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At the age of 64 years old most people would be looking forward to retirement, Not though it seems in the Blues world with Buddy Guy and several other well known artists recording and touring well into their 60's and even into their 70's and beyond with the fine example of BB King who is still going strong at 83 years old. Buddy Guy's recent albums have been amongst the most critically acclaimed material of his career.
I requested this album after looking for other Buddy Guy albums after buying Skin Deep, Bring Em In and Damn Right I've Got The Blues. I have also requested Blues Singer from 2003 and will review it very soon. I will also review more Buddy Guy albums when I have listened to them.
Buddy Guy released Sweet Tea on 14th May 2001, The album was released on the Silvertone Record label which is a well known Blues label. Sweet Tea was Produced by Dennis Herring. The album includes some accomplished musicians in the band the lineup includes Jimbo Mathus, Bobby Whitlock, Sam Carr and Davey Faragher.
1.) Done Got Old
Buddy draws you in with the first lines of the album "well, I done got old, can't do the things I used to, cause I'm a old man, and I'm not the same". The music on this track is not really an indication of things to come as Buddy's voice is only joined by his guitar on this opening track. His voice is emotive and really gives a sense of the deep feeling on the track.
2.) Baby Please Don't Leave Me
This is an incredible track, It opens up with a plodding drum beat which is joined by a fantastic bass guitar hook which is then followed by the eruption of Buddy Guy's guitar. This track is pure sonic bliss and the cream of the track is with the guitar solo in the middle where Buddy Guy just lets loose on his guitar and really shows what an incredible musician he is. This track is 7 minutes and 26 seconds of pure musical bliss.
3.) Look What All You Got
The bass guitar is prominent in the opening of this track too and the rhythm guitar playing of Jimbo Mathus pins down the main theme of the music. This is a very flowing track that is one of the catchiest Blues tracks I have heard. Buddy's vocals are superb and the song would not be complete without the obligatory guitar solo from Buddy and he delivers with a frenetic solo that plays along with the superb rhythm from Jimbo Mathus.
4.) Stay all Night
This is a Rock tinged Blues track with some amazing melodies from the guitar of Buddy Guy and some catchy drumming. This track has one of the best melodies on the album and is also one of the most flowing. This track not only shows the Immense musicianship of Buddy Guy but also the other musicians who are performing with Buddy Guy.
The band create a great platform for Buddy's Guitar and he lets fly with an incredible peformance throught this track. The first couple of minutes are a showcase for his amazing guitar work before he comes in with the vocals. I love the way the music slows down a little for the verses and then Buddy's guitar just errupts during the other parts. A Fabulous track.
6.) She Got the Devil in Her
This is dirty North Mississippi blues at it's best, the drums and bass guitar blend together superbly to create the perfect platform for Buddy's guitar to shine. As with the previous track this is more about the feeling of the guitar work from Buddy rather than his lyrics as he just plays for most of the track. And boy can he play the Blues.
7.) I Gotta Try You Girl
This is the first track I heard from the album and I was blown away. This track lasts 12 minutes and 11 seconds and features an opening in which the volume gradually rises until Buddy's guitar comes to the fore. There is so much on offer with Buddy's playing here, Grace, Splendour and power in equal measure. Some guitar parts on this track are just staggering. Listen to this on a great Hi-Fi setup and you will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. So good you may need a cold shower afterwards.
8.) Who's Been Foolin' You
This is a track that continues the combination of the big bass and drum feel from some of the previous tracks. The rhythm guitar from Jimbo Mathus keeps everything together and Buddy of course provides the Superb guitar and vocals. This is one of his best catchy tracks I have heard from him. A superb track.
9.) It's a Jungle Out There
Here we close the album with an amazing display of musicianship from Buddy and his band. The piano playing of Bobby Whitlock adds a great touch and this is an emotive ending to the album with Buddy Guy on incredible form yet again with some incredible guitar work throught the 5 minutes and 38 seconds of this closing track.
Only nine tracks but this is not a short album at just over 54 minutes, Sweet Tea is a remarkable album full of incredible musicianship and is another incredible Buddy Guy album I have discovered. I continue to get more and more into this man's music and am delighted he is still going strong aged nearly 73. Buddy Guy really plays the guitar like no other and god bless him for his incredible musicianship and he really is too good a singer considering his guitar ability. He really should share his talent with others, It's not fair that someone could be this good at both.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Done Got Old
2 Baby Please Don't Leave Me
3 Look What All You Got
4 Stay all Night
6 She Got the Devil in Her
7 I Gotta Try You Girl
8 Who's Been Foolin' You
9 It's a Jungle Out There