Sunday, July 21, 2013

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play the Blues

Considering the troubled background of this album (Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun, and Tom Dowd only ended up with eight tracks at a series of 1970 sessions in Miami; two years later, the J. Geils Band was brought in to cut two additional songs to round out the long-delayed LP for 1972 release), the results were pretty impressive. Buddy Guy contributes dazzling lead axe to their revival of "T-Bone Shuffle"; Junior Wells provides a sparkling remake of Sonny Boy's "My Baby She Left Me," and Guy is entirely credible in a grinding Otis Redding mode on the Southern soul stomper "A Man of Many Words." - by Bill Dahl, AMG

This is a spirited rendition of the work of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, two of Chicago's leading lights in the blues world. Junior Wells' harmonica playing and Buddy Guy's guitar work set a sound foundation for this CD. This was a re cording spearheaded by Eric Clapton as his Derek and the Dominoes album was being finally mixed. And we are fortunate to be able to listen to the results.Backing instrumentals are played by the likes of Clapton, Dr. John (on piano), and J. Geils (guitar), among others. Some cuts illustrate their work. "A Man of Many Words" is a clean sounding, contemporary blues song. This does not look back toward the delta or the early Chicago sound. Clapton's guitar playing is interesting and spirited (although maybe a bit overdone). The vocals are smooth. Some nice wording: "I know I rap long and know I rap strong, Come on mama let me turn you on." "T-Bone Shuffle" is one of T-Bone Walker's songs. Here, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells do a nice job with their cover. The sound is simpler than with "A Man of Many Words." The ensemble playing is very good. Vocals, again, are nice, as they play with lines like: "Tell me what the reason You keep on teasin' me." "This Old Fool" is another fun cut. J. Geils joins with guitar here. Buddy Guy sings against a really insistent beat, with the rhythm section playing splendidly. Magic Dick's harmonica adds to the whole sound. There is a great blues sensibility to this song. The end of the song features some fiery guitar work. So, this is a nice view of the work of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. The session that was recorded here is lively and has a spontaneous feel to it. Well worth listening to. - Steven A. Peterson,

Artist: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
Album: Play the Blues
Year: 1972
Label: Atlantic (1992)
Runtime: 37:11

1.  A Man Of Many Words (Buddy Guy) 4:02
2.  My Baby She Left Me (She Left Me A Mule To Ride) (Sonny Boy Williamson)  3:11
3.  Come On In This House- Have Mercy Baby (Junior Wells) 4:23
4.  T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker) 4:19
5.  A Poor Man's Plea (Junior Wells) 3:13
6.  Messin' With The Kid (Mel London) 2:15
7.  This Old Fool (Buddy Guy) 3:11
8.  I Don't Know (Willie Mabon) 4:30
9.  Bad Bad Whiskey (Thomas Maxwell Davis) 4:15
10.  Honeydripper (Joe Liggins) 3:50

Buddy Guy (Guitar, Vocals)
Junior Wells (Harmonica, Vocals)
Eric Clapton (Guitar)
Dr. John (Piano)
A.C. Reed (Tenor Saxophone)
Mike Utley (Piano and Organ)
Leroy Stewart (Bass Guitar)
Roosevelt Shaw (Drums)
Carl Radle (Bass Guitar)
Jim Gordon (Drums)
Dick Salwitz (Harmonica)
Phil Guy (Guitar)
Jerome Geils (Rhythm Guitar)
Seth Justman (Piano)
Danny Klein (Bass Guitar)


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