Junior Wells

Messin' with the Kid: The Chief/Profile/U.S.A. Sessions 1957-1963

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These three labels represent the earliest juke sides of Junior Wells recorded in Chicago. Sidemen on these sessions include Otis Spann, A.C. Reed, Syl Johnson, Popsy Dixon (currently drumming and singing with the fabulous Holmes Brothers), Earl Hooker, and Jack Myers. While it's true there isn't anything here that quite touches Hoodoo Man Blues, these blues are raw, greasy, unfiltered, and passionate. Wells' vocals are strong throughout and the ensembles literally tear the roof off. What they may lack in finesse (thank goodness they lack some of it), they more than make up for in passion, honesty, and sheer guts. Get it.

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