junior wells. buddy guy. hoodoo man blues.

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this is a truly great record, a joy to listen to.

Poll Results

1. "Snatch It Back and Hold It" (Junior Wells) – 2:53 5
11. "Chitlin Con Carne" (Kenny Burrell) – 2:12 2
10. "You Don't Love Me, Baby" (Willie Cobbs) – 2:58 1
9. "We're Ready" (Buddy Guy, Wells) – 3:33 0
8. "Early in the Morning" (traditional) – 4:44 0
7. "Hoodoo Man Blues" (Wells, Williamson) – 2:49 0
6. "Hey Lawdy Mama" (uncredited - composition rights typically given to Buddy Moss) – 3:10 0
5. "In the Wee Wee Hours" (Junior Wells) – 3:42 0
4. "Hound Dog" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:12 0
3. "Good Morning Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 3:50 0
2. "Ships on the Ocean" (Wells) – 4:07 0
12. "Yonder Wall" (Elmore James) – 4:10 0

j., Tuesday, 6 December 2016 23:37 (three years ago) link

"Good Morning Schoolgirl" for me, but hell yeah, one of the most exciting Chicago blues albums that this non-aficionado has heard--the Leslie speaker on Buddy's guitar is the icing on the cake...

Rad Macca (Craig D.), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 23:49 (three years ago) link

“I went to this pawnshop downtown and the man had a harmonica priced at $2.00. I got a job on a soda truck… played hookey from school … worked all week and on Saturday the man gave me a dollar and a half. A dollar and a half! For a whole week of work. I went to the pawnshop and the man said the price was two dollars. I told him I had to have that harp. He walked away from the counter – left the harp there. So I laid my dollar-and-a-half on the counter and picked up the harp. When my trial came up, the judge asked my why I did it. I told him I had to have that harp. The judge asked me to play it and when I did he gave the man the 50 cents and hollered “Case dismissed!”

j., Tuesday, 6 December 2016 23:58 (three years ago) link

His energy on this is insane.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 01:43 (three years ago) link

off topic here but his The First I Met The Blues album w/ Buddy Guy is also classic.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 01:46 (three years ago) link

Voted Snatch it Back.

Another album that remind's me of this is the Magic Sam Blues Band's Black Magic

calzino, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 01:56 (three years ago) link

Oh no Ships on The Ocean probably deserved it tbh.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 02:21 (three years ago) link

snatch it back

Spottie, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 06:26 (three years ago) link

slightly off topic again, but any excuse to post Buddy Guy youtubes...

calzino, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 12:59 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

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System, Saturday, 7 January 2017 00:01 (three years ago) link

late contender

calzino, Saturday, 7 January 2017 00:31 (three years ago) link

I just got this one on vinyl. Such a good record. Snatch it back and hold it for me.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Saturday, 7 January 2017 00:37 (three years ago) link

god bless that Buddy Guy is still alive

calzino, Saturday, 7 January 2017 01:02 (three years ago) link


The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 January 2017 13:10 (three years ago) link

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System, Sunday, 8 January 2017 00:01 (three years ago) link

Weird results. I forgot to vote, but Snatch It Back.. is the only song on here I don't love. If I wanna listen to James Brown I'll listen to James Brown

Wells is probably my favorite a harp player. Love those rhythmic grunts in between blowing and drawing! Such a strange, awesome sound.

I'm actually not a tremendous Buddy Guy fan but I love him on here. Sorta wish he'd kept playing this way (rhythmic, supportive but still creative) but he was probably too good to stay in the shadows for long

Always weird to me to read reviews of this record that don't mention the Leslie (or that mention the effect but get it wrong--I even saw a review that called it "reverb"--d'oh!). It's not exactly a sound you hear every day (especially not on a blues record from '65!)

I wanna buy the 2xLP 45rpm pressing of this record but it's pricey. I only own this on CD though. Anyone heard the LP reissue?

Wimmels, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 19:34 (three years ago) link

Snatch It Back is so much more than a cheap JB facsimile, or even if it is - it is one that is fucking great!

calzino, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:15 (three years ago) link

I mean, I like it, of course - I have a pulse, after all! - and I didn't say it was a "cheap" facsimile, just that, to me, it really doesn't represent the greatness of this record. It feels like the song you play to convert someone who "doesn't like blues" or something.

Anyway, what an amazing record. Just talking about it makes me want to listen to it.

Wimmels, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:58 (three years ago) link

three years pass...


Spottie, Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:40 (two weeks ago) link

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