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Transmission Impossible [Eat To The Beat ETTB061, 3CD]

Disc 1: Live at The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada; August 17, 1984 (Early Show). Disc 2: Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, IL; June 7,1985. Disc 3: The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia; December 31, 1986 (The complete New Year’s Eve show). Very good FM broadcasts.

Sleeve notes:

Despite his mainstream career only lasting seven years, terminated by the tragic helicopter crash that killed him along with four others in 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan had played the clubs and bars of Texas for nigh on 15 years before his big break at 1982’s Montreux Festival, and his appearance on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album the following year. But once he did take off there was barely any stopping him and across this short period he built an enormous following from both blues fanatics who had been bereft of a true guitar hero since Jimi Hendrix had passed on more than a decade earlier, and from younger enthusiasts tired of the plastic synth scene that was concurrently tearing up MTV and the Billboard Charts.

He had released five studio albums during his short career and tour religiously - interrupted only by his months of rehab in 1986 and, for a two-year period between 1987 and 1989 when he was unable to record or compose for legal reasons, while his divorce to Lenora Bailey was going through.

This three-CD collection features a triumvirate of live Stevie Ray shows, all taken from FM broadcasts, performed throughout the period when his star was shining brightest.

The first of these, on DISC ONE of this set, is the early show played at the Spectrum in Montreal, Canada, on August 17, 1984, a few months following the release of his second album, Couldn’t Stand The Weather, and thus featuring a number of cuts from that record, but mixing it up too with earlier songs and covers. It should be noted this is a completely different show to that now featured on the Deluxe Edition of Couldn’t Stand the Weather, which is the late set, albeit performed on the same day.

The second show, on DISC TWO, is Stevie s complete set played at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 7, 1985, when Soul To Soul was all but in the can awaiting release in September of that year. The set list this time however only features a couple of tracks from this forthcoming album, and the selection played is more varied, not unusual when performing in front of a festival crowd.

On DISC THREE, perhaps the most interesting of all, features Stevie’s complete New Year’s Eve show 1986, performed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after he d completed rehab and was back in defiant mood and making the party go with a swing. Joined for a couple of cuts by fellow guitar legend Lonnie Mack, this gig is often acclaimed as one of Vaughan’s best ever.

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Disc 1
The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada; August 17, 1984 (Early Show)
Track 101. Scuttle Buttin’ 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 102. Testify 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 103. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 12:17 (20.7MB)
Track 104. The Things (That) I Used To Do 6:14 (10.5MB)
Track 105. Couldn’t Stand The Weather 5:10 (8.7MB)
Track 106. Cold Shot 4:35 (7.7MB)
Track 107. Pride And Joy 5:06 (8.6MB)
Track 108. Tin Pan Alley 12:35 (21.2MB)
Track 109. Love Struck Baby 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 110. Texas Flood 9:49 (16.5MB)
Track 111. Band Introductions 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 112. Lenny 8:26 (14.2MB)
Track 113. Rude Mood 5:11 (8.7MB)
83 mins

Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitar, vocals
Chris Layton - drums
Tommy Shannon - bass

Disc 2
Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, IL; June 7,1985
Track 201. Scuttle Buttin’ 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 202. Say What 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 203. Ain’t Gone ‘N’ Give Up On Love 8:07 (13.7MB)
Track 204. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) 8:01 (13.5MB)
Track 205. Mary Had A Little Lamb 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 206. Texas Flood 11:59 (20.1MB)
Track 207. Come On (Part III) 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 208. Testify 2:22 (4.0MB)
Track 209. Say What 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 210. Change It 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 211. The Sky Is Crying 7:05 (11.9MB)
65 mins

Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitar, vocals
Tommy Shannon - bass
Chris Layton - drums
Reese Wynans - keyboards

Disc 3
The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia; December 31, 1986
(The complete New Year’s Eve show)

Track 301. Lookin’ Out The Window 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 302. Look At Little Sister 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 303. Mary Had A Little Lamb 9:28 (15.9MB)
Track 304. Superstition 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 305. Willie The Wimp 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 306. Cold Shot 7:21 (12.3MB)
Track 307. Couldn’t Stand The Weather 7:03 (11.9MB)
Track 308. Introduction Jam 12:13 (20.5MB)
Track 309. Life Without You 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 310. Rude Mood 6:07 (10.3MB)
Track 311. Oreo Cookie Blues (with Lonnie Mack) 7:15 (12.2MB)
74 mins

Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitar, vocals
Tommy Shannon - bass
Chris Layton - drums
Reese Wynans - keyboards

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  2. this is a very nice little 3 pack of molten hot stevie shows, if you don’t already have these dates-this is a keeper!! thanks very much big o!

    By mcm on Sep 12, 2016

  3. Great sound, great stuff, big thank you to big ozine

    By loma prieta on Sep 12, 2016

  4. BigO! This is beautiful! You guys ROCK!

    By Rev. Bob on Sep 12, 2016

  5. Rave on, Stevie, rave on!

    By Elvislives on Sep 12, 2016

  6. saw Stevie 6 times…wish it could have been 600…

    By sluggo on Sep 12, 2016

  7. The version of “The Sky Is Crying” on disc 2 is from the Ebony Showcase Theater, Los Angeles, California on April 15, 1987. It has Albert King and Paul Butterfield.

    By JR on Sep 12, 2016

    Got any Joe Bonamassa?

    By john kelley on Sep 13, 2016

  9. @ john kelley - This is worth a look - Joe Bonamassa giving a free concert at Mr Kyp’s, a small club in Poole, Dorset, UK.
    The story behind this is on the page and also in the video introduction.

    By Another Joe fan on Sep 13, 2016

  10. Nobody covers Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) better than SRV. Incredible version.

    By Lightnin' Popkins on Sep 13, 2016

  11. srv forever!

    By tman on Sep 13, 2016

  12. I tell everyone if they really like great sounding classic rock and some classic jazz, easy to get to without the torrent hassles, is the place! And this SRV set is a perfect example!

    By ScarRad on Sep 13, 2016

  13. Outstanding! Thanks bigO!

    By Barth on Sep 13, 2016

  14. Great shows. The Atlanta show is f’n fantastic!

    By Michael on Sep 16, 2016

  15. Thank you for these great shows, Big O. Nice little history lesson for us. Keep up the great work! We all appreciate it very much!

    By dr.golgo on Sep 25, 2016

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