Recommended Recordings

As part of Our Recommendations, here are some of our Recommended Recordings, listed alphabetically by artist. Please note that this list is a work in progress and will be adding more titles regularly. Also see our Recommended Recordings – Compilations:

Johnny Ace

CD cover, Aces Wild! The Complete Solo Sides and Sessions by Johnny Ace.
CD cover, Aces Wild! The Complete Solo Sides and Sessions by Johnny Ace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mose Allison

CD cover, Mose Allison Sings by Mose Allison, on Prestige Records
CD cover, Mose Allison Sings by Mose Allison, on Prestige Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Armstrong

CD cover, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy, Complete Edition. 2 CD set
CD cover, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy, Complete Edition. 2 CD set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Bill Broonzy

CD cover. Big Bill Broonzy, 1937-40, on JSP Records
CD cover. Big Bill Broonzy, 1937-40, on JSP Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell

CD cover, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell-Volume 1: 1928-1934, a 4 CD box set on JSP Records
CD cover, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell-Volume 1: 1928-1934, a 4 CD box set on JSP Records

 

 

 

 

Bo Carter – Mississippi Sheiks

CD cover, Bo Carter & The Mississippi Sheiks, a 4 CD, 100 track collection released on JSP Records.
CD cover, Bo Carter & The Mississippi Sheiks, a 4 CD, 100 track collection released on JSP Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Callicott

CD Cover, Ain't A Gonna Lie To You, by Joe Callicot, recorded by George Mitchell in 1967, released on Fat Possum Records
CD Cover, Ain’t A Gonna Lie To You, by Joe Callicott, recorded by George Mitchell in 1967, released on Fat Possum Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cream

Album cover, Fresh Cream by Cream, originally released in December 1966.
Album cover, Fresh Cream by Cream, originally released in December 1966.

 

 

 

 

David Honeyboy Edwards

CD cover, Delta Bluesman by David Honeyboy Edwards. This CD contains the 1942 Alan Lomax recordings of Honeyboy Edwards
CD cover, Delta Bluesman by David Honeyboy Edwards. This CD contains the 1942 Alan Lomax recordings of Honeyboy Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind Roosevelt Graves

Blind Roosevelt Graves & Brother, Complete Recorded Works 1929-1936, on Document Records. CD cover.
Blind Roosevelt Graves & Brother, Complete Recorded Works 1929-1936, on Document Records. CD cover.

 

 

 

 

 

W.C. Handy

CD cover, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy, Complete Edition. 2 CD set
CD cover, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy, Complete Edition. 2 CD set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slim Harpo

CD cover, Slim Harpo, The Excello Singles Anthology
CD cover, Slim Harpo, The Excello Singles Anthology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Lee Hooker

CD cover, John Lee Hooker, Eight Classic Albums, a 4 CD set released by Real Gone Music Company
CD cover, John Lee Hooker, Eight Classic Albums, a 4 CD set released by Real Gone Music Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son House

CD cover, Mojo Working: The Original Delta Blues, by Son House, from the 1965 Columbia Records sessions
CD cover, Mojo Working: The Original Delta Blues, by Son House, from the 1965 Columbia Records sessions

 

 

 

 

Howlin’ Wolf

CD cover, Howlin' Wolf, The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62, on Acrobat Records
CD cover, Howlin’ Wolf, The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62, on Acrobat Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mississippi John Hurt

CD cover, Avalon Blues - The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings, by Mississippi John Hurt
CD cover, Avalon Blues – The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings, by Mississippi John Hurt

 

 

 

 

 

Nehemiah “Skip” James

CD cover, The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James - 1930, by Skip James, released on Yazoo Records
CD cover, The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James – 1930, by Skip James, released on Yazoo Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind Lemon Jefferson

CD cover, The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson, released on Yazoo Records
CD cover, The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson, released on Yazoo Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind Willie Johnson

CD cover, The Complete Vintage Blind Willie Johnson, on Sony Legacy Records.
CD cover, Complete Blind Willie Johnson on Sony Legacy Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Johnson

CD cover, Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings. This is the edition we are currently recommending.
CD cover, Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings. This is the edition we are currently recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Johnson

CD cover, Tommy Johnson Complete Recordings, on Document Records
CD cover, Tommy Johnson Complete Recordings, on Document Records

 

 

 

 

Louis Jordan

CD cover, Louis Jordan-The Rock n" Roll Years 1955-58 , a 2 CD set on Jasmine Records
CD cover, Louis Jordan-The Rock n” Roll Years 1955-58 , a 2 CD set on Jasmine Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert King

CD cover, Albert King, Born Under A Bad Sign, released on Stax Records.
CD cover, Albert King, Born Under A Bad Sign, released on Stax Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.B. King

CD cover, B.B. King: The Complete Singles A's & B's 1949-62 on Acrobat Records.
CD cover, B.B. King: The Complete Singles A’s & B’s 1949-62 on Acrobat Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter “Furry” Lewis

Masters of Memphis Blues, on JSP Records, CD box set cover
Masters of Memphis Blues, on JSP Records, CD box set cover

 

 

 

Little Walter

CD cover, Little Walter, Chess Records 50th Anniversary Collection.
CD cover, Little Walter, Chess Records 50th Anniversary Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Lockwood Jr.

CD cover, Delta Crossroads, by Robert Lockwood Jr., released on Telarc Records
CD cover, Delta Crossroads, by Robert Lockwood Jr., released on Telarc Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Sam

CD cover, Live At The Avant Garde, by Magic Sam Blues Band, released by Delmark Records.
CD cover, Live At The Avant Garde, by Magic Sam Blues Band, released by Delmark Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Mayall

CD Cover, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
CD Cover, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mississippi Fred McDowell

CD cover, You Gotta Move by Mississippi Fred McDowell, on Arhoolie Records
CD cover, You Gotta Move by Mississippi Fred McDowell, on Arhoolie Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind Willie McTell

CD cover, Blind Willie McTell-The Classic Years, 1927-1940, a 4 CD, 84 track collection on JSP Records
CD cover, Blind Willie McTell-The Classic Years, 1927-1940, a 4 CD, 84 track collection on JSP Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amos Milburn

CD cover, Rockin' And Drinkin' by Amos Milburn, a 2 CD set released on Jasmine Records
CD cover, Rockin’ And Drinkin’ by Amos Milburn, a 2 CD set released on Jasmine Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memphis Minnie

CD cover, Memphis Minnie - Queen of the Delta Blues 1929-1937, 5 CD set on JSP Records. Volume 1 of a 2 volume collection of memphis Minnie recordings.
CD cover, Memphis Minnie – Queen of the Delta Blues 1929-1937, 5 CD set on JSP Records. Volume 1 of a 2 volume collection of memphis Minnie recordings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mississippi Sheiks – Bo Carter

CD cover, Bo Carter & The Mississippi Sheiks, a 4 CD, 100 track collection released on JSP Records.
CD cover, Bo Carter & The Mississippi Sheiks, a 4 CD, 100 track collection released on JSP Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Nighthawk

CD cover, Bricks In My Pillow by Robert Nighthawk, on Delmark Records. This CD contains tracks from 1951 and 1952 sessions.
CD cover, Bricks In My Pillow by Robert Nighthawk, on Delmark Records. This CD contains tracks from 1951 and 1952 sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charley Patton / Charlie Patton

CD cover, The Best of Charlie patton, released on Yazoo Records
CD cover, The Best of Charlie Patton, released on Yazoo Records

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Reed

CD cover, Jimmy Reed, Five Classic Albums Plus Singles, a 4 CD set released by Real Gone Music Company
CD cover, Jimmy Reed, Five Classic Albums Plus Singles, a 4 CD set released by Real Gone Music Company 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Rodgers

CD cover, Jimmie Rodgers Recordings 1927-1933, a 5 CD, 110 track, box set released on JSP Records
CD cover, Jimmie Rodgers Recordings 1927-1933, a 5 CD, 110 track, box set released on JSP Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Rogers

CD cover, Blues Blues Blues by Jimmy Rogers, on Atlantic Records
CD cover, Blues Blues Blues by Jimmy Rogers, on Atlantic Records
  • Blues Blues Blues – this Atlantic Records release features Jimmy Rogers with guest artists including Eric Clapton, Lowell Fulson, Jeff Healey, Mick Jagger, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant. Keith Richards and Stephen Stills

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otis Rush

CD cover, Classic Cobra Records Recordings 1956-1958 by Otis Rush
CD cover, Classic Cobra Records Recordings 1956-1958 by Otis Rush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James “Son” Thomas

CD Cover, Beefsteak Blues by James "Son" Thomas, released in 1998.
CD Cover, Beefsteak Blues by James “Son” Thomas, released in 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rufus Thomas Jr.

CD cover, Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 by Rufus Thomas. On Fantasy Records.
CD cover, Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 by Rufus Thomas. On Fantasy Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ike Turner

CD cover, Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm - Rhythm Rockin' Blues - on Ace Records
CD cover, Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm – Rhythm Rockin’ Blues – on Ace Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-Bone Walker

CD cover, T-Bone Blues, by T-Bone Walker, on Atlantic Records
CD cover, T-Bone Blues, by T-Bone Walker, on Atlantic Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Walter

CD cover, Little Walter, Chess Records 50th Anniversary Collection.
CD cover, Little Walter, Chess Records 50th Anniversary Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Waters

CD cover, Muddy Waters, The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles As & Bs 1947-62, on Acrobat Records
CD cover, Muddy Waters, The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles As & Bs 1947-62, on Acrobat Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Wells

CD cover, Hoodoo Man Blues, by Junior Wells. Released on Delmark Records
CD cover, Hoodoo Man Blues, by Junior Wells. Released on Delmark Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Booker “Bukka” White

CD cover, Legends of Country Blues, on JSP Records, features the complete early recordings of Son House, Skip James, Bukka White,
CD cover, Legends of Country Blues, on JSP Records, features the complete early recordings of Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, Tommy Johnson and Ishmon Bracey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reverend John Wilkins

CD cover, You Can't Hurry God by Reverend John Wilkins
CD cover, You Can’t Hurry God by Reverend John Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Wilkins – Reverend Robert Wilkins

CD cover, Remember Me by Reverend Robert Wilkins.
CD cover, Remember Me by Reverend Robert Wilkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonny Boy Willlamson 1

CD cover,The Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Volume 1, a 4 CD set released on JSP Records
CD cover,The Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Volume 1, a 4 CD set released on JSP Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonny Boy Williamson II

CD cover, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chess Records 50th Anniversary Collection.
CD cover, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chess Records 50th Anniversary Collection.

 

 

Jimmy Witherspoon

Jimmy Witherspoon - Ain't Nobody's Business, a 2 CD, 5- track collection on the Not Now reissue label- album cover
Jimmy WitherspoonAin’t Nobody’s Business, a 2 CD, 5- track collection on the Not Now reissue label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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