The Definitive Buddy Guy

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
To call this collection of tunes from blues legend Buddy Guy definitive is not a stretch by any means, as it is a cohesive, thoughtful, chronological collection that accurately represents all of his changes and phases through six decades. Overall, it is a mellow compilation that showcases many of Guy's laid-back songs, several with longtime partner Junior Wells. It's sprinkled with the many all-star bluesmen he has collaborated with over the years, and is tastefully programmed to offer what is essentially cream of the crop blues from one of its enduring legends. Your hear music issued on singles, LPs and CDs recorded from 1958 through 2004 via various recordings done ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
To call this collection of tunes from blues legend Buddy Guy definitive is not a stretch by any means, as it is a cohesive, thoughtful, chronological collection that accurately represents all of his changes and phases through six decades. Overall, it is a mellow compilation that showcases many of Guy's laid-back songs, several with longtime partner Junior Wells. It's sprinkled with the many all-star bluesmen he has collaborated with over the years, and is tastefully programmed to offer what is essentially cream of the crop blues from one of its enduring legends. Your hear music issued on singles, LPs and CDs recorded from 1958 through 2004 via various recordings done for the Artistic, Chess, Delmark, Vanguard, Blue Thumb, Atco, Evidence, Alligator, JSP, Blind Pig, and Silvertone labels. It really is a comprehensive overview of Guy's best known songs, and gives fans or neophytes an accurate big picture of why Buddy Guy remains one of the most influential artists in American popular music. The CD starts in slow grind mode with classics like "Sit & Cry" in the style of Howlin' Wolf with all-stars Otis Rush and Willie Dixon, the most well-known "First Time I Met the Blues" with pianist Little Brother Montgomery; "Ten Years Ago" in his first teaming with Wells from 1960; the downhearted "When My Left Eye Jumps" with four horns and Lafayette Leake on the organ; and the all-time great showtime tune with Wells' "Hoodoo Man Blues" from the Delmark LP of the same name from 1966 that has become synonymous with electric Chicago. Guy's distinctive solo guitar style is front and center on the intro of "A Man & the Blues" alongside the immortal pianist Otis Spann, while the sole track from Buddy & the Juniors, "Five Long Years," is a toned-down acoustic number with Wells and pianist Junior Mance from that rare Blue Thumb recording. A funky R&B number "A Man of Many Words," from Atco Records in 1972 features, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, saxophonist A.C. Reed and Wells, while Guitar Slim's standard, "The Things I Used to Do," again with Wells live at Montrueux, Switzerland, languishes over its time. Brother Phil Guy joins Buddy in a two-guitar tandem for Champion Jack Dupree's eight-minute, low-key slow jam "When I Left Home" and the rock & roll "Dust My Broom" styled "She Suits Me to a T." Another two live tracks, the upbeat shuffle of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Checkin' on My Baby" and Dixon's "Let Me Love You Baby" featuring Pinetop Perkins, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts, and G.E. Smith's nine-piece Saturday Night Live Band, respectively. The final selection, "Baby Please Don't Leave Me," with Jimbo Mathus is a heavy contemporary stomper that shows a new attitude toward the blues that steers away from authenticity, but more toward a youth oriented audience. This CD is recommended without reservation, a great single CD overview of Buddy Guy's soul and spirit as a true pioneer of the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663113037
  • Catalog Number: 11303
  • Sales rank: 29,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sit and Cry (The Blues) (3:02)
  2. 2 First Time I Met the Blues (2:18)
  3. 3 Ten Years Ago (2:41)
  4. 4 Stone Crazy (7:11)
  5. 5 When My Left Eye Jumps (3:54)
  6. 6 Hoodoo Man Blues (2:06)
  7. 7 A Man and the Blues (6:20)
  8. 8 I Got My Eyes on You (3:44)
  9. 9 Five Long Years - Buddy & The Juniors (5:52)
  10. 10 A Man of Many Words - Junior Wells (3:59)
  11. 11 The Things I Used to Do - Junior Wells (3:26)
  12. 12 When I Left Home (8:20)
  13. 13 Give Me My Coat and Shoes - Junior Wells (3:50)
  14. 14 She Suits Me to a "T" (4:31)
  15. 15 Checkin' on My Baby - Terry Taylor (4:56)
  16. 16 Let Me Love You Baby (5:12)
  17. 17 Baby Please Don't Leave Me (7:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Guy Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass, Upright Bass
Little Brother Montgomery Piano
A.C. Reed Tenor Saxophone
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals
Dr. John Piano
George Young Alto Saxophone
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Bill Wyman Bass, Bass Guitar
Phil Guy Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
George Alexander Trumpet
Ray Allison Drums
Lefty Bates Guitar
Fred Below Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Aaron Corthen Saxophone
Leslie Crawford Baritone Saxophone
McKinley Easton Baritone Saxophone
Davey Faragher Bass, Bass Guitar
Jarrett Gibson Tenor Saxophone
Donald Hankins Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Tim Kaihatsu Rhythm Guitar
Lafayette Leake Organ
Abe Locke Tenor Saxophone
Junior Mance Piano
Glenway McTeer Drums
Jack Meyers Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Morrison Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob Neely Tenor Saxophone
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Paul Ossola Electric Bass
Shawn Pelton Drums
Leon Pendarvis Organ
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Lenny Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Carl Radle Bass, Bass Guitar
Otis Rush Guitar
G.E. Smith Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Norman Spiller Trumpet
Dallas Taylor Drums
Lonnie Taylor Drums
Paul Thomas Drums
Phil Thomas Drums
Ron Tooley Trumpet
Sonny Turner Trumpet
Murray Watson Trumpet
Doug Williams Guitar
J.W. Williams Bass, Bass Guitar
Lew Del Gatto Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Fields Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Abb Locke Tenor Saxophone
Dave Myers Bass, Bass Guitar
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus Rhythm Guitar
George Alexander Trumpet
Doug & Telisha Williams Guitar
Terry Earl Taylor Rhythm Guitar
Dennis Quartet Wilson Trombone
Billy Warren Drums
Shawn Petton Drums
Norman Spiller Trumpet
Lonnie Taylor Drums
Spam Drums
Dennis Wilson Trombone
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Guitar Slim Composer
Buddy Guy Composer
Junior Wells Composer
Junior Kimbrough Composer
Bruce Bromberg Liner Notes
Eurreal Montgomery Composer
Al Perkins Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Jeff Palo Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent selection of primarily slow and mid-tempo music by Buddy Guy.

    The sound quality is superior to anything else I have by Buddy Guy. In addition, I enjoyed the contribution that Junior Wells and others made to this CD. When I refer to others, I am referring to G.E. Smith and his "Saturday Night Live" band. I very much liked the selection of songs that were included on the CD. I would recommend the CD to anyone that enjoys, Chicago Blues, Blues based rock & roll or Blues harmonica.

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