This CD is credited to 'Junior Wells with guest slide guitarists', which may seem a strange concept but it works magnificently. Junior plays harp acoustically on all the tracks, although many of the tracks feature quite tough electric guitar. The record has a wonderfully relaxed feel throughout and breathes new life into classics like 'She wants to sell my monkey' and 'Mystery train' as well as including modern songs like Tracy Chapman's 'Give me one reason'.
Guitarist Derek Trucks contributes some nice electric slide but it's John Mooney who steels the show for me, 'Kingfish blues' is a sublime electric reading of the Tampa Red classic, which still retains the feel and drama of the original. Despite the guests, and the great band, it's Junior Wells who is at the centre of all the songs and what a great job he does, both singing and playing harp.
This is a superb CD, full of variety, with great playing from all concerned (including guest Brit pianist Jon Cleary who features on most tracks) I'd give it six stars if I could!
Junior Wells is clearly having fun on this recording. Some of the slide guitarists put in some fine performances and this set is a good place to hear the guitar work of the likes of Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood Heart, more convincing to my ears than their solo efforts. Junior is in good voice rich and assured. Stand out tracks include "why are people like that?" and the sublime 2King fish blies". If you like slide guitar in your blues albums, then invest in this! My only note of caution is that Junior uses the top end of his harmonica a lot on this release so the sound may be a bit "screechy" for some.Overall a good-time blues album varied in style and featuring some lovely slide work.
I enjoyed this one by Junior though it seemed more low key and reflective than some of his earlier offerings. I'm hooked on the track, " No Reason", taken from Tracy Chapman's composition, a slow burn of a blues. Good to see Junior can still push those blues along in his more senior years. Glad I got it but you may wish to check samples from the album before deciding on a purchase.
if you ever get to the point where you don`t feel like listening to sonny boy !!! " as if," then give this man a listen,just amazing.also tremendous support from some great musicians.highly recommended