1 High Wire - 2:44
2 That Did It - 5:07
3 Goose Grease - 3:03
4 Sunset Over Broadway - 4:16
5 Ain't No Business - 3:19
6 Flash Chordin' - 4:10
7 25 Miles - 3:49
8 These Arms Of Mine - 5:17
9 Country Boogie - 4:33
10 The Blues Lover - 8:44
Curiously, while Roy Buchanan's two earlier releases for Alligator Records were greeted with widespread critical acclaim and treated as a major comeback,1987's 'Hot Wires' attracted little media attention and even fewer sales. Even sadder, in the wake of his August 1988 death by suicide the album proved to be Buchanan's final studio release. Co-produced by Buchanan, Bruce Ihlauer, Justin Niebank, and Dick Shurman, the album reunited Buchanan with some of Chicago's premier players including bassist Larry Exum, drummer Morris Jennings, and guitarist Donald Kinsley. Musically the collection featured a mixture of Buchanan originals and R&B and soul covers. It's always struck me as somewhat ironic that Buchanan consistently outsourced vocals; in this case The Blues Express' Kanika Kress and Johnny Sayles. While Buchanan's voice may not have been the most versatile singer you've ever heard, his sing/speak voice was quite likeable and well suited to the bluesy genre and a series of rare Buchanan vocals were among the album highlights - the goofy swamp rocker 'Goose Grease', 'Ain't No Business' and the stormy 'The Blues Lover'. But then you're not going to buy a Buchanan LP for his voice ... The instrumental 'Sunset Over Broadway' may have been the prettiest song Buchanan ever wrote. Simply gorgeous and easy to picture it being selected for placement on a film soundtrack. 'Flash Chordin'' was a stupefying display of the man's speed and dexterity (my 18 year old aspiring guitarist son was simply dumbfounded by the performance - 'how can someone do that with a guitar?'). Certainly no
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