Junior Wells

Junior Wells - Junior's Wail: Singles As & Bs 1953-1961 (2014)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at June 20, 2016
Junior Wells - Junior's Wail: Singles As & Bs 1953-1961 (2014)

Junior Wells - Junior's Wail: Singles As & Bs 1953-1961 (2014)
Blues, R&B, Rock | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 73 min | 172 MB
Label: Jasmine Records | Rel: 2014

Wells arrived from Memphis fully formed but possessing a rawness that he would always maintain at the age of 18 as an energetic blues harp wizard and a vocalist with an intense and expressive borderline R&B style, schooled back in Memphis by his cousin, Little Junior "Mystery Train" Parker. It would be hard to name another 18-year-old in his rookie year of recording who ever put out a double-sided single as strong and as iconic as Wells's second one: "Hoodoo Man" (originally by Sonny Boy Williamson #1), which became one of his signature numbers, b/w his own original instrumental, "Junior's Wail," the title song of this collection. (Be careful when listening to the latter, as your jaw may hit the floor around the 0:54 mark.)
Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam (1970) Expanded Deluxe Edition 2014

Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam (1970) Expanded Deluxe Edition 2014
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 464 Mb (incl 5%) | Booklet Scans ~ 130 Mb | Time: 01:13:21
Genre: Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Label: Delmark | # DE 628

The follow up to Hoodoo Man Blues (DMK 612), this classic Chicago blues album is now re-issued in an expanded digipak Deluxe Edition containing unissued performances and a 16-page booklet with many never-before-seen photos. The Godfather of Blues, Junior Wells is accompanied by Buddy Guy and Louis Myers, guitar; Otis Spann, piano; Earnest Johnson, bass; Fred below, drums. Recorded December 30, 1969 and January 8, 1970, the five extra performances include Rock Me Baby, an alternate take of I Could Have Had Religion, Junior's In Charge, an eight-minute improvisational studio jam with lots of Otis Spann, and more, 73 minutes. With new notes by producer Bob Koester. A must for blues lovers.
Buddy Guy, Junior Mance & Junior Wells - Buddy and the Juniors (1970)

Buddy Guy, Junior Mance & Junior Wells - Buddy and the Juniors (1970)
Blues | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
BGO BGOCD399 | rel: 1998 | 310Mb

The historical details surrounding the recording session that became Buddy & the Juniors are almost as entertaining – and oddly satisfying – as the music itself. Released on Blue Thumb in 1970 on multi-colored wax, this session, were it not for a very real economic necessity due to Buddy Guy's feud with Vanguard Records, would never have happened. According to producer Michael Cuscuna's liner notes on the CD reissue, Vanguard wouldn't pick up the tab for Guy to fly to New York to mix an album he'd cut with Junior Mance and Gary Bartz – also produced by Cuscuna. Being an ever-enterprising genius, Cuscuna pitched the idea for a recording between Guy, Mance, and Junior Wells to Blue Thumb label boss Bob Krasnow; he jumped.

Junior Wells - You're Tuff Enough (1998)  

Posted by zozonium at March 5, 2009
Junior Wells - You're Tuff Enough (1998)

Junior Wells - You're Tuff Enough (1998)
Genre: Blues | mp3 (320 kbps) | Time:56:44 | 125 MB
Junior Wells | You're Tuff Enough | Mercury | 1968 release

Were it not for Junior Wells's superlative harmonica playing and expressive voice, You're Tuff Enough might have been a muddle of drums and horns. Wells, however, was a strong enough musician that it's he, not his backing band, that stands out most strongly on this recording. This recording illustrates Wells's prescience in incorporating elements of funk and rock into his music. Check out the James-Brown- inflected "Up in Heah," or the rock-out feel of the title track, which appeared on national R&B charts in 1968. One hears echoes of Brown on "You Ought to Quit That" as well. But Wells could sing the blues straight up as well, as he shows with a sweet rendition of "You're the One." While not quite the classic that 1965's Hoodoo Man Blues (which featured Buddy Guy on guitar) was, You're Tuff Enough is an excellent collection, one whose reissue on CD is long overdue.
–Genevieve Williams

Junior Wells/Buddy Guy - It´s My Life, Baby (1988)  

Posted by zozonium at March 5, 2009
Junior Wells/Buddy Guy - It´s My Life, Baby (1988)

Junior Wells/Buddy Guy - It´s My Life, Baby (1988)
Genre: Blues, Chicago electric blues | MP3 (320 kbps) | Time: 48:14 | 111 MB
Junior Wells | It´s My Life, Baby | Vanguard (73120) | Original Release 1966

What a time. What a place. What a showman. The late 40's to the late 60's, Chicago's south side, the incomparable Junior Wells… Muddy, Elvis, Wayne Cochrane, Sonny Boy all rolled into one tough little cookie. This album is one sweet treat after another. If you can stay still listening to "Stomach Ache," you are clinically dead. It's a true joy listening to Junior and Buddy Guy but I really envy people in the future; they might be able to transport themselves back to 1964 and see Junior live in Pepper's Lounge.

Junior Wells - Sings Live At The Golden Bear (1998)  

Posted by zozonium at March 5, 2009
Junior Wells - Sings Live At The Golden Bear  (1998)

Junior Wells - Sings Live At The Golden Bear (1998)
Blues, Chicago electric blues | MP3 (320 kbps) | Time: 37:50 | 90 MB
Junior Wells | Sings Live At The Golden Bear | Mercury (3145585522) | Original Release December 1969

This reissue of a live recording taken in Huntington Beach, California, and originally released in 1969, showcases harpster and singer Junior Wells's brash, intense Chicago style. The material is familiar–"Fever," "My Babe," "I'm Ready," and "Please, Please, Please," among others–but it's none the worse for that. Wells puts his own stamp on each performance with his growling voice and rich, aggressive harmonica, especially on "So Tired (I Could Cry)" and the aforementioned "My Babe." Wells and company rock out with "Don't Start Me Talking" and "How Many More Years," and lay back for "Elevate Me Mama." Even the CD reissue isn't completely clean;
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (1972) {2012, Reissue, Remastered}

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (1972) {2012, Reissue, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 248 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 90 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 28 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Chicago Blues | ATCO Records / Rhino / Warner Music #8122-79704-8 / WPCR-27526

Limited pressing housed in Japanese mini LP sleeve packaging with obi strip. Digitally remastered edition of this classic '60s Soul release. For years, Motown was always referred to as the most influential Soul label of the '60s. However, one cursory glance at Atlantic's vast catalog of '60s Soul releases proves that Atlantic may have had the edge in regards to it's roster of influential talent. This remaster is just one in a series of Japanese Atlantic Soul and R&B reissues that comes housed in a min LP sleeve, which replicates the excitement of opening the album back when it first came out!
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Drinkin' TNT 'N' Smokin' Dynamite (1988) REPOST

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Drinkin' TNT 'N' Smokin' Dynamite (1988)
Blues | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Blind Pig BP71182 | rec: 1974 | 325Mb

Cut at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival with Stones' bassist Bill Wyman anchoring the rhythm section, the set captures some of the ribald musical repartee that customarily distinguished the pairing of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, though they certainly break no new ground as they roll through their signature songs.
James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Billy Branch - Harp Attack! (1990)

James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Billy Branch - Harp Attack! (1990)
Blues | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Alligator, ALCD 4790 | rel: 1990 | 340Mb

Four Chicago harmonica greats, one eminently solid album. Teamed with Junior Wells, Billy Branch, and Carey Bell, Cotton sings Willie Love's Delta classic "Little Car Blues" and Charles Brown's "Black Night." Wells trades harp solos and vocals, standing front and center on a fine rendition of Sonny Boy II's "Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets" and the tailor-made "Somebody Changed the Lock" and "Broke and Hungry," obviously relishing the camaraderie between himself and his fellow harmonica giants.

Junior Wells - Live At Theresa's 1975 (2006)  

Posted by Designol at June 17, 2015
Junior Wells - Live At Theresa's 1975 (2006)

Junior Wells - Live At Theresa's 1975 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 564 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Harmonica Blues, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Delmark Records | # DE 787 | Time: 01:03:51

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).