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Damn Right, I've Got the Blues

4.8 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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This guest-studded CD relaunched Buddy Guy's career and set him toward the pinnacle of contemporary blues. Despite turns from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and others, it's Guy who burns brightest--and loudest. He delivers roaring, exuberant performances of classic R&B ("Mustang Sally"), old-time blues ("Black Night"), and house rockers ("Where Is the Next One Coming From"). Most poignant, though, is his seven-minute instrumental "Rememberin' Stevie," which not only rekindles the fiery spirit of his own youth, but pays sensitive tribute to his late friend and admirer Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is the blueprint for Guy's current performing style. --Ted Drozdowski
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0000004XH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Buddy Guy played the Hard Rock Café in Bangkok in 1992, he was asked which present day `Blues' guitarists he liked. Buddy just laughed and said that he was the only real blues guitarist left, as everybody else was just in it for the money. He told the story of when he had followed Muddy Waters up to Chicago from Mississippi in the 50's. Muddy Waters was broke and Buddy wanted to be just like him, in fact on his first meeting with his idol, he claimed that Muddy had saved his life, as if he hadn't shared his dried salami & cheese with him the young Buddy Guy would have starved to death. For these of you wanting to hear some genuine `Blues' music, recorded in a modern studio with all the sound quality that this gives, this is the album for you. It was, unanimously, voted Blues album of the year by the Grammies in 1992. This album just reeks of class. Buddy used his basic road band of long time bassist Greg Rzab on bass, Mick Weaver on keyboards and Richie Hayward on drums (temporarily borrowed from Little Feat). The group went to Battery studios with producer John Porter, who does a superb job keeping the sound clear and precise. Several musicians stopped round during this period to pay their respects and add a lick here and a solo there. These people included the guitarists, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, plus the Memphis Horns. Strangely, one of the weaker moments on the album is "Early In The Morning" which has the Memphis Horns, Clapton & Beck on it. It leaves the feeling that perhaps it was left on the album just to add to the star rating, not for it's actual quality. The other low point on the album is a run through of Sir Mack Rice's "Mustang Sally", a fine song but Buddy does little to distinguish his version from the 500 other cover versions.Read more ›
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to a casual blues fan, buddy was living in relative obscurity till he released this cd in 1991. hardcore blues fans like myself already knew how great a singer/guitarist he was since he came on the scene back in the late 50's. then he came crashing thru with this cd! no longer would buddy guy be the best kept secret in the blues genre. his famous wild string bends are on display at the start of the cd on the title track, and throughout. his guitar playing on "too broke to spend the night" is incredible, showcasing blazing speed. his string bending technique is in full effect on "rememberin stevie", his tribute to the late stevie ray vaughan. the song starts slow and winds up gradually. just a beautiful instrumental track. other highlights include eddie boyd's often covered "five long years" and willie dixon's popular "let me love you baby". stevie ray also covered this song on his last cd before he died. i also enjoyed jeff beck's guitar work on "mustang sally". buddy's singing and playing are top-notch on this cd. no filler here. this cd started a run of successful work thru the 90's with silvertone records. it's amazing what he has accomplished here in his later years. thanks buddy for giving us all this great music to listen to. god bless!
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This lasts about 54 minutes. 4 tracks feature horns. There are three original Guy tracks. All are great. One- title track, 2- a slow moody instrumental dedicated to Stevie Ray Vaughan, 3-one of Guy's best songs and captures some ferocious guitar playing for 5 minutes and is called Too Broke Too Spend the Night. If you wanted to, you could fit all of these songs into contemporary blues music for either lyrics or music, but only six of the ten tracks fit in a traditional sense. There's 3 slow blues, including the instrumental track called Rememberin' Stevie, the classic Black Night{done by Willie Nelson and Dr. John later}and also Five Long Years another classic covered in Eric Clapton's all blues album From the Cradle. I don't want insult the great musicians on this album, but you could say the only truly remarkable thing about it is Buddy himself. At his top level of playing on this record he is definetely one of the best guitar players in blues. Ups: Alot of powerful vocals. The keyboards are used perfectly, not over or underdone. Let me love you baby is a song that was written by Willie Dixon and one of the last songs Steve Vaughan covered on record and one of Buddy's best recordings. There may be possible downs here for you,though it is all great music. In my opinion the extra guitar players were almost completely unhelpful, and were uneeded at any rate. Of course Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton didn't take anything away but your ears would have to put mine to shame to be able to distinguish them. Jeff Beck was clear but he didn't do anything Guy couldn't do. Bottom line is that these great guitarists were just for promotion and they probably knew it.Read more ›
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This is the CD that got me hooked on Buddy Guy. I have over 2000 CDs in my collection and I find myself pulling this one out over and over again! As the much younger sibling of and older brother and sister I started listening to all sorts of music in the early sixtys (I was born in '56). My older sister was a music fan and attended the last US Beatles show in SF when I was about 8 years old. I cut my teeth on Rock, Jazz, Blues, etc. and was seriously hooked by the time I was 14 or so. Back to Buddy...

Buddy Guy's guitar playing is always right on and this album is no exception. I not only look to the performance but I need to have a good mix and great sound quality as well. This CD has it all. I'm a Bass player and I love the bass line on Mustang Sally. In fact, this is my favorite cover of this song anyplace I have heard, bar none.

There might be better Buddy Guy CDs than this, but I would bet that if you don't like this one, you don't like the blues!
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