Sunday, March 4, 2012

Roy Buchanan - "Live At Rockpalast" DVD

Often heralded as one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, the relatively unknown Buchanan reportedly turned down both the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton to play in their bands (the Stones after the death of Brian Jones, and Clapton's early Derek & The Dominos) back in the 60s. His mastery of otherworldly fretwork encompassed early rock & roll as well as blues styles, and he influenced many of the greats.

This German TV broadcast, recorded live in 1980, presents Buchanan in his glory, with plenty of his own compositions as well as covers of "Peter Gunn" and Hendrix favorites "Hey Joe" and "Foxy Lady". As with other releases in the "Rockpalast" series, it's an impeccable recording, with multi-camera angles and clean, clear sound. Buchanan's music was so timeless, there's little clue that this show is over 30 years old, aside from the audience's attire. Masterful, and much respect to Buchanan, R.I.P. (MiG Music via MVD Visual)

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