Live Stock/A Street Called Straight

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The U.K. based Beat Goes On label continues their series of Roy Buchanan two-fers. This one finds the artist at a distinct professional crossroads. After his ultimately discordant relationship with Polydor came to an end, the label finally showed the good sense to issue Live Stock (1975) -- which was primarily documented at Town Hall in New York City on November 27, 1974. The notable exception being the six-plus minute take of "I'm Evil" -- recorded the following March at the Amazing Grace club in Evanston, IN. Supporting Buchanan's consummate strings during the Town Hall appearance are Billy Price (vocals), John Harrison (bass), Malcolm Lukens (keyboards), and Byrd ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The U.K. based Beat Goes On label continues their series of Roy Buchanan two-fers. This one finds the artist at a distinct professional crossroads. After his ultimately discordant relationship with Polydor came to an end, the label finally showed the good sense to issue Live Stock (1975) -- which was primarily documented at Town Hall in New York City on November 27, 1974. The notable exception being the six-plus minute take of "I'm Evil" -- recorded the following March at the Amazing Grace club in Evanston, IN. Supporting Buchanan's consummate strings during the Town Hall appearance are Billy Price (vocals), John Harrison (bass), Malcolm Lukens (keyboards), and Byrd Foster (drums/vocals). There are several outstanding entries scattered throughout Live Stock. With the focus properly placed on Buchanan's fluid fretwork, the update of Al Green's greasy "I'm a Ram," as well as the deadly accuracy with which he lays line upon line of incendiary guitar during "Further on Up the Road" are nothing short of exemplary examples of his nimble mastery in the context of a live performance. A Street Called Straight (1976) marked the start of a three-album deal for Buchanan on Atlantic Records where he retained the services of Harrison (bass), Lukens (keyboards), and Foster (drums/vocals). The move meant that Buchanan and company also gained the skills of label veteran Arif Mardin, who brought along session all-stars Andy Newmark (drums), Will Lee (bass), Billy Cobham (percussion), the Brecker Brothers' horn section, and vocals from former Rascals' member Eddie Brigati. The direction that Mardin takes the ensemble certainly works to the advantage of the guitarist, who likewise provided nine of the long player's 11 cuts. Again, at the center of each number is Buchanan's unmatched sonic imprint. From the opening wail of "Running Out" through to the funkified "Keep What You Got" or the organic remake of Jimi Hendrix's "If Six Was Nine," any or all of these could be considered essential listening. As is the new reading of the Buchanan staple "The Messiah Will Come Again" -- a tune that dates all the way back to his earliest known originals, when he was the leader of Buck & the Snake Stretchers (1971).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261206824
  • Catalog Number: 682
  • Sales rank: 46,264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reelin' and Rockin' (2:20)
  2. 2 Hot Cha (4:19)
  3. 3 Further on Up the Road (3:37)
  4. 4 Roy's Bluz (8:06)
  5. 5 Can I Change My Mind (6:34)
  6. 6 I'm a Ram (4:12)
  7. 7 I'm Evil (6:28)
  8. 8 Running Out (2:44)
  9. 9 Keep What You Got (3:18)
  10. 10 Man on the Floor (3:25)
  11. 11 Good God Have Mercy (4:07)
  12. 12 Okay (2:38)
  13. 13 Caruso (3:23)
  14. 14 My Friend Jeff (4:02)
  15. 15 If Six Was Nine (4:03)
  16. 16 Guitar Cadenza (3:45)
  17. 17 The Messiah Will Come Again (4:08)
  18. 18 I Still Think About Ida Mae (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Buchanan Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Horn Section
Billy Price Keystone Rhythm Band Vocals
Robin Clark Background Vocals
Rubens Bassini Percussion
Randy Brecker Horn Section
David Brigati Background Vocals
Eddie Brigati Background Vocals
Billy Cobham Timbales, Tom-Tom
Byrd Foster Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Harrison Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Will Lee Bass
Buddy Lucas Harmonica
Malcolm Lukens Keyboards
Andy Newmark Drums
George Opalisky Horn Section
Barry Rogers Horn Section
Gonzalo Sifre Percussion, Drums
Diane Sumler Background Vocals
Lew Del Gatto Horn Section
Ken Bichell ARP
Technical Credits
Al Green Composer
Lewis Hahn Engineer, Remixing
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Bob Mack Composer
Arif Mardin Producer, Remixing
Gene Paul Engineer, Remixing
Jay Reich Jr. Producer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Dave Wittman Engineer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Glenn A. Baker Cover Photo
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Don Singleton Engineer
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