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Stunning Blues Album
on 3 January 2011
Buddy Guy is one of those names, like BB King, which is legend for any fans of Rock or Blues. He was highly influential on a generation of British blues guitarists (two of whom, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, appear on this album). This album came out in 1991 and was a kind of comeback album (his first in 10 years).
What you get is a stunning recording of 10 fantastic blues songs (the last is actually an instrumental track). The production is really lifelike and well balanced and the band plays with tight precision. I wish live performances were all this tight.
The first and last tracks, the title track, Damn Right, I've Got the The Blues and the last, Rememberin' Stevie, are written by Buddy Guy himself. The only song on this album I knew from before was Mustang Sally, which I heard in the film, The Commitments. This is much better.
Although Buddy Guy is joined by Clapton, Beck and also by Mark Knopfler, it is his guitar playing and singing which makes this album so good. He plays with stunning fluidity and variety of sound. Listen to the muted sounds he makes in Black Night and the soulful sounds he makes in Rememberin' Stevie. He's got a brilliant voice. He really commands attention fron the moment he starts singing with his impassioned vocal delivery.
My favourite track is Black Night, which is really soulful with atmospheric organ playing by Mick Weaver and shimmering piano playing by Pete Wingfield.