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Harp Attack!

Junior Wells, James Cotton, Harp Attack, Carey Bell, Billy BranchAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Down Home BluesCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. WhoCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Keep Your Hands Out Of My PocketsCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Little Car Blues aka Too Many DriversCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. My Eyes Keep Me In TroubleCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Broke And HungryCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hit ManCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Black NightCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 8:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Somebody Changed The LockCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Second Hand ManCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. New Kid On The BlockCotton, Wells, Bell & Branch 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0000009ZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Harmonica Recording February 15, 2001
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
By the time I purchased this album I had already been playing harp for a few months, had heard several good recordings and was preparing to attend my first jam. This album forever altered my perspective. The harmonica here is 100% pure talent. This is the album the solidified my relationship with Blues Harp. The playing on this is simply stellar, and the choice of players offer a diverse approach to style, from Cotton's ferocious, high energy playing to Wells' more soulful, precise wails. Every song here offers something, from the blues party style of Down Home Blues to the mornful tones of Black Night. What really makes this album happen, though, is the obvious enjoyment these guys get from playing together (demonstrated well in My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble). If Junior Wells hadn't passed away I would say a follow up from this group was in order. But as long as I have this masterpiece, I'll be happy. If you like Blues Harp, GET THIS!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Harp At It's Best! July 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Harp Attack features 4 harp masters performing 11 songs for over 50 minutes of fabulous harp drenched blues. The disc also features an all star backing band featuring Lucky Peterson ("Double Dealin'") on piano, Michael Coleman ("Do Your Thing!") on guitar, Johnny B. Gayden on Bass and Ray "Killer" Allison on drums. Gayden and Allison are stalwarts of the blues and have backed up the likes of Johnny Winter, Son Seal, Larry McCray, Dave Hole, Buddy Guy and Don Griffin. The CD does an excellent job of maintaining cohesiveness, highlighting and then blending the various styles and vocals of these individuals without elevating the songs to jam status. While the disc does not break new ground, there is a lot of fun here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows me away! July 21, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I can't imagine a better album demonstrating the power of electric blues in general or the force of the harp in particular. If there is such a thing as a perfect blues disc, this is it. Not only do the players reveal their awesome musical chops, but they let a bit of their stage personalities come through also.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me hooked on blues harp December 22, 1999
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
This is the Cd that hooked me on blues harp - had it over 3 years now and it still is one of the best. Four of the greatest having what was obviously a great time playing. A must have if you like the true low down harp music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone Who Doesn't Like This Doesn't Know the Blues September 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredible set of songs that has stood the test of time. Tonight I was listening to "Black Night" and was transported back to the first time I heard this album, a few years after it was released back in 1990. The version of "Black Night" on this CD is the best I've ever heard.

When I read a couple of the reviews that said this was a less-than-stellar collection of songs, I was shocked. I could listen to these songs over and over again and never get tired of them.... as I have for nearly 20 years.

Whoa. If you can't say something nice online about a collection like this, why do you say anything at ALL?


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential February 15, 2010
By John
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you don't have this CD already and you're a harp player, you need to get it right now. This CD is not only well mastered, mixed, and with great fidelity, but has some absolutely fantastic playing by four harp legends all on one CD. Unlike most CD's featuring soloists, the backup band on this CD is not horribly boring (see Riding With The King), in fact, it's actually very good and listening to this CD is just great fun from start to finish. Buy a copy, stick it in your car, and crank it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Harmonica Blues February 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because of the great song "My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble".

The rest of the songs is pretty good too. If you like the blues, you can check this CD out. If you like the harmonica, this album, like Charlie Musselwhite's album Delta Harware, is a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mighty fine album October 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard the cut (#6) "Broke and Hungry" by way of the car stereo a few months back. I knew right then I had to have the CD. "Broke and Hungry" is still my favorite cut on the album, but others have pleased me too. If I were to nit pick about the album, it would be that there still isn't enough harmonica in there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some reskey vocals added to the best in the business from old to young...
Some reskey vocals added to the best in the business from old to young there soulful fiffs identified each player excellent for beginners to study and listen prior to even... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Michael Snare
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MUSIC
Published 3 months ago by jimdave
1.0 out of 5 stars bust
the order never came through reakky disappointed about it too... it was literally the only cd i was anticipatin. but the cd wwould've been awesome.
Published 8 months ago by trev
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be in your blues collection
Can't stop playing this cd over and over. This cd is to harp players what Showdown! is to guitar players.. one of the very best, and should be in every blues lover's collection.
Published 10 months ago by Thomas Bellows
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have !
Any one wanting to learn how blues harmonica should sound should buy this recording. All the harmonica greats in one package. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Rector
2.0 out of 5 stars Foul Language
Sorry all you dudes who will flip over this but Using God's name that way over and over is childish and ignorant ! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chris Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Harp Masters
This is a must for blues harp players! Three unique styles blending together, "Down Home Blues" is worth the price alone.
Published 19 months ago by Thomas Harpell
4.0 out of 5 stars Harp Players Blow and Suck
Wow, what a great collection of players on one CD. I bought this as a new harmonica player looking for a compilation type CD and was presently surprised to hear awesome harmonica... Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by Matthew E. Hays
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