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Roy Buchanan — Sweet Dreams
Album: Sweet Dreams
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Released: 1992
Length: 3:28
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 jbuhl wrote:
I remember this guys' 8 track tapes laying in the floor board of my mothers Buick station wagon along with Elvis and George Carlin.
 
You had Elvis laying on the floorboard of your car? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!
He's the reason my first and (still my favorite) guitar is a Telecaster. I still have it after all these years. I suppose my only regret was not having Roy sign it. 
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
I really like his playing. It's all fine and emotional and then he gets JACKED up on emotion and shreds all over the place to return to hitting these really fine notes...

I wonder how he was like...
 
I bought a two-disc set recently. It's not all as good as this, but it's still quite amazing.
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I really like his playing. It's all fine and emotional and then he gets JACKED up on emotion and shreds all over the place to return to hitting these really fine notes...

I wonder how he was like...
If there were still 'desert island records' this would still be on it. Gorgeous rich guitar from a very troubled man.
I remember this guys' 8 track tapes laying in the floor board of my mothers Buick station wagon along with Elvis and George Carlin.
Buchanan is great.  Thank you for NOT playing more Celtic crap. 
Roy's 2nd album will always be one of my favorites. Just pure good music.
It must have been around 77 when I first learned about Roy Buchanan. He had inspired Jeff Beck's 'Cause we Ended as Lovers', which employed Roy's style of use of harmonic overtones. We bought every album available and gobbled it up. He was still touring in those days and we went to see him at a dive in Long Island. He didn't pack the house but he sure did master that Telecaster. RIP Roy and thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
Really nice ,,, I think this was used at the last scene of The Departed
 LizK wrote:
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooH!

 

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He could make that guitar cry. Apparently he wasn't kidding in his affection for the blues.
Legendary sounding take on a Don Gibson song.
8 > 9. 
I had some Roy Buchanan records in college.  I don't have them anymore. 
I guess I didn't appreciate his superb sound enough.
 
Took about two notes to tell this was Roy Buchanan. Such a distinct tone. A supreme and unique guitarist.
 WonderLizard wrote:


Both were from the Washington, D. C. area; both played a '53 Telecaster as their main axe; both were blazingly fast; both could take standards like "Sweet Dreams" or "Theme from The Honeymooners" and turn them jazz-like into masterpieces of idiosyncratic beauty.

Both committed suicide--neither particularly like the other. Odd that.
 
Depends on who you believe. Danny blasted his head with a shotgun,most locals believe Roy was murdered in a jail cell by the Fairfax County,Va. police.

"The "official" cause of death is suicide by hanging as stated by my brother Melting Media. However, Roy's family has always disputed the official version of what happened to Roy following his arrest that night (actually 1988) and one of his friends made a sworn statement that there were numerous bruises on Roy's body. "


"His cause of death was officially recorded as suicide, a finding disputed by Buchanan's friends and family. One of his friends, Marc Fisher, reported seeing Roy's body with bruises on the head. "
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooH!
Trying to write a technical paper when this blistering guitar work comes through the earbuds directly into my brain's pleasure centers.  He's gettin' it, isn't he?
This is why they invented the guitar. Oh my oh my.
I'd give it a 10 if not for that wimpy fadeout at the end.
I heard him live once. Amazing.   Another said of his playing: "He made the rafters sweat".
R.I.P.
 spigolli wrote:
Those Roys can really jam

 
Yes they do!!!!!!!
Well, I think that there are no worlds to describe how beautiful is this song. This guitar man arrives directly to the heart and the soul and makes you forget about yourself. I have read about his death in prison.{#Yes}
LOVE LOVE Patsy Cline, but Roy makes me cry, every time. I can barely listen to him. This is what music means. Godlike, for sure.
The Greatest Guitar Player you've never heard of!
 mrdak wrote:
Master of the tele'
 
Ah, someone that gets it!  Master indeed....

Master of the tele'
 HazzeSwede wrote:
That's a talkin guitar,if I ever heard one ! #9.
 
Nicely said from your side and wholeheartedly agreed from mine.

pay your respect to the man plz
 jkhandy wrote:
Roy must of done some better stuff than this?
 
Agree

Oh, geez - another travesty to bump down... WHY do people post such disturbing pictures here?? (I like Roy Clark's git-fiddling,  but there are times when I just can't stand to see his face. (I bet he has about four ex-wives who say the same thing.)

Someone gave me a two-CD compilation of Roy Buchanan's work, and I have yet to listen to it. Once I find it in the catastrophe that is my organizational solution, I'll be playing it loudly. With windows open.
Those Roys can really jam


Nice, but I'd love to hear the Patsy Cline version too!
 slippery wrote:
Didn't know Mitch had a brother..?

 

 

Yeah he did. But Mitch always got lucky with the hot women (e.g. Baywatch), so that's why Roy's got the blues... {#Dance}
That's a talkin guitar,if I ever heard one ! #9.
I know I'm supposed to {#Notworthy} to Roy, but I've reviewed his catalog and nothing jumps out at me—this piece included.
Roy must of done some better stuff than this?
Nice Piece
 JoBo wrote:
RB was truly a 'god' and is truly missed ... RIP, Roy 
 
Amen.

 paulpaar wrote:
Sweet SWEET Dreams! Oh yeah! 12, well, ok : 7. 8
 


I'm just posting  out of respect for Roy to move this thread onward from the abomination  posted below.
Sweet SWEET Dreams!

Oh yeah!

12, well, ok : 7.8
Didn't know Mitch had a brother..?

 

RB was truly a 'god' and is truly missed ... RIP, Roy 
Saw him live once at Springfield (MA) Symphony Hall - old building, nearly perfect acoustics. Holds only around 2000 people. It was the same weekend that Angela Davis was there and the banners from her lecture (or whatever) were still hanging up on the front of the building. (Must have been around 1975.) He was amazing on the guitar.

A true master. He had his problems, but he was one fine axe-man. R.I.P., Roy. {#Clap}
o.k. ... 'bard'...

 peterata wrote:

The rat running up and down the window sill ruined it for me, it was soooo cheap. I was like 'What was Scorsese thinking?!' An Oscar was long overdue, but he shouldn't have got it for that movie.
Anyway, this track was alright.
 
I thought the rat was a nice final touch, one of the best movies ever.
Zep wrote:
And the rat.
The rat running up and down the window sill ruined it for me, it was soooo cheap. I was like 'What was Scorsese thinking?!' An Oscar was long overdue, but he shouldn't have got it for that movie. Anyway, this track was alright.
Antigone wrote:
BillG's right ... this was very effective over the credits of The Departed! Good movie. Violent yes, excellently made and performed, definitely.
And the rat.
dwpbike wrote:
i spent most of a day with these two - still can't figure out why the comparisons are made.
Both were from the Washington, D.C. area; both played a '53 Telecaster as their main axe; both were blazingly fast; both could take standards like "Sweet Dreams" or "Theme from The Honeymooners" and turn them jazz-like into masterpieces of idiosyncratic beauty. Both committed suicide--neither particularly like the other. Odd that.
Ah, the cure for dengue fever. Just in time, too! :wink: 9 > 10
pianocomposer wrote:
This reminds me a lot of focus (yes, that's a compliment). It's the way he plays the guitar, I guess. Here's a relavent link: (click here)
just watched focus hocus pocus on youtube. tight band, good song, keyboard guy scary, but don't see a comparison to roy. is there a better example?
WonderLizard wrote:
Should follow this with Danny Gatton's "Theme from The Honeymooners" from Unfinished Business.
i spent most of a day with these two - still can't figure out why the comparisons are made.
this cut had me running for the anthology. took a few listens, but now i'm thinking black autumn is worth a play. yes, and many comments from purists.
Great song!!! Great movie!!! I'm going to go have a smoke. Do you want a smoke? You don't smoke do you. I bet your one of those fitness freaks. Aahhhh go *%#* yourself. One of best lines in the movie, thanks to Alex Baldwin.
Should follow this with Danny Gatton's "Theme from The Honeymooners" from Unfinished Business.
Sweet, sweet dreams indeed! :good-vibes:
ahhh...good to hear Roy...sorely missed! :bananajam:
Awesome!
He's amazing!
Wow - great tune!
fretman wrote:
Roy is the master of the Telecaster. Danny is too. And you can throw in another (at least for a while) DC area tele-blaster, Bill Kirchen. Thanks!
Bill moved to Austin due to some family problems. it's getting pretty sparse around here.
Lost my Roy tapes a while ago, but would love to hear his version of Down by the River - simply superb! please Bill :-)
I just saw in this month's Guitar Player magazine, inside the back cover, that the 53 Esquire is valued at over $46,000.
fretman wrote:
master of the Telecaster
I wish I held this degree!
This reminds me a lot of focus (yes, that's a compliment). It's the way he plays the guitar, I guess. Here's a relavent link: (click here)
I first heard of Roy Buchanan a couple of years ago. I don't know how the hell I had never heard of him before that, and I guess I am embarassed by this, but that is the way it is. Anyway, I was sitting on the beach on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands in front of Ivan's Campground, and Ivan was playing some live tracks from Roy's albums. Instantly I was a fan, and whenever I hear Roy I think of paradise at Ivan's...
pannaramma wrote:
Sweet
... hmmmmmm, yum! :hungry: hungry for more sweets of Roy's
Sweet
Roy is the master of the Telecaster. Danny is too. And you can throw in another (at least for a while) DC area tele-blaster, Bill Kirchen. I feel priveleged to have held Nancy in my hands way back at John Sprung's in Wheaton Triangle back in the day. That was the '53 Tele he used extensively during the '60s and '70s. Can't hardly get enough Roy on RP. But what I hear is awesome. Thanks!
Had the vinyl of this recording so I jump at the chance to see Roy play in the early '80s in Kingston, Ontario a few years before his death. One of the very best performances that I have ever witnessed. Was very pleasantly surprised when it this was the number used in the closing credits of 2006 movie "The Departed".
eastcoast wrote:
Another great guitarist no one ever heard of.
Who? No, seriously sounds good to me.
Another great guitarist no one ever heard of.
Would love to hear some Danny Gatton WildschÃŒtz wrote:
Remembers me to Danny Gatton :clap:
drtjdel wrote:
Is that what Bruce Springsteen is playing on the Born to Run album cover? I thought (perhaps incorrectly) that the Esquire was a 'starving musician' version of the Tele.
Bruce's Esquire (single pickup at bridge) has an added neck pickup. Roy is playing a Telecaster (neck and bridge).
BillG's right ... this was very effective over the credits of The Departed! Good movie. Violent yes, excellently made and performed, definitely.
Remembers me to Danny Gatton :clap:
Geecheeboy wrote:
My brother got in some silly bind a couple years ago and sold our family heirloom '53 Esquire for $1,600. Omaha Nebraska. We never let him forget it. Hell, I wish he had asked ME. (The Esquire was what Fender called this model for the first production run).
:bananajam:
I miss you, Roy. Rest in peace.
Geecheeboy wrote:
My brother got in some silly bind a couple years ago and sold our family heirloom '53 Esquire for $1,600. Omaha Nebraska. We never let him forget it. Hell, I wish he had asked ME. (The Esquire was what Fender called this model for the first production run).
Is that what Bruce Springsteen is playing on the Born to Run album cover? I thought (perhaps incorrectly) that the Esquire was a 'starving musician' version of the Tele.
A true gem!
Just stunning!! Exquiaite timing and range on something so simple!
drtjdel wrote:
I think there's a 53 Tele on display at the Guitar Showcase in San Jose.
My brother got in some silly bind a couple years ago and sold our family heirloom '53 Esquire for $1,600. Omaha Nebraska. We never let him forget it. Hell, I wish he had asked ME. (The Esquire was what Fender called this model for the first production run).
mojoman wrote:
It's 2 am. Last call. You're dancing with a girl who was probably butt-ugly six beers ago, and Roy Buchanan is playing on the box. Need I say more?
Yes. Wrap it.
... It's past midnight here and I must say the music has been pretty bloody marvelous to wile the night into mornin', so a HUGE thank you goes out to all at RPHQ ...
ScottN wrote:
I once read a review of A RB concert which described his playing as "he made the rafters sweat." I wish I had the good fortune of seeing him live. R.I.P.
I always dug Roy on vinyl, but the only time I saw him live (late 70s, Austin TX), he was drunk as a skunk and could barely play...
Saw him live in New York in 1976 - utter genius. The bloody guitar talks and sings and moans like no-one else can make it. It's not just clever - it hurts!!!
ScottN wrote:
I once read a review of A RB concert which described his playing as "he made the rafters sweat." I wish I had the good fortune of seeing him live. R.I.P.
He gave an awesome show. I saw him twice and he gave me goosebumps both times. :hearteyes:
I think there's a 53 Tele on display at the Guitar Showcase in San Jose.
underarmor wrote:
He died a few years back. Maybe 2000 or so.
From AMG "But just as his career seemed to be on the upswing once more, tragedy struck on August 14, 1988, when Buchanan was picked up by police in Fairfax, VA, for public intoxication. Shortly after being arrested and placed in a holding cell, a policeman performed a routine check on Buchanan and was shocked to discover that he had hung himself in his cell." Danny Gatton committed suicide in 1994.
I once read a review of A RB concert which described his playing as "he made the rafters sweat." I wish I had had the good fortune of seeing him live. R.I.P.
He died a few years back. Maybe 2000 or so. DJac wrote:
Haven't heard this guy played anywhere in a while! Great to hear! Saw him in a little clubhouse in the Southwest way back long ago (80's?) -- he and his Tele were hot! :guitarist: Thx for playin', Bill!
Never 'paid attention' before. Kicked it up to an 8.
A must have is the album "In The Beginning"
Antigone wrote:
YES! Let's start a Rory Gallagher petition! Love the Buchanan too.
YES!!! I also love Rory Gallagher!! Please, Bill, add him to the playlist too...... pretty please...? :pray:
Damn! This is sa-WEET! :guitarist:
Haven't heard this guy played anywhere in a while! Great to hear! Saw him in a little clubhouse in the Southwest way back long ago (80's?) -- he and his Tele were hot! :guitarist: Thx for playin', Bill!
WonderLizard wrote:
Despite the fact that Buchanan spent the last 30-odd years of his life in the D.C. area and that he and Danny Gatton, born, bred and residing in D.C. and environs all his life, had remarkably similar styles, played virtually the same main axe ('53 Telecaster)--yet I never saw them play together, never heard of them associating, but they must have known each other. Anybody?
I rememeber reading various interviews with Gatton and Buchanan in Guitar World and Guitar Player, and it was apparantly some bad blood between them. Buchanan wasn't exactly pleased that Gatton was copying his style, as he claimed, and it seemed that he had a lot of bitterness towards Gatton, and he talked quite much of how Gatton just was a rip-off of himself, and stuff. Buchanan used to be a mentor for Gatton in the early days, as far as I have understood. I remember Gatton also confirming that Buchanan had a bad attitude towards him, and that he was sorry about how things were.
Despite the fact that Buchanan spent the last 30-odd years of his life in the D.C. area and that he and Danny Gatton, born, bred and residing in D.C. and environs all his life, had remarkably similar styles, played virtually the same main axe ('53 Telecaster)--yet I never saw them play together, never heard of them associating, but they must have known each other. Anybody?
a great interpretation of a great classic song. would it be possible to hear the man that wrote this song sing it (DG)..?? guess who ? please excuse me for acting up a little...the music has me on a high!! thanks again RP
Wow, that was greatness. Never got into Buchanan but I too will remedy that situation very soon! Great, great guitar tone, really striking. Thanks for yet another great musical introduction RP!
Still fresh....
What a nice suprise! Roy Buchannon!! What a GREAT radio station!
It's 2 am. Last call. You're dancing with a girl who was probably butt-ugly six beers ago, and Roy Buchanan is playing on the box. Need I say more?
Both the player and the song are identifiable on the first note. I've held Nancy, the 1953 Telecaster he played, in my own hands... what a trip! Way to go, RP!
8)
Ngoziman wrote:
Thanks for the memories. I remember this from way back - I'd forgotten all about it. I've got this track on the eponymous Roy Buchanan LP from 1972 (Polydor red label). It's listed as Roy Buchanan and the Snakestretchers!
Flashbacks to my mispent youth. Haven't heard this in about 25-30 years :-) I have 2-3 of his on vinyl in a box somewhere, must dig out ...
He sounds a bit like Jon Ackerman in this song. I though for a moment I was lisytening to Focus..Great Guitarist indeed...
Thanks for the memories. I remember this from way back - I'd forgotten all about it. I've got this track on the eponymous Roy Buchanan LP from 1972 (Polydor red label). It's listed as Roy Buchanan and the Snakestretchers!
Enrique wrote:
A brilliant guitarist. I can't believe that I do not have a single one of his albums. That will change soon.
You and me both!
A brilliant guitarist. I can't believe that I do not have a single one of his albums. That will change soon.
RIP Roy.
glebarr wrote:
One of the best!! This guy was a genius; too bad he died in such a tragic way (suicide-though some say it was murder). How about adding Rory Gallagher to the playlist? thanks.GL
YES! Let's start a Rory Gallagher petition! Love the Buchanan too.
very nice. this makes me think of the beach parties and college.
An extrodinary guitarist and a monumental loss to all of MUSIC when Buchanan passed away. Great tune from a great artist!
One of the best!! This guy was a genius; too bad he died in such a tragic way (suicide-though some say it was murder). How about adding Rory Gallagher to the playlist? thanks.GL
I know this has been said before, but, WOW. I love Roy Buchanan and am so glad that RP is playing his music.