Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues


Analogue Productions



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Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray

"This viscerally punchy electric blues is anchored by unimprovable harp playing from Junior Wells, a young Buddy Guy by his side. From the kick of up-tempo numbers like "Snatch It Back and Hold It" to the deep, sexy, slow moan of "Early in the Morning," you just can't top this. Current audiophile bona fides are in excellent order, thanks to fine remastering by Kevin Gray and Analogue Productions for 45 RPM, LP, SACD/CD, and DSD download." — Sasha Matson, Stereophile's Records To Die For, February 2018

One of the all-time great urban blues records and the best-seller in the famed Delmark catalog. Hoodoo Man Blues is so full of bravado and snap it'll make you feel tough just listening to it. Not all of the Delmark titles were recorded very well, but this one certainly was. Hoodoo Man Blues, which features Buddy Guy on guitar, is not only Junior Wells' first LP appearance, it's damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45s by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc., but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of the limitations of juke box/airplay promotion. Hoodoo Man Blues went a long way in the popularization of real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells.

Originally released in 1965.

Junior Wells, harmonica, vocals
Buddy Guy, guitar
Jack Myers, bass
Billy Warren, drums

1. Snatch It Back and Hold It
2. Ships On the Ocean
3. Good Morning Little School Girl
4. Hound Dog
5. In The Wee Hours of the Morning
6. Hay Lawdy Mama
7. Hooddoo Man Blues
8. Early in the Morning
9. We're Ready
10. You Don't Love Me, Baby
11. Chiltin Con Carne
12. Yonders Wall

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Maybe the best...

posted on 11/06/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Lazy Lew
I bought the LP in 1966 at the age of 15. I was learning to play harp, and this album gave me a whole new point of reference. Junior's vocals are so natural and soulful, his harp so fluid and his tone so supple on this recording that I've never heard a better harmonica blues album, start to finish, than this one. Every song is a gem, but a few stand out. "Early in the Morning" is the definitive version, IMO, and his simple, understated Chromatic work on "Wee Wee Hours" demonstrates his outstanding mastery of tone and breath control over technique. But it is "Ships On The Ocean", with its slow, burning vocal and 3rd position harp work, enhanced by Buddy Guy's subtle guitar accompaniment, that steals the show. HMB also happens to have excellent sound quality, clear yet warm. Other blues records that compare are James Cotton's contribution to "Chicago, The Blues Today, Vol 2", and the studio tracks on "Fathers & Sons" which share many of the same virtues.

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