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- Released: May 19, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Rhino
Q - 9/93, p.983 Stars - Good - "...[PLAY THE BLUES] is valuable stuff..."
- 1.A Man Of Many Words
- 2.My Baby She 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
- 6.Messin' With The Kid
- 7.This Old Fool
- 8.I Don't Know
- 9.Bad Bad Whiskey
Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica); J. Geils (guitar); Eric Clapton (guitar, bottleneck guitar); Magic Dick (harmonica); A.C. Reed (tenor saxophone); Dr. John, Mike Utley, Seth Justman (piano); Carl Radle, Leroy Stewart, Danny Klein (bass); Roosevelt Shaw, Jim Gordon, Stephen Bladd (drums).
Producers: Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun, Tom Dowd, Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida and Intermedia Studios, Boston. Massechusetts.
Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica); Eric Clapton (guitar, bottleneck guitar); Phil Guy (guitar); Magic Dick (harmonica); A.C. Reed (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Mike Utley (piano, keyboards); Dr. John, Seth Justman (piano); Roosevelt Shaw, Jim Gordon , Barry Altschul, Stephen Bladd (drums).
Audio Remixer: Harry Maslin.
Liner Note Author: Jean Charles Costa.
Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/1970-04/1972); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (10/1970-04/1972); Intermedia Studios, Boston, MA (10/1970-04/1972); Ma (10/1970-04/1972).
Photographer: Jim Marshall .
Considering the troubled background of this album (Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun, and Tom Dowd only ended up with eight tracks at a series of 1970 sessions in Miami; two years later, the J. Geils Band was brought in to cut two additional songs to round out the long-delayed LP for 1972 release), the results were pretty impressive. Buddy Guy contributes dazzling lead axe to their revival of "T-Bone Shuffle"; Junior Wells provides a sparkling remake of Sonny Boy's "My Baby She Left Me," and Guy is entirely credible in a grinding Otis Redding mode on the Southern soul stomper "A Man of Many Words." ~ Bill Dahl
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