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?!

The Dino Martinis: 50.000.000 Santa Fans Can't Be Wrong (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFBR009

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(Frankie Boy Records) 11 Tracks - Rock'n'Roll Christmas!

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The Crescent City Maulers: Screamin' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM1

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(Self published) 14 Tracks - This is the rare first self produced pressing of this great Canadian jump blues and swing band!

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The Blues Brothers: The Definitive Blues Brothers Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0845058

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(2000/Atlantic) 35 tracks

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Sing Sister Sing (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0613572

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(2000/Fuel) 18 tracks

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Junior Wells: Calling All Blues - The Chief, Profile & USA Recordings 1957-1963 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0610872X

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(2000/Fuel 2000) 24 tracks (61:11) 1957-63' Chief, Profile, USA masters with 8 page notes and label shots by Neil Slaven. - Junior Wells in his heydays. These original 45s are showing a young and ambitious musician, although somewhat directionless. Here#s...

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Gatemouth Moore: Hey Mr Gatemouth - Complete King Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWESF100

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(1947 'King') (74:47/27) 'The Complete 'King' Recordings' - Crooner und Shouter aus Kansas City. Insgesamt neun unveröffentlichte Stücke / contains nine previously unreleased tracks.

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Ted Hawkins: The Kershaw Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0610582

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(2000/Fuel 2000) 19 Tracks - Live at the BBC! Cut-out with a small hole!

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Bukka White: Bukka White Revisited (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0613602

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(2000/Fuel 2000) 11 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1963 Takoma album, 'Mississippi Blues'. Here with a different song running order. Classic Blues!

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Champion Jack Dupree: St. Claude And Dumaine (CD, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CD0612292

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(2002/Fuel 2000) 12 Tracks - Cut-Out marked with small hole in jewel case, new and sealed stock copies!

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Eddie C. Campbell: Hopes And Dreams (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR72638

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(1999/2000 'Rooster Blues')(45:29/11)This is a super album, provided you're digging minimal sounds in blues. Almost never-ending grooves on some tracks, no heavy drums, but a sharp guitar tone with heavy reverb and Eddie C's almost 'lazy' vocals. Beautiful! One of my...

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Art-Nr.: CDMAL7502

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(Malaco) 11 tracks.

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R.L. Burnside: Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD803322

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What a great suprise. Easy going, pretty relaxed sounds on his new one. And also the list of accompanying musicians reads unusual for a man from the hill country. Along with a few scratch sounds from a deejay, this is a rather unique and fine album. R.L. BURNSIDE -...

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Buddy Guy: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVSD17880

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(1965-69 'Vanguard') (144:11/29) * = previously unreleased; # = bonus track. Ausgezeichnete Zusammenstellung aller Vanguard-Aufnahmen mit einigen unveröffentlichten Stücken. Super-Qualität im Vergleich zu vielen früheren Editionen. Kommt mit ausführlichen...

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Champion Jack Dupree: Rum Cola Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDARB003

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(2000/Arpeggio) Migration has played a key role in the blues; as America's black population moved to urban centres seeking employment, many blues legends came with them. But New Orleans born William Dupree ventured further than most, num-bering Indiana, Chicago...

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Little Victor: Boogie All Night
Art-Nr.: CDET6048

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He produced and played on Louisiana Red's much praised 'Back To The Black Bayou' album; these recordings were made in Phoenix, AZ, and it took about five years to see them released. Little Victor loves what he calls 'Sun Records Blues', the blues produced by Sam...

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Otis Spann: The Half Ain't Been Told - An Otis Spann Career Discography
Art-Nr.: 040201

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Bücher/Books on MICROGRAPHY by Otis Spann - The Half Ain't Been Told

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Ike Turner: Ike's Instrumentals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD782

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(ACE Records) 22 Tracks - (1954-65 'Stevens/Sue') (63:03) -  Along with the three kings, 'Gatemouth' Brown and 'Guitar' Watson Ike Turner's one of the most influential blues guitarist in the '50s, and early '60s. His style is unique, powerful, expressive. This...

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John Lee Hooker: Boogie Man - Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American 20th Century
Art-Nr.: 040153

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(2000/PENGUIN) Paperback, English, 536 pages. last copies! `A towering monument to a remarkable 60-year career ... John Lee Hooker is our last surviving link with the birth of the blues. Now in his 80s, he has waited some time for a biographer to tell his long...

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Pee Wee Crayton: Blues Guitar Magic - The Modern Legacy Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD767

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(Ace Records) 25 Tracks (70:13) - 1948-50 'Modern' - Part two of the 'Modern' recordings documentation on the fine 'Ace' label from the UK. Essential early guitar instrumentals, and vocals. Comes with some unissued tracks and takes *. A second helping of Pee...

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