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?!

Howlin' Wolf: Blues Forever - The Best Of Howlin' Wolf (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD68034

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(SAAR srl) 16 tracks - original recordings from 1951-1952, made at Sun Studios, Memphis!

Instead of:$18.66 * $9.30 *

Various: The Big Blues Box (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612242X

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(Fuel) 28 tracks - slipcase packaging - liner notes by Bill Dahl - overstock cut-out with 1cm cut in jewelboxes and slipcase (see photo)  - bargain!  - That blues is a purely American art form cannot be denied. Facile as those bombastic rock-slanted...

Instead of:$29.19 * $11.89 *

Lil Greenwood: Walking And Singing The Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD874

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(Ace Records) 22 tracks (62:27) 1950-1954 Modern/Federal with 8 page booklet. Rightly best known for her time as one the main singers for the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the late 50s and early 60s, Lil Greenwood's polished performances in those times always gave...

Instead of:$18.66 * $13.99 *

Various: Guitar Frank - Big Brown & The Gamblers (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45NR862

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(2002/Norton) 2-Track Single - Great company sleeve! Super raw n' raunchy blooz stomp b/w big ass belter!

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Asie Payton: Just Do Me Right (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD803532

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(2002/Fat Possum) 14 Tracks (45:59) - Digipack - Home Recordings 1980-1994 and previously unreleased studio takes. Rural acoustic and electric blues; some straight stuff, some re-mixes. ASIE PAYTON - voc/gtr feat. SAM CARR - drums, JOHN HERMANN - Wurlitzer, TOM...

Instead of:$18.66 * $15.87 *

Long John Baldry: Long John's Blues - Looking At Long John (CD)

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(BGO Records) 24 tracks, 2 albums on one CD Looking At Long John, Long John's Blues

Instead of:$175.44 * $149.13 *

J.B. Lenoir: Mojo Boogie - An Essential Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0611822

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(2002/Fuel 2000) 20 Tracks (55:47) - Original JOB and USA masters, 1954-1965, incl. outtakes! Liner notes by Bill Dahl! Rare stuff!

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Various: The Best Of British Blues, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612382X

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(2002/Fuel 2000) 18 Tracks - With a small cut-out hole. Premier compilation of British Blues-R&B Legends with a Beat! Only Barbara Lynn is an extravaganza! She's in fact from Louisiana but owns a release in the UK!

Instead of:$23.34 * $19.84 *

CLARKE, William: Now That You're Gone (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWD1006

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(2002/Watch Dog) 12 Tracks - This great collection of early recordings from the legacy of William Clarke features many great musicians of the time working together to fulfill Clarke's exciting sound. Hollywood Fats, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Ronnie Earl, Fred Kaplan...

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Junior Kimbrough: You Better Run - The Essential (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd)
Art-Nr.: LP803401

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(2012/Fat Possum) 12 tracks. Recordings from 1969-96. Fat Possum 25th Anniversary Limited Edition.

$25.21 *

Nine Below Zero: Chilled - Refrigerator (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSJP313

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Two original albums, augmented by a total of four bonus tracks, on a double CD.

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Fleetwood Mac: The Best Of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5101552

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(1968-2002) (77:55/20)

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Various: Little Junior Parker & Friends - Mystery Train - Sun Records 50th Anniversary Series (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEL614

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(2002/Sanctuary) 24 Tracks - Sun label Rhythm'n'Blues!

Instead of:$58.44 * $49.68 *

Various: When The Sun Goes Down Vol.4 - That's All Right (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD63989

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​(2002/BMG) 25 Tracks

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Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up On Me (2-LP 180g, White Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDBK104

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(2002 'Fat Possum') DBK 180 gram/white vinyl. Schlichtweg eines der schönsten Alben der letzten Zeit / Simply one of the most beautiful albums I've heard in a long time.

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Micke Bjorklof: Three Times Seven Is ...
Art-Nr.: CDBLR3387

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(2002/Bluelight Records) 12 tracks.

$19.60 *

Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie Raitt
Art-Nr.: CD278377

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(2001/Rhino) 11 tracks. Warner 1971.

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Bonnie Raitt: Takin' My Time
Art-Nr.: CD278379

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(2002/Rhino) 10 tracks. Warner 1973.

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Bonnie Raitt: Give It Up
Art-Nr.: CD278378

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(2002/Rhino) 10 tracks. Warner 1972.

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Sir Douglas Quintet: Mendocino (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACA8041

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(2002/UNIVERSAL) 16 tracks 1969-90 last copies

Instead of:$46.74 * $39.73 *

Pee Wee Crayton: The Essential Pee Wee Crayton - Blues After Hours (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIGO2526

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(2002/Indigo) 25 track, recorded for the 'Modern' label in the late 1940s and early 1950s!

$16.86 *

BEAR Family Records: Electric Blues Guitar Giants
Art-Nr.: 040000451

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(1998 'Hal Leonard') Songbook in Notation und TAB.

$25.68 *