Wet Willie Manorisms / Which One's Willie?
- Released: December 17, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Beat Goes On
- 2.Make You Feel Love Again
- 3.So Blue
- 4.We Got Lovin'
- 5.Don't Turn Me Away
- 6.Street Corner Serenade
- 7.One Track Mind
- 8.How 'Bout You
- 9.Doin' All the Right Things (The Wrong Way)
- 10.Let It Shine
- 12.Stop and Take a Look (At What You've Been Doing) / Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
- 15.The Hard Way
- 16.Tired Dreams
- 17.This Time
- 18.Mr. Streamline
- 19.You Don't Know What You Mean To Me
Liner Note Author: Neil Daniels.
Recording information: Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire, England (01/1979-02/1979); The Manor, Oxfordshire, England (01/1979-02/1979); The Record Plant, L.A. (01/1979-02/1979); The Record Plant, N.Y. (01/1979-02/1979).
This 2013 BGO two-fer combines 1977's Manorisms and the following year's Which One's Willie?, the two records Wet Willie released on Epic after a prolonged stint at Capricorn. The shift in labels was accompanied by a shift in sound, with the group largely abandoning its signature Southern rock in favor of a super-slick mainstream pop/rock sound, one that found space for arena-rock workouts, power ballads, funky vamps, and a fair share of yacht rock, where soft sounds took precedence over full-tilt boogie. Whether or not this is a good thing depends entirely on taste: longtime Willie fans will certainly miss the rock but those who never cared for the band -- or never bothered to investigate them due to their name -- will be surprised at just how enjoyably slick and thoroughly dated this AOR rock and pop is. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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