Q (9/93, p.98) - 3 Stars - Good - "...[PLAY THE BLUES] is valuable stuff..."
Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica); J. Geils (guitar); Eric Clapton (guitar, bottleneck guitar); Magic Dick (harmonica); A.C. Reed (tenor saxophone); Dr. John, Mike Utley, Seth Justman (piano); Carl Radle, Leroy Stewart, Danny Klein (bass); Roosevelt Shaw, Jim Gordon, Stephen Bladd (drums).
Producers: Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun, Tom Dowd, Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida and Intermedia Studios, Boston. Massechusetts.
Considering the troubled background of this album (Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun, and Tom Dowd only ended up with eight tracks at a series of 1970 sessions in Miami; two years later, the J. Geils Band was brought in to cut two additional songs to round out the long-delayed LP for 1972 release), the results were pretty impressive. Buddy Guy contributes dazzling lead axe to their revival of "T-Bone Shuffle"; Junior Wells provides a sparkling remake of Sonny Boy's "My Baby She Left Me," and Guy is entirely credible in a grinding Otis Redding mode on the Southern soul stomper "A Man of Many Words." ~ Bill Dahl