Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party

Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party

by Hubert SumlinHubert Sumlin


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Hubert Sumlin was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player for 23 years, and his jagged, desperate, and angular guitar playing was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-tumble sound. This album was recorded in October 1986 at Newbury Sound in Boston, 11 years after Wolf's death, and although Sumlin had headlined some European albums, it was to be his debut solo album in the U.S. The sessions were initiated and put together by guitarist Ronnie Earl, who arranged for the presence of an all-star band, and brought in Mighty Sam McClain to handle most of the vocals, since Sumlin was notoriously reticent about occupying center stage. The result was really more of a jam session than anything else, and Sumlin doesn't really assert himself on any of these tracks, although his hesitant, soft, and fragile vocal on "How Can You Leave Me, Little Girl?" gives the song a real poignancy that manages to overcome the banal lyrics. There was nothing shy about McClain's singing, however, and he grabs the vocal microphone on four of the songs, including the strong opening track, a version of Willie Dixon's "Hidden Charms." Originally released on LP in 1987 by Black Top Records, Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party has a loose, fairly generic sound, and a case could be made that Sumlin wasn't quite ready yet for a solo career. Still, the album has its charms.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663115628
catalogNumber: 31156

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hubert Sumlin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ronnie Earl   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jerry Portnoy   Harmonica
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Doug James   Baritone Saxophone
Ron Levy   Organ,Piano,Vocals
David Maxwell   Piano
Mighty Sam McClain   Vocals
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
John Rossi   Drums
Mudcat Ward   Bass
Michael Ward   Bass

Technical Credits

Ronnie Earl   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Arnold   Engineer,Contributor
Hammond Scott   Producer,Audio Production
Jon Pareles   Liner Notes,Author
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Nauman S. Scott   Executive Producer
Bunny Matthews   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Illustrations
Leo Prosser   Producer,Executive Producer
Nancy Jean Anderson   CD Adaptation
John Roberts   Artwork
C. Glenn Burnett   Composer

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