National – A trio of albums with an Arkansas connection will be available on Black Friday during Record Store Day 2018. Blue Oyster Cult’s second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, guitar hero Roy Buchanan’s live album Live at Town Hall 1974 and rock-n-roll raconteur Tav Falco’s latest LP, Cabaret of Daggers are all slated for RSD release on Friday, November 23.
It’s somewhat common knowledge that the seven songs on Some Enchanted Evening were recorded live across multiple cities on Blue Oyster Cult’s 1977-78 tour. Of those songs, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” — perhaps the group’s signature tune — was recorded at Little Rock’s Barton Coliseum on April 9, 1978. This version of Some Enchanted Evening is being billed as the “Legacy Edition” and has never been released on vinyl. It includes bonus tracks, and packaging that includes an LP obi (side spine), cardboard gatefold jacket with two pockets, black inner sleeves and translucent blue vinyl, according to the RSD release information.
Tav Falco, the Philadelphia-born dark, brooding deviant hill country psych/blues musician, will release Cabaret of Daggers on the date as well. Falco grew up around Gurdon, Arkansas, a city about 85 miles south of Little Rock, before hitting his musical groove in Memphis. He’s been fronting the psychedelic avant-garde outfit Tav Falco’s Panther Burns since the late ’70s. Cabaret of Daggers is the group’s first studio album since 2015’s Command Performance. Cabaret of Daggerswas tracked in Rome with the same ferocious line-up, the unapproachable Panther Burns. Vocal overdubs were recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, according to RSD information.
Additionally, RSD brings us a full-scale 21-song release of the late, great Roy Buchanan’s famed live set at New York City’s Town Hall on November 27, 1974. Only six of the 21 songs Buchanan, a native of Ozark, Arkansas, played that night came out on Live Stock, and one other, a version of Neil Young’s “Down by the River,” came out on a subsequent compilation. That leaves 14 unreleased performances—and now, Real Gone Music presents Live at Town Hall 1974, a 3-LP set that captures both shows in their entirety, drawn from the original multi-track tapes recorded that night by The Record Plant Mobile Studio. The album displays Buchanan’s raw power and swagger and features what many consider Buchanan’s best backing band, with Malcolm Lukens on keyboards, John Harrison on bass, Ronnie “Byrd” Foster on drums, and Billy Price sharing a role with Buchanan on lead vocals, according to RSD information.