The Wizard/Blues for We

The Wizard/Blues for We

by Mel Brown


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The Wizard/Blues for We

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602527809458
catalogNumber: 2780945

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
Curly Putman   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

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