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Sweet Dreams: The Anthology
     

Sweet Dreams: The Anthology

by Roy Buchanan
 
This compendium could not be considered the final word on Roy Buchanan (guitar), as it would take more than two CDs just for his contributions as a session stalwart. However, until his catalog is given a thorough overhaul, Sweet Dreams: The Anthology (1992) is a satisfying overview of the man once dubbed "The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World." The

Overview

This compendium could not be considered the final word on Roy Buchanan (guitar), as it would take more than two CDs just for his contributions as a session stalwart. However, until his catalog is given a thorough overhaul, Sweet Dreams: The Anthology (1992) is a satisfying overview of the man once dubbed "The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World." The collection kicks off with four previously unissued selections circa the aborted Nashville under the direction of Charlie Daniels. Although the project, tentatively dubbed "The Prophet," was eventually shelved, Buchanan's delicately pungent fretwork is unmistakably the centerpiece. His moods contrast from the blues-rocker "Baltimore" to the luminous, shredding electric leads that complement Daniels' acoustic guitar on Leonard Cohen's "Story of Isaac." The eponymous Roy Buchanan (1972) and appropriate follow-up, Second Album (1973), were documented within a five-month span in the summer and fall of 1972 with a band that was alternately known as the Snake Stretchers. In fact, Buchanan and company recorded and released Buck & The Snake Stretchers (1971), an infamous platter packaged in (no lie) a burlap sack and sold at Buchanan's gigs. Underscoring those earliest titles are the gritty and sinuous "Pete's Blues," the alternately haunting and searing solos on "Messiah Will Come Again," a blistering rendering of Erskine Hawkins' "After Hours," as well as the original "Five String Blues." While this material is uniformly excellent, by contrast, it is the concert cuts that seem to truly unfetter Buchanan. The nine-plus minute "Down By the River" that is exclusive to this compilation takes the Neil Young tune to a whole new space. There are also equally inspired moments on later studio sides -- like the rousing "Green Onions" from Loading Zone (1977) recruiting Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) and Steve Cropper from Booker T. & the MG's. The same is true of the ballsy, driving reading Joe Walsh's "Turn to Stone," which was initially issued on You're Not Alone (1978). Sweet Dreams: The Anthology concludes with the fascinating "Dual Soliloquy," a previously unissued extemporaneous instrumental that is nothing short of a study in Buchanan's emotive techniques and flawlessly pure timbre. As such, it is both the highlight of this collection as well as an apt bookend to the artist's unquestionable talents.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1992
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0731451708626
catalogNumber:
517086

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Performance Credits

Roy Buchanan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Ray Gomez   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Billy Price Keystone Rhythm Band   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie Daniels   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Ned Davis   Drums
Tim Drummond   Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Byrd Foster   Drums
John Harrison   Bass,Background Vocals
Dick Heintze   Keyboards
Karl Himmel   Drums
Teddy Irwin   Rhythm Guitar
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Malcolm Lukens   Keyboards
Robbie Magruder   Drums
Gerry Mercer   Drums
Andy Newmark   Drums
Don Payne   Bass
Jean Roussel   Keyboards
Gonzalo Sifre   Drums
Bill Stewart   Drums
Kenny Tibbetts   Bass
Peter VanAllen   Bass
Willie Weeks   Bass
Bob Wilson   Keyboards
Ernie Winfrey   Percussion,Timpani

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Charlie Daniels   Producer
Stanley Clarke   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Ed Freeman   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Neil Larsen   Arranger
Bill Levenson   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Jay Reich   Producer
Peter K. Siegel   Producer
Raymond Silva   Producer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Digital Compilation
Richard Bauer   Art Direction
Silva   Composer
Billy Price   Composer
Roussel   Composer

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