Sound — 8
Stevie Ray Vaughan, perhaps one of the most articulate blues players around. A master of the electric blues, this cd captures some of his best work, from Pride and Joy to Texas Flood. This cd includes live recordings of some songs, as well as original versions, and cover songs of greats such as Muddy Waters, i.e. "Honey Bee." This CD will have you feeling the emotions so brilliantly expressed by both Vaughan's own voice, and the voice of his wailing guitar. The melting of wailing voice and wailing guitar meshes perfectly, so as to when one isn't up to par, the other covers. One of the best songs to see this at work is "Come On Prt. 3" This is the blues as previously never before played or sung. With a hint of modern expression and call backs to the old days, it spices up things to a whole new level.
Lyrics — 7
Always the master of expression, lyrically as he is with his guitar. His words are full of soul and spark. Songs such as "Pride And Joy," and "All Your Love I Miss Loving" really convey a feeling most of us have felt. And if you haven't felt some of the things he sings about, the after listening to his words, you will believe you have. He'll have you feeling his lowest lows, and highest, dance about, highs. One problem I do have is that his lyrics do come few and far between his albeit incredible playing. This, however, may not be a problem, seeing as his instrument displays emotions as well as the best of lyrics. His words are original and full of life, take a look at "Give Me Back My Wig" for a fun little ditty. His voice matches authentically with his playing.
Overall Impression — 7
This is a fantastic album for Vaughan fans, or blues fans in general. Vaughan's impressive playing, his slide technique along with his speed will keep you hooked and feelin' the blues. With 16 tracks of his best, including a previously unreleased song, "Mary Had A Little Lamb," you can't really go wrong. The CD booklet also offers quite an inside look at this artist's life and work. This CD is more a chronicle of who Stevie Ray Vaughan was, and what he meant to people. Pick this up if you don't own any other of Vaughan's stuff, it'll keep you covered.