Get Wild

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
"Genuine Houserockin' Music" has been the motto of Alligator Records since label founder Bruce Iglauer opened shop with a Hound Dog Taylor release nearly three decades ago. Today that slogan still rings loud and clear in the recordings of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Fronted by J.B. Hutto's nephew, Ed Williams, the Blues Imperials rock the blues with the fervor of a house party on the night an eviction notice is served. And the band's new CD, GET WILD!, is intense enough to drive even the meanest slumlord to his knees. Lil' Ed's signature slide guitar, industrial and squealing, opens the set with "Singing Slide," testifying to the get-down, good times in the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
"Genuine Houserockin' Music" has been the motto of Alligator Records since label founder Bruce Iglauer opened shop with a Hound Dog Taylor release nearly three decades ago. Today that slogan still rings loud and clear in the recordings of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Fronted by J.B. Hutto's nephew, Ed Williams, the Blues Imperials rock the blues with the fervor of a house party on the night an eviction notice is served. And the band's new CD, GET WILD!, is intense enough to drive even the meanest slumlord to his knees. Lil' Ed's signature slide guitar, industrial and squealing, opens the set with "Singing Slide," testifying to the get-down, good times in the music. But couched in the enthusiastic drive of "Singing Slide," "You Got to Stop," and "The Monkey and the Rabbit" are true blues cuts like Hutto's chillling "Too Late," which Lil' Ed interprets like a funeral dirge for a dying relationship. The band also pay tribute to Hutto with a cover of his sexually salacious "Pet Cream Man." But the bulk of the material comes straight from Lil' Ed, whose blues are modern enough to praise women's liberation on "Independent Superwoman" and ancient enough to tell of the dark side of his own life on "Change My Way of Living."
All Music Guide - Cub Koda
After disbanding his group to take time off to clean up his life, Lil' Ed re-formed the Blues Imperials for this 1999 entry, his first for Alligator since What You See Is What You Get. The good news is that the time off had totally reinvigorated Ed's playing, singing, and songwriting, as he ultimately turned in a great batch of originals infused with blistering raw energy. The only non-originals out of the 14 tracks assembled here are nice takes on "Too Late" and "Pet Cream Man," both tunes written by Ed's uncle and principal inspiration, the late J.B. Hutto. Call this a comeback album if you must, but if great, raw Chicago blues is your thing, consider this one great album, period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551486824
  • Catalog Number: 514868
  • Sales rank: 140,595

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials Primary Artist
Mike Garrett Guitar, Background Vocals
Kelly Littleton Percussion, Drums
Lil' Ed Williams Guitar, Vocals
James "Pookie" Young Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Axelbaum Engineer, Engineering
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
Jeff Hillman Mastering
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