Wet Willie: Jimmy Hall (vocals, saxophones, harmonica, percussion), Ricky Hirsch, Wick Larsen (guitar), John Anthony (piano, organ, background vocals), Michael Duke (keyboards), Jack Hall (bass, background vocals), Lewis Ross (drums, percussion),
Additional personnel: Donna Hall, Ella Avery, Leslie Hawkins (background vocals).
Producers: Tom Dowd (tracks 1, 4, 7, 9); Eddie Offord (tracks 2-3, 8); Paul Hornsby (tracks 5, 10); Johnny Sandlin (track 6).
Compilation producers: Carole Kinzel, Mike Hyland.
Includes liner notes by Mike Hyland.
All songs written by members of Wet Willie except "Shout Bamalama" (Otis Redding) and "Grits Ain't Groceries" (T. Turner).
Personnel: Ricky Hirsch (vocals, guitar); Jimmy Hall (vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion); John Anthony (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Jack Hall (vocals, bass guitar, background vocals); Wick Larsen (guitar); Michael Duke (keyboards); Lewis Ross (drums, percussion); Williettes, Leslie Hawkins, Donna Hall, Ella Avery (background vocals).
Photographer: David Alexander .
In spite of its name, and its superior sound, this is not the disc to start with to discover Wet Willie, though it does have its virtues. The ten songs are mostly comprised of the band's singles, and they do play loud and hard throughout, but that's not the point. The group's live cuts and some of their longer studio jams were more central to their sound and what they were about that this stuff, which was intended for radio station consumption. Not that this stuff is bad -- "Keep On Smilin'," "Leona," "Everything That 'Cha Do (Will Come Back to You)," "Dixie Rock," "Red Hot Chicken," and "Airport" would be great records in anybody's catalog. It's just that you can get them as part of a much better anthology. ~ Bruce Eder