Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hubert Sumlin was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player for 23 years, and his jagged, desperate, and angular guitar playing was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-tumble sound. This album was recorded in October 1986 at Newbury Sound in Boston, 11 years after Wolf's death, and although Sumlin had headlined some European albums, it was to be his debut solo album in the U.S. The sessions were initiated and put together by guitarist Ronnie Earl, who arranged for the presence of an all-star band, and brought in Mighty Sam McClain to handle most of the vocals, since Sumlin was notoriously reticent about occupying center stage. The result was really more of a jam session than anything else,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hubert Sumlin was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player for 23 years, and his jagged, desperate, and angular guitar playing was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-tumble sound. This album was recorded in October 1986 at Newbury Sound in Boston, 11 years after Wolf's death, and although Sumlin had headlined some European albums, it was to be his debut solo album in the U.S. The sessions were initiated and put together by guitarist Ronnie Earl, who arranged for the presence of an all-star band, and brought in Mighty Sam McClain to handle most of the vocals, since Sumlin was notoriously reticent about occupying center stage. The result was really more of a jam session than anything else, and Sumlin doesn't really assert himself on any of these tracks, although his hesitant, soft, and fragile vocal on "How Can You Leave Me, Little Girl?" gives the song a real poignancy that manages to overcome the banal lyrics. There was nothing shy about McClain's singing, however, and he grabs the vocal microphone on four of the songs, including the strong opening track, a version of Willie Dixon's "Hidden Charms." Originally released on LP in 1987 by Black Top Records, Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party has a loose, fairly generic sound, and a case could be made that Sumlin wasn't quite ready yet for a solo career. Still, the album has its charms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663115628
  • Catalog Number: 31156
  • Sales rank: 68,383

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hubert Sumlin Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ronnie Earl Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jerry Portnoy Harmonica
Bob Enos Trumpet
Doug James Baritone Saxophone
Ron Levy Organ, Piano, Vocals
David Maxwell Piano
Mighty Sam McClain Vocals
Greg Piccolo Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
John Rossi Drums
Mudcat Ward Bass
Michael Ward Bass
Technical Credits
Ronnie Earl Producer, Audio Production
Paul Arnold Engineer, Contributor
Hammond Scott Producer, Audio Production
Jon Pareles Liner Notes, Author
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Nauman S. Scott Executive Producer
Bunny Matthews Liner Notes, Art Direction, Illustrations
Leo Prosser Producer, Executive Producer
Nancy Jean Anderson CD Adaptation
John Roberts Artwork
C. Glenn Burnett Composer
Randy Perry Remastering
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