Category Archives: Rare Records

Detroit Record Man – Joe Von Battle

Joe Von Battle was a self-made man, who followed a well-trod path from the rural South to the urban north during the Great Migration. His Detroit record shop not only sold the sounds of the black South — blues and … Continue reading

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New documentary charts the birth of British blues in Ealing

A new documentary about a West London club where The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Eric Clapton played in the 1960s is now available. ‘Suburban Steps To Rockland’ is an independent film about the Ealing Club produced by 62 Films and … Continue reading

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John Lee Hooker Box Set Due

A new career spanning five-disc set from John Lee Hooker is due in October which will include some of biggest hits, rarities, live performances and previously unreleased tracks. Those unissued sides include “Unfriendly Woman,” “When I Lay My Burden Down” … Continue reading

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New Jimmy Reed Vee Jay Box Set Out

A new three CD anthology featuring Chicago bluesman Jimmy Reed is now out called ‘Mr. Luck – The Complete Vee Jay Singles’. Issued by Craft Recordings via Concord, the collection is available in a CD set set, as well as … Continue reading

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Great Downhome Blues Chicago Box Due September 22nd

This is the one to get! Lots of rarities, unissued and alternative takes of classic Chicago blues from the 1940s and 1950s. Complete with booklet by Mike Rowe. Weinerworld have now published a new press release with track listing and … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Billy Vera Biography

Out in April this year will be the biography of singer, songwriter, record producer, music critic and historian Billy Vera, called ‘Harlem To Hollywood’ A showbiz lifer, Billy Vera was born into a white, suburban family, but Billy fell for … Continue reading

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Bill Monroe: 1950 – 1951 Complete Decca Recordings

Rhythm Bomb Records is set to release a new, five CD set of Bill Monroe recordings featuring everything he cut for Decca in 1950 and 1951 including sessions with Jimmy Martin and Carter Stanley as lead vocalist, with all the … Continue reading

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Off The Record Presents: Joe Bussard

Published on 13th January 2017 ‘‘Off The Record Presents’ made this freat short film of the record collector’s version of the pilgrimage to Mecca – to Joe Bussard’s wonderful basement! Joe is the owner of one of the finest collections … Continue reading

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Best Box Sets of 2016

Some fantasic releases this year that would make the list much too long – including the  Otis Redding at the Whiskey A Go-Go in 1966 and a number of multi CD bootleg box sets by bands such as The Doors, … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin – Complete BBC Sessions Out In September

Almost two decades on from the release of Led Zeppelin’s acclaimed ‘BBC Sessions’ album, a new expanded and remastered version has been announced. An update on the original album – which collated live BBC recordings from 1969 to 1971 – … Continue reading

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