Wednesday, June 25, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW: UNCUT STUDIO SESSION WITH THE LATE GREATS * ALBERT KING & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

What a wonderful blues artifact! The genuine personalities of both of these monster performers shines through on this live recording done in Hamilton, Canada back in 1983.

I just loved the way that Albert King keeps trying to remember Stevie Ray Vaughan on past occasions. About 2/3rds of the way through the session, Collins admits that he was glad to have been there on that day with Stevie in the studio doing this one-on-one session.

He keeps saying to Stevie, " There are lots of guitar players out there but they got no soul. You man, you got soul!" Stevie Ray Vaughan is obviously star-struck to be performing with one of his biggest legends, Mr. Albert King. He looks over at King and you can see his eyes absorbing the fret board as Kings' big black fingers fly up and down the notes.

King asks Vaughan about his hit song, Pride and Joy, and you see Stevie's face light up at the idea of playing one of his original songs with this blues master. Collins picks up on the melody quickly and starts to enhance the song with his own freestyle licks and riffs.

I don't think I have ever heard Stevie sings better than on this session. This historical video is a joy to watch and even better to just listen!!

 Enjoy Blues Aficionados
Karla D. (editor)