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In the '60s, Buddy Guy was the young buck on Chess, wailing alongside gurus like Muddy Water and Howlin’ Wolf. Guy stayed with Chess for six years, from 1960 to 1966, and this collection brings together everything he made for the label during that time. Unfortunately, it was not a happy marriage. Leonard Chess once called Guy’s playing style “noise,” and the label tried to mold Guy by foisting on him soul tunes, dance songs and various novelties. Guy never really got to do it his way during these years, but nonetheless, much of this material displays the high voltage he possessed as a young man. Among the most electrifying moments are “I Cry and Sing the Blues,” “My Mother,” “Stone Crazy” and “Ten Years Ago.” Even a lot of the so-called novelty songs are actually pretty great. Because he was from the younger generation, Guy was much better at handling R&B than his blues elders, as proven on “Goin’ Home,” “Buddy’s Groove,” “She Suits Me to a Tee,” “No Lie” and “Baby (Baby, Baby, Baby).” They might not adhere to the dictums of blues purists, but that doesn’t make Guy’s early records less potent.

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Dirty Blues

It don’t get much better than Buddy, this dude rocked back in these Chess days and still Killing it well into his 70’s. Dude rocks!


Born: July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Buddy Guy is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation (and arguably the most celebrated), possessing a sound and style that embodied the traditions of classic Chicago blues while also embracing the fire and flash of rock & roll. Guy spent much of his career as a well-regarded journeymen, cited as a modern master by contemporary blues fans but not breaking through to a larger audience, before he finally caught the brass ring in the 1990s and released a series of albums that made...
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