Part of the Renowned Austin City Limits PBS Series!
Re-Edited & Re-Mastered from the November 15, 1976 Live Performance!
Buchanan's Technique Influenced Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons!
Roy Buchanan was one of America's true geniuses of the electric guitar. Even posthumously, he commands the ardent respect of his fellow guitarists and a devoted army of fans. The Buchanan sound is unique: heartbreaking, searing solos, trademark shimmering tone, gorgeous melodies and a mixture of lightning quickness and technical creativity that mark him as a wizard of the instrument. He was a pioneer in the use of controlled harmonics, and although this technique has been used by the likes of Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, all acknowledge Buchanan as the master.
In 1971, already riding on word-of-mouth reputation that included accolades from Eric Clapton, Merle Haggard, the Rolling Stones and John Lennon (who made a personal pilgrimage to see Roy at the Crossroads Club), Roy "broke" nationally as the result of an hour-long National Public Television documentary. Entitled THE BEST UNKNOWN GUITARIST IN THE WORLD, the show won Roy a contract with Polydor and began a decade of national and international touring. He cut five albums for Polydor (one went gold) and three for Atlantic (one gold), while playing virtually every major rock concert hall and festival. This album's performance, captured from the ACL stage on November 15, 1976, features Roy Buchanan in his prime at the age of 37.
Rolling Stone magazine declared him one of the three greatest living guitarists. Sadly, the life of Roy Buchanan was cut short at 48, when a career marked by frustration, disappointment and alcohol abuse ended in tragedy when he apparently took his own life in 1988.
Buchanan's skill, soul and technical innovations were nothing less than marvels to his contemporaries and admirers. Without his inventiveness, the landscape of modern guitar playing would be completely different.
180 Gram Vinyl
Part of the Renowned Austin City Limits PBS Series
Live from the Stage of Austin City Limits
Re-Edited & Re-Mastered from the November 15, 1976 Performance
Pioneer for Controlled Harmonics, influencing Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons
Roy Buchanan, guitars, vocals
Malcolm Lukens, organ
John Harrison, bass
Byrd Foster, drums
1. Roy's Bluz
2. Soul Dressing
3. Sweet Dreams
1. Hey Joe
2. The Messiah