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Taj Mahal - Phantom Blues (1996)

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Taj Mahal - Phantom Blues (1996)

Taj Mahal - Phantom Blues (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb
Label: BMG, Private Music | # 01005 82139 2 | Time: 00:47:58
Contemporary Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Electric Blues, Country Blues

This 1996 album picks up where Dancing the Blues left off three years earlier, with producer John Porter and most of the same studio cast. There's more of a New Orleans flavor this time, with barrelhouse pianist Jon Cleary contributing a couple of originals to go with such classics as Jesse Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and Fats Domino's "Let the Four Winds Blow." Bonnie Raitt and a full vocal chorus help kick "I Need Your Loving" into overdrive. Mahal's one original is the tender, acoustic country-sounding "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes".

Johnny Shines - Too Wet To Plow (1977) [Reissue 2004]

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Johnny Shines - Too Wet To Plow (1977) [Reissue 2004]

Johnny Shines - Too Wet To Plow (1977) [Reissue 2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 261 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 112 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Country Blues, Delta Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Tomato (TMT-2065)

Johnny Shines was far from predictable. Though he recorded his share of inspired electric dates, he had no problem turning around and delivering a stripped-down, all-acoustic Delta blues session like Too Wet to Plow. Recorded in Edmonton, Canada in 1975, Too Wet to Plow finds Shines in excellent form. His solid accompaniment includes harmonica player Sugar Blue and bassist Ron Rault, as well as guitarist/singer Louisiana Red (a superb bluesman who isn't nearly as well known as he should be), and Shines clearly has a strong rapport with them on "Red Sun," "Traveling Back Home," and other highly personal originals. Although Shines' own songs are dominant, one of the album's high points is an interpretation of Robert Johnson's "Hot Tamale."

Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo - Travellin' Tracks (1992)

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Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo - Travellin' Tracks (1992)

Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo - Travellin' Tracks (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 321 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers - 21 MB
Genre: Blues, Country Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blind Pig Records (BP 5003)

Travellin' Tracks is a great collection of lively blues by slide guitar specialist Roy Rogers and harmonica wiz Norton Buffalo. Of the 11 songs recorded 5 are live recordings with Mercury Blues; Down In Mississippi; and Move On Way From Here recorded from The Sierra Nevada Taproom in Chico, CA (Love the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale too).
The song Hey There Grandpa is an appropriate change of pace mellow one otherwise Travellin' Tracks is all fast and fun and cool blues with a hip country tinge.

Johnny Shines - Standing At The Crossroads (1971) [Reissue 1995]

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Johnny Shines - Standing At The Crossroads (1971) [Reissue 1995]

Johnny Shines - Standing At The Crossroads (1971) [Reissue 1995]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 281 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Country Blues, Delta Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Testament Records (TCD 5022)

This is one of several albums this artist made in the early '70s that stand as a masterpiece of the acoustic country blues genre. Johnny Shines had begun recording in the mid-'60s, the albums done with electric guitar and full-combo backup, one of them reportedly cut after he hadn't picked up an instrument in years. It was as if he reinvented himself in the following decade, playing pristine and flawless acoustic slide guitar pieces complete with shuffling, stuttering, and stimulatingly complicated tempos. The message was that he had been a young sidekick to Robert Johnson and had absorbed everything, although no deal had been made with the Devil. Shines was a steady, dependable, religious, and forthright chap who lived in Tuscaloosa, AL, and held down a steady job as a construction foreman…

John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker's 40th Anniversary Album (1989)

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John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker's 40th Anniversary Album (1989)

John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker's 40th Anniversary Album (1989)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 195 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 112 Mb
Scans Included | 00:43:54 | RAR 5% Recovery
Country Blues, Delta Blues | DCC Compact Classics #DZS 042

Fourteen rarities from the seemingly bottomless 1948-1952 stash of Detroit producer Bernie Besman, joined by a 1961 stereo "Blues for Abraham Lincoln" that's painfully out-of-tune. Includes "Boogie Chillen" and an alternate version of "I'm in the Mood."

Charley Crockett - Welcome To Hard Times (2020)

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Charley Crockett - Welcome To Hard Times (2020)

Charley Crockett - Welcome To Hard Times (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 201 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 95 Mb | 00:41:13
Blues, Country | Label: Son of Davy

The seventh album from Charley Crockett is perhaps even more potent proof of his literal heartbreak than the scar on his chest. After undergoing open heart surgery that saved his life, Charley says he considered calming down for “just a minute” but once he recovered he did just the opposite. He states boldly with one eyebrow raised, “I wanted to make an album that would change the entire conversation about country music.” That album is Welcome to Hard Times, an aptly-named collection that perfectly fits these troubled days even though it was made just before the pandemic hit. The music was shaped by his heart issues and producer Mark Neill’s desire to make “a dark gothic country record.” Charley certainly knew how to deliver that.

Big Bill Broonzy - The Father Of Chicago Blues Guitar (2009)

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Big Bill Broonzy - The Father Of Chicago Blues Guitar (2009)

Big Bill Broonzy - The Father Of Chicago Blues Guitar (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Label: Pea Vine Blues | # PCD 15831 | Time: 01:02:40
Acoustic Chicago Blues, Country Blues, Pre-War Blues

Big Bill Broonzy was viewed as a beloved country blues player when he died in 1958, a master of raw and authentic-sounding folk-blues. But this public image, although Broonzy worked hard to maintain it in his later years, does him a bit of a disservice. He was much more than a rustic relic, however well he played the part. Broonzy was an excellent and even sophisticated guitarist, starting out in the '30s as a rag and hokum player but he was versatile enough to work with jazz and R&B combos, and his guitar approach was instrumental in the early formation of the Chicago blues sound. He was also a crafty songwriter, who managed to write blues pieces that bridged the line between traditional blues themes and modern structure. This 21-track collection focuses mostly on his early solo acoustic material, although there are some band pieces included as well toward the end of the sequence.

Reverend Gary Davis and Pink Anderson - Gospel, Blues and Street Songs [Recorded 1950-1956] (1991)

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Reverend Gary Davis and Pink Anderson - Gospel, Blues and Street Songs [Recorded 1950-1956] (1991)

Reverend Gary Davis and Pink Anderson - Gospel, Blues and Street Songs [Recorded 1950-1956] (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 194 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 117 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Country Blues, Acoustic Blues, Gospel | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Riverside Records (00025218052429)

This album is one of the cornerstones of Riverside Records' "Original Blues Classics" series. Regardless of the moniker, these sides loom large in the available works of seminal blues icons Pink Anderson and Rev. Gary Davis. Both performers hail from the largely underappreciated Piedmont blues scene - which first began to flourish in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - near the North/South Carolina state border. Anderson's seven tracks were recorded in Charlottesville, VA, on May 29, 1950 - while he was literally on the road. His highly sophisticated and self-accompanied style of simultaneously picking and sliding - accomplished using a half-opened jackknife - could pass for an electronic effect…

Taj Mahal - Taj's Blues (1992)

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Taj Mahal - Taj's Blues (1992)

Taj Mahal - Taj's Blues (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Label: Columbia / Legacy | # CCK 52465 | Time: 00:50:40
Contemporary Blues, Electric Country Blues, Folk-Blues

Taj's Blues is an entertainingly diverse record, featuring a variety of blues and roots-music styles, all fused together into a distinctive sound of its own. Half of the album is played on acoustic, the other with an electric band (which includes guitarists Ry Cooder and Jesse Davis on a handful of tracks), which gives a pretty good impression of the range of Mahal's talents. It's a good collection, featuring many of his best performances for Columbia, including "Statesboro Blues" and "Leaving Trunk," as well as the unreleased "East Bay Woman".

Otis Taylor - Albums Collection 1997-2017 (14CD)

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Otis Taylor - Albums Collection 1997-2017 (14CD)

Otis Taylor - Albums Collection 1997-2017 (14CD)
FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 4.03 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.56 Gb | Time: 11:34:18 | Scans ~ 633 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Electric Country Blues, Blues-Rock, Americana

A collection of 14 studio albums by American blues musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. Includes: When Negroes Walked the Earth (1997); White African (2001); Respect The Dead (2002); Truth Is Not Fiction (2003); Double V (2004); Below The Fold (2005); Defintion of a Circle (2006); Recapturing The Banjo (2008); Pentatonic Wars And Love Songs (2009); Clovis People Vol.3 (2010); Otis Taylor's Contraband (2012); My World Is Gone (2013); Hey Joe Opus Red Meat (2015); Fantasizing About Being Black (2017).

Charley Patton - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order 1929-1934, Vol. 1-3 (1990) 3CDs

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Charley Patton - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order 1929-1934, Vol. 1-3 (1990) 3CDs

Charley Patton - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order 1929-1934, Vol. 1-3 (1990) 3CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 431 Mb | Scans included
Label: Document Records | # DOCD-5009-5011 | Time: 03:06:00
Delta Blues, Country Blues, Gospel Blues, Pre-War Blues

This is a 61-track, three-CD set that encompasses a complete chronological run of Patton's recorded output. All of his solo sides are here, his duets with Bertha Lee and Henry Sims and his backup work behind both of them. All previous incarnations of this material don't sound near as good as they do on these three volumes, all of them given the full deluxe Cedarization noise reduction treatment from the Document folks.

Corey Stevens - Albums Collection 1995-2010 (4CD)

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Corey Stevens - Albums Collection 1995-2010 (4CD)

Corey Stevens - Albums Collection 1995-2010 (4CD)
EAC/XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 463 Mb | Scans ~ 254 Mb
Genre: Blues-Rock, Country Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Time: 03:22:48

Corey Stevens is an American blues guitarist from Centralia, Illinois. Stevens began playing guitar at age 11 and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to pursue a career in the music business. Stevens worked as a school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for ten years before signing a recording contract with the independent label, Eureka Records. He released his debut album in 1995, garnering comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, and scored a rock radio hit with the single, "Blue Drops of Rain." "One More Time" from his 1997 follow up, Road To Zen, was his highest charting single. It reached the top ten in Radio & Records and #22 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Collection includes: Blue Drops of Rain (1995); The Road To Zen (1997); Albertville (2007); The Dreaming Man (2010).

Hans Theessink - Lifeline (1998)

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Hans Theessink - Lifeline (1998)

Hans Theessink - Lifeline (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 400 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans ~ 180 Mb | 01:00:08
Blues, Roots, Folk Blues, Country Blues | Label: Blue Groove | # BG-9020

From the opening bars of Soul on Fire you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a new Ry Cooder album at last but you would be wrong by a windmill or two. Influenced by the likes of Leadbelly and Big Bill Broonzy, Dutch guitarist Hans Theessink (pronounced "tay-sink") successfully moves across musical borders with ease on his 15th album. Lifeline is just the right mixture of deftly played acoustic blues, gospel and soul channelled into a union that highlights the diversity and durability of roots music at it's best with guests like Charles Brown and The Holmes Brothers. There are 11 excellent original tracks to soak up, as well as covers of Rev Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson, and the Neville Brothers. A rare treat!

Charlie Parr - Little Sun (2024)

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Charlie Parr - Little Sun (2024)

Charlie Parr - Little Sun (2024)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 242 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 94 MB
41:08 | Country Blues, Folk, Americana | Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Over the last couple of decades, Charlie Parr has crisscrossed the world on tour more times than one can count. He also has released over a dozen albums of his songs, acclaimed for their poetic simplicity. Little Sun, his most ambitious album to date, was recorded with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket) and features Parr augmenting his raw and affecting songs with stunning full-band arrangements. The remarkable backing band here includes Marisa Anderson, Victor Krummenacher, Andrew Borger, and Asher Fulero. Masterfully channeling the philosophical and transcendental qualities of the blues, Parr takes us on a journey through the winding streets of his imagination.

Alvin Youngblood Hart - Down in the Alley (2002)

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Alvin Youngblood Hart - Down in the Alley (2002)

Alvin Youngblood Hart - Down in the Alley (2002)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 202 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Label: Memphis International | # DOT 0203 | Time: 00:43:05
Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues, Country Blues

Time traveler Alvin Youngblood Hart's albums have darted from crusty Delta fingerpicking and hollering to Hendrixian hellfire to crunchy, primal rockin' blues, all with the ring of authority that comes from complete commitment to the music. This time, he's set the wayback machine to the early '30s, using guitars, mandolin, banjo, and a lot of heart to interpret tunes by Son House, Charley Patton, Skip James, Leadbelly, and others. Somehow, the dust of old Mississippi, the state where the Oakland-born musician now resides, seems to have gotten into his blood. Hart sounds like Parchman Farm's newest inmate as he wails and moans through "How Long Before I Can Change My Clothes," plucking notes from a National resonator guitar. Chiming out chords and quick runs on banjo, he makes Odetta's "Chilly Winds" seem like they're carrying the voices of lost ghosts, recounting their lives of misery under Jim Crow's wing. Hart tends to take many of these classics, like Patton's "Tom Rushen Blues" and Leadbelly's "Alberta," at slightly slower tempos, which gives him more time to squeeze gut emotions from his lightly graveled phrases and lets his pluck-and-drone playing work its hypnotic effect. Stark and impressive for the power Hart generates alone, this may be the acoustic blues album of the year.