It's always odd to listen to a blues album where one track talks about living a long, happy life through prayer and faith in God ("Living Proof"), followed by a curse-filled track about kicking a woman out of your house and wishing your dog would've bit her ("Let the Doorknob Hit Ya"). I guess I'd recommend dividing this album into two separate groups of songs and listening to whichever one speaks to you. My favorite tracks: the opening "74 Years Young" and the instrumental "Skanky" that ends the album.
Buddy has got the licks but on this album he seems, on most tracks, to sacrifice soul for playing fast and loud. Though he came first many of the solos reminded me of Alvin Lee of Ten Years After in his heyday. it is clear that Buddy Guy is a master and deserving of respect but Living Proof is not a masterpiece. I need to listen to more of his stuff but based on Living Proof I would much rather listen to Albert King. Now there is someone who plays with soul all the time.
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