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The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Lowest new price: $11.88
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Brand: Sony
Model: 2110462

Stevie Ray was possibly the most gifted rock guitarist of his generation. This 2-CD collection contains 33 tracks drawn from ALL of his studio and live albums, digitally remastered with rare and unpublished photos. Includes Texas Flood; Say What!; Life by the Drop ; his versions of the Hendrix tunes Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) and Little Wing; Crossfire; Pride and Joy , and much more.

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The Best of B.B. King: Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters

The Best of B.B. King: Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters Lowest new price: $4.13
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B.B. and his beloved six-stringed companion Lucille wish you a very bluesy Christmas! This contains the 13 tracks from his first holiday LP, 2001's A Christmas Celebration of Hope : I'll Be Home for Christmas; Back Door Santa; Christmas Celebration; Merry Christmas, Baby; Auld Lang Syne; Christmas Love , and more.

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Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Remastered)

Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Remastered) Lowest new price: $7.82
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Brand: MAYALL,JOHN
Model: 2002557

A key catalyst of the late-'60s British blues boom, this 1966 milestone brought Mayall attention and Clapton to the brink of stardom. This might be the best British blues album ever, with All Your Love; Parchman Farm; Hideaway; Rambling on My Mind (featuring Clapton's first recorded vocals!) and more. Bonus tracks: both sides of their rare Lonely Years/Bernard Jenkins single, recorded prior to the LP!

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live at the El Mocambo 1983

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live at the El Mocambo 1983 Lowest new price: $8.74
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Brand: VAUGHAN,STEVIE RAY & DOUBLE TROUBLE
Model: 2230585

An intense, high-powered performance from Stevie Ray's early days, featuring Testify; Texas Flood; Wham!; Pride and Joy and his fiery interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) . Also includes a 1999 interview with Double Trouble. 1983/color/63 min/NR/fullscreen.

In 1990, Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan was just emerging from a long period in which drugs had taken their toll: the previous year's In Step album was the first he had made drug free, and the results were a marvel. But then, after sharing a stage with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Eric Clapton, he boarded a helicopter to Chicago. It crashed, and the career of one of the great blues guitarists was ended.

Rewind to 1983 and here is Stevie Ray at the beginning of his fame, his first album with his backing band Double Trouble, Texas Flood, having just been released to critical and popular acclaim. The venue is the El Mocambo club in Toronto, a dark, smoky joint with a laid-back but appreciative clientele. Vaughan, drummer Chris Layton, and bassist Tommy Shannon share the tiny stage. The guitarist, bedecked in trademark hat and alligator-skin boots, is pale of complexion, sweating from the heat and physical exertion, and physically much smaller than Shannon, who towers over him. But Vaughan dominates, as much by the magnetism of his flamboyant personality as his guitar playing. And what playing: by turns fiery, funky, then limpid and surprisingly graceful. Here is an authentic blues artist captured in the throes of living through his music. At this early stage in his career he was still very much in thrall to Jimi Hendrix (the flower-power shirt gives it away), as covers of "Voodoo Chile" and "Third Stone from the Sun" (the latter a Hendrix-inspired guitar-abuse session) indicate. The highlight of the show, however, is his rendition of "Texas Flood," which turns out to be an amazing essay on the art of blues guitar. This is a raw, intimate, and spontaneous record of a one-time event. All fans of the blues will be grateful to those who had the foresight to capture it on film. --Mark Walker

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Trouble Is...

Trouble Is... Lowest new price: $6.98
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Brand: SHEPHERD,KENNY WAYNE
Model: 2015821

Kenny Wayne Shephard's has established himself as an immediate sensation-the most gifted young guitarist to arrive in years. His much-anticipated second album, Trouble Is..., is an astonishingly, powerful follow-up that proves him to be an artist with a boundless future ahead of him. A stinging set of electric blues played with passionate conviction, Trouble Is... should dramatically expand his already-huge fan base.

Certified platinum by the RIAA. (1/99)

It's not hard to understand the appeal of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, currently being hailed as the heir to Stevie Ray Vaughan. He's young (an increasing rarity in blues and blues-related genres), he writes catchy songs, and his "Blue on Black" is widely played on rock radio. Trouble Is . . . is an enjoyable listen, from rockers like "Slow Ride" and "Chase the Rainbow," to swingy mid-tempo songs like "True Lies" and "(Long) Gone," to slower almost-ballads such as "Nothing to Do with Love" and the all-pervasive "Blue on Black". Expect to start hearing "I Found Love (When I Found You)" at high school proms and homecoming dances. It remains to be seen how Shepherd will develop, but he's among the most promising young guitarists out there today. -- Genevieve Williams

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield Blues Band Lowest new price: $4.81
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Brand: BUTTERFIELD,PAUL
Model: 2013436

Bloomfield, Bishop and Butterfield knocked down walls between black and white with their strong love of blues and their equally powerful chops. Here are Born in Chicago; Blues with a Feeling; Last Night; Mellow Down Easy , and the rest of their 1965 debut!

A slew of albums by young white men out of their minds in love with music made by older black men came from both sides of the Atlantic during the mid-1960s, but two records really laid the groundwork for the decade's blues revival--the self-titled releases by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers out of London and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band out of Chicago. Both bands were led by harmonica-blowing vocalists; both featured ascending guitar gods--Eric Clapton with Mayall and Mike Bloomfield with Butterfield. Butterfield's ensemble, however, came of age closer to the roots of the music. The rhythm section heard on the group's 1965 debut was hired away from Howlin' Wolf, and Butterfield, while still in his early 20s when the album shipped, was already a familiar face on the Windy City's club circuit. "Born in Chicago" opens the album on a gritty note that never flags through this 11-track landmark. The slashing duo guitars of Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop and Butterfield's flash harp helped make Muddy Waters fathomable for a new audience and, decades later, it's still easy to understand how. --Steven Stolder

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East-West

East-West Lowest new price: $5.40
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Brand: BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
Model: 2013463

One of the greatest guitar albums of all time and a real '60s classic, with Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield trading licks on the mind-bending title cut in particular.

If the Butterfield Blues Band's groundbreaking debut earned the respect of the group's elder influences, this one won over (and guided) the blues boys' psychedelic peers. Highlighted by the 13-minute-plus title track (an Eastern-influenced jam cowritten by guitarist Mike Bloomfield), East-West stretches the boundaries of the blues. It would prod many lesser groups to explore, with generally dreary results, interminable free-flight explorations. But while East-West and a cover of jazzman Cannonball Adderly's "Work Song" ventured in new directions, Paul Butterfield and company remained rooted in solid Chicago blues. East West presents the best of both worlds. --Steve Stolder

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live From Austin, Texas

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble -  Live From Austin, Texas Lowest new price: $5.50
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Brand: Sony
Model: 2230621

Like so many living legends and phenomenal talents, Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash in 1991. Luckily, there are scores of recordings documenting the genius of this Texan blues guitarist, including these appearances on Austin City Limits and more. 1983-89/color/63 min/NR/fullscreen.

Few guitarists ever mastered the Fender Stratocaster like the late, great Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, and this priceless digital video disc collects both of the sizzling appearances that Vaughan and his solid band, Double Trouble, made on the PBS concert series Austin City Limits. Combined to form the most popular program in the show's distinguished history, the concerts were taped in 1983 and 1989; both provide a valuable portrait of Vaughan's astounding artistic development. The performances serve as bookends to Vaughan's brilliant career with Double Trouble, showing (in the words of producer Terry Lickona) a striking contrast between "zero self-confidence" and "pure magic," but in both cases you can see a master at work. Songs include "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood," "Voodoo Chile," "Cold Shot," and "Riviera Paradise." This great-sounding DVD also includes the posthumous music video "Little Wing," featuring clips of Double Trouble and archival footage of blues greats from the 1920s to the mid-1990s. If you're even a part-time blues fan, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live from Austin, Texas is a must-have disc. --Jeff Shannon

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Trouble [Vinyl]

Trouble [Vinyl] Lowest new price: $21.86
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Brand: Sony Legacy
Model: 28941707

Ray LaMontagne emerged in 2004 from a secluded family life in Maine seemingly fully formed as a singer, songwriter and performer. His 2004 debut, Trouble, became one of that year's most acclaimed debuts, spawning an instant classic single in the album's title track.

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Super Session

Super Session Lowest new price: $5.73
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Brand: KOOPER/BLOOMFIELD/STILLS
Model: 2011960

The complete smash album featuring Kooper, Stills and Bloomfield, here reissued with new remastering and four bonus tracks!

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