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Junior Wells was leading the houseband at Theresa's from the late 1950s until the demise of the club in 1983. Theresa's was his public living room, a small club holding not more than 50 people. There was no stage. But it was Junior's kingdom, and he was the King. Maybe Junior wasn't the greatest harp player, and I know there were better vocalists than him. But as producer Steve Tomashefsky is explaining, 'Theresa's itself was his instrument. No one else played it as well, and no other place he played gave him as good a sound.' The superb recordings were made during two January nights by radio station XRT (who also supplied us with the fabulous liev album by Otis Rush, recently issued on Delmark). Thanks to Delmark for keeping part of Junior's announcements. This is a fascinating blues document with a high entertainment value. A must for all fans of real Chicago style blues. JUNIOR WELLS - hca/voc, PHIL GUY - gtr, SAMMY LAWHORN - gtr, BYTHER SMITH - gtr, EARNEST JOHNSON - bass, LEVI WARREN oder/or VINCE CHAPELLE - drums.

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Little By Little
Snatch It Back And Hold It
Talk
Love Her With A Feeling
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Juke
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Happy Birthday
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Scratch My Back
Help The Poor
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Come On In This House
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What My Mama Told Me
Key To The Highway
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Goin' Down Slow
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Messin' With The Kid

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9257509c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x9253e8c4) out of 5 stars Just terrific! 4 Nov. 2006
By geewhiz - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is a great companion to "Junior Wells: On Tap". On Tap was the first blues album I bought (on vinyl) around 1980 and it inspired me to play blues harp. I never saw Junior play at Theresa's but I saw his performances at many other venues, often with Buddy Guy. The combination of the songs and speaking on this album make you feel like you're in the audience. Junior's rendition of "Juke" sounds like Little Walter or Carey Bell playing live on Maxwell Street! In many ways, this recording captures the essence of Junior Wells, a true blues legend who died before his time.
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HASH(0x92803330) out of 5 stars Live Blues Album Should Be A Classic 28 Jun. 2007
By Terence Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Junior Wells' "Live at Theresa's 1975" should grow into a classic live blues recording because it gives you the heart and soul of a live blues performance: great music, great songs, and great patter.

Theresa's was a popular Chicago blues spot in 1975, and it served as one of the chief hangouts of blues harmonica great Wells when he was in town. On the record, he's definitely in his element: laughing, joking, and working the room. The music is great, and Wells' gritty, raw-edged vocals heighten the flaovr of the live performance.

This is a great live recording of an genre, and one that will be fondly remembered.
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HASH(0x93b56d44) out of 5 stars Great Album, Under Rated Artist 22 April 2008
By Boston Bluesman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great live blues album. The sound quality is pretty good and the venue is small enough to give you a good sense of what it would have been like to see Junior is a club. This album finds junior in his prime (which was quite a while) and feeling comfortable with his environment.

For more great live Junior Wells check out Buddy Guy's Smolin' TNT and Drinking Dynamite (which is just as much a Junior album as it is a Guy album). For great studio work check out Hoodoo Man Blues, which may be one of the finest studio blues albums ever made.

Given his catelog and this album,it got me thinking that may be Junior is a little (or a lot)under rated. He was one of the best and this album is proof of that. Enjoy.
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HASH(0x9253ecfc) out of 5 stars Feels like you're in a little Chicago club 1 Aug. 2009
By Everett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers here have said it as well or better than I can say it so I'll brief. I just had to add my two cents in saying that this is an excellent experience in raw live blues. It feels like you're there, especially when you crank it up a bit on a home stereo or on headphones/earbuds. The music itself is some great 70s blues but it's the between-song banter and the intimate crowd sounds that really give this album it's ambiance and it's life.

The recording quality is not exactly high-fi, and I considered docking the 5th star but then it's the low-fi feel that only contributes to the grit and the immediacy in this performance.
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HASH(0x9253eeac) out of 5 stars Understand why Junior owned the Southside in the 70s 5 Sept. 2013
By M. Neustadt - Published on Amazon.com
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I was blessed to frequent Theresa's and the Checkerboard Lounge during this very period, so, of course, this album is very special to me. I find the sound quality to be amazing. Theresa's was a very small club. I have no idea what kind of recording equipment was used, but I find the balance excellent. You can easily hear the bass, drums, guitars and Junior. Everything seems to be in balance.

As for Junior, well . . . the mid-70s was a very fertile time for Chicago blues. There was an enormous amount of good to great talent. But it seemed to me was that Junior Wells owned the Southside. When he would walk into a club with his harps, the temperature would rise appreciably. He was a superstar. Here he is in all his glory - smoking and cooking. This album will not disappoint.
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