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Slideways

Roy Rogers (Blues)Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Roy Rogers is one of the premier slide guitarists performing today. He is also an internationally acclaimed producer for John Lee Hooker (winning two Grammy Awards) and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He has received numerous accolades worldwide, including two Grammy nominations, for his songwriting as well as for his work on movie soundtracks and television. He's also received awards in ... Read more in Amazon's Roy Rogers (Blues) Store

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000645KZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Avalanche
2. Smoke & Mirrors
3. Razor's Edge
4. Duckwalk
5. I'm With You
6. Talking Walls
7. Crescent Steps
8. No Destination
9. Swamp Dream
10. There Is Only You
11. Precious Moments
12. Gumbo Funk
13. For the Children

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Blues producer and slide-guitar virtuoso Roy Rogers's eighth solo outing continues his exploration of roots music with an all-instrumental selection. Nearly an hour's worth of slide guitar is a rich confection, but the variety of styles and tones adopted here will keep the aficionado amused. A few of the cuts are simply grooves, rather than artfully prepared tunes, but the majority are blues based, and all are raunchy and uptempo. The opening "Avalanche" is a gloriously sweaty blueswailin' stomp. Other highlights include "Duckwalk," a rocking tribute to one of the unsung heroes of the slide guitar, Chuck Berry, and "There Is Only You," which climaxes in a manner reminiscent of some of Ry Cooder's best soundtrack instrumentals. Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste lends a New Orleans flavor, and Snortin' Norton Buffalo's harmonica is a key foil for Rogers's slide throughout. --Rob Stewart

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to any blues collection December 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album has a level of energy that I haven't found on many recent blues albums. Overall I think many of the other reviewers are being a bit too critical--this one is great for driving or background music during a loud party. I play it at work frequently, and almost every time someone will walk past and say "that's good stuff--who is it?" Considering some of the major disappointments I've purchased in the blues vein recently, this one deserves a solid recommendation.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo October 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Normally, I don't like instrumental CD's. To me, they tend to get boring. From the opening notes of "AVALANCHE", the first song on Roy Rogers' latest CD, SLIDEWAYS, it left little doubt, with its blues boogie and hard driving slide work, that this could be different.
Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings can almost do it all. Where there's something they can't do, out comes Norton Buffalo blowing his harp on this CD. Norton shines the bightest on the slow blues number "I'M WITH YOU".
"THERE IS ONLY YOU" and "PRECIOUS MOMENTS" are slide guitar odes to that special someone. Roy makes you feel the love in each and every note without having to say a word. SLIDEWAYS is a must have for people who love their music straight from the heart.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta Get This CD October 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Oh My God, Oh My GOD, OH MY GOD!!!!! I've listened to a lot of instrumental music in my life, but always thought "slide guitar - are you kidding, that's for backwater hillbillies". Boy was I wrong. I heard the NPR feature the other day on Roy Rogers and this album and was intrigued to say the least.
If you have ears (even one will do), you must run out right now and get this CD. It made me jump, it made my laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to live forever, it made me feel like I died and went to heaven. There are no words to describe it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Slide! August 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Whether you compare this disc to anything else Roger's has released, compare it to other slide guitar releases or compare it to other blues CD's released this year, it is not hard to justify a five star rating. This release is simply heads and shoulders above the rest. Like all "solo" releases, this release features an all star cast which serve up a creative rhythmic backdrop against which Roger's works his magic. No stranger to a Rogers CD is Norton Buffalo who performs harp on six of the thirteen instrumental tunes here. Joining Buffalo on two of the tracks is former Muddy Water's drummer Francis Clay. Freddie Roulette (CD "Back In Chicago"), one of the last of the living blues steel guitarist, appears on two tracks and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste (CD "Zigaboo.com"), one of the premier funk drummers alive today appears on four tracks. The CD opens with a slide shred fest called "Avalanche", and then glides into the rockin' "Smoke and Mirrors" before settling down into what most folks will recognize as the blues. The intensity of the music retains its fairly relentless pace until the rather funkified "Gumbo Funk". Forget any notion you may have that a slide guitar instrumental CD might be a little mundane and prepare for a wild ride. This is great music.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coulda beena contenda, but October 27, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There's at least one sweet track ("If Walls Could Talk")on this CD and some great pickin', but overall it's not completely satisfying. Having heard the interview and that track on PBS I was prepared for a very different kind of album. So despite the great guitar licks it ain't more than 2.5 stars in my book.
This is "drivin'" music. The rhythm is definitely on the move, and if you're cruising down the highway late at night you won't fall asleep! It's kind of hard to pin down the style. Sort of White Boy Blues meets early rock, cowboy meets Buddy Guy, with a sprinking of heavy metal style here and there. If this sounds like your style, then you can raise the rating.
The real downer for me are the acoustics. The sonics are not pleasing. Imagine taking Bonnie Raitt or the Allmans and letting a local amateur engineer, with a hangover and [ticked] at his girlfriend to boot, broadcast this one on AM radio, then pipe it into a stadium PA system, while you listen to it halfway down an access tunnel. This is over-amped, fuzzed, buzzed and whatever to death. Yep, not pretty at all.
True, I'm still listening to it, so it isn't bad. Frankly, this would sound much better when you're 2 beers or at least 1 whiskey into a blues club evening, but I wouldn't start your date night off on this one.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing Roy Rogers, who is a very fine musician. It shows through. Just that he writes in the jacket blurb that he wanted to make it "edgy" and he succeeds beyond his wildest dreams. Roy, my man, this could have been sweet....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slideways or Slidemaster ? April 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The king of slide is back in top form. RR is the greatest and shows why in his new release. You might forgo your morning coffee and just blast off with this as a healthy alternative. And if you think the CD is great, try seeing him in person...WOW. Words aren't enough...and he is a good guy as well. I've been watching him for the past 20 years, and can honestly say I'd rather see him perform than anyone else. How about trying something different, give this one a shot, you won't be sorry !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Tunes
Definitely a different style of music. Really cool tunes while cruising or having guys over to shoot pool. Mostly instrumentals as I recall. Really tough sound. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by TxnTarzan
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Technician Not Great Music
Love a good slide guitar. This is a good player. After 5 minutes it just sounds like variations of the same lick over and over and over again. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by S. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I bought this after hearing the NPR piece, and thinking that this sounded like my kind of album. But... Read more
Published on November 24, 2002 by Jonathan M. Mason
2.0 out of 5 stars Artificial, Disappointing
Like others here, I ordered this CD after hearing the artist on NPR. He has chops but to paraphrase Albert King's complaint about other players, he "just plays fast, ain't got no... Read more
Published on November 13, 2002 by D. Silliman
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply THE BEST
Roy is definitely the best guitarist the "mainstream" public has never heard of. I first was turned on to him when he played slide on Sammy Hagar's "Little White... Read more
Published on June 4, 2002 by hear it live
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DIMINUTIVE DEMON OF THE SLIDE GUITAR!
No, this isn't Roy Rogers the singing cowboy. Although even the original Roy might have taken a second listen to this stunning instrumental album by one of the best slide guitar... Read more
Published on May 25, 2002 by Patrick Earley
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