Stevie Ray Vaughan
The loss of Stevie Ray Vaughan in a 1990 helicopter crash was a rock (and blues) death on par with the loss of Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding, so deeply was the public moved. Vaughan had been the catalyst for a massive blues revival in the 1980s, with a distinctive guitar tone and a string of singles that managed to cross over to mainstream rock radio. This was somewhat detrimental to his image, as Vaughan was at heart a pure blues guitarist, and his mainstream success did more to damage any authenticity he might have enjoyed as an obscure axeman, especially with purist blues fans. But in the years since his death Vaughan's music has come to represent a pinnacle of Texas or Modern Blues, and no longer seems like the call to arms for beer-swollen George Thorogood fans that it did at the height of his popularity. All his early studio albums are worth checking out (they're certainly better than Robert Cray's), but the real fun begins with Vaughan's live recordings, on which he repeatedly goes wholly over the top.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Concert Films
Rise of a Texas Bluesman
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Runtime: 2 hr 11 minThis film reveals and dissects the formative years of Stevie Ray Vaughan's career - his influences and his first recordings - and traces the history of Texas blues itself, identifying Vaughan's place within this larger tradition. Featuring rare archive footage, exclusive interviews and a host of other features which all at once provide the finest document on the celebrated guitarist yet to emerge.
Live at the El Mocambo
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minFresh off the success of hit record "Texas Flood," Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble play to a packed room at the intimate El Mocambo club in Toronto, Ontario on July 20, 1983. Performing hit songs such as "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood," "Love Struck Baby," as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Third Stone from the Sun."
Live From Austin, Texas
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minFew guitarists ever mastered the Fender Stratocaster like the late, great Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, and this priceless film 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 film 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.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Top Tracks
Live At the Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter NY
Runtime: 3 hr 8 minWith 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks, seven critically acclaimed studio records already released, a handful of DVDs and live albums, plus an ever-expanding fanbase and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, Gov't Mule could easily rest on its laurels. Yet when they're one of the hardest working bands in rock history.
Haynes explains, "We want By A Thread to be a surprise, so we've made a point not to play any of them live until our fans can get the full impact of the new material."
The Band Closed off Saturday night at the Mountain Jam Festival with their first show scheduled in 2011. Frontman Warren Haynes promised the crowd a crazy night, and didnt disappoint, leading off with Railroad Boy and Thorazine Shuffle. Mule played a lengthy number of covers in the first set, including ZZ Tops Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings, The Whos Wont Get Fooled Again, and closed the first set with Black Sabbaths War Pigs. The second set also featured several covers, including the lead-off Money and Have a Cigar by Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones Angie. The highlight of the night was a lengthy 32/20 Blues, which featured Cody Dickinson on electric washboard, Luther Dickinson on guitar, and Hook Herrera on harmonica.
Double Down Live
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minDouble Down Live was shot during their European tour in 2008 and combines great live performances, interview clips and back stage footage to create the ultimate ZZ Top on the road movie.
70th Birthday Concert
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minLiverpools Kings Dock on July 19 2003 was the venue for a long awaited and much anticipated reunion between Eric Clapton and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The occasion was both a celebration of John Mayalls 70th year and a fundraiser for Unicef. Also invited to the party were former Bluesbreaker and Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and veteran trombonist Chris Barber. If youre a lover of the blues it doesnt get much better than this. The show ran for around two and a half hours and the film is now presented here in its entirety for the first time.
Live in Tokyo
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minFilmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th 2014, these Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass). The setlist includes some freshly minted songs that fans will never have heard before. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, which both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel.
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minThis film is the most intimate look at JJ Cale ever. Recorded in 1979 at the Paradise Studios in Los Angeles this rare and unique session with Leon Russell on keyboards, has never been seen before and gives fans the chance to see this unique talent at work in the studio.
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minEric Clapton performs 15 acoustic songs in this outstanding entry from the MTV "Unplugged" series. Included is the ode to his late son "Tears In Heaven," and selections from Clapton's three decades plus of recordings. Musicians contributing are Nathan East on bass, Steve Ferrone on drums, Chuck Leavell on keyboards, Andy Fairweather Low on guitar, and Ray Cooper on percussion. Backing vocals are provided by Tessa Niles, Katie Kissoon and Nathan East. Songs written by such blues heroes as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley are included in this award winning 1992 performance.
Live at Rockpalast 1979
Runtime: 2 hr 2 minJohnny Winter live on Germany's famous Rockpalast TV show in 1979. Straight up blues like only Johnny can deliver, lean and mean. Johnny and the band also blaze through some killer covers like the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Suzie Q."
Live: The Real Deal
Runtime: 55 minBuddy Guy Live: The Real Deal features the legendary bluesman in a special set at his own Chicago club, Buddy Guy’s Legends, with guitarist G.E. Smith and The Saturday Night Live Band.
Live in Africa
Runtime: 43 minWhen Muhammad Ali and George Foreman staged their heavyweight title fight in Zaire in 1974, a three-day music festival was held in tandem with the bout, and headliner B.B. King proved why he's regarded as the world's premier blues guitarist with this dynamic concert performed for an audience of 80,000 African fans (look carefully to spot Ali enjoying the show).
Blues for Jimi
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minThis unique concert was filmed at the London Hippodrome in 2007. It formed a part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix “Live At Monterey” programme and featured Gary Moore and his band performing classic Hendrix tracks. At the end of the night Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 3 tracks. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.
Live at Great Woods
The Allman Brothers Band
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minRecorded in September of 1991, originally for Japanese TV, The Allman Brothers Band’s beloved Live At Great Woods showcases the classic American rock band reaching a new generation of audiences. Original band members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe were joined by new guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and percussionist Marc Quiñones in one of the most powerful lineups in the group’s history. This set – recorded before a crowd of nearly 20,000 adoring fans at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts – features a top-notch set of fan favorites, with a fiery acoustic mini-set included for good measure. This release of Live At Great Woods fills a crucial gap in The Allman Brothers Band’s videography: after years of demand, fans can experience the original longform video version of this concert (previously only available on VHS and LaserDisc), with no interruption of the main feature. Finally, fans have nothing standing between them and the top-notch performances of this set.
Classic Albums: Electric Ladyland
Runtime: 1 hrBursting with ideas and energy, Jimi Hendrix's second album release of 1968 following Axis: Bold as Love was a double-LP set that showcased virtually everything the guitar genius had to offer: blistering blues Voodoo Chile, galaxy-patrolling space jams 1983... A Merman I Should Turn to Be, psychedelic soul Crosstown Traffic, and skyscraping rock Voodoo Child Slight Return. In the midst of all this was even a hit song--Hendrix's remarkable reading of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," featuring a series of baton-passing guitar solos, all distinct and brilliant. Seemingly diffuse when first released; in hindsight, kaleidoscopically eclectic.
The Irish Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minIn 1974, award winning film maker Tony Palmer followed Rory Gallagher and his band on their tour of Ireland. The subsequent movie was released in cinemas to great critical acclaim and has gone on to be accepted as one of the great rock films. Now for the first time the film has been lovingly restored and remastered from the original footage. There is a massive improvement in both sound and picture quality over the original film release and finally Gallagher fans can get to see the film as it was meant to be, capturing Rory, his music, the period and the place to perfection.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minFilmed just a year before his untimely death from cancer, this 1992 concert from Montreux finds the great Albert Collins still in fine form. With his trademark Fender Telecaster and distinctive finger picking style well to the fore "The Iceman" delivers a set that runs from his early million selling single "Frosty" right up to songs from his final studio album "Iceman". As an added bonus there are four lengthy tracks from Albert Collins' 1979 appearance at Montreux.