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Buddy Guy is regarded as one of the pioneers of Blues with a voice with the passion, verve and vigour to match the incredible guitar playing. One thing he is known for is using drumsticks as a plectrum to create a different sound than usual. He is highly regarded by fellow guitar legends and Jimi Hendrix is said to have cancelled a concert to go and see Buddy Guy play. Now aged 72 Buddy Guy has a remarkably high output recently with numerous tours and music festivals aswell and a number of albums since the turn of the century.
Released on July 22, 2008 Skin Deep is the latest album from Buddy Guy and features collaborations from some very well known names including The Memphis Horns, Willie Mitchell, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph and Quinn Sullivan. Skin Deep is his first album since Bring Em In three years ago. Skin Deep features 12 tracks and captures musical virtuosity with emotive lyrics and a superb flow.
1.) Best Damn Fool
This is a fantastic opening to Skin Deep, A funky track which has a great flow and the guitar instantly pulls you in and keeps you hooked throught the song. The track is moving along nicely when Buddy just goes on one long incredible guitar solo which amazes. A great opening track and a superb indication of what's to come.
2.) Too Many Tears
This is a fantastic track which features Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks who are married. A very flowing track which is complimented by a great bass hook and emotive vocals from Susan Tedeschi. Too Many Tears is Not as instantly striking as some of the best on Skin Deep but a very good track indeed.
3.) Lyin like a dog
When this album arrived from amazon I was spellbound by this track in particular and the cd did not leave the player for a couple of weeks. This has a real aching blues feel to it and then the mesmeric guitar playing comes in to end all doubt about how incredible this track is. Some of the greatest guitar playing I have ever heard that made me transfixed when I first heard it.
4.) Show me the money
This is a funky track which is the most similar to his previous material. A very flowing track with some great female backing vocals and honky tonk piano with superb guitar playing yet again. This has such potential as a live track as it has so much verve to it.
5.) Everytime I sing the blues
This is a fantastic duet with another guitar legend in Eric Clapton, The two guitar gods combine together brilliantly to create a fantastic track which is one of the best tracks on the album. It is also the longest track on the album at 7.37 which is 10 seconds longer than Lyin like a dog.
6.) Out in the Woods - Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph
This is a fantastic track which features the talent of pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. This track has a great bite to it with the dark undertones of the steel guitar which is all about the blues. The song really develops when the drums come in as the overall musical experience blends together.
7.) Hammer and a Nail
This is one of the catchiest Buddy Songs I have heard, It's only a short 2 minutes 57 seconds but packs in enough to have a great appeal. A very funky track which although could be a little better if it was extended is a very decent track indeed. Genius guitar playing yet again.
8.) That's My Home - Buddy Guy, , Robert Randolph
This is blues with an element of country which works suprisingly well but is probably the least outstanding track on the album, Robert Randoplh provides a good addition but there is not enough of that Buddy Guy spark to bring this to the all around level of the best tracks on Skin Deep.
9.) Skin Deep - Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks
This is a fantastic collaboration with Derek Trucks and is a very emotive anti racism ballad which tells the story of how Buddy himself has experienced racism in his life. These lyrics sum up the message of the song. "Skin Deep
Skin Deep Underneath we're all the same
Skin Deep, Skin Deep Underneath we're all the same
We're all of the same"
10.) Who's Gonna Fill Those Shoes
This track features Quinn Sullivan and is a tribute to Buddy's Blues influences like Sun House and Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. Buddy is asking who is going to fill the shoes of these blues pioneers. Buddy Guy is so modest as he is cleary a Blues Pioneer himself.
11.) Smell the Funk
This is not one of the most instantly appealing tracks on Skin Deep as his vocals are not as incredible and to the fore as on other tracks but his guitar playing is as good as ever and the overall musical feel is very good.
12.) I Found Happiness
This has the blues all over this track, A slow heartwrenching rythmn is joined by his vocals and guitar. A superbly emotive blues ballad which really showcases the power of his voice and guitar playing. A great end to Skin Deep.
Buddy Guy may be 72 years old but Skin Deep proves without any arguments that he can still perform as incredibly as ever and still has the passion and as importantly the lyrics. Skin Deep is one of the best albums of 2008 and deserves it's critical acclaim. Buddy Guy is one hell of a Blues Legend who is so talented that it may make you sick that he can still sing and play like that at 72 years old. He is still touring as much as he has ever done and is working with some of the best talents in the Blues field.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Best Damn Fool
2 Too Many Tears - Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks
3 Lyin' Like a Dog
4 Show Me the Money
5 Every Time I Sing the Blues - Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy
6 Out in the Woods - Buddy Guy, , Robert Randolph
7 Hammer and a Nail
8 That's My Home - Buddy Guy, , Robert Randolph
9 Skin Deep - Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks
10 Who's Gonna Fill Those Shoes
11 Smell the Funk
12 I Found Happiness