FAME Review: Buddy Guy - Live At Legends
Buddy Guy - Live At Legends

Live At Legends

Buddy Guy

RCA/Silvertone Recordings - 88765-43762-2

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This disc contains the last live recordings of Buddy Guy at his celebrated and now shuttered nightclub in Chicago, Legends, when he was there in January of 2010. It also contains three previously unreleased tracks from his Living Proof disc. This disc has some of the best live music that has been recorded by this incendiary performer that has ever been released (who knows what resides in the vaults). There are too many accolades to list here; lets just say Buddy Guy was recognized at this year's Kennedy Center Honors along with the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Led Zeppelin, and he has a Presidential National Medal of Arts, and six Grammy Awards. This performer was truly at his best when surrounded by good musicians and able to completely let loose and blow the roof off the house, which is precisely what he does here.

Accompanying him on the seven live tracks are Rick Hall (guitar), Marty Sammon (keyboards) Orlando Wright (bass), and Tim Austin (drums). He keeps that deep Chicago Blues groove through the whole disc, but on the live tracks he is just in his element. He does one of the finest versions of Damn Right I Got the Blues you're going to find. (It's obvious his guitar doesn't catch fire but that is a miracle.) Then he finishes up with 2 medleys, John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom into Cream's Sunshine of Your Love, followed by Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child merging with Cream's Sunshine of Your Love.

He is very ably accompanied by Tom Hambridge (drums and production) and David Grissom (guitar) on the 3 unreleased studio tracks, playing is sharp and crisp and not at all a change of pace from the live material. This whole disc is a great display of why Buddy Guy is so loved, respected and bathed in awards; it shows the full spectrum of his abilities and talents. This disc is a celebration of his awesome ability both as a vocalist (he is one of the most soulful that is around and can both roar and have a delicate touch when he takes it down) and as a guitarist (playing a guitar that can burst forth with either volcanic blasts or temper it down to some delicate single note touch). Delicately fiery is perhaps the best way to describe both abilities.

Track List:

  • Intro (Live)
  • Best Damn Fool (Live)
  • Mannish Boy (Live)
  • I Just Want To Make Love To You/Chicken Heads (Live)
  • Skin Deep (Live)
  • Damn Right I Got The Blues (Live)
  • Boom Boom/Strange Brew (Live)
  • Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Sunshine Of Your Love (Live)
  • Polka Dot Love
  • Coming For You
  • Country Boy

[Editor's Note: While the old Legends venue is shuttered, Buddy Guy's Legends has reopened in a new Chicago location.]

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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