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Don't Start Me Talkin' - The Junior Wells Story

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Junior Wells, who died in 1998, was a superb harmonica player and singer who enjoyed a long and fruitful association with guitarist Buddy Guy, had some great solo recordings ("Hoodoo Man Blues," "Messin' with the Kid"), and was a worthy successor to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and the other blues masters who preceded him. All of which comes across in Don't Start Me Talkin'--provided you're willing to hang in there long enough to get it. Hampered by poor continuity, too many talking heads (apparently the filmmakers failed to heed their own title), deadly dull voiceover narration, and a paucity of music, this 88-minute profile of Wells is half over before it takes off. After that, there's a lot more music, including a performance with Guy (whose partnership with Wells is memorably described by Dr, John as "Siamese twins, sideways") and a live version of "Hoodoo Man Blues." It's not Junior Wells in his prime, but even though he is an engaging, well-spoken fellow, it still beats simply listening to him (and many others, including Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, and B.B. King) talk. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Junior Wells
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IN06M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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If you're a Junior Wells fan, this comes recommended. The picture and sound quality is not great. Some of the jam performances featured on the DVD are also nothing to croon about. Nonetheless, the history of Junior Wells both as a bluesman and as a rags-to-riches story features very prominently. The story of how he supposedly stole a mouth harmonica and 'harped' his way out of the judge's courtroom, his brush-ins with Sonny Boy Williamson II, his value for diversity and love for others who were non-black, the origins of the song 'Messing with the Kid' and his own struggles to bring up his child, all feature is this dvd.
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By T. miller on November 29, 2004
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This DVD had some great history. IF your looking for info on how it all started and where it took place. this is the one.

I would look forward to a DVD just had him doing live songs.

TM
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This is well worth the money, it is as good as I hoped it would be. Lots of great interviews with other blues great's. Including Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Luther Allison an many others. Plus lots of good live performances, also some great live footage of him and Buddy at Legends. This is a well produced and well balanced documentary, try this and enjoy.
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