Better Off with the Blues

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1993
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408335426
  • Catalog Number: 83354
  • Sales rank: 97,361

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junior Wells Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Buddy Guy Guitar
Lucky Peterson Organ, Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Paul Cotton Percussion
Jack Cassidy Trumpet
Steven Finckle Tenor Saxophone
Johnny B. Gayden Bass
Jacqueline Johnson Background Vocals
Steve McCray Drums
Rico McFarland Guitar
Noel Neal Bass, Bass Guitar
Jacquelyn Reddick Background Vocals
David Stahlberg Trombone
Steve Finckle Tenor Saxophone
Brian Jones Drums
Technical Credits
Junior Wells Composer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Jack Cassidy Horn Arrangements
Mel London Composer
Rico McFarland Arranger
Noel Neal Contributor
John Snyder Producer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Donald Elfman Liner Notes
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction, Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid Performance from a Master and Friends

    This was the first entire album by Junior Wells that I ever bought, and I was blown away. Great tunes, great harp, that voice, great guitar work by Buddy Guy and others. The tunes range from standard blues fare to some very cool blues/jazz numbers. Satisfying from start to finish.

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