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First of all, yes, there are more Stevie Ray Vaughan compilations out there than original studio releases. But there are only a few of them which are really any good, and this is one of them.

There are 33 tracks here, excactly one more than on the obvious alternative of "The Real Deal: Greatest Hits vol. 1" and "The Real Deal: Greatest Hits vol. 2" combined. And almost all of Stevie Ray's must-have songs are here: The swaggering "Pride And Joy", the scorching blues "Texas Flood", the melodic "Cold Shot", the rollicking boogie of "Look At Little Sister", the wonderful riff-rocker "Willie The Wimp", and several other career highlights, including the intense and touching acoustic "Life By The Drop", and a sizzling cover of Hound Dog Taylor's "Give Me Back My Wig".

The slow blues tunes "Dirty Pool" and "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love" are missing, however, and the delightful rocker "Lookin' Out The Window" is, too, and that's a minus for this one and a plus in the "Real Deal" column. (Which one did I choose? Well, I have all of the original albums, so I don't really need a compilation on top of that, but now that "The Real Deal vol. 1" has replaced the original lousy 11-track "Greatest Hits" album from 1995, I might be tempted to lean towards the "Real Deal" vol. 1 and 2 double. But it's damn close!)

I would've given a clean five stars here if those three songs that I just mentioned had been included, and I almost did anyway, because the stuff that _is_ here is excellent, absolutely stellar. You'll rarely find a 33-track compilation which maintains such an amazing level of quality all the way through, nor such a varied and yet completely cohesive collection of songs. And if you don't want to invest in the even more fabulous "SRV"-box set, you should either go for this one or the two "Real Deal" CDs right away.
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on 25 September 2006
When you think of great guitarists, the names roll off of the tongue with ease...Hendrix, King, Clapton, Allman...

But what about Stevie Ray Vaughan. Well, in my humble opinion, this man is possibly the greatest guitarist (behind Hendrix of course) that probably ever did. King is 'samey', Clapton is inconsistent, Allman was tragically cut short. Stevie was however versatile, technically unbelievable and judged by his peers as the greatest blues guitarist of all time.

This album encompasses the greatest of the greatest. From the roots of Vaughan in Texas Flood and Pride and Joy to the sophisticated funk of Couldnt Stand The Weather. After the two discs, I doubt you'll regret ever buying it. I couldn't go to the gym without it. In fact, I couldn't live without Stevie.
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on 23 July 2004
If you've never heard SRV, you'll probably wonder what all the fuss is about, especially if you read guitar magazines (where his name crops up quite frequently).
In a nutshell: he's the complete package. Tone, technique and a magnificent singing voice that wouldn't be out of place on a soul record.
This recording offers a full spectrum of his rercorded work: the straight-ahead blues songs such as Pride And Joy (the intro still floors me every time), to the technique-laden stomps (Scuttle Buttin'), to the gentler, more melodic (Lenny). After this, you may well wonder if guitar music will ever seem the same again.
The 2 CDs of this compilation are as good a place to start as any, offering a larger selection than Texas Flood or The Sky Is Crying (both of which are still essential purchases). I personally think that SRV is an artist who many have yet to discover and enjoy. Try and see for yourself, even if you're not a blues fan - it's hard not to be impressed.
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This is not to say that you shouldn't get Stevie Ray's original studio albums. But if you want a really good career retrospective, go for this excellent double album. It is much, much better than "Greatest Hits" (Vaughan wasn't really a singles artist anyway), and virually everyhing of real importance is here, even superb non-album tracks like "Willie The Wimp" and Hound Dog Taylor's "Give Me Back My Wig".
"The Definitive Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble" is filled with the greatest blues guitar playing since Hubert Sumlin, and it shows both the depth of Vaughan's talent and the raw power of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble in a live setting.
This is some of the very best blues-rock of the 80s. Ever, actually. And if you're new to Stevie Ray Vaughan, this (along with the terrific "Live Alive" album) is the place to start.
And even if you do have Stevie Ray Vaughan's four original albums, it is actually worth it to get this collection as well, just to have all these wonderful songs together on two discs!
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on 16 January 2016
Essential is the word! Great 2 CD compilation that spans SRV's career. If you don't own all the albums, this is a great place to start. Highly recommended for fans of guitar orientated blues/rock. Buy now. (If you do own all the albums keep this in the car!) Listen and enjoy to a great guitarist who passed away too soon.
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on 14 September 2015
A close challenge to legendary Jimi Hendrix-this album is worth buying if only for his interpretations of two classic Hendrix tracks Voodoo Child and Little Wings, the latter of which make the hair on the back of my neck stand up-perfection ! Had never heard of this guy until very recently and what a shame to learn he has already passed away in a copter crash back in 1990-ten years after Hendrix.
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on 5 May 2015
This has to be the best-value and most comprehensive compilation of all SRV's best-known work, plus plenty of other lesser-known songs. If you've heard a bit of SRV and want just one album of his, this would be an excellent one to get. Also, if you've never heard SRV but love blues guitar, this album is a great introduction to his work.
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on 16 May 2015
Fantastic CD I've tried CD 1 but will try CD 2 tomorrow as I didn't get time to play the other one yet but will then. As expected there were no scratches nor finger marks on the discs and even though it was second hand it's in great condition. These were well looked after for those of you who don't know who Stevie Ray Vaughn was like I too myself didn't have a clue. He was one of those guitarists who was born on 3rd October 1954. In Dallas, Texas, USA. But then tragically died on 27th August 1990, in a helicopter crash when it was foggy and swerved, then crashed into a hill. It made me cry just reading and thinking about it on Wikipedia.
But when he was alive he toured with some still famous even today such as Eric Clapton, and it mentions on Wikipedia other Blues Rock artists like BB King, Jeff Beck and even Joe Cocker. I'm not entirely sure who else he toured with. But I did read that these days his Brother plays guitar in memory of Stevie.
If there's any more you want to learn about one of the legends of Blues guitar there are certain radio stations like Planet Rock on D.A.B radio, or maybe go to your local Libary.
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VINE VOICEon 12 August 2005
I don;t really need to say very much about this except you would be fool not to buy it. SRV is a talent not be be missed. His guitar playing ability is second to very few, and he makes blues sound on a completely different level.
you won't regret buying this. it has so many amazing songs on these 2 cd's, so is excellent value for money if i must say.
buy this!!!!
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on 4 May 2014
Always been a fan of dance, R&B soul music but the blues guitar playing in this is amazing. Stevie Ray Vaughan is a true musician in every way and what I would call a talent and a gifted artist. Every guitarist should listen to this
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