Buddy Guy – A Man and the Blues

ARTIST: Buddy Guy 220px-A_Man_and_the_Blues

TITLE:  A Man and the Blues

YEAR RELEASED: 1968

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Mary Had a Little Lamb

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Money (That’s What I Want)

LINEUP: Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Wayne Bennet, Jack Myers, Donald Hankins, Aaron Corthen, Bobby Fields, Lonny Taylor, Fred Below

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First full-length album for a new record company finds Guy in full bloom as a bluesman for the time.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After leaving Chess, and the restrictions that Chess put on him for many years, Guy finds some artistic freedom at Vanguard and he exults in it.

This album is a joyous exercise the in the blues. Guy is in full voice and his guitar playing is expressive. Whatever problems Leonard Chess had with his tone and style are forgotten. Guy sounds like the bluesman that many contemporary stars loved (Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck practically worshiped at his feet.)

Despite the mod, psychedelic cover, this is pure blues with no late 60’s type flourishes. The only issue is sequencing – the slow blues on side two stacked together slow down the momentum.

NOTES & MINUTAE: Yes, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is guys interpretation of the nursery rhyme. Stevie Ray Vaughan  covered it almosty note for note.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION:  No

GRADE: A-: A great blues album – the sequencing could be a tad better. That’s my only complaint, really.

 

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