Friday, June 17, 2011

Roy Buchanan - Live In Japan (1978 us blues rock - Wave audio format)

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! (by J. E FELL "boogaloojef" from Amazon)

Dr Bell Otus review in portuguese language :

Leroy Buchanan, mais conhecido como Roy Buchanan, nasceu em 23 de Setembro de 1939 em Arkansas e morreu tragicamente enforcado em uma cela de prisão, em 14 Agosto de 1988.

Foi um mestre da "Telecaster" (Fender), e influenciou gente como Jeff Beck e Steve Gibbons dos ZZ Top e também partilhou um estúdio com Jimmy Nolen (mais tarde o guitarrista James Brown) e Johnny 'Guitar' Watson.

Jerry Garcia descreveu-o como “An original country style rock’n’roll guitar player who had a nice tone, amazing chops and was much neglected” e Les Paul (Gibson Guitar), comparou Roy com Hendrix, pois também foi um inovador no uso de sons incomuns, especialmente os notáveis acordes como um choro de um bebê.

Na década de 50, teve a sua própria banda, The Heartbeats, que acompanhou durante muito tempo Dale Hawkins.

Nos anos 60, mudou-se para o Canadá, onde começou a tocar com outra estrela de rockabilly, Ronnie Hawkins, e onde estudou com o baixista da banda The Hawks (a banda que acompanhava Ronnie Hawkins), que era nem mais nem menos, Robbie Robertson, que, após a saída de Roy, ocupou o seu lugar como guitarrista e se tornou o líder da banda que iria mudar o nome para os famosos The Band.

Roy era um músico de grande talento, mas não gostava das confusões comerciais no mundo do rock, e sobretudo, não queria converter-se em estrela no mundo da musica.

Por tudo isso e muito mais é que tem o título de "The Greatest Unknow Guitarist In The World", frase esta que está escrita neste disco.

There are only two guitar players who can put me tears in my eyes when I hear them, Roy Buchanan and Jimi Hendrix, so take your conclusions
(by Dr Bell Otus)

Track List :
01.Soul Dressing
02.Sweet Honey Dew
03.Hey Joe
04.Slow Down
05.Lonely Days Lonely Nights
06.Blues Otani
07.My Baby Says She's Gonna Leave Me
08.Sweet Dreams

The Band :
*Roy Buchanan - guitar
*John Harrison - bass
*Malcolm Lukens - keyboards
*Byrd Foster - drums, vocals

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