Please contact me with your opinions and reviews of any import or bootleg CDs you've heard or have and I'll add them to this list.
Each CD title is linked to the track listings and venue information at Bob Willmot's site.
Rarities In Concert
- The (sound) quality is very good.. The playing! What great concerts! Subtle, jazzy sometimes, excellent! Pure fun to listen to.
- That was taped in Italy. He leaves the fretboard smokin' on that one!!
Man, I've gotta agree with you on that particular version of Mary Had A Little Lamb. It's definitely one of my favorites! It starts out with a long introductory solo (a couple of minutes)...then Stevie sings for about 30 seconds, then comes back with a smokin' solo that really kicks!! Not only some incredible pickin' but also some incredible rhythm playing (with Reese on a smoking keyboard accompaniment). This goes on for another two and a half minutes. Then Stevie sings for about 15 seconds, followed by a final solo, where he slows it down a bit and plays a couple of incredibly sustained notes. Then he speeds it up again to a breakneck pace...followed by a big OWWWW!! at the end. This version is full of great solos. There's about 45 seconds of singin' and about 5 minutes of guitar virtuosity.
- The sound quality of the tracks is excellent, and the performance is powerful and energetic.
This is an absolutely must have disk.
Rhapsody In Blues
Rocking On The River
- Stevie was really on a roll back in ‘87. Here's Stevie in one of his best bootleg performances. Pretty good sound quality too.
- Music from the late 70s. It is very cool listening to the beginnings of his greatness. This
disc is awesome, 74 minutes of Stevie Vaughan.
- This is a smokin' set. Nice packaging with less than detailed liner notes but nice pictues.
Lou Ann Barton sings many of the songs and she is great. Stevie is raw just like we like him.
Quality starts off a little weak in the bottom end but gets better. This is a great live SRV set.
Really great version of Tin Pan Alley with Robert Cray...guess who gets smoked?
- I personally have this boot and recommend it.
- Studio track quality is good but has a pronounced wow effect on some tracks; the live material is excellent quality, as is the Cobra's track. The track from '71 has been recorded from a somewhat scratchy record but is still very listenable.
- The studio material does not seem to be from the same sessions as the Jack Clement Nashville recordings. I'm wondering if it could actually be from the Joe Gracey recordings done at Electric Graceyland, Austin, TX., summer and fall 1979. The only other title I have with early Double Trouble material is "The First Thunder," and I know the material on that title does not correspond to this stuff.
- Also, "Hip Hip Baby" and "Collins Shuffle" are the identical tracks found on "In The Open," so be warned.
- Last Farewell, One of the Last, Scuttle Buttin, and every other boot CD I've seen claiming to
be either the last show or Austin, May 4 1990 are ALL THE SAME SHOW. They are all a
combination of the Tingley Arena and Denver McNichols arena shows. These shows took place
one day apart. Parts of each were broadcast together as if one show by the Westwood One radio
show. There are tapes out there of the last show, the Tingley show and the Denver show. These
CD's are ALL copies of this radio broadcast.
- At least 3 boots, and probably more, incorrectly identify the Colorado/New Mexico show as
Auditorium Shores, so there has been confusion over this show.
On the different boot cd's of the C/NM show, there are different tracks. Each omits one and
has another and/or print the set list in different order so that the discs do not appear to be the
same show, but they are. Scuttle Buttin', Last Farewell, and Let me Love You Baby are examples.
When the Colorado/New Mexico boots came out, there were posts that implied these were
complete soundboard recordings of both shows. However (correct me if I am wrong) they were
not. I had the set lists emailed to me and they were the same old C/NM combination. The New
Mexico show was quite long and would take 2 CDs by itself. The Colorado show was not as
long, but still would not fit on a single CD. The audience recordings of both shows are not
outstanding. So, any quality recording is likely to be from one of these boots or the original
Westwood?) fm broadcast.
Seattle 1985 Live
- Parker's Place recorded off of the soundboard. Basically, he plays all the songs that are on Soul to Soul. The main highlight is the final song, Texas Flood, with Bonnie Raitt. She adds tasteful licks on the slide at all the right places. She's been a friend of SRV's since his days back in Austin before he even really got a following
- It's the 9/1/85 show in Parker Arena. They say it's a soundboard recording but it appears it may be an FM broadcast of a SB recording. Anyway, the quality is quite good. Bonnie Rait plays slide on Texas Flood.
See You Later
- I was lucky enough to get my hands of SEE YOU LATER yesterday. I just finished listening for the third or fourth time and reading the liner notes. I wanted to quote from Stevie regarding someone who did "it" for him. Regarding Buddy Guy he states, "It's kind of hard to forget the first time I heard Buddy Guy. I like everything I've heard by Buddy Guy, to tell you the truth. And I always have. He just sounded so real as opposed to a lot of the other sh** I heard on the radio." He then goes on to say, "to come in and see somebody like Buddy Guy or Otis Rush, it's like they shake you. All they have to do is look at you. You hear somebody, and it shakes your soul." Great CD by the way. Sounds like they were having sooooo much fun!
The Sky Is Crying
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Information about buying radio shows.
- Also, The Forgotten Show, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Montreal 89 discs are ALL
King Bisquit Flower Hour, Montreal Spectrum, 1984. Also, the discs labeled Boston 88.
King Biscuit Flower Hour has issued the same material numerous times. There are only 2 basic
versions of SRV "KBFH" discs, only the commercials and broadcast dates change. As far as I can
tell, the shows were recorded in 1983 and 1984:
- The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 19oct83
- Ripley Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA 20oct83
- The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 17aug84
- (I'm not sure which Philadelphia venue was used, maybe both.)
- Soul Love is a good quality Soundboard recording of a great show (although Come On has a more complete set) It also has the well-known MTV Unplugged Tracks.
- This is another title that I have seen only once in recent months and is a must have. This is a great CD and the quality is excellent
- A good version of " Ain't Gone 'N Give Up On Love." Sound quality on this is so-so
- Soul Love is a CD I am surely going to wear a hole in. Everything from that show (the first part of the CD) is sensational. That is my all-time favorite (so far) version of Look At Little Sister (second only to the video version at Capital Theatre in Passaic New Jersey in 1985 or 86). If you've got that CD tucked away in your collection and haven't given it a good listen yet or you just didn't notice the song (haha...fat chance), go listen to it and tell me you can keep a straight face listening to Stevie play on that one.
SRV @ ANM
Important information about Colorado/New Mexico concerts and the supposed Auditorium Shores concert.
Stevie Goes To Davis
Stevie Played A Little Blues
- It's got 7 songs from Montreux and 5 from Chicago Blues Fest. His 'Tin Pan' duet with Johnny Copeland is fantastic. I highly recommend it. There is also a song on it called 'Don't Stop by the
Creek, Son.' This sounds like a weird title for a blues song. Perhaps it was written by Albert Collins because Stevie's solo sounds very Collinsish. Definite tip of the hat.
- The 6/19/85 Red Rocks show is definately a good one to start with.
- Highlight of the show is "Little Wing." This show was recorded when Stevie was in his
heaviest drug-using days. In "Little Wing" it sounds like he is in so much pain and is calling out
for help through his guitar. Very emotional.That track makes the CD worth buying alone.
Voodoo is strong also.
- There are moments where Stevie is superb, like "Little Wing."
- I've only listened to "Stilleto" so far in my truck to & from work. I'm having a hard time
taking it out to listen to the other one. I love this version of Texas Flood with the keyboards of
Reese & the slower tempo. It is my favorite of the week.
Stormy Monday Blues
- last 3-4 tracks are poor quality.
- It's an excellent CD with great sound quality....may have come off the soundboard. No liner