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B.B. King: Live at The Regal

MORE FROM THE ARCHIVES: B.B. King, Live At The Regal, MCA 11646; 35:04)-One of the all-time great blues documents, recorded on November 21, 1964 at the Regal Theatre in Chicago, it includes quintessential versions of “Every Day I Have The Blues,” “It’s My Own Fault,” “How Blue Can You Get” and “Help The Poor.”

David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Crawling Kingsnake (Testament TCD 6002; 56:16)-Solo recordings from the mid-’60s by this direct link to the Delta masters Robert Johnson, Son House and Charley Patton. Includes a lengthy interview with Honeyboy talking to Pete Welding about Robert Johnson and Tommy Johnson.

Big Joe Williams, Piney Woods Blues (Delmark DD-602; 39:47)-The great nine-string acoustic guitarist is accompanied by harmonica player J.D. Short on recordings that were originally released in 1960. Includes “Baby, Please Don’t Go,” “Drop Down Mama” and an interview with Big Joe himself.

Magic Sam, The Magic Sam Legacy (Delmark DD-651; 45:13)-Contains previously unissued material which was recorded at Sam’s sessions for West Side Soul and Black Magic, two Chicago classics. A great sampling of Sam Maghett’s songwriting and his wicked West Side guitar style.

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