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Album Review

While not exactly a 180-degree rotation from the thoroughly enjoyable funk-fest on A Street Called Straight (1976), Roy Buchanan's subsequent album, You're Not Alone (1978), is an exceedingly more polished affair with a completely new cast of studio musicians. The instrumental space-themed effort may have worked well in the midst of the undue hype that Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were glutting the media with. That said, modern listeners may find the concept trite and at times, downright boring. It is against that backdrop that Buchanan's typically aggressive fretwork is somewhat incongruously juxtaposed. This certainly doesn't discount the drive and passion of his fiery solos, or his profound ability to carve out poignant textures with undeniable heart and unquestionable precision. An apt example is the extended and subdued "Fly...Night Bird." Behind the rote and otherwise perfunctory support, the guitarist soars, swoops, and glides with the nobility of an eagle and the grace of a swan. The cover of Joe Walsh's "Turn to Stone" fares an even more precarious fate, as the compelling and scathing electric opening drifts into a laid-back smooth jazz vibe, which is resolved by a rather milquetoast mid-tempo rhythm over which Buchanan arranges his shredding and soulful leads. Gary St. Clair (vocals) is featured on the adeptly executed rendering of Neil Young's "Down by the River." It pales in comparison to the versions from Live in Japan (2003), or the seminal Buck & the Snake Stretchers (1971). Even the high energy and open-throttled rocker, "Supernova," seems to lack the grit and authenticity needed to take the tune from its over-produced state to a suitable vehicle for Buchanan's unmitigated talents. Ardent enthusiasts may find You're Not Alone more appealing than the average listener. However, the general consensus is that there are infinitely more valid examples available of the guitarists' arguably unmatched prowess.

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One of the best guitar players of all time. great album now the world knows who really is pink. sorry roger w.

true Blues in Space

if you are the type who drools over guitar heroes than this is a must-have for you collection.
If Jeff Beck at his best sat in with Pink Floyd in the 70's, then it might have sounded something like the highlights of this disc. My brother and I wore out the grooves of the original LP release and I listened to a scratchy copy on cassette for a decade. FINALLY you lucky listeners can experience it as it was meant to be heard. All I can say is play it LOUD.
Roy was one of the true unsung heroes of the rock & blues guitar, heavily praised by Clapton, Beck and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. I dare you not to get goosebumps during the grand, aching, brilliant and emotional solo during "Down by the River." Roy & the band pull out all the stops and go for a full emotional rollercoaster.
As well as Roy's inspirational fretwork, the backing band does an excellent job as well. Journeyman drummer Andy Newmark lays down an easy-yet-majestic rock groove that recalls the best of Floyd, which would come in handy as he would go on to play for both Roger Waters and David Gilmour. Willie Weeks delivers a smooth set of bass lines that compliment and intertwine perfectly with the overall sound of the album. Hard to believe synthesizers would work at all with Buchanan's style, but they actually provide an amazingly warm, ethereal, otherworldly glow.
Listen and prepare to be amazed.

Finally, it be on I-tunes

The music 'here' is essential to own, along with "Live Stock". Roy was a great musician, albet a tragic figure, unfortunately. About time it got to be available. A studio album for sure, when it was cut, but Roy's use of the studio is amazing listening joy. .


Born: September 23, 1939 in Ozark, AR

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Roy Buchanan has long been considered one of the finest, yet criminally overlooked guitarists of the blues rock genre whose lyrical leads and use of harmonics would later influence such guitar greats as Jeff Beck, his one-time student Robbie Robertson, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Although born in Ozark, AR, on September 23, 1939, Buchanan grew up in the small town of Pixley, CA. His father was both a farmer and Pentecostal preacher, which would bring the youngster his first exposure to gospel music...
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