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Steve Ray VAUGHAN & Double Trouble – Live At The El Mocambo (AVI)

Posted in BLUES, MOVIES, Steve Ray VAUGHAN on December 6, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Steve Ray VAUGHAN & Double Trouble – Live At The El Mocambo (AVI)


You Don´t Have That!!! Than You don´t  Know a shit about BLUES.
Wow! I saw this a few years ago, and it still pops into my mind a couple of times a week. Now I have the DVD! Describing how amazing Stevie Ray Vaughan is could take pages and pages. This is simply one of the BEST concert performances on film. It’s raw and honest without the production polish of other so called concert broadcasts these days. Raw and honest is what is at the heart of the Blues, and it jumps out at you while watching this gem. Look for it and feel the power of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble working the Blues.

The El Mocambo was a small club in Toronto. BB King played there, and so did the Rolling Stones. It’s closed now, a piece of musical history is gone.
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.
By Mark Walker.
Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Eighteen albums of Vaughan’s work have been released.
Vaughan was inspired to play guitar by his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, and was influenced by such players as Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy.After a few years as a sideman in and around Austin, Vaughan formed the band Double Trouble, with whom he made four successful studio albums and established a reputation as one of the foremost blues guitarists in the world. He was noted for using the Fender Stratocaster, with several guitars being made in tribute to Vaughan, including a Signature Stratocaster[4] and a replica of his famous Strat named “Lenny”.[5] In 1986, after years of substance abuse from alcohol and cocaine, he spent a month in drug rehabilitation, and remained clean and sober for the final four years of his life, until his death in 1990 in a helicopter crash.
There is nothing like seeing great blues in a small club. Stevie has done a lot of great live work (except while in the depths of his drug abuse), but this video is the pinnacle of what he was capable of. This small club in Toronto, with rowdy fans has more energy and fire than any arena, stadium or theatre could match.
This was also a musical high point of Stevie’s career. He was older than the “In the Beginning” disc (also taken from a small club), and his playing reflects it. He was more fluid and confident, and you can see that he was REALLY feeling “it” the night of the El Mocambo show. I have never heard or seen a better rendition of Texas Flood. I have never even seen a beter blues guitar performance by anyone on any song compared to it. The versions of Tell Me, Wham!, So Excited, Testify, Voodoo Chile, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Lenny also are the best I have heard from any recording (official or bootleg) of Stevie’s.

As for the DVD, it could use some work. I noticed, in comparison with the VHS version, the mixers have brought the volume down a bit on Stevie’s guitar, while making the low end sounds more prominent. This takes away from the power of Stevie’s performance a bit. They also still have not included the version of Little Wing that was performed right before Third Stone From the Sun! Please! Include it, I will buy the DVD again! On a bright note for the DVD, the interview included is quite interesting, with Tommy and Chris’ thoughts and relflections on Stevie and the night of the El Mocambo show.

All in all, I would still get the DVD over the VHS copy. But regardless, every fan of the blues, Stevie, and/or guitar should buy this video. Ever hear Eric Clapton describe Stevie as an open channel, in which musical ideas just flowed through him? This video is proof, and it is amazing.
By Andrew Kim.
Chris Layton- (Drums)
Tommy Shannon- (Bass)
Stevie Ray Vaughan- (Guitar, Vocals)
Track List is on the Back Cover.

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