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Play the Blues

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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By all accounts, the greatest album ever cut by Chicago electric blues legend Buddy Guy and his studio and stage cohort Junior Wells. Features Eric Clapton, Dr. John, and members of the J. Geils Band!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032E9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steven Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2007
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This is a spirited rendition of the work of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, two of Chicago's leading lights in the blues world. Junior Wells' harmonica playing and Buddy Guy's guitar work set a sound foundation for this CD. This was a re cording spearheaded by Eric Clapton as his Derek and the Dominoes album was being finally mixed. And we are fortunate to be able to listen to the results.

Backing instrumentals are played by the likes of Clapton, Dr. John (on piano), and J. Geils (guitar), among others.

Some cuts illustrate their work. "A Man of Many Words" is a clean sounding, contemporary blues song. This does not look back toward the delta or the early Chicago sound. Clapton's guitar playing is interesting and spirited (although maybe a bit overdone). The vocals are smooth. Some nice wording:

"I know I rap long and know I rap strong,

Come on mama let me turn you on."

"T-Bone Shuffle" is one of T-Bone Walker's songs. Here, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells do a nice job with their cover. The sound is simpler than with "A Man of Many Words." The ensemble playing is very good. Vocals, again, are nice, as they play with lines like:

"Tell me what the reason

You keep on teasin' me."

"This Old Fool" is another fun cut. J. Geils joins with guitar here. Buddy Guy sings against a really insistent beat, with the rhythm section playing splendidly. Magic Dick's harmonica adds to the whole sound. There is a great blues sensibility to this song. The end of the song features some fiery guitar work.

So, this is a nice view of the work of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. The session that was recorded here is lively and has a spontaneous feel to it. Well worth listening to.
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i absolutely love blues music,but buddy guy is just exceptional,the nature of my job enables me to listen to him all day long,thank heavens,i cant get enough blues music.like honey dripping down the stairs.
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I bought "Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play the Blues abum" when it first hit the rack.
Then again about a month ago. It had the same effect as it did back then...I put it in the cd player, sat down and didn't get up until I'd heard every song on the cd.
It is Buddy Guy and Junior at their very best.
Rickey Noel Mitchell
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“Plays The Blues” is the kind of Blues-Rock album that should be more famous - yet even with heavy-hitters like ERIC CLAPTON, Dr. JOHN and The J. GEILS BAND guesting - it has somehow slipped into an unfair obscurity. Time to rectify that...

Reissued in May 1992 on Rhino R2 70299 (Barcode 081227029920) the CD is a straightforward transfer of the 10-track vinyl album first released August 1972 on both sides of the pond - Atlantic SD 33-364 (USA) and Atlantic K 40240 (UK) respectively.

Excepting “This Old Fool” and “Honeydripper” which were put down in April 1972 in Boston - the other 8 tracks were recorded in October 1970 in the Criteria Studios in Florida (left in the can for two whole years). Co-produced by ERIC CLAPTON, AHMET ERTEGUN, TOM DOWD and MICHAEL CUSCUNA - the sessions also featured J. Geils on Guitar, Magic Dick on Harmonica and Seth Justman on Keyboards - all fellow Atlantic label mates in The J. Geils Band.

Eric Clapton plays Rhythm and Bottleneck Guitar with Dr. John On Piano on 7 of the 10 tracks - “A Man Of Many Words” (a Buddy Guy original), “My Baby She Left Me (She Left Me A Mule To Rise)” (a Sonny Boy Williamson cover), “Come On In This House/Have Mercy Baby” (both Junior Wells originals), “T-Bone Shuffle” (a T-Bone Walker cover), “A Poor Man’s Plea” (a Junior Wells original), “Messin’ With The Kid” (a Mel London cover), “I Don’t Know” (a Willie Mabon cover), and “Bad Bad Whiskey” (a Thomas Davis cover).

It opens strongly with “A Man Of Many Words” (lyrics from it title this review) and continues just so. Rory Gallagher (an axeman remembered with huge affection) opened his blistering “Live!
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Buddy Guy and Junior Wells were a classic Chicago Blues duo. This CD represents some of their best work together.

They share vocals. Both a virtuosos and their talents shine.

Five stars because it's a great example of the genre and the songs and performances capture the performers talents.
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This is a classic album - full of raw power, funk and foot tapping drive yet somehow doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. Not just for the blues zealots, this album may actually manage to bring the willfully ignorant into the light!
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This album is a favorite of mine, I bought it from Amazon nearly two years ago and it's already pretty much worn out. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells make the blues fun and exciting with songs like "man of many words" and "T-bone Shuffle". If you want great blues that is more of the modern, faster paced style then try this album. The guitar parts are simply amazing, and in closing I just want to say that each song on this album is awesome. There are many blues artists out there that are famous, and none more so maybe than Buddy Guy. Junior Wells died in 1998 but his harmonica playing on here is sweet and contagious. I think this is a great album because it puts two truly great musicians together to tell the storybook music that is blues.
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