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Album Review

Enjoyable but less electrifying follow-up to Hoodoo Man Blues, cut in 1969-1970 — looser, with longer songs that afford more room to stretch out instrumentally but don't quite equal the stunning precision of what came before. Buddy Guy returns on guitar; Otis Spann is the pianist, and Fred Below keeps superb time.

Customer Reviews

You want the blues, you need buddy

To keep it simple Buddy Guy and Junior Wells lay it down with feeling and passion, not only putting emotion into the music but they keep it steady. This is one of those albums that seem like one long song, press play and before you know it it's over and you feel brand new.

Stop Breakin' Down

This version of Stop Breakin' Down has all the power, tattered textures and intensity of the best of South side idiom . This cut might be the high watermark of Chicago Blues. There is a deep soulful longing and power here that ranks with the very best!

The how-to manual for musical 'inter-play' or "jamming"

Otis Spann and Buddy Guy w/ Fred Below keeping time lay down authentic grooves that are rooted in "feeling" & not just a set up for solos.

Junior Wells sparse use of the harmonica allows the others to shine & makes you want to hear him play. His vox are in great shape & he sings w/ a bit more abandon as if these tracks were demos & not a finished product. This allows for a greater range of technique in vocal delivery as marketability did not seem to be the j


Born: December 9, 1934 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

He was one bad dude, strutting across the stage like a harp-toting gangster, mesmerizing the crowd with his tough-guy antics and rib-sticking Chicago blues attack. Amazingly, Junior Wells kept at precisely this sort of thing for over 40 years; he was an active performer from the dawn of the '50s until his death in the late '90s. Born in Memphis, Wells learned his earliest harp licks from another future legend, Little Junior Parker, before he came to Chicago at age 12. In 1950, the teenager passed...
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