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Hoodoo Man Blues

Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy & Junior WellsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delmark
  • ASIN: B000004BI9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1965 album is where vocalist and harmonica player Junior Wells comes into his own. An early collaboration with Buddy Guy, the two of them sum up the 1960s funk-rock-blues that lay ahead. Hoodoo Man Blues inspired Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, and a host of other musician-fans. Wells and Guy don't shy from creating James Brown-funkified blues, or from putting a rock edge to their blues; but neither do they shy from traditional blues. Their version of "Good Morning Little School Girl" is a proper update--still menacing, with less of a country blues feel. Also not to be missed is the instrumental workout "Chitlin Con Carne." --Robert Gordon

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Hoodoo Man Blues is not only Junior Well's initial LP appearance, it is damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had issued 45's by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howling Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc. but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of limitations of juke-box/airplay promotion. Delmark is proud of the part Hoodoo Man Blues played in the popularization of the real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells. But the credit belongs to Junior, Buddy, Jack and Billy - they made the music. We just sat and dug it.

''One of the truly classic blues albums of the 1960s, and one of the first to fully document the smoky ambience of a night at a West Side nightspot in the superior acoustics of a recording studio. Wells just set up with his usual cohorts - guitarist Buddy Guy (billed as 'Friendly Chap' on first vinyl pressings), bassist Jack Myers, and drummer Billy Warren - and proceeded to blow up a storm, bringing an immediacy to Snatch It Back and Hold It, You Don't Love Me, Chitlin con Carne, and the rest of the tracks that is absolutely mesmerizing. - Bill Dahl, ALL MUSIC GUIDE.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First real blues album October 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The appeal of Hoodoo Man Blues is that it was conceived as an album instead of a hodgepodge of singles and other tracks. When Junior Wells took his backing band with him into Bob Koester's Delmark studio, he had an LP in mind. Hoodoo Man Blues sounds as if it had been recorded in at some dingy nightclub in downtown Chicago at midnight. No particular track on the album stands out above the rest. What there is here is wall-to-wall classic blues. Wells makes no apologies to the purist crowd and throws a little James Brown-esque funk into the mix. He was a harp-toting gangster. He may not have been technically as good on the harp as Little Walter, but Wells had the attitude. Wells employs ace musicians to back him up like Buddy Guy on guitar, Billy Warren on drums, and Jack Myers on electric bass.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Blues Album Ever? December 11, 2001
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Junior Wells isn't my personal favorite as a harpist (Sonny Boy is), but this album is one of my absolute favorites in the blooze. This album is really HOT, with Junior struttin' his stuff with his mates from Chicago, including the one & only Buddy Guy. Buddy really gels with Wells on this album, not by taking solos, but by accompanying him & the actual song being played. His presence really steps up Junior, & brings out the best in him here.
While Junior is a terrific blues harpist & singer, he has a real funky style that resembles James Brown. You can really hear it from the get go in "Snatch back & Hold It". The cover of "You Don't Love Me" from this album will influence a bunch of guys in Macon, GA. a few years later.
I believe this was also one of the earliest "full" blues albums released, rather than a collection of singles from vinyl. Hence, the greatest blues "album" ever recorded. Yes, that is my personal opinion, but the Chicago blues rarely gets better than this. Essential for any blues collection!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Blues Album! December 16, 2006
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This is easily one of the best studio blues albums ever made. Not only is the album great, but it is also a historically significant in that it was one of the first true blues 'albums'. This is not a collection of singles, but a front to back great album. Junior is in top form and the the interplay between Junior and Buddy, the blues best combo, is amazing. A must for any blues fans and in particular Chicago style blues fans. Also check out Buddy Guy's great 'I was walking through the woods'. If its not in your collection buy it now. You will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING BUT THE BLUES! April 16, 2009
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First, I ask everybody to forgive me for my poor English (I'm from Italy)...

I think that if I had to choose ten CD to take with me on a desert island Hoodoo Man Blues would be one. In 1965 Jr. Wells began a fantastic career that reached the top in 1975 with Live at Theresa's. The stuff recorded after this year I dont think it's that good except for few numbers. The best of Jr. Wells I think it's included in these 10 years, included the very first recordings of the 50's (Blues Hit Big Town is a fantastic Chicago blues album). Hoodoo Man Blues is what a Chicago Blues harmonica fan asks for. In this album you can imagine to be in a club in the West Side or South Side, close your eyes and enjoy the atmosphere... Junior has that dry, raw, direct sound, so simple and so exciting... Well, my favorite harmonica plauer is Rice Miller, I'm cray about Big Walter Horton and I also like Little Walter, and Junior Wells is the heritage of all these dudes... I love his way of using the throat when he gasps through the mic... It reminds me Sonny Terry's and Peg Leg Sam's whooping and yelling between a note and another one. Junior "translates" that old time way of playing into a modern context. I know very well that old time players: Jaybird Coleman, DeFord Bailey even the less known ones like Horace Sprott or Rich Amerson and all that could recorded in the 50s and the 60s, and if I feel the blues when I listen to them, I don't think the feeling is changed with Junior, even the times had changed. Junior is a today's (I mean in the 60s and 70s) man who brings us the same old blues feeling, and I think this is what a blues player-singer should do. I don't like that today's monsters who plays thousands notes a minute but don't tell me anything... Well, listen e.g. to Ships On The Ocean...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Ever wonder how those skinny white guys from England learned to wail, like Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green or John Mayall or Eric Clapton ? This electrified blues glory features a young Buddy Guy on guitar and Jr. Wells on harp and vocals stepping up to the mantle of Muddy Waters. Simple, direct-in-your-face blues with nary an extraneous note or add on, every song reeks of mid 60's South Side blues. One of the best examples of urban Chicago blues before the commercial slickness of the 70's took over, "Hoodoo Man Blues" is what I put on when I break out the good bourbon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certifiable classic March 25, 2003
By Donnie
Format:Audio CD
Chuck Berry was the proto-type for blues-inflected rock, James Brown popularized funky blues, but Amos Blackmore aka Junior Wells perfected both. This is, without question, one of the essential blues records of all time. Kicking off with the lethal "Snatch It Back and Hold It", Wells and company (including Buddy Guy) unleash a set of tunes that are yet to be surpassed by any other recorded blues work. During "Ships on the Ocean" Wells prompts Guy to lay down some nasty guitar by joyfully exclaiming (practically preaching) "this is the blues, baby". This album documents to perfection (and better than any other) what was going on in Chicago blues clubs in the 1960's. This belongs on your short list of cds to purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite electric blues album
Another reviewer put this on his Top 10 desert-island list. I think Top 5 would be safe. Top 3? I first heard this album at around age 14, during a busy period of musical... Read more
Published 2 days ago by AlexZ
5.0 out of 5 stars junior wells is fantastic
you cant ask for more from junior welss. he lays it all on the line. blues at the highest level.
Published 27 days ago by James T. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Blues
I like blues, but I'm not an expert. I wanted an album for a gift and ended up buying it for myself too.
Published 1 month ago by Todd Engle
5.0 out of 5 stars Having lived in Chicago - I greatly enjoyed seeing, listening grooving...
If you were lucky enough to Have lived in Chicago - you will have enjoyed seeing, listening dancing to Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band. Ahhhh the gold coast! The Mine
Published 1 month ago by The Wolf
1.0 out of 5 stars I Don't like it one bit!
Sorry,but I think the music in this CD is way off track.The music is really watered down blues directed towards the 'pop' market . Read more
Published 1 month ago by DEWDROPINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoodoo Man Blues is a great album!
Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues, the first blues album?
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Released in 1965,Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues is an historical first LP. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dick Neely
5.0 out of 5 stars classic pairing of blues giants
Must have for blues aficionados. Junior Wells and Buddy Guy cook up a blues mix that is sure to please.
Published 2 months ago by Paul Brodeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Wells with Guy -- I'll mention a couple others
This album dates from the period when Buddy Guy was playing with a light and precise touch. I really love this style and he's the only one with this sound. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues at its Best!
This recording exemplifies the purity of simplicity. Wells and Guy are at their best, with a backing band to match. This album is a must for any lover of the Blues.
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Riedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Junior Wells and the Great Buddy Guy
Junior Wells has always been one of my favorite Blues performers. This album is considered one of the best blues albums ever made by many fans. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. RANDALL
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