Monday, September 28, 2015

Wet Willie - Wet Willie II (1972 us, fine southern roots 'n' roll)

Continuing from their first album, Wet Willie II finds this Southern band charging ahead in the boogie stakes while attempting to establish themselves as a harder-edged companion to the Allman Brothers. Half the tunes are covers and the other half are self-written.

While the highlight is Wet Willie's version of Otis Redding's "Shout Bamalama," the group is putting forth more of their own identity than on their first disc. Good, raucous fun, Wet Willie II is another fine product from those good ol' Southern boys who like their grits and their rock & roll. 
by James Chrispell
1. Shout Bamalama (Otis Redding) - 3:36
2. Love Made Me (Ricky Hirsch) - 4:53
3. Red Hot Chicken (Jack Hall, Jimmy Hall, John Anthony, Lewis Ross, Ricky Hirsch, Wick Larsen) - 4:46
4. It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James) - 4:59
5. Keep On Knockin' (Richard Penniman) - 2:27
6. Airport (John Anthony) - 3:34
7. Grits Ain't Groceries (Titus Turner) - 3:03
8. Shoutgun Man (Ricky Hirsch) - 4:12
9. Shaggi's Song (Wick Larsen) - 4:33

Wet Willie
*Jimmy Hall - Harmonica, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
*Rick Hirsch - Lead, Rhythm Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals
*John Anthony - Organ, Electic, Acoustic Piano, Percussion, Vocals
*Lewis Ross - Drums, Congas
*Jack Hall - Bass, Vocals
*Wick Larsen - Lead, Rhythm, Acoustic Guitars, Moog Synthsizer
Additional Personnel
*Scott Boyer - Steel Guitar on tracks 2 and 9
*Jai Johanny Johanson - Timbales on track 6
*Ella Avery -  - Backing Vocals on track 1
*Susie Storm - Backing Vocals on track 9

1973  Wet Willie - Drippin' Wet Live
1974  Wet Willie - Keep On Smilin
1975  Wet Willie - Dixie Rock
1976  Wet Willie - The Wetter The Better
1977  Wet Willie - Left Coast Live
1977/79  Wet Willie - Manorisms / Which One's Willie? (2013 Edition)

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