Category: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy – Buddy and the Juniors

ARTIST: Buddy Guy MI0003190072

TITLE:  Buddy and the Juniors

YEAR RELEASED: 1970

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hoochie Koochie Man

LINEUP: Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Junior Mance

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Acoustic blues record featuring Guy on guitar, Wells on harmonica and Nance on piano.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Three friends and musicians get together and record an album one day in 1970. You can tell they love playing with each other, and jamming (which four of the songs are jams or originals done for this time).

Guy and Wells have played together forever, and trade their parts and lines back and forth, while Mance, only on a few cuts, puts his piano to good use as he blends in well with them.

I wish Nance was on more cuts. Guy and Wells are just fine, but they’ve done better and a couple of the jams kind of meander on. These were definitely first or few takes.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Mance is more known as a jazz pianist, but works well in the blues idiom.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-: A decent acoustic blues record meant for fans of Guy and Wells.

 

Buddy Guy – This Is Buddy Guy!

ARTIST: Buddy Guy R-3377431-1413831138-7635.jpeg

TITLE:  This Is Buddy Guy!

YEAR RELEASED: 1968

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Things I Used to Do, (You Give Me) Fever, Knock on Wood

LINEUP: Buddy Guy, George Alexander, Wayne Bennett, Aaron Corthern, Leslie Crawford, Bobby Fields, Phil Guy, Donald Hankins, Tim Kaihatsu, Ernie Johnson, Jessie Lewis, Glenway McTeer, Jack Myers, Otis Spann, Norman Spiller, Lonnie Taylor.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Live album from different venues showcase Buddy Guy playing and love for the blues.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Studio blues albums are nice, but where the blues live is on stage. Good live recordings can be more vital than pristine studio takes.

This is a great live recording that showcases Buddy’s guitar playing, vocals and crowd interaction. The eight songs cover blues, soul and pop standards done in a blues motif. Guy is exuberant, interacting with the crowds and firing them up.

Guy’s backing bands are solid (there are at least two dates represented here) and work well with the bluesman. The only check mark against this is that the sound quality is uneven – thanks to the different venues. However, this is a good live album to pick up to hear Guy’s solo live outings in the late 60’s

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the last solo Buddy Guy album until 1972. He released some collaborations with other bluesmen in between.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION:  No

GRADE: A-: The sound quality due to the different venues is an issue. A straight through live show would have been better, but we’ll take what we can get!

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.

 

Buddy Guy – I Left My Blues in San Francisco

ARTIST: Buddy Guy  ILeftMyBluesinSanFransisco.BuddyGuy
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.