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Junior Wells: Blues Brothers (CD)

(Cleopatra) 13 tracks, digipack

Blues legend Junior Wells lives on with these historic recordings featuring vintage Wells performances enhanced with new recordings from some of the hottest blues players around today!

Includes guest performances by a slew of guitar slinging heroes such as Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, Tyler Bryant, Colin James, Kirk Fletcher, Popa Chubby, Guitar Shorty, Pat Travers and many more PLUS harmonica by the great James Montgomery! From the rollicking "Messin' With The Kid" to the ultra groovy "Snatch It Back And Hold It" to the stone cold classic "Hoodoo Man Blues" - you've never heard these classic Wells tracks done like this before!

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Wells, Junior - Blues Brothers (CD) CD 1
01Blues Hit Big Town Feat Colin JamesJunior Wells
02Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Feat Pat TraversJunior Wells
03Messin' With The Kid Feat Tyler BryantJunior Wells
04Baby, Scratch My Back Feat Albert CastigliaJunior Wells
05Worried Life Blues Feat Mike Zito & James MontgomeryJunior Wells
06When The Cat's Gone The Mice Play Feat Harvey MandelJunior Wells
07Lovey Dovey Lovey One Feat Eric GalesJunior Wells
08You Gotta Love Her With A Feeling Feat Kirk FletcherJunior Wells
09Two-Headed Woman Feat Guitar ShortyJunior Wells
10Snatch It Back And Hold It Feat Joe Louis WalkerJunior Wells
11You Don't Care Feat Popa ChubbyJunior Wells
12It's A Man Down There Feat Bernard AllisonJunior Wells
13Hoodoo Man Blues Feat Joe Louis WalkerJunior Wells
Junior Wells Strutting across the stage, cocksure like the blues' answer to James Brown,... more
"Junior Wells"

Junior Wells

Strutting across the stage, cocksure like the blues' answer to James Brown, Junior Wells owned one of the most dynamic voices in Chicago blues. He was as confident belting brassy soul as he was doing lowdown blues, his wide-toned amplified harmonica excursions always compelling. Before joining forces with Buddy Guy, Junior teamed up with light-fingered guitar master Earl Hooker at Mel London's Chief and Profile Records. It was a match made in blues heaven 

Amos Wells Blakemore was born December 9, 1934 in West Memphis, Arkansas. He found a kindred spirit while growing up on his family's farm. "His name was Junior Parker,"said the late Wells."We was raised up together, and he was playing the harmonica. I said to myself, if he could do it, I could too." But the bright lights up north beckoned. "I came to Chicago in 1941,"he said."My mother, she was already in Chicago. 

"When I got to Chicago, I met all the older musicians--blues singers, I should say--and they took up so much time with me. Like Muddy Waters, Big Maceo, Tampa Red, Johnny Jones, Sunnyland Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, the original Sonny Boy (John Lee Williamson), and the late Rice Miller. But the late Rice Miller was the thing that set my soul on fire with the harmonica."The fun-loving teen hooked up with guitar-wielding brothers Louis and David Myers in 1950; along with drummer Fred Below, they formed a band called the Aces.

 

"Me and the Aces, we go way back as kids,"Wells said. "I was living at 22nd and Prairie, and they came over to some friends of theirs across the street at a house party. The people that had the house party came over and asked me to come over,”he said. “So I went over, and they asked me, do I want to sit in and jam with 'em? So we started to jamming, and it came out pretty good. Then after that, we decided maybe we would try to do some things together. We started doing house parties and stuff like that. The first little gig at a club we had, we went in there and did a thing there for three nights. We was making like $12. That's for the whole group."

Wells briefly joined Muddy Waters' combo in 1952, replacing Little Walter, before making his solo recording debut the next year with a romping Cut That Out for Leonard Allen's States label (he encored with his first version of Hoodoo Man). After four States singles in all and then a lengthy hiatus, Junior joined London's fledgling label setup in 1957, waxing Two-Headed Woman and I Could Cry for Chief. A '59 date for Profile resulted in the national hit Little By Little (I'm Losing You).  

"Mel London and Willie Dixon was the ones that was doing the singing on it. They're backing me up. I thought it was a tremendous thing, because I didn't think it was hittin' on too much when we first started off to doin' it,"said Junior."But after I listened to it when they played it back to me, it was great."

A talented composer, savvy producer, and commercially astute label boss, the Mississippi-born London wrote Wells' sassy signature song Messin' With The Kid, cut October 17, 1960 at Chicago's Universal Recording. Its killer instrumental hook, inserted at the end of most choruses, was played by impeccable lead guitarist Earl Hooker. He was joined in the band by saxists Jarrett Gibson and Donald Hankins, pianist Johnny 'Big Moose' Walker, bassist Jack Myers, and drummer Fred Below (Wells left his harp in his pocket). Hooker did a sublime instrumental version, Rockin' With The Kid, the following year for London's Age imprint.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois 

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Tracklist
Wells, Junior - Blues Brothers (CD) CD 1
01 Blues Hit Big Town Feat Colin James
02 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Feat Pat Travers
03 Messin' With The Kid Feat Tyler Bryant
04 Baby, Scratch My Back Feat Albert Castiglia
05 Worried Life Blues Feat Mike Zito & James Montgomery
06 When The Cat's Gone The Mice Play Feat Harvey Mandel
07 Lovey Dovey Lovey One Feat Eric Gales
08 You Gotta Love Her With A Feeling Feat Kirk Fletcher
09 Two-Headed Woman Feat Guitar Shorty
10 Snatch It Back And Hold It Feat Joe Louis Walker
11 You Don't Care Feat Popa Chubby
12 It's A Man Down There Feat Bernard Allison
13 Hoodoo Man Blues Feat Joe Louis Walker