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Following on from my recent reviews of Buddy Guy's last two albums Skin Deep and Bring Em In I decided to continue on from my aim to review all the albums I own from some of my favourite artists. Buddy Guy has been one of the most highly regarded Guitarists for some time and has racked up an incredibly impressive number of albums over his career spanning 50 years. My review is on arguably his most well known album Damn Right I've Got The Blues.
**Damn right I've Got The Blues**
Released in 1991 Damn Right I've Got The Blues saw Buddy Guy return to the success he had experienced in his earlier days with an album containing collaborations from guitar greats Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. Amongst Buddy Guy originals are a number of Blues classics and also included is a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan who was a friend of Buddy Guy before he died in 1990 in a tragic accident in Wisconsin.
1.) Damn Right I've Got The Blues
As an opening track this is just superb. It really draws you in for the rest of the album with it's awesome blues melody and aggressive guitar playing with Buddy's incredible vocals making the song just astonishing. If you have ever seen him perform this on Later with Jools Holland or any other Music show then you will know just how talented he is. An awesome start to the album.
2.) Where is the next one coming from?
This is another track which showcases his superb guitar playing. Although his vocals are not as powerful as they are on Damn Right I've got the blues they still give you an indication of his vocal talent. A very flowing track which has very good use of the bass guitar throught the melody.
3.) Five Long Years
This is a superb cover of BB King's classic track. To be honest I slightly prefer BB King's original but this is also a very fine version indeed which benefits from Buddy's Trademark guitar sounds. Not often do you get two artists versions of one song that are as good as these two are.
4.) Mustang Sally
An energetic cover of the Mack Rice original. This is a very lively track. Other artists to record this track include Solomon Burke, Sam and Dave, Wilson Picket and Muddy Waters. I really like the flow of this version and it also has a very dynamic quality to it which just adds to the appeal of the track.
5.) There is something on your mind
Big Jay McNeely originally performed this track and BB King has also recorded his own version of the track. This slow Blues melody combines with the vocals from Buddy to create a fantastic song which is touching both musically and vocally aswell as lyrically.
6.) Early In The Morning
This track features a jazzy big band blues style with Buddy's high pitched guitar tones. This is not the best track on the album due to it's shorter length at 3 minutes 11 seconds but features enough of Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton on guitar aswell as a very fine female vocal backing throught the track.
7.) Too Broke To Spend The Night
This has more than a nod to Stevie Ray Vaughan but still keeps that eruption vocally and on the guitar that is unmistably Buddy Guy. The vocals are up to the incredible standard of opening title track Damn Right I've Got The Blues. Another incredible track that just oozes the blues.
8.) Black Night
This is a fantastic track which has some gentle guitar sounds and the sound of the organ that are just gut wrenching. This is just an incredible track which shows just how good a guitarist and singer he is. Damn Right I've got the blues and Black Night are the best tracks on this album.
9.) Let Me Love You Baby
This is a very catchy fast paced Blues track which finds Buddy Guy in fine vocal form and he also provides ample evidence of his guitar talent. This is the Buddy Guy of his earlier career. A fine extended guitar solo adds a fine touch on the track.
10.) Rememberin' Stevie
This is a fabulous tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan who was a fan of Buddy Guy aswell as a good friend before his death a year before the album was released. Stevie was well known for his instrumentals and this is a fine instrumental which has Buddy playing around with a combination of a Stevie Ray Vaughan sound and his own sound.
This is a very fine album indeed that shows that Buddy Guy is one of most legendary musiciains of all time and also one of the greatest vocalists of all time too. The standout tracks on the album have to be the awesome title track, Black Night and the closing Rememberin Stevie. That said there are no bad tracks on the album and this is a very fine effort indeed that ranks as one of his best ever albums and one of the best blues albums of the 1990's.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Damn Right I've Got The Blues
2 Where Is The Next One Coming From
3 Five Long Years
4 Mustang Sally
5 There Is Something On Your Mind
6 Early In The Morning
7 Too Broke To Spend The Night
8 Black Night
9 Let Me Love You Baby
10 Rememberin' Stevie