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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Happy birthday

Today 22 years ago, Stevie Ray Vaughan played the Carnegie Hall in New York. As Stevie himself is born on October 3 1954 it's the day after his birthday. As a matter of fact Stevie calls this performance "My best birthday ever......forever". And although I've never been to any of his birthday parties, I can believe this to be true!
The CD opens with a rather lengthy introduction. But even this is fun. You'll hear somebody introducing John Hammond, who will introduce Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Yes, this is the same John Hammond who organized the 'Spirituals to Swing concerts' in the same Hall in 1938 and 1939 (see Nothing But The Blues 32 and 34).
John Hammond (74 at the time) promises a 'smoking show'. And hell it is! After doing a few numbers together they are joined by brother Jimmy Lee Vaughan, an extra drummer, Dr John on keyboard, Angela Strehli (vocals) and 5 'blues horns'. As an encore Stevie plays a song he wrote for his wife Lenny. I swear this guy forgets he is holding a guitar instead of a woman: he is making love to his guitar!
All and all a wonderful live registration and one of the most remarkable SRV releases.
But....Be warned! Listen once to this album and you'll regret for the rest of your life you weren't there!

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