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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Texas Flood: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition

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Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn's ascendancy into the mainstream in 1983 via his debut album launched more than a blues revival. The release of Texas Flood, now available in a 2CD edition, signaled a paradigm shift where coexisting demographics (such as the MTV ephemera of the time) fought for audiences.As noted in the extremely informative, yet passionately composed liner notes by historian Ashley Kahn, Vaughan's first release with Double Trouble was a lightning rod for attention beyond just purists and aficionados of the blues idiom. The studio album consisted of economical takes of a well-practiced selections such as “Pride ...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Couldn't Stand the Weather

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Couldn't Stand the Weather is a great album which has been reissued before. But this time, there are considerable extras in the package that make it jump out and shout. Each of the two discs runs for nearly 80 minutes: disc one includes the original album and plenty of bonus tracks; while disc two contains a previously unreleased concert appearance. Extensive liner notes by Andy Aledort of Guitar World form a biography of Vaughan, and provide interesting commentary on the music.With eight bonus tracks from a few of Vaughan's other albums, and three previously unreleased selections in addition ...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Couldn't Stand the Weather: Legacy Edition

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The two-disc package of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's second studio Album, Couldn't Stand The Weather, adds to the legacy of this contemporary bluesman through a combination of studio outtakes and a complete concert recording. Disc one contains the original follow-up to Texas Flood (Epic, 1983), that effectively ignited a blues revival in the Eighties. By adding a homage to Jimi Hendrix, in the form of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," as a crowning touch, Vaughan thoroughly honored the genre's tradition, confirming its extension through his late idol from the roots of Albert King and Wes Montgomery.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Solos Sessions and Encores

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Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's presence as a musician is so commanding it's hard to imagine him so readily assuming the role of studio sideman or sharing the stage as he does on the fourteen tracks that comprise this CD. But it was his very love to play that allowed him to collaborate with virtually as much passion in these varied accompanying roles as when he led his own band, Double Trouble.

It's a testament to the late bluesman's musicianly savvy that he neither tries to outplay peers like Jeff Beck or Lonnie Mack; the collaboration with the latter on “Oreo ...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Pride and Joy

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Pride and Joy Legacy Recordings 2007

The posthumous archiving work completed so far on behalf of Stevie Ray Vaughan has done right by both fans and novices. Pride and Joy may be for purists, only expanding as it does on a previous VHS release. But the best moments will satisfy the aficionado and may in fact pique the curiosity of the dilettante.

This collection of videos from the 1980s will no doubt provoke more than a little laughter and amusement. But it will reveal how Vaughan and his ...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Solos, Sessions & Encores

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Blues guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan impressed millions of fans and aspiring musicians with his genuine soul and fiery technique. Cut short by a blanket of fog in the wee hours of the morning after an August 1990 concert, his career had put him in touch with blues artists and rock stars from around the world. That final encore jam in East Troy, Wisconsin, featuring Vaughan with his brother Jimmie and friends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray, was but one reminder of how dedicated he was to the blues and its people. The helicopter crash killed Vaughan ...

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Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session

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In 1983, blues legend Albert King scheduled a TV appearance on In Session, a program produced by CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario. The show matched like-minded musicians in hour-long jam sessions. In advance of the show, the 60-year-old King was only told that he’d be jamming with another guitarist. His collaborator turned out to be 29-year-old Stevie Ray Vaughan, fresh from recording his first album Texas Flood.This recording of the King-Vaughan summit is not only historic, it's a guitar-lover’s delight. Vaughan counted King as his biggest influence, and he was clearly honored to play with the blues legend that ...



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