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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Complete Epic Recordings

Album Review

Nearly a quarter-century after he passed away it’s still flooding down in Texas for SRV.

The late Stevie Ray Vaughan was anything but just another guitar player. For many, he was a blues messiah, whose untimely death in 1990 left a legacy of just a handful of studio albums and one official live release. The Complete Epic Recordings Collection is the latest in a long line of reissues, compilations and special editions, so you can see why longtime fans might be groaning at the prospect of buying the original albums all over again, however good they might be.

The carrot at the end of this 12-CD stick is the first-ever release on audio of the 1983 El Mocambo gig, which has long been available on DVD. For the real anoraks among you, there are two new songs – Willie Dixon’s You’ll Be Mine and Rude Mood – neither of which is on the original concert film. 

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