Healing Feeling

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hubert Sumlin arguably did his best work during the 23 years he was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player, and his ragged, angular guitar style was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-ready sound. The perfect sideman, Sumlin was by all accounts somewhat shy and reticent about taking center stage, and Healing Feeling, his second album for Black Top Records, much like his first, Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party, is really more of an all-star blues jam than it is a fully realized project. Recorded May 5 and 6, 1989, at Southlake Recording Studios in Louisiana, with two additional tracks coming from a live show at Tipitina's in New Orleans earlier in the day on May 5, the sessions were once ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hubert Sumlin arguably did his best work during the 23 years he was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player, and his ragged, angular guitar style was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-ready sound. The perfect sideman, Sumlin was by all accounts somewhat shy and reticent about taking center stage, and Healing Feeling, his second album for Black Top Records, much like his first, Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party, is really more of an all-star blues jam than it is a fully realized project. Recorded May 5 and 6, 1989, at Southlake Recording Studios in Louisiana, with two additional tracks coming from a live show at Tipitina's in New Orleans earlier in the day on May 5, the sessions were once again organized by guitarist Ronnie Earl, whose band the Broadcasters is used on most of the cuts. The vocal duties were shared by James "Thunderbird" Davis and Darrell Nulisch, with Sumlin singing on "Come Back Little Girl," "Honey Dumplins," and the set closer, "Blues for Henry," all of which gain poignancy because of Sumlin's somewhat fragile, whispered vocal approach. A clear highlight is Sumlin's solo electric guitar version of "Down the Dusty Road," which is focused, clear, and intimate. The sound of the album is a little thicker and punchier than Blues Party, but once again Sumlin pulls off the difficult task of sounding like a sideman on his own album project, which is a shame, since when he does step forward, things really start to take on a distinct character. The two Black Top albums this one was originally released in 1990 are really like blues jam holding patterns recorded when Sumlin was still trying to figure out how to make the transition from ace sideman to revered bandleader. Both suffer a bit from not having a truly assertive Sumlin on board.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663115727
  • Catalog Number: 31157
  • Sales rank: 82,874

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hubert Sumlin Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James "Thunderbird" Davis Vocals
Ronnie Earl Guitar
Steve Gomes Bass, Bass Guitar
Per Hanson Drums
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Tenor Saxophone
Darrell Nulisch Harmonica, Vocals
T-Bird Vocals
Richard "Dickie" Reed Organ, Piano
Richard "Dickie" Reed Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Ronnie Earl Producer, Audio Production
Mark Bingham Engineer
David Farrell Engineer
Hammond Scott Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Randy Kling Mastering
Don Robey Composer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Nauman S. Scott Executive Producer
John Roberts Artwork
C. Glenn Burnett Composer
Randy Perry Remastering
Larry Glenn Composer
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