The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan review by Stevie Ray Vaughan

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  • Released: Oct 1, 2002
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (13 votes)
Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan

Sound — 9
As expected from a SRV Greatest Hits, the sound quality is high and a typical listener would not be able to find a deviation from the original recordings. The blues-rock fusion master's signiture tracks are all included as well as a few live recordings deemed worthy enough to make it to this album. Tracks such as "Couldn't Stand the Weather" are fresh and innovative even decades after it was first recorded. His rendition of "Little Wing" brings out his unique style and is probably the best example of his solo playing form. It's a standing testiment to SRV and a tribute to his untimely death.

Lyrics — 8
Although he is best known for his blues riffs, he is a decent blues singer as well and is rather talented at incorperating lyrics into his music. Though artists like Buddy Guy or Muddy Waters may be better lyric writers and vocalists, Stevie his unique in his own right.

Overall Impression — 9
Since this is a well compiled Greatest Hits album, it's safe to say it is the best album one can buy especially if one is new to SRV or blues in general. A SRV fan with most of his previous albums need not buy this album since most of his notable tracks are on the 2-disc compilation.

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