Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends
Solos, Sessions, & Encores

Sony Legacy

By Art Tipaldi
December 2007

Thanks to Sony Legacy, you don’t have to search through your collection to find those hidden Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborations. These 14 performances, including six previously unreleased tracks, and five of them live gems, continue to further the SRV legacy. Whether in studio with Texas friends or on stage with music legends, Stevie at all times channeled his unique blues.

The disc opens with a rejuvenated Stevie in 1987 joining blues masters B.B. King, Albert King, and Paul Butterfield for a live guitar summit on “The Sky Is Crying.” The song begins with Stevie’s aching vocals and Albert’s signature piercing bends. By mid-song, it adds Butterfield’s vocals and harmonica wrapped in B.B’s huge horns. At the five-minute mark, Albert calls B.B., and the guitar master class begins.

There are two unreleased cuts here from Jazzfest, in 1988.

A clean and sober Stevie was running from stage to stage at the festival. First, SRV backs Katie Webster on her piano ballad, “On The Run.” Then, Stevie and Albert Collins throw gasoline on the guitar fireworks with “Albert’s Shuffle.”

The energy continues on “Change It,” from Stevie’s 1985 appearance on Saturday Night Live with his brother Jimmie.

Another live cut, the 1985 shot of “Texas Flood,” features a call-and-response between Stevie’s vocals and Bonnie Raitt’s delicate slide.

While Lonnie Mack’s hilarious “Oreo Cookie Blues,” an ode to closet overeating, comes from their pairing at the Fox Theater’s 1986 New Year’s Eve show, Stevie’s four- minute fire-and-brimstone solo perfectly heralds that New Year.

There’s the famous 1984 show where Stevie joined Jeff Beck for a ear splitting jam on Beck’s hard edged “Goin’ Down,” at a CBS Records Convention. Leaving all their inhibitions at the door, Beck and SRV play more notes per second in these five minutes then your ears can hear in a single sitting.

The music continues to shine back on Stevie with, “You Can Have My Husband,” an unreleased 1978 Triple Threat session with Lou Ann Barton singing, and W.C. Clark on bass. Stevie’s guitar also joins Marcia Ball in 1984 for her “Soulful Dress,” and A.C. Reed on his “Miami Strut.”

He also supplies his guitar on another of his blues mentors, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, in the 1983, “Don’t Stop By The Creek, Son.”

Finally, Stevie closes the record with two different Stevies.

First there’s a duet with Dick Dale’s surf guitar on the classic surfin’ instrumental, “Pipeline,” from the 1987 movie Back To The Beach. The disc closes with Stevie’s guitar work on David Bowie’s 1983 hit, “Let’s Dance.” After Bowie saw Vaughan at the 1982 Montreux Festival, he enlisted Stevie’s blistering guitar for the tune.

Consider these essential jams for every blues guitar fan.

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