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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

All through the 1980s, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan enlivened the blues idiom for a generation of rock-bred guitar fans by organically melding the electrifying spirit of Jimi Hendrix with the down-home grit of John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Guitar Slim and Otis Rush. And he did it with an unbridled, unparalleled passion. His was the most dynamic and authoritative voice of his generation and it spoke to multitudes right up until his untimely death from a helicopter crash in the summer of 1990. While all of Vaughan’s recorded output for Epic had previously been reissued as individual CDs by Sony/Legacy, the three-CD (plus a special DVD EP) set Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble chronicles the guitar slinger’s short but brilliant career from beginning to end. Drawn from classic studio sessions, live performances and sound checks, rare radio and television broadcasts, unheard early sessions and studio outtakes and including excerpts from his last show at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisc., on that fateful night in August, this collection offers plenty of new treats for SRV fans. Along with choice cuts from 1983’s Texas Flood, 1984’s Couldn’t Stand the Weather, 1985’s Soul to Soul and 1989’s In Step, it includes a dynamite live version of “Goin’ Down” with Jeff Beck from their 1989 tour together, solo 12-string acoustic versions of “Rude Mood,” “Pride and Joy” and “Testify” from a 1990 broadcast of MTV’s “Unplugged,” a live version of Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” from 1981 and a rare 1977 recording of “Thunderbird” featuring Little Stevie with Paul Ray & The Cobras. The DVD is from a 1989 television taping of “Austin City Limits” that was never aired or released. In all, this slick package with 72-page booklet presents a vivid and revealing picture (in sound, sight and words) of the Texas guitar hero with the killer tone.

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