Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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 lifeSee more details below

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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.

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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.

Product Details

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Ray Vaughan   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Executive Producer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Double Trouble   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Chris Layton   Producer
Richard Mullen   Producer
Tommy Shannon   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer,Producer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Josh Cheuse   Artwork
Jim Capfer   Producer
Wayne Bell   Producer
Scott Jordan   Liner Notes

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