JUNIOR WELLS – ” Coming At You ” Reissue

Posted: June 30, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Junior Wells (1934–1998), was known as the “Godfather of the Blues,” he was one of the giants of the Chicago electric blues scene. Best remembered for his soulful, dynamic amplified blues harp playing and incendiary vocals. Junior and guitar legend Buddy Guy shared one of the blues’ most famous and fertile musical partnerships, tag-teaming in the studio and on stages around the world for 30 years. Junior’s Coming at You (1968) showcases the duo’s stylistic synergy as they infuse a selection of blues standards with a double dose of fiery attitude, backed by a tight band including Lefty Dizz on guitar, Douglas Fagan on sax and Clark Terry on trumpet.

Junior Wells one of the preeminent Chicago bluesmen, known best for his impressive amplified harmonica stylings and fervent vocals. As a teenager in the early ’50s, Wells began his career with the Muddy Waters Band, replacing Little Walter on the harmonica. By the end of the decade, Wells was successfully leading his own groups, often teaming up with fellow Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. Infusing his blues with the sounds of contemporary rock, funk and soul, Wells was easily embraced by a rock audience, and by 1970, he was playing the Fillmore West and touring with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Canned Heat. Known for commanding the stage with his impassioned live performances, Wells would continue to perform (often with Guy) and record throughout the blues resurgence of the ’80s and ’90s. Even now—two decades after his death—he remains a revered and influential musical icon.

An iconic, electric blues album of the ’60s, Coming at You features harmonica and singer Junior Wells at his finest. With fellow Chicago musician Buddy Guy on lead guitar, Coming at You showcases the two fiery musicians’ talents in the studio as they play a selection of blues standards, backed by a tight band including Lefty Dizz on guitar, Douglas Fagan on sax and Clark Terry on trumpet. Back on vinyl for the first time in over 40 years, this 50th anniversary reissue was cut from the original analog master by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering.

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