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Epic's The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble gathers two discs' worth of the late blues guitarist's work, including many live performances and a few tracks with the Vaughan Brothers. The collection presents Vaughan's material in roughly chronological order, from the 1980 live recording "Shake for Me" to 1989's "Life by the Drop." It also touches on most of Vaughan's definitive songs and performances, including "Tightrope," "Wall of Denial," "Couldn't Stand the Weather," and "Cold Shot," and live versions of "The Sky Is Crying," "Superstition," and "Rude Mood/Hide Away." Though this album doesn't offer anything that hasn't already been released in some form or another, it does go into slightly more depth than several of the other Stevie Ray Vaughan retrospectives by presenting both his greatest studio hits and some of his best live work.

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Prolific Singer as well as guitarist

Everyone wants to talk about what an influential guitarist he was.. how he ranks up there with Hendrix, Page and Clapton. This is blatantly obvious - one cannot listen to the man or have seen him live (which thank the Lord I did the year he passed) without being privy to this fact. One would have to harbor the simplest mind not to realize this - however, what critics and fans rarely ever touch upon, was his voice. Raw, emotional, soul gripping - he could growl the best and get as gritty as you please on the one hand and in next turn be as tender and emotionally broken as any singer who ever lent their vocals to the blues or any other form of music. This is especially true in the song "Change It" which never seems to get the respect that his "radio friendly" hits (Cold Shot) or the overplayed and shoved down our throat tunes ("Pride and Joy") get on corporate radio stations around the globe. Stevie's best works were the ones never played for the masses, hiding inside the album just waiting for a chance to make its way into your soul. Every time he made a record, he was giving the public another layer of his mindset, his heart and his soul. He was so much more than "Pride and Joy", "The Sky is Crying", and "Cold Shot". No other guitaist could feel or portray what Hendrix was thinking the way Stevie did on "Voodo Child", and "Little Wing". I fell in love with the Blues thanks to him (and Robert Johnson) and for a woman to love such a genre as that which is extremely macho and gritty is a testament to his legacy. See you on the other side Stevie. Tell Hendrix we said hello.

The Essential SRV

Outstanding is the only way to describe this album.


SRV is/was one of the greatest guitarists....ever. He has 6 Grammy's to his credit. Rolling Stone has him listed as # 7 of the best 100 guitarists ever. This compilation is a testament to his skill. RIP Stevie


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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