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Various - Sadie’s Gentlemen’s Club V5 – Branded (CD)€15,00
“Atomicat Records with permission from Sadie the mysterious owner and mistress of The Gentlemen’s Club are making the music played at the venue referred to as “The House Of Sin” available to the public. During Visit 05 – Branded you will absorb the thirty songs which will enter your heart.”
The album undeniably includes styles associated with our labels Atomicat and Koko Mojo, specifically greasy rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll, and within the series, we include songs that are more fitting to a late-night rendezvous club. You will encounter and absorb yourself into the genres of; titty-shakers, popcorn, twist, pop, exotica, space-age, swing, and blues. The concept is presented Atomicat style ”loud, pulsating and vibrant” and sourced from the years 1947 onwards with most of the sounds being from the mid-1950s music through to 1963.
le rendezvous à la Maison du rouge known as Sadie’s Gentlemen’s Club aka The House of Sin – Visit 05 – Branded – Atomicat Records (ACCD110) the message is Teach Me Tonight.
The sensual feelings discovered during Visit 05 – Branded are focusing on the intention to gain satisfaction; Ernie Freeman, The Stripper, Otis Rush, I’m Satisfied, Mickey and Sylvia, A New Idea On Love, and Dinah Washington, Teach Me Tonight. There is some cheating going on, Charlie Blackwell, The Girl Of My Best Friend, The Hollywood Chicks find a playboy, Hey, Little Gigolo, and there is a hint of desperation from Gloria Irving, I Need A Man.
The album’s title Branded is performed by Richie Robin and other artists fully in love include; Magnificent Seven, Baby Doll, Roy Hamilton, A Great Romance, The Flamingos, Nobody Loves Me Like You, and Marilyn Monroe, I Wanna Be Loved By You.
For fun and frolics you will get low down and groovy to the sounds of; Berna-Dean, One Gal In Town, Five Men Hanging Around, Chance Halladay, 13 Women, Ray Charles and Orchestra, Kissa Me Baby, The Drifters, I’ll Take You Home, and for reminiscing fun, Chubby Checker, Dancin’ Party.
Every album has thirty recordings remastered Atomic style which is clear, vibrant and the music is carefully collected throughout the series to offer vibrant and diverse sounds from the numerous musical genres.The series is the brainchild of Dee Jay Mark Armstrong and has the expected vibrant Atomic remastered sound from The Studio That Time Forgot, El Paso, Texas, and the package is brought to life with wonderful illustrations from Gito Lima.
Dee Jay Mark Armstrong Bühl, Germany
Mahal Taj & Cooder Ry - Get On Board (CD)€20,00
Nearly sixty years after they first played together, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, longtime friends and collaborators, reunite with an album of music from two Piedmont blues masters who have inspired them all their lives: GET ON BOARD: THE SONGS OF SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE.
With Taj Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano and Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo—joined by Joachim Cooder on drums and bass—the duo recorded eleven songs drawn from recordings and live performances by Terry and McGhee, who they both first heard as teenagers in California.
Johnny Littlejohn & J.B. Hutto - Slide ’em On Down: Chicago Slide Guitar 1966-1992 (2CD) (CD)€29,90
”People was coming from places like Joliet, Chicago Heights, different places, they’d listen, they’d sit there and drink, they’d listen to me.” Johnny Littlejohn ”Johnny Littlejohn was a dazzling slide guitarist heavily influenced by Elmore James. His versatility and professionalism made him popular on the Chicago blues scene.” James Segrest & Mark Hoffman ”Today’s blues in the small bars still draws strength from the slide guitar style, whose shrill whine rings loud and clear from the taverns. Homesick James, J.B. Hutto, Hound Dog Taylor and David ’Honeyboy’ Edwards have always played with a slide. But a newer name is Johnny Littlejohn (John Funchess) from Lake, Mississippi, who although part of the Gary scene in the early ’50s, when he played with John Brim as well as with Jimmy Reed and Eddie Taylor had to wait until 1965* to get on record.” Mike Rowe, ’Chicago Breakdown’ Like many Chicago bluesmen, Johnny’s first 45s were recorded for small labels and when Mike Rowe wrote ’Chicago Breakdown’ in 1973 Johnny Littlejohn was still seen as a ’newer name’. Yet he had recorded a well-received album for Arhoolie Records – ’Chicago Blues Stars’ five years earlier. He had also tried out for Chess Records in 1969 (although the session remained in the can), tracks from his Arhoolie album appeared on blues compilations and he had a solid reputation among African Americans who still bought blues records and frequented Chicago’s blues clubs, bars and lounges.
Zito Mike - Blues For The Southside (2CD) (CD)€25,00
Recorded on November 26, 2021, at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, Missouri, and produced by Mike Zito, Blues for the Southside showcases Zito (guitar, vocals) and his stellar band in full fury with special guests Tony Campanella, Dave Kalz and guitar wizard Eric Gales. The set list for that special night included tunes from Mike’s earlier albums and his tributes to Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Steve Ray Vaughan.
Johnson Syl Meets Smokey Smothers - Chicago Blues – The 60s New Breed (CD)€13,00
Two artists who recorded for the legendary FEDERAL label in 1959 and 1960.
24 tracks offering a perfect snapshot of the R&B scene at the time, several of which include the guitar work of blues legend Freddie King.
Experience the sounds that had Chicago juke boxes buzzing as the 50s morphed into the 60s.
Includes half a dozen tracks never before available on CD anywhere in the world.
Informative booklet tells the story of both artists, together with photos, label and sleeve scans.
McTell Blind Willie - The Syncopated Country Blues Of (CD)€13,00
A man once immortalised in song by Bob Dylan, no less, BLIND WILLIE McTELL was a noted Piedmont Blues and Ragtime singer and guitarist, who made his first recordings in the late 1920s.
Dylan sang: ’And I know no one can sing The Blues like Blind Willie McTell.’
Essentially a rambling, street musician in Georgia and on the streets of Atlanta, McTell played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, although unlike his Piedmont contemporaries, he played twelve-string guitars almost exclusively.
He was also an adept slide guitarist, which was unusual among Ragtime Bluesmen.
His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from the harsher voices of Delta Bluesmen like Charley Patton.
The material on this collection was recorded for Atlantic and Regal, in 1949, although many of these sides would not be released until the late 60s/early 70s Blues revival, some twenty years later.
Brenston Jackie - The Blues Got Me Again – Singles 1951-1962 (CD)€13,00
JACKIE BRENSTON’s name is of course ubiquitous in all discussions and/or essays concerning ’What was the very first Rock & Roll record?’ due to his bootin’ ’Rocket 88′, a #1 R&B record in 1951 which was famously covered by Bill Haley & His Saddlemen.
Brenston was a singer/saxophonist in Ike Turner’s band, and his sole hit was essentially a head arrangement based heavily on Jimmy Liggins’ ’Cadillac Boogie’, which came together in Sam Phillips’ recording studio, in Memphis.
Although the disc was credited to ’Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats’, they were actually Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm.
However, although follow-ups like ’My Real Gone Rocket’ and ’Independent Woman’ are highly-regarded by collectors, he was unable to register another hit.
This compilation comprises everything that Brenston recorded as a lead vocalist between 1951-62, either solo, with Ike Turner, or with Chicago guitarist Earl Hooker; this is the first time that these twenty-seven tracks have been thus compiled.
Stidham Arbee - Feeling Blue & Low 1947-1957 (CD)€13,00
ARBEE (not R.B.) STIDHAM was an American Blues/R&B singer and multi-instrumentalist (he played sax, clarinet, and guitar), active between the late 1940s until just before his death, in 1988.
Before WWII he played tenor sax, leading his own Jazz band, who backed Bessie Smith for a couple of years.
He cut his first record in 1947 and quickly became a member of that unlucky – if distinguished – group of artistes who scored a R&B #1 with their very first record, in his case ’My Heart Belongs To You’, but then failed to register another national hit.
He nonetheless enjoyed significant regional successes with sides like ’I Send My Regrets’, ’Feeling Blue And Low’ and ’Meet Me Half Way’.
Despite his career longevity Stidham recorded only sporadically; this compilation presents the very best of his sides for RCA Victor, Sittin’ In With, Checker, Abco and States between 1947-57.
This body of work is currently unavailable elsewhere on CD.
Black Keys - Dropout Boogie (CD)€18,00
As they’ve done their entire career, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all of the material for their new album, Dropout Boogie, in the studio, and the album captures a number of first takes that hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in Akron, Ohio, basements. After hashing out initial ideas at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, the duo welcomed new collaborators Billy F. Gibbons, Greg Cartwright, and Angelo Petraglia to the sessions, marking the first time they’ve invited multiple new contributors to work simultaneously on one of their own albums.
Zetterberg Sven - Rain On -The Lost Session (CD)€20,00
New album with unreleased material by Sven Zetterberg!
The material for the album “Rain On” was recorded at Pama Studios in the end of 1999. It was never released at the time – but now, in 2022 when Sven would have celebrated his 70th birthday, it is the right time to release these superb recordings.
Rain On-albumi tuo yleisön kuultavaksiSven Zetterbergin uutta musiikkia yli kahdenkymmenen vuoden takaa. Sven Zetterberg oli ruotsalaisen bluesin suurmies, bluesyhteisön arvostama ja rakastama niin kaikissa Pohjoismaissa kuin myös bluesin syntysijoilla Yhdysvalloissa.
Hän äänitti vuonna 1999 Ruotsissa Pama-studiolla musiikkia uutta albumia varten –levyä ei kuitenkaan koskaan julkaistu.
Tuottaja Katri Oksanen tarttui tähän kadoksissa olleeseen materiaaliin, joka työstettiinuutta levyä varten.
Rain On-albuminjulkaisupäivä oli 28.3.2022.Sven Zetterberg julkaisi yli 40-vuotisen uransa aikana liki 20 omaa levyä bändiensä kanssa ja näiden lisäksi vieraili kymmenillä muiden artistien levyillä. Hän äänitti Pama-studiolla menestyksekkään ensimmäisen soololevynsä Blues From Withinvuonna 1998 –ja palasi samaan paikkaan vuotta myöhemmin seuraavan levyn valmistamistavarten. Studiomuusikkoina hänen kanssaan uudessa sessiossa soittivat Bosse Skoglund(rummut), Matti Ollikainen(piano), Mikael Fahleryd (basso) ja Calle Engström(kitara). Bändi äänitti kahden päivän aikana 17 raitaa, joista 11 on mukana nyt julkaistavalla levyllä.-Rain On-levyllä pääosassa on Svenin laulu-valitsin mukaan kappaleet, joissa hänen äänensätodella nousee esille.
Sven on edelleen äärimmäisen kaivattu pohjoismaisessa bluesyhteisössä, siksi tuntuu mahtavalta voida julkaista nyt tämä levy, jolla saamme kuulla Svenin upeita tulkintoja vuosien takaa. Albumilla on mukana niin Svenin omia biisejä kuin muutama klassikkotulkinta.
Hieno yksityiskohta on se, että sain Kim Wilsonin mukaan vierailemaan levylle. Hän äänitti kahteen kappaleeseen niitä täydentävät huuliharppuosiot, kertoo levyn tuottaja Katri Oksanen
Various - 120 Years Of The Cadillac Car (CD)€15,00
Caddies were the ultimate expression of America’s post-war prosperity and the 1950s dream. The automobile brand will be one-hundred and twenty years old on 22 August 2022, and Atomicat Records shines its headlights onto the Cadillac car with an inspiring variety of songs. The concept of the Cadillac car was the brainchild of; William Murphy, Lemuel Bowen, and Henry M. Leland who designed the first-ever Cadillac car in 1902, and this album is dedicated to them and their automobile which became synonymous with the ”Fabulous Fifties.”
Atomicat Records Anniversary series celebrates 120 Years of the Cadillac Car (ACCD117) with thirty motorvatin’ songs from 1948 through to 1962 paying homage to the gadget-laden ”Fabulous Fifties” dream car.
Atomicat takes a different slant to the topic, and we source songs from the genres of Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Doo-Wop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Hillbilly. Then we dig a little deeper and include groups named after the automobile, and finally songs that have Cadillac in the lyrics. Atomicat’s seven-dimension tribute allows you can hear how the car entered into the different cultures and influenced songwriters.
Various - Sadie’s Gentlemen’s Club V4 – Ecstasy (CD)€15,00
Ie rendezvous à la Maison du rouge known as Sadie’s Gentlemen’s Club aka The House of Sin – Visit 04 – Ecstasy – Atomicat Records (ACCD109) the message is Try Love (Just One More Time). The concept is presented Atomicat style “loud, pulsating and vibrant” and sourced from the years 1942 onwards with most of the sounds being from the mid-1950s music through to 1963.
Winter Edgar - Brother Johnny (CD)€20,00
Brother Johnny is a tribute to the legendary blues guitarist created by his brother Edgar Winter. The album is a powerful sonic journey, traveling the course of Johnny’s musical life, impeccably directed, as only his brother Edgar could. Joining Edgar on the inclusive project is an impressive array of renowned musicians who knew, or were inspired by Johnny, including Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, John McFee, Robben Ford, Billy Gibbons, David Grissom, Taylor Hawkins, Warren Haynes, Steve Lukather, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Doug Rappoport, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ringo Starr, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Walsh, Phil X and Gregg Bissonette. The guitar-driven album celebrates the expansive styles Johnny was known for – the 17 tracks were carefully curated by Edgar and producer Ross Hogarth to represent Johnny’s evolution as an artist, honoring his great legacy while also incorporating a personal tribute from brother to brother, and for which Edgar penned two new songs. Singles ”JOHNNY B. GOODE,” ”MEAN TOWN BLUES” and ”LONE STAR BLUES”.
Principato Tom - It’s Tele Time! A tribute to Roy Buchanan & Danny Gatton (CD)€20,00
I have never thought of myself in the same category as Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton — these guys were my heroes, and through them I heard the playing of my other heroes like Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Roy Nichols, Charlie Christian and James Burton. And although I have played different models of Fender and Gibson guitars over the years, (Roy and Danny didn’t always play a Telecaster either), I have always thought of myself in my own way, as being part of the ”Washington D.C. Telecaster tradition”. I always brought more than one guitar on a tour or to a concert, and one of them was usually a Telecaster. There would be a part of the show where I would strap on a Telecaster, joke about ”it’s Tele time!” and ”unleashing the chickens”, and for a part of the night everything that I learned or absorbed from Roy and Danny would come pouring out. This is a collection of live recordings showing those influences and my tribute to 2 of the greatest Fender Telecaster guitar players ever. – Tom Principato
Robillard Duke - They Called It Rhythm And Blues (CD)€22,00
2022 release. Anyone who knows Duke’s music, will immediately smile at the first few seconds of the opening track ”Here I’m Is” from the new album They Call It Rhythm & Blues. It’s that joyous jump-blues shuffle sound that Duke has been perfecting since the late 60s. Indeed, every song on this album is about the groove, master musicianship, great understated taste and a perfect band mix that always complements the pulse and the singer. Duke’s guitar is at the center and brings it all together. For a lifetime Duke Robillard has been playing the jazzy corners of the blues. He was a founder of Roomful of Blues in the early 1970s, and replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the 1990s and was a core member of the New Guitar Summit through the 2000s, in addition to releasing an astounding 37 albums on his own. He has won the W.C. Handy Award as Best Blues Guitarist twice, and been nominated for two Best Blues Album Grammy Awards. He is credited with taking the blues to a new level for multiple generations of blues guitarists.
Laurie Annie - The Annie Laurie Collection 1945-62 (2CD) (CD)€15,00
Annie Laurie was an R&B, blues and sophisticated jazz and pop singer born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1924, who came to prominence in 1947 with her debut hit “Since I Fell For You”, and over the next 15 years recorded and released material which brought her several more successes in both pop and R&B charts, recording for much of the early era of her career with a trio and band led by pianist and songwriter Paul Gayten. At the start of her career she recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s legendary J&M Studios in New Orleans, which gave her work from those years a distinctive Crescent City sound.
This excellent- value 51-track 2-CD set comprises comprising most of the A & B sides of her releases on the Cosmo, De Luxe, Regal, Okeh, Savoy and Ritz labels from this era, including performances with the bands of Paul Gayten and Danny Kessler, as she rode the waves of the upheavals in the market occasioned by the advent of rock ‘n’ roll to take her hit-making career into the 1960s.
It features all her career pop and R&B chart entries, including the R&B No. 3 hits “Since I Fell For You” and “It Hurts To Be In Love”, and her other Top 10 hits “Cuttin’ Out” and “I’ll Never Be Free”. She was a highly versatile vocal stylist, equally at home with upbeat jump blues material, grooving R&B songs, and smoothly polished jazz-flavoured pop, and this collection provides a varied and entertaining showcase for her distinctive talent.
North Mississippi Allstars - Set Sail (Bonus Tracks, Indie Exclusive) (CD)€20,00
Luther and Cody Dickinson started the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 as a loose collective of like-minded second-generation musicians who shared a local repertoire and regional style. Over the years the lineup shifted by design, and each NMA record offered up a different combination of collaborators. Set Sail finds the brothers working with Jesse Williams on bass and Lamar Williams, Jr. for the first time.
Set Sail, the North Mississippi Allstars’ thirteenth album, follows 2019’s Up and Rolling, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2021. Set Sail continues the band’s tradition of creating roots music that displays remarkable variety. With their latest record, NMA are able to build upon their self-described sound of Primitive Modernism. A melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic, crafted lyrics and improvisational music.
James Harman Band - Sparks Flying: Live In 1992 (CD)€23,00
With this release we delve further into the amazing recordings Pierre Degeneffe organized over the years at the many festivals he organized or collaborated on, Ecaussines and Tamines in particular. Pierre’s booking choices always reflected a deep love for the real blues and an inspired taste in quality musicians. The first full album we released was by Denise LaSalle (Mississippi Woman Steppin’ Out) and it’s almost a unique record of the great southern soul-blues star performing tough small group blues. Added as bonus tracks to re-released studio sets have been stunning live tracks by Eddie C. Campbell, Big Jay McNeely and Fenton Robinson with the Son Seals band. So we have a catalog within a catalog here – a set of artists like James Harman featured at the top of their game. And if you are reading this some time after the album’s release do check what may have followed. Pierre has an amazing list I intend to work through. Usually with any set of recordings, whether studio or live, I give a lot of thought to the running order so the set flows and is interesting throughout. But this show was not thrown together at the last minute with a set list on scraps of paper. James put together a complete, well planned performance and it needs no changes. This is the show as performed on the night. John Stedman, 2021 James Gary Harman would be the male blues version of Flannery O’Conner, with his creative crazy genius. James was a true, original Southern character right out of a novel… harmonica man, amazing songwriter and songster, soulful blues shouter, part shaman, flim flam man, philosopher, improviser par excellence, stand up comic, pirate actor, Southern chef, blues historian, car salesman, braggart, a mess of contradictions, professional broke down hillbilly (his words), drag racing fanatic, beat era hipster, mechanic (he got my battery back working at the ferry terminal at PT Townsend… he could do it all! Mark Hummel, 2021
Son House - Forever On My Mind (CD)€18,00
A new Son House album of previously unreleased recordings from the legendary ”Father Of The Delta Blues” features the never before recorded track, ”Forever On My Mind. ” The album comes from noted blues manager and historian Dick Waterman’s archives which were the first upon Son House’s 1964 re-discovery. Restored to remarkable clarity, by producer Dan Auerbach for Easy Eye Sound, these recordings represent the earliest recordings of House upon his return to the limelight after 20+ years away.
CD Packaging: Softpak CD w/ booklet
Dixon Willie - Koko Mojo Songwriter Series (CD)€15,00
“Rhythm & Blues music without the contribution of Willie Dixon is unimaginable. The Songwriter series looks at the craftmanship of Vicksburg, Mississippi-bred musician and song writer William (Willie) James Dixon who helped define the West-side sound created in the Chicago based studios.”
The musically journey in Willie Dixon, Hard Notch Boogie Beat (KM-CD-156) explodes into action in 1947 and boogies through to 1962. The album is filled to abundance with up-tempo boogie-blues, energetic rhythm & blues and some sultry female R&B divas add to the all-round look at his influence on popular music.
Dixon who was one of the greatest bassets and song writers in the world and he is featured with six recordings from his tenure with the Big Three Trio, two solo recordings, and one duet with Memphis Slim. He additionally performs as session basset on many of the album’s songs, and the sleeve notes provide this information. The album has a strong focus on his prime period was with the Chicago labels, Chess, Checker and Cobra.
The Big Three Trio first recorded for Bluebird; however, our story begins with the Bullet, Columbia, and Okeh labels. The featured Trio recordings are perfect examples of the transformation of post-war R&B music. The Big Three Trio comprised of; pianist Leonard ”Baby Doo” Caston, guitarist Bernardo Dennis (who was replaced after a year by Ollie Crawford), and upright bassist Dixon, and the trio sang ensemble. Signifying Monkey, 88 Boogie, Hard Notch Boogie Beat, and the other three Trio recordings are full of rhythm patterns which are the roots of rock ’n’ roll.
By 1951 Dixon was a full-time employee of the Chess/ Checker labels and he worked as; producer, talent scout, session musician and staff songwriter. From the Chess/ Checker recordings you will hear Willie Dixon and His All Stars, recorded in 1955 Crazy For My Baby, and in 1956 Willie Dixon with the uncredited Moonglows providing the backing vocals sings 29 Ways. You will furthermore come across; Little Walter with Crazy Mixed Up World, the delightful pairing of Etta (James) and Harvey (Fuqua) Spoonful, Muddy Waters, Tiger In Your Tank and You Need Love, Guitar Red, Just You And I, and naturally Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley join in on the fun.
In 1957, after another argument with the Chess brothers over payments, Dixon quit the company and joined Eli Toscano’s Cobra label, where he continued to produce more outstanding West-side Blues. From Dixon’s change of employment you hear the same high-quality sound and productions from; Betty Everett with her bluesy My Love, Harold Burrage provides three exciting recordings and you hear the move towards rock ‘n’ roll in; I Don’t Care Who Knows, the jiving Stop For The Red, the throaty stroller Messed Up. Harold E. Burrage pianist skills are also heard in one of the wildest blues rockers, Magic Sam’s 21 Days In Jail. After this period together with Memphis Slim in 1960 an album was recorded for Prestige Bluesville and one song is taken from the album, the jump boogie Don’t You Tell Nobody. The solitary Argo recording Working On Me Baby is from Tiny Topsy.
The album is compiled by Dee Jay Mark Armstrong and topped off with the best possible sound quality possible from our mastering team at our El Paso, Texas, Studio. The album sleeves are made from top-quality eco-friendly cardboard and lavishly decorated by design artist and working musician Urban Zotel. The album is ideal for Dee Jays to fill the dance floor with, and for home listening or while cruising around. You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future! Koko Mojo Records “Often imitated, never duplicated” All that remains is to say, ”crank up the volume and dig these musical gems.
Dee Jay Mark Armstrong Bühl, Germany