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Man & The Blues

Buddy GuyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 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, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Man And The Blues
2. I Can't Quit The Blues
3. Money (That's What I Want)
4. One Room Country Shack
5. Mary Had A Little Lamb
6. Just Playing My Axe
7. Sweet Little Angel
8. Worry, Worry
9. Jam On Monday Morning

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Buddy Guy's greatest album is also his debut full-length session as a leader. "One Room Country Shack," "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (a Stevie Ray Vaughan favorite), "Sweet Little Angel," and "Worry, Worry" are defining songs, full of high-wire vocal dynamics and guitar work of almost balletic poise. The tone of Guy's 1957 Fender six-string remains the benchmark for nearly every blues player who's since hefted a Stratocaster. This CD is as tasteful and dramatic as Guy's 1990s performances are brash and assaultive. Producer Samuel Charters, the noted blues historian, caught Guy just as he was emerging from the shadow of B.B. King and Muddy Waters, and provided an excellent cast of supporting musicians, including the underrated guitar genius Wayne Bennett, gritty piano virtuoso Otis Spann, and Muddy's redoubtable drummer Fred Below. The results are blues perfection. --Ted Drozdowski

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man and the Blues... In Full April 6, 2002
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This album does a bunch of things. It is perhaps the seminal work of what musicologists call "second-generation Chicago blues." This is the blues form which remains the template for most popular blues produced today. In these performances, Mr. Guy alloys soul and rock figures with the Chicago blues vernacular. As a result, his album released blues to a truly pan-racial and cross-generational following. Most had never witnessed real blues music before. Mr. Guy's fret-board work illustrates the liquid tone possible from that pre-eminent electric guitar, the Fender Stratocaster. His technique transducts the passions of his elders uncorrupted. We hear them today from the hands of hundreds of young guitarists. This is the record that certified Buddy Guy's career. He is arguably the most original blues performer alive.
For some listeners this album has been something of a millstone around Mr. Guy's neck. His successive albums never reached the elegance of this one. Need they? Today, thirty-five years afterwards, blues production values have evolved. Mr. Guy's blues are evolving too. His 2001 release "Sweet Tea" blends the sensibilities of rap and alternative with the newly fashionable product called "electric Delta." "Sweet Tea" hasn't the irreducible beauty of "A Man and the Blues." Yet it does show Buddy Guy's intensity as synthesist and artist little diminished.
Some would eject Bach or Mozart into space for other civilizations to evaluate us with. I'd send "A Man and the Blues."
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5.0 out of 5 stars probably Guy's best solo effort January 12, 2006
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I was shocked to find that Buddy Guy's "A Man and the Blues," only had a handful of reviews. This is an essential recording that should be in any Blues collection. First, the guitar work is powerful. Guy's Fender Strat plays clean, thin and nimble lead work. Second, the vocals are compelling. Buddy Guy's voice was strongest during his early career. Here, his voice is high pitched, clean and full of soul. Third, the song choice is tops. There are no weak songs on "A Man and the Blues." 'One Room Country Shack' could be a definitive statement of what the Blues is all about. Many of the fast blues tunes like 'I Can't Quit The Blues' 'Money' and 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' are three minute parties. The brass brings so much to the danceable feel-good grooves. The disc has a beautiful retelling of the standard 'Sweet Little Angel.' The only drawback to this 1967 recording is the length -it's too short. It all comes down to guitar work, vocals and song choice. For these three reasons, Buddy Guy's first was probably his best solo effort and it should be in your Blues collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars defines electric blues June 27, 2005
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this album is very very very special. you can feel that magic throughout the album.

having played as a guitarist for many blues stalwarts including muddy waters, this was buddy guy's first outing as a band leader. and what an album it is!

the fretwork is not the screaming blues of say, stevie ray. rather it is the controlled fury, delicate and subtle but always straining at the leash, of a master guitarist who knew how to maximize the potential of the "bell tone" of a fender stratocaster. almost every song on this album is a killer - but "one room country shack" is in its own class - the quintessential blues number which has seldom been surpassed in its genre.

if you like the electric guitar or the blues - get this album!

also check out the other killer albums of buddy - stone crazy (where buddy totally cuts loose with a gibson es-335) and hoodoo man blues (his best collaboration with junior wells).

btw the amazon reviewer is not right in saying that buddy uses a 57 strat - it is rather a 58 strat - because it was only in 1958 that fender came out with a three tone sunburst which buddy's strat obviously is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic blues that's as subtle as jazz November 3, 2013
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Eric Clapton called him the "greatest blues guitarist ever."

On his first trip to England, Rod Stewart volunteered to be his valet.

Jimi Hendrix said of him, "Heaven is lying at his feet while listening to him play guitar."

The musician that these giants raved about --- and women adored --- is less famous than he ought to be. But how, with such praise, can that be? Second-rate talents with decent marketing and a bit of luck are famous, at least for a while --- if Buddy Guy is among the greats, why don't we know him, why can't we name any of his hits?

In part, because Buddy Guy is the king of Chicago blues, a genre at once rough and tender, down-home and ultra-knowing, and, at its core, black as the skin of the darkest field hand in Mississippi --- and thus not of interest to the mass audience until some skinny white guy is stroking that Fender six-string Stratocaster.

And, in part, because Guy and his producers botched his career. He came to Chicago from Louisiana: "I was so far out in the country, man. We didn't have running water, no electric lights, no radio, and I didn't know nothing about no electric guitar. We used to get the catalogs, like from Sears, and that's how our mother would order our clothes. Didn't have no stores there to buy clothes from."

He started playing professionally in Baton Rouge, won a contest, headed north. In the early 1960s, when some of the best Chicago blues records were made, he was a session guitarist; anything fancy he played was mixed down.

By the mid-l960s, Buddy Guy was Jimi Hendrix before there was a Hendrix; he would pick the guitar with his teeth and play it over his head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
This is one of the first two albums (yes, vinyl) that set me on the path to discovering the world of the blues. The photo of Buddy Guy on the cover speaks volumes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David J. French
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Blues
I rarely review purchases but I just had to add my thoughts on this album. I have tried hard to find another blues album that can replicate what Buddy Guy does here but I just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Ginzer
4.0 out of 5 stars my first
this has been my 1st introduction to Buddy Guy, and I do Love most of the songs. Songs like "One-Room County Shack" are worth the price of the CD alone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by excellent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album from One of the Top 10 Guitarists of all time!
Buddy Guy's probably one of the best at his craft. The album captures both the hard-driving sound and the essence of traditional blues. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pearl6377
5.0 out of 5 stars early buddy
the cd cover some of buddys early work,its kinda nice to go back and hear some good old blues.before buddy got wild this cd keeps him in check.any blues fan wll enjoy this set.
Published 8 months ago by fred j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Buddy is amazing on this one. I'm probably not telling anything most people don't already know though. Highly recommend this one as a staple in any blues collection!!
Published 18 months ago by lost-out
5.0 out of 5 stars an album you just gotta hear !
Buddy Guy - A Man & The Blues, Vanguard Records, 1968

Here is "THE" template for modern blues inspired performers!. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James W. Unger
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Guy - Legendary Album
I have been a Buddy Guy fan for years, but have just become exploring some of his older works. This album is considered a classic by many and I have certainly gotten a lot of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars BUDDY GUY
Buddy Guy at his pre-over-driven best. Some of the sweetest licks and Strat sounds he has ever laid down. I had been looking for this collection for years!!!! Thanks for the tunes.
Published 23 months ago by Donald Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy guy tears it up
Well i call this the soul blues album and buddy guy tears up the blues on this album buddy guy is also a legend and he lets his axe do all the talking this album you put in your... Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by jeff
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