As I understand it, Stevie's brother Jimmy has been the major player in the trusteeship of Stevie's legacy - including the no doubt vast amount of material which at this stage remains unreleased. Everything that has come our via the official estate has, in my view, been excellent and I'd particularly reccommend the book format box set with 3 cds and a dvd from perhaps 10 years ago.
So what has that got to do with this? Well, from what I gather fom the packaging, this is not a release where any control has been exercised by the Vaughan estate, but rather the release of tapes which I suspect are owned by the radio stations who broadcast and recorded the original concerts. The essay inside the booklet is pretty poor, feeling like a lazy 'cut and paste' job, and, as has been noted in other reviews, there are errors in dates and key details : Doyle Bramhall's name in the writing credits appears as Branhalm for example. I hate this lack of respect for artist's work, and thank God that SRV has never been subject to the disrespectful barrel scraping that has marred the Hendrix estate for years.
But what about the music? Well - it's not the best quality recording, but it's certainly better than a lot of the bootlegs doing the rounds, and it does of course capture SRV at a very special time in his career : clean, sober - touring again, and in the form of his life. This is of course bittersweet, insofar as, whilst we can enjoy this record of his remarkable talent, it also reminds us that we lost so much when he died just months after these concerts were broadcast : what might have been?
So - the performance : 5 stars, the recording : 4 stars, packaging 2 stars..... but you don't listen to the sleeve I suppose!