Live Stock/A Street Called Straight

Live Stock/A Street Called Straight

by Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan


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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: 08/01/2006
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261206824
catalogNumber: 682
Rank: 45329


  1. Reelin' and Rockin'
  2. Hot Cha
  3. Further on Up the Road
  4. Roy's Bluz
  5. Can I Change My Mind
  6. I'm a Ram
  7. I'm Evil
  8. Running Out
  9. Keep What You Got
  10. Man on the Floor
  11. Good God Have Mercy
  12. Okay
  13. Caruso
  14. My Friend Jeff
  15. If Six Was Nine
  16. Guitar Cadenza
  17. The Messiah Will Come Again
  18. I Still Think About Ida Mae

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

Green   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer,Remixing
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Bob Mack   Composer
Arif Mardin   Producer,Remixing
Gene Paul   Engineer,Remixing
Jay Reich   Producer
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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