July 29, 2015 – 1:53 pm

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New Jersey 1988 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Stanhope House, Stanhope, New Jersey. Although this has been shared as June 30, 1988, the “Merry Christmas” greeting in the intro and the presence of The Messiah put this as a December 1987 (?) show. [Roy Buchanan passed away on August 14, 1988 at the age of 48.] Very good soundboard.


A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Roy Buchanan’s life changed in 1971, when he gained national notice as the result of an hour-long PBS television documentary. Entitled Introducing Roy Buchanan, and sometimes mistakenly called The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World, it earned a record deal with Polydor Records and praise from John Lennon and Merle Haggard, besides an alleged invitation to join the Rolling Stones (which he turned down and which gave him the nickname “the man who tumbled the stones down”). Guitar Player praised him as having one of the “50 Greatest Tones of all Time.

Towards the end of his life, according to his agent and others, Buchanan was doing well, having gained control of his drinking habit and playing again, when he was arrested for public intoxication after a domestic dispute. He was found hanged from his own shirt in a jail cell on August 14, 1988 in Fairfax County, Virginia. According to Jerry Hentman, who was in a cell nearby Buchanan’s, the Deputy Sheriff opened the door early in the morning and found Buchanan with the shirt around his neck. Buchanan’s last show was on August 7, 1988 in Guilford, CT. His cause of death was officially recorded as suicide, a finding disputed by Buchanan’s friends and family. One of his friends, Marc Fisher, reported seeing Roy’s body with bruises on the head.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 2:11 (3.7MB)
Track 102. Short Fuse 2:48 (4.7MB)
Track 103. Can’t Judge a Book 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 104. Country Boy 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 105. Down By the River 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 106. Goose Grease 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 107. Baby Baby Baby 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 108. Peter Gunn/When a Guitar Plays the Blues 5:18 (8.9MB)
Track 109. When a Guitar Plays the Blues (cut near end) 9:16 (15.6MB)
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Stage Banter 1:43 (2.9MB)
Track 202. Suzie Q 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 203. Hot ‘Cha/I’m a Ram 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 204. Shuffle 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 205. Green Onions/Hey Joe/Foxey Lady/Purple Haze 12:04 (20.3MB)
Track 206. The Messiah Will Come Again/encore applause 9:04 (15.2MB)
Track 207. Rock ‘n’ Roll (Led Zeppelin cover) 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 208. Sunshine of Your Love 5:11 (8.7MB)
44 mins

Roy Buchanan - guitar, vocals
Cary Zeigler - bass, vocals
Vince Santoro - drums, vocals

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  1. 14 Responses to “ROY BUCHANAN - NEW JERSEY 1988”

  2. WOOOO! Can’t wait to hear this one, Big O! What a cool find. Many thanks!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 29, 2015

  3. This is fantastic! Never cases to amazes me how his tones can reach into your inner soul. Amazing!Thanks for passing this gem on. :-)

    By Pig Street! on Jul 29, 2015

  4. This one looks great.. Thanks for posting..

    By Tom on Jul 29, 2015

  5. Great guitar player but man could he ever be a dick to the people who worked in the clubs he played. Just saying….

    By dwight on Jul 29, 2015

  6. from 1961..dig it

    By sluggo on Jul 29, 2015

  7. Yeah funny thing - back in 1988 I was walking past a record store and had an urge to buy some music - walked in and was looking around and saw Roy’s section. Already had a couple (You’re Not Alone is in my Top Ten Albums - love it)so bought Dancing On The Edge and Hot Wires and went home and played them. His death was announced in the paper the very next day so had to play them some more. Awesome player, this is an excellent show and he’ll always be unique. Mind you, a bit like Frank Zappa - there’s a time and a place to play him: generally when the missus is not around! Thanks Big-O

    By Gazza on Jul 30, 2015

  8. Saw Johnny Winter/Roy Buchanan/Buddy Guy/Jr.Wells @ The Beacon Theatre N.Y.C. in May 1984. It was a great guitar show. I remember wishing at the time he would have done more of his own music as he performed a couple of Jimi Hendrix songs. Thanks BIGO.

    By Tunafan on Jul 30, 2015

  9. Hey, BigO, Buddy Emmons died yesterday. The Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel. Do you have anything in your archives?

    By S. Husting on Jul 30, 2015

  10. here is a nice Buddy Emmons rehearsal

    By sluggo on Jul 30, 2015

  11. big o..why not combine a tribute to Buddy Emmons and Danny Gatton. they did some great shows together.

    By sluggo on Jul 30, 2015

  12. Cant’ recall when it was released, but there was a locally produced (DC area) TV documentary about his life after he died, with a lot of interesting observations by local musicians who knew him. Roy was a tough nut who had his issues (he was a touring musician before he hit puberty — digest that one), but he was a very powerful player when he was on his game. Between him and Gatton, we’ve lost a mountain of guitar talent around here.

    By thor on Jul 31, 2015

  13. the greatest unknown guitarist in the world pbs

    By sluggo on Jul 31, 2015

  14. The bass/vocal Carey Ziegler was a longtime member of Crack The Sky.

    By Tom L on Jul 31, 2015

  15. Damn, I moved out of Netcong (next to Stanhope) to California on 12/1/1987. If only I stayed a few more weeks. I look forward to listening to this 28 years late. Thank you Big-O!

    By California Jim on Jul 31, 2015

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