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THIS IS THE BLUES BY ONE OF THE GREATS !,
This review is from: Rhythm & Blues (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. Big thank you to producer, co writer and band member Tom Hambridge for putting such an album together. THIS IS BY ANY STANDARDS AN ABSOLUTE MUST ! One of those where 5 stars just ain't enough by a long way !