Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
DJ Play My Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop
There are guitar players. There are great guitar players. And then there is Buddy Guy. He simply transcends genre and musical barriers. Is he not just the best guitar player on the planet? Inventive...fleet fingered...imag... more »
There are guitar players. There are great guitar players. And then there is Buddy Guy. He simply transcends genre and musical barriers. Is he not just the best guitar player on the planet? Inventive...fleet fingered...imaginative ... exciting and `dangerous'. He's no slouch either as singer and songwriter (some of his very best of which is on this album). This album was cut in 1981. It was the third in a trio of JSP Buddy Guy albums. It's felt by many to be the best he's ever done - indeed, it's even been convincingly argued that it's better than any other blues album ever recorded. It just has so much. Loads of that amazing guitar - Buddy cuts loose on every track with no concession to `commerciality' nor `radio friendly' - some great new songs and a cooking band with brother Phil and a superbly recorded `toughness' to the sound. Why did Buddy record for the then little old JSP? Simple, label boss John Stedman phoned him and asked him. It was in one of those troughs when the obliteration of the Blues is confidently predicted. But while we're waiting for the `Next Big Thing' in the Blues world (and he or she is certainly out there somewhere) it's Buddy Guy's time in the limelight and never more deserved.
An overlooked gem, blues not rock
Standard Poodle | 07/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great surprise! I got this used as part of the JSP box of Buddy really cheap. Maybe I had low expectations as I had no knowledge of this, but it is a real blues record. Fans of the 1960's Buddy Guy will have cause for celebration, as he plays/sings in much the same style as he did for Chess and Vanguard - and even Delmark if you count the Jr. Wells recordings. Blues purists can safely get this and will enjoy it. If you have been frustrated by the the "modern" Buddy Guy (as I have), this is a treat. Of course it had been out on vinyl, but the sound on the cd is better and has been remixed as well as remastered. Ok, it's not perfect, but I would be elated to see him in concert and hear this!
I do like John Stedman's rememberance of how he got Buddy onto JSP all those years ago - he simply phoned Buddy and asked!
Don't be scared by the cover photo; this really is much more like the classic Buddy than the "Damn Right" Buddy of late. By the way, fans of histrionic guitar may want to listen first . . ."