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Superb meeting of two blues guitar legends

This 1983 live performance summit between a legend and a soon-to-be legend has been reissued a few times on CD, including a hybrid SACD in 2003. This latest CD is a remastered reissue of the original eleven tracks and includes three sets of liner notes. At the time the pair met in a Canadian TV studio, Vaughn was blazing a trail into the blues world with his debut album, Texas Flood. King was long since a legend in the blues world, and though he didn’t recognize the name “Vaughn,” he immediately recognized the guitarist who’d sat in with him whenever he played in Austin. Snippets of dialogue interspersed between the tracks do a good job of showing the personal bond that complemented the guitar slingers’ deep artistic connections. King and Vaughn are backed by the former’s tack sharp road band, and run through a set drawn almost entirely from King’s catalog. You can hear what was on the horizon, though, as Vaughn rips into his own “Pride and Joy” with monster tone and a gutsy vocal. Throughout the session the players trade licks and prod each other with solos that quote all the great players from whom they learned. King’s influence is clear in Vaughn’s playing, but hearing them side-by-side (the recording does a nice job of keeping their guitars separated slightly left and right) gives listeners an opportunity to hear how the same fundamentals change as they filter through different fingers and hardware. As free as both guitarists play, the band, the catalog, and the deference Vaughn shows King all tipped in favor of the latter orchestrating the pacing. This is a master class, King leading the way with his guitar and providing verbal tips in between songs. In any other venue Vaughn would be the master, but here he plays the role of apprentice. How many chances do you get to play with someone who can introduce “Blues at Sunrise” with “This is that thing, uh, I recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin out there at the Fillmore West”? It was a good time to be the apprentice. Anyone who loves King, Vaughn or great blues guitar should catch this one. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]

Don't Lie to Me

I am only reviewing this one piece of music as that is the only one I purchased from this CD. I also have B.B. King's version which is also good but this version is slightly superior due to the excellent guitar work of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the great singing of Albert King. If you are a blues fan then I am recommending this piece of music for your collection. It cooks.

must have

the mentor/student respect you hear in the dialouge on the album is amazing, to hear stevie when he was young in his carreer being given advice from mr king is so cool. A true must have for all blues fans!


Born: April 25, 1923 in Indianola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Albert King is truly a "King of the Blues," although he doesn't hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does -- his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's important to note that while almost all modern blues guitarists seldom play for long without falling...
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