Cry Wilf! Howlin' Wilf & The Vee-Jays


Rhythm & Blues
Big Beat
Catalogue Id:

This product is also available in these versions:
Cry Wilf! (MP3), MP3 (£7.99)

Camden Town in the mid-80s fancied itself as a mini Harlem, as a bunch of new bands playing old tunes sprung up around the clubs. Leading the way without a doubt was Howlin’ Wilf and his Vee Jays. With the stunning platinum blond, Dot on second guitar, and a proper stand-up bass slapping out a fat bottom end, the Vee-Jays could rock’n’roll and play rhythm and blues, all at the same time without dropping a beat. When they weren’t featuring in a hot and sweaty club they could be found busking, such was the enthusiasm for getting the word out - and making a bob or two along the way.

Eventually Wilf almost reverted to his real name and surfaced ten years later as James Hunter, still playing the sharpest music around in the sharpest suit. Ten years on again and James has made quite some headway in the USA, so this seems like an opportune moment to give the Howlin’ Wilf and the Vee-Jays its 20th anniversary release. James’ songwriting, singing and all-round performance have come a long way in the intervening years, but there is always something in that first flush that thrills.

Why not also check out his Ace CD James Hunter – “Believe What I Say” (CDCHD 636) with one of his biggest fans, Mr Van Morrison, on vocals on two tracks. Also go get his new waxing on GO Records (GO 00011 through Rounder), “People Gonna Talk”. They always have - it’s just a little louder now.

By Roger Armstrong


Track listing


Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought