Many of you are aware of Roy Buchanan. In fact, we’ve featured him once before. You probably know him as this guitar slinging blues player with the fastest licks in the business. This would be true, but this album is a little different. Yes, he still plays those killer notes. The music still has some blues base to it, but this was still quite different.
OK, what makes it different? Firstly, Roy tackles some pretty well known cover tunes on this record. He plays Neil Young’s” Down By the River” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone.” Another interesting aspect here was the use of some pretty big named studio musicians. Andy Newmark is on drums, Willie Weeks is on bass, and Ray Gomez is on guitar. What I just found out when I was putting this together was that Luther Vandross is on backing vocals. This was 1978, one of his earlier appearances.
The other thing that is different about this disc was that it had this odd “spacy” sound to it. That was the entire theme of this project. Look at the cover, look at some of the song titles, “Miles From Earth”, “ Fly.. Night Bird”, “Super Nova” and of course, “You’re Not Alone.”
I’d really try in give this one a listen. You’ll love it if you like killer picking, You’ll get a kick out of it if you’re a Neil Young or a Joe Walsh fan. The versions of those two songs by these writers was quite good. Two of the best tracks on the album. You’ll like it is you’re just in the mood to hear something a little off the beaten path by one of the best blues guitarists to ever pick up a Telecaster.
- The Opening… Miles From Earth 2:01
- Turn to Stone 5:48
- Fly… Night Bird 7:46
- 1841 Shuffle 4:17
- Down by the River 8:41
- Supernova 3:26
- You’re Not Alone 8:01
- Alfa Anderson Barfield Vocals
- Roy Buchanan Guitar, Vocals
- Krystal Davis Vocals, Vocals (Background)
- Ray Gomez Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Rhythm)
- David Lasley Vocals
- Andy Newmark Drums
- Gary St. Clair Vocals
- Luther Vandross Vocals
- Willie Weeks Bass
- When this site was somewhat new we looked at Roy’s debut album
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