Roy Buchanan was a guitar blues/rock virtuoso who put out numerous albums in the 70's & 80's. Tragically he took his own life in 1988. Between 1976 & 1978 Roy recorded three albums for Atlantic Records. A Street... more » Called Straight hit the Billboard charts in 1976 and features his unique interpretation of the Hendrix classic 'If Six Was Nine'. This album is making its worldwide CD debut! Wounded Bird release. 2002.« less
Roy Buchanan was a guitar blues/rock virtuoso who put out numerous albums in the 70's & 80's. Tragically he took his own life in 1988. Between 1976 & 1978 Roy recorded three albums for Atlantic Records. A Street Called Straight hit the Billboard charts in 1976 and features his unique interpretation of the Hendrix classic 'If Six Was Nine'. This album is making its worldwide CD debut! Wounded Bird release. 2002.
Roy Changes Labels And Re-Records His Signature Tune
Eric R. Last | San Bruno, CA United States | 07/27/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Since nobody else has seen fit to review Roy's 6th album "A Street Called Straight", I'll put in my 2 cents worth. This album was my introduction to Roy's music, some 25 years ago. My friends were raving about a song called "The Messiah Will Come Again", and I picked up this album, not realizing the version of that song contained herein was a remake, not the original that my friends had fallen in love with. Not that it really matters, as both versions are pretty similar and either will do just fine. (I like this version better, probably because I heard this version first). "Messiah..." remains a favorite after all these years, and any lover of Blues-Rock guitar playing will find much to enjoy on any Roy Buchanan album. But like most of his albums, "A Street Called Straight" also suffers from some weak songs, and the vocals are so-so. In other words, it's all about the guitar playing. This was Roy's first album for Atlantic after recording five for Polydor. Die hard fans will want to own everything, but for those of us who are content to just have the highlights, a better choice than this is the Rhino collection "Guitar On Fire: The Atlantic Sessions", which compiles tracks from Roy's three Atlantic albums. 6 of the 11 tracks on "a Steet Called Straight" are on the Rhino CD, including "Messiah...". By the way, I should mention that this review is really a review of the original LP rather than this CD reissue. I don't know if the CD has any bonus tracks, or is remastered, or has great liner notes, etc. Perhaps another reviewer will come along to provide that information."
Roy is amazing but the mastering is as bad as it gets!
Eric R. Last | 09/29/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"How could anyone do such a poor job on the mastering with todays technology?! . Roy Buchanan's great album "A Street Called Straight"
The album is great, the playing is great, but it is so muddy, and the volume so low that it doesn't even represent 1980's cd technology well...never mind 2003!!! Beware. Hold off on buying if you can and wait for someone to do it right!
Sorry to seem negative but it is true."
Anon | Australia | 09/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Each to their own, but I feel this is the best Roy Buchanan CD available. There are no weak tracks on this and the version of 'The Messiah Will Come Again' is better here. Some blues fans would be upset purely on the basis it tends to be more of a pop than blues CD. Probably not for those with blinkered music tastes, but definitely for those who like a variety of music."
Viktor | 10/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was a gift for my son, he was listenning to this album since he was 10 years old on my vinyl LP. Now he is 33 and was searching for this CD all over. Thanks to you Amazon.com we finally got IT!Regards, Viktor Novak South Africa"
Play it Loud
Paul Gehred | Seoul Korea | 10/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
I'm not a guitar player. I know the last two songs on this record are absolutely fabulous. Messiah is unbelievable. Ida Mae is straight up blues- just play both really loud and you will LOVE it. Blues meets 70's rock....the definition."