SRV

SRV

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by Stevie Ray Vaughan
     
 
Like that of Jimi Hendrix, Texas-bred guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's body of work has been coming together on CDs over the past couple of years. There are reissues of his albums, the previously unreleased television concert with Vaughan and Albert King, In Session, and a set of slow burners, Blues At Sunrise. They reflect the impact Vaughan had on '80s

Overview

Like that of Jimi Hendrix, Texas-bred guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's body of work has been coming together on CDs over the past couple of years. There are reissues of his albums, the previously unreleased television concert with Vaughan and Albert King, In Session, and a set of slow burners, Blues At Sunrise. They reflect the impact Vaughan had on '80s rock 'n' roll and most of the blues-based rockers of today, from Jonny Lang to Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Alvin Youngblood Hart. But Vaughan's own personal journey through the music has never been fully documented. The comprehensive SRV changes all that. A beautifully packaged three-CD and one DVD set spanning from 1977 to just before his untimely death in 1990, SRV includes many previously unreleased cuts. There's Vaughan with Paul Ray and the Cobras doing the soulful "Thunderbird", a couple of tunes from a 1970 sound check in Austin, radio performances, studio outtakes, and assorted live material. The most stunning live performance piece is "Little Wing/Third Stone from the Sun," delivered with such relaxed devastation at a 1984 CBS Records Convention that it sends chills and Hendrix-fueled thrills through the CD player. Less impressive are two cuts live at MTV's 1987 "Mardi Gras." But then that too is part of Vaughan's life package. He was in the throes of addiction and out of control. Like the outtakes, and sound check material, cuts like these give the set overview,balance, and a sense of truth about the dues some musicians must pay to play. And it makes the post-addiction material that much sweeter. Vaughan, joined by Jeff Beck, rips through "Goin' Down" in a 1989 Albuquerque show, electrifies MTV audiences with two "Unplugged" cuts, and shows how high on life he was in three songs performed in concert on August 25, 1990, two days before his death. The DVD disc of Vaughan's "Austin City Limits" show are pieces that have never aired or been released as a recording. The amount of previously unissued Vaughan material on SRV makes it a must-have for completists. For those who like his psychedelic rock but only have a smattering of recordings, this set is a key to the person behind the hit tunes. And if there is anyone who owns no Stevie Ray, SRV is a perfect introduction, for this artist is not only an icon to guitar worshippers, he's also the most important player to rise out of the blues in the past 30 years.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
If you're gonna put out a box set that really offers something to the devoted fans of an artist -- who are, after all, probably bound to have much or all of the artist's other records already if they're interesting in buying a box set to begin with -- this four-CD package is the way to do it. It's not so much a best-of or career retrospective as a very generous pile of career-spanning material that will genuinely add a new dimension to the Stevie Ray Vaughan listener's library, as fully two-thirds of the 54 tracks were previously unreleased. In addition, of the songs that have been previously available, five of those are cuts on which Vaughan was a sideman or partner (for Johnny Copeland, Albert King, Lonnie Mack, A.C. Reed, and as part of the Vaughan Brothers), so the Vaughan collector might have missed those in the past. Each of the first three discs clock in at more than 75 minutes, progressing from 1977 to 1990 and emphasizing live material, from soundchecks and radio programs to arena-headlining gigs and three solo acoustic tunes (one of which was previously on The Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1) from a 1990 MTV Unplugged episode. As music, though, it's uneven. The earliest and leanest cuts are a valuable supplement to Vaughan's discography, since he didn't have much opportunity to record until the early '80s. Yet sometimes these are too-long shuffles and boogies; his songwriting and singing is not nearly as impressive as his instrumental technique; and his occasional attempts to replicate Jimi Hendrix are inessential. A few familiar popular studio cuts like "Pride and Joy" and "Wall of Denial" are here, presumably to entertain the more casual Vaughan fans who need an extra push to spring for the box. More rabid Vaughan followers will likely be so overwhelmed by the quantity of unreleased items that they're unlikely to quibble about the presence of tracks they already own. The fourth disc is a DVD with five never-aired and never-issued performances from an episode of the television program Austin City Limits, recorded on October 10, 1989; the 72-page booklet of essays, appreciative quotes from several dozen peers, and more are other bonuses.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646571422
catalogNumber:
65714

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Thunderbird
  2. I'm Cryin'
  3. You're Gonna Miss Me Baby
  4. They Call Me Guitar Hurricane
  5. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
  6. Come on, Pt. 3
  7. Letter To My Girlfriend
  8. Lenny
  9. Don't Lose Your Cool
  10. Crosscut Saw
  11. Manic Depression
  12. Texas Flood
  13. Collins Shuffle
  14. Pride And Joy
  15. Love Struck Baby
  16. Hug You, Squeeze You
  17. Don't Stop By The Creek, Son
  18. Ask Me No Questions

Disc 2

  1. Scuttle Buttin'
  2. Couldn't Stand The Weather
  3. Empty Arms
  4. Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun
  5. If You Have To Know
  6. These Blues Is Killing Me
  7. Boilermaker
  8. Change It
  9. Shake 'N Bake
  10. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  11. I'm Leavin' You (Commit a Crime)
  12. Rude Mood/Pipeline
  13. The Sky Is Crying
  14. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Disc 3

  1. Lookin' Out The Window
  2. Look At Little Sister
  3. Willie The Wimp
  4. The House Is Rockin'
  5. Crossfire
  6. Wall Of Denial
  7. Dirty Pool
  8. Going Down
  9. Rude Mood
  10. Pride And Joy
  11. Testify
  12. Long Way From Home
  13. Tightrope
  14. Cold Shot
  15. The Things (That) I Used to Do
  16. Let Me Love You Baby
  17. Leave My Girl Alone

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Ray Vaughan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Casey Jones   Drums,Background Vocals
A.C. Reed   Saxophone,Vocals
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Denny Freeman   Guitar
Larry Aberman   Drums
Terry Bozzio   Drums
Johnny Copeland   Guitar,Vocals
Rodney Craig   Drums,Background Vocals
Freddie Dixon   Bass
Tim Drummond   Bass
Vicki Hardy   Background Vocals
Richard Hilton   Piano
Tony Hymas   Keyboards
Marvin Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Albert King   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Layton   Drums
Michael Llorens   Drums
Tony Llorens   Piano
Miranda Louise   Background Vocals
Jackie Newhouse   Bass
Dennis O'Neal   Drums
Joel Perry   Rhythm Guitar
Paul Ray   Background Vocals
Tommy Shannon   Bass
Angela Strehli   Background Vocals
Joe Sublett   Saxophone
Stan Szelest   Organ,Piano
Gus Thornton   Piano
Ken Vangel   Piano
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Jimmy Wormworth   Drums
Reese Wynans   Keyboards
Vaughan Brothers   Track Performer
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Track Performer
Berry   Bass
Brian Miller   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Buddy Guy   Composer
Earl King   Composer
Lonnie Mack   Producer
A.C. Reed   Producer
Ian Anderson   Producer
Don Nix   Composer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
W.C. Clark   Composer
Double Trouble   Producer
Dan Doyle   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
David Hough   Engineer
Michael Kindred   Composer
Chris Layton   Producer
Richard Mullen   Producer
Tommy Shannon   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer,Producer
Bill Bentley   Liner Notes
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Charlie Sarrica   Graphic Design
Jim Capfer   Producer
Wayne Bell   Producer
Andy Aledort   Liner Notes
Bill Arhos   Executive Producer
Terry Lickona   Producer
Alan Paul   Liner Notes
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Frank Joseph   Liner Notes
Bruce Nixon   Liner Notes
John Martin   Producer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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SRV 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD's include many different live performances containing many familiar cuts also with lots of new tracks never before available. The live performances show his true range and quality. He was unmatched for his time. The DVD shows just how great of a live performer he was always giving his all each and every show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anything released new or old from SRV is worth any amount of money. SRV was the greatest musician with talent equal to the Beatles or Mozart. Anyone fortunate enough to have experienced his music live was truly blessed. Of all the live concerts I have attended he was not only real but wonderful. His music sounded as wonderful live and true to the note as if it came from his recordings. The day he passed was one of saddest days of my life. My friends and I mourned his death at least as much as I mourned the death of JFK. Even though we never had an opportunity to meet him we all wept as if we had lost our best friend. SRV left a lasting mark never to be forgotten in music whether it be blues or rock. I can't believe it has already been 10 years since he left us. However his music is as real as it ever was. I never tire of listening to it again and again. And when I do after a few weeks away from it, I am amazed how fantastic it still sounds. Anyone who hasn't been fortuneate enough to have heard his music has truly missed an outstanding musical talent. Any musical package available with SRV as a part of it is a must to have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has ever tried to play the guitar, this collection is a testament to the perfection that may be achieved by a very select few.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there was ever a mortal God, Stevie Ray was it. He was so phenomenal! The 4th disc, a DVD, has unbelievable performances on it, not only by Stevie Ray, but by Double Trouble, as well. All I can say is that God is one happy camper, having Stevie with Him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...Yeah, I'd want this set with me. The list of fiery Texas guitar slingers is lengthy and filled with some great names: Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Freddie King, Johnny Copeland. But none of them compare to SRV. He was just so special when it came to the music he made. I won't go so far to say that he was the most talented musician ever, but he certainly ranks near the top. When you take into account his love of music and the passion with which he played and sang...Well, that might put him over the top. And this collection showcases Stevie from his early days--"Thunderbird" and "Guitar Hurricane"--to his last recorded performance--"Let Me Love You Baby" and "Leave My Girl Alone"--and everything in between. One of the great things about this set is that you can listen to it and hear how he matured and evolved as a guitarist and vocalist. The set features rare and unreleased material, as well as the masterpieces which we all know and love. And the DVD is great because it SHOWS the kind of passion with which SRV played. You can see that he truly loved to play guitar and that making music was not only about pleasing and entertaining his audience, but served as a means of expression and release for this great artist. This collection is a must for anyone who is a blues fan. Or a rock fan. Or a fan of good music in general. If you have to sell blood or body parts to buy this collection, it's worth it. Yeah, it's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If SRV could channel, then GOD was on his shoulder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While 'Pride and Joy' was still being spun on the radio, I attended a Steve Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble concert at a small venue in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had no idea he was a R&B guitar genius. He was phenomenal, fantastic, unbelievably talented. His performance ruined me for lesser mortals. I listened and watched like a slack-jawed idiot. Who could believe that one man could be so incredibly talented? Nobody else has come close to recreating the magic that emanated from him. And while some artists are known by one name, he is recognized all over the world by his initials - SRV. While my favorites are his first two recordings, Texas Flood and Couldn't Stand the Weather, I own and love all his recordings. He's a classic artist who will forever be an inspiration.