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The Messiah Came... But Never Really Made Enough Of An Impact...
on 7 June 2014
Perhaps not a solid start for a guy who had spent most of his life in previous bands and as a session player before embarking upon a solo career himself. There is no doubt Roy can play the guitar and is by far one of the most underrated guitarists who hardly got a look in to be noticed enough in comparison to the many greats out there, and he certainly should of been amongst them.
Roy's debut album is a bag of mixed material of mainly blues & country and perhaps is not enough to set the world on fire with it's contrasting styles and they perhaps work badly against each other with how the album flows. No doubt Roy plays great and so does the regular guys he his with here form his previous time with the Snake Stretchers consisting of Chuck Tilley -Vocals. Dick Heintz - Piano & Organ. Pete Van Allen - bass. Ned Davis - Drums and Teddy Irwin - Rhythm Guitar or of which are capable musicians accompany the man himself.
The album kicks off very well with a Don Gibson number "Sweet Dreams" which is a great number and one that Roy done at many of his live shows, and it also kicked of his previous album with the Snake Stretchers so there was nothing really new here. "The Messiah Will Come Again" was also done with the guys on that previous album too, but for me this has to be one of Roy's true classics and one penned by himself and he speaks his own words on this one, and for me is the best track on the album, and both of these tracks for me were much better done live.
"John's Blues" and "Pete's Blue" are great blues tracks once again better heard on his live albums, and the album even has a bit of Rock n' Roll with "Haunted House" which for me really makes this album far to contrasting for my liking enough to give it anywhere near 5 stars.
To sum up here I think Roy's debut album was pretty decent one and OK but nothing much more. It's a long shot off his better albums but has some goodies along it's path which are well worthy of having, though much better on his live albums where he really does put all his heart into them. You are certainly not gonna get the feeling that this was perhaps one of the greatest guitarists in the world from this album that's for sure, and apart from the odd tracks already mentioned here it says very little apart from the superb "The Messiah Will Come Again" and he did indeed with his following album.