Live At Montreux 1982 And 1985 Review

artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan date: 04/22/2011 category: dvd

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live At Montreux 1982 And 1985
Released: September 14, 2004
If you have even a passing interest in Stevie Ray Vaughan's peerless mastery of urban blues guitar, you must own Live At Montreux 1982 & 1985.
 Sound: 9.5
 Content: 10
 Production Quality: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
Live At Montreux 1982 And 1985 Reviewed by: guitarjared, on december 06, 2004
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Sound: This is one the best DVDs I've bought. It has 2 discs, with 2 different shows. The first show is one shot in 1982, before the band released their first album "Texas Flood", and was at Switzerland for a "Blues Night" festival. The band played great, Stevie is just a genius, he's incredibly versatile with his guitar, and his vocals are great also. Unfortunately for the band, the crowd wasn't into it, there were even a few boos, which was really suprising to me. It was probably because the rest of the bands at the festival played quiet, acoustic shows compared to Stevie and Double Trouble's big, loud, bluesy sound. It was a great performance, and after it was done you could see the dissapointment on Stevie's face, because he had just played his heart out but the crowd didn't feel it. Stevie and the band returns to the Blues Festival three years later, after three albums under their belt, this time accompanied with an organ player, a special guest, and a wah wah pedal. The second show, in my opinion, is much better than the first. Not only is the crowd reaction much more spectacular, but it was a much longer set, and a more varied one also. The whole band shows their amazing skills once again, this time accompanied by an organ player which really adds to the already great songs. Stevie's playing is tight, soulful, emotional and energetic all at the same time, not many players can match him on this area. Another addition to this show was the appearance of Johnny Copeland on three songs, he played guitar and sang with Stevie. He had a much different style than Stevie which gave the songs a new fresh breath of air. The Hendrix cover of "Voodoo Child" was excellent also. // 10

Content: 82 show: 01. Hide Away 02. Rude Mood 03. Pride And Joy 04. Texas Flood 05. Love Struck Baby 06. Dirty Pool 07. Give Me Back My Wig 08. Collins Shuffle. 85 show: 01. Scuttle Buttin 02. Say What! 03. Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love 04. Pride And Joy 05. Mary Had A Little Lamb 06. Cold Shot (feat. Johnny Copeland) 07. Tin Pan Alley (a.k.a. Roughest Place In Town) (feat. Johnny Copeland) 08. Look At Little Sister (feat. Johnny Copeland) 09. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 10. Texas Flood 11. Life Without You 12. Gone Home 13. Couldn't Stand The Weather The only bonus features are a short documentary "Success In Disguise" (featuring Chris Layton (drums), Tommy Shannon (bass), John Mayer, and Jackson Browne) and a discography. The documentary is interesting, the band members tell about how Stevie felt about life, playing, and the shows on the discs. John Mayer is a huge fan of Stevie, and shares his views on his genuis playing, while Jackson Browne inserts some additional comments in the same nature. Audio options inlcude stereo and 5.1 mixes and work really nicley. The booklet inside of the DVD is also very informative. The shows themselves are the best part of the DVD though. // 10

Production Quality: The picture is nearly crystal clear at most times, but the audio stands out more. The menus are simple, but still not lame and have some footage of the band playing in the background. That's about all I can say about that. // 10

Overall Impression: This is an amazing set with two awesome shows that show how much of a legend Stevie really was (RIP, man). My only gripe is that the song "Lenny" wasn't played on either of the discs, because it's one of my favorites. Some shining moments are: The crowd's reaction of the band on the 85 show, Stevie's tribute to Hendrix with "Voodoo Child", collaboration with Johnny Copeland, the raw emotion of "Life Without You." These are just a few examples from the top of my head. The whole thing is worth checking out. So what are you waiting for, it's at Wal-Mart for $15! // 10

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overall: 9.8
Live At Montreux 1982 And 1985 Reviewed by: Reaper/chaos, on april 22, 2011
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: Ok this is deffeinetly somthing any guitarist needs to own, it stunned me within the first 5 minuts of watching it. The band sounded great! Its actually a two disc set of nothing but onstage woopass! Stevie still didnt disapoint anyone at that crowd! There were several parts during this dvd that had me gritting my teeth in astonishment at just how amazing the guitar was. // 9

Content: The DVD had some awesome features like discography and some other bonus stuff that any true fan of Steve definetly needs. Its a live cd of Stevie at montreaux two different times. There were even a couple of songs that Jhonny Copeland came up on the stage and made you ears cry for more! There is even a live version of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and man does stevie woop out the big guns! There were multiple parts that stevie played holding the guitar in different positions, such as behind his back, behind his headm etc. // 10

Production Quality: Most of the camera shooting was done with great skill. The Camera mainly focused on Stevie (of course). The sound quality was perfect, there were even some times that i would turn the TV off and just lay on my bed and attach a pair of head phones to my sound system and just listen to the music. As far as ive seen the concert is a complete mindblowing experience. I dont really know what technologies were used in this but there were multiple times in which you can truly see the music pouring out of ole Stevie's soul. // 10

Overall Impression: Nothing compares to this, this is the perfect present to ANY guitarist. Its a 2 disc set that comes packed with hours of pure Stevie. The only thing i didnt like about it was on the second disc, during "Pride And Joy" the guitar solo is turned into an Organ Solo! But other than that it was a great DVD and if someone were to steal it i would deffinetly go and buy it! Altogether it was deffeinetly woth the money and all performers did a mindblowing job! // 10

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