Hoodoo Man Blues has often been referred to as one of the truly classic blues albums of the 1960’s and I’d have to wholeheartedly agree, this album is superb!…and probably one of my all-time favourite blues albums!
Recorded in 1965, this glorious collection of electric Chicago blues features Junior Wells on vocals and harmonica, Buddy Guy on guitar, Jack Myres on bass and Billy Warren on drums, and the album is nothing short of a stunning thrill from start to finish.
Hoodoo Man Blues was produced by Bob Koester, the founder of Delmark Records, who was already a fan of Wells’ music and so he gave him the freedom to create the album as he pleased; a wise decision as the result couldn’t have been better. The innovative album became Delmark’s best seller, establishing Wells’ career receiving critical acclaim as being among the best albums Wells ever produced and even among the greatest blues albums ever made being included for preservation by the National Recording Registry.
Taken from this album comes the mesmerising and spellbinding, In the Wee Wee Hours, a truly hypnotic blues masterpiece that never fails to send a shiver up my spine with its crisp guitars and sultry howling harmonica, smokey cymbals and smooth crawling pace, it’s a divine listen… Listen and enjoy above and check out the alternate take below (which I couldn’t resist including).