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Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
Roy Buchanan Compilations
Roy Buchanan has a number of compilations. He recorded for three labels, Polydor, Atlantic, and Alligator. His material on Polydor and Atlantic were compiled together nicely for Sweet Dreams: The Anthology. Several compilations by labels are available. 

He recorded three albums on Alligator records and a compilation of those is available on Deluxe Edition. Below are the current relevant releases. We started with the cross label releases and then the targeted label releases. 

Sweet Dreams: The Anthology

The Definitive Collection

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

Guitar on Fire: The Atlantic Sessions

Deluxe Edition

Before and After

Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
Sweet Dreams: The Anthology  
This is superb!

Some of the best material from Sweet Dreams was previously unreleased such as "Dual Soliloquy," a twelve minute solo guitar piece recorded in 1972, and two live covers songs, "Hey Joe," and "C. C. Ryder." In addition, the first four tracks are from The Prophet, his unreleased first album that made it to the shelves in a limited edition in 2007. 

Buchanan's version of Joe Walsh's track "Turn to Stone" is very David Gilmour like.

Disc: 1 
From the album The Prophet (This was unreleased until 2007, when it was distributed in a limited edition)
1. Baltimore 
2. Black Autumn 
3. The Story Of Isaac 
4. There'll Always Be 
Roy Buchanan
5. Sweet Dreams 
6. Pete's Blue 
7. The Messiah Will Come Again 
Second Album
8. Tribute To Elmore James 
9. After Hours 
10. Five String Blues 
Previously unreleased 
May 1973 - London
11. C.C. Ryder (Live) 
That's What I'm Here For
12. My Baby Says She's Gonna Leave Me 
13. Please Don't Turn Me Away 
Rescue Me / In The Beginning
14. Country Preacher 
15. Wayfaring Pilgrim 

Disc: 2 
Previously unreleased 
Nov. 1974 -
1. Down By The River (Live) 
Live Stock
2. I'm A Ram (Live) 
3. I'm Evil (Live) 
A Street Called Straight
4. Good God Have Mercy 
5. If Six Were Nine 
Loading Zone
6. Green Onions 
Live in Japan
7. Soul Dressing (Live) 
8. Hey Joe (Live) edited by a minute or so
You're Not Alone
9. Fly...Night Bird 
10. Turn To Stone 
Previously unreleased 
1972 -
11. Dual Soliloquy 

Roy Buchanan: American Axe by Phil Carson (Paperback - Sep 1, 2001)
Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
The Definitive Collection  
2006 - A slimed down version of Sweet Dreams: The Anthology with the Polydor material.  

1. Baltimore 
2. The Story Of Isaac 
3. Sweet Dreams 
4. Pete's Blue 
5. The Messiah Will Come Again 
6. After Hours 
7. Five String Blues 
8. My Baby Says She's Gonna Leave Me 
9. Wayfaring Pilgrim 
10. Down By The River 
11. I'm A Ram 
12. I'm Evil 
13. Hey Joe 
Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roy Buchanan  
This differs from the 2007 release, The Definitive Collection in that it only has one live song and leaves off The Prophet material.  

2002 - Polydor (1972-75)

1. Sweet Dreams 
2. Pete's Blue 
3. The Messiah Will Come Again 
4. Filthy Teddy 
5. After Hours 
6. Five String Blues 
7. Hey Joe 
8. Roy's Bluz 
9. CC Ryder 
10. Country Preacher 
11. Wayfaring Pilgrim 
12. I'm Evil (live)

Album Liner Notes
Roy Buchanan was the rarest of all rock 'n roll animals, the consummate guitarist's guitarist. Others were flashier, others were faster, others still rose to far higher peaks. But Eric Clapton called him the best he'd ever heard, Jerry Garcia praised his "amazing chops," the Rolling Stones asked him to join their band and Dale Hawkins, the rockabilly colossus who discovered Buchanan in the first place, was so enamored that he all but pulled the unknown youth out of high school to join him on the road. In a career which spanned more than 25 years, Roy Buchanan not only impressed some of rock's biggest names, he left an indelible impression on them all. 

Born September 23rd, 1939, in Ozark, AL, but raised in California's San Joaquin Valley, Leroy "Roy" Buchanan started playing guitar aged 9. His first instrument was a Iap steel and, at 12, he was the prodigal star of the older Wale! Kapn Valley Boys. At 16, he moved to Los Angeles where he joined future Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden in the Heartbeats, a band whose taOiE extended as far as a role in the movie Rock Pretty Baby, but those, ances were somewhat more limited. Touring the south, the group was abandoned by its agent in Oklahoma City, without the means to get home Buchanan had drifted no further than Tulsa before he landed a gig on Tulsa's Oklahoma Bandstand show, which is where Hawkins encountered him. Immediately, the "Susie Q" hitmaker offered Buchanan a job and, over thee next three years, the youngster's edgy, heavy guitar all but defined.

Buchanan left Hawkins in 1961, to team up with the singer's cousin, Ronnie. His band, the Hawks, was just taking its first steps and Buchanan made an immediate impression - not least of all on the group's other guitarist, a youngster named Robbie Robertson. In years to come, at the helm of The Band, Robertson rated Buchanan among the most significant influences on his career. Buchanan returned to the US later that year, marrying and settling in the DC area, and seemingly content to simply playing the local clubs scene, filling in behind anyone who asked him to. But word was spreading about this amazing guitarist and, in 1970, a Washington Star review finally revealed the best kept secret in town. The Washington Post followed suit and, when Rolling Stone, too, got in on the act, Buchanan's future was sealed. While WNET TV producer John Adams began work on a documentary, suitably entitled Introducing Roy Buchanan, Buchanan signed with Polydor and, in 1972, he released his debut album, a self-titled jewel which still ranks among the most cohesive artistic statements of the age. With his trademark '53 Telecaster kicking out his "country mojo" brew of rock, blues, jazz, folk and anything eise that caught his ear, Buchanan rewrote the rules of guitar herodom - while remaining as self-effacingly modest as any genius could. "This star business scares the hell out of me," he told a journalist in 1971, but the records he made were superstars regardless. 

This collection spotlights the five albums Buchanan cut at the peak of his career, between 1972-75, albums which defined American roots music at a time when the music itself was still seeking an identity. Only Buchanan's own former friends in The Band were coming even close to the territory Buchanan was defining; but even they zeroed in on just one facet of his vision. By the time of 1975's in concert Live Stock, there wasn't a guitarist alive who could touch Buchanan for technique, control, mood or feel. Such mercurial talent, however, masked some unimagined depths, as Buchanan lurched into a period of frustrating transience. Three late 1970s albums were followed by some six years of silence and rumor; it was 1985 before he returned to the recording studio, to cut the Grammy nominated When a Guitar Plays the Blues. Two further albums followed, but inexplicable tragedy lurked just around the corner. On August 14, 1988, Buchanan was arrested for drunkenness and placed in a cell. There, according to official accounts, he hanged himself with his own shirt. lt was a sad end to what many of Buchanan's admirers insist was a sadly unfulfilled life - he could have done more, he should have done more. But maybe, across his greatest recordings, he'd already done enough. The guitar would never sound the Same again. Dave Thompson

Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
Guitar on Fire: The Atlantic Sessions  
1993 - Atlantic compilation
Roy Buchanan's trio of mid-1970s titles: 
A Street Called Straight
Loading Zone
You're Not Alone (1978)

1. Ramon's Blues 
2. The Heat Of The Battle 
3. Hidden 
4. Green Onions 
5. Judy 
6. Adventures Of Brer Rabbit And Tar Baby 
7. Turn To Stone 
8. Fly...Night Bird 
9. Supernova 
10. Down By The River 
11. Running Out 
12. Man On The Floor 
13. Okay 
14. My Friend Jeff 
15. If Six Was Nine 
16. The Messiah Will Come Again 

Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
Deluxe Edition  
2001 - Alligator Records  
When a Guitar Plays the Blues (1985)*
Dancing On the Edge (1986)**
Hot Wires (1987)***

Previously unreleased****

1. Peter Gunn **
2. That Did It ***
3. Chicago Smokeshop *
4. Mrs. Pressure  *
5. Ain't No Business ***
6. Blues For Jimmy Nolen ****
7. A Nickel And A Nail *
8. Matthew **
9. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover **
10. Beer Drinking Woman **
11. Flash Chordin' ***
12. These Arms Of Mine *** 
13. Whiplash **
14. When A Guitar Plays The Blues * 
15. Hawaiian Punch *
16. The Last Word ****

Musician credit provided.

Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
Before and After  

1. Mule Train Stomp
2. Pretty Please
3. How Important Can It Be
4. Twin exhaust
5. Hot toddy
6. Am I the one
7. Ruby Baby
8. Shake The Hand Of A Fool
9. Twist medley: (The Twist; Mother s Club Twist)
10. When The Saints Go Twistin In
11. I Found You
12. Rambunctious
13. Malaguena
14. After Hours
15. Let s Twist Again
16. Peter Gunn
17. Park Boulevard Blues
18. Chowbay; Peace Cross
19. My Baby Is Sweeter
20. Minor Changes
21. Custom Made
22. My Baby Is Sweeter
Product Description:
Roy Buchanan was something of an enigma to fans and friends alike, but this album reveals all sides of his musical personality while providing an entertaining illustration of his genius. Along with Roy s own performances there are recordings of other artists featuring stunning solos and backups from the man himself. Lovingly annotated by Ellwood Brown, a long-time associate and close friend of Roy Buchanan. Includes his earliest and last recordings.
Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography
Roy Buchanan - Reviews and recommendations, discography

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