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'Stevie Ray Vaughan: Pride and Joy'
(Stevie Ray Vaughan / DVD / NR / (1990) 2007 / Epic - Legacy)

Overview: Released just after his untimely passing, Pride And Joy was the original Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble video collection, surveying all of the proper music videos Stevie made from 1983-1989, plus a live track form MTV's Mardi Gras celebration in 1987.

DVD Verdict: Few guitarists ever mastered the Fender Stratocaster like the late, great Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, and this priceless video collection demonstrates vividly some of the sizzling guitar work / performances that Vaughan and his solid band, Double Trouble, performed.

Arguably the most influential guitarist of the last twenty years this set manages to capture what made Stevie Ray Vaughan such a great artist. The Texas native Vaughan managed to take his influences such as brother Jimmie, rocker Jimi Hendrix, bluesman Albert King and jazzman Kenny Burrell and weave them into something unique and exciting. Vaughan burst upon the scene with his combination of ferocity, feeling and touch. Whether playing a cover of "Voodoo Child" a funky take on Stevie Wonder's "Superstition", or the tortured blues of Elmore Jame's "The Sky Is Crying", he was always able to make the song his own.

His singing could be both tender and heartfelt as in "The Things (That) I Used To Do or raucous as in "The House Is Rockin'". Sometimes he could be funky as in "Say What" or more jazzy as in "Lenny". The influence of the jazz/blues organ trios like Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff led Vaughan to add organist/keyboardist Reese Wynans to his band Double Trouble.

Now for the first time on DVD, and expanded to include the video for 'Little Eing' from The Sky Is Crying - let alone all three MTV Unplugged peformances plus the video material for The Vaughan Brothers' Family Style album, AND two vintage TV spots - 'Pride And Joy features eight music videos; each one featuring the iconic musical stylings of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In truth, even if you're just a part-time blues fan, 'Pride And Joy' is a must-have disc. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come any Special Features.