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John Lee Hooker - The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (1959) Remastered Reissue 1991

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John Lee Hooker - The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (1959) Remastered Reissue 1991

John Lee Hooker - The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (1959) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:42:48
Label: Original Blues Classics/Riverside | # OBCCD-542-2 (RLP-838)
Country Blues, Acoustic Delta Blues, Folk Blues

In 1959, John Lee Hooker signed a one-off deal with the Riverside label to record an acoustic session of the country blues. It was a key change from his earlier recordings, most of which had featured Hooker on an electric guitar with his trademark reverb and stomping foot. Folk purists of the day were delighted with COUNTRY BLUES, believing Hooker had returned to his roots, leaving the "glitzy commercialism" of R&B behind. But some Hooker fans considered COUNTRY BLUES a "betrayal" of his true sound.

Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)

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Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)

Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 654 Mb | Scans ~ 1.1 Gb
Guitar Virtuoso, Guitar Jazz, Folk Jazz, British Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk-Blues | Time: 04:44:58

Davy Graham was one of the most eclectic guitarists of the 1960s, and his mixture of folk, blues, jazz, Middle Eastern sounds, and Indian ragas was an important catalyst of the British folk scene. Like Sandy Bull and John Fahey – two folk-based guitarists with a similar taste for genre-bending experimentation – Graham could not be said to be a rock musician. But like Bull and Fahey, he shared the eagerness of the '60s psychedelic rockers to stretch out and incorporate unpredictable influences into his music. While he wasn't much of a singer, Graham's taste in material was broad and shrewd, encompassing blues, ragas, Joni Mitchell, Charles Mingus, and the famous instrumental "Anji," which Graham recorded in 1962, way before the more famous versions by Bert Jansch and Simon & Garfunkel. Collection includes: The Guitar Player (1963); Folk, Blues & Beyond… (1965); Midnight Man (1966); Large As Life And Twice As Natural (1968); Hat (1969); Godington Boundry (1970).

Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003

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Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003

Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Label: Island Remasters | # IMCD 294/063 597-2 | Time: 00:48:34
British Folk-Rock, Folk, Folk-Blues, Psychedelic

Digitally remastered edition of the 2nd Fairport Convention LP and the first to include the presence of Sandy Denny was recorded in 1968. It showcases a young group taking pleasure in singing and playing whatever took its' collective fancy, and doing this with surprising sensitivity, authority and musicality. Also evident is the trademark unpredictability and wacky sense of fun which marked their live concerts . Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em puzzled; that was early Fairport. Includes 3 Bonus Tracks. "Throwaway Street Puzzle" was released as the b-side of the "Meet On The Ledge" single. "You're Gonna Need My Help" is a rare BBC Radio recording from 1969 and features a virtuoso slide-guitar performance by Richard Thompson. "Some Sweet Day" was originally recorded to be released as a single but was shelved in favour of "Meet On The Ledge".

VA - Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook (2003) 2CDs

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VA - Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook (2003) 2CDs

VA - Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook (2003) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 662 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 336 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Folk-Blues, Field Recordings | Label: Rounder | # 82161-1866-2 | 02:19:06

2CD, 41 track set. The Blues Songbook presents some of the most exciting blues Alan Lomax ever recorded. Famous and obscure artists roll out a remarkable array of blues from the country, from the city and from prison in this first-of-its-kind compilation overseen by the Lomax estate. Taken from five decades of Alan's best field recordings in the genre, the Songbook includes previously unreleased tracks and features digital transfers using DSD technology. Here is blues at its source: original, impassioned and utterly real. Featured artists include Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Son House, Skip James, Jelly Roll Morton, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee…the list goes on and on. All this with a 40 page illustrated booklet including a scholarly essay and song notes by John Cowley and a preface by Martin Scorsese.

Eric Bibb - Friends (2004)

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Eric Bibb - Friends (2004)

Eric Bibb - Friends (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Blues, Contemporary Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83619 | Time: 00:58:22

Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. There are 15 cuts here, each of them featuring rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different "friends" in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget "99 ½ Won't Do." The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail – akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places – offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on "Six O' Clock Blues." Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on "Goin' Down Slow," and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional "Kulanjan" and Bibb's own "Sebastian's Tune."

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5.98 Gb | Scans ~ 891 Mb
Label: Universal-Island | # 374 228-8 | Time: 19:46:03
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Psychedelic, Folk-Rock, Folk Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso

The Island Years is the most exhaustive career retrospective from one of Britain’s most original and enduring singer/songwriters. Housed in an LP size hard-back slip case, this lavish box set including: 17 CDs featuring 12 key studio albums, recorded for Island between 1967 and 1987, now with previously unreleased mixes, Out-Takes, unheard songs and 2 complete, previously unreleased live solo concerts from 1972 and 1977 and the complete demos for The Apprentice, the last album Martyn delivered to Island. A hard-back book featuring a new essay by The Island Years compiler and researcher John Hillarby plus rare and previously unseen photographs and extensive memorabilia.

Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004) 2CDs

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Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004) 2CDs

Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 291 Mb | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Label: Columbia | # CK 92431 | Time: 02:01:17
Piano Blues, Minstrel, Folk-Blues, Pre-War Blues

The 40 tracks compiled on this two-disc set represent the entire span of pianist and singer Leroy Carr's recording career that spanned a brief seven years, from 1928-1935. The material represented here – all but one of these tracks were recorded for the Vocalion label – features accompaniment by guitarist Scrapper Blackwell on all but one selection, and Josh White on a handful as well. Carr's material here ranges from the classic piano blues of the era that spawned Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to vaudeville and hokum tunes made popular by artists like Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Carr's voice is the haunting thing here; it's higher and very clear, sweet almost, as evidenced by most of these sides. But there was an edge, too; one that belied a kind of pathos underneath even the most cheery material – check "Mean Mistreater Blues" or "Bread Baker." But the darker material such as "Suicide Blues" (one of six previously unissued performances), "Straight Alky Blues," or "Shinin' Pistol," is strange and eerie given Carr's smooth approach. Carr may not be the most well-known bluesman of the era, but his contribution is profound and lasting.

VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991

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VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991

VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb
Label: Polydor | # 825 502-2 | Time: 00:49:12 | Scans ~ 66 Mb
Blues, Folk-Blues, Country-Blues, Delta Blues

Recorded live in a studio in Hamburg, Germany, in October 1962. Includes artists involved with that year's American Folk Blues Festival tour. With generally relaxed and reflective performances. The artists include Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Shakey Jake, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and John Lee Hooker.

Lead Belly - The Definitive Lead Belly (2008) 2CDs

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Lead Belly - The Definitive Lead Belly (2008) 2CDs

Lead Belly - The Definitive Lead Belly (2008) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 547 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 360 Mb | Scans included | 02:26:13
Folk-Blues, Country Blues, Acoustic Blues | Label: Not Now Music | # NOT2CD261

Incalculably influential folk and blues master and ground zero for much of the American folksong canon. A 'Definitive' collection of Lead Belly's finest recordings. All the big songs are here, including "Goodnight Irene", "Midnight Special", "In New Orleans (House Of The Rising Sun)", "Rock Island Line" and many more. All recordings have been digitally re-mastered.

Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (1973)

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Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (1973)

Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (1973)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 182 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans included
Pop/Rock, Folk Blues | Label: Reprise/Warner Archives | # 2148-2 | Time: 00:36:34

From the sweet to the salacious to the poignant, Maria Muldaur's eponymous, strong debut features savvy studio vets, talented guests, strong tunes, and Muldaur's lissome pipes. The outstanding players include Ry Cooder, David Grisman, Clarence White, and Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John. A tasteful guitar solo by the underrated Amos Garrett elevates the charming surprise hit single "Midnight at the Oasis." Although she later gravitated to jazz and gospel, Muldaur's first outing is heavy on songs derived from country and blues. A rousing "Work Song," borrowed from Kate & Anna McGarrigle, is only one of several highlights.

Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy - Good Time Music for Hard Times (2009)

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Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy - Good Time Music for Hard Times (2009)

Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy - Good Time Music for Hard Times (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Blues, Jug Band | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1332 | Time: 00:46:58

"America's First Lady of Roots Music", Maria Muldaur, returns to her original roots - Jug Band Music! Maria first recorded in the early 60's with both The Even Dozen and The Jim Kweskin Jug Bands. Here she has reunited with several of her former jug band mates and recorded many tunes from the classic jug band era (early 30's), as well as two hilarious newly penned gems by Dan Hicks. Special guests include John Sebastian, David Grisman, Taj Mahal, Dan Hicks, Fritz Richmond and sensational discovery Kit Stovepipe.

Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women - Havin' The Last Word (2009)

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Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women - Havin' The Last Word (2009)

Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women - Havin' The Last Word (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 392 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb
Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4927 | Time: 00:58:26 | Scans included
Modern Acoustic Blues, Folk-Blues, Piano Blues, Female Blues

After 25 years, constant traveling, nine albums, and various solo projects, Saffire are calling it quits with one last tour and Havin' the Last Word, a collection of new tunes, covers of favorites, and songs that define their dissolution. It sounds as though it's a happy-sad decision, gratified for all the success and love accrued from their fans, but pleased for future blues via other partnerships and collaborations that can now be achieved individually. Though all will pursue solo careers – Ann Rabson is already firmly established – it is this magical and timeless combination of spirit, focused same-page concept, and great musicianship that has served Saffire very well far beyond most bands. This final effort showcases individual vocal tracks, as if the group members are already preparing for going out on their own, as there's very little group harmonizing. Individual efforts notwithstanding, the group still convenes musically on common ground, especially when Rabson plays piano, Gaye Adegbalola jams on the slide guitar or harmonica, and Andra Faye offers her musings on fiddle, mandolin, or upright bass.

Ewen Carruthers - Albums Collection 2000-2009 (3CD)

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Ewen Carruthers - Albums Collection 2000-2009 (3CD)

Ewen Carruthers - Albums Collection 2000-2009 (3CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 803 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 356 Mb | Scans ~ 211 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk-Blues | Time: 02:25:45

An artist may be called a "musicians’ musician", and by that be described as a musician, whose genius is admired by his colleagues in the highest degree; maybe his art has formed the style of a whole musical genre, but due to whatever reasons has never found mass appeal and popularity. Ewen Carruthers´ folksongs are unbelievably condensed matter; they are diamonds reduced to their essential artistic content which have influenced many of his fellow musicians - among them Allan Taylor and Mike Silver.

Bert Jansch - Albums Collection 1965-2006 (19CD) [Re-Up]

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Bert Jansch - Albums Collection 1965-2006 (19CD) [Re-Up]

Bert Jansch - Albums Collection 1965-2006 (19CD)
FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 4.12 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.85 Gb | Scans ~ 3.05 Gb
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk-Rock, British Folk, Psychedelic | 13:34:55

Collection includes 19 albums by British folk-rock legend Bert Jansch. One of the most important figures in contemporary British folk, Bert Jansch brought an unsurpassed combination of virtuosity and eclecticism to the acoustic guitar, both as a solo act and a key member of Pentangle.

Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, Rich DelGrosso - Live From Bluesville (2008)

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Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, Rich DelGrosso - Live From Bluesville (2008)

Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, Rich DelGrosso - Live From Bluesville (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Acoustic Blues, Folk-Blues, Country Blues | Label: Blue Empress | # BE-205 | Time: 00:48:46

Playing amplified blues-rock has not been a problem for Fiona Boyes, but the flexible singer/guitarist is equally proficient when it comes to providing acoustic blues – and that is exactly what she does on Live from Bluesville. In fact, Boyes plays acoustic blues exclusively on this 48-minute CD, which finds her forming an intimate trio with Tom "Mookie" Brill (lead vocals, acoustic bass, harmonica) and Rich DelGrosso (lead vocals, mandolin). Contrary to what the title suggests, this isn't a live album in the conventional sense; Live from Bluesville wasn't recorded in a club or theater in front of an audience, but rather in a Washington, D.C., studio in 2007. However, all the performances were recorded in real time – no overdubbing whatsoever – and the rugged spirit of acoustic country blues often prevails thanks to Boyes, Brill, and DelGrosso (who share the lead vocals, although Boyes' singing dominates the session). However, they don't embrace any one type of acoustic country blues exclusively. Mississippi Delta blues is part of the equation, but so are Texas blues and Louisiana blues. And occasionally, Live from Bluesville demonstrates that acoustic blues doesn't necessarily mean country blues.