Rhythm & Blues

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 7/30/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888837175920
  • Catalog Number: 371759
  • Sales rank: 4,126

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Best In Town - Muscle Shoals Horns (4:55)
  2. 2 Justifyin' (3:23)
  3. 3 I Go By Feel (4:15)
  4. 4 Messin’ With the Kid - Kid Rock (2:33)
  5. 5 What's Up with That Woman - Muscle Shoals Horns (4:02)
  6. 6 One Day Away - Keith Urban (3:44)
  7. 7 Well I Done Got Over It (2:55)
  8. 8 What You Gonna Do About Me - Beth Hart (4:39)
  9. 9 The Devil's Daughter (5:15)
  10. 10 Whiskey Ghost (4:36)
  11. 11 Rhythm Inner Groove (0:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Meet Me In Chicago (3:45)
  2. 2 Too Damn Bad (3:06)
  3. 3 Evil Twin - Brad Whitford (5:23)
  4. 4 I Could Die Happy (4:13)
  5. 5 Never Gonna Change (3:20)
  6. 6 All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues - Muscle Shoals Horns (4:36)
  7. 7 My Mama Loved Me (3:33)
  8. 8 Blues Don't Care - Gary Clark Jr. (3:26)
  9. 9 I Came Up Hard (5:28)
  10. 10 Poison Ivy (2:50)
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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, 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 Jr. 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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