Subcategories
JOIN NOW!
https://www.facebook.com/AvaxHomeMusic facebook.com/AvaxHomeMusic

Karen Carroll - Had My Fun (1995)

Posted By: Designol
Karen Carroll - Had My Fun (1995)

Karen Carroll - Had My Fun (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Chicago Blues | Label: Delmark | # DE-680 | Time: 00:59:38

Karen Carroll has plenty of opportunity to strut her stuff on her debut, Had My Fun. Unlike many contemporary blues albums, which are highly polished blasts of blues-rock, Had My Fun takes its time. Many of the songs are torchy slow blues or down and dirty Chicago blues – either way, they sound natural, never forced. That's appropriate, since Carroll sings like a natural, caressing the ballads and growling the nastier numbers. Best of all, there's actual grit in the production – four of the songs were recorded live – and that allows Carroll to achieve her full potential on this impressive debut.

Muddy Waters - His Best 1947 to 1955 (1997) [Repost]

Posted By: Designol
Muddy Waters - His Best 1947 to 1955 (1997) [Repost]

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.

Snooky Pryor - In This Mess Up To My Chest (1994)

Posted By: Designol
Snooky Pryor - In This Mess Up To My Chest (1994)

Snooky Pryor - In This Mess Up To My Chest (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Label: Antone's | # ANT 0028 | 00:56:38

Pryor reaffirms his mastery of postwar blues harp over the course of this sturdy set, again done with the help of some fine Texas and Chicago players. Pryor's downhome vocals shine on the distinctive "Bury You in a Paper Sack" and "Stick Way Out Behind".

Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues ...Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)

Posted By: Designol
Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues ...Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)

Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues …Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Covers included
Jazz-Blues, Swing | Label: Telarc | # CD-83568 | Time: 00:51:43

The always eclectic Maria Muldaur, whose previous albums have paid tribute to Shirley Temple and blues women of the '20s, takes another musical detour in this collection of songs associated with Peggy Lee. In addition to her cool, sexy, relaxed voice, Lee was arguably more talented than other vocalists from her era. As a songwriter she co-penned some of her own material, including the swinging "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" with Duke Ellington, which features the witty double entendres that spice several other songs. Muldaur possesses a similar ability to purr ("Some Cats Know") or sizzle (an opening tour de force of "Fever" and "Black Coffee") without breaking a sweat. So this collection of 12 tracks, backed by a talented yet restrained eight-piece band, is a natural extension of her vocal strengths. The stylish, retro arrangements include vibes and big-band-styled horn charts that sound as authentic as if they were recorded in the '30s. Even though there are some finger-popping swing numbers (a zippy duet with Dan Hicks on Ted Shapiro's "Winter Weather" is especially peppy), a late-night, languid blues-jazz vibe dominates.

Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999) Reissue 2007

Posted By: Designol
Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999) Reissue 2007

Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:29
Jump Blues, Piano Blues, Piano Jazz | Label: Irond | # IROND CD 07-K13

At age 83, pianist/vocalist Jay McShann was still at the top of his game and providing many lessons for the younger "swing" cats and kittens. He is the epitome of what can be done when jazz and blues are mixed equally, especially when the fun factor is liberally added in. While some might find this typical, many others should revel in the sound of one of this music's last living legends who is still doing it, and doing it very well at that. The chemistry between McShann and guitarist/session leader Duke Robillard is considerable and undeniable, and makes Still Jumpin' the Blues enjoyable throughout. With such solid support from Robillard and the band, McShann has nothing to worry about. Everything you might want is here: classic versions of "Goin' to Chicago," "Ain't Nobody's Business," and "Trouble In Mind"; a nice rearrangement with tempo shift from mellow to mid-tempo on "Sunny Side of the Street"; Maria Muldaur's sultry singing on "Come on Over to My House," and especially the Bessie Smith evergreen "Backwater Blues"; wonderful instrumentals like "Moten Swing" and "Say Forward, I'll March"; and even a little Hawaiian slide accenting "Hootie's K.C. Christmas Prayer".

Etta James - At Last: The Best Of Etta James (2010)

Posted By: Designol
Etta James - At Last: The Best Of Etta James (2010)

Etta James - At Last: The Best Of Etta James (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 462 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included
Early R&B, Soul, Blues | Label: Decca | # 5330843 | Time: 01:15:47

In many ways Etta James resembled a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that was all her own, and she did this throughout a five-decade career that is impressive for its consistency. This 25-track set (mostly drawn from her time with Chess Records) is hardly definitive (it doesn't have classic James' tracks like "Anything to Say You're Mine," "Don't Cry Baby," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," or the girl group pop of "Two Sides (To Every Story)," for instance, or any of her late-career blues tracks), but it does do a good job of spotlighting James' range and versatility by collecting sides like her signature "At Last," the soul-pop masterpieces "Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," and saucy versions of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," all of which offer ample proof that James was one of the best singers of her generation – in any style.

Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)

Posted By: Designol
Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)

Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)
feat. Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, Holly Near, Odetta
Amma, Anne Lamott, Marianne Williamson, Jean Shinoda Bolen

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 411 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included | 01:07:10
Blues, Soul, Blues Rock, Folk Blues, Jazz-Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83672

There are a number of arguments to be made for and against Maria Muldaur's 2008 antiwar statement Yes We Can! on Telarc (before actually listening to it; remember, we live in a cynical culture). The "perceived" negatives all relate to the intent of the recording and who it's supposed to reach (no doubt an expression of the same set of beliefs rooted in Muldaur's 1960s music), and the fact that it's loaded with guests (in all fairness, these star-studded affairs seldom work). On Yes We Can!, her guests include Muldaur's old friends (Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, and Holly Near) and influences (Odetta) and new pals (writers/spiritual gurus Anne Lamott and Marianne Williamson, and Indian spiritual teacher Amma). Does it read as if it is yet another exercise in self-referential backslapping? Yep. But don't believe everything you read on the back of a CD jacket. The positives are all musical.

Muddy Waters - 'The Real Folk Blues' (1966) + 'More Real Folk Blues' (1967) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2002 [Repost]

Posted By: Designol
Muddy Waters - 'The Real Folk Blues' (1966) + 'More Real Folk Blues' (1967) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2002 [Repost]

Muddy Waters - 'The Real Folk Blues' (1966) + 'More Real Folk Blues' (1967)
2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2002

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 163 Mb
Chicago Blues, Folk Blues | Label: MCA/Chess | # 088 112 822-2 | Time: 01:09:31

Waters' The Real Folk Blues and More Real Folk Blues, combined here onto one CD, were not exactly random collections of tracks – the quality was too consistently high for them to just have been picked out of a hat. Still, it was a pretty arbitrary grouping of items that he recorded between 1947 and 1964. In fact, they hail from throughout his whole stint at Chess, virtually; at the time these albums were first issued, though, all of the material on More Real Folk Blues was from the late '40s and early '50s. They didn't exactly concentrate on his most well-known songs, but they didn't entirely neglect them either, including "Mannish Boy," "Walking Thru the Park," "The Same Thing," "Rollin' & Tumblin' Part One," "She's Alright," and "Honey Bee," amongst somewhat more obscure selections. So ultimately, this disc's usefulness depends on your fussiness as a collector – if it's the only Waters you ever pick up, you'll still have a good idea of his greatness, and if you don't mind getting some tracks you might already have on more avowedly best-of sets, you'll probably hear some stuff you don't already have in your collection.

John Hammond - 'Source Point' (1971) + 'I'm Satisfied' (1972) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2007

Posted By: Designol
John Hammond - 'Source Point' (1971) + 'I'm Satisfied' (1972) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2007

John Hammond - 'Source Point' (1971) + 'I'm Satisfied' (1972)
2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 2007

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 449 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Blues-Rock, Folk Blues | Label: Acadia | # ACAM8145 | Time: 01:10:59

For the first time ever on CD, brings together two landmark albums by veteran blues master JOHN HAMMOND - Source Point (1971) and I'm Satisfied (1972). Originally recorded for Columbia, these two albums are the missing links in a career charted by a series of popular recordings for Vanguard and Atlantic. Hammond began his career on the New York coffeehouse scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the early '60s, and these albums confirm his status as one of the finest interpreters of Chicago blues. These recordings show Hammond as a more than capable band leader playing electric as well as acoustic guitar on some of the best Chicago style electric blues ever recorded.

Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' - TajMo (2017)

Posted By: SERTiL
Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' - TajMo (2017)

Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' - TajMo
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, front cover | 45:20 min | 297 MB
Label: Concord Records | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2017
Electric Blues

TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic 'Waiting on the World to Change.'

Lonnie Brooks - Deluxe Edition (1997)

Posted By: Designol
Lonnie Brooks - Deluxe Edition (1997)

Lonnie Brooks - Deluxe Edition (1997)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 5602 | Time: 01:02:31

Deluxe Edition rounds up 15 highlights from Lonnie Brooks' late-'70s and '80s recordings for Alligator. Like many Alligator artists, Brooks made records that were just a little too slick to demonstrate the depth of his talents and the grittiness of his playing, yet they still remained solid, rock-inflected contemporary blues albums. The bulk of the highlights from his records are here, making it a fine introduction to Brooks' most popular recordings.

Selwyn Birchwood - Pick Your Poison (2017)

Posted By: popsakov
Selwyn Birchwood - Pick Your Poison (2017)

Selwyn Birchwood - Pick Your Poison (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 377 Mb | Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 63 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues, R&B, Blues Rock | Alligator Records #ALCD 4975

Bursting with exhilarating, genre-expanding blues and roots anchored by Selwyn’s gruff, urgent vocals and fiery guitar and lap steel playing. Thirteen striking original songs roam through raw roots rock, infectious Southern R&B, sweaty funk jams, searing blues and after hours ballads, forging a groundbreaking new sound created by one of the most sensational new blues talents in ages. "A remarkable contemporary bluesman…a powerhouse guitarist and soulful vocalist…highly recommended" ~ Rolling Stone

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

Posted By: Designol
Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Jazz Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1260 | 00:48:22

This is a not very challenging, but thoroughly charming, summit meeting between a blues guitar master and a jazz guitar legend. Taking four classic swing tunes ("Just Squeeze Me," "Avalon," "Stuffy," and, inevitably, "Flyin' Home"), two Robillard originals, and a jointly composed slow blues, and helped out by bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards, Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis deliver a 48-minute swing guitar master class, Conversations in Swing Guitar. Ellis comes from jazz and Robillard from the blues, so their approaches are just distinct enough to keep things interesting; although both play with a clean, fat jazz tone and no one ever really hauls off and shreds, Robillard tends towards bent notes and funky chordal things while Ellis thinks a bit more in terms of long lines and florid ornamentation. Every so often you might find yourself wishing that the edges were just a bit rougher, but both of these guys are clearly having a great old time, and you will too.

Harrison Kennedy - Who U Tellin'? (2017)

Posted By: Pisulik
Harrison Kennedy - Who U Tellin'? (2017)

Harrison Kennedy - Who U Tellin'? (2017)
Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:46:44 | 110 MB
Label: Electro-Fi | Release Year: 2017

Originally best known as a founding member of the million selling 70's soul group Chairmen of the Board, 2016 Juno Award winner Harrison Kennedy has emerged as one of the 21st centuries most inventive Blues singer/songwriters. 'Who U Tellin'?' reaches new heights, with Harrison enlisting the talents of Jimmy Bowskill (Sheepdogs, Blue Rodeo) Alec Fraser (Jeff Healey band)and fellow Juno winners (Canada's Grammy) Jack de Keyzer and Julian Fauth on the 12 insightful originals and one cover 'Patches'. Harrison's vocal work, aptly showcased on the new album have won him world wide recognition. Living Blues magazine says it best 'Harrison Kennedy is a Modern Blues Master of True Substance'.

Jody Williams - Return Of A Legend (2001)

Posted By: Designol
Jody Williams - Return Of A Legend (2001)

Jody Williams - Return Of A Legend (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26120-2 | 00:55:47

The boastful title is no exaggeration; this is a welcome return for the classic Chicago blues sideman, who, primarily because of the misfortune of his music being exploited by other musicians, took a self-imposed retirement for nearly 30 years. It's especially rewarding since Williams – whose work you hear on early Howlin' Wolf, Otis Spann, Bo Diddley, Billy Boy Arnold (who guests here) sides – hadn't played a lick during that time, keeping his guitar stashed under his bed. He sounds like he never put the instrument away on this album, the first cohesive disc under his own name ever. Aided by comparative youngsters Tinsley Ellis, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Rusty Zinn, along with a 21-year-old Sean Costello, Williams holds the spotlight like the pro his is. Though well into his sixties when this was recorded in 2001, he sounds remarkably vibrant, completely confident, and totally in his element.