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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

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Blues album by Stevie Ray Vaughan

This career-spanning box of three CDs and a DVD celebrates a legacy that looms larger than that of any blues-rocking guitarist sinceJimi Hendrix. Despite fears that a series of posthumous releases had depleted the Stevie Ray Vaughan vaults, previously … see full wiki

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As most box sets are, largely a waste of money

  • Sep 28, 2003
This retrospective is nicely packaged, but the recorded material doesn't stand up to close analysis.

If you're new to Stevie Ray Vaughan, then the best thing you could do with your $30 is buy all his studio albums - Texas Flood, Couldn't Stand the Weather, Soul to Soul, In Step and the posthumous (but outstanding) The Sky Is Crying.

If you want some moving pictures to go with it, then buy the simply jaw-dropping Stevie Ray Vaughan Live At The El Mocambo - which gives you over an hour of a young and hungry unknown gobsmacking a small bar in Canada, as opposed to a fairly complacent global rock star knocking out a six song set to a seated TV audience. The DVD in this boxed set is really poor, actually - it's extremely short, and there are no interviews or extraneous material, and Stevie's tone isn't especially hot either.

If you're familiar with Stevie's albums you'll already have a lot of the material here, and the tracks you won't have aren't really much chop anyway (there's usually a reason materially is "previously unreleased").

The upshort is that Stevie Ray Vaughan, like his spiritual forebear Jimi Hendrix, recorded a small body of truly awesome material, and the industry has been slicing and dicing that, and what ever other poor quality live sets and outtakes they can find since the great man dialled eleven on the big amplifier in the sky back in 1990.

Strictly for completists.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Label: Sony
Release Date: November 21, 2000

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