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?!

Papa John Creach: Live At Long Branch Park (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOAT6101

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(Floating World) 17 Tracks (99:14) -  LIVE AT LONG BRANCH PARK, LIVERPOOL, NEW YORK, JUNE 19th 1983! In the freewheeling world of West Coast Hippie Culture of the late sixties and early seventies (and, as many observers have noted, the sixties didn't really...

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Dudley Taft: Left For Dead (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMIG20042

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(2011/String Commander-MIG Music) 13 Tracks - Digipack - He grew up in the midwestern part of the USA. Later on, he toured the country as a member of Sweet Water, and other rock bands. Now he is turning his attention back to the roots of the music. Here you will hear...

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B.B. King: Can't Kick The Blues (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNOT2132

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(2011/Not Now) 27 tracks - gatefold cover - Recordings are from the 1950s

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Jim Schwall: Short Stories (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWTG95

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(2011/Waterbug) 14 tracks. Jim Schwall (of Siegel-Schwall Blues Band fame) serves up straight shot portraits of folks losing track of their best laid plans, betraying expectations, shanghaied by love. Schwall resembles a working class Loudon Wainwright III. These...

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Roxanne Potvin: Play (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBHM0069

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(2011/Black Hen) 12 tracks - She first hit the scene as a young blues guitar player and vocalist. Now she's presenting herself in a singer/songwriter environment. She has written all the songs for this rocking folk album, she sings with her sweet voice. Great songs,...

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Savoy Brown: Hellbound Train (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEC037

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(2012/Secret Records) 8 Tracks (63:00) - Live recordings from various U.S. tours, 1969-1972!

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Various: The Flash Records Story (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP21309

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(Ace Records) 60 tracks 1955-59 with 40 page booklet. Deluxe Slipcase packaging. Charlie Reynolds was just one of many black entrepreneurs in 1950s Los Angeles who started his own independent record company, hoping to cash in on America’s post-war rhythm and blues...

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Seasick Steve: You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTMR099

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(2011/Third Man Records) 12 tracks - all songs except 'Whiskey Ballad' are written by Seasick Steve

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Vintage Trouble: The Bomb Shelter Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR0001

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(2011/Vintage Trouble Records) 10 Tracks - Digipack

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John Mays: I Found Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3425

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(Electro-Fi') 12 Tracks (48:42) - Digisleeve -  He's the vocalist in Fathead, a great band from Canada. He has won 6 Maple Blues Awards (Canada's 'Blues Oscar'), and this is his first solo album. Mays was born in Georgia. He started in the 1950s in a doo wop...

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Slim Harpo: I'm A King Bee - The Early Swamp Blues Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD510

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(Ace Records) 24 Tracks (1957-64 'Excello Records')(62:10) - This compilation includes his greatest sides and many obscure and unissued tracks in excellent quality. Very personally recommended.

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Jimmy Reed: Anthology (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT2414

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(2011/Not Now) 54 tracks.

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Steve Gibbons Band: Live At Rockpalast (DVD)
Art-Nr.: DVDMIG90347

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(2011/MIG-music) 14 tracks, 3. November 1981, Berlin

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Steve Gibbons Band: Live At Rockpalast (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMIG90342

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(2011/MIG-music) 15 tracks

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Blind Willie McTell: Trying To Get Home (LP, Gold Color Vinyl, Ltd. edition)
Art-Nr.: LPSP1011

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(2011/Sutro Park) 11 tracks - ltd. edition of 500 copies!

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Delta Generators: Hard River To Row (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD511171

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(2011) 14 tracks. As their name implies, The Delta Generators combine the urgency and soulfulness of delta blues with the power and energy of early rock 'n' roll. While, in the broader sense, they could be classified as a blues band, there is room on that big blue...

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Lester Butler: 13 Featuring Lester Butler (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOATM6011

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(2011/Floating World) 16 tracks Rather unusual blues sounds and grooves. Garage sound, but excellent production. Sadly enough Lester, ex-member of the Red Devils, died in '98. Check-it out! LESTER BUTLER - hca/voc, ALEX SCHULTZ & SMOKEY HORNEL - gtrs, ANDY KAULKIN...

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The Blues Band: Few Short Lines (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREPUK1149

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(2011/Repertoire) 14 Tracks (57:50) - New album from the Blues Band. Even after thirty years together on the road, this band sounds fresh and loves to play. The blues, a fountain of youth ! Co-produced by Bill Gauthier wo's responsible for the warm and natural...

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Chris Welch: Clapton - The Ultimate Illustrated History (Buch)
Art-Nr.: BUCH149946

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(2011/Voyager Press) Hardcover, 256 pages, in Englisch language, size: 277/241/28 mm. Here at last is the first complete illustrated history of Eric Clapton's entire career, illustrated throughout with candid and performance photography, as well as memorabilia...

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Etta James: Losers Weepers (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND361

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(1969-73 'Cadet/Chess') 22 tracks incl. Bonus (75:10/22) One of the best ideas that anyone at Ace has come up with in 2011 occurred when my colleague Mick Patrick proposed a series of expanded versions of several of Etta James’ Argo, Cadet and Chess albums...

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Pristine: Detoxing (LP, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPBNR003

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(2011/Bluesnews Records) 8 tracks - Blues with Psychedelic elements from Norway! Additional musicians - Knut Reiersrud, Peter Marius Gundersun and Andreas Mjos!

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Ruth Brown: Taking Care Of Business (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS30223

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(2011/Jasmine) 59 tracks

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Latvian Blues Band: 10 Year Anniversary Concert
Art-Nr.: CDLBB2011

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(2011) 12 tracks. The first concert CD from Latvian Blues Band, which was recorded in the celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. The concert features songs from the albums 'When the Sun Goes Down' and 'Unreal' and some unreleased songs. The band’s sound is...

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Raffaella Carra: I Miei Successi (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY33932

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(2011/Sony) 36 tracks

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Ron Sorin: Lake City
Art-Nr.: CD163164

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(2011/Ron Sorin) 15 tracks. Veteran Chicago blues harp player Ron Sorin's first solo project. This CD features Ron's distinctive harp work with an all star band of Chicago's finest, featuring Tad Robinson on lead vocals.

$32.18 *

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator (2-LP 180g)
Art-Nr.: LPMOV1361

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(2015/Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks. Family band debut, presenting the songwriting, and artistic quality of two outstanding performers. Super combination of contemporary blues, and Southern rock in the greatest jam band traditions. Recommended. - Green packaging...

$34.52 *

Lady Bianca: Servin' Notice
Art-Nr.: CD012362

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(2012/CD Baby) 12 tracks.

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Various: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary (4-CD - Book)
Art-Nr.: CDARH540

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(2011 'Arhoolie') (198:56/70) Live recordings from the three day benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation. Featuring 200 color photos by Mike Melnyk. Commentary by Chris Strachwitz and band members, 192 pages book plus 4 CDs.

$59.42 *

The Blasters: Live 1986
Art-Nr.: CDRB3004

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(2011/FLOATING WORLD) 17 tracks (57:55) recorded live at the Coach House, San Juan Capistrano 2/14/86. Hell of a concert in soundboard quality. Our boys from Downey, CA at their blastin' best. 100 % real Rock & Roll. Your neighbours will have a BLAST!

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Tav Falco's Panther Burns: Behind The Magnolia... - Blow You Top (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: FP1264

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(2011/FAT POSSUM) 18 tracks - Gatefold/Klappcover. Legendary Memphis album with cult status (1981) plus the ultra rare 'Blow You Top' 12'EP, recorded 1983 in New York City. Innersleeves with extensive notes and rare illustrations.

$20.26 *

Dion: Tank Full Of Blues (2011)
Art-Nr.: CD167872

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(2011/BLUE HORIZON) 11 tracks

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Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues (EU Jewelcase)
Art-Nr.: CDROU85952

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Produced by the one-and-only T-Bone Burnett. Intense, melancholic sounds. Allman's way back to the roots of the blues, to the music of Skip James or Magic Sam. Really impressive to hear the passion in his voice. Superb guitar work. Beautiful sound. A must! Also...

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LOPEZ, Lance: Handmade Music (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMIG20052

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High-speed rock/blues, recorded and produced by Jim Gaines at Ardent studios, Memphis. LANCE LOPEZ - electric & acoustic gtrs/voc, CHRIS GIPSON - bass, JIMMY DERETA - drums. Special guest: ERIC SCORTIA - B3/pno.

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Barbara Lynn: A Good Woman - Compl.Tribe & Jet Stream 66-79 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND362

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(1966-79'Tribe/Jet Stream')(60:57/24) It’s a long journey from London to Fleetwood in Lancashire, but I felt it would be worth it. Barbara Lynn, one of my favourite soul stars, 38 years into her recording career, was booked to play her debut British show. A fear...

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Art-Nr.: CD120287

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Members of Austria's Mojo Blues Band performing the songs originally made famous by the Killer.

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Johnny 'Guitar' Watson: The Original Gangster Of Love 1953-1959 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS171

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(1953-59) (78:24/29)

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Whiskey Myers: Firewater (2011)
Art-Nr.: CD613558

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With their high-energy twin guitars they are deeply rooted in the heydays of Southern Rock. Actually, these Texasn are taking blues/rock and are mixing them with contemporary country from their Texas homestate. Thrilling guitar rock band. - Digipak w/ Booklet. CODY...

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Lazy Lester: Lazy Lester Rides Again - Expanded Edition (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1304

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(ACE Records) 23 Tracks - 1987 'Blue Horizon' -  I have been a huge fan of Lazy Lester’s brand of Louisiana swamp blues ever since that fateful day, many years ago now, when John Broven and Mike Leadbitter, of Blues Unlimited fame, introduced me to the...

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Etta James: Who's Blue? Rare Chess 1960s-1970s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND345

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(1960-76 'Chess') (67:49/24) (1960-76 'Chess') (67:49/24) In the annals of R&B’s great unsung heroines, you won’t find Etta James. Nobody’s idea of an underdog, she recorded prolifically for over 50 years and can hardly be said to have...

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HERRMANN, Biber: Love & Good Reasons
Art-Nr.: CDAMC1454

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(2011/Acoustic Music) 11 tracks.

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Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues (US)
Art-Nr.: CDROU2215

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Produced by the one-and-only T-Bone Burnett. Intense, melancholic sounds. Allman's way back to the roots of the blues, to the music of Skip James or Magic Sam. Really impressive to hear the passion in his voice. Superb guitar work. Beautiful sound. A must! Also...

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McBRIDE, Martina: Top Priority
Art-Nr.: CD1601102

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(1979 'Strange Music') (46:52/11)

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