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Tinsley Ellis at Shalin Liu, Rockport

If you’ve never been to the Shalin Liu performing arts center in Rockport, it’s a fantastic venue, with a large scale window backing up to Rockport Harbor. Last…

John Mayall, Blues from Laurel Canyon, 1968 on London Records

Released on Decca in the UK and London Records in the US, this was Mayall’s first LP after the breakup of the Bluesbreakers and his last on Decca…

Jeff Beck, Truth, 1968 on Epic

This was Beck’s solo debut, following after time in the Yardbirds, and features Ron Wood, pre-Faces Rod Stewart, Keith Moon (credited as “You Know Who”) and Mick Waller…

John Mayall with Eric Clapton, Blues Breakers, 1966 on London Records

This was the debut studio album for Mayall and the Bluesbreakers but credited to John Mayall with Eric Clapton. The band here includes Mayall, Clapton, John McVie, Hughie…

Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Sam Lay, and Buddy Miles – Fathers and Sons, 1969 on Chess

Vinyl Me Please just credits the LP to Muddy Waters, but the back cover really credits everyone in the all star band. It was Waters’s biggest seller. One…

Big Joe Williams, Hand Me Down My Old Walking Stick, 1969 on World Pacific

World Pacific was an imprint of Liberty Records. Recorded in London in 1968, when Williams was ~65 years old and was regularly touring European and American festivals. My…

Washboard Sam, with Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Slim, Feeling Lowdown, 1971 on RCA Victor

Released as part of the RCA Victor Vintage Series, “created to bring you selected reissued performances, unavailable for some years, by great personalities of the popular, jazz and…

ZZ Top, Rio Grande Mud, 1972 on London Records

Second album from the Texas blues/rock trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard. London Records basically represented Decca in the US from 1947 to 1980. I…

John Mayall, Jazz Blues Fusion, 1972 on Polydor

Mayall is joined here by Larry Taylor, Freddy Robinson, Ron Selico, Clifford Solomon and Blue Mitchell – adding sax and trumpet to his traditional blues approach. Recoded in…

Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters, 1971 on Chess Records.

2xLP collection of songs from 1948 to 1964 – hugely influential post-war era Chicago blues. Liner notes by Pete Welding. There are a ton of Muddy Waters compilations…

The Butterfield Blues Band, Keep on Moving, 1969 on Elektra

Only Butterfield himself remains from the original lineup on this LP, produced by Jerry Ragovoy (who also wrote “Except You” and “Where Did My Baby Go”). Not maybe…

The Blues Project, Live at the Cafe Au Go Go, 1966 on Verve Folkways

Credited on the cover as “featuring Tommy Flanders,” who had left the group by the time it was released. My copy is a 1966 mono version which I…

Freddie King, My Feeling for the Blues, 1970 on Cotillion

One of the “three kings” of the blues, this is King’s second album after signing with Atlantic (Cotillion is a subsidiary) before moving to Shelter records (Leon Russell’s…

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Bare Wires, 1968 on Decca

French pressing from 1968. This was the fourth Bluesbreaker’s LP, and the last of the peak 60s era (the name was used again for other releases in the…

John Mayall / Jerry McGee / Larry Taylor, Memories, 1971 on Polydor

More blues without drums from Mayall accompanied by Jerry McGee on dobro & guitar and Larry Taylor (from Canned Heat) on bass. Recorded in 1971 in LA. Via…

John Mayall, The Blues Alone, 1967 on London Records.

John Mayall, The Blues Alone, 1967 on London Records. Drums on some tracks from Kerf Hartley otherwise all Mayall.

Jimmy Reed, Let The Bossman Speak!, 1971 on Blues on Blues.

Jimmy Reed, Let The Bossman Speak!, 1971 on Blues on Blues. Blues on Blues was a label founded and run by Al Smith out of Chicago – this…

Sonny Boy Williamson & The Animals, The Night Time is the Right Time, 1976 on Springboard.

Sonny Boy Williamson & The Animals, The Night Time is the Right Time, 1976 on Springboard. Live recordings from Club a’Gogo in Newcastle UK, from 1963. First released…

Pinetop Perkins, Live at Antone’s Vol. 1, 2000 on Antone’s Records.

Pinetop Perkins, Live at Antone’s Vol. 1, 2000 on Antone’s Records. My copy is the 2xLP reissue from 2015 through New West Records. Great live blues recorded in…

Johnny Winter, Second Winter, 1969 on Columbia.

Johnny Winter, Second Winter, 1969 on Columbia. 3 sided LP (4th side blank) because they couldn’t edit down ton an LP. These days there would be an etching…