20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roy Buchanan

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roy Buchanan

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by Roy Buchanan
     
 
Roy Buchanan's five albums for Polydor, released between 1972 and 1975 and excerpted on this midline-priced best-of, were a worthy compromise between artistic expression and commercial considerations. In the late '60s and early '70s, record companies and music journalists beat the bushes looking for guitar heroes on the scale of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix and came

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Roy Buchanan's five albums for Polydor, released between 1972 and 1975 and excerpted on this midline-priced best-of, were a worthy compromise between artistic expression and commercial considerations. In the late '60s and early '70s, record companies and music journalists beat the bushes looking for guitar heroes on the scale of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix and came up with at least a couple, Johnny Winter in Texas and Buchanan in Washington, D.C. Polydor no doubt signed Buchanan hoping it had a Clapton/Hendrix-size star, but he lacked the temperament for the big time and merely fulfilled his contract, though he was then scooped up by Atlantic for another try. The tracks here, a good if brief summary of the Polydor years, illustrate both his strengths and weaknesses. The major, perhaps sole strength is the guitar work, which is utterly distinctive within a blues context and at times overwhelming. Buchanan can wring tremendously emotional runs from his axe and then, as in the version of "Hey Joe" here, let forth a sonic assault that rivals any Hendrix ever managed. To listen to this album is to hear a great blues guitarist inventing his art before you. On the tracks from the early albums (the compilation is sequenced chronologically), producer Peter Kieve Siegel was mostly content with that, but on the later albums, more of an attempt was made to turn Buchanan into a singer (his voice was limited and hesitant), or to add other elements, including horn sections and backup singers, to expand the music's appeal beyond blues aficionados. The results are less interesting, but that's what you expect at a major label. So, while not actually the best of Roy Buchanan, this compilation encapsulates his tenure at Polydor and provides a taste for the neophyte of what he sounded like.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731458959120
catalogNumber:
589591
Rank:
9750

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Buchanan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Billy Price Keystone Rhythm Band   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ned Davis   Drums
Byrd Foster   Drums
John Harrison   Bass,Background Vocals
Dick Heintze   Keyboards
Teddy Irwin   Rhythm Guitar
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Malcolm Lukens   Keyboards
Robbie Magruder   Drums
Don Payne   Bass
Bill Sheffield   Vocals
Bill Stewart   Drums
Kenny Tibbetts   Bass
Peter VanAllen   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Buchanan   Arranger
Ed Freeman   Producer
Neil Larsen   Arranger
Jay Reich   Producer
Peter K. Siegel   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Billy Roberts   Composer

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