12 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues is one of a handful of albums that pushed Chicago blues into the modern age. After laying low for most of the '80s, Buddy Guy came roaring back on the scene with renewed purpose. He was obviously energized by the leftfield choice in producer. Englishman John Porter was best known as engineer of the Smiths and Roxy Music, two bands who are about as far from Guy’s sweat-soaked city blues as you can get. Yet, Porter’s booming production brings new life to Guy’s music. Rather than retrofitted, these songs sound revitalized. Their strength is aided in no small part by a powerhouse rhythm section comprised of Chicago blues bassist Greg Rzab and former Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward. The heavyweight guest-list — Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler — doesn’t detract from Guy, but instead underscores his inimitable talent. Guy might not be as fast or as flashy as his junior competitors, but every note shoots off him with the force of a shockwave.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues is one of a handful of albums that pushed Chicago blues into the modern age. After laying low for most of the '80s, Buddy Guy came roaring back on the scene with renewed purpose. He was obviously energized by the leftfield choice in producer. Englishman John Porter was best known as engineer of the Smiths and Roxy Music, two bands who are about as far from Guy’s sweat-soaked city blues as you can get. Yet, Porter’s booming production brings new life to Guy’s music. Rather than retrofitted, these songs sound revitalized. Their strength is aided in no small part by a powerhouse rhythm section comprised of Chicago blues bassist Greg Rzab and former Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward. The heavyweight guest-list — Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler — doesn’t detract from Guy, but instead underscores his inimitable talent. Guy might not be as fast or as flashy as his junior competitors, but every note shoots off him with the force of a shockwave.

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