I was wondering if this would ever be released on cd. "Live In Japan" was released by Polydor only in Japan in 1978. "Live In Japan" documents Buchanan's tour of Japan in 1977 and was his gift to his Japanese fans. This disk was supposed to be Roy's favorite among all of his releases. Buchanan's live disks tend to be much more explosive than his studio albums. The standout cut is a great live rendition of "Hey Joe" with "Foxy Lady" as a coda. The disk begins with an excellent cover of Booker T. & the MGs instrumental "Soul Dressing". The disk also includes the upbeat "Sweet Honey Dew" a cover of Larry Williams' "Slow Down" and an inspired version of "My Baby Says She's Gonna Leave Me". "Sweet Dreams" one of Roy's personal favorites is also included. Roy's playing shines throughout and if you are a fan this release along with the new "American Axe" another live set from 1974 are essential. My only regret is that the disk is only about 46 minutes long. A number of other songs were played during Roy's tour of Japan including a smokin' cover of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love". Maybe at some point this will be released stateside in an expanded edition with some of the outtakes from this tour! Until then enjoy the master of the Telecaster!
Live in Japan 1978
LINK: Live in Japan
Bit rate: 320 kps
I got this link from the blog 2000 mustangs.Thank you, i was looking for Roy Buchanan for long time.
01 Soul Dressing 7:18
02 Sweet Honey Dew 3:28
03 Hey Joe 9:23
04 Slow Down 2:53
05 Lonely Days Lonely Nights 4:13
06 Blues Otani 7:51
07 My Baby Says She's Gonna Leave Me 3:24
08 Sweet Dreams 3:58
Buchanan performing at the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton, Connecticut
|Birth name||Leroy Buchanan|
|Born||September 23, 1939, Ozark, Arkansas, US(1939-09-23)|
|Died||August 14, 1988 (aged 48), Fairfax, Virginia, US(1988-08-14)|
|Genres||Blues, rock and roll, rockabilly, country, country rock|
|Labels||Polydor, Atlantic, Alligator|
|Associated acts||Robbie Robertson, Danny Gatton, Dale Hawkins, Danny Deever, The Snakestretchers, The British Walkers|
|1953 Fender Telecaster "Nancy"|
Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and bluesmusician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two later solo albums charting on the Billboard chart. Despite never having achieved stardom, he is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Ranked #57 on the Rolling Stone list "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time," Guitar Player praised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of all Time."
Roy Buchanan was born in Ozark, Arkansas, and was raised both there and in Pixley, California, a farming area near Bakersfield. His father was a sharecropper in Arkansas and a farm laborer in California. Buchanan told interviewers that his father was also a Pentecostal preacher, a note repeated in Guitar Player magazine but refuted by his older brother J.D. Buchanan told how his first musical memories were of racially mixed revival meetings he attended with his mother Minnie. "Gospel," he recalled, "that's how I first got into black music." He in fact drew upon many disparate influences while learning to play his instrument (although he later claimed his aptitude was derived from being "half-wolf"). He initially showed talent on the steel guitar before switching to the standard instrument in the early 50s, and started his professional career at age 15, in Johnny Otis's rhythm and blues revue.
In 1958, Buchanan made his recording debut with Dale Hawkins, including playing the solo on "My Babe" for Chicago's Chess Records Two years later, during a tour through Toronto, Buchanan left Dale Hawkins to play for his cousin Ronnie Hawkins and tutor Ronnie's guitar player, Robbie Robertson. Buchanan plays bass on the Ronnie Hawkins's single "Who Do You Love?". Buchanan soon returned to the U.S. and Ronnie Hawkins' group later gained fame as The Band. The early 60s found Buchanan performing numerous gigs as a sideman with multiple rock bands, and cutting a number of sessions as guitarist with musicians such as Freddy Cannon and Merle Kilgore. At the end of the 1960s, with a growing family, Buchanan left the music industry for a while to learn a trade, and trained for a while as a hairdresser. In the early 70's, Roy Buchanan gigged extensively in the Washington D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area with the Danny Denver Band, who had a large following in the area.
Buchanan's 1962 recording with drummer Bobby Gregg, nicknamed "Potato Peeler," first introduced the trademark Buchanan pinch harmonics. An effort to cash in on the British Invasion caught Buchanan with The British Walkers. In the mid-'60s, Buchanan settled down in the Washington, D.C., area, playing for Danny Denver's band for many years, while acquiring the reputation as "one of the very finest rock guitarists around. Jimi Hendrix wouldn't take up the challenge of a 'pick-off' with Roy" In D.C., Buchanan played with his own band, The Snakestretchers, with whom he made his first recording as a front man, on Polydor.
Buchanan's life changed in 1971, when he gained national notoriety as the result of an hour-long PBS television documentary. Entitled The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World, it earned a record deal with Polydor and praise from John Lennon and Merle Haggard, besides an alleged invitation to join the Rolling Stones (which he turned down).
He recorded five albums for Polydor, one of which, Second Album, went gold, and after that another three for Atlantic Records, one of which, 1977's Loading Zone, also went gold. Buchanan quit recording in 1981, vowing never to enter a studio again unless he could record his own music his own way.
Four years later, Buchanan was coaxed back into the studio by Alligator Records. His first album for Alligator, When a Guitar Plays The Blues, was released in the spring of 1985. It was the first time he was given total artistic freedom in the studio. His second Alligator LP, Dancing on the Edge (with vocals on three tracks by Delbert McClinton), was released in the fall of 1986.
He released the twelfth and last album of his career, Hot Wires, in 1987. According to his agent and others, Buchanan was doing well, having gained control of his drinking habit and playing again, when he was arrested for public intoxication after a domestic dispute, and was found hanged from his own shirt in a jail cell on 14 August 1988 in the Fairfax County, Virginia Jail. According to Jerry Hentman, who was in a cell nearby Buchanan's, the Deputy Sheriff opened the door early in the morning and found Buchanan with the shirt around his neck.
His cause of death was officially recorded as suicide, a finding disputed by Buchanan's friends and family. One of his friends, Marc Fisher, reported seeing Roy's body with bruises on the head.
After his death, compilation and other albums continue to be released, including in 2004 the never-released first album he recorded for Polydor, The Prophet.
Guitars, tone, and technique
Buchanan used a number of guitars throughout his career, although he was most often associated with a 1953 Fender Telecaster, serial number 2324, nicknamed "Nancy." There are two very different stories explaining how Buchanan got the guitar. He himself said that, while enrolled in 1969 in a school to learn to be a hairdresser, he ran after a guy walking down the street with that guitar, and bought him a purple Telecaster to trade. A friend of Buchanan's, however, said that Buchanan was playing a Gibson Les Paul at the time, and traded it for the 1953 Telecaster. One of Buchanan's Telecasters was later owned by Danny Gatton and Mike Stern, who lost it in a robbery.
The Buchanan sound is, essentially, achieved with minimum means: the Telecaster through a Fender Vibrolux with the volume and tone "full out," with the volume and tone controls on the guitar used to control volume and sound (he achieved a wah wah effect using the tone control).distorted sounds Buchanan would occasionally use a razorblade to cut open the speakers or even pour water over the tubes in his amplifers. Buchanan rarely used effects pedals, though he started using an Echoplex on A Street Called Straight (1976), and much later in his career he played with a Boss DD-2 delay. To achieve his desired Technique
Buchanan taught himself many guitar styles, including the "chicken pickin" style. He sometimes used his thumb nail rather than a plectrum and also employed it to augment his index finger and plectrum. Holding his thumb at a certain angle, Buchanan was able to hit the string and then partially mute it, suppressing lower overtones and exposing the harmonics, a technique now known as pinch harmonics, though Buchanan himself called it an "overtone." Buchanan had the ability to execute pinch harmonics on command, and could mute individual strings with free right-hand fingers while picking or pinching others; he was famous as well for his oblique bends.
Having first trained as a lap steel guitarist, Buchanan often imitated its effect and bent strings to the required pitch, rather than starting on the desired note. This was particularly notable in his approach to using double and triple stops.
He has influenced many guitarists, including Gary Moore, Danny Gatton, and Jeff Beck;Beck dedicated his version of "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" from Blow by Blow to him. His work is said to "stretch the limits of the electric guitar," and he is praised for "his subtlety of tone and the breadth of his knowledge, from the blackest of blues to moaning R&B and clean, concise, bone-deep rock 'n' roll."
In 2004, Guitar Player listed his version of "Sweet Dreams," from his debut album on Polydor, Roy Buchanan, as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of All Time." In the same year, the readers of Guitar Player voted Buchanan #46 in a top 50 readers' poll.
- Buch and the Snakestretchers, 1971, BIOYA
- Roy Buchanan and the Snakestretchers, 1972, BIOYA
- Roy Buchanan, 1972, Polydor
- Second Album, 1973, Polydor
- That's What I Am Here For, 1974, Polydor
- Rescue Me, 1974, Polydor
- In the Beginning, 1974, Polydor
- Live Stock, 1975, Polydor
- A Street Called Straight, 1976, Atlantic
- Loading Zone, 1977, Atlantic
- Live in U.S.A. & Holland 77-85 - Silver Shadow CD 9104
- You're Not Alone, 1978, Atlantic
- Live in Japan - 1977, 1978, Polydor MPF 1105
- My Babe, 1981, AJK
- When a Guitar Plays the Blues, 1985, Alligator
- Live - Charly Blues Legend vol. 9 85-87, Charly Schallplatten GMBH, CBL 758*
- Dancing on the Edge, 1986, Alligator
- Hot Wires, 1987, Alligator
- Early Years, 1989, Krazy Kat
- Sweet Dreams: The Anthology, 1992, Polydor
- Guitar on Fire: The Atlantic Sessions, 1993, Rhino
- Charly Blues Masterworks: Roy Buchanan Live, 1999, RedX entertainment
- Deluxe Edition: Roy Buchanan, 2001, Alligator
- 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Roy Buchanan, 2002, Polydor
- American Axe: Live In 1974, 2003, Powerhouse Records
- The Prophet - The Unreleased First Polydor Album, 2004, Hip-O Select/Polydor
- Live, 2006, Charly Records
- The Definitive Collection , 2006, Polydor
- Rhino Hi-Five : Roy Buchanan, 2007, Rhino Atlantic