Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

The Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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by Stevie Ray Vaughan
     
 

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As the centerpiece of an ambitious catalogue-reissue program that culminated in a long-overdue box set, SRV, this greatest hits set is a powerhouse disc that shows off the tender and tough sides of the late blues giant Stevie Ray Vaughan and makes his death at an early age all the more senseless and painful. However circumscribed his life

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As the centerpiece of an ambitious catalogue-reissue program that culminated in a long-overdue box set, SRV, this greatest hits set is a powerhouse disc that shows off the tender and tough sides of the late blues giant Stevie Ray Vaughan and makes his death at an early age all the more senseless and painful. However circumscribed his life and legacy, though, what remains is beautiful, moving work. For guitar aficionados, there's plenty to chew on, from the delicate, nuanced phrasing in his Albert King tribute, "Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up on Love" to the flawless speed picking on "Scuttle Buttin'" that never fails to be melodic to the breathtaking dynamics employed on "Wall of Denial" and the Jimi Hendrix tribute "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," and on and on. While this is instrumental mastery of the highest order, Vaughan also was a great blues singer, and each cut here emphasizes that often-underrated aspect of his artistry. It all comes together to poignant effect on the final cut, "Life by the Drop," Vaughan's first-recorded acoustic solo, when he sings in a breathless tone, "God, it's good to be here, walking together my friend." In a song that finds him wistfully reflecting on the past even as he anticipates the promise of a bright new day, you wish it were true. You really wish it were true.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of a kind. Even his peers knew so. So many times, people like Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy have spoken publicly about Stevie Ray's gift, and it was a gift. His guitar leads would jet off into the stratosphere, return, reload, and blast off again, time after time. The Real Deal is exactly what it says it is. This is a 16-song set that doesn't let up, not one time. Throughout classic Stevie Ray tracks, like the full-speed-ahead instrumental "Scuttle Buttin'," "Love Struck Baby," and "Look at Little Sister," Stevie and the Double Trouble band consistently stand and deliver. Live tracks include the funky Stevie Wonder-penned "Superstition," Vaughan favorite "Willie the Wimp," "Shake for Me," and the blues fire of "Leave My Girl Alone." It's Stevie Ray unleashed, live and without a net. One of the biggest crowd-pleasers is included here, Stevie's retelling of the Jimi Hendrix standard "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)." Awesome. "Lenny" shows off Stevie's jazz influence with subtle phrasing that evokes memories of "Little Wing" or the coda on "Layla." No more perfect closer could have been chosen for this set than the solo acoustic number "Life by the Drop." It's a touching tale of two old friends who become estranged and then rekindle their old friendship. With The Real Deal, we are all in that same boat. Rekindling a friendship that never really died, but may have been forgotten by some for a while. The friendship we all have with the heart and soul of Stevie Ray Vaughan, his music.

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Release Date:
03/23/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646587324
catalogNumber:
65873

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The Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion Stevie Ray Vaughan was the best guitarist/singer ever. I love this CD. And many of my friends that listen to it, love it. If you've never really liked blues type music BEFORE, (YOU WILL FROM THIS POINT ON).
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