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"A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan"
© Epic Records
Year of Release: 1996
Pride And Joy--
Long Way From Home--
Ain't Gone 'N Give Up
On Your Love--
Love Struck Baby--
Six Strings Down--
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"A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan"
August 27, 1990 was a very sad early morning in Rock History -- Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with Eric Clapton and
Robert Cray, had performed the night before at a sold out show of 30,000, in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. The encore
performance featured Vaughan, Clapton, Cray, Jimmie Vaughan (SRV's brother), and Buddy Guy. Shortly after 1 a.m.
on August 27, the helicopter carrying Stevie Ray Vaughan crashed. He did not survive, he was only 35 years old.
Since his death, his music has been relaunched (reissued) into various albums, which many reached #1 on the
Billboard Blues Album Chart. His music was also introduced to new fans, old and young alike. But during
the time of his living, he was an and coming guitar player, first heard on David Bowie's Let's Dance album.
Stevie Ray Vaughan branched out on his own, recording practically some of the best Blues music ever. His guitar
playing was unique. Some say he "stole his style" from Albert King. (He would perform with King prior to his
death.) His singing voice was also unique. Listening to a Blues record and automatically knowing easily, that it
was Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble.
The concert was performed in Vaughan's home state, Austin, Texas. Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Dr. John,
Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Art Neville (of the Neville Brothers), Bonnie Raitt, and Jimmie Vaughan, participated in this
concert tribute. This concert was released on both CD and DVD.
The CD begins with Bonnie Raitt's version of a SRV classic: "Pride And Joy." Bonnie rocked this song
(of course), although SRV's version better. The next four songs were those that I personally do not remember of the
original recordings. Jimmie Vaughan's version of "Texas Flood" has a haunting similar resemblance to that of
his brother's voice on this song. Nothing is better, than listening to B.B. King, and his version of "Telephone
Song" rocked the house. Buddy Guy's version of "Long Way From Home" is good, where Eric Clapton's
"Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Your Love" is truly classic. Robert Cray's "Love Struck Baby" is a bit
different than the original, likewise on Dr. John's "Cold Shot." Dr. John definitely puts his own touch on
this particular song.
The remaining three songs were jams of the entire "all-star band". Jimmie Vaughan wrote "Six-Strings Down"
as a tribute for his brother. "Tick Tock" was originally recorded by the Vaughan Brothers, on the only album
they ever released together. The original song is one of my personal favorite, with it's very moving lyrics, and
for this tribute, is a good performance. The last track, "SRV Shuffle" is a great instrumental jam.
A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan is a very good concert to listen to. I'm sure on the DVD there are
more songs than the CD provided, and pure entertainment to watch the many great talented musicians who paid
tribute to a great guitarist/singer/musician. It's just a scary thought to think, that if Eric Clapton and Robert
Cray (and anyone else who performed that night in Alpine Valley) had boarded the helicopter SRV was on, we would
have experienced another day in which "the music died" -- The plane crash in February, 1959, which took the lives of
Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. It was bad enough we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan, in that fateful
helicopter crash -- it would have been more devasting to lose the other great performer(s) if they were on flight
with Stevie. Yet, Stevie Ray Vaughan has left behind a legacy of music, to be cherished and enjoyed by those who
remembered him when he was alive, and to future fans and especially to the artists who would be an influence to
him in years and decades to come.
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