Buddy's Baddest: The Best Of Buddy Guy

Buddy's Baddest: The Best Of Buddy Guy

by Buddy GuyBuddy Guy

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Overview

Buddy Guy revitalized his career when he signed with Silvertone Records in the early '90s. His first album for the label, Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, was a smash success, earning critical acclaim, awards, and sales hand over fist. Prior to that record, he was a legend only among blues fans; afterward, he was a star. Although it was a bit too rock-oriented and slick for purists, Damn Right was a terrific album, setting the pace not only for Guy but for modern electric blues in the '90s. As the decade wore on, Guy continued to make albums for Silvertone, some of them a little complacent, others quite excellent. Buddy's Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy attempts to summarize those years in 14 songs, including three previously unreleased cuts. Not surprisingly, the compilers favor the Guy of Damn Right, featuring four songs from the record and three from its soundalike sequel, Feels Like Rain. Only two tracks from Slippin' In, his hardest blues record for the label, made the cut, while the fine live album Live! The Real Deal and the misguided Heavy Love are represented by a track apiece. In other words, a lot of good stuff remains on the original albums, which is doubly unfortunate since the three unreleased cuts are all throwaways. By relying so heavily on two records, Buddy's Baddest doesn't wind up being an accurate portrait of Guy's Silvertone recordings. That doesn't mean it's a bad listen, since the first ten songs are all very good and quite entertaining. However, anyone who has Damn Right but wants to dig deeper into Guy's Silvertone albums may prefer to pick up Feels Like Rain, which offers more of the same crossover Chicago blues, or Slippin' In, which is the real deal.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2003
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 0828765358224
catalogNumber: 653582
Rank: 81904

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Beck   Electric Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
George Young   Alto Saxophone
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Renee Geyer   Background Vocals
Ray Allison   Drums
David Z.   Percussion
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Malcolm Duncan   Saxophone
Sid Gauld   Trumpet
Marty Grebb   Piano
David Grissom   Guitar
Richie Hayward   Drums
Jack Holder   Guitar
Scott Holt   Guitar
Neil Hubbard   Guitar
Chris Layton   Drums
Paul Ossola   Electric Bass
Bill Payne   Piano
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Leon Pendarvis   Organ
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Powers   Harp
Greg Rzab   Bass,Bass Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar
Tommy Shannon   Bass
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Mick Weaver   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Dennis Wilson   Trombone
Pete Wingfield   Piano
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Jonny Lang   Guitar,Vocals
Lew Del Gatto   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Braunagle   Percussion
Neil Sidwell   Trombone
David M. Smith   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Buddy Guy   Producer,Executive Producer
David Z.   Producer,Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Mel London   Composer
Tony Platt   Engineer
Don Robey   Composer
J. Hiatt   Composer
R. Geddins   Composer
Scott A. Cameron   Personal Manager

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