BRIAN KRAMER'S PERSONAL RECOLLECTION OF RECORDING "WIN OR LOSE"
Brian Kramer with Mick Taylor
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I was 24 years old when we recorded Brian Kramer and the Blues Masters feat. Junior Wells, Win or Lose in 1988. This was my first record as well as the first time I'd been in a recording studio. Junior Wells was a friend and had guided me patiently in developing my connection to my blues. He gladly agreed to be on the album when I asked him. All the musicians in my band at that time knew someone who could be part of what became an "all-star recording." The pianist, David Cohen (Country Joe & the Fish, the Blues Project etc.) had toured with Mick Taylor and got him involved. Mick lived in NYC at the time and fortunately was available. It was fantastic to watch him with his solid, confident blues knowledge in action, feeling exactly what was needed for each track. He played on one of my own songs, Got me on down, and just ripped through the solo like nobodies business! He also played slide on a beautiful D minor slow blues performed by Junior Wells called Pleading the blues. I remember feeling chills watching him as he built each slid note with feeling and drama. He's a true blues master. I was the youngest musician involved in this project and certainly the least experienced. Hanging around folks like Mick, Junior and the others had me split down the middle between a gushing fan and trying to live up to the reality that this was actually my record. In the end I think we produced a recording that everyone did there best on and was proud to be a part of. I remember when I personally handed Junior his copy he put his arm around me and said, "Well Brian, you did it! That's all that matters." After the musicians and the producer were finished with their fine work, the album was left to the record co. to promote & distribute and unfortunately due to their lack of experience in the field and un-cooperation the release of this album only saw a short run on the market with minimal promotion. It has been dormant and unavailible since, with no expectations of releasing it in its original form (the only way I and Junior's representers will agree to, and believe me the alternative is quite horrible...) What can I say, this business has its downside... On one of my songs on this album, "I Want My Money Back," I sing a verse that became an errie prophecy; "Well I dreamed I made this record, it went high up on the charts, but when I woke I still was broke, it's just a piece of art. I want mt money back. Got to have my money back. Well it's sad but it's true they don't make nothin' like they used to do..." Now 12 years have passed and I've traveled quite a bit of the world continuing down (up?) this winding road of blues. Every once in a while out of nowhere some one pops by and tells me with a smile they've got Win or Lose in their collection. It's nice to know that however small an impression this album made, due to the great work and reputation of Junior & Mick, it's still out there and wont die! Thank you for keeping that alive for me. Brian Kramer Find out more about Brian, his travels and other Legendary blues musicians he's worked with on his site www.briankramerblues.f2s.com The webmaster invite you to purchase the fantastic new Brian Kramer recorded live featuring M.Waters, R.Johnson numbers along with Brian originals !