Charles Brown – Great Rhythm & Blues Oldies Volume 2

Charles Brown ‎– Great Rhythm & Blues Oldies Volume 2 [Blues Spectrum ‎– BS 102]

I’m still very wet behind the ears when it comes to blues music knowledge, but I like to think I know good blues music when I hear it. I picked this record up from a pop-up market at a church in Norwich where various old “antiques” and collectibles are sold. I’ve picked up some good records from here, and plenty not so good – not in quality of the product, more that the content doesn’t work for me.

When I pulled this record out of the £3 bargain bin section amongst many Perry Como and Neil SedakaLP’s I knew that I wanted it. Purely because in big retro letters it stated BLUES and OLDIES. However my heart began to fill with doubt – the sleeve was in a bad way, mottled and slightly discoloured and the whole record had an air of budget to it. I’ve bought budget records from the likes of K-TelHallmark Records and Music For Pleasure and had varied results from poor pressings to anemic compilations. To add to this doubt the record was rather thin and in your typical blank white paper sleeve. But I bought it anyway, I just loved it so much.

I got it home along with 20 other records I had picked up that day, and began to listen to it and its FANTASTIC! It doesn’t pop, crackle, there is no audible noise and the selection of tracks on offer here are great. I don’t know much about the content on the record, but I enjoy it – its that smoky room blues music that I crave at the moment. Definitely recommended.

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