Live From Austin, Texas [DVD] review by Stevie Ray Vaughan

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  • Released: Sep 3, 1997
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (6 votes)
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live From Austin, Texas [DVD]

Sound — 10
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's sound have been described as amazing. Stevie Ray's guitar playing is masterful, and the music is probably the best blues music to come out in the last 25 years. The DVD is two concerts from Austin City Limits. The first is from 1983, with Stevie Ray Vaughan just starting out his career with Double Trouble, and also having drug and alcohol problems around that time. The second is in 1989, when Stevie Ray kicked drugs and alcohol, and was having a comeback in his career. The question is, 'How is this DVD?' and here is the answer.

Content — 10
Here are the tracks on the DVD: 01. Program Start 02. Pride And Joy 03. Texas Flood 04. Voodoo Chile 05. The House Is Rockin' 06. Tightrope 07. Leave My Girl Alone 08. Cold Shot 09. Crossfire 10. Riviera Paradise 11. Tick Tock 12. Little Wing (bonus video) When the DVD starts out in 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan's performance was amazing, playing most of his classics, including "Texas Flood" which is even better than the original, with Stevie Ray playing behind his back, and he can play better behind his back than some can play normally. "Voodoo Chile", where Stevie Ray plays a cover of Hendrix, is also better the the studio version. The first concert was incredible, but I was wondering, how good was he after he stopped doing drugs and drinking alcohol. When I saw the second concert, I couldn' believe that he was even better than the first concert. "Cold Shot" was so electrifying that it is beyond words, with Reese Wynans on keyboard, extended solos, and the greatest concert video I have ever seen in my life. "Tick Tock" isn't a live performance, it is a song played during the credits, which he played with his brother, Jimmie Vaughan (you might have seen him on David Letterman). "Little Wing" also isn't live, but it's more of a music video, showing Stevie Ray Vaughan and others like Jimi Hendrix playing guitar, including brief footage of Hendrix burning his guitar. Also some footage of guitars being made. Any true guitar player will love this music video. The concerts are electrifying masterpieces, and any guitarist must watch this DVD.

Production Quality — 9
The video quality is good, and it's just simply a man playing guitar like he's been practicing each song for 10 years. I haven't seen any uncomfortable close-ups, unlike my Cream DVD where the close-ups of Jack Bruce singing are way too akward.

Overall Impression — 10
I have Stevie Ray Vaughan Live At Montreux Jazz Festival, and this DVD is far better. "Cold Shot" is simply the greatest blues performance of all time, and the only thing to complain about this DVD is that it doesn't have all the classics, like "Rude Mood", "Scuttlebuttin'", or "Couldn't Stand The Weather", but it is still amazing. I have not seen a better Stevie Ray Vaughan DVD or even live performance by looking at music alone, and it's probably in my top 5 music DVD's. If you like Stevie Ray at all, or just the Blues at all, this is a must-have.

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    his solo on cold shot went right through me, even though it got so quiet you almost couldnt hear it. i almost cried, and i am nowhere near ashamed of it rave on, stevie ray vaughan
    This is probably his most greatest live performance caught on video. Hes clean sober and better then ever!
    I was thinking of buying this and stopped in to see what you guys thought. i'll be buying it. I am very lucky to have seen SRV 4 times, first time was mixed way too loud, ruined the show and he may have been a bit ripped as well. The second time was very good, still during drinking/drug days. The last two were after clean up. The last show (1989) was simply incredible, superb from first note to last. It was the best live show I've ever seen, after over 25 years i can still hear a lot of it in my head. The sound was so clean, every nuance in his touch could be heard, just wonderful. He was electric beyond belief. It's a shame this doesn't have Scuttle Buttin' on it, He started a lot of shows by coming out, whacking a few chords, a couple of great riffs, then a pause and ripping right into something like Scuttle Buttin'. The sheer presence in his 15 second warmup told you you were in for one hell of a show. Thanks for the DVD review!