Album: Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues (RCA-Silvertone)

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Buddy Guy is now 76 and can lay claim to special status as a near-sole survivor of Chicago's era of eminence in the 1950s and 1960s.

His muscularity is undiminished and enthusiasm patently undimmed. But why would it dim, when you can fill double-CDs with guests as notable as Beth Hart, Aerosmith, Gary Clark Jr (again!), Kid Rock, and Keith Urban, and then rock all the way to the bank? It's loud, it's brash, it's real and it's utterly exhausting.