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Hot Wires

Roy BuchananAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Roy Buchanan Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0000009YQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The late guitarist's twelfth and last recording has stretches when he slows his attack down, thinks methodically, and takes heed of form and direction; at such times his storytelling is immensely more concise than usual. To hell with believable stories, though; the instrumental "-High Wire" is wilder and more fantastic than a whirling dervish juggling knives on a trampoline. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His last Opus! August 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was pitifully the last recording of this enfant terrible of the Rock: Roy Buchanan who still had so much to give and so much to say. He lefts us in a very early age.

This album contains one of the Best Blues of hos persona career: Blues lover, extraordinary.

We must mention the special version of 25 miles a remake of the original Soul singer Edwin Star of 1969.

But there is still more: The instrumental Hot wires is atrue tour de force all the way; his flamboyant Flash Chordin, Country Boogie and the enrapturing Sunset over Broadway.

Go for this album it's a must in your personal collection.

Roy Buchanan: In memoriam!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roy's swan song... February 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Two of the stars on this album are not with us anymore:Roy,the genius,and Stan Szelest,his keyboard player.In many ways,this is a culmination of Buchanan's career,featuring four instrumentals,and a number of guest vocalists,such as:Kanika Kress and John Sayles.The style is exactly what we have become accustomed to expect from this guitar wiz(who also sings):lots of soul and scorching guitar that will leave your rock rolling.Roy Buchanan the master,gone but not forgotten...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of his career December 31, 2009
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The last 3 albums Roy made were made in the 80's for the Alligator label. Those 3 albums are the best of his career in my opinion (though "Second Album" from 1973 also deserves praise). The Hot Wires album is memorable, cohesive, and full of unbelievably stellar moments!
I would recommend Roy's live albums first, but this one's my favorite of all his albums. And incidentally the Sweet Dreams Anthology is a great distillation of his career before the Alligator years.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roy's swan song... February 23, 2000
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Two of the stars on this album are not with us anymore:Roy,the genius,and Stan Szelest,his keyboard player.In many ways,this is a culmination of Buchanan's career,featuring four instrumentals,and a number of guest vocalists,such as:Kanika Kress and John Sayles.The style is exactly what we have become accustomed to expect from this guitar wiz(who also sings):lots of soul and scorching guitar that will leave your rock rolling.Roy Buchanan the master,gone but not forgotten...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blues in A, ready, set, go.... June 13, 2013
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Ok, I'm not on the bandwagon with the rest of these reviewers. I've been listening to Roy since sometime in the early 70s I guess. I have all the early albums except his "first recordings" which is a more recent reissue. I have two live recordings and a couple of collections to catch a few songs I didn't have. This was my first and last Alligator album. I bought this and Loading Zone at the same time. I have Loading Zone on LP but wanted a cd copy. Favorite song on LZ not available on any collections is Circle. Love that song.

OK, Hot Wires. First, Roy plays as good as ever on here, I think. No knock on Roy. Two complaints. One: the prodution sucks. The All Music listing says this came out in 1987. Typical of recordings from then there is too much reverb, making Roy's guitar sound distance, obscure, lessening the emotional kick. The cymbals have that phony quality of recordings from that period. I once read an article with the guy who created this ugly sound and he was proud of it. Me, I'd rather here a real band, straight up with a dry sound and no electronic manipulation.

Second complaint: the arrangements or nonarrangements. I haven't listened to this with my guitar in hand to verify the key signatures but I picture Roy walks into the studio and says, "what have you got?" The band leader says something like "Blues in A" or Boogie in G", "ready, set, go". I admit that on something like the Second Album the arrangements are pretty basic, but somehow it works there. I admit that on Loading Zone someone other than Roy is setting some of the arrangements, but here it all sounds different, like he is just sitting in with some hacks and a producer who is probably bagging groceries now.

I won't be buying the other Alligator releases and shouldn't have bought this one. I have one of the other post-Loading Zone albums on LP. I wouldn't buy anything after that Album. I wish he had found sobriety and were still with us.
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