High Humidity

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Wet Willie has resurfaced in the 21st century in a slightly amended form, yet still sporting their special finger-lickin' fusion of blues with Southern rock. On-again, off-again leader Jimmy Hall isn't with the aggregate on High Humidity, recorded appropriately enough at the legendary Tipitina's in New Orleans. However, John Anthony keyboards, vocals, Jack Hall, Jr. bass, vocals, and Donna Hall vocals from the "classic" mid-'70s incarnation are present and accounted for, while T.K. Lively drums, percussion, vocals represents the late-'70s Epic Records-era lineup and recent recruit Ric Seymour pulls double duty as guitarist and primary singer. Further thickening the mix ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Wet Willie has resurfaced in the 21st century in a slightly amended form, yet still sporting their special finger-lickin' fusion of blues with Southern rock. On-again, off-again leader Jimmy Hall isn't with the aggregate on High Humidity, recorded appropriately enough at the legendary Tipitina's in New Orleans. However, John Anthony keyboards, vocals, Jack Hall, Jr. bass, vocals, and Donna Hall vocals from the "classic" mid-'70s incarnation are present and accounted for, while T.K. Lively drums, percussion, vocals represents the late-'70s Epic Records-era lineup and recent recruit Ric Seymour pulls double duty as guitarist and primary singer. Further thickening the mix are the four-piece Hurricane Horns, and while many brass sections tend to bloat a band's sound, this combo adds its textures tastefully. A glance at the set list reveals the wide variety of Wet Willie's musical personas, vacillating from the Little Feat-esque bopper "Mind Over Matter" to the funky visage placed on the typically hard-hitting cover of Taj Mahal's "She Caught the Katy." It's easy to hear the influence from the equally inspired take located on Drippin' Wet 1973. The obligatory singalong "Street Corner Serenade" is a Wet Willie signature and the gang assembled here offers it up in a spirited reading that is strikingly close to the original and a perfect vehicle for showing off Seymour's malleable vocals. Another early favorite is the open-throttled "Babyfat," which hasn't lost any of its propensity as a girth-shakin' down-home boogie and again provides the Hurricane Horns a chance to blow. The beat gets turned around for a sensuously soulful reworking of the Memphis R&B staple "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," once again highlighting Seymour's strengths as a balladeer as well as a piledriving heavyweight frontman. He ably proves the latter on the concluding trio that sandwiches Wet Willie's sole Top Ten hit "Keep On Smiling" between compelling remakes of the vintage R&B platters "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "Shout Bamalama" -- both of which became permanent entries in their concert repertoire during the '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Acadia Records
  • UPC: 805772900226
  • Catalog Number: 9002
  • Sales rank: 143,491

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wet Willie Primary Artist
John Anthony Keyboards, Background Vocals, Group Member
Donna Hall Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Jack Hall Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Theophilus K. Lively Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ric Seymour Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ricky Chancey Harmonica, Soloist
Chip Herrington Trumpet
Kent Karcher Tenor Saxophone
Michelle Karcher Baritone Saxophone
Jack Hall Jr. Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Donna D. Hall Background Vocals
T.K. Lively Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Ric Seymour Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jack Hall Producer
Joey Huffman Remixing, Mastering, Remastering
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Bob Masse Cover Design
Roger "JR" Branch Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Ken Karcer Horn Arrangements
Kent Karcher Horn Arrangements
Phil Alfrey Artwork
Ian Ringrose Artwork, Illustrations
Roger Branch Producer, Executive Producer
Jack Hall Jr. Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're back!

    Great compilation live cd with a couple of new tunes. Different singer, but they still rock!

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