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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live At The El Mocambo [DVD] [2010]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sonybmg
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030LYLKG
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Stevie Ray Vaughan, the guitar virtuoso, plays live at the Mocombo. Songs include 'Voodoo Shuffle', 'Little Wing' and 'Testify'.

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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 "clean", 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-off event. All fans of the blues will be grateful to those who had the foresight to capture it on film.

On the DVD: The disc allows the viewer to chose a lyrics on/off option, as well as different audio mixes (Dolby Surround or Stereo). There's also a short interview with Double Trouble's Clayton and Shannon, recorded in 1999, in which they reveal that Stevie never bothered with a set list, and a biography, discography and timeline. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you're an fan of Stevie, chances are that, like me, you already own 'Live at the el Mocambo' on video. But I would urge you to buy the DVD as well. The picture quality is excellent and the sound quality amazing, from the beauty of 'Lenny' to the wild feedback of 'Third Stone from the Sun' (I still can't believe how he treats his beloved guitar during this song!). There are no fancy extras like multi-angles, (not really needed in a venue the size of the el Mocambo!) just pure, straight from the heart blues. There are a few extras on the disc, the Time Line probably won't teach you anything new but the interview with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon features some interesting and funny stories about Stevie. Just to sum up, Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the greatest guitar players ever and this is the perfect way to remember him.
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I thought some people might want to know the track listing:
Testify
So exited
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
Pride And Joy
Tell Me
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
Hug You Squeeze You
Third Stone From The Sun
Lenny
Wham!
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Anyone who knows the tragically late, lamented SRV's music will know that it was straight out of the Texas Blues tradition. Brimming with machismo and straight ahead tales of deception and cruelty, his songs and his voice left you under no illusion - he'd been to Tin Pan Alley, and it was the roughest place. What completely wells me up to this day is watching him play Lenny - With 100%, intense devotion to his music, sweat pouring down his face at the end of a dazzling 'energetic' set (to say the least), he pulls up a chair, sits down, and just plays the most beautiful melodic, mysterious piece of sublime guitar you'll hear this side of Hendrix. Even his good pal Eric Clapton would marvel at this guy's devotion and ability. It's also a must for anyone who likes the sound of a great blues band belting out Texas-style blues... the place just rocks. You may want to see his later performances, and compare this 1983, raw, un-confident, messed up on booze coke-and-junk outlaw, with the cleaned up, rehabbed and focussed blues 'star' he eventually became before his death - and to say that is no criticism of him at all - but this performance will probably haunt you the most... simply masterful.
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Lest you should ever forget what rock 'n' roll was originally all about, and what it still IS meant to be all about, check out this eye-popping performance from a young and unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The guitar playing world in 1983 was heading in two directions: electronic buffoonery of the worst order from the likes of those dullards Satriani and Vai, and directionless "energy and raw power" school of thought, populated by idiots who couldn't play their instruments and didn't understand any better what this wonderful medium is all about. Oh, it makes me so ANGRY to even think about it.
So exactly what Stevie Ray Vaughan and his merry men thought they were up to in that sort of context is anyone's guess. But who cares - all I can say is THANK THE LORD. From the first second of the show, shimmying in from stage-right, Stevie pulverises the stage, his instrument, his face and the crowd with the most gut-wrenching sonic assault I have ever seen or heard. Outstanding though most of his studio albums may be, you have no idea - really, none - of the energy - the man's sheer brute strength - the power of Stevie Ray Vaughan's playing until you see it unfold before you, even on a slightly tinny DVD. And WHAT he plays is inconceivably brilliant. You will shake your head in wonder.
Hendrix, the great deconstructor himself, is pulled apart limb from limb and ghoulishly re-arranged like the victim of some crazed serial killer. Lonny Mack is gunned down the straight like an over-powered dragster. SRV's wife Lenny is eulogised, sweat cascading down face, as the man gets through a whole smoke in one go without taking it out of his mouth. Even if you don't like his music the DVD is worth getting simply for Mr Vaughan's legendary facial expressions, and the marathon take on Texas Flood will do you till Tuesday week. Truly, TRULY outstanding.
You should just SEE the looks on the faces of those lucky Canadians in the audience.
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I came across this DVD a few days ago whilst nosing through one of my (virtual) neighbours reviews. It was a good review - very persuasive. I bought the DVD and I'm glad I did. Lots of energy and passion spent in wringing the blues out of a battered guitar. And I do mean *wringing*. At one point Stevie Ray has his guitar by the throat and seems to be throttling the music out of it. I've never seen a more abused looking instrument. That guitar has been intimate with Blues - no doubt about it - that guitar has suffered! The sounds produced are authentic, soul-wrenching blues. And rock that rocks. Stevie Ray Vaughan looks, at times, as though he's giving birth to the music - pushing it out, painfully, against strong resistance, through a narrow opening. The strain on his face, the sweat, the effort, the determination, the triumph: It's intense, a tremendous and moving performance.
I'll listen to this again and again.
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Stevie live. What more can I say? If you know Stevie, you know what to expect. The El Mocambo is a small, intimate pub, and the front row seems to be almost on top of Stevie.
Stevie plays a flawless set, and his rendition of Voodoo Chile makes one realise what a master Jimi really was. But Stevie shows that he is a master in his own right, with none of the arrogance that seems to normally go with this sort of success.
It is a good show, and one can almost smell the stale beer. It could have continued for another hour, and that's my only complaint - not enough, I want more!
The interview with Double Trouble is an eye opener, in that it shows the viewer just how far away from the main stream, and how deep into the blues these guys were.
This is a total gem of a dvd.
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