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Album Review

This 1980 live broadcast from Austin, TX captures a young Stevie Vaughan (he had yet to become Stevie Ray) blasting the hometown crowd with a style that was already very well-formed. With Chris Layton on drums and bassist Jackie Newhouse (Tommy Shannon would join up a year later), his basic sound was already in place, albeit still in need of some polishing. Taken from the surviving two-track master, Vaughan's guitar is raw and in your face every note of the way. His takes on Freddie King's "In the Open" and the lengthy "Tin Pan Alley" are the real highlights here. Fans of this mercurial guitarist will want to add this one to the collection.

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In the beginning

I saw Stevie's last show. That was my first show ever. That's when I started to listen for the details and that is when I started to do my research. Stevie bleed willingly during every show. His drive is what set him apart from everyone else and they all know it. He took it to another level, without trying to be anybody that he was not. This was Stevie in his infancy, and there lies the beauty of his choices for songs. He is paying homage to all that influences him in his youth. He also did his research and studied by ear. It is an amazing piece of history that deserves to be recognized for what it is, and that is a damn good recording of a young artist in his development stage. This was before the full double trouble lineup and before the ray. He was trying to figure out who he was as an artist, by emulating the ones that he loved. When you listen to the original Howlin Wolf recording that he pulled the "Shake for Me" cover from, it is apparent that he is a special artist. The riff is verbatim with more style and soul. Stevie was one of the few musicians who understood the natural progression of the blues. This is a testament to his natural love and drive for doing it right. He is, in my opinion, the best blues guitarest that I ever witnessed live, and I have seen them all. If you want to play the Robert Johnson card, I will give you that because who can argue with him. But Stevie was special. And in my eyes, it is because he was reverant of his forefathers, that makes him the legitimate first son of the white blues generation. It would have been five stars, but the sound quality does not do justice to the tone he was forever searching for. His sound live was complete, alive, and instantly recognizable as his. Dig deeper if you want more.

Pure, Raw, Ghastly

I was first introduced to SRV via this album a long time ago, and I did not appreciate the pure vitality that runs through this album until a few years back. This is my favorite SRV album, because it is one of the most stripped down, concentrated, ungodly blues performances. Listen to "In the Open", "Slide Thing", "Tin Pan Alley", "Shake for Me". Ridiculous.


The best guitar player that ever lived!! Awsome to jam with, sing along to and is lovely on the ears. Listen to the KING of blues in his yonger days, and before his untimely passing. Pay omage the the king, every time you listen to this album.


Genre: Rock

Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble formed the most impressive blues act of the 1980s, which made Vaughan's death in a helicopter crash at the start of the '90s all the more tragic. He grew up in Dallas, the younger brother of Jimmie Vaughan (cofounder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds). Stevie began playing in clubs at 12, and by 17 had dropped out of high school and moved to Austin. There followed years of struggling until April 23, 1982, when Vaughan and his group, Double Trouble, played...
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