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In January 1983, David Bowie invited Stevie Ray Vaughan to record guitar for six new tracks he’d written for his upcoming album, “Let s Dance”. Vaughan’s powerful and unique guitar work brought a fresh sound to Bowie’s music, most famously on songs like China Girl and the record s title track. With the album a success, Bowie was keen for Vaughan to join his group for the subsequent “Serious Moonlight Tour”. However, with Vaughan reluctant to leave his own band Double Trouble (who had just finished recording their debut album, “Texas Flood”), David’s management offered to let the group open the show on select tour dates. However, just four days before the tour began, Bowie’s team reneged, telling Vaughan’s manager, Chesley Millikin,that the band would not be included and, furthermore, Vaughan wasn’t allowed to talk about the group or its new record in interviews. With the offer pulled, Milikin understandably took Vaughan off the tour. And although both artists still achieved huge critical and commercial success during the 1980s, what they might have gone on to do together remains one of rock’s great “What Ifs”. No video footage of Bowie and Vaughan performing together is known to exist. However, rehearsals for the tour, which took place at the Las Colinas Soundstage in Dallas – Stevie Ray’s hometown – on 26th April 1983, were not only recorded but broadcast on local radio too, thus allowing these legendary sessions to be heard again today.

This is interesting to hear the clever musical arrangements particularly the crisp horn sounds and backing vocals. Stevie Ray Vaughan played guitar here and was due to be a part of the touring band. His contributions are pretty much what you’d expect rather than anything fiery or super- inventive.
Bowie and the backing singers make some mistakes particularly Life on Mars, Golden Years and Red Sails, on which Bowie seems to be trying to find the correct voice.
It’s a must-have for fans but please be aware that 132 minutes were broadcast.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie live 1983 rehearsal broadcast for the Serious Moonlight Tour! From An FM Radio Broadcast Recorded At The Las Calinas Soundstage, Dallas, TX, 26th April 1983. 19 tracks total including China Girland Let’s Dance.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan celebrated his 30th birthday in style in 1984, turning New York’s Carnegie Hall into a blistering Texas roadhouse for a sold out audience. Backed by Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) and featuring an all-star guest list that included Dr. John on piano and organ, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar and horn players from Roomful of Blues, it’s easy to hear why Stevie Ray deemed the show his “best birthday ever, forever.” Live At Carnegie Hall is available as a limited 2LP opaque brown vinyl set, exclusively for Record Store Day 2017.

“Live at Carnegie Hall” was the ninth album (and third live album) by the AmericanBlues rock guitarist and his band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, originally released by Epic Records in July 1997. The album consists of live selections from their sold-out October 4th, 1984 benefit concert at Carnegie Hall . Backed by a ten-piece for the second half of the event.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan literally came out of Texas like a Texas Whirlwind in the mid-eighties although by that time he had more than paid his dues in various bands and playing back up for artists like Marc Benno. The band Double Trouble came into existence in 1978, but at this stage the band was not the line-up that would go onto massive commercial success, bassist Tommy Shannon would not join until 1980 but when he did the formula was complete. A record deal with Epic Records was signed in March 1983 and the band recorded their debut album for the label, Texas Flood which was released in June 1983. Following the release of this album which would reach the top forty in the Billboard charts and go on to eventually sell over half a million copies, the band toured relentlessly whilst releasing further albums including Couldn’t Stand The Weather and Soul To Soul. In 1985 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released the live album Live Alive. The concert this album is sourced from comes from the Live Alive tour in 1987 at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia on June 3oth.

This radio broadcast captures the band on fire and promoting the Live Alive album, which at this point had peaked in the Billboard Chart at number 52. Stevie Ray Vaughan would go on to record more studio albums including In Step in 1989 and an album called Family Style with his elder brother Jimmie Vaughan who himself had experienced success with his band The fabulous Thunderbirds. Sadly Family Style would be the last album Stevie Ray Vaughan would record because just one month before the album’s release Stevie Ray Vaughan was to die tragically in a helicopter crash following a concert with Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy Wisconsin on August 27th 1990.

Track List

01 Scuttle Buttin’ 3:16 02 Say What? 5:19 03 Lookin’ Out The Window 4:46 04 Look At Little Sister 5:01 05 Mary Had A Little Lamb 5:55 06 Ain’t Gone ‘n’ Give Up on Love 9:03 07 Superstition 5:04 08 Cold Shot 6:14 09 Couldn’t Stand The Weather 8:06 10 Life Without You 14:00 11 Come On (Part III) 5:06 12 Love Struck Baby 2:57 13 Rude Mood 4:38 Total Time 79:25

Recorded live at Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA. June 30th, 1987 WMMR FM Recording

Despite David Bowie’s generous offer to take him on tour, in 1983 Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan declined the offer just before the start of Bowie’s “Serious Moonlight Tour” in pursuit of his own interests. Stevie Ray though did, however, participate in tour rehearsals with David Bowie and his band, and lucky for us, someone caught the entire rehearsal session on tape! Recorded live at the Las Calinas Soundstage in Dallas, Texas, this audio features Stevie Ray Vaughan running through the song “Let’s Dance” –  I don’t know if it’s a case of David Bowie only working with the music industry’s best and brightest or if this is just a really, really good rehearsal session, but this rendition of “Let’s Dance” sounds just as amazing as an actual studio recording!

Some highlights of the “Let’s Dance” rehearsal include the explosive solo that Stevie plays beginning at 3:41 and running until the end of the song nearly two minutes later, and at the end you can hear Stevie, David, and the rest of the band complimenting each other on a job well done.

 The final night of Bowie’s Serious Moonlight Tour fell on the third anniversary of the death of John Lennon. In honor of John’s passing, Bowie and his band performed “Imagine” that night.

As if you need any more proof that Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the Guitar Gods. Well, this right here is a gem. While we can only hope to be half as good as SRV in guitar playing, you wouldn’t believe just how awesome this is when he was warming up. Don’t you wish you could just fall out of bed and slay the song like this? It’s insanely good but not unexpected given that SRV has always left us in awe whenever he performed. Just think what he’d be like if he was still alive today he could play anything and it’s so sad that he left us so soon.

Nevertheless, this is clearly a tell-tale sign that you’re absolutely a god at tearing up the guitar — when your sound check video has almost 7 million hits. Wow! The cool factor is off the charts! If you had the chills while listening to this, it’s when you know you’re in the presence of greatness.

“Stevie just waking up then warming up. Insane how good can you really be that tired? Sub for channel updates,  Original Source: This was filmed January 1986 by Greg Savage of Savage Guitar Design and is used with permission. Greg is an expert luthier, visit Greg’s page here:http://savageguitar.com

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Despite his mainstream career only lasting seven years, terminated by the tragic helicopter crash that killed him along with four others in 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan had played the clubs and bars of Texas for nigh on 15 years before his big break at 1982 s Montreux Festival, and his appearance on David Bowie s Let s Dance album the following year. But once he did take off there was barely any stopping him and across this short period he built an enormous following from both blues fanatics who had been bereft of a true guitar hero since Jimi Hendrix had passed on more than a decade earlier, and from younger enthusiasts tired of the plastic synth scene that was concurrently tearing up MTV and the Billboard Charts. He had released five studio albums during his short career and tour religiously – interrupted only by his months of rehab in 1986, and for a two year period between 1987 and 1989 when he was unable to record or compose for legal reasons, while his divorce to Lenora Bailey was going through. This 3 CD collection features a triumvirate of live Stevie Ray shows, all taken from FM Broadcasts, performed throughout the period when his star was shining brightest.

The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 17th, 1984
King Biscuit Flower Hour Broadcasts
Soundboard recording

The first of these, on DISC ONE of this set, is the early show played at the Spectrum in Montreal, Canada, on August 17th 1984, a few months following the release of his second album, “Couldn’t Stand The Weather”, and thus featuring a number of cuts from that record, but mixing it up too with earlier songs and covers. It should be noted this is a completely different show to that now featured on the Deluxe Edition of Couldn’t Stand the Weather, which is the late set, albeit performed on the same day

01 – Love Struck Baby [00:00]
02 – Tell Me [03:15]
03 – Texas Flood [06:32]
04 – Wham! [15:19]
05 – Stang’s Swang [21:17]
06 – Lenny [24:26]
07 – Pride And Joy [35:37]
08 – Rude Mood [40:04]

The second show, on DISC TWO, is Stevie s complete set played at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 7th 1985, when “Soul To Soul” was all but in the can awaiting release in September of that year. The set list this time however only features a couple of tracks from this forthcoming album, and the selection played is more varied, not unusual when performing in front of a festival crowd.

01 – Testify 02 – Say What 03 – Ain’t Gone ‘N’ Give Upon Love 04 – Voodoo Chile 05 – Mary Had A Little Lamb 06 – Texas Flood 07 – Come On 08 – Pride And Joy 09 – Life Without You

On DISC THREE, perhaps the most interesting of all, features Stevie s complete New Year s Eve show 1986, performed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after he d completed rehab and was back in defiant mood and making the party go with a swing. Joined for a couple of cuts by fellow guitar legend Lonnie Mack, this gig is often acclaimed as one of Vaughan’s best ever.

Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX February 1st, 1987 Having finally conquered his addiction to alcohol and cocaine, in November 1986 Stevie Ray Vaughan embarked on his legendary “Live Alive” tour, generally reckoned to boast some of the finest performances of his career. Backed by Reese Wynans (keyboards), Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums), the incendiary set featured here was taped for broadcast on San Antonio s KZEP-FM, and is presented with background notes and images.

Stevie is at the very top of his form as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, the opening two tracks are instrumentals that will have you gasping as he pours one solo after another, before an extended solo opening to ‘Ain’t Gone N Give Up On Love’. The recording quality is fine, and it’s been digitally remastered, and like most of these radio broadcasts you get the intro’s and tuning up before the music kicks in. This is a pure uncut concert, and live sound is never perfect. If a fan then these recordings are unmissable, they prove again and again just what an awesome artist he was and why still today he so sadly missed. Take one listen to his version of ‘Superstition’ (the old Stevie Wonder Song), SRV probably plays the best version you’ll ever hear of it. Add ‘Willie The Wimp’, ‘Dirty Pool’, ‘Couldn’t Stand The Weather’,’Life Without You’ to your playlist welll..enough said, he never played things the same twice. On the cover it says it’s an incendiary set, that about sums up this slice of blues by the master at his very best.

Stevie Ray Vaughan literally came out of Texas like a Texas Whirlwind in the mid-eighties although by that time he had more than paid his dues in various bands and playing back up for artists like Marc Benno. The band Double Trouble came into existence in 1978, but at this stage the band was not the line-up that would go onto massive commercial success, bassist Tommy Shannon would not join until 1980 but when he did the formula was complete. A record deal with Epic Records was signed in March 1983 and the band recorded their debut album for the label, Texas Flood which was released in June 1983. Following the release of this album which would reach the top forty in the Billboard charts and go on to eventually sell over half a million copies, the band toured relentlessly whilst releasing further albums including “Couldn’t Stand The Weather” and “Soul To Soul”. In 1985 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released the live album Live Alive. The concert this album is sourced from comes from the Live Alive tour in 1987 at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia on June 3oth. This radio broadcast captures the band on fire and promoting the Live Alive album, which at this point had peaked in the Billboard Chart at number 52. Stevie Ray Vaughan would go on to record more studio albums including “In Step” in 1989 and an album called Family Style with his elder brother Jimmie Vaughan who himself had experienced success with his band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Sadly Family Style would be the last album Stevie Ray Vaughan would record because just one month before the album’s release Stevie Ray Vaughan was to die tragically in a helicopter crash following a concert with Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy Wisconsin on August 27th 1990.

Tracklist

01 Scuttle Buttin’ 3:16 02 Say What? 5:19 03 Lookin’ Out The Window 4:46 04 Look At Little Sister 5:01 05 Mary Had A Little Lamb 5:55 06 Ain’t Gone ‘n’ Give Up on Love 9:03 07 Superstition 5:04 08 Cold Shot 6:14 09 Couldn’t Stand The Weather 8:06 10 Life Without You 14:00 11 Come On (Part III) 5:06 12 Love Struck Baby 2:57 13 Rude Mood 4:38 Total Time 79:25 Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA. June 30, 1987 WMMR FM Recording

SRV & DOUBLE TROUBLE Playing SOUL TO SOUL LIVE – with 7 bonus cuts In March 1985, recording for Double Trouble’s third studio album, “Soul to Soul”, began at the Dallas Sound Lab. As the sessions progressed though, Vaughan became increasingly frustrated with his own lack of inspiration. He was allowed a relaxed pace of recording, which contributed to a lack of focus due to excesses in alcohol and other drugs. During the album’s production, Vaughan appeared at the Houston Astrodome, on April 10, 1985, where he performed a slide guitar rendition of the US national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”; his performance was met with booing. Soul to Soul was released on 30th September, 1985, and peaked at number 34 and remained on the Billboard 200 through mid-1986, eventually certified gold. It was shortly before the release date, across Labour Day weekend 85 (30th August – 2nd September) that, as always, the years Bumbershoot Festival took place.

SRV performed on the evening of 1st September, and despite the difficulties prevalent during its recording, 9of the 10 tracks from Soul To Soul were played, alongside another 7 songs from earlier albums, cover versions and – at the time – unreleased rarities. Many of his problems with abuse would continue to haunt Stevie Ray across at least another year following the release of Soul To Soul, when, after a near death experience, he booked into a London Clinic for rehab but the sheer power and intensity of the album is almost certainly best illustrated in this live rendition – indeed for many of those who are familiar with this recording, these are generally the preferred versions of the albums marvellous songs.

This is a fabulous Stevie Ray CD, featuring his 1985 show at the Bumbershoot Fest in Seattle, this was a gig performed shortly following the release of Soul to Soul, and contains the majority of the songs from that record, but in a live setting they take on a new edge which isn’t present on the album

 

Recorded live on November 29th, 1989 in Denver while Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were on tour for their new album, “In Step”. The Show at Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM / McNichols Arena, Denver, CO recorded over two nights November 28th/29th, 1989. A great Soundboard recording.

However, that night Stevie Ray, along with guest guitarist Jeff Beck, did not focus strictly on playing songs from the album, but instead had fun rocking out on versions of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Child,’ both of which are included famously here. During their performance of ‘Life Without You,’ one of Vaughan’s earlier songs, the newly reformed guitar hero even took the time to speak out on substance abuse and plead with his audience not to go down the same road he had.

01 – The House Is Rockin’ [00:00]
02 – Tightrope [02:41]
03 – Let Me Love You Baby [08:20]
04 – Look At Little Sister [14:10]
05 – Leave My Girl Alone [17:38]
06 – Riviera Paradise [23:54]
07 – Wall Of Denial [34:31]
08 – Superstition [40:29]
09 – Cold Shot [45:29]
10 – Crossfire [52:29]
11 – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) [56:38]

Unfortunately, less than a year later one of the greatest guitar players the world has ever known was dead at age 35 from a helicopter crash.