Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

by John Hammond Jr.


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Like several of Hammond's early albums, this 1968 effort would ultimately sound less impressive than it did at the time, simply because the original versions of the ten songs Hammond covered would become much more accessible. The material selected did testify to his good taste, but also stuck to the tried-and-true, including classics like "Dust My Broom," "Crosscut Saw," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Nine Below Zero" and "Don't Start Me Talking," and Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years." The title track, a slow Jimmy McCracklin piano tune, is about the least-familiar number on a program that's essentially revamped classic and still rather recent electric (and largely Chicago) blues classics with a very slightly more rock- and soul-oriented groove. Still, it's a lean and respectably hard-hitting electric blues set, comfortably integrating piano and (on occasion) Willie Bridges' saxes into the arrangements.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Water
UPC: 0646315710526
catalogNumber: 105
Rank: 88377

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hammond   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
John Hammond   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Bridges   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gordie Fleming   Piano
Charles "Honeyman" Otis   Drums
Herman Pittman   Bass
George Stubbs   Piano
Gordon Fleming   Piano

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Arranger,Producer
Adrian Barber   Engineer
Patrick Roques   Reissue Design
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo
Chester Burnett   Composer

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