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Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play the Blues

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Editors’ Notes

At the behest of Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells left Chicago for Miami's Criteria Studios (a Clapton haunt) to record this album in the fall of 1970. These are some of the most soul-influenced recordings of the duo's career. With Dr. John on piano, A.C. Reed on tenor sax, and Clapton himself on rhythm guitar, "A Man of Many Words," "T-Bone Shuffle," and "Messin' with the Kid" all have a distinct Southern-style R&B groove. Wells's reading of Sonny Boy Williamson's "My Baby She Left Me (She Left Me a Mule to Ride)" has a bit more of a typical 12-bar Chicago feel, while "Bad Bad Whiskey" features Clapton contributing some tasty bottleneck fills. With Tom Dowd assisting Clapton in the producer's chair, Play the Blues has a unique place in Guy's and Well's catalog, sounding as polished as they've ever sounded. Since only eight songs survived from the Miami sessions, Guy recorded two tracks with the J. Geils Band in 1972 to complete the program.

Customer Reviews

Homesick for Chicago?

Crank this one up. Two incredible bluesmen play off of each others strengths in a fine example of classic American music.

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Plays the Blues

Extremely good! Junior Wells plays the harmonica as well as Buddy plays the guitar. Two of the all-time greats at their insturments and craft.

A real treat no matter who you like

For Buddy Guy fans, you'll discover Junior Wells and vice versa. Both are great on this album (that I originally thought was 'Alone and Acoustic --another outstanding album with these two artists). I felt that this album dug deeper into the roots of blues, and these two together are as good as it gets.

Biography

Born: July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Buddy Guy is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation (and arguably the most celebrated), possessing a sound and style that embodied the traditions of classic Chicago blues while also embracing the fire and flash of rock & roll. Guy spent much of his career as a well-regarded journeymen, cited as a modern master by contemporary blues fans but not breaking through to a larger audience, before he finally caught the brass ring in the 1990s and released a series of albums that...
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