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Living Proof

Buddy GuyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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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 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0040HJNKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 74 Years Young
2. Thank Me Someday
3. On The Road
4. Stay Around A Little Longer (Featuring B.B. King)
5. Key Don't Fit
6. Living Proof
7. Where The Blues Begins (Featuring Carlos Santana)
8. Too Soon
9. Everybody's Got To Go
10. Let The Door Knob Hit Ya
11. Guess What
12. Skanky

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2010 album from the legendary Blues guitarist. Featuring guest appearances from B.B. King and Carlos Santana.

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128 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUITE POSSIBLY CAREER DEFINING October 13, 2010
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This triumphant album opens with the song "74 Years Young." The song begins quietly as Buddy looks back at his life. But when he hits the bridge he lays down a savage guitar solo that: a) owes as much to Link Wray as it does to the blues and b) displays what 74 years young really means. This song is followed by another autobiographical song where he tells the story of his early life in Louisiana where, as a child, he taught himself to play a two-string guitar. Again, a blistering lead is the musical centerpiece. Track three, "On The Road" is a more "conventional" blues work-up, horns and all. Another fantastic track, where, after the fade at the end, one can hear a band-member saying "Yeah" in appreciation. Track four is the duet with B.B. King. It's pure magic. And the coda, where Buddy and B.B. speak to one another, is just about as moving a moment as one can find in recorded music. In the duet with Carlos Santana, Buddy shows he can do Latin rhythms side-by-side with the master. And so it goes for an hour or so, one great track after another.

Frankly, I can find possibly only one track, "Too Soon" that might be just a tad too tame or formulaic. But this is followed by the terrific final fours songs on the album, which include "Let The Door Hit Ya" and "Guess What" (both with Buddy in full sexual swagger). So one possibly formulaic song in an hour's worth of new music is a something I will take any day of the week.

An argument could be mounted that this is Buddy's career defining album. At 74, his skills are still intact and he remains a consummate songwriter, with something new to offer, both in his lyrics and certainly in his music.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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Though Buddy dedicates this CD to the fact that he's *SEVENTY-FOUR-YEARS-OLD*... his one of a kind electric blues performance says more than words can ever hope to... that he is absolutely ageless. His emanating power... song selection... which melds lyrics... voice... and mind boggling electrical guitar dominance... speaks of a man one-third his age with blues talent that has to come straight from the Lord. Way before you've even finished listening to this instant electric blues classic for the first time... a true lover of electric blues is thinking and praying way past the obvious next move of playing it again... you're selfishly dreaming of his next CD.

His voice and enthusiasm are a marvel unto itself... and as a lifetime electric blues lover I can wholeheartedly say that the way he bends the strings and squeezes out a sound... that one can easily imagine being similar to a muscular blacksmith or iron worker reshaping steel girders into musical electric blues with the mere strength of his hands.

1) 74 YEARS YOUNG - Buddy tells you "WHEN IT COMES TO LOVIN I AIN'T EVER DONE. I'M SEVENTY-FOUR-YEARS-YOUNG". His power will make anyone a believer.

2) THANK ME SOMEDAY - This has a John Lee Hooker "Boom-Boom" beat and Buddy proceeds to tell you the story of his youth in Louisiana.

3) ON THE ROAD - Foot tapping-guitar snapping. *CARS/MY BABY/THUNDER & LIGHTNING-UNDER-THE-HOOD* on the road. Coincidentally there's *THUNDER & LIGHTNING* in Buddy's guitar.

4) STAY AROUND A LITTLE LONGER - Soft, sweet and mellow. Buddy and B.B. King. Reminiscent of B.B.'s CD "Blues On The Bayou". Note: the video (not part of this CD package) is priceless with the body language and expressions of these two blues titans.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been a dog, and I've been a tomcat... November 13, 2010
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Ever since Buddy revitalized his recording career with 1991's Damn Right, I've Got the Blues (Expanded Edition), music lovers have been treated to one live grenade after another. The latest, "Living Proof," shows that Buddy isn't slowing down, he's only getting better and better. The opener, "74 Years Young," starts off seductively with just Buddy and his acoustic guitar. He's teasing, he's motioning you toward the place where he's coiled in the grass like the king of all crawling kingsnakes, and at the 3 minute mark, BLAM...shock & awe, Buddy in full electric mode, shredding everything in his path. I can see that grin, that big ear-to-ear expression of joy that Buddy gets when he knows he's got you right where he wants you.

Life is good. Buddy's back with a new album that should equally inspire and terrify every guitarist on the planet.

The next track, "Thank Me Someday," stomps and lumbers along in glorious Muddy mode, in the style of "Rolling Stone" and "Two Trains Coming." Is that a red house over yonder? Buddy yells "LISTEN! LISTEN TO ME" as he effortlessly peels the paint from the walls with a slow solo that morphs into an a rapid-fire whirlwind of arpeggios. Damn RIGHT he's got the blues.

"On The Road" is a laid-back shuffle that is reminiscent of Albert King and the Clapton-Green-Taylor era of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, but it's still pure Buddy. Two and a half minutes, there's the solo...we're only up to the third track and Buddy has already delivered 300% of your minimum daily requirement of mind-numbing, awe-inspiring blues guitar solos.

"Stay Around A Little Longer"...Buddy's duet with B.B. King...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music
Published 19 hours ago by Jimmy Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Gett'n serious about the Blues
I have to admit this cd does not get the play time it deserves ! of all of the releases in that last few years this one is my favorite, songs that hit home and talk to ya ! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Chris Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product. Good service.
Published 1 month ago by Annette P. Windham
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this cd for the song Living Proof. ...
I bought this cd for the song Living Proof. That song really speaks to me. All the rest is gravy.
Published 2 months ago by Lady lugubrious
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Guy is THE GUY
I wasn't sure what to expect from this album. Yes, of course, it is Buddy Guy so it will certainly be good, but this is really Buddy Guy at his best.
Published 3 months ago by S. Beers
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved it
Published 3 months ago by Nat Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Blues from our Buddy
Buddy rivals Eric Clapton for his guitar skills. I've been a fan for years. If you like Stevie Rae Vaughn or Kenny Wayne Shepard why not try the man they all copied. Read more
Published 5 months ago by frank camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love the man!
Excellent choice for anyone who loves Buddy and the Blues - fresh and entertaining! Be sure to add to your collection.
Published 5 months ago by Metal Man Walking
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy guy living proof
Just tremendous . Great playing, great tunes, great vocals. I guess he is just warming up. Great mixing in of some r and b and ballads with his electric blues power. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steven k
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording
Really enjoyed this CD. I have been a fan of BG for a long time. This is an excellent representation of what he is capable of. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim Robinson
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Why does Buddy never finish his songs in concert and/or goof around too...
Uhh, I think it's called transendence. Or send you into a dense trance. Whatever you call it, Buddy still got it!
Nov 3, 2010 by Johnny G |  See all 8 posts
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