Hoodoo Man Blues
is considered by most blues aficionados and fans to be one of the best blues albums of all time. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was chosen by the readers of Living Blues magazine as a top ten Desert Island Blues disc. Recorded on September 22 & 23, 1965 Hoodoo Man Blues
was the first studio album to capture a working Chicago blues band doing essentially what they did on stage without time constraints to accommodate the singles market. Of course both Junior Wells & Buddy Guy went on to become international blues stars. This new digipak re-issue contains 17 performances: the 12 songs from the original LP, 3 alternates that have been available on CD plus 2 never-before-released performances. There's one completely unissued song, I Ain't Stranded
, and an alternate take to Yonder Wall
in which Buddy Guy is playing through the Leslie speaker as he did on the title track, something guitar players are still copying to this day. The new four-panel digipak and 16 page booklet package contains nine never before seen photos from the recording session.
4 STARS! This 1965 session was one of the first by a working Chicago blues band playing as they would in a club. The dominant voices are Wells and Buddy Guy, not playfully remixing their own back catalog, just playing songs punchy and to the point. The interplay of voice, harmonic and spiky guitar is absorbing. The original LP is expanded with outtakes and studio chat. --Mojo