It's My Life, Baby!

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although It's My Life, Baby! was decent mid-'60s electric Chicago blues, coming so soon after Junior Wells' 1965 classic Hoodoo Man Blues -- one of the greatest blues LPs ever -- it was something of a disappointment. Wells' chief right-hand man for Hoodoo Man Blues, guitarist Buddy Guy, was still on board for these recordings, but the band arrangements weren't quite as tight. More crucially, the material wasn't as good or innovative, giving far more weight to slow blues with standard progressions, and relatively little attention to the funk-soul-Latin influences that had supplied several of Hoodoo Man Blues' finest moments. Finally, the decision to mix studio ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although It's My Life, Baby! was decent mid-'60s electric Chicago blues, coming so soon after Junior Wells' 1965 classic Hoodoo Man Blues -- one of the greatest blues LPs ever -- it was something of a disappointment. Wells' chief right-hand man for Hoodoo Man Blues, guitarist Buddy Guy, was still on board for these recordings, but the band arrangements weren't quite as tight. More crucially, the material wasn't as good or innovative, giving far more weight to slow blues with standard progressions, and relatively little attention to the funk-soul-Latin influences that had supplied several of Hoodoo Man Blues' finest moments. Finally, the decision to mix studio recordings with live tracks recorded at Pepper's Lounge in Chicago could be questioned, as it lent the record an inconsistency, particularly as different bands were used live and in the studio. Taken on its own terms, however, it's certainly respectable, at times revving up the energy for an infectious bounce. "Country Girl," for instance, stands in peppy contrast to the relatively sleepy slow tunes; "Shake It Baby" revives some of the soul feeling of the Hoodoo Man Blues sessions; and "I Got A Stomach Ache" is funky in a silly but fun way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707312028
  • Catalog Number: 73120
  • Sales rank: 46,213

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junior Wells Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Buddy Guy Guitar, Vocals
Walter Beasley Guitar
Fred Below Drums
Little Al Drums
Leroy Stewart Bass
Technical Credits
Buddy Guy Contributor
Junior Wells Contributor
Walter Beasley Contributor
Fred Below Contributor
Samuel Charters Producer, Liner Notes
B.B. King Composer
Little Al Contributor
Magic Sam Composer
Don Robey Composer
Leroy Stewart Contributor
Ferdinand Washington Composer
Traditional Composer
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