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After decades of paying dues, Buddy Guy has emerged as the most heralded bluesman of his generation, a hugely influential guitarist and passionate, dynamic live performer. But Buddy started as a sideman, and toiled in the Chicago clubs for a decade before beginning his march to worldwide fame.

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  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Silvertone Records
  • ASIN: B000IU3YMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Way You Been Treating Me
2. Sit And Cry (The Blues)
3. This Is The End
4. Untitled Instrumental
5. First Time I Met The Blues
6. Ten Years Ago
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Disc: 2
1. Damn Right, I've Got The Blues
2. Mustang Sally
3. Five Long Years
4. Mary Ann
5. She's Nineteen Years Old
6. Miss Ida B
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Nobody Understands Me But My Guitar
2. Baby Please Don't Leave Me
3. Done Got Old
4. Honey Bee
5. Tramp
6. Crawlin' Kingsnake
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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Robert Cray says that Buddy Guy's guitar solos sound like laughter from space, but they can also peal like the cries of lost souls attempting to cross the River Styx. If these 47 songs on three CDs plus a DVD boasting a new 75-minute documentary and six performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival prove anything, it's that Guy is one of the most dynamic, diverse, expressionistic, and emotional guitarists--in any genre. The set neatly examines the 70-year-old Chicago blues legend's half-century career, starting with a ragged but soulful "The Way You Been Treating Me" cut in 1957 at a radio station in Guy's native Louisiana that finds him developing his searing, exploratory style. A year later, he's in Chicago working with tunesmith Willie Dixon, and the rest is history (chronicled in Anthony DeCurtis's excellent lines notes) that leads from the glory days of Chess Records to Guy's early breakout recordings for Vanguard to his modern-day mastery. The most recent recordings often find him working with acolytes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keb' Mo', Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, and John Mayer (who duets with Guy on the unreleased "I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled & Crazy"). B.B. King, who along with Guitar Slim was Guy's most important early influence, also joins Clapton and Guy on a stirring acoustic version of John Lee Hooker's "Crawlin' Kingsnake."

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Robert Cray says that Buddy Guy's guitar solos sound like laughter from space, but they can also peal like the cries of lost souls attempting to cross the River Styx. If these 47 songs on three CDs plus a DVD boasting a new 75-minute documentary and six performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival prove anything, it's that Guy is one of the most dynamic, diverse, expressionistic, and emotional guitarists--in any genre. The set neatly examines the 70-year-old Chicago blues legend's half-century career, starting with a ragged but soulful "The Way You Been Treating Me" cut in 1957 at a radio station in Guy's native Louisiana that finds him developing his searing, exploratory style. A year later, he's in Chicago working with tunesmith Willie Dixon, and the rest is history (chronicled in Anthony DeCurtis's excellent lines notes) that leads from the glory days of Chess Records to Guy's early breakout recordings for Vanguard to his modern-day mastery. The most recent recordings often find him working with acolytes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keb' Mo', Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, and John Mayer (who duets with Guy on the unreleased "I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled & Crazy"). B.B. King, who along with Guitar Slim was Guy's most important early influence, also joins Clapton and Guy on a stirring acoustic version of John Lee Hooker's "Crawlin' Kingsnake."

This set makes the argument for Guy's ever-continuing growth as a musician--not only as a player whose frenzy, improvisational instincts, and tonal control keep stretching with age, but as a stylist who was unafraid to put aside his trademark electric approach in 2003 to make the acoustic Blues Singer (represented here by "Bad Life Blues" and the Hooker tune) and to embrace primal North Mississippi juke joint music with Sweet Tea, which lends this set a pair of Junior Kimbrough covers. Guy's sole artistic weakness is his songwriting. He's never been prolific, and even in the '60s his lyrics drew on well-established clichés. But, as these performances attest, his playing's never been less than daring--and his voice knows every nuance of heartache and joy. --Ted Drozdowski

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Plus the booklet includes some great photos.
Blues Bro
Can't Quit the Blues is a fine box set that can be enjoyed by both hardcore fans of Buddy Guy, as well as casual fans of his music.
John Kellogg
The documentary is the best ever about Buddy and His life.
Stephen Anthony

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Anthony on November 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This package is advertised as a Boxed Set that includes a bonus DVD. For casual Buddy fans this may ring true, but for die hard Buddy fans it's all about the DVD. The documentary is the best ever about Buddy and His life. With extensive live footage throughout, you will sit in a state of awe as the "BEST GUITARIST" ever, frantically expels doses of raw emotion both vocally and with his guitar. The collection of songs on the CD's are great,but the price of the box set would be worth it, even if only the DVD was included. He's that moving "LIVE".
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Perry Celestino on April 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This Boxed Set is an excellent overview of Buddy Guy's career. It is well presented and has a comprehensive song selection but the absolute highlight is the DVD. Like Albert King, early B.B. King and just about everyone else, material on these legends is scarce! The DVD contains eleven performances from different stages of Guy's career. The first two are from Montreux in 1974 with Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins and Bill Wyman on Bass. This is a must because this set is not longer available in the States. Junior also plays his chromatic harp, in the style of Little Walter, on "Ten Years Ago" and they also do a slow version of Junior's "Hoodoo Man Blues" (a title, interestingly which came from a Louis Jordan tune). It is fantastic. Buddy plays through a solid state Japanese-made amp for the first time (they were the Montreux House Amps that year)and it has quite an unsual sound. It is similar to the one he had playing through the Leslie Speakers when his amp blew up while recording on Junior's original "Hoodoo Man" LP(1962). These two numbers remind me of seeing Buddy in NY in 1967 by himself (Jr and the Band didn't show up)he just carried on and played out the door of the Cafe Au GoGo with his long lead, just like in "Drownin' On Dry Land" in this set.

"Messin' with the Kid" and "Come On This House" are also gems from Montreux in 1978. On the first two tunes in 1974 they were essentially backing Muddy Waters (as they did in the 1950s) but here they are stars in their own right after the release of their early 1970s hit LP. It is great and features "Fast Fingers" Jimmy Dawkins on second Guitar (his only ever early video clip as far as I know! He is also featured on the recent Delmark release "Tail Dragger"). He plays a better solo on "Messin' With The Kid" than Buddy!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Kellogg on December 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this box set is not perfect, mainly for what was left out of it, but if you judge it for what they did put in it, I think the only conclusion you can come to is that it's a tremendous success.

Buddy Guy's career is going on 50 years, so for there to be only 13 tracks devoted to the first 25 years or so of his career is indeed leaving a lot out, but Silvertone has done a good job of cherry-picking the highlights of that era, including two tracks from Hoodoo Man Blues, on which Guy was a sideman to Junior Wells. Two discs would have been more appropriate for this pre-Silvertone work, but what has been crammed onto one disc does touch on the highlights of that time period.

The remaining two discs cover his Silvertone work, but again, there is nary a scrap of fat to be found. This is all prime Buddy Guy, rippling with electricity and raw emotion. For completists, there are a few unreleased tracks scattered throughout, and you know what? They're all good enough to make you wonder why they weren't released.

The DVD is very well produced, and for those who may have all of Guy's albums, this is what sells the box set. First, you get a 90 minute documentary featuring a very casual and relaxed Buddy Guy talking about everything from growing up in Louisiana, to seeing his first electric guitar, to the sight of a streaking Junior Wells. The interview is intertwined with performance footage (most of which can be seen in total in the concert footage section of the DVD).

In addition, the DVD has a section of complete live performances, the best of which probably being Buddy with Junior Wells at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By j to the vo on December 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I usually read reviews on Amazon, but have yet to write one... but I liked this 3 cd and 1 dvd package so much that I had to write my first review! People have to know about this set!

Like a lot of others have said, this is worth it to the huge Buddy Guy fan simply for the amazing dvd. The 80+ minute documentary has great performances and interviews with Buddy... also has 11 concert performances that haven't been available before. My favorite dvd track is Drowning on Dry Land which shows Buddy walking out into the crowd while still playing... this is one of the things I will always remember about watching Buddy live, and it's a nice to finally see a video of this. The dvd has songs that range from 1974 to 2004.... with a few acoustic songs thrown in.

The cds have 47 songs ranging from his first demo in 1957 to a few songs from his latest cd. There aren't really any weak songs on them!

I have 4 other Buddy Guy cds and found that this package gave me about 35 songs that I didn't have on cd already. For those of you who have all his cds, there are 6 songs previously unavailable on cd.

Great album notes, photos, biography are also here... the entire package is so well made!

It seems like there is finally a set that does justice to the legendary career of Mr. Guy!
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