Buchanan Roy

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  • Buchanan Roy - Live At Rockpalast – Hamburg 1985 CD + DVD (CD)


    The Rolling Stones wanted him to replace Brian Jones, and Eric Clapton asked him to play the guitar for Derek & The Dominos – but he turned down both offers.

    ROY BUCHANAN was a true master of the Fender Telecaster guitar; and his playing technique significantly influenced musicians such as Gary Moore and Jeff Beck. He moved to Los Angeles when he was a teenager and played in the band Heartbeats with Spencer Dryden. After this, he went on tour with Dale Hawkins and played with Robbie Robertson (The Band) who described BUCHANAN as one of his main influences.

    In the sixties ROY BUCHANAN got married, moved to Washington D. C. and worked as a studio musician for more than one hundred album productions. His first solo album was only released in 1971 and which led to the result that he and his inimitable playing of the Fender Telecaster was a well-kept secret among the likes of John Lennon, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. Despite this reputation and the huge success he experienced in the seventies, BUCHANAN felt restricted in the creativity granted to him by the record companies. In 1981 he decided to go on a four year break.

    This Rockpalast concert was recorded at the Markthalle in Hamburg on February 24, 1985 – just three years before his tragic suicide. It is a performance that shows ROY BUCHANAN’s genius on the guitar in an extremely unique way – especially with his brilliant covers by artists including Jimi Hendrix or Don Gibson. An impressive legacy! ROY BUCHANAN is still regarded as ”the world’s best unknown guitarist” to this day. The legendary ”Rockpalast-Concer” finally available on CD+DVD in CD digipack Incl. booklet, unreleased photos and extensive liner notes.

    Another concert of the worldwide, famous brand ”Rockpalast”

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  • Buchanan Roy - Loading Zone / You’re Not Alone (CD)


    Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the blues great. From 1977 and 1978 come blues guitarist Buchanan’s last albums for Polydor/Atlantic. Musicians featured on these recordings include Steve Cropper, Donald ”Duck” Dunn and Jan Hammer. After these recordings, Buchanan didn’t go into a studio until 1988 when Alligator Records convinced him to start recording again.

    Buchanan’s demons got him arrested in August 1988 and he was found hanged in jail, a sad end for a talented musician who was only 48 years of age.

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  • Buchanan Roy - After Hours – The Early Years 1957-62 (CD)


    • Something of a cult hero to guitarists, Roy Buchanan recorded with Dale Hawkins in his teens and went on to become the top gun in the Washington DC area during the mid-1960s. His use of the Fender Telecaster, playing high harmonic squeals in place of feedback and distortion would prove an essential innovation to the rock guitar vocabulary

    • Re-mastered double CD edition covers his earliest works including a couple of singles under his own name plus a whole bunch of seminal collaborations as a session man

    • Detailed booklet with vintage memorabilia etc

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  • Buchanan Roy - The Genius of the Guitar – His Early Records (CD)


    During the early 1970s Roy Buchanan was feted as the greatest rock guitarist the world had ever known. This superb new CD from Jasmine takes a step back into his early career where he spent many years scuffling as a guitar slinger in numerous bands and doing a substantial amount of session work.

    Collected across this 44 track 2 CD set are examples of his dynamic guitar contributions to a bevy of national, regional and downright parochial recording artists including Dale Hawkins, Bob Luman, Freddy Cannon, and Danny and The Juniors. As well as all that there a couple of singles released under his own name plus a couple or more tracks where the jury is still out as to the identity of the guitar player.

    Outstanding guitar work is what this CD is all about and although these early recordings don’t quite give the full picture of his exemplary talent for improvisation and creativity that would come in the 70s, they certainly show the signs of it developing, and tracks such as ’The Jam (Part 1 and 2)’ demonstrate his dynamic and original guitar sound.

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  • Buchanan Roy - Live from Austin, TX CD + DVD (CD)


    There is so little professionally shot video footage of Roy Buchanan officially available, that this frustratingly short half-hour set is a major find for the late guitarist’s devoted fan base. Recorded November 15, 1976 when he was 37, the Austin City Limits DVD doesn’t add extra footage to what was originally telecast, and is one of the few ACL videos not to do so. There likely wasn’t anything else salvageable, but these five tunes find the Telecaster master at his most potent. He doesn’t wait to pull out his bag of tricks, such as playing leads with his left hand while drinking a beer with his right and using it over the fret fingerings to alter the sound of his guitar, doing both on the opening Roy’s Blutz.” Most of the songs had been in his live set for many years, but that doesn’t diminish the power and sheer intensity of his string bending on ”Sweet Dreams” and a closing version of ”The Messiah” that will leave viewers slack jawed. His three-piece band had worked with him for a while, and even though they don’t elevate the material, that’s not their job. Rather, they provide a rock-solid foundation from which Buchanan can soar. Although he looks rather dour as the set begins, the guitarist loosens up throughout the 30 minutes. He doesn’t bother with extraneous stage maneuvers or between-song banter and his vocals, if you can call his talk-singing that, are very much an afterthought, but once he lets loose on that Telecaster, everything else is forgotten. He takes his time on a slow but intense version of ”Hey Joe” and even throws in a rarity, a cover of Booker T. & the MG’s’ ”Soul Dressing” that was never included on one of his studio albums, into the mix. The remastered DTS surround sound is vibrant and the video transfer is acceptable, even with a slightly disconcerting discolored vertical line to the left of the screen that never goes away. Although the camera work is more primitive than we are used to with the typically professionally recorded ACL series (it takes about half of the first tune for the camera to focus on Buchanan’s fingers) you won’t notice after the fretboard fireworks begin. While it’s too brief and far from perfect, as of its 2008 release, this is the best available footage of one of the guitar’s most legendary and ultimately self-destructive talents.”

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  • Buchanan Roy - Rou Buchanan/Second Album (CD)


    Kaksi ekaa albumia. Originally released on the Polydor label – Roy was the first stateside signing to this label – in 1972 and 1973 respectively

    Buchanan was a virtuoso of the Fender Telecaster, with an expressive use of harmonics and controlled feedback among other techniques, which set a high standard for many guitarists who came after him. He was admired by such artists as Steve Cropper, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson and the Rolling Stones, who considered Roy as a replacement for Mick Taylor during the mid ’70’s

    A teenage prodigy, Roy first made his name playing on rockabilly star Pete Hawkins’ minor hits ’My Babe’and ’Grandma’s House’. Further stints occurred with Bob Luman, Canadian rocker Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, and Freddy Cannon. However, he wasn’t nationally discovered until 1971 when a PBS documentary led to a multi-album deal with Polydor, resulting in the albums featured here

    Buchanan’s extended jams (seldom singing or using singers) found favour amongst college students and Blues enthusiasts. In 1976 he moved to Atlantic Records, resulting in a more polished overall sound

    In 1988 he was jailed for public drunkenness and, according to police reports, committed suicide (though many dispute their findings). Despite his tragic death, Buchanan’s recorded legacy lives on, inspiring new generations of guitar heroes

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