This early roundup of guitarist/singer Buddy Guy's prime Chess cuts makes for the perfect introductory disc: It's full of gems and going for a bargain rate. Taken from his 1960-1967 tenure with the Chicago label, the 12 tracks find Guy bursting with manic energy, wielding those Guitar Slim-inspired licks and high-toned, hellfire vocals throughout. From classics like "Broken Hearted Blues" (his first Chess single) to the Little Milton-tinged horns-and-blues swinger "Hard but It's Fair," Guy effortlessly keeps up the charged mood while delivering the manna for such future blues prats as Robert Plant and Eric Clapton. Full throttle or after hours, Guy makes it all indelible.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook