The Wizard/Blues for We

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All Music Guide - Campbell
This remastered two-fer combines guitarist Mel Brown's second Impulse release from 1968, The Wizard, with Blues for We released the following year. The Wizard is a straight-ahead soul-jazz date picking up where Chicken Fat left off with a few originals alongside funky renditions of "Ode to Billie Joe" and Pee Wee Crayton's R&B hit of the late '40s "Blues After Hours." Blues for We relies more on an interesting selection of cover versions ranging from "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "Son of a Preacher Man" to the bubblegum staple by the 1910 Fruitgum Company "Indian Giver" and Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," which was the theme of a BBC television drama. Brown's guitar work ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
This remastered two-fer combines guitarist Mel Brown's second Impulse release from 1968, The Wizard, with Blues for We released the following year. The Wizard is a straight-ahead soul-jazz date picking up where Chicken Fat left off with a few originals alongside funky renditions of "Ode to Billie Joe" and Pee Wee Crayton's R&B hit of the late '40s "Blues After Hours." Blues for We relies more on an interesting selection of cover versions ranging from "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "Son of a Preacher Man" to the bubblegum staple by the 1910 Fruitgum Company "Indian Giver" and Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," which was the theme of a BBC television drama. Brown's guitar work on both sessions is fluid and greasy, as are the funky drum licks, but occasionally, the arrangements drift into superior background music. New liner notes are absent, but the original packaging -- front and back cover art and liner notes -- remain intact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527809458
  • Catalog Number: 2780945
  • Sales rank: 382,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ode To Billie Joe (4:25)
  2. 2 Swamp Fever (6:08)
  3. 3 Blues After Hours (6:36)
  4. 4 African Sweets (3:12)
  5. 5 Stop (4:22)
  6. 6 Chunk a Funk (4:56)
  7. 7 Miss Ann (4:11)
  8. 8 W-2 Withholding (2:17)
  9. 9 Twist and Shout (2:41)
  10. 10 Blues for We (2:58)
  11. 11 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (3:37)
  12. 12 Son of a Preacher Man (3:34)
  13. 13 Set Me Free (2:38)
  14. 14 Freaky Zeke (4:20)
  15. 15 Indian Giver (3:42)
  16. 16 Stranger on the Shore (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Brown Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Humphrey Drums
Ronald Brown Bass
Artie Butler Conductor
Terry Evans Guitar
Clifford Solomon Tenor Saxophone
Mack Johnson Trumpet
Abraham Miller Drums
Technical Credits
Pee Wee Crayton Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Acker Bilk Composer
Tom Scott Composer
Mel Brown Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Dee Ervin Composer
Eddie Brackett Engineer
Artie Butler Arranger, Orchestration
Jules Chaiken Composer
Ritchie Cordell Composer
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Max Hardy Composer
John Hurley Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Del Shields Liner Notes
Bob Thiele Producer
Ronnie Wilkins Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Fred Seligo Cover Photo
Frank Kofsky Liner Notes
Jules Taub Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
Bo Gentry Composer
Jerry Ragavoy Composer
Robert Bloom Composer
Claude "Curly" Putman Jr. Composer
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