CD Review

Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Session Review

From CD jacket: "Anyone who's witnessed a much anticipated jam session only to be disappointed --with each participant deferring to the other, the end result being that night ever got out of first gear -- will welcome this pairing of two giants of blues guitar. Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan obviously shared mutual admiration. But it simply wasn't in either one's makeup to a) be intimidated or b) take a backseat to anyone. Not without kicking up a little dust."

Previously the only way to get this session was in Import form, on Jammed Together - Texas Style.Now it is possible to get a totally 'legal' copy of this incredible live performance between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King. Albert King, as the blues master, careful instructs and encourages Stevie Ray to keep working and improving his skills.

This CD has Stevie Ray Vaughan playing with Albert King at the CHCH Studios (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - 11/1983). You can hear every note and all of the vocals on this CD.

I really enjoyed listening to Stevie and Albert King talking to each other between the tracks. It was also great to hear Stevie playing something other than his standard fair. If you like Albert King at all, then you have toget this CD.

Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Step (Remastered) Review

After Stevie Ray Vaughan and the members of Double Trouble cleaned up from their drug andalchohol problems, SRV & DT put out this explosive CD. More than half of the CD contains memoriable songs,including: Crossfire, Tightrope, Leave My Girl Alone, Wall of Denial, and Riviera Paradise.

The remastered version of In Step contains five new tracks plus the effects from remastering the original CD. The four tracks are SRV Speaks, The House is Rockin' (Live), Let Me Love You Baby (Live),Texas Flood (Live), and Life without You (Live). Each of these new tracks are excellent tracks to include with In Step.I might have picked some other songs from the In Step CD but these are good tracks.

I have read on some newsgroups (and email lists) devoited to Stevie Ray Vaughan that some fans are upset that the new material was not put onto a single new CD. For me this is a non-issue. Sony is a company that wants to make money. I don't begrudge them for this and I don't have a problem with the repackaging and remastering of In Step. I like the fact that they picked material that was from the time frame when In Step was originally released. It should also be noted that it is possible to get this CD for ~$12.00. And in my case I traded in a bunch of CDs I don't listen to for store credit which paid for the remastered In Step.

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live Alive Review

Don't buy this CD until you own every other SRV & DT commercial CD (except for Greatest Hits). Although the CD is called Live Alive, it is very hard to tell if any of the tracks are from a live venue,except for the occassional audience hiss between tracks.

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live At Carnegie Hall Review

This live CD is in fact truly a live show, unlike Live Alive. This CD contains smokin' versions of Scuttle Buttin', Testifyin', and Cold Shot. The second half of the show Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Troublebring on George Rains (a 2nd drummer), Dr. John (on organ & piano), the five-man horn section from Roomfulof Blues, Jimmie Vaughan on rhythm guitar, and Angela Strehli for vocals on C.O.D.

SRV & DT knew that their blues heros never got a chance to play at Carnegie Hall, so they decided to play some classic blues songs. On this CD there are excellent versions of Letter to My Girlfriend (Guitar Slim), The Things That I Used to Do (Guitar Slim/Muddy Waters), C.O.D. (Albert King), and Iced Over (Albert Collins).

There are two problems with this CD. The first one is the crowd noise, especially during the song Lenny.The second problem is that the original show was much longer than ~71 minutes (as found on this CD). The entire show was recorded with the intent of making a live show available on CD. For some reason this show was not released as a double CD set.

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live at Montreux 1982 and 1985 Review

This live two (2) CD set is in fact truly two live shows, unlike Live Alive. This is an excellent live recording of SRV & DT. The first CD is the 1982 show where the audience booed and whistled their displeasureabout a "white Texas blues band". This show also contains the version of Texas Flood that won a Grammy for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

The second CD is the 1985 show where SRV & DT return as blues rock heros. The crowd responseduring this show is excellent.