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Blues Singer

Blues Singer

1 Jul 2003
4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
The first thing to know about this recording is that like all the "Silvertone" albums that I have heard (and that's not as many as I would like)the recording standard is just mind-boggling in it's high standard.

Normally "Buddy Guy" blows you away with his powerful electric guitar playing not so with this set of 12 songs, played in the "folk blues" tradition of acoustic guitar.
Like all great blues albums "Buddy" has involed some famous friends this one is no exception with the likes of "B.B.King" and "Eric Clapton" making guest appearances to great effect throughtout.
Great music played with passion and "FEEL" as my musician friends say,and on top of that done in memory of the late great John Lee Hooker...
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By A Customer on 18 July 2003
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This is a great album. Stripped down to acoustic guitar Buddy sounds amazing. You can really here his vocals and there is a lot of soul in that voice! If you love Buddys electric work this album takes a different avenue,but with Eric Clapton sitting in and B.B. king what more could you ask for. There are some great John Lee Hooker covers but its a great chill out album and the title says it all "Blues Singer". If you want acoustic blues with great vocals in a modern setting buy this album. Or if you have had a hard day at work sit back open a cold beer and let Buddy do his stuff !
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2015
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On this relaxed, acoustic 'back-poach' recording Buddy gives us a set of classic blues tunes that will bear repeated listening. His gritty-soulful vocal delivery coupled with his restraint in the licks department allows the listener a chance to enjoy the songs as songs and not just as platforms for fret board wizardry. If I had to describe the overall feeling of this superb CD, it would be 'haunting'. This is conveyed by the spare backing ( bass and drums), an occasional guitar lick or two, and a production job that brings out the powerful sense of space and detail inherent in the performances. Fans of BB King and Eric Clapton may also be interested to know that they feature to good effect on a track or two, 'Crawlin' Kingsnake',particularly. Favourite track? Difficult to say, but the slide guitar feature 'Anna Lee' has to be in there somewhere along with the absolute killer 'Lonesome Home Blues'. It really doesn't get much better then this!

Great album.
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This is a nice album of acoustic material with Buddy doing a tasty stripped down Blues thing. Very good it is too. It's nice to hear him playing in a different way to that showman on stage that he usually needs to be in order to earn a dollar. This is more intimate than the brashness that he has to achieve in order to be heard at noisy gigs. I'm glad he released this album. I never liked all that acoustic, post-hippie, laid back, 'middle American' college youth, thing that used to be a musical fashion plague in the early 1970s. Then the 'Unplugged' series, in the 1980/90s, raised it's mock-wholesome head. This is better than all those pretentious things from back then. This is natural acoustic Blues playing from someone who can get it done very well without having to think too much about it.

Eamonn
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This brand new release by Buddy Guy sees him getting Unplugged and back to basics and it has been savaged in certain places already as being a step back from Sweet Tea. Sweet Tea was an electrifying trip through modern Blues. Blues Singer is not that, it's a leisurely walk through some old Blues standards.
Okay, Buddy is playing safe on this album and yes, a lot of the songs could have been played with more fire and imagination but it is NOT a bad album. In fact, there are some quite simply wonderful inclusions, one of these being the classic "What Lucy May Do" which Buddy pulls off brilliantly.
My only issue with the album is that it is a little one-paced but if you want to hear another side of Buddy Guy and you don't mind slipping down a few notches in terms of speed and delivery then this is a very pleasing album. It's nice to hear Buddy Guy's voice singing sweetly. Sometimes, his voice gets overlooked in favour of his fretwork when in reality both are every bit as vital IMO.
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It's nice to hear Buddy make an album which isn't drowning in backing orchestration for a change. Instead he returns to basics with just himself, an acoustic guitar, a few bass instruments and a selection of friends there to add a bit of their own guitar work - Eric Clapton and BB King for example.
This album contains excellent vocals from Buddy and great guitar playing too.
The style of a lot of these songs is similar to early 30s and 40s blues, so it's nice to hear that style again but without the scratchy recordings and with a modern twist (modern in a blues sense that is).
Admittedly some of the songs towards the end seem a bit samey but this is still a great album with some great songs; I would rank Lucy Mae Blues as one of my favourites. (It has great artwork on the CD and case too if that makes a difference).

If you are a Buddy Guy fan, or even just a blues fan, this is a refreshing album and my advice is buy it.
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I always believe that the measure of any electric guitarist is what they sound like with an accoustic. Buddy has been around for ages (he is 70), and is one of Chess Records finest.

This CD is my favourite. His playing is absolutely brilliant, backed up with a few lesser players including Clapton (and he will not mind being labelled as lesser).

Live the Life You Love stands out for me as the best track and the vocals throughout the album are his very best. There is so much feeling on this album it will bring tears to your eyes just like good blues should.

If I was to meet him again I'd kiss him!
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