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Studebaker John & The Hawks - Albums Collection 1994-2012 (8CD)

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Studebaker John & The Hawks - Albums Collection 1994-2012 (8CD)

Studebaker John & The Hawks - Albums Collection 1994-2012 (8CD)
EAC/XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 3.1 Gb | Complete Scans
Genre: Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Blues-Rock | Time: 07:42:03

John Grimaldi, better known by his stage name Studebaker John (born November 5, 1952, Chicago, Illinois) is an American blues guitarist and harmonica player. He is a practitioner of the Chicago blues style. Collection includes: Too Tough (1994); Outside Lookin' In (1995); Tremoluxe (1996); Time Will Tell (1997); Howl With The Wolf (2001); Between Life & Death (2004); Self-Made Man (2006); Old School Rockin' (2012).

Tony Joe White - The Train I'm On (1972) [Re-Up]

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Tony Joe White - The Train I'm On (1972) [Re-Up]

Tony Joe White - The Train I'm On (1972)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26931-2 | Time: 00:42:03 | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Country Pop, Soul, Swamp Rock, Blues-Rock

Tony Joe White's second Warner Bros. album is an awesome, exquisite musical jewel and a departure from most of the attributes for which he is best known, from songs like "Polk Salad Annie." Acoustic textured for much of its length and built on a close, intimate sound overall, The Train I'm On is permeated with the dark side of White's usual swamp rock sound, filled with songs about unsettled loves and lives, and men caught amid insoluble situations. Betraying surprising vulnerability for much of its length, even on songs like "If I Ever Saw a Good Thing" and "300 Pounds of Hongry" (among the few full band numbers here, with a gorgeous sax solo by Charles Chalmers on the former), he shows off an emotional complexity that wasn't always obvious on his earlier work, only really cutting loose boldly on "Even Trolls Love Rock and Roll" and a tiny handful of other cuts. The rest is dark, pensive, soulful bluesy rock, highlighted by some bristling acoustic guitar work (check out "As the Crow Flies") and superb singing throughout ("The Migrant" is worth the price of admission by itself).

ZZ Top - Greatest Hits (1992) [Re-Up]

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ZZ Top - Greatest Hits (1992) [Re-Up]

ZZ Top - Greatest Hits (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 532 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26846-2 | Time: 01:12:50 | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock

This isn't a perfect roundup of ZZ Top's superstar years of the '80s, but it comes pretty close. It dips back into the '70s for "Pearl Necklace" and "La Grange," with a couple of selections from the post-peak '90s, but this does offer the MTV-era basics: "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Rough Boy," "Tush," "My Head's in Mississippi," "Doubleback," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Sleeping Bag." What slows this record down are some new cuts and album tracks that don't deserve to be here, along with a remix, not the original version, of "Legs." Still, that may just be quibbling for some listeners, since the basics are all here, making this a good complement to the '70s-focused The Best of ZZ Top.

Johnny Winter - Second Winter (1969) 2CD Expanded Legacy Edition 2004 [Re-Up]

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Johnny Winter - Second Winter (1969) 2CD Expanded Legacy Edition 2004 [Re-Up]

Johnny Winter - Second Winter (1969) 2CD Expanded Legacy Edition 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 816 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 291 Mb | Scans ~ 81 Mb
Label: Columbia/Legacy | # 88697352432 | Time: 02:07:26
Blues-Rock, Electric Texas Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Hard Rock

Second Winter, Johnny Winter's second album for Columbia, originally had the distinction of being the only album in rock history that was a three-sided double LP. Musically, 35 years after its original release, Second Winter is still an oddity. Issued by Sony's Legacy division, the set has been painstakingly remastered, and expanded by bonus cuts and an entire disc of live material. It's too bluesed-out to be a pure rock record, and too psychedelically dimensioned to be a pure blues album. Tommy Shannon calls it "power blues." And as for whatever else passed for blues-rock at the time – Cream, Hendrix, Canned Heat, etc. – forget it. This set is a whole different animal. Cut in Nashville with all tracks begin done within one or two takes, the energy of Second Winter is undeniable. The sheer range of styles Winter assaulted in his restless quest is astonishing too.

Tinsley Ellis - Albums Collection 2002-2018 (6CD) [Combined Re-Up]

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Tinsley Ellis - Albums Collection 2002-2018 (6CD) [Combined Re-Up]

Tinsley Ellis - Albums Collection 2002-2018 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 836 Mb | Complete Scans
Genre: Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues | Time: 05:15:38

A fiery guitarist and talented songwriter who plays a unique blend of Memphis R&B, southwest blues, and urban funk. Collection includes: Hell Or High Water (2002); The Hard Way (2004); Moment Of Truth (2007); Speak No Evil (2009); Red Clay Soul (2016); Winning Hand (2018).

Bernard Allison - Higher Power (2004) [Re-Up]

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Bernard Allison - Higher Power (2004) [Re-Up]

Bernard Allison - Higher Power (2004)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 413 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Ruf | # RUF 1101 | Time: 00:59:05

Bernard Allison got some valuable advice from his father, Luther, before the latter's death in 1997: "Don't be afraid to go outside of the blues," he said. "Don't let them label you like they did me." Bernard has obviously taken that advice to heart; his solo albums have been a rich mixture of rock, funk, blues, and R&B. Most of his recordings have been released in Europe, where he has made his home for a decade. The release of Higher Power comes a little while after his return to the States, and reflects a lifetime of both good times and bad. The album's most noticeable lyrical element is the recurring theme of recovery from addiction – "I've Learned My Lesson" (from which the album's explicitly AA-derived title is taken) and "New Life I'm In" are two of the most explicit blues-based odes to a 12-step program since Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Wall of Denial." On the funkier, less pious side are the soulful "Raggedy and Dirty" (charmingly, he pronounces that word "raggly") and the funky, vaguely misogynistic "Woman Named Trouble".

Savoy Brown - Strange Dreams (2003) [Re-Up]

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Savoy Brown - Strange Dreams (2003) [Re-Up]

Savoy Brown - Strange Dreams (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans ~ 95 Mb
Blues-Rock, British Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD5082 | Time: 00:45:54

Except for founding leader/guitarist Kim Simmonds, this long-lived band's 2003 lineup bears no resemblance to the original British group formed in 1966. Still, Savoy Brown deserves credit simply for recording a respectable, even high-quality blues album over 35 years into its existence. Hot off a terrific solo acoustic release, 2001's Blues Like Midnight, a reinvigorated Simmonds signed with high-profile indie Blind Pig and churned out a classy set of smooth yet compelling electric blues. Not as soul-based as in the past, strains of funk ("(Hard Time) Believing in You"), R&B ("Can't Take It With You"), and rock ("When It Rains") help push the group beyond its lackluster and obscure efforts from the past decade. Savoy Brown was least successful when its muscular, amped-up boogie was forced and stilted; yet here the sound is warm and organic.

Jeff Healey - Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion (2016) [Re-Up]

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Jeff Healey - Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion (2016) [Re-Up]

Jeff Healey - Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 547 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Guitar Virtuoso | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7517-2 | 01:15:36

Billed as a "companion" to the 2016 posthumous collection Heal My Soul, Holding On combines a full live concert from 1999 with five additional studio outtakes. According to Roger Costa, the compilation's producer, these five songs were left off of Heal My Soul "primarily because they didn't quite fit into the flow" and "they were too good not to share." They had been shared once before, on a limited-edition vinyl called Heal My Soul: Bonus Sessions, but the digital release is welcome because they're solid songs, highlighted by the charging "Love Takes Time," the hooky "Every Other Guy," and "All That I Believe," which feels a bit like a conscious re-write of Hootie & the Blowfish. All are nice additions to the Healey catalog and the concert is solid, too – perhaps a little too pristine and polished, but still worthy for Healey heads.

Jonny Lang - Wander This World (1998)

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Jonny Lang - Wander This World (1998)

Jonny Lang - Wander This World (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 104 Mb
Label: A&M Records | # 31454 0984 2 | Time: 00:52:53
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues

When reviewers heard teen-aged Jonny Lang's debut album of 1997, Lie to Me, many of them commented on how mature the blues singer/guitarist sounded for his age. Similarly, Lang's second album, Wander This World, often sounds like it could have been the work of a man of 30. With David Z. (known for his work with Prince) producing, the Midwesterner delivers an exciting sophomore effort that has as much to do with soul, funk, and rock as it does with actual blues. Far from a purist, Lang takes an approach that is best described as Albert Collins, B.B. King, and Luther Allison by way of Otis Redding, Stax Records, and Eric Clapton. While "Angel of Mercy" and the moody "Cherry Red Wine" demonstrate his mastery of the 12-bar format, most of the other selections aren't actual 12-bar blues, but rather Southern-style soul, funk, or rock with a wealth of blues feeling. Lovers of 1960s Memphis soul should appreciate "Walking Away" and "Second Guessing," while "The Levee" and "Still Rainin'" have more of a rock orientation.

VA - Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

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VA - Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

VA - Muddy Waters 100 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Raisin' Music | # RM2015 | Time: 00:53:31

.This official and authorized centennial tribute to Muddy Waters is a once-in-a-lifetime CD event that celebrates, commemorates and contributes the musical legacy of this American icon. With 15 newly-recorded songs, Muddy Waters 100 features Muddy Waters Band alumni and many of today s most preeminent American blues and roots artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, John Primer, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, and others… The CD is contained in a collectible CD-sized hard-cover book with 48 pages illustrated with black and white photography by some of the greatest photographers of Muddy's time: Don Bronstein, Ray Flerlage, Paul Natkin, Marc Pokempner, Art Shay and D. Shigley, among others. Also included is an original essay by Robert Gordon, Grammy-winning author of the definitive Muddy Waters biography "Can't Be Satisfied - The Life and Times of Muddy Waters".

Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003) [Re-Up]

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Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003) [Re-Up]

Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Label: Concord Records | # CCD-2187-2 | Time: 00:49:07
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Jazz-Blues, Blues-Rock

On his second album for the Concord Jazz label, guitarist Robben Ford stays pretty much to the formula of Blue Moon from 2001. He concentrates on playing, singing, and covering great songs (and even writes a few) with interesting arrangements, inspired solos, and crisp, clean production that lets the song shine through the players. Much has been made of Ford's eclecticism and that is reflected in his choice of material here, though he never strays from the blues or R&B into jazz or fusion. Ford's selection of session players reflects his divergent interests as well: Edgar Winter appears on saxophone, while John Mayall and Ivan Neville guest along with horn bosses Bob Malach and Dan Fornero and Ford's road band. Opening the set with the title track, written by soul man Jackie Edwards, Ford lays out his formula immediately: a tight horn chart for tenor and baritone saxes, as well as trumpet; a crystal clear, expressive vocal delivery; and Ford's signature stinging guitar in the solo break lifts proceedings off on the up tip.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - The Place You're In (2004) [Re-Up]

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd - The Place You're In (2004) [Re-Up]

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - The Place You're In (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock | Label: Reprise | # 48866-2 | Time: 00:42:08

Five years separate Live On and its successor, The Place You're In, and the time allowed Kenny Wayne Shepherd to grow as both an artist and as an individual. He's not only writing the majority of his material, he's singing most of it as well. His guitar playing has become more nuanced, and he's moved squarely into the world of album rock from his blues-rock background. Even the cover and publicity photos reflect the difference, showing a darker, decidedly grown-up Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In addition, the producer/mixing team of Jerry Harrison and Tom Lord-Alge (who did both Live On and Trouble Is) has been replaced by Marti Frederiksen and Andy Wallace, who give the album a more muscular sound. This album is tailor-made for rock radio with its big guitar sounds and recycled classic rock riffs, and Shepherd sounds very comfortable in this setting.

Terry Manning - Home Sweet Home (1970) Remastered 2006

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Terry Manning - Home Sweet Home (1970) Remastered 2006

Terry Manning - Home Sweet Home (1970) Remastered 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 354 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sunbeam | # SBRCD5023 | Time: 00:47:35
Psychedelic Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Blues-Rock

Featuring the recording debut of Big Star's Chris Bell, this outrageously enjoyable blend of psychedelic rock, Memphis soul and dirty R&B kicks off with one of the most audacious and successful Beatles covers ever. Terry Manning was a key figure in '60s Memphis music-making – from his experience at Stax (learning from the likes of Isaac Hayes, Ike & Tina Turner, Willie Mitchell, Booker T. Jones, Eddie Floyd, Al Green, Otis Redding, The Boxtops, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, Mississippi John Hurt, etc.) he became the Ardent Studios engineer/producer, and co-owner of the Ardent Records label that released the Big Star albums. Originally released on Stax's Enterprise label, this record is Manning's only solo work (he engineered, produced, and played almost all of the instruments) and features a feast of fuzz guitar, sweet vocals and funky rhythms that makes its long overdue CD debut here (complete with full liner notes and three bonus tracks), Home Sweet Home is a tongue-in-cheek blast from start to finish, and guaranteed to thrill fans.

Tony Joe White - Tony Joe White (1971) Reissue 1992 [Re-Up]

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Tony Joe White - Tony Joe White (1971) Reissue 1992 [Re-Up]

Tony Joe White - Tony Joe White (1971) Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26929-2 | Time: 00:44:49 | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Swamp Rock, Soul, Blues-Rock

Tony Joe White's self-titled third album, Tony Joe White, finds the self-proclaimed swamp fox tempering his bluesy swamp rockers with a handful of introspective, soul-dripping ballads and introducing horn and string arrangements for the first time. The album – White's 1971 debut for Warner Bros. – was recorded over a two-week period in December 1970, in two different Memphis studios (one was Ardent Studios, where Big Star later recorded their influential power pop albums). His producer was none other than London-born Peter Asher, who had just produced James Taylor's early hits for the label (he would continue to produce hits for Taylor and Linda Ronstadt on his way to becoming one of the most successful producers of the '70s). One can surmise that Warner Bros. may have put White and Asher together as a way for the producer to work his magic with an artist who had much promise.

John Hammond - So Many Roads (1965) Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

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John Hammond - So Many Roads (1965) Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

John Hammond - So Many Roads (1965) Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:38:33
Label: Vanguard, Ace Records Ltd. | # VMD 79178
Blues, Blues-Rock, Country-Blues

So Many Roads is Hammond's most notable mid-'60s Vanguard album, due not so much to Hammond's own singing and playing (though he's up to the task) as the yet-to-be-famous backing musicians. Three future members of the Band – Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm – are among the supporting cast, along with Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, and Mike Bloomfield also contributes. It's one of the first fully realized blues-rock albums, although it's not in the same league as the best efforts of the era by the likes of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. In part that's because the repertoire is so heavy on familiar Chicago blues classics by the likes of Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters; in part that's because the interpretations are so reverent and close to the originals in arrangement; and in part it's also because Hammond's blues vocals were only okay.