ARTIST: Buddy Guy
TITLE: I Left My Blues in San Francisco
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Crazy Love, I Suffer with the Blues, Mother-in-Law Blues, Buddy’s Groove
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Buddy Guy and a lot of session musicians at the Chess studio – they didn’t keep good records.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Guy’s first full album is a blues and blues / soul workout.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Buddy Guy blazed a trail through the world when he toured with his trio, but Chess didn’t record him very often. Thus, this is the first album full album of his and is put together from sessions recorded at various points in the 60’s. Stylistically, it’s kind of all over the place, and not really rooted in San Francisco. There’s straight blues, and decent blues / soul hybrids.
Guitarists all over loved his solos, but this album rather neuters them as they either have to be succinct or a cut on the fade out. Still another issue is the sound quality – it’s kind of uneven since these were recorded at different times through the years.
But if you like the blues, give it a listen. It’s not prime quality Buddy Guy but it’ll work.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Leonard Chess thought Guy’s live style and tone was ‘garbage’ so he didn’t record as he played live. I guess that was Leonard’s loss.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: It’s good. It could be better. Guy has a lot of single compilations and live albums released later so picking through it could be interesting. I had to make sure this was his actual full length album debut after wading through a half dozen collections.