Living Proof

Living Proof

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by Buddy Guy
     
 

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Living Proof was designed partially as an aural autobiography from the legendary Buddy Guy, opening up with the stark summation "74 Years Young," then running through songs that often address some aspect of a working musician's life. It's not a concept that's followed through completely -- it's thrown off track somewhat by duets with B.B.

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Living Proof was designed partially as an aural autobiography from the legendary Buddy Guy, opening up with the stark summation "74 Years Young," then running through songs that often address some aspect of a working musician's life. It's not a concept that's followed through completely -- it's thrown off track somewhat by duets with B.B. King and Carlos Santana, with the latter's soft groove sticking out tonally as well -- but it's enough of a narrative to give the record a definitive shape that some latter-day Guy albums are lacking. Still, the selling point of Living Proof remains Guy's guitar, an instrument that improbably gets louder, nastier, and gnarlier with each passing year. Like Skin Deep before it, Living Proof is distinguished by these bold, clenched blasts of sonic fury, but here the production has just enough grit to make the entire enterprise feel feral, and that's a greater testament to Guy's enduring vitality than any one song could ever be.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today - Steve Jones
He's as charismatic as ever, brimming with energy and still capable of the technical wizardry on his ax that inspired such young guitarists as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn and a host of others.
Blogcritics - Josh Hathaway
He can still deliver that roaring, piercing vocal and on the title track he funnels that energy into a spirited, spiritual, sanctified gospel sermon. Guy testifies vocally and with his guitar with supernatural force.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0886977810725
catalogNumber:
778107
Rank:
22548

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Memphis Horns   Horn
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
David Grissom   Guitar
Jack Hale   Trombone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
B.B. King   Vocals
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Reese Wynans   Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Conga
Tom McGinley   Tenor Saxophone
Marty Sammon   Piano
Tommy Macdonald   Bass

Technical Credits

Buddy Guy   Composer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Colin Linden   Engineer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Jim Reitzel   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer
Vance Powell   Engineer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
John Netti   Engineer
Gilbert Garza   Guitar Techician
Michael St. Leon   Engineer
Rob Root   Engineer

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