Junior Wells Better Off With the Blues
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- Released: September 9, 1993
- Label: Telarc
- 1.Cry for Me Baby
- 2.Do a Little Something for Yourself
- 3.Oh, Pretty Woman
- 4.Goin' Home
- 5.Waiting on Ice
- 6.Better off With the Blues
- 7.The Train
- 8.Today I Started Loving You Again
- 9.Honest I Do
- 10.Messin' With the Kid
Personnel includes: Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica); Buddy Guy (guitar); Lucky Peterson (piano, organ); Johnny B. Gayden, Noel Neal (bass); Brian Jones, Steve McCray (drums).
Personnel: Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica); Junior Wells; Lucky Peterson (guitar, piano, organ, Hammond b-3 organ); Steven Finckle (tenor saxophone); David Stahlberg (trombone); Johnny B. Gayden (bass instrument); Noel Neal (bass guitar); Rico McFarland, Buddy Guy (guitar); Steve Finckle (tenor saxophone); Jack Cassidy (trumpet); Brian Jones , Steve McCray (drums); Paul Cotton (percussion); Jacquelyn Reddick, Jacqueline Johnson (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Donald Elfman.
Recording information: Chicago Recording Company, Studio D, Chicago, IL (04/12/1993-06/??/1993).
Editor: Michael Bishop .
Photographer: Frank Micelotta.
Unknown Contributor Role: Noel Neal.
Arranger: Rico McFarland.
Wells sings with a salty edge and clarity that are convincing and engaging, and he maintains his good humor even when saddled with less than first-rate material. He provides winning renditions of Ray Charles' "The Train," Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" and Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do," plus a good reworking of his own "Messin' With The Kid" and "Goin' Home." But the song that tears the house down is "Oh, Pretty Woman," featuring flashy, exciting guitar from Rico McFarland and Wells' swirling harmonica adding secondary fire. Indeed, Wells' harp playing's another bonus; it's focused and aggressive here. This is pretty good for a 1990s session. ~ Ron Wynn
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