Buddy's Blues

Buddy's Blues

by Buddy GuyBuddy Guy


As part of MCA's Chess Records 50th Anniversary series, Buddy's Blues sweats Guy's multi-disc retrospective, The Complete Chess Studio Recordings down to a scintillating 15-track package and comes up with a bare-bones winner. There are loads of great guitar on classics like "First Time I Met the Blues," "Let Me Love You Baby," "Pretty Baby," "My Time After Awhile," "Stone Crazy," and Guy's voice is at its whiplash exuberant best. Unexpected bonuses pop up in the comp's kickoff track, a full-length version of "Worried Mind," issued here without the overdubbed applause and crowd noises that accompanied its original release on Folk Festival of the Blues (see Muddy Waters' entry). Also noteworthy is Junior Wells' appearance on chromatic harp on "Ten Years Ago," and Guy's stellar guitar behind Lacy Gibson's vocal on a Buddy Guy original, "My Love Is Real." And special note must also be made of the spacious stereo mixes used on this compilation, making these 30-year-old-plus tracks shine like diamonds coming off the laser beam. We also experience all the stylistic turns toward a kinship with the burgeoning soul and rock scenes that Guy would make toward the end of his Chess tenure, along with the smoking slow burners that are his trademark, some of which clock in at four to six minutes here. With his very best tracks compiled on one disc, and with beautiful transfers of them to enhance the listening experience, this should be one of your very first stops in absorbing the sides that made Buddy Guy's reputation among blues fans and guitar aficionados the world over.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/1997
Label: Chess
UPC: 0076732937426
catalogNumber: 9374

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Junior Wells   Harmonica
Phil Upchurch   Bass
Gene Barge   Tenor Saxophone
Lefty Bates   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Milton Bland   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Caston   Organ,Piano
Duncan   Drums
Jarrett Gibson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lacy Gibson   Guitar,Vocals
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Clifton James   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Organ,Piano
Abe Locke   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Meyers   Bass
Bob Neely   Tenor Saxophone
Otis Spann   Piano
Charles Stepney   Drums
Leroy Stewart   Bass
Phil Thomas   Drums
Murray Watson   Trumpet
Sonny Turner   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Buddy Guy   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Gene Barge   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Reggie Young   Composer
Ron Badger   Composer
Sheldon Feinberg   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Ronald Bager   Composer

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