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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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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0040HJNKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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