The Definitive Buddy Guy

The Definitive Buddy Guy

by Buddy GuyBuddy Guy


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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: 04/14/2009
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663113037
catalogNumber: 11303
Rank: 36971


  1. Sit and Cry (The Blues)
  2. First Time I Met the Blues
  3. Ten Years Ago
  4. Stone Crazy
  5. When My Left Eye Jumps
  6. Hoodoo Man Blues
  7. A Man and the Blues
  8. I Got My Eyes on You
  9. Five Long Years
  10. A Man of Many Words
  11. The Things I Used to Do
  12. When I Left Home
  13. Give Me My Coat and Shoes
  14. She Suits Me to a "T"
  15. Checkin' on My Baby
  16. Let Me Love You Baby
  17. Baby Please Don't Leave Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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
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   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
Perkins   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Jeff Palo   Producer

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