Now Available: Message in Blue
Delmark Records CD & LP!
Featuring Otis Clay, Brother John Kattke and Bob Corritore.
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Now Available: "It Ain't Over" CD/DVD Delmark Records 55th Anniversary Concert recorded live at Buddy Guy's Legends Chicago
Dave Specter Live in Chicago CD/DVD named to Downbeat magazine's Best Recordings of 2008
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Dave Specter & Steve Freund:"Is What It Is"
DownBeat magazine 4 Star review - May 2005
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2004 Release: "The Great Muddy Waters and Friends"
Black Cat Records.
3 CD set featuring: Dave Specter, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Louis Myers, Tad Robinson.

Dave Specter has recorded with some of the preeminent blues and jazz players in the world.  He appears on compilation CDs with artists such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters and B.B. King. He's won awards for production and his signature skills can be heard from the production booth to the sultry tones of his blueplicitous guitar.

Though not a complete list, these albums represent some of Specter's recorded output.   When available, click on "More Info" to learn more about a particular album.  Specter's CDs are available for purchase through all major music websites such as and  When in Chicago, please visit the Jazz Record Mart at 27 E. Illinois, where Specter's CDs, LPs and cassettes are always in stock.



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Bluebird Blues

Delmark DD-652

featuring Barkin' Bill Smith & Ronnie Earl Horvath


Fortune Tellin' Man

Delmark DD-658

Jesse Fortune headlines



Delmark DE-664

Produced by Dave Specter
Featuring Tad Robinson, with John Brumbach, Rob Mazurek...


Delmark 40th Anniversary Blues

Delmark DX-2

Compilation with Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Little Walter, Big Joe Williams, and others


Heartaches and Pain

Delmark DD-666

Carey Bell's album


One to Infinity

Delmark DE-673

Tad Robinson headlines.


Midnight Blues

Laserlight 17 044

Compilation with Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Little Walter, Luther Allison, and Louis Myers


The Blues Box

   Laserlight - B000001VWS

5 CD box set with Otis Rush, Big Walter Horton, Magic Sam, Little Walter, and others.


Live in Europe

Delmark DE-677

Recorded at Breminale Blues Festival, Bremen, Germany. Produced by Dave Specter, featuring Tad Robinson.


Wild Cards

Delmark DE-675

With Al Miller, Willie Kent, Tad Robinson. Produced by Dave Specter.


Left Turn On Blue

Delmark DE-693

With Lynwood Slim, Jack McDuff. Produced by Dave Specter.


700 Blues

Delmark DE-700

Lurrie Bell's second album. Dave Specter produced the album, and added guitar on two tracks,


West Side Baby

Delmark DE-706

Featuring Floyd McDaniel. Produced by Dave Specter.


Blues Guitar Greats

Delmark DD-697

Compilation with Otis Rush, Luther Allison, and others.


Blues Spoken Here

Delmark DE-721

with Lenny Lynn and Eric Alexander. Produced by Dave Specter.


Kiss of Sweet Blues

Delmark DE-724

Featuring Lurrie Bell and Nominated for Independent Blues Record of the Year by AFIM (Association for Independent Music).


Chicago Blues Tour

With Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Rush and many others.


Delmark 45th Anniversary Blues and Jazz

Delmark DD-903

with Junior Wells, Mighty Joe Young, Dave Specter, and others.


Good Blues To You

Delmark DE-727

Aron Burton's new CD on Delmark with Billy Branch, Larry Burton, Lurrie Bell.


Blues Guitar Heaven Vol. 2

Delta 46 006

With Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King and many others. Features Dave's song "Bluebird Blues."


"C" for Chicago

Delmark DE-734

Steve Freund's album, with Boz Scaggs, Kim Wilson, David Maxwell. Produced by Dave Specter.



Delmark DE-744

with Rob Waters, Harlan Terson, Mike Schlick, Rich Parenti


This is the Blues Harmonica

Delmark DE-746

w/ Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Louis Myers, Billy Branch, etc.


In Between Time

Al Miller's new album, with Billy Flynn & John Primer


I'll Be Your Mule

Delmark DE-752

The new Steve Freund album, w/Dave Specter, Mr. B, Bob Stroger, Steve Guyger, Harlan Terson, Kenny Smith, Pete Crawford, Dave Clark, Clark Dean

Produced by Dave Specter


Ghosts & Angels

Essay 2001-01

Sandy Andina's debut singer/songwriter CD, features Corky Siegel, Frank Donaldson, and others. Dave plays guitar on the track "Pass The Bottle."


Delmark 50th anniversary CD/DVD

Featuring Dave Specter and many other Delmark Recording Artists!



Blues Canon

Damasaca Records 001

Dave Hannon & Band

Featuring: Specter. Tom West, Harlan Terson & Marty Binder.

Recorded at Delmark's Riverside Recording Studio.


Is What It Is

Delmark DE-779

Dave Specter / Steve Freund

New album, available Nov. 16, 2004!

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Going Back To Mississippi

Nora Jean Bruso

Dave plays guitar on two tracks


Ship of Chocolate Chips

Crunchy Records

Joel Frankel's fourth children's
music album, featuring Dave
Specter appearing on the track "I Get The Blues When I Lose My Shoes"


Live in Chicago CD/DVD

Delmark DE 794/DVD 1794

Recorded at Buddy Guy's Legends and Rosa's Lounge.'s Best Blues Recordings of 2008


It Ain't Over

Delmark Records 55th Anniversary CD/DVD

Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award: DVD of the Year



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