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Couldn't find an existing thread on this now defunct series, so...now we have one! The Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series gets a lot of attention, but its sister series is discussed far less. It's a wide field, but what OBC discs do you spin the most? Favorites? Under-the-radar gems?

I actually don't have many discs from this series, but one I return to is:

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Original Blues Classics • Were there only 209 discs total?

Or maybe there weren't even 209...

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1 hour ago, John L said:

Lightnin' playing acoustic guitar here.   It works well for this one. 

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That's one OBC I do have. I really enjoy it. ("Grampa's gettin' old too!")

Listened to both Pink Anderson and Jimmy Witherspoon on YouTube. :tup OBC discs are harder to come by these days, but decluttr does have some. Clifford Scott on the above-mentioned Witherspoon is:party:.

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54 minutes ago, Dan Gould said:

I gotta figure out if I do or don't have the Arbee Stidham with King Curtis and John Wright (and verify who is right, the part of the back tray card that says John Wright - piano or the blurb that says its John Young). Either way that's a helluva typo.

It was John Wright and he recorded his "Nice 'n Tasty" date the next day.

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Well, based on what I could find, what I could afford, and what I previewed, I added these titles to the collection:

• John Lee Hooker: The Country Blues
• John Lee Hooker: Burning Hell
• Robert Pete Williams: Free Again
• Sunnyland Slim: Slim's Shout

 

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14 hours ago, Late said:

Forgot to add these two, which I also picked up. (Long overdue on the Spann.)

• Otis Spann: The Blues Never Die
• Lightnin' Hopkins: Last Night Blues

Yes, that is one of my favorite Otis Spann albums, a great one!

This is another truly great one, by far the very best Eddie Kirkland on record (IMO).  

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46 minutes ago, John L said:

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Full album

Thanks for posting that—I'm completely unfamiliar with Kirkland. Also, I didn't know that Tru-Sound was a short-lived subsidiary of Prestige. And the record has Oliver Nelson on it (while in a supporting role only). :tup

The track "Saturday Night Stomp" reminds me of Long John Hunter.

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4 hours ago, Late said:

Full album

Thanks for posting that—I'm completely unfamiliar with Kirkland. Also, I didn't know that Tru-Sound was a short-lived subsidiary of Prestige. And the record has Oliver Nelson on it (while in a supporting role only). :tup

The track "Saturday Night Stomp" reminds me of Long John Hunter.

Oliver Nelson AND King Curtis on the horns.  Billy Butler plays second guitar.   

Eddie Kirkland was a major figure, along with John Lee Hooker, in the early post-war Detroit scene.  He made some very good early records both solo and in duet with Hooker (It's Time For Lovin' to Be Done is a classic).  His later LPs are a mixed bag but it all came together for this one.   

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