Junior Wells' COME ON IN THIS HOUSE SACD, highly recommended!

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  1. Rachael B

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    [​IMG] I've listened to Junior's album 3 or 4 times now and like it more after each listening. It's a hybrid/multi-channel release from Telarc and it sounds good in stereo or multi-channel. There's no really silly gimmickry in the multi-channel mix here. Occasionaly they might over use the sides a bit putting guitars there but there is no panning. I prefer the stereo mix myself.
    Junior Well's has been around blowing blues harp for like forever. He'll never be a household word but hey, that the blues man. He howls the lyrics plenty well enough and has chosen a flock of lesser known, depending on what you know I quess, standards for this 14 cut, nearly 70 minute extravaganza.
    This is a mostly acoustic set. They do use electric bass on some cuts and the lead guitar, mostly slide, parts are electric but they keep the volume on the guitars low, mostly. There are a half dozen quest slide gutarist sprinkled around the album. On I'M GONNA MOVE TO KANSAS CITY Derek Trucks' slide guitar comes hard out of the hole but in a few seconds when Junior starts singing it gets toned down. He gets to take the volume back up again for a short solo out in the middle of the song.
    I really liked his take on Bobby Charles' WHY ARE PEOPLE LIKE THAT, and the honky tonk piano is infectious on Little Walter's YOU BETTER WATCH YOURSELF. There are a couple of Sonny Boy Williamson songs here too, MILLION YEAR BLUES and THE GOAT. He even throws in a Tracy Chapman song, GIVE ME ONE REASON. On GIVE ME ONE GOOD REASON Sonny Landreath's electric slide guitar sounds acoustic, but the linear notes say electric. Like many of the other cuts the guitarists keep the volume down so as to not drown out the other instuments.
    The only Wells' originals on the album are the title cut COME ON IN THIS HOUSE. I love the way he wails, "....I'm begging youuuuu, I'm begging youuuuu to come on in this house..." I wish I could post a sound byte! His harp solo on this one is first rate too. The other Wells' originals is the brief WHAT MY MOMA TOLD ME intro to THAT'S ALL RIGHT. I quess the two constitute a medley, sort'a...?
    I have to admit I haven't bothered to listen to the CD layer yet. I will sometime when I dub a few fav cuts onto an MD compilation. I love these hybrid discs! Move over Sony!!!!
    If you at all enjoy blues and R & B I think this one house you'll want to visit.
     
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    I agree totally. The Junior Wells SACD is one phenomenal disc. I posted a review about a month ago on www.audioasylum.com, when I first received this disc from Telarc - and another person shot back at me disagreeing that the performance was top notch.
    I have alot of Buddy Guy stuff, a few cuts with Junior, so this guy on the asylum turns me on to some other titles to choose from. I know it isn't an SACD - but you have to get "Hoodoo Man Blues" on the Delmark label - it is real blues when Junior was in his heyday. Buddy Guy plays guitar on the whole album - now that should be an SACD.
    Either way, though, "Come On In This House" is quality Junior Wells recorded near to the time his career, for obvious reasons, was coming to an end.
     
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    Rachael,

    Thanks for posting this review. I have few SACDs from the smaller labels (Telarc, Rounder, etc.), and I appreciate your views on such discs. I would like to expand horizons with some of these titles (e.g., Allison Krauss, Jacintha, Junior Wells). Again, thanks. Happy listening.

    Michael,

    I appreciate your views here too.
     
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    Michael, I was reading about those Delmark albums in the linear notes. I wonder if they're stille in print? How bad can they be with Buddy an all...? So much blues, so little time!
    Keith, you need to join my Sony second movement. When there's absoutely nothing else on SACD worth buying, consider a Sony disc...[​IMG] Best wishes guyz!
     
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