. . . you discover this guy.
Cliche alert (here it comes): if you only ever buy one Roy Buchanan album, make it this one - never mind what might be missing from this compilation for the geeks and completists, just enjoy what's here. It's a revelation.
Apart from the inexplicable inclusion of the first 4 tracks from the unreleased first album (and you can see why it was unreleased; I think Roy is in the background there somewhere) this is as perfectly assembled a compilation as I've encountered.
The music on here is simply beautiful, an absolute joy. Some of the guitar playing is, quite literally, breathtaking. And by that I don't mean it's really good in an over-used-superlative way. I mean it's breathtaking: you stop breathing, and you marvel at what you're hearing.
And now the bad news - having investigated Mr Buchanan further since buying this gem, I would caution against rushing out and buying all his albums. I know it's considered a crime to say this, but some of his material is disappointing (well, no one can be a genius all the time).
Why? Well, RB was primarily a guitarist - not a songwriter, singer, or anything else that might have led him onto a coherent musical path. He just wanted to play the blues (and he often, to my ears, played it with the help of some pretty bog-standard backing bands). That means that some of his stuff sounds a bit, well, aimless, songless, unstructured. Indeed, the next album I bought after this one was Live in Japan, which mostly sounds like a post-Brilleaux Dr Feelgood soundcheck to me. Sorry, but it does.
I'm not trying to put you off - just to get you to listen before you buy. There are absolute masterpieces in Roy's work - but from what else I've heard so far, most of the best ones have found there way onto this album. So, if you only buy onr RB album, make it this one. Because, depending how deep you want to dig, you might not need another.