ARTIST: Buddy Guy
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.