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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
A Man And The Blues
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on 18 April 2009
When buying a Buddy Guy record it seems easy to be quickly drowned in the abundance of compliation albums that seem to float around for him. So it's easy to miss that Buddy did have some cracking albums in him - and "A Man and the Blues" is definitely one of them.

Atmosphere is key on this album. A mellow, late night jazz club feel prevails here. Sure, it's blues music, but the arrangements and playing by his band are subtle and intricate. There is not much blues rock bluster here. Buddy responds with some playing that is fierce one minute and delicate the next. Much the same could be said for his singing. He certainly knows how to pile it on thick in one bar and then reign it all back in the next.

It's a cracking selection of tunes (I'm sure Stevie Ray Vaughan was of that view, as he took "Mary Had A Little Lamb" from this record). So if you're looking for a clever, colourful and stylish blues album I would recommend you start here.
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on 5 May 2012
I bought this album as Walter Trout recommended it as one of his favorite albums and I was'nt disappointed. I can see how Eric Clapton was influenced by Buddy and to some extent has a similar style. The guitar playing is very subtle and most of the tracks are long slow soulful blues with some great piano playing by Otis Spann. It was released in 1968 and probably influenced most of the great British guitar players of the time E.C. jeff Beck, Peter Green, John Mayall, Jimmy Page etc.
It's a wonderful piece of nostalgia but above all it's a great blues album by one of the great guitar blues players.
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on 30 October 2015
This is a must have in any blues collection - Buddy is on top form, first album on this new label
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on 5 February 2009
This is my favourite Buddy Guy album, and very different from what he has served up for the last couple of decades. A beautifully laid-back performance, supported by a top-notch band featuring the incomparable Otis Spann on piano. Buddy's playing is so subtle on this; it's a shame he tends to ham it up a bit these days, with impressions of SRV and EC.
If you've not heard this side of Buddy before, I can thoroughly recommend it (and his other Vanguard albums). You won't be disappointed!
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on 11 October 2005
Blues fans know all about Buddy Guy's talent but they also know about the inconsistency of his albums. Rest assured that buying this one will not be a let down. From the first note to the last this album is a treasure filled with some of the most sublime guitar playing that you'll ever hear, of any genre.
Personal highlights are One Room Country Shack, A Man And The Blues, Mary Had A Little Lamb and the song that got me hooked on Buddy in the first place(he played it live as guest at a Clapton gig), Money (That's What I Want).
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on 30 November 2015
Not bad from one of the best blues men
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on 7 June 2015
Nice to have but not more
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