges from "St. Louis Blues" to Randy Newman's perverse "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" to the dramatic, melismatic "Feeling Uneasy," in which the junk-hungry James improvised wordlessly over an otherwise blues progression. Here's more evidence that Etta is one of the most versatile vocalists of her era.

Lonnie Mack - Live! Attack Of The Killer V (1990)

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Lonnie Mack - Live! Attack Of The Killer V (1990)

Lonnie Mack - Live! Attack Of The Killer V (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 314 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb | 00:50:16
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4786

Cut in front of an appreciative throng at FitzGerald's in suburban Chicago, Mack cuts loose the way he so often does in concert, sticking almost exclusively to his Alligator-era tunes ("Satisfy Suzie," "Cincinnati Jail," the tortured soul ballad "Stop") and never looking too far backwards.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - American Music, Texas Style (1999)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - American Music, Texas Style (1999)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - American Music, Texas Style (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:55:37
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Blue Thumb | # 547 536-2

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was 74 when he recorded American Music, Texas Style, and the Texas bluesman made it clear that he still had plenty of energy. On this CD, Brown really emphasizes his love of jazz. Young hard bop players like trumpeter Nicholas Payton and alto saxman Wes Anderson are on board, and the veteran singer/guitarist offers no less than three standards from Duke Ellington's repertoire ("I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and son Mercer Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be") and two classics from Charlie Parker's years with Jay McShann ("Hootie Blues," "Jumpin' the Blues"). Meanwhile, the jazz influence is hard to miss on such fast jump blues as "Rock My Blues Away" and "Without Me Baby." Brown's voice is thinner than it used to be, but his guitar playing is as energetic as ever. While this CD isn't definitive, it's a good, solid effort that Brown can be proud of.

The Blues Brothers - Best Of The Blues Brothers (1981)

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The Blues Brothers - Best Of The Blues Brothers (1981)

The Blues Brothers - Best Of The Blues Brothers (1981)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 94 Mb
Label: Atlantic | # 7567-81586-2 | Time: 00:35:24 | Scans included
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Blues, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Best of the Blues Brothers is the fourth and final Blues Brothers album released before John Belushi's death in 1982. It is a compilation album released by Atlantic Records on November 30, 1981. Along with tracks from the first three albums, Briefcase Full of Blues, The Blues Brothers: Music from the Soundtrack and Made in America, it includes unreleased live versions of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", "Rubber Biscuit", and "Expressway to Your Heart".

Paul Thorn - Albums Collection 2004-2018 (4CD)

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Paul Thorn - Albums Collection 2004-2018 (4CD)

Paul Thorn - Albums Collection 2004-2018 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 453 Mb | Scans ~ 267 Mb
Genre: Roots Rock, Blues-Rock, Electric Blues, Gospel, Soul | Time: 03:09:43

Tupelo, Mississippi's Paul Thorn was a prizefighter and skydiver before becoming a rootsy singer/songwriter. As a boxer Thorn once fought against Roberto Duran, and as a musician he has toured and collaborated with Sting, Paul Carrack, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Carole King, to name a scant few. Collection includes: Are You With Me? (2004); What The Hell Is Goin On? (2012); Too Blessed To Be Stressed (2014); Don't Let The Devil Ride (2018).

B.B. King - Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics (1988) [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics (1988) [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 389 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Early R&B, Electric Blues | Label: Virgin | # 7243 8 39654 2 7 | Time: 00:56:17

20 killer tracks from B.B. King's 1950s heyday, including quite a few alternate takes and a few tough-to-locate items ("Bye Bye Baby," "Dark Is the Night," "Jump with You Baby"). Many of the titles are familiar ones – "Woke Up This Morning," "Every Day (I Have the Blues)," "Please Love Me," "Whole Lotta Love" – but often as not, compiler Ray Topping unearthed contrasting versions from the same sessions that shed new, fascinating light on King's studio techniques.

B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans included
Label: MCA | # 111 810-2, MCD-11810 | Time: 01:16:39
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

Recorded in 1971, but unreleased in the U.S. until 1999, B.B. King's Live in Japan deserves high marks for exuberance alone. Had Live in Cook County Jail not just jumped into the charts, this live album might have been released long ago. The recording opens with a swelling of enthusiastic cheers, as King launches into an uptempo "Every Day I Have the Blues." There are plenty of other classics here as well, including "How Blue Can You Get?", "Sweet Sixteen," and "The Thrill Is Gone" (which elicits another round of cheering from the opening notes). Live in Japan may not have the long-standing reputation of Cook County Jail or Live at the Regal, but it's an excellent album, with a decidedly different feel from these two classics.

Downliners Sect - Sectuality (2002) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Downliners Sect - Sectuality (2002) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Downliners Sect - Sectuality (2002) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 720 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 317 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:16:24
British Invasion, Garage Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Freakbeat | Label: Charly | # SNAD 536

This double-CD set is essential listening – not just for Downliners Sect fans, but for anyone who's ever worn out copies of any of the first three Rolling Stones albums or owns anything by the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, Them, the Graham Bond Organisation, the Animals, early John Mayall, the Shadows of Knight, or any of countless blues-inspired American garage bands. In content, it's approximately equivalent to Charly's Yardbirds Ultimate Collection, encompassing the complete contents of the Downliners Sect's three original LPs, from the bluesy "Baby, What's Wrong" to the pounding, proto-psychedelic "Glendora." Thus, listeners don't get the EP and demo tracks "Cadillac," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Beautiful Delilah," or "Shame Shame Shame," and "I Can't Get Away from You" and "Roses" are also missing from the other end of their history – all of which are present, along with a lot else, on See for Miles' Definitive Downliners Sect: The Singles A's & B's, which is the perfect complement to this set.

Manfred Mann - Down The Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 (2007) 4CD Set [Re-Up]

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Manfred Mann - Down The Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 (2007) 4CD Set [Re-Up]

Manfred Mann - Down The Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 (2007) 4CD Set
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 625 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb | 04:31:42
British Invasion, Pop/Rock, Beat, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues | Label: EMI | # 0946 3 97215 2 8

2007 four CD retrospective that highlights their years spent with EMI Records, 1963-66 featuring seven previously unreleased recordings. The band was started by Mike Hugg and Manfred. They were Jazz musicians but it didn't pay the bills so they decided to form an R&B band. They recruited a group of similarly under-employed Jazz players and then held auditions for a singer or "shouter" as it was described to Paul Jones who eventually got the job. The line up was completed by Mike Vickers and Tom McGuiness. Jones's harmonica gave the group their distinct sound and they soon became one of Britain's leading bands of the '60s. They hit the top 10 regularly with hits like '5-4-3-2-1', 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', 'Sha La La', Come Tomorrow, 'If You Gotta Go, Go Now' and 'Pretty Flamingo'. Booklet contains sessionography and illustrated discography. 97 tracks.

Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1969) Japanese Remastered 2003

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Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1969) Japanese Remastered 2003

Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1969) Japanese Remastered 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Label: Sony Records Int'l | # MHCP 14 | Time: 00:41:33
Classic Rock, Psychedelic, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock

I Stand Alone is American singer-songwriter Al Kooper's 1969 debut album issued on Columbia Records. It was recorded after his collaboration with Michael Bloomfield and Stephen Stills on the 1968 album Super Session. After ten years of session playing, collaborations and playing in other bands, Kooper released his first solo album in February, 1969. It is an eclectic mix of country, soul, blues, and rock with a dose of psychedelia mixed throughout. It is a continuation of Super Session in its mix of disparate covers from the likes of Bill Monroe, Harry Nilsson and Traffic, and with originals running the gamut of feelings.

Tony Joe White - The Shine (2010)

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Tony Joe White - The Shine (2010)

Tony Joe White - The Shine (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans ~ 206 Mb
Label: Swamp Records | # 8572202 | Time: 00:52:47
Singer/Songwriter, Swamp Blues, Blues-Rock, Country-Rock, Soul

The 21st century saw Tony Joe White resume his recording and performing career, and experience a resurgence of critical interest in his older music as well. Since 2002, "the Swamp Fox" has recorded sporadically for his own Swamp imprint, and also had his back catalog remastered and reissued. Earlier in 2010, Rhino Handmade made available That On the Road Look, a previously unreleased live date. The Shine is a (mostly) low-key, basic affair. White wrote or co-wrote everything here with his wife, Leann. The band is a quintet: White plays guitars and harmonica with drummer Jack Bruno, cellist John Catchings, bassist George Hawkins, and Tyson Rogers on piano, organ, and Wurlitzer. The sound is warm and raw; the album feels like it was cut mostly live from the floor (with guitar and vocal overdubs added) and it's full of natural atmospherics. White's acoustic nylon-string guitar is prevalent, sometimes more so than his quavering, downright spooky baritone. His electric six-string work paints the backdrop.