Can't Quit the Blues

Can't Quit the Blues

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by Buddy Guy

The guitar hero's guitar hero, Buddy Guy gets his due on a three-CD, single DVD box set. Tracing his development from a '50s session man with Muddy Waters to his electrifying solo career and recent recordings with Eric Clapton and John Mayer, it's a treasure trove of pure blues. The DVD features live performances from the '70s -- never made available before -- and a…  See more details below


The guitar hero's guitar hero, Buddy Guy gets his due on a three-CD, single DVD box set. Tracing his development from a '50s session man with Muddy Waters to his electrifying solo career and recent recordings with Eric Clapton and John Mayer, it's a treasure trove of pure blues. The DVD features live performances from the '70s -- never made available before -- and a 75-minute documentary; a 48-page book with notes by Anthony DeCurtis rounds out this deluxe package.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Legend status came late to Buddy Guy, so it shouldn't be surprising that this is the first box set devoted to the blues giant's work. Yet it is still a bit of a shock, because Guy, it seems, has always been a part of the modern blues scene, ubiquitous even in the late '60s at the era's high-profile rock and folk festivals, playing the hippie ballrooms alongside the major rockers of the day, and being name-dropped by the likes of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. So this three-CD/one-DVD collection arrives years after it might have, its audio discs stacked with 47 prime samplings of Guy's sizzling guitar work and passionate wailing, covering nearly 50 years' worth of music. That said, those looking for an evenly balanced career overview may ultimately be disappointed: two of the three CDs are drawn from recordings made during Guy's comeback years of the 1990s to the present, after he signed to the Silvertone label (he hadn't recorded in nearly a decade prior to that point), leaving only the first disc devoted to Guy's influential recordings for such labels as Delmark, Vanguard, Artistic, Alligator, JSP, and, most importantly, Chess Records, where -- although he felt stifled by the label's insistence that he soften his lethal attack -- he cut some classic sides working alongside such blues titans as Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, and Junior Wells, the harmonica genius with whom Guy would share stages for many years. That first disc is crammed with classic blues moments -- from the first track, 1957's "The Way You Been Treating Me," Guy is burning, and as he settles into his trademark stinging guitar style and belted-out, passionate vocalizing, leaving behind some of the more derivative aspects of his early playing and singing, it becomes quickly apparent that he was meant to become one of the genre's most influential artists. "I Can't Quit the Blues," from 1968, is a soul blaster par excellence, and by the early '70s, rock luminaries such as Clapton and Bill Wyman of the Stones were lining up to play on his records. Guy's Grammy-winning 1991 debut for Silvertone, Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, marks the onset of his rightful ascendance to blues royalty, and though excessive attention is arguably paid to this period of his career, there is no denying that some of his best music has been made during these years. In particular, tracks from the rootsy 2001 Sweet Tea are as good as anything he'd done before, and even the all-star affairs -- among them "Crawlin' Kingsnake," cut in 2003 with Clapton, B.B. King, Jim Keltner, and others aboard, and 2005's "The Price You Gotta Pay," featuring Keb' Mo', Keith Richards, and others -- find Guy still in tip-top shape. The DVD features a 90-minute documentary and rare live footage, including six full performances from the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. Ideally this collection (which includes six previously unreleased tracks) would have benefited from a fourth disc expanding upon the pre-Silvertone years, but it's hard to argue with something that's been so long overdue and, despite its lopsided emphasis on the recent output, delivers so much.

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Disc 1

  1. The Way You Been Treating Me
  2. Sit and Cry (The Blues)
  3. This Is the End
  4. Untitled Instrumental
  5. First Time I Met the Blues
  6. Ten Years Ago
  7. Let Me Love You Baby
  8. Stone Crazy
  9. When My Left Eye Jumps
  10. Hoodoo Man Blues
  11. In the Wee Hours
  12. I Can't Quit the Blues
  13. One Room Country Shack
  14. T-Bone Shuffle
  15. When You See the Tears from My Eyes
  16. I Smell a Rat
  17. She Suits Me to a T
  18. D. J. Play My Blues

Disc 2

  1. Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
  2. Mustang Sally
  3. Five Long Years
  4. Mary Ann
  5. She's Nineteen Years Old
  6. Miss Ida B
  7. Feels Like Rain
  8. 7-11
  9. I Smell Trouble
  10. Someone Else Is Steppin' In (Slippin' out, Slippin' In)
  11. My Time After Awhile
  12. Your Mind Is on Vacation
  13. Midnight Train
  14. Totally out of Control

Disc 3

  1. Nobody Understands Me But My Guitar
  2. Baby Please Don't Leave Me
  3. Done Got Old
  4. Honey Bee
  5. Tramp
  6. Crawlin' Kingsnake
  7. Moanin' and Groanin'
  8. Bad Life Blues
  9. I Can't Be Satisfied
  10. First Time I Met the Blues
  11. I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled and Crazy
  12. Somebody's Sleeping in My Bed
  13. I Miss You
  14. Cut You Loose
  15. The Price You Gotta Pay

Disc 4

  1. Ten Years Ago
  2. Hoodoo Man Blues
  3. Messin' with the Kid
  4. Come on in This House
  5. Sweet Little Angel
  6. Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
  7. Drowning on Dry Land
  8. Tramp
  9. Mustang Sally
  10. What'd I Say
  11. Louise McGhee

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Junior Wells   Harmonica
Jeff Beck   Electric Guitar
Dr. John   Piano
Ivan Neville   Organ,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Renee Geyer   Background Vocals
Ian McLagan   Wurlitzer
Jim Keltner   Drums
Phil Guy   Guitar
Larry Taylor   Acoustic Bass
Ray Allison   Drums
Lefty Bates   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Tony Braunagel   Percussion
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Aaron Corthen   Saxophone
David Z.   Percussion
Malcolm Duncan   Saxophone
McKinley Easton   Baritone Saxophone
Davey Faragher   Bass
Tony Garnier   Upright Bass
Sid Gauld   Trumpet
Jarrett Gibson   Tenor Saxophone
Marty Grebb   Piano,Baritone Saxophone
David Grissom   Guitar
Jack Hale   Trombone
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richie Hayward   Drums
Jack Holder   Guitar
Scott Holt   Guitar
Jim Horn   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Neil Hubbard   Guitar
Clifton James   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
B.B. King   Guitar
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Layton   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Darrell Leonard   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Meyers   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Morrison   Bass
Bob Neely   Tenor Saxophone
Odie Payne   Drums
Paul Ossola   Bass
Bill Payne   Piano
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Leon Pendarvis   Organ
Pinetop Perkins   Piano
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
John Porter   Guitar
Jimmy Powers   Harp
Otis Rush   Guitar
Greg Rzab   Bass
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar
Tommy Shannon   Bass
Roosevelt Shaw   Drums
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Otis Spann   Piano
Leroy Stewart   Bass
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
Dallas Taylor   Drums
Terry Taylor   Bass Guitar
Phil Thomas   Drums
Murray Watson   Trumpet
Mick Weaver   Organ,Piano
Willie Weeks   Bass
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano
Terry Norman Taylor   Guitar
Lannie McMIllian   Tenor Saxophone
Jonny Lang   Guitar
Lew Del Gatto   Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Fields   Saxophone
Hillary Faeta   Vocals
Mike Homberger   Vocals
Crazy Dave Komie   Vocals
Blind Willie Lambchop   Vocals
Anne Markovich   Vocals
Emily Maso   Vocals
Suzanne Maso   Vocals
Brian Moravec   Vocals
Garrett Mudd   Vocals
Jay Reil   Vocals
Carey Reisz   Vocals
Shemekia Copeland   Vocals
Annette McKee   Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Guitar
Frank Blinkal   Guitar,Vocals
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band   Harmonica,Vocals
Dennis Wilson Quintet   Trombone
Doug & Telisha Williams   Guitar
Jim Hale   Trombone
Orlando Wright   Bass

Technical Credits

Eddie Boyd   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Lowell Fulson   Composer
Buddy Guy   Composer,Producer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Fenton Robinson   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Denise LaSalle   Composer
Roger Reale   Composer
Bill Wyman   Producer
Mercy Dee Walton   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Junior Kimbrough   Composer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Darryl Carter   Composer
Samuel Charters   Producer
Eric Clapton   Producer
David Z.   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Dennis Herring   Producer
Jack Holder   Composer
Son House   Composer
Ike Turner   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Audio Production
Mel London   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Eurreal Montgomery   Composer
John Porter   Producer,Audio Production
Mack Rice   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Johnny Shines   Composer
Bob Smeaton   Director
Jon Tiven   Composer
Didier Tricard   Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Ron Badger   Composer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Martin Scorsese   Producer
Janie Hendrix   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Amos Blakemore   Composer
Sheldon Feinberg   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Andrew Hogg   Composer
Steve Jordan   Producer
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band   Composer
Jim Parham   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
John McDermott   Director,Producer
Rick Christian   Composer

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