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Muddy Waters - His Best 1947 to 1955 (1997)

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Muddy Waters - His Best 1947 to 1955 (1997)

Muddy Waters - His Best 1947 to 1955 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Label: Chess, Universal | # MCD 09370, 329 370-2 | Time: 00:59:36
Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, Slide Guitar

One of the best recordings in Chess Records' 50th Anniverary series is the first of two bookend Muddy Waters collections, His Best 1947-55. Documenting Waters's most creatively and commercially successful years at Aristocrat/Chess, this collection begins with his formative years and ends with Waters at his peak. So you're in for a lot of terrific bottleneck slide guitar work as well as electric Chicago blues; what's to criticize? Superb remasterings of "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "I'm Ready", and "Mannish Boy" are simply beyond reproach. With simple bass accompaniment from Ernest "Big" Crawford, Waters's bottleneck tracks are spare, haunting and, quite frankly, perfect country blues. And listening to Waters, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and Jimmy Rogers piece together (and perfect very quickly) the classic Chicago sound is pure blues epiphany. At the very least, this collection shows you why Waters's rollicking stop-time classics like "Mannish Boy" and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" have sparked endless imitations over the years–and why nobody has played them better since.

Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar: The Chief / Age / U.S.A. Sessions 1960-1963 (2001)

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Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar: The Chief / Age / U.S.A. Sessions 1960-1963 (2001)

Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar: The Chief / Age / U.S.A. Sessions 1960-1963 (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Slide Guitar Blues, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: P-Vine | # PCD-24045 | 01:11:28

Widespread respect for Earl Hooker, one of the unsung giants of the blues, is long overdue, and his rather limited available discography belies a great original talent. P-Vine Japan has attempted to put this right with Blues Guitar: The Chief and Age Sessions 1959-1963, an intelligent and authoritative collection of Hooker's early-'60s heyday, containing instrumental classics such as "Blue Guitar" and "Blues in D Natural." Both sound quality and packaging supersede all previous reissues of this work and, as such, this release becomes perhaps the cornerstone of any Earl Hooker collection.

Johnny Winter - I'm a Bluesman (2004) Japanese Edition

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Johnny Winter - I'm a Bluesman (2004) Japanese Edition

Johnny Winter - I'm a Bluesman (2004) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans ~ 160 Mb
Label: Virgin Records | # VJCP-68507 | Time: 00:55:34
Modern Electric Blues, Slide Guitar, Blues-Rock

Japanese pressing of the blues legend's 2004 album includes one bonus track 'Headed For Hard Times'. The album is a mixture of original songs and covers of blues standards. As the album's title suggests, the songs have strong emphasis on traditional electric blues over the blues-rock elements on some previous Winter albums. I'm a Bluesman was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (1974)

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Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (1974)

Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (1974)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Roots Rock, Blues, Country Rock, Folk | Label: Reprise | # 2179-2 | Time: 00:37:22

Ry Cooder understands that a great song is a great song, whether it was written before the Depression or last week. Still, at the same time he isn't afraid to explore new avenues and possibilities for the material. Like his three previous records, Paradise and Lunch is filled with treasures which become part of a world where eras and styles converge without ever sounding forced or contrived. One may think that an album that contains a traditional railroad song, tunes by assorted blues greats, and a Negro spiritual alongside selections by the likes of Bobby Womack, Burt Bacharach, and Little Milton may lack cohesiveness or merely come across as a history lesson, but to Cooder this music is all part of the same fabric and is as relevant and accessible as anything else that may be happening at the time. No matter when it was written or how it may have been done in the past, the tracks, led by Cooder's brilliant guitar, are taken to new territory where they can coexist. It's as if Washington Phillips' "Tattler" could have shared a place on the charts with Womack's "It's All Over Now" or Little Milton's "If Walls Could Talk".

Ry Cooder - Three First Albums 1970-1972 (3CD) Reprise Reissue 1996

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Ry Cooder - Three First Albums 1970-1972 (3CD) Reprise Reissue 1996

Ry Cooder - Three First Albums 1970-1972 (3CD) Reprise Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 556 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 238 Mb | Scans ~ 194 Mb
Genre: Country-Blues, Country-Rock, Blues-Rock, Roots Rock | Time: 01:47:23

Collection includes: 'Ry Cooder' (1970) # 7599-27510-2, 'Into the Purple Valley' (1971) # 7599-27200-2, 'Boomer's Story' (1972) # 7599-26398-2.

John Mooney - Gone To Hell (2000)

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John Mooney - Gone To Hell (2000)

John Mooney - Gone To Hell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans ~ 101 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Slide Guitar | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5063 | Time: 00:45:15

This disc by John Mooney stretches his boundaries without compromising his music at all. He adds some New Orleans rhythm & blues/funk to the solid, deep Delta blues foundation on which his music is based. It works yet he doesn't seem quite comfortable with it all yet even though he wrote nine of the 13 songs (some of his strongest songs yet). Of course, he has enlisted some of the finest, such as Dr. John to plink the ivories, and some friendly familiar faces like Jeff Sarli on bass, to assist him in this endeavor. This is more a group-orientated effort and it is excellent in that respect, however, that means Mooney's guitar work is not as prominent in the mix and, thus, it requires more attention by the listener because he has not lost any of his ferocity at all. His guitar playing is some of the most savage and ferocious ever. A big plus on this disc is Mooney's singing because he is sounding more comfortable each time out and he has a voice perfectly matched in passion to the raw and fervid nature of his Delta-based material.

Ry Cooder - Get Rhythm (1987)

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Ry Cooder - Get Rhythm (1987)

Ry Cooder - Get Rhythm (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-25639-2 | Time: 00:40:53
Roots Rock, Blues, Country-Rock, Folk, Tex-Mex

"The Musician's Musician". "The Master of the Eclectic". There are probably a dozen more titles by which this "guitar player" is known. To even refer to him as a guitar player is probably a gross mislabeling of this musician. He defies any sort of categorization; this is his greatest strength and for some his weakness. The theme for these nine cuts is rhythm of all different ilk. I won't even give the parameters because he seems to have none. I wondered how many different instruments he played on this album (I thought I counted five different types of guitar); it only says guitar and vocal for his credits. Listen to his version of "All Shook Up," more bop and rhythm than Elvis could put into four of his songs. It seems musicians line up to play with him, and they feel he did them a favor by letting them play on his albums. He always gives them plenty of space to do what they do. This CD will make the dead start tapping their toes.

John Mooney - Comin' Your Way (1979)

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John Mooney - Comin' Your Way (1979)

John Mooney - Comin' Your Way (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 202 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb
Blues, Delta Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BP70779 | Time: 00:38:39

John Mooney is a slide guitarist, working primarily in a traditionalist Delta acoustic style. Originally hailing from Rochester, NY, Mooney learned his craft first hand from country blues legend Son House. Later in his career, he moved to New Orleans, switched to electric guitar and began enlivening his music with Second Line rhythms indigenous to the area. In 1976, Mooney relocated to New Orleans and within a year of his arrival, he landed a contract with Blind Pig. In 1979, he released his debut album, Comin' Your Way.

Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990)

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Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990)

Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Genre: Blues | Label: AudioQuest | # AQ-CD1001 | Time: 00:56:17

West Coast vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Robert Lucas forged a path for himself in the blues world after the release of his much-hailed 1990 self-produced debut cassette, Across the River. Based in Long Beach, CA, as a solo artist Lucas recorded for the Audioquest label out of San Clemente. He was also a member of the legendary boogie blues band Canned Heat, singing and playing bottleneck guitar and harmonica with the group off and on starting in 1994. Lucas paid homage to traditional blues but also carefully crafted his own singing and slide guitar style. These talents are on ample display on his Audioquest albums, including Luke and the Locomotives, Usin' Man Blues, Built for Comfort, Layaway, and Completely Blue, all released during the '90s, as well as latter-day Canned Heat albums on the Ruf and Fuel 2000 labels.

Sonny Landreth - South of I-10 (1995)

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Sonny Landreth - South of I-10 (1995)

Sonny Landreth - South of I-10 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 81 Mb
Label: Zoo Entertainment/Volcano | # 61422-31070-2 | Time: 00:48:02
Modern Electric Blues, New Orleans Blues, Slide Guitar

Sonny Landreth's screaming slide guitar plows right into you and carries you along on its feral journey. This CD opens going for your guts and never quits, though at times its touch is more caressing than careening, as in "Cajun Waltz." This CD got a lot of airplay yet never got tiresome, the true test of good music. A wide variety of slide guitar styles, backed by an extremely tight rhythm section and various other New Orleans musicians adds to the pleasure of the album. This music combines the best of zydeco, New Orleans R&B, Cajun, and rock & roll into one mood-elevating experience. Listen to "Mojo Boogie" next to "C'est Chaud," then go on to "Shootin' for the Moon"; there is no letdown, but there is great variety. A must-buy.

John Campbell - Albums Collection 1988-1993 (3CD)

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John Campbell - Albums Collection 1988-1993 (3CD)

John Campbell - Albums Collection 1988-1993 (3CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 395 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Slide Guitar, Blues-Rock | Time: 02:27:16

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter John Campbell had the potential of turning a whole new generation of people onto the blues in the 1990s, much the same way Stevie Ray Vaughan did in the '80s. His vocals were so powerful and his guitar playing so fiery, you couldn't help but stop what you were doing and pay attention to what you were hearing. But unfortunately, because of frail health and a rough European tour, he suffered a heart attack in his sleep on June 13, 1993, at the age of 41. Collection includes: A Man And His Blues (1988); One Believer (1991); Howlin Mercy (1993).

Harry Manx - Dog My Cat (2001) Reissue 2006

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Harry Manx - Dog My Cat (2001) Reissue 2006

Harry Manx - Dog My Cat (2001) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Slide Guitar Blues, Raga | Label: Dog My Cat | # DMCR 21204 | Time: 00:40:34

Slide guitarist Harry Manx was born in the U.K., raised in Canada, and lived and worked in Europe and Japan before spending five years studying Indian slide guitar under the great Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. This is his first solo album, and as one might expect, it's a fascinating hodgepodge of differing musical traditions. Happily, Dog My Cat has none of the hippie-dippy multicultural piety that afflicts so many East-meets-West musical experiments – Manx's approach to the blues is gritty and straightforward, his original songs are tight and tuneful, and when he pauses to play a raga (as he does twice on this album), he manages to imbue the Indian musical form with a soulful depth that somehow has nothing and everything to do with the blues. Highlights are hard to identify on this album because its quality is so consistently high, but his rendition of the Muddy Waters standard "Can't Be Satisfied" is especially fine, as are his own "Love Ain't No Game" and the traditional "Reuben's Train."

Johnny Winter - Raisin' Cain (1980) Reissue 2015

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Johnny Winter - Raisin' Cain (1980) Reissue 2015

Johnny Winter - Raisin' Cain (1980) Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb
Label: Wounded Bird | # WOU 6343 | Time: 00:43:18 | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Blues Rock, Electric Blues, Slide Guitar, Boogie Rock

Johnny Winter begins Raisin' Cain, his ninth studio album since signing to CBS Records in 1969 (his records are now issued on the Blue Sky subsidiary), with "The Crawl," a rock & roll dance tune, and he ends it with "Walkin' Slowly," which employs a Fats Domino-style New Orleans rhythm and the saxophone work of Tom Strohman. The two songs serve to reinforce Winter's allegiance to his roots in ‘50s rock, which define him as much as his blues work. In between these bookends, he presents his usual mixture of familiar cover songs and specially written (by others, that is) material, all of which serves, as usual, to showcase his fast-fingered lead guitar playing. His slide guitar dominates "Sittin' in the Jail House," for example, while much of the disc's second side is played in a Chicago blues style that recalls his recent efforts as producer to give Muddy Waters a late-career renaissance, notably the side-opening performance of Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin'." A notable inclusion is a cover of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone".

Johnny Winter - The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969) Remastered Reissue 2005

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Johnny Winter - The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969) Remastered Reissue 2005

Johnny Winter - The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969) Remastered Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans ~ 101 Mb
Label: Capitol Records | # 72438-66568-2-7 | Time: 00:42:59
Blues-Rock, Slide Guitar Blues, Modern Electric Blues

Although his early Columbia albums brought him worldwide stardom, it was this modest little album (first released on Imperial before the Columbia sides) that first brought Johnny Winter to the attention of guitarheads in America. It's also Winter at the beginning of a long career, playing the blues as if his life depends on it, without applying a glimmer of rock commercialism. The standard classic repertoire here includes "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "I Got Love if You Want It," "Forty-Four," "It's My Own Fault," and "Help Me," with Winter mixing it up with his original Texas trio of Red Turner on drums and Tommy Shannon (later of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble) on bass. A true classic, this is one dirty, dangerous, and visionary album. The set was issued in a sonically screaming 24-bit remastered edition on CD by Capitol in 2005.

John Mooney - Late Last Night (1990)

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John Mooney - Late Last Night (1990)

John Mooney - Late Last Night (1990)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 210 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb
Label: Bullseye Blues, Rounder | # CD BB 9505 | Time: 00:38:35
Contemporary Blues, Slide Guitar Blues

Bluesman John Mooney has a very appealing tone in his slide guitar work, a relatively strong voice and, by varying moods, subject matter and grooves, he put together a particularly strong program for his Bullseye Blues debut. Influenced by both the country blues and country music, Mooney's guitar acts as both a contrasting and a complementary voice to his vocals, sometimes functioning in unison and other times as an equal partner in a musical "conversation." Enjoyable music.