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Live In Boston 1966

Junior Wells & The Aces Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delmark
  • ASIN: B003UOM5OC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Feisty, full of street swagger, humor, and sweat, Live In Boston provides a side of Junior Wells' stage persona that few, if any, of his other albums reveal... Great blues surprise of 2010. --All Music Guide

Any fan of Chicago blues who sees this lineup will know what to expect: unassailable musicianship ... deep blues passion; and an irrepressible sense of fun. --Living Blues

Product Description

This live recording takes us back to just a few months after the release of the legendary Hoodoo Man Blues album. Junior is accompanied by the Aces - Louis Myers, guitar; Dave Myers, bass; Fred Below, drums. Eleven songs and great bits between Junior and the audience in between songs comes to over 60 minutes of pure blues delight.

Four Stars in Downbeat Magazine!


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUNIOR WELLS IN HIS 60'S PRIME WITH A HOT BAND September 27, 2010
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65 minutes in length approximately, including approximately 8 minutes of between song talk. Wells' vocals are slightly distant, and slightly distorted through his mic, but the lyrics and Wells' inflections are clearly discernible. The sound of the band is generally much better. All-in-all this is a good bootleg quality recording-but don't let that deter you from hearing some fine blues-and don't let the term "bootleg" scare you off. The disc is snapped in, bare, inside a tri-fold cardboard holder. There are several photos of the band and a short overview of Wells' music.

For lovers of 60's style Chicago electric blues (like me), this is something to get excited about. Closer in feel to Wells' "Hoodoo Man Blues" than to the later, smoother live album, "It's My Life Baby",-this is ( the late) Junior Wells playing his brand of slightly funky hard blues to an appreciative crowd in Boston, in 1966. The band, besides Wells on vocals/harmonica, is THE ACES-Louis Meyers-guitar, Dave Meyers-bass, and the great Fred Below-drums. This is the band Wells began playing with in the 50's, recording some fine sides for the States label.

A number of songs will be familiar to blues listeners-"Worried Life Blues" (Sleepy John Estes), "That's All Right" (Jimmy Rogers), "Look On Yonder's Wall" (Arthur Crudup), "Messin' With The kid" (A Wells' favorite), "Hideaway" (Freddie King), and so on. But don't let the fact that familiar tunes means a lazy, sloppy performance-far from it. Wells is at his best here, and the band (especially Louis Meyers' guitar work) is never less than solid, and sometimes they smolder under Wells' leadership. And speaking of Wells-his harp work is typically gritty and in your face, while at other times he uses his instrument to punctuate his insistent vocals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Blues at its Very Best January 2, 2011
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
It is a testament to Junior Wells' strength as a performer that the numerous albums released in his name posthumously only range in quality from superb to pretty good, with no "better left unreleased" material to taint his legacy. Even with this excellent track record, LIVE IN BOSTON 1966 still stands out from the crowd. Recorded just one year after the seminal HOODOO MAN BLUES album, it finds Junior at the top of his game as a performer of the blues. Backed by the Aces, Junior tears through a twelve-song set with the passion, intensity and humor that made him one of the finest of all bluesmen. His singing is full of energy and conviction, his harp playing is punchy and tight, and the Aces provide great grooves to support Junior's craft. Listening to Junior romp through classics like "Got My Mojo Working" or his own "Junior's Whoop" is a treat, while his between-songs banter adds to the feeling of being at a live Junior Wells show.

Though the music certainly stands tall on its own merits, one should not underestimate the importance of the choices made by the label, Delmark, in making this a truly great disc. Many live albums which feature great performances are marred or ruined by misguided attempts to clean up the sound, haphazard attempts to cut and paste tracks to get the best songs together, and overdubs to hide mistakes. Not this one, though; LIVE IN BOSTON 1966 listens beautifully from beginning to end, feeling like a single, uninterrupted recording. The sound quality, while not polished, is exactly what it should be: gritty and greasy. After all, this isn't pop, it's blues, and the bumps and bruises, mud and blood are what give it vitality and character.

This rave review could go on, but it would be a waste of time which could be better spent listening to the album. I recommend that you scroll back to the top of the page and click "add to cart" right now.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junior Wells Live Blues Gem October 22, 2010
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It's hard to accept that Junior Wells departed this world in 1998. Although we'll never be privileged to again experience his concerts and club dates, the recorded music remains and continues to reward. Junior left behind a 45 year legacy of both studio and live recordings. Although this catalogue should be sufficient, the typical blues aficionado still craves for more.
Thanks to Delmark records, "Live in Boston 1966" has finally seen the light of day. This CD is a rich and rewarding Blues listening experience. It represents one of Junior Wells finest live club dates.
1966, found Junior at the peak of his powers. He already had 13 years as a performing and recording artist under his belt. His chops were well established both as a prominent member of Muddy Waters band (replacing Little Walter, no less) as well as both a solo and collaborating artist. This "Live in Boston 1966 " set is unique, in that it found him reunited with the Aces. A band of working musicians which had commercial and critical acclaim during the fifties.
By the mid sixties, Junior was experiencing wide global recognition and appreciation. Thank to a best selling album" Hoodoo Man Blues "and the public acknowledgment of his influence on the British Invasion. U.K. bands, e.g., Stones, Animals, etc, were shining the light on authentic blues artists and enthusiastically crediting these musicians with fostering their success. These bands hired artists such as Junior Wells, to open for national tours.
The "Live in Boston 1966: CD consists of 11 numbers plus closing theme. The seven stage raps sprinkled in between the numbers totals approximately 12 minutes. Anyone fortunate enough to attend one of Junior's gigs knows how entertaining these moments were when J.W. established a genuine rapport with the audience.
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