Genre: Blues
Label: Delmark
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Junior Wells Blues Hit Big Town LP

Junior Wells

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Historic 1953/1954 Sessions On Vinyl LP!
Early Wells Recordings Featuring Muddy Waters, Elmore James & Otis Spann!

These historic sessions also feature Louis and Dave Myers, Willie Dixon, Johnnie Jones, Fred Below and Odie Payne Jr. Recorded by United Records in '53 & '54 at Universal Studio in Chicago, eight sides were issued on the subsidiary States label. Delmark's original LP contained twelve performances. Junior's debut recordings as leader include his first recording of "Hoodoo Man Blues." He was still a teenager at the time and had replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters band. Down Beat's Pete Welding wrote, "In their power, directness, unerring taste and utter consistency of mood, these may well be the most perfectly distilled examples of Wells' music ever recorded, taking their place alongside of those of Waters, Walter, Wolf and other masters of the period. Five stars." Blues Hit Big Town captures genius emerging from one of the greatest blues personalities and harmonica players of all time. Part of Delmark's United series.

...Wells' legacy begins with these landmark sides... Although at the start of a long career, it's obvious that Junior Wells was already a young man with a style all his own, ready to make blues history. File under essential.
-Cub Koda,, 4.5/5 stars


  • Part of Delmark's United Series
  • Vinyl LP


Junior Wells vocals, harmonica
Elmore James guitar (Side A)
Louis Myers guitar (Side A & Side B)
Johnnie Jones piano (Side A)
Dave Myers bass guitar (Side A)
Fred Below drums (Side A)
Muddy Waters guitar (Side B)
Otis Spann piano (Side B)
Willie Dixon acoustic bass (Side B)
Odie Payne, Jr. drums (Side B)


Side A (1953):

  1. Hoodoo Man
  2. Better Cut That Out
  3. Junior's Wail
  4. Tomorrow Night
  5. Lovin' Blues
  6. Eagle Rock (Alternate Take)

Side B (1954):

  1. Blues Hit Big Town
  2. Lawdy! Lawdy!
  3. Early In The Morning
  4. Throw This Poor Dog A Bone - Audition
  5. So All Alone
  6. Blues Hit Big Town

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