Blues CDs and Vinyl-Records

'Blues Music Awards 2016' for Bear Family Records

Bear Family's luxurious CD boxed set, Slim Harpo 'Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo', was honored with the 'Blues Music Award 2016' as 'Best Historical Album of the Year'. The award ceremony was part of the Blues Foundation's gala evening in the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee on the evening of May 5th. Bear Family would like to express deepest thanks to Martin Hawkins, William Gambler and Johnny Pallazotto. 

Blues CDs and Blues Vinyl on Bear Family Mailorder

Blues appears to be the flavor of the month. Most classic LP releases from the 1950s, and 1960s have been re-issued, most of them on high-quality 180gram vinyl. On our own Bear Family label, we have re-released on vinyl one of the rarest and very hard-to-find collector’s classics: Frank Frost & The Night Hawks – Hey Boss Man! Extremely cool Southern down home blues, originally produced by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips during the early 1960s, and originally released on his then newly established Phillips International record label. 

One of the greatest soul/blues albums, ever!

Only recently, Bear Family has released the 180gram version of a true soul/blues classic: Etta James – Tell Mama. This album is regarded one of the greatest soul/blues albums, ever! It was recorded at the famous Fame Studios in Alabama in 1967, and it contains the Blues standard and one of the finest female vocal pieces, I’d Rather Go Blind!

At present, most classic blues albums, originally released on LP during the 1950s and 1960s, are back in print: Sonny Boy Williamson's legendary ‚Rockin’ Chair’ album, the provocative ‚Electric Mud’ album by Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed’s VeeJay LPs, a.m.o. But on you will also find rarities, original LPs from the 1980s, released when the interest in vinyl LPs was on the decline as most collectors suddenly favored the new digital format, compact disc.

The Bear Family blues catalog

is offering a lot more than classics and rarities. Most of today’s new blues productions are released on both formats, on CD and on high-quality vinyl. In the blues/rock category, most releases are also available on LP.

The vinyl revitalization of the Blues is amazing. Come on, honestly: Isn’t it a lot more fun to listen to Blues played on a turntable?!

Big Joe Turner: Corrine, Corrina (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMF098

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(Magnum Force) 16 Tracks - Beautiful compilation with 40's recordings as well as his rare 70's re-recordings of his big hits! Worthwhile!

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The Dave Kelly Band: Waiting For Bessie (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGEM009

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(Diamond Recordings) 20 tracks, 1984-1987 When the Blues Band were indefinitely put on ice in December '82. their slide guitarist,joint frontman, occasional lead singer's own extra-curricular combo The Dave Kelly Band were pretty much left to fill the void. And...

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Cookie & The Cupcakes: Kings Of Swamp Pop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD142

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(Ace Records) 30 tracks 1956-64 (79:17) with 12 page booklet.  - I suspect that during the golden age of swamp pop, which is often said to be from 1958 to 1963, few people in this country had heard of Cookie and the Cupcakes . I confess ignorance until the...

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Chris Cain: Unscheduled Flight (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCD11056

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contemporary guitar-driven songs. Extremely fresh sounding, full of consciousness, power and his trademark, fluid yet powerful guitar and intense, deep blues singing. He's original. This may be his best effort, yet! CHRIS CAIN - gtr/voc, w/ different line-ups. See /...

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Big George Jackson: Beggin' Ain't For Me (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBT003

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(1997 'Black & Tan') (48:35/10) Big George's music is deeply rooted in '50s Chicago style harmonica blues. He's a solid player; his vocals are simpel, deep and smoky. The material is mostly original, and he was using his regular band which is featuring...

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Paul Lamb & The King Snakes: Shifting Into Gear (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIGOX504

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(1991 'Tight & Juicy') (49:22/12)

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MEMPHIS SLIM: Real Folk Blues
Art-Nr.: CD34281

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(1997/MCA) 12 tracks. 1966

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Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CD34277

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(1997/MCA) 20 tracks.

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Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CD34294

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(1997/MCA) 22 tracks.

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Koko Taylor: What It Takes
Art-Nr.: CD34210

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(1997/MCA) 17 tracks. 1964-72.

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Jimmy Witherspoon: Spoon So Easy
Art-Nr.: CD42911

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(1997/MCA) 14 tracks. 1954-59.

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Muddy Waters: One More Mile Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CD34265

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(1997/MCA) 19 tracks. 1963-72.

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Muddy Waters: One More Mile Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CDSAGE34262

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(1997/MCA) 22 tracks. 1948-63

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Tony Russell: The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray
Art-Nr.: 040324

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(1998 'Schimer Books') Illustrated guide to the blues and blues-makers. It was once said that you could dial any number in the Memphis telephone directory and find a blues singer at the other end. "When I was growing up in the South, you sang gospel in church on...

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WESTON, Arthur: Pea Wine Whistle (CD, cut-out)
Art-Nr.: CDT6005

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(1997/Testament) 20 tracks.

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Various: Swamp Blues
Art-Nr.: CDCHD661

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(Ace) 24 tracks - First CD reissue of the classic blues double LP recorded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1970. New liner notes by producer Mike Vernon, then head of the legendary 'Blue Horizon' label

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Various: A Fortune Of Blues Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRR120

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(1997/Regency) 25 tracks (70:26) Rare 1940s to 1960s recordings made for Fortune Records!

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Jimmy Reed: Big Boss Man - Down In Virginia
Art-Nr.: CDSEECD469

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(1968/'69 'BluesWay') (61:16/22) Zwei Original-LPs auf einer CD.

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British Blues: Blues British Blues - Materialien für den Musikunterricht
Art-Nr.: 040064

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('Verlag an der Ruhr') Materialien für den Musikunterricht.

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