Delmark Records Expands Junior Wells' 'Hoodoo Man Blues,' Due Aug. 16

A Hall of Fame Record gets some Hall of Fame treatment...
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Oh, glorious days! Delmark Records is re-issuing not only one of the most important records in its vital catalog but one of the most important records in Chicago blues history when Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues is re-issued in a deluxe edition August 16.

Hoodoo Man Blues is a Grammy Hall of Fame record, a Blues Hall of Fame record, and one of the textbook examples of Chicago's classic West Side blues style. As distinguished blues historian and the fount of all knowledge Bill Dahl notes, Hoodoo captured the essence of the live Junior Wells experience but in a studio setting. Listening to this record, you smell the smoke and see Wells strutting across a stage like the badass he was. Wells was joined for this set by Buddy Guy – billed as Friendly Chap due to his recording contract with Chess Records – and the two would record and play together many times throughout Wells' life.

Hoodoo deserves the deluxe treatment as much as any blues album in history. The album has been expanded to include alternate takes from the Hoodoo sessions as well as a 16-page booklet designed by Kate Moss featuring previously unseen photographs and brand new liner notes. Among the alternate takes is studio chatter and dialog from the sessions. The uninitiated might see that and roll their eyes but those who ever had the privilege of seeing Wells in concert or listened to his Live At Theresa's and Live in Boston 1966 know this footage is part of what made Junior Wells the unique presence he remains, even this many years after his passing.

Here is the tracklisting for Hoodoo Man Blues – Deluxe Edition:

  1. Snatch It Back and Hold It
  2. Ships On the Ocean
  3. Good Morning Schoolgirl
  4. Hound Dog
  5. In the Wee Wee Hours
  6. Hey Lawdy Mama
  7. Hoodoo Man Blues
  8. Early in the Morning
  9. We're Ready
  10. You Don't Love Me, Baby
  11. Chitlin Con Carne
  12. Yonder Wall
  13. Studio Chatter
  14. I Ain't Stranded
  15. Studio Chatter 2
  16. In The Wee Wee Hours (alternate take)
  17. Studio Chatter 3
  18. Hoodoo Man Blues (alternate take)
  19. Studio Chatter 4
  20. Chitlin Con Carne (alternate take)
  21. Studio Chatter 5
  22. Yonder Wall (alternate take 7)
  23. Studio Chatter 6
  24. Yonder Wall (alternate take 11)
  25. Studio Chatter 7
  26. Yonder Wall (alternate take 13)

Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues