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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE/LEGACY EDITION/JOHN EMMS REVIEWS

AUGUST 27 th 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death. Twenty years ago I was taping my indie rock radio show THE SPIRIT OF ROCK on Q 92FM when someone called in and said  he had heard Vaughan died the night before in a chopper crash. I had just finished a dayshift underground at Hoyle Pond  Gold Mine. I basically went home ate supper and went up to the station around 7.p.m. to tape for the Friday 9 p.m. broadcast

Now you have to remember this was before anyone had Google search, TMZ or anything. The listener had asked if we could play anything by SRV as a tribute.

A full time staffer at the station said he could not find any Vaughan in the music library. WHAT i said??  NO WAY that can’t be true, this is a classic rock station!!!!

Without wasting a minute more I drove home to my house and brought back a copy of Couldn’t Stand The Weather on cd from my private stock.

NO BS folks. I then proceeded to tape a 15 minute segement for the show, and went on later to do a whole blues show on SRV and DT.

 SONY/LEGACY has just released a new edition of this classic with a 24 page color booklet, liner notes and interviews with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton plus a GREAT overview by Andy Aledort himself a superb guitarist and journalist.

It goes for around 20 bucks. With 16 previously unreleased songs, plus a 75 minute set from 1984 at Montreal’s Spectrum, it’s WELL worth the money.

Right here I have to say the 2nd and LIVE disc is mastered a wee bit on the high end for my ears. I WISH there was a little more warmth and bottom end. But this is a minor complaint o nmy behalf.

This is a snapshot of the original trio at a MUSICAL PEAK. The versions of Voodoo Child, Tin Pan Alley, The Things I Used To Do and Lenny are SPECTACULAR.

Some of the “extra’ STUDIO tracks found on this edition were taken from the orignal recording sessions and are alternate takes. The remastered sound is absolute killer, making the 19 track FIRST CD (including the original album) a must have for SRV/DT fanatics.

Vaughan’s influence is legendary. Any listen to blues albums by John Mayer, Jack De Keyzer, Colin James, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wanye Shepperd and others all show the influence of the  SRV lead/rhythm guitar style   This is an artist who single handed brought the blues to the mainstream. SRV and DT achieved multiple platinum and gold albums (500,000 and Platinum (over one million) sales 

ANY LISTEN to the this cd (the live disc) here reveals just how good bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton were. Needless to say one of the top 3 or 4 best rhythm sections in modern day blues music.

A MUST HAVE CD FOR SRV/DT FANS

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