Blues Hit Big Town

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This 1998 CD reissue of Wells' debut recordings for the States label adds four previously unheard tracks along with the original 13-track vinyl lineup. Wells' legacy begins with these landmark sides, featuring Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Johnnie Jones, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, and the Aces in the lineup at various points. Whether it's a slow one like his original take on "Hoodoo Man" or a jump number like "Cut That Out," the grooves are classic Chicago and a mile deep. Most telling are the acoustic duets with Louis Myers recorded between the 1953 and 1954 studio sessions and the fine instrumentals like "Junior's Wail" and "Eagle Rock." Although at the start of a long career, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This 1998 CD reissue of Wells' debut recordings for the States label adds four previously unheard tracks along with the original 13-track vinyl lineup. Wells' legacy begins with these landmark sides, featuring Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Johnnie Jones, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, and the Aces in the lineup at various points. Whether it's a slow one like his original take on "Hoodoo Man" or a jump number like "Cut That Out," the grooves are classic Chicago and a mile deep. Most telling are the acoustic duets with Louis Myers recorded between the 1953 and 1954 studio sessions and the fine instrumentals like "Junior's Wail" and "Eagle Rock." Although at the start of a long career, it's obvious that Junior Wells was already a young man with a style all his own, ready to make blues history. File under essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153064020
  • Catalog Number: 640
  • Sales rank: 43,595

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junior Wells Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, Band
Willie Dixon Bass
Louis Myers Guitar
Johnny Jones Piano
Fred Below Drums
Elmore James Guitar
Muddy Waters Guitar
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Otis Spann Guitar, Piano
Dave Myers Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Junior Wells Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Bill Putnam Engineer
Bob Koester Liner Notes
Steve Wagner Producer
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