Friday, March 1, 2013

This Bud's for you.......

Nothing like a little comment activity to get a sleepy blog to show some signs of life, and tonight I'm happy to toast visitors with a Bud to cool and refresh your pop jazz guitar cravings. This is, I believe, the last of the original Buddy Fite recordings that was missing from this blog and I'm sorry it took me this long to get around to it, but here it is. There's not a lot to say this time around. My other four Fite posts pretty well express my great admiration for Buddy's work and frankly this album doesn't exactly enthrall me the way "Changes" did when I first discovered the intriguing guitar sound of the 6 foot, six-inch giant of the guitar. As I've stated before, though giant in stature and sound, Buddy Fite never really got the full treatment that might have more clearly revealed his skill and one-of-a-kind sensibilities. Unfortunately his recorded legacy is not only sadly very limited in quantity, but often presents varying quality in presentation as is again the case with this, his first album, "Buddy Fite!" from 1969. It presents a mixed bag of pop jazz that can dive pretty deep into the schmaltzy side, as on "Glad Rag Doll" where the saccharin muzak female chorus nearly makes you break out in laughter. But thankfully there's a healthy dose of what Buddy can really do throughout with special note to "Here's That Rainy Day", "Watch What Happens" and the lively "For Once In My Life" among others. The way he snaps the notes and chords and makes his guitar ring with emotion according to the tune, is once again signature Buddy, despite some of the creepy elevator production ploys. Once again, I'm just glad to add more to the Fite collection here on "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and some of these are keepers that could fit in with the "Changes" album that he put out the following year (1970). There were no credits offered on the album cover and frankly I don't much care who the singers were or the orchestra and strings that accompany most of this work. The focus is Buddy's sound and feel. Buddy passed away back in 2001 so enjoy what we've got here and maybe we'll dig up some more recordings somewhere...till then, this Buds for you....


Buddy Fite - Buddy Fite! (1969)
Cyclone Records CY4100

Side 1
Fly Me To The Moon
When Sunny Gets Blue
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Here's That Rainy Day
What Kind Of Fool Am I
The Shadow Of Your Smile

Side 2
Glad Rag Doll
On The Street Where You Live
Watch What Happens
So Rare
For Once In My Life

Buddy Fite - guitar
No other personnel listed.
Updated 7/23/17


Unknown said...

Buddy is growing on me by the hour. But if you really want to check out a cult guitarist that'll blow your mind, look into Pierre Cavalli.

Durge & The Oldies said...

Thanks for stopping in and I'm glad you've enjoyed the introduction to Buddy Fite. Now let me explore Pierre and discover another guitar gem I hope! Thanks

Gimmeanatari said...

Thank you for this! My vinyl rip was terrible. Good job keeping Buddy out there!

Durge & The Oldies said...

Thanks for the good word Gimme! Glad your enjoying them like I do.

Gimmeanatari said...

Just a hello. Still out there?

Durge & The Oldies said...

Still here but ever since Rapidshare punked me I've been unsure about restoring the links. Hopefully soon...

Durge & The Oldies said...

Link renewed.

Gimmeanatari said...

Hello, Again! Thank you for what you do!

Durge & The Oldies said...

Thanks G! I'm glad you're enjoying it...that's what it's there for! Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Hello there - could this link be refreshed?
I love Buddy - his record Tasty is my fav.

Durge & The Oldies said...

Thank you for bringing the bad link to my attention. I just updated it and it should work fine now. Let me know if you have any further issues and thanks for visiting!