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mostly strange old things, somewhat
neglected
classics & a large dose of history
(for those so inclined)




64. Henry Thomas Texas Worried Blues (Yazoo)

63. Charlie Feathers That Rock-A-Billy Cat (Edsel)

62. Sidney Bechet Young Sidney Bechet (Timeless)

61. Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (Rykodisc)

60. Ry Cooder Jazz (WEA)

59. Ed Bell Complete Recordings 1927-1930 (Document)

58. Olatunji Drums of Passion (Columbia)

57. Ash Ra Tempel Ash Ra Tempel (Spalax)

56. Negro Religious Field Recordings 1934-42 (Document)

55. Chic Risque (Atlantic)

54. Pharoah Sanders Tauhid (Impulse)

53. Woodie Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads (Rounder)

52. James "Blood" Ulmer: Odyssey (Columbia)

51. DAF: Die Kleinen und Die Bosen (Mute)

50. Georgia Stringbands Vol. I (Document)

49. Pere Ubu: The Shape of Things (Hearthan)

48. The Mummies: Death by Unga Bunga (Estrus)

47. Love: Forever Changes (Elektra)

46. Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band: The Mirror Man Sessions (Buddha)

45. Deep River of Song: Mississippi Saints & Sinners (Rounder)

44. The Fall: Live to Air in Melbourne 82 (Cog Sinister)

43. John Fahey: Days Gone By: Volume 8 (Takoma)

42. Albert Ayler: Swing Low, Sweet Spiritual (Diw)

41. Gus Cannon: Walk Right In (Stax)

40. Rocket From the Tombs: The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs (Smog Veil)

39. Sidney Bechet: Volume 10 - 1940 (Masters of Jazz MJCD 100)

38. The Staple Singers: Uncloudy Day (Charly CPCD 8087)

37. Sleepy John Estes: First Recordings (JSP 6001)

36. Link Wray: Walkin’ With Link (Epic/Legacy EK 47904)

35. Henry “Red” Allen: World on a String (Bluebird 2497-2-RB)

34. Mississippi John Hurt: Avalon Blues (Columbia/Legacy CK 64986)

33. Blind James Campbell & his Nashville Street Band (Arhoolie 438)

32. The Peter Brotzmann Octet: Machine Gun (FMP CD 24)

31. The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol I (Yazoo 7004)

30. Burnett & Rutherford (Document DOCD-8025)

29. Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Himself (Riverside OJCCD-254-2)

28. Sonny Boy Williamson: King Biscuit Time (Arhoolie CD 310)

27. Link Wray: Wray’s Three Track Shack (Acadia 8082)

26. Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe: Volume 1 (Document DOCD-5028)

25. Charles Mingus: Oh Yeah (Atantic 8122-75359-2)

24. Dead & Gone # 1 (Trikont US-0234)

23. Rural String Bands of Virginia (County CD-3502)

22. Booker T & the MGs: Funky Broadway (Stax SCD-8567-2)

21. Altamont: Black Stringband Music (Rounder CD 0238)

20. Astor Piazolla: Tango: Zero Hour (American Clave)

19. 
Mahalia Jackson: How I Got Over (Westside)

18. Iry LeJeune: The Definitive Collection (Ace)

17: Tim Buckley: happy/sad (Elektra)

16: Cedell Davis: Feel Like Doin' Somebody Wrong (Fat Possum)

15. Maureen Tucker: I Spent a Week There the Other Night (Sky)


14: Jaybird Coleman: Complete Recordings (Document)

13. James Brown: Love Power Peace (Polydor)

12. Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana (Chess/MCA)

11. Randy Newman: Sail Away (Reprise)

10. The Soul Stirrers: He's My Rock: their early sides (P-Vine)

9. Frozen Brass: Asia (Pan)

8.  Bessie Tucker: Complete Recordings (Document)

7. Old-Time Mountain Ballads (County)

6. Professor Longhair: New Orleans Piano (Atlantic)

 5. Frank Sinatra: Where are you? (Capitol)

4. Terry Riley: Reed Streams/L'Infonie - In C (Mantra) (organ of Cortie)

3. Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina & Virginia (Smithsonian Folkways)

2. Annette Peacock: X-Dreams (See For Miles)

1. A Treasury of Library of Congress Recordings (Rounder)





Nathan Abshire: Pine Grove Blues/The Good Times Are Killing Me (Ace)

Albert Ayler: Goin' Home (Black Lion)

Backwoods Blues 1926-1935 (Document)

Ed Bell/Barefoot Bill/Sluefoot Joe: Complete Recordings (Document)

Sidney Bechet: Young Sidney Bechet: 1923-1925 (Timeless)

Bobby Bland: Turn on Your Love Light  (Duke)

The Blues World of Little Walter (Delmark)

Dock Boggs: Country Blues (Revenant)

Tim Buckley: Live at the Troubadour: 1969 (Rhino/Bizarre)

Sonny Burgess: Classic Recordings: 1956-9 (Bear Family)

John Cale: Music For a New Society (Rhino)

Gus Cannon: Walk Right In (Stax)

Alex Chilton: Like Flies on Sherbert (Last Call)

Country Brass Bands (Folkways CDR)

James Luther Dickinson: Dixie Fried (Sepia Tone)

Scott Dunbar: From Lake Mary (Fat Possum)

Duke Ellington: Solos, Duets and Trios (Bluebird)

Brother Claude Ely: Satan Get Back! (Ace)

Eureka Brass Band: New Orleans Funeral & Parade (American Music)

John Fahey & his Orchestra: Old Fashioned Love (Takoma)

Charlie Feathers: Uh Huh Honey (Norton)

Fred Frith: Guitar Solos (Fred)

Frozen Brass: Africa & Latin America (Pan)

Funky Broadway: Stax Revue live at the 5/4 Ballroom (Stax)

Golden Eagles: Lightning & Thunder (Rounder)

The Greatest Songsters: Complete Works: 1927-1929 (Document)

The Great Harp Players: 1927-1936 (Document)

John Lee Hooker: It Serves You Right to Suffer (Beat Goes On)

Lightnin' Hopkins: Remember Me (Ember)

Howlin' Wolf: Howling Wolf Rides Again (Ace)

The Kinks: Live at Kelvin Hall (Sanctuary)

Dennis McGee: Complete Early Recordings: 1929-1930 (Yazoo)

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Amazing Grace (Testament)

The Meters: The Meters (Sundazed)

New Waver: 'the defeated' (Spill)

Wooden Joe Nicholas: Wooden Joe Nicholas (American Music)

The Premiers: Farmer John Live (Collector's Choice)

Pharoah Sanders: Tauhid (Impulse!)

Eric Satie: Satie: The Early Piano Works (Phillips)

The Seeds: Raw & Alive at Merlin's Music Box (GNP Crescendo)

Frankie Lee Sims: Lucy Mae Blues (Speciality)

Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues (Beat Goes On)

Twenty First St. Stomp: The Piano Blues of St. Louis (Yazoo)

Dionne Warwick: Hidden Gems (Rhino)

Big  Joe Williams: These Are My Blues (Testament)

Robert Pete Williams: Long Ol Way From Home: The Chicago Sessions (Fuel 2000)

Link Wray: Beans & Fatback (Virgin)



&
if  you reckon I'm joking,
I already have earlier/shorter published versions
 of most of these


+
a note to labels,
I'm looking for more of similar
quality...not only whatever's on your current release
schedule - and much of the best is (invariably) back catalogue

but...I will review current work,
only (however) if it is genuinely exceptional

and, by the way...I paid for all (but one) of the above