The Wetter the Better/Left Coast Live

The Wetter the Better/Left Coast Live

by Wet Willie

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Overview

BGO's 2013 double-disc set pairs Wet Willie's 1976 studio LP The Wetter the Better and its live 1977 follow-up, Left Coast Live. The Wetter the Better captures Wet Willie at its absolute slickest (some would argue at its sleaziest as well, but only the album cover reaches such levels of greasiness). It's a SoCal soft rock record with a hint of a Southern boogie beat, all dressed in layers of harmonies, punchy horns, and sweetly dirty guitars. There aren't many standout songs here -- no hits, but the jam "Baby Fat" is turned into a live staple, "Teaser" rides an efficient L.A. groove, and "No No No" is a nifty little tune -- but this is a good-vibe record, one that effortlessly captures the thick polyester grooves of the mid-'70s. Left Coast Live emphasizes that hard-driving boogie almost to a fault, but this is a better representation of what Wet Willie was all about: long, winding jams that emphasize the beat as much as guitar solos. Neither are prime Wet Willie, but both albums have their charms, and it's nice to be able to get them in a convenient package.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2013
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261210876
catalogNumber: 6121087
Rank: 9847

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wet Willie   Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica,Percussion,Harp,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Lewis Ross   Drums,Group Member
John Anthony   Organ,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano,Group Member
Mike Duke   Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Vocal Harmony
Earl Ford   Trombone
Donna Hall   Background Vocals
Jack Hall   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Leslie Hawkins   Background Vocals
Ricky Hirsch   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Paul Hornsby   Organ,Piano
Jerome Joseph   Conga
Leo Labranche   Trumpet
Dezso Lakatos   Baritone Saxophone
Skip Lane   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Duke   Piano,Vocals,Melodica,Group Member
Jay Stewart   Hand Clapping
McDonald   Hand Clapping
Linda Deloach   Hand Clapping
Fred Deloach   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

John Anthony   Arp String Ensemble
Donna Hall   Composer
Paul Hornsby   Producer
Leo Labranche   Horn Arrangements
Michael Duke   Composer
Richard Seireeni   Cover Photo
Keith Crossley   Art Direction
Diana Maria Kaylan   Art Direction
Kurt Kinzell   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Tom Dupree   Liner Notes
Neil Daniels   Liner Notes

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