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Live at Legends

Live at Legends

by Buddy GuyBuddy Guy


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Live at Legends captures the raging bluesman during a blistering set at his club in early 2010, playing pretty much exactly what you'd expect: "Damn Right I Got the Blues," "Best Damn Fool," and medleys of "I Just Want to Make Love to You/Chicken Heads," "Boom Boom/Strange Brew," and "Voodoo Chile/Sunshine of Your Love." That said, this isn't a complaint. While it's true that Guy and his crack band have his show down cold -- this same basic set has been around for at least a decade with some additions and substitutions made while on tour playing larger venues -- they throw down each and every time. Given that this is his club, the senses of immediacy and a certain closeness are present here whereas they're missing on other live recordings. While Legends isn't exactly an intimate venue, it's a lot smaller than many of the places Guy plays every year. The sound is great, it keeps the raw edges and Guy tears the guitar to pieces throughout. What's interesting is that the live cuts make up only about 34 minutes of this recording and comprise only eight cuts. The other three are all new studio recordings cut in Nashville a couple of months after this gig, with help from some stellar studio aces including famed guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely/John Mellencamp), Reese Wynans on B-3, his own pianist Marty Sammon, and bassists Michael Rhodes or Tommy Macdonald with drummer Tom Hambridge. "Polka Dot Love" is a slow Guy blues played in overdrive, with excellent interplay between him and Grissom. "Coming for You" (penned by Delbert McClinton) adds the Memphis Horns to the mix, in what amounts to a freewheeling, blues, rock, and funk jam. The closer is a soulful reading of Muddy Waters' "Country Boy," in which Guy looks deeply into the original version for inspiration. Why this set is assembled like this is a puzzler, but Guy's motivations have puzzled fans and critics since the very beginning. For the faithful, this amounts to a necessary "new" Buddy Guy recording.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887654376220
catalogNumber: 543762
Rank: 34479


  1. Intro
  2. Best Damn Fool
  3. Mannish Boy
  4. I Just Want to Make Love to You/Chicken Heads
  5. Skin Deep
  6. Damn Right I Got the Blues
  7. Boom Boom/Strange Brew
  8. Voodoo Chile/Sunshine of Your Love/Keep on Truckin'
  9. Polka Dot Love
  10. Coming for You
  11. Country Boy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tim Austin   Drums
David Grissom   Guitar
Jack Hale   Trombone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Reese Wynans   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Tom McGinley   Tenor Saxophone
Marty Sammon   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Orlando Wright   Bass
Marty Samma   Background Vocals
Rick Hall   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Buddy Guy   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Delbert McClinton   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
Bobby Rush   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Leonard Caston   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Colin Linden   Engineer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Felix Pappalardi   Composer
Gail Collins   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Anita Poree   Composer
Michael Ways   Licensing
Vance Powell   Producer
Tom Marker   Introduction
John Netti   Producer
Gilbert Garza   Guitar Techician
Melvin London   Composer
Michael Maxson   Engineer
Philip Vaandrager   Monitor Engineer

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