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Rhythm & Blues [Import]

Buddy Guy Audio CD
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After decades of paying dues, Buddy Guy has emerged as the most heralded bluesman of his generation, a hugely influential guitarist and passionate, dynamic live performer. But Buddy started as a sideman, and toiled in the Chicago clubs for a decade before beginning his march to worldwide fame.

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00DBVY69Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddy still giving the blues a modern twist... 2 Aug 2013
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In the 60s when Buddy toured Britain as a part of blues package tours he was always the youngest bluesmen on the bill but he angered critics by including James Brown songs and other recent soul numbers in his act. He's kept this interest in current music throughout his career and his recent albums have been mainly in the rock blues idiom. However, when I saw him a couple of years ago at the Maryport Blues Festival he was absolutely wonderful one the best blues artists I've ever seen in nearly 50 years, he could go from subtle beautifully played thoughtful blues to flat out funk and rock - a true master.

This album leans towards rock with its glossy Tom Hambridge production and although Buddy could easily fill the double album on his own he shares several songs with high-profile guests including Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr. and Beth Hart, as well as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford from Aerosmith. Buddy's trademark stinging guitar playing is still first rate and and his singing is still really powerful and the band back him superbly all the way, although I'm afraid that I found some of the songs a bit routine. Of the guest performances I really enjoyed Gary Clark on the rocking "Blues don't care" and Beth and Buddy really tear it up on "What you gonna do about me" and, surprisingly, country singer Keith Urban and Buddy come up with one the album's most subtle and successful tracks "One day away" but I'm afraid Kid Rock can't match Junior Wells' performance on "Messing with the kid". Elsewhere Buddy turns in fine performances on two odes to Chi Town - "Best in town" and "Meet me in Chicago", "Whiskey Ghost" is a nice 'haunting' blues, "I could die happy" is a rolling blues with a strange mixture of acoustic guitar and screaming electric and my favourite track was probably the reflective "All that makes me happy is the blues". I found this album as good as anything Buddy has done for years and a lot better than some.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Guy - Best in town 29 July 2013
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The roll call of great Chicago bluesmen is not so much a list as an endless tapestry of artists whose influence dominates every aspect of modern music not least in terms of the rock genre. Just think of the names Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rodgers, Junior Wells, Howlin Wolf and a host of others and their impact is immeasurable. We are however blessed that arguably one of the greatest proponents of the genre and (with due respect to B B King) its most influential ever guitarist remains in our midst firing on gas and playing like a demon. Buddy Guy has been rightly called the bridge between blues and rock "n' roll and at the age of 77 still welds a polka dot guitar with such gusto that he makes Eddie Van Halen sound dull. This new double album "Rhythm and blues" is split into two sides with the first slighter funkier than the second but frankly the differences are minimal. The album is also laden with a heavy guest list not least Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Beth Hart, most of Aerosmith and the new blues sensation Gary Clark Jr. In fairness it is admirable that artists pay homage to such a great performer, although ever since Carlos Santana employed the guest open door policy on "Supernatural" it has perhaps become a formula that is a tad overworked? As a result the this album is very polished and subject to a big production but in execution some of the raucous charm to be found on his live performances are absent (this reviewer was lucky enough to head down the great man's Legends blues club in the South Loop Chicago before Christmas). That said this is an exceptionally solid Buddy Guy album and when firing on all cylinders he is untouchable. Seek out the brilliant "I could die happy" and its mix of acoustic and electric guitars positively fizzles with raw energy. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE BLUES BY ONE OF THE GREATS ! 31 July 2013
By pete clack TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Buddy Guy, 77 years old, and what does he do , well he simply produces one of the best albums of his career and he's made over the years some incredibly good albums. This one (or should I say two discs) is a full blown pull all the stops out set of twenty one superb cuts. The band are as tight as they can be laying a solid foundation, with David Grisson playing guitar alongside him on many tracks plus some guests along the way to spice things up, including the stunning Beth Hart singing her heart out on 'What You Gonna Do About Me', I think her voice works better with Buddy's style of music than the colaberations with Joe Bonamassa and they are good (be great to see them do a whole album together, it would be quite something). Then we get Gary Clark Jr. joining him on 'Blues Don't Care', Gary is going to be a big big name in the blues, saw him on Eric Claptons tour this year he is amazing, and this cut really is as Buddy would say the real deal.
One track I thought wouldn't fit is the one with country star Keith Urban,'One Day Away', I was wrong its another outstanding track on an outstanding set. Then comes the rockers such as Steven Tyler,Joe Perry and Brad Whittford on 'Evil Twin', this shows just how close rock and blues can get with much more quality and depth than you get on most so called rock-blues albums.
One disc is rhythm the second disc blues, each disc would do well as solo albums but together this set has simply got to and will win buckets of awards when the annual blues ones come around. This is blues of the very highest quality, if your not as yet a fan of the blues, get this and enjoy what is simply a fantastic double album of Buddy Guy music and its music no one else gan play like he can. He's got more energy and ideas at 77 than most in thier twenties have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GUY!
I was in Chicago for the Ryder Cup back in September 2012 and made a point of visiting Buddy Guy's Legends night club on the Monday afterwards. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RICHARD PILLOW
3.0 out of 5 stars Buddy fan
I'm a Buddy fan so bought this CD soon as it came out. I'm sorry i have to say i've got better stuff from Buddy, maybe i just like the old style better but thats not to say it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Altoft
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very talented blues musician, we have visited his music bar in chicago and were lucky enough for him to be there and play some of his music that night. Read more
Published 2 months ago by janet moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn right he's got the blues.
Only 10 tracks but superb quality. It got the five stars what else can you give.i have not had a cd to dislike yet.recomend him to anyone who likes the blues.
Published 2 months ago by Geoff Levitt g a Levitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Still rockin'
As a blues fan of some 45 years I've been a fan of Buddy Guy a long time. He's always had his own style but for a long time had to play second fiddle to giants of the Chicago blues... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Walter Hoddlebottle
5.0 out of 5 stars As good or better than his other recent albums
This is another very good release from Buddy Guy, and easily as good as Living Proof, Skin Deep and others. Read more
Published 4 months ago by philp
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad/brilliant? No.
Not as good as I thought it was going to be. Not bad! Not bad. But no Earth Shattering. Check out the latest album by Samantha Fish. Now that's a game changer on the blues scene
Published 4 months ago by B. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars AS EVER GREAT BLUES
Published 4 months ago by DAVEMAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues
Saw Buddy on an episode of Later with Jools Holland and had to get some of his recordings. This particular album was one of his highest rated on Amazon so I was surprised it was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Shpherd-ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous guests - still Buddy Guy
As good as Buddy gets - he still has it all. Great playing and singing , good material. Late period excellence continues
Published 5 months ago by Miles
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