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Many thanks to Delmark Records for this great re-issue. All fans of '50s style Chicago blues have... more

Junior Wells: Blues Hit Big Town

Many thanks to Delmark Records for this great re-issue. All fans of '50s style Chicago blues have been waiting impatiently for this album. As a special treat, four previously unreleased cuts have been added. These are Junior's earliest recordings. Amazing to learn how strong a singer and harp player he was at that time, only 18 years old! Excellent recordings that will easily stand the test of time. Next to the 'Hoodoo Man Blues'-CD this album has to be part of a serious blues record collection! JUNIOR WELLS - hca/voc w/ MUDDY WATERS - gtr, ELMORE JAMES - gtr, LOUIS MYERS - gtr, OTIS SPANN - pno, JOHNNY JONES - pno, DAVE MYERS - bass, WILLIE DIXON - bass, FRED BELOW - drums, ODIE PAYNE JR. - drums.

These historic sessions also feature Louis and Dave Myers, Willie Dixon, Johnnie Jones, Fred Below and Odie Payne Jr. Recorded by United Records in '53 & '54 at Universal Studio in Chicago, eight sides were issued on the subsidiary States label. Delmark's original LP contained twelve performances and now 5 more are added for the CD! Junior's debut recordings as leader include his first recording of "Hoodoo Man Blues". He was still a teenager at the time and had replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters band. Down Beat's Pete Welding wrote "In their power, directness, unerring taste and utter consistency of mood, these may well be the most perfectly distilled examples of Wells' music ever recorded, taking their place alongside of those of Waters, Walter, Wolf and other masters of the period. Five stars." Blues Hit Big Town captures genius emerging from one of the greatest blues personalities and harmonica players of all time. Part of our United series.

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  • Interpret: Junior Wells

  • Album titlle: Blues Hit Big Town

  • Label DELMARK

  • Genre Blues

  • Price code VCD2
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0038153064020

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Wells, Junior - Blues Hit Big Town CD 1
01 Hoodoo Man
02 Cut That Out
03 Junior's Wail
04 Tomorrow Night
05 Ways Like An Angel
06 Eagle Rock
07 Please Throw This Poor Dog A Bone
08 Blues Hit Big Town
09 Lord Lord
10 'bout The Break Of Day
11 So All Alone
12 Can't Find My Baby
13 Please Throw This Poor Dog A Bone (Alternate Take)
14 Junior's Wail (Alternate Take)
15 Eagle Rock (Alternate Take)
16 Lord Lord (Alternate Take)
17 Blues Hit Big Town (Alternate Take)
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 Hit Big Town CD 1
01 Hoodoo Man
02 Cut That Out
03 Junior's Wail
04 Tomorrow Night
05 Ways Like An Angel
06 Eagle Rock
07 Please Throw This Poor Dog A Bone
08 Blues Hit Big Town
09 Lord Lord
10 'bout The Break Of Day
11 So All Alone
12 Can't Find My Baby
13 Please Throw This Poor Dog A Bone (Alternate Take)
14 Junior's Wail (Alternate Take)
15 Eagle Rock (Alternate Take)
16 Lord Lord (Alternate Take)
17 Blues Hit Big Town (Alternate Take)