33 Songs, 2 Hours 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This double album is the ultimate anthology of blues rock guitar genius Stevie Ray Vaughan's brilliant but tragically brief career. With a discography spanning just eight years, the Texas axeman almost single-handedly brought the blues back into the mainstream with searing shuffles like "Pride and Joy" and tender instrumentals like the aqueous "Lenny," which simultaneously channeled Jimi Hendrix and Albert King. And he could make the funk flow when he wanted, as shown by tracks like "Couldn't Stand the Weather."

EDITORS’ NOTES

This double album is the ultimate anthology of blues rock guitar genius Stevie Ray Vaughan's brilliant but tragically brief career. With a discography spanning just eight years, the Texas axeman almost single-handedly brought the blues back into the mainstream with searing shuffles like "Pride and Joy" and tender instrumentals like the aqueous "Lenny," which simultaneously channeled Jimi Hendrix and Albert King. And he could make the funk flow when he wanted, as shown by tracks like "Couldn't Stand the Weather."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
244 Ratings
244 Ratings
Gwuenhyvar ,

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.

mridge ,

The Essential SRV

Outstanding is the only way to describe this album.

Midwesterner ,

BUY IT!!

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

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