Raw, tough blues from one of the true creators of Chicago blues; crack band featuring Bob Margolin. 1995 Indie winner. "Great harmonica, soulful vocals, crafty songwriting...a master of Chicago blues"--BLUES REVUE Click here for more information.
All songs by William Arnold, WBA Music, BMI except as shown
Billy Boy Arnold, Harmonica and Vocals
Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Guitar (left channel)
James Wheeler, Guitar (right channel)
Carl "Sonny" Leyland, Piano
Steve "Slash" Hunt, Bass
Chuck Cotton, Drums
David Zielinski, Tenor Sax on How Long Can This Go On?, Man Of Considerable Taste and It Should Have Been Me
Tony Zamagni, Organ on Too Many Old Flames
Produced by Billy Boy Arnold, Bruce Iglauer and Scott Dirks
Recorded and mixed by Julian Herzfeld
Recorded at Chicago Trax, Chicago, IL.
Additional recording at Rax Trax, Chicago, IL
Mixed at Studio 53, Palatine, IL
Photos by Paul Natkin
Cover design by Matt Minde
Mastered by Jay O'Rourke at Monster Disc, Chicago, IL
Special thanks to Ron Schweitzer, Pete Cosey and Rick Barnes. Very special thanks to Mark Baier of Victoria Amplifiers, who provided the wonderful amplifiers through which Billy Boy and Bob played.
Cadillac Eldorado provided by Rick Raciborski.
Billy Boy Arnold would like to thank the following for their support: Bruce Iglauer and Scott Dirks for their input in the studio; Sonny Leyland, "Z," and all the musicians; and especially Bob Margolin for his inspiration.
SPECIAL THANKS to Bruce for not letting anything get by. I really appreciated that. Recording with Alligator made me feel the way I felt making the first record for Chess, Bo Diddley. Leonard Chess was personally involved and very detailed about the entire process, and really cared about the results. This is the same way Bruce was in the studio, and I thank him for making sure we got everything right. --BILLY BOY ARNOLD
Two years ago Billy Boy Arnold returned to the Chicago blues scene and released his first American album in over three decades. Back Where I Belong was hailed by Billboard as "a triumphant comeback," and the blues world agreed. Billy Boy's years away from performing had left his sound, the sound of pure 1950s Chicago blues (with just a taste of his old bandmate Bo Diddley's rock 'n' roll rhythms) as exciting as ever.
Since then, Billy Boy, often backed by Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin's crack trio, has played major blues festivals and clubs from Los Angeles to Chicago to Montreal to Holland and England. His distinctive vocal style, witty songwriting and the harmonica sound inspired by John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson have won new fans and amazed blues afficionados. As the Washington Post put it, "Arnold hasn't lost anything to the years. He still blows his harp in the style of his mentor Sonny Boy Williamson and his vocals have grown deeper, darker and fuller with age. Billy Boy Arnold is a major Chicago blues figure who improves with age."
For this album, Billy chose to record with his pal Bob Margolin, veteran Chicago guitarist James Wheeler (who played with Billy years ago, has since backed Otis Rush, and is now a featured member of Mississippi Heat) and one of the finest traditional blues piano men around, Carl "Sonny" Leyland, a UK transplant now living in New Orleans. Billy wrote or chose all the songs, directed the arrangements, and in every way forged this album. If Back Where I Belong left any doubt, Eldorado Cadillac confirms Billy Boy's status as not just a blues legend, but a vital, creative and deeply rooted musician.