Live at Theresa's 1975

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded at two separate gigs in January 1975 but not issued until 2006, this captures Junior Wells on-stage at Theresa's, one of the most esteemed Chicago blues clubs. It's a little rawer than most live albums; the sound is good, and Wells is in good form, but his band is a little rough (and, particularly on the tracks with guitarist Sammy Lawhorn, a little off-key). But the flaws really aren't too significant, as this is a pretty enjoyable set of electric Chicago blues in its unadulterated vintage form. Wells offers his trademark exuberant blues with touches of rock, soul, and funk, performing a few of his most popular tunes ("Messin' with the Kid," "Snatch It Back...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded at two separate gigs in January 1975 but not issued until 2006, this captures Junior Wells on-stage at Theresa's, one of the most esteemed Chicago blues clubs. It's a little rawer than most live albums; the sound is good, and Wells is in good form, but his band is a little rough (and, particularly on the tracks with guitarist Sammy Lawhorn, a little off-key). But the flaws really aren't too significant, as this is a pretty enjoyable set of electric Chicago blues in its unadulterated vintage form. Wells offers his trademark exuberant blues with touches of rock, soul, and funk, performing a few of his most popular tunes ("Messin' with the Kid," "Snatch It Back and Hold It") and a bunch of classic covers that are more identified with other performers (Slim Harpo's "Scratch My Back," Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway," St. Louis Jimmy Oden's "Goin' Down Slow," Little Walter's "Juke," Tampa Red's "Love Her with a Feeling," and "Help the Poor," the last popularized by B.B. King). It might have been good to hear more Wells' originals, but on the other hand it's cool to hear him bring his persona to that group of outside material, and a few five-minute-plus numbers allow him to stretch out more than he did in the studio. There's also some entertaining banter with the audience (and a version of "Happy Birthday") that adds to the intimate, earthy club ambience, though you do feel that a talent as major as Wells should have had slightly tighter backup musicians than the ones (including Buddy Guy's brother, Phil Guy, on guitar) playing on this CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153078720
  • Catalog Number: 787
  • Sales rank: 69,602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little by Little (4:41)
  2. 2 Snatch It Back and Hold It (6:36)
  3. 3 Talk (0:24)
  4. 4 Love Her with a Feeling (4:12)
  5. 5 Talk (1:51)
  6. 6 Juke (3:36)
  7. 7 Talk (1:00)
  8. 8 Happy Birthday (1:27)
  9. 9 Talk (1:41)
  10. 10 Scratch My Back (5:44)
  11. 11 Help the Poor (3:55)
  12. 12 Talk (0:39)
  13. 13 Come on in This House (3:23)
  14. 14 Talk (0:41)
  15. 15 What My Mama Told Me (8:04)
  16. 16 Key to the Highway (4:07)
  17. 17 Talk (0:12)
  18. 18 Goin' Down Slow (8:27)
  19. 19 Talk (0:33)
  20. 20 Messin' with the Kid (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junior Wells Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Byther Smith Guitar, Vocals
Phil Guy Guitar
Vince Chappelle Drums
Earnest Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band Harmonica, Vocals
Vince Chapelle Drums
Levi Warren Drums
Technical Credits
Little Walter Composer
Junior Wells Composer
Tampa Red Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
James Moore Composer
P.D. Scots Pipe Band Composer
Ken Rasek Engineer
Steve Tomashefsky Liner Notes
James Burke Oden Composer
Amos Blakemore Composer
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