John Mayall – Live In 1967 Volume 2 (CD)

The follow up to last year’s Volume One of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers “Live In 1967”, featuring Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Volume 2 showcases three John Mayall originals including the opening track, all-time blues classic “Tears In My Eyes”; “Chicago Line”, complete with John McVie bass solo; and “Please Don’t Tell”, a great […]

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MIKE BLOOMFIELD: Live At Mc Cabe’s Guitar Workshop: 1/1/77 (CD)

Mike Bloomfield was one of the great and unique artists of our era. Considered by millions to be America’s answer to Eric Clapton, his effect on both musicians and public alike has been no less. A master guitarist, arranger and writer, Bloomfield has the honor of being responsible for turning many millions of white American […]

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ALLMAN BROTHERS: Crackdown Concert 1986

LIVE ALLMAN BROTHERS BROADCAST FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDENS, NEW YORK, 31ST OCTOBER 1986 The Allman Brothers had played only one other show in 1986 – prior to which they hadn’t performed together since disbanding in 1982 – and had no further plans to tour or record, but were on good form. The group stuck to […]

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Jimi Hendrix – Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) / Calling All the Devil’s Children (7” Vinyl Single)

Sundazed presents the second installment in its landmark Jimi Hendrix singles series, which honors the legendary guitar icon’s singular musical genius by presenting it in the same medium in which it was originally experienced by fans: vinyl. The series’ latest release once again pairs two vintage Hendrix tracks, combining his visionary reading of Earl King’s […]

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Disbanded 1973 – Family: A rock band far far ahead of it’s time.

  A blues-based band with art-rock inclinations, Family was one of the more interesting groups of hippie-era Britain. Fronted by the deft and frequently excellent guitar playing of John “Charlie” Whitney and the raspy, whisky-and-cigarette voice of Roger Chapman, Family was much loved in England and Europe but barely achieved cult status in America. While […]

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ETTA JAMES: The Dreamer

  From the archives ….. Etta James, Adele’s favourite singer, has been a dynamic singer for more than 50 years.Now 73 and beset by ill health. Problems following gastric surgery and sepsis have been followed, sadly, by reports of Leukaemia and dementia. Her past has certainly been dramatic and the ravages of addiction show in […]

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Howlin’ Wolf: Essential Original Album (3CD)

This release presents some of the best recordings made by the electrifying Howlin’ Wolf, one of the greatest characters in blues history. All of the tracks included here are studio recordings with excellent sound quality, and showcase Howlin’ Wolf both as a singer and playing harmonica and guitar. • The three complete original albums contained […]

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Ask Mr. H: JOHN MAYALL: Can you suggest 3 vinyl releases to give me a varied taster?

Hmm. Interesting. JM’s music, although generally categorized as Blues is within that genre pretty variable in terms of interpretation. To me, some of his stuff verges into jazz areas I don’t particularly like. I’m pretty much a novice here myself incidentally. However here are the 3 which I really like: The Turning Point (1969) Bluesbreakers […]

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Joe Bonamassa Interview from 2010 – by Trevor Hodgett

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October. Here’s an online exclusive – an archive interview with Joe from issue #83 in November 2008. Asking the questions – Trevor […]

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ZZ TOP: Dalís of the Delta

Michael Hann: They have put buffalo on hydraulic lifts, made crack-rap cover versions and taken part in Dada-inspired art projects. ZZ Top are the veteran absurdists of 12-bar blues. “We thought: ‘Let’s have a stage the shape of Texas.'” In dark glasses, 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and – of course – long beard, ZZ Top’s bassist Dusty Hill […]

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Killing Floor – Killing Floor (Vinyl LP)

The South London-based Killing Floor was formed by lead guitarist Mick Clarke and vocalist/harmonica player Bill Thorndycraft. During the British blues boom of 1968-1969, they decided to form a blues band, recruiting prospective members from the classified pages of Melody Maker. Joining them were piano player Lou Martin, bassist Stuart MacDonald, and drummer Bazz Smith. Taking […]

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The Record Plant ’73 (CD) by Nick Gravenites and Blue Gravy featuring Paul Butterfield

Nick “Gravy” Gravenites the acknowledged link and catylst between the sixties white blues boy scene of Chicago and the burgeoning acid/hippy happenings of San Francisco has a remarkable and imposing CV. Writing for the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Janis Joplin’s Kosmic Blues Band and the Butterfield Blues Band, he eventually formed the Electric Flag with Mike […]

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MUSIC WORTH RESURRECTING: James Cotton

At his high-energy, 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems, Cotton’s vocals are no longer what they used to be, but […]

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Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution

4 CD box stuffed with blues, folk and songs that shaped an era… When New Yorkers Seymour and Maynard Solomon founded Vanguard Records in 1950 they surely didn’t suspect just how influential their creation would be in shaping the music and ideals of the post-war generation. The brothers were classical buffs focussed on the past […]

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CANNED HEAT: Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island

Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island There have been quite a few high profile events to commemorate the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians who had performed at Woodstock converged in Long Island’s Parr Meadows to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Unlike later […]

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Soundstage – Blues Summit In Chicago 1974 (DVD) by Muddy Waters And Friends

Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was frequently considered the father of Chicago blues.  Born in Mississippi and discovered there in 1941 by musicologist Alan Lomax, he moved to the Windy City in 1943 and proceeded to refine and redefine the sound of the blues, inspiring not just future artists in the genre but, significantly, those who later […]

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Blues music: An interview with David Grazian author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

Question: The blues weren’t invented in Chicago, but they were certainly shaped here: urbanized, electrified, and set to a danceable beat. Suppose I want to hear the real stuff, some authentic Chicago blues, and I go to a local blues club. What will I find there? David Grazian: Nowadays a lot of Chicago blues clubs […]

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