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Life I Love (2010)

Artist: Willie Buck
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Format: CD
Sku: 215189903
UPC: 038153080525
UPC 14: 00038153080525
Release Date: 4/6/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. She's All Right ~ Willie Buck
2. How Can I Be Nice to You ~ Willie Buck
3. I Live the Life I Love ~ Willie Buck
4. I've Got a Right to Love My Baby ~ Willie Buck
5. Champagne and Reefer ~ Willie Buck
6. There's a Time ~ Willie Buck
7. Everything's Gonna Be Alright ~ Willie Buck
8. Sweet Sixteen ~ Willie Buck
9. Found My Baby Gone ~ Willie Buck
10. Nineteen Years Old ~ Willie Buck
11. I Want to Be Loved ~ Willie Buck
12. Got My Mojo Workin' ~ Willie Buck
13. Sugar Sweet ~ Willie Buck
14. Don't Go No Further ~ Willie Buck
15. Checkin' Up on My Baby ~ Willie Buck
16. Just to Be with You ~ Willie Buck
17. Blues Had a Baby ~ Willie Buck

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Willie Buck (vocals); Louis Myers (guitar); Little Mack Simmons (harmonica); Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (keyboards).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Scott Dirks.
Muze PNote Recording information: Robert's 500 Room, Chicago (10/04/1982); Sky Hero Recording Studio, Chicago (10/04/1982); Robert's 500 Room, Chicago (1984); Sky Hero Recording Studio, Chicago (1984).
Muze PNote Over four decades, William Crawford aka Willie Buck has raised a family, worked as an auto mechanic, played a bit part in the film Hoop Dreams, and occasionally stepped on-stage in Chicago as a blues singer. Only his rarest recordings have ever been issued, but Delmark Records has finally seen fit to issue a full-length CD, with studio tracks and five live performances, all from the early to mid-'80s. Directly derived from his mentor and main man Muddy Waters, Buck's singing has that lean and tough, clear as a bell, direct edge so typical of his hero, as he covers Mud's tunes and adds a few of his own to this mix. You also hear traces of Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed, and Little Walter, all acknowledged influences over Buck's career that has languished in obscurity. While Buck's voice bears the unmistakable stamp of Waters, it is a bit less pronounced, not quite as gritty, and more soulful. The studio tracks feature many famous Muddy Waters numbers like "She's All Right," with a bit of a Howlin' Wolf sound sneaking in, the lecherous "She's Nineteen Years Old," the stompdown "I Want to Be Loved" (incorrectly titled "I Want You to Love Me"), and the evergreen, upbeat "Got My Mojo Workin'." Help from premier bluesmen like guitarists Louis Myers and John Primer, bassist Dave Myers, and keyboardist Big Moose Walker push the music onward. The five tracks recorded at Robert's 500 Room on 63rd Street in Chi-Town are thin as far as the recording. Buck's voice is in the background as opposed to the instruments, and these tracks are little more than a curiosity, as there must be more well-documented live sessions from Buck somewhere. Overall this is a welcome release, as the world gets to discover a vibrant and talented Willie Buck ostensibly for the first time. ~ Michael G. Nastos

Producer: Robert G. Koester

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/15/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : DE 805
Music Label Name Label : Delmark (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00038153080525

Professional Reviews

Living Blues (p.66)
- "It's a joy to take in the laid-back ensemble work of these musicians who understand that the songs are the focus....It's the power and authority of Buck's voice that's the story here."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] recalls the manner of Muddy Waters, the confidence of his singing rooted in the rich subsoil of ensemble playing..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Buck,Willie
Product attributeLabel:   Delmark Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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