Rhythm & Blues

Rhythm & Blues

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by Buddy Guy
     
 

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A great open secret of the last act of Buddy Guy's career is that nearly every album he's made in the new millennium is a concept album of sorts, ranging from the gnarled modern Delta blues of Sweet Tea and the acoustic Blues Singer to the pseudo-autobiography of 2010's Living Proof. Rhythm & Blues trumps themSee more details below

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A great open secret of the last act of Buddy Guy's career is that nearly every album he's made in the new millennium is a concept album of sorts, ranging from the gnarled modern Delta blues of Sweet Tea and the acoustic Blues Singer to the pseudo-autobiography of 2010's Living Proof. Rhythm & Blues trumps them all in size and concept: it's a double-disc set divided into one disc of "Rhythm" (aka soul) and one disc of "Blues" (aka blues of the Chicago variety). Several stars come out to help Guy along, top-lined by three-fifths of Aerosmith on "Evil Twin" and Kid Rock on, naturally, "Messin' with the Kid." The former arrives on "Blues" and the latter on "Rhythm," which suggests how fluid the lines are between the two discs. But it's also generally true that the "Rhythm" disc is big, bold, and brassy in a way Buddy rarely is; often, it's much closer to the late, great Bobby "Blue" Bland, albeit a hyper-charged, over-scaled version of soul-blues. Guy has rarely attempted this kind of horn-driven, soulful blues and it's fun to hear him tackle such sounds as he wrestles the rhythms while spitting out gonzo, gnarly guitar runs. Better still, he finds a place to settle down within the slinky grooves of "I Go By Feel" and the Keith Urban duet "One Day Away," which are not only the two greatest surprises in tone, but also the two songs that sink their hooks in deep. That's not always the case here, at least for the originals, particularly on the "Blues" disc which either trades in pastiche ("Meet Me in Chicago," "All That Makes Me Happy Is the Blues") or function as simple showcases for Guy's guitar. If this package can sometimes feel a little too pat, put the blame on producer Tom Hambridge, who also helmed Skin Deep and Living Proof and now has a track record of pushing Guy just enough to form a narrative but not enough to break him out of the box. Buddy himself remains a bit of a live wire, his voice sounding younger than Steven Tyler's and his guitar continuing to be a muscled monster that steamrollers everything surrounding it. That continued potency is reason enough to give Rhythm & Blues a spin.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2013
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0888837175920
catalogNumber:
371759
Rank:
14674

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Best In Town  -  Muscle Shoals Horns
  2. Justifyin'  - Buddy Guy
  3. I Go By Feel  - Buddy Guy
  4. Messin’ With the Kid  -  Kid Rock
  5. What's Up with That Woman  -  Muscle Shoals Horns
  6. One Day Away  - Keith Urban
  7. Well I Done Got Over It  - Buddy Guy
  8. What You Gonna Do About Me  - Beth Hart
  9. The Devil's Daughter  - Buddy Guy
  10. Whiskey Ghost  - Buddy Guy
  11. Rhythm Inner Groove  - Buddy Guy

Disc 2

  1. Meet Me In Chicago  - Buddy Guy
  2. Too Damn Bad  - Buddy Guy
  3. Evil Twin  - Brad Whitford
  4. I Could Die Happy  - Buddy Guy
  5. Never Gonna Change  - Buddy Guy
  6. All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues  -  Muscle Shoals Horns
  7. My Mama Loved Me  - Buddy Guy
  8. Blues Don't Care  - Gary Clark
  9. I Came Up Hard  - Buddy Guy
  10. Poison Ivy  - Buddy Guy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Fender Stratocaster
Joe Perry   Guitar
Kid Rock   Vocals
Herschel Boone   Background Vocals
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Horn
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Ann McCrary   Background Vocals
Kevin McKendree   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Charles Rose   Trombone
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Steven Tyler   Vocals
Reese Wynans   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Tom Hambridge   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Beth Hart   Vocals
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Keith Urban   Guitar,Vocals
Shannon Curfman   Background Vocals
Rob McNelley   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Regina McCrary   Background Vocals
Gary Clark   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Macdonald   Bass
Frieda McCrary   Background Vocals
Jessica Wagner-Cowan   Background Vocals
Fred McCrary   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Guitar Slim   Composer
Buddy Guy   Composer
Lee Roy Parnell   Composer
Scott Baggett   Engineer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Engineer
David Gogo   Composer
Scott Holt   Composer
Mel London   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Charles Rose   Horn Arrangements
Kevin Shirley   Engineer
Ducky Carlisle   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer,Mastering
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
John Shipp   Engineer
Robert Randolph   Composer
Casey Wood   Engineer
John McBride   Engineer
Justin Francis   Engineer
Mat Lejeune   Engineer
Gilbert Garza   Guitar Techician
Nick Autry   Engineer
Ben Baptie   Engineer
Michael Saint-Leon   Mastering

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