Found this album at a street sale years ago for a dollar. Seemed like stealing. The jacket was a bit worn, though the vinyl itself was in perfect condition as if it had only been played a few times and then tucked away like a secret.
Much like the man himself.
Awe inspiring notes were wrenched from his telecaster with the soul of someone who had seen a thousand lifetimes. All of the music you encounter here is extremely warm and real. Better yet, rough spots and miscues are not edited away. Country and blues are taken to some amazing places as strings are bent, pinched and played with a precision that won him the respect of his peers.
Hammond organ with a short spoken word intro brings you into the stunning "The Messiah Will Come Again", an instrumental that is the centerpiece of these tracks. It is indescribably moving and I listen to this whenever my spirits need a lift.
Curiously, he was largely unknown during his lifetime. Those that did have the pleasure of being acquainted with his considerable talents still treat him with reverence. He was an early mentor to Robbie Robertson, while Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and a host of other great musicians frequently sang his praises.
Buchanan checked out on my twentieth birthday and the circumstances of his passing have since been the subject of rumor.
That he was gifted remains without doubt.