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Hoodoo Man Blues (Hybr) [Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import]

Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2009)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
  • Label: Apo
  • ASIN: B002GSXKT2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The blues is both the foundation and the enemy of all rock music's creativity. Foundation, because without it we'd be listening to nothing but ABBA and Cliff Richard, or any music which has had its blackness pumped out of it. Without the blues, there would be no rock'n'roll, no rock, no soul or indeed any music - even Kraftwerk - of worth made outside of the classical canon in the last 100 years. But it's also something that's often best avoided, as any 1970s music fan who's endured hours of plodding 12-bar solos, lyrics about how "mah woman done let me down", or similar blues clich�s can attest. The blues is easy to play, but hard to play well.

Fortunately, the record under discussion here is a brilliant and inventive foundation stone of blues. Junior Wells, Chicago blues vocalist and harmonica player, had been around for a while before producer Bob Koester decided to record him for the Delmark label in 1965. In his sleevenotes, Koester states he had no idea that this would be the first time a working Chicago blues band was given the full run of a studio, with no time limits or singles planned. With the presence of Buddy Guy - renamed for contractual reasons as 'Friendly Chap' - on guitar, the session was set up to be as powerful as possible.

Wells' style is at once laidback and forceful. On songs like Snatch It Back and Hold It and a louche Hound Dog, he is relaxed but not messing about. On Good Morning Schoolgirl, a staple of the 1960s British blues scenes, he's a danger to shipping, never mind young women. And when he plays the harmonica - sometimes smoothly, sometimes like it's an airbed being punished - Wells is more like Jimi Hendrix than Stevie Wonder. The band are similarly deceptively casual and enormously powerful - an effect enhanced by Guy's guitar, which was for emergency reasons often played through a Leslie organ speaker (making it sound, unsurprisingly, rather Beatles-y for a blues guitar).

And the results are timeless. Regularly voted amongst the best blues album of all time by virtually everyone since its release, Hoodoo Man Blues - here with a lovely remaster, alternate takes and "studio chatter" - is a historical artefact, a listening joy and a blues tour de force.

--David Quantick

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Definitive Blues Recording 20 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I always wondered why people bother to critique music in this type of forum - then along come Hoodoo Man Blues.
This CD has just blown me away completely.
Junior Well's vocals are incredible, moving and confident - he appears so utterley comfortable with his music. And then there is his harmonica playing, which is nothing short of intoxicating.
A young Buddy Guy accompanies Wells and shows his early mastery of electric blues guitar: highly expressive and tuneful.
The partnership of these two awesome figures was made in heaven. Also, as if things couldn't get any better, the recording is audiophile quality - I'll say that again, the recording is audiophile quality - if you can't SEE the music, your hi-fi is ready for the scrap heap. A Beautiful album that anyone with even the faintest interest in the blues must own - its the real deal, and you won't stop playing it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wells & Guy set Chicago aflame 3 Sep 2003
By Mr. C. W. Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Hot foot from Muddy Waters and Earl Hooker Wells teamed up with guitar master Buddy Guy, bassist Jack Myers and drummer Billy Warren to record this Chicago masterpiece, reputedly the first LP recorded by a working Chicago blues band it crackles with menace, Junior commands you to 'Snatch it Back and Hold It' at the opener before tearing it out of your hands and pushing it back in your face, this is a superb set where everything gels, Guy (I think billed as Friendly Chap on the original cover) tears it up and Wells meaty harp compliments the onslaught parry and thrust, what it must have been to see this band in its prime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB! 28 April 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I found this c.d. from a link from another artist, listened to a few soundbites and thought I would give it a go.

I am sure glad I did. The sound on the disk is fantastic. How they transferred this to this quality is truly amazing.

It is a ADD quality and highlights the level of musicianship from the young Buddy Guy on guitar and the energy and feeling of Junior. I have quite a large selection of blues but this has just climbed to the top.

I will be looking for some more from this label.

Buy and enjoy. It feels like it was recorded yesterday!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 8 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
With respect to my fellow reviewer, this album is not really fifties blues. It was recorded in the mid-sixties and was, as other reviews describe, a fine contemporary work. And, had it been recorded this year, it would still sound current. It has a vitality and presence which passes the test of time with honours. And so, it is blues - very good blues - which does not need to be slotted into a specific era.

What a band! Four brilliant musicians at the top of their game. I'm not familiar with drummer Billy Warren but I like his style; Jack Myers was a very influential bassist with a fresh approach to a classic form; Buddy Guy was in excellent form on these sessions; and Junior Wells leads them to many peaks throughout the album. He is 'his own man' as a vocalist and harmonicist. I would hesitate to claim that he is the equal of Little Walter (although he was a very serious rival to Walter in the early 1950s) but I love what he plays. The comparison is pointless. He's who he is, and that's good enough for anybody.

So - why four stars, not five? I've docked one star for tuning problems which spoil a couple of tracks for me. I won't say which tracks because if you haven't noticed then I don't want to spoil it for you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blues got off its deathbed and danced 8 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
This was recorded when blues had lost its popularity with Black Americans. Stax, Motown and James Brown reflected their aspirations much better, expressing self confidence and hope without harking back to plantations, poverty and life as a second class citizen.
There's not a moment of self doubt or worry about a disappearing audience in this session. Junior is right up there, singing his heart out and blowing on his harmonica with hunger and enthusiam - and a touch of menace when necessary. He's hungry,he's got something to say, and he's got the self-confidence to nod in the direction of James Brown without stooping to plagiarism.
Buddy is a sensitive and intelligent accompanist. He knows when to keep in the background, when to push Junior on, and when to step into the spot light and fill in empty bars. He's that rarest of things in the 1960s, a lead guitarist who wants to contribute to the music, not dominate it. If you can think of an album with a better supporting guitarist - in any genre, not just the blues- please put it on the comment page, because I'd love to hear it.
The guys on drums and bass just lay down a nice steady background with no histrionics or unecessary flourishes. It all sounds easy, but it isn't.
This wasn't the best time to be making a blues album. However, it's a classic - arguably the last great blues album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS IT GETS!! 9 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Hoodoo Man BluesI bought this album on a Delmark LP about 44 years ago, mail order direct from Chicago and it still sounds superb (I also have the CD). It was one of the first "Blues albums" as opposed to "a collection of singles" and set the standard which others are still trying to emulate. It became the template that many bands (my own included) tried to follow. Blues has got a lot louder since then but never as modern as this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Blues
Although I had not heard a deal by Junior Wells but having read the reviews I decided to invest in a copy. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ed's Buys
5.0 out of 5 stars VINYL REVIEW
Bought this for around 10 from a marketplace seller. Took a while to arrive, but price was good so can't complain. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
man, this is the dogs diddlies! junior wells and his band are sharp, ozzing attitude and style. very much the blues, altho some funky edges are really good. highly recomend. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bert
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
Raw , Powerful , soulful......Hoodoo Man Blues is one of the greatest Blues records ever made. Well's harp & Guy's guitar work in perfect harmony. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
What's not to like? Junior Wells and Buddy Guy ("friendly chap") on ferocious form. And a rather nifty little booklet, too. Very nice package, very good blues.
Published 15 months ago by L. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be one of the best blues albums
Can't believe I have never come across this album. The finest Chicago blues sounding just as good today as when it was recorded.
Published 19 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - Hoodoo man Blues
Been looking for this album for a while now. Blistering guitar and vocals, a must-have for any Blues/ Rock fan and recommended for anyone interested in real music!
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by M. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoodoo U Love
Having recently started exploring back catalogue blues items and especially SACD versions this is a minor gem. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2011 by Rolo
5.0 out of 5 stars chicago blues with a splash of funky energy
outstanding chicago blues with a splash of james brown style funky energy. junior wells is a fantastic harp player in the tradition of rice miller, little walter and james cotton. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Mr. J. Mccombe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blues Machine
With the breathtaking assistance of the bassplayer and drummer, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy play the blues so that you feel you are right inside the engine of a motor bike. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by Buckjumper
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