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You're Tuff Enough: The Blue Rock Studio Recordings
Genres: Blues, Pop
Were it not for Junior Wells's superlative harmonica playing and expressive voice, You're Tuff Enough might have been a muddle of drums and horns. Wells, however, was a strong enough musician that it's he, not his backin... more »
Were it not for Junior Wells's superlative harmonica playing and expressive voice, You're Tuff Enough might have been a muddle of drums and horns. Wells, however, was a strong enough musician that it's he, not his backing band, that stands out most strongly on this recording. This recording illustrates Wells's prescience in incorporating elements of funk and rock into his music. Check out the James-Brown- inflected "Up in Heah," or the rock-out feel of the title track, which appeared on national R&B charts in 1968. One hears echoes of Brown on "You Ought to Quit That" as well. But Wells could sing the blues straight up as well, as he shows with a sweet rendition of "You're the One." While not quite the classic that 1965's Hoodoo Man Blues (which featured Buddy Guy on guitar) was, You're Tuff Enough is an excellent collection, one whose reissue on CD is long overdue. --Genevieve Williams
An Interesting Outting For Wells
Alex | Colorado | 08/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Blues purists may feel like pulling their hair out upon hearing such a James Brown style funk album from Junior Wells, but those with an open mind may find Wells' fusion of funk and blues to be worth a listen. Sure its completely different from what we expect from the man, but the fact is that Junior Wells executes it so well you have to forgive him for his boldness is producing this type of project. No one before him has ever done such a fine job of combining the best of blues and funk into a single form, but here it flows well, aided by Wells outstanding harmonica lines. Though it can be a little to slick for its own good in places, it generally retains a consistant quality throughout. This is definatly not one for the purists and probably a bad idea if you're looking for a blues album. If, however, you are looking for funk-blues at its best, this is a fine disc."
DIFFERENT BUT GOOD
Ronnie Cowlishaw Sr. | AUBURN WASHINGTON | 03/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I finally found a copy of of this cd (very hard to find). I was surprised at first. Some funk & blues with a touch of soul, a way different mix. By the time I got done listening to it I was very happy with it. This was well worth hunting down if you're a Junior Wells fan. His vocals and harp playing are classic Junior, this is great early stuff."
Gaylen Halbert | Weimar, California United States | 11/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Today I found this in a used cd bin for $5! This is why insane searchers like myself spend hours scanning music stores to find out of print gems. Junior stepped out of the strictly blues medium here and it is a success!"