Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Going Back To Acoustic - 180g LP


Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Going Back To Acoustic - 180g LP

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Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Going Back To Acoustic - 180g LP
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Pure Pleasure / Isabel - PPAN001 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue

Audiophile Mastering by Ray Staff at Air London

Limited Edition - Pressed  at Pallas Germany

AAA 100% Analogue This Speakers Corner LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head 20 Years pure Analogue

Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in  Stereophile! Sound 9/10 
 
Reviewed in HiFi+ Issue 45 by Reuben Parry :
“ Fantastic transparency, a jaw dropping presentation of rough hewed vocal dynamic shifts and the kind of inner details that scream "intimacy" recreates the atmospheric roots of the Deep South - making this a must own record from a sonic perspective as well. Guy and Wells chew over those gristle and bone themes that have preoccupied generations (both through their own songs and those penned by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Sunny Joe) and in the process they reveal the full width, depth, scale and cultural impact of the blues legacy.
RECORDING 10/10  MUSIC 9/10 ”
 
Originally issued in France on Isabel Records  under the title “Going Back” this LP presents one of the best duos in the history of the blues, guitarist Buddy Guy and harmonica player Junior Wells. Over the years they made many recordings together but this one is unique. Recorded whilst on a 1981 tour of Europe, Guy and Wells took a break from their backing musicians and amps to cut this spontaneous, all acoustic set. The results stand in stark contrast to the steamy Chicago blues the duo is best known for. Instead these recordings are relaxed and personal, with an intimate, back porch feel. Guy switches between six and twelve string guitars, and lays down rootsy acoustic rhythms for Wells’s tasteful harmonica lines. The two share vocal duties on the performances as they pay homage to the rural, country blues roots these modern bluesmen share.
 
The duo of guitarist Buddy Guy and Junior Wells(1934 - 1998) on harmonica get back to acoustics together with their funky Chicago blues. The two shared an inclination toward flippancy, mischievousness, and good-ol' basic funk and created some of the greatest sounds in the annals of modern blues.
 
These ten acoustic tunes cut by Buddy Guy on 6 and 12 string guitar, and Junior Wells on harmonica back in 1981 during a visit to Sysmo Studios in Paris, France states the case for the acoustic blues as well as any album I can think of, but if you’re not into the genre, don’t expect this reissue to pull you around. Well, take that back: the sound may drag you in.
 
It’s an old fashioned jam session studio date, probably arranged in haste, with the two covering chestnuts from John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells and of course, their mentor Muddy Waters, among others, plus some Guy and Wells originals.
 
There’s Hooker’s “Boogie Chillun” and “I’m In The Mood,” Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me To Do” and “That’s Allright,” plus a very different read on Waters’s “My Home Is In the Delta,” which should be familiar to most everyone from his version on Folk Singer. Guy offers his “Don’t Leave Me,” and “Give Me My Coat And Shoes,” and Wells delivers “Wrong Doing Woman” and “Big Boat (Buddy and Junior’s Thing).” There’s also a spirited version of “High Heel Sneakers” with the two trading verses in front of Guy’s clean, percussive guitar lines and Wells’s juicy harmonica exclamations.
 
The Blues has always been about making a lot out of a little, and these guys show how it’s done. Once the side starts you’ll be in their grip, thanks in no small part to the superb recording, which has immediacy, transparency, intimacy and transient detail to spare. The stage is set with Guy’s guitar right, and his voice half-way between center and right. Well gets the same treatment on the other side. A subtle, pleasing amount of studio reverb gels the picture smartly.
Pressing quality is stunning, with jet-black backgrounds throughout. - Michael Fremmer Streophile Sound 9/10 Music 8/10 
 
Reviewed in HiFi+ Issue 45 by Reuben Parry :
Fantastic transparency, a jaw dropping presentation of rough hewed vocal dynamic shifts and the kind of inner details that scream "intimacy" recreates the atmospheric roots of the Deep South - making this a must own record from a sonic perspective as well. Guy and Wells chew over those gristle and bone themes that have preoccupied generations (both through their own songs and those penned by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Sunny Joe) and in the process they reveal the full width, depth, scale and cultural impact of the blues legacy.
RECORDING 10/10
MUSIC 9/10
 
Musicians: 
Buddy Guy, vocals, 6 & 12 String Guitar
Junior Wells, vocals, harmonica
 
Selections:
1. Boogie Chillun
2. I’m In The Mood
3. Don’t Leave Me
4. Give Me My Coat And Shoes
5. Medley:
    Baby What You Want Me To Do
    That's Alright
6. Big Boat (Buddy and Junior’s Thing)
7. High Heel Sneakers
8. My Home Is In The Delta
9. Wrong Doing Woman
10. Diggin’ My Potatoes
 
 
May 1981 im Sysmo Studio, Paris - Produktion: Didier Tricard
 
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Going Back To Acoustic - 180g LP
 
 
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