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Blues Singer

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Genre: Blues Music
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Release Date: 3-JUN-2003

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Not known for his acoustic work, Buddy Guy unplugs for a rare album-length excursion into folk blues. Continuing the rootsy, bare-bones approach that made 2001’s electric Sweet Tea (also produced by Dennis Herring) so gutsy and memorable, the guitarist gets down and dirty with 12 tracks that sound like they were recorded after hours in his living room or on his back porch. Guy’s stinging leads are still evident as is his emotive voice, but both are less flamboyant in the unplugged setting. Accompanied by spare stand-up bass and brushed drums, Guy sounds nearly possessed on covers from Skip James ("Hard Time Killing Floor"), Johnny Shines ("Moanin’ and Groanin’"), Son House ("Louise McGhee"), and John Lee Hooker ("Sally Mae") among others. It’s a low-key, low-down affair made for late nights, rainy days, and the saddest of moods. Guy is just as convincing here--arguably more so--as on his barnstorming electric albums, making Blues Singer one of the bravest and most poignant albums in his catalog. --Hal Horowitz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B00009EIQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I counted the days for this CD to arrive and I was not disappointed. BG follows up with more acoustic work after "Done Got Old" on Sweat Tea. I just recently read and interview with Buddy and he said at his concerts if he plays too much acoustic people want more electic, if he plays too much electric people want more acoustic. In my book, he can play whatever guitar he wants and it all sounds great. BG gives you his all no matter what he plays and a history lesson in blues while he's at it. My advice...buy whatever BG CDs you can. There's always at least a couple of amazing songs on each one. And if you don't like it you may be introduced to the blues of Junior Kimbrough or Son House or who knows???
Blues Singer was worth the wait. I love Lucy Mae Blues, Louis McGhee, Sally Mae, Lonesome Home Blues...hell I love them all!!!!
If you can't buy all of BG's CDs, a good starter course is Slippin' In, Sweat Tea, and at least one with Junior Wells CD(Alone and Acoustic is a great compliment to Blues Singer). I would also recommend Muddy Waters Folk Singer that Buddy played on when he was just a kid.
And if BG is in your town, go see him live. You will not be disappointed! He's 66 years old and can still kick bum on his polka dot strat!!!!
What more can I say, but thanks Buddy Guy and keep 'em coming!!!!
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I read too many reviews where the first line beings to the effect of "The album wasn't as good as [the last]..." or "...If you like the style of [the previous]..." But, seriously, who cares? If you like Buddy Guy, whether you like his first album or his last, you will like this album. If you like the blues, you may have even more of an appreciation for it. "Blues Singer" is a well recorded, great sounding album containing some of BG's best blues, electric or not.
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Buddy Guy is one of the great Blues legends, so almost anything he does is going to be worth your time. This album is no exception. I've covered enough ground in the Blues genre to know good acoustic music when I hear it. Buddy Guy sings with feeling and well-nigh grace, and, I may be wrong, but I think I heard a little guitar in there too.
What I particularly appreciate about this album is that it is consistently good throughout. So many blues albums these days have a few good tracks, with the rest being rather unbearable. This, by contrast, is made up of mostly blues standards, and Buddy Guy brings credit to them all. So while this album can't claim high marks for being artistically original. It will suit you just fine if you're looking to chill out to a fantastic acoustic sound.
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I have to admit I was a little hesitant about this cd when I heard it was all acoustic. I love Buddys stinging and blistering electric guitar solos, but man oh man is this cd a real blues treat! Buddy Guy is the real deal and he has no problem proving it here! Eric Clapton and BB King lend a hand on "Crawlin' Kingsnake", and Clapton plays on "Lucy Mae Blues" as well. Buddy's vocals are right on and at times make your spine tingle as you really find out here what the blues are all about. Every song on this one is great, my favorites being "Crawlin' Kingsnake", "Moanin' and Groanin'", and "Black Cat Blues". If you love the blues then this cd will definetly put you in blues heaven! Thanks for the great music Buddy!
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Having been a long-time fan of all of Buddy's work from the 50s to the present and having seen him live a couple dozen times at least including some January Legends shows, I must say that I think this new record is going to be truly legendary. Of course, while he is best known for his electric guitar wizardry, this acoustic sampling is just f'n amazing -- it's haunting and it's all Buddy. It's pretty amazing to hear some of these reviewers call this a sell-out record done for marketing purposes and questioning why he did an acoustic record. Why did he unplug? Because HE CAN. Get a clue, man. He has gained more than enough musical credibility in my book to do whatever the hell he wants to do. To say that he is trying to sound like someone else? That's a real laugh! With this record, he has merely summoned the spirits of all the old time players and you can hear that in the heartbeat of every song. Sure, I'd love to see Buddy do a pure electric record with just him, a bass player and a drummer � what fan wouldn't? This acoustic record is a mf'r, though -- I think we might just be on the verge of seeing a legend receive the true acclaim that he is so long overdue.
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Blues neophytes who jumped on the Buddy Guy bandwagon with his last album, the overpraised "Sweet Tea" will doubtless be scratching their heads at the living legend's new disc, "Blues Singer." This disc is a low-key, acoustic tip of the cap to blues masters of the past. Make that very low-key. Guy's guitar is strictly by-the-book and unobtrusive on this unplugged effort; in fact, the guitar tends to be mixed so low you wonder what they were thinking. But really, that was the point: it's called "Blues Singer", after all, and the spotlight is on Guy's laid-back but very effective vocals on these 12 covers that range from well-known to relatively obscure blues songs. Obviously, the inspiration is Muddy Waters' early '60s "Folk Singer" album, on which Guy contributed tasteful acoustic guitar. Nothing wrong with that. So, think "Folk Singer" but also Guy's off-the-cuff acoustic teaming with the great Junior Wells on "Alone and Acoustic", recorded in 1981 and available on Alligator. Hushed, deliberate, reverential but mostly effective. On "Blues Singer" Guy does a fine job aping Skip James' falsetto vocals on the lead track, "Hard Time Killing Floor." There are also three John Lee Hooker tunes, a Frankie Lee Sims cover, a little Robert Nighthawk and, of course, a nod to Muddy on "I Love the Life I Live." Also, there's a really nice rendering of a Son House tune, "Louise McGhee". Jimbo Mathus provides guitar help on nearly every cut, and exactly half the tunes have rhythm supplied by drums (Jim Keltner) and upright bass. Electric? Nope. Fast-paced? Uh-uh. Impassioned? Only partly.Read more ›
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