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Back with a gone guitar master, Roy Buchanan, and a show recorded in December 1974 in Evanston, Illinois.
Just a month before he played at New York's Town Hall to record a live album that was released in the following year and I highly recommend called Live Stock.
Most of the tracks from it are also played here.
Roy Buchanan, who was once described on a television documentary as ''the best unknown guitarist in the world'' and who went on to produce two gold records, hanged himself in a jail cell Sunday night, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Department said today. He was 48 years old.
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Mr. Peed said deputies checked on Mr. Buchanan, who lived in Reston, Va., about 10 minutes after he was incarcerated at 10:55 P.M., but when they made a second check at 11:16 P.M., he had hanged himself with his shirt, which he had tied to a window grate.
Mr. Buchanan, who was influenced early in his career by the note-bending guitarist Jimmy Nolan, began playing in the early 1950's. He formed his own band in Los Angeles when he was 15, then he went to Oklahoma and met Dale Hawkins, with whom he toured and recorded for two years. In 1960, Mr. Buchanan joined a Canadian group that included Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson; it was the forerunner for the Band. Popular Backup Player.
Mr. Buchanan spent the next few years in recording studios backing a variety of pop and country-and-western singers. He then formed another group and started playing the Washington area.
In 1971, Rolling Stone magazine printed a laudatory review of one of his performances. A public television documentary titled ''The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World'' followed, and Polydor records signed him to a contract. As a result, he moved from local club dates to the national circuit of theaters and auditoriums.
His second of five albums for Polydor, ''Roy Buchanan's Second Album,'' sold half a million copies. He then put out three albums for Atlantic Records, including another gold album. His most recent recordings were made for Alligator Records.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, seven children and five grandchildren.
AMG Review From his 1st Album 1972:
The recording and production on this, Roy Buchanan's first record for Polydor, is delightfully bare, sparse in ornamentation, and full of bum notes and aborted ideas that would be deleted on most commercial releases. It is a loose, highly improvised affair that amply demonstrates why the leader is one of the underappreciated giants of rootsy guitar. Straddling country, blues, and traditional rock & roll, Buchanan's playing is fiery and unpremeditated.
His tone is delightfully raw and piercing, his solo ideas impetuous and uncluttered. On the instrumental tracks, such as his famous reading of "Sweet Dreams" or Buchanan's own "The Messiah Will Come Again," one can see why he was such an influence on Jeff Beck, another master of the instrument known for his genre-blending and ragged spontaneity. There is a slight Michael Bloomfield influence felt in Buchanan's blues playing, most evident in the first chorus of "John's Blues" and the quasi-Eastern ornamentations on "Pete's Blue."
|His 1974 album|
This song opens with Buchanan's mumbled spoken word intro over quiet organ and then yields to spine-tingling, sorrow-laden Telecaster that cries and screams in existential torment before giving way in turn to percussive flurries that make less sense as melodic improvisation than as cries of passion. This is raw guitar playing and music making, not for the faint of heart. Fans of blues or country guitar, or those just curious why Jeff Beck would dedicate "'Cause We've Ended As Lovers" from Blow By Blow to Buchanan, would do themselves a favor by picking up this album.
Roy Buchanan, Amazing Grace Club
December 14 1974
01. Done Your Daddy Dirty 07:02
02. Reelin´ And Rockin´ 02:15
03. Hot Cha 04:58
04. Delta Woman Blues 08:00
05. Can I Change My Mind 06:44
06. Hey Joe & Foxy Lady 07:50
07. Johnnie B. Goode 03:45
08. Further On Up The Road 02:37
09. I'm Evil 06:07
10. I Hear You Knockin' 02:43
11. Sweet Dreams 05:14
|Roy Buchanan - In The Beginning Album Advertise 1974|