Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (Black vinyl)
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (Black vinyl)
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (Black vinyl)
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (Black vinyl)

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Play The Blues (Black vinyl)

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Buddy Guy - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar [Click here to see more vinyl featuring Buddy Guy]

Junior Wells (A1 - B1, B3, B5) - Vocals, harmonica

Eric Clapton - Guitar (A1 - B1, B3, B5) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Eric Clapton]

Dr. John (A1, A4, B1) - Piano

J. Geils - Rhythm Guitar (B2, B5)

Magic Dick (B2, B5) - Harmonica

Bass : Carl Radle (A1), Daniel Klein (B2, B5), Leroy Stewart (A2 - B1, B3, B4)

Body Percussion [Foot Tapping] : Juke Joint Jimmy (B2, B5)

Drums : Jim Gordon (A1), Roosevelt Shaw (A2 - B1, B3, B4), Stephen Bladd (B2, B5)

Organ : Michael Utley (A1 - B1, B3, B5)

Piano : Michael Utley (A2, A3, A5, B3, B5), Seth Justman (B2, B5)

Tenor Saxophone : A.C. Reed (A1 - B1, B3, B5)

Written by Buddy Guy (A1, B2), Sonny Boy Williamson (A2), Junior Wells (A3, A5), T-Bone Walker (A4), Mel London (B1), Willie Mabon (B3), Maxwell Davis (B4), Joe Liggins (B5)

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Atlantic

Recording: October 1970 at Criteria Studios, Miami (FL), by Ron Albert and April 1972 at Intermedia Studios, Boston (MA), by  Richard Oulleppe (B2, B5), Ron Albert (A1 - B1, B3, B5)

Production : 
Ahmet Ertegun (A1 - B1, B3, B5), Eric Clapton (A1 - B1, B3, B5), Michael Cuscuna (B2, B5), Tom Dowd (A1 - B1, B3, B5)

Engineered [Overdub] by Bobby Warner (A1, B2), Gene Paul (A1, B2)

Re-mixed by Harry Maslin

Remastered by Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1975

Reissued Sept 2020

 

Tracks :

Side A :

  1. A Man Of Many Words
  2. My Baby Left Me (She Left Me A Mule To Ride)
  3. Come On In This House - Have Mercy Baby
  4. T - Bone Shuffle
  5. A Poor Man's Plea

Side B :

  1. Messin' With The Kid
  2. This Old Fool
  3. I Don't Know
  4. Bad Bad Whiskey
  5. Honeydripper

 

Reviews :

The blues is perhaps one of the most private things from which a human being can suffer. However, to play the blues, and thus to express a man’s innermost feelings and state of mind, is probably the most important task of black music. With Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, we have two disciples from the world of the blues who express their highly personal blues with profound instrumental proficiency.

The enormously talented, self-taught guitarist Buddy Guy was ranked 23rd in Rolling Stones magazine’s list “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, and several times he was awarded one of the coveted Grammy awards. Junior Wells entered Muddy Waters’ 'academy' at the tender age of 18 and played the blues harp with enormous passion and virtuosity.

In this recording, the musicians condense their rock playing over a bone-dry bass line to create a mantra-like funky style ("A Man Of Many Words"), passing on with fleet-footed steps to a slender chirping sound on the mandolin with a 12-bar blues construction and creating an earthy groove ("T-Bone Shuffle"). Then the duo works perseveringly on an unrelenting chord ("A Poor Man’s Plea"), only to return to two numbers that pulsate forcefully with a snappy and jagged offbeat ("This Old Fool").
The handpicked band, among them being co-producer Eric Clapton who is eternalized on the rhythm and bottleneck guitar, and the voodoo rocker Dr. John who occasionally contributes his magic on the keyboard, make this album a truly collectible sound experience.

 

Ratings

Allmusic : 4.3 / 5 , Discogs  4,21 / 5 , Rate Your Music  3,81 / 5

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