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Reviews: Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session

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Reviews: 5

Review by muzikman November 11, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I remember when In Session with Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan was first released. I could not wait to hear it. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. Now several years later, it is back in all its glory in the SACD format.

Vaughan was fresh off his breaking it big with his debut album Texas Flood and the grand blues master King gave the humble youngster his due by acknowledging his capabilities and prowess on the six-string in this now infamous live in-studio session. Although his peers held King in high regard, he never attained the status of BB King or John Lee Hooker. Many fellow guitarists felt he was the man. What we did not realize at the time of this classic recording was that King would pass away soon thereafter and Stevie Ray would become the king of the blues.

As I do recall, the sound on this recording was exceptional. Now it is out of this world! Every subtle nuance is detectable and the sonics are outstanding and incredibly vibrant. I especially enjoyed the interplay between the two guitarists in between tracks. King readily passes the torch to Vaughan and he shows why he was ready to carry it. They both are on fire on all eleven tracks. Stevie Ray sings his “Pride and Joy” with all the intensity and verve that made him into an international star, and it would be the only song he sang lead vocals on. King handles the vocals the rest of the gig and is in total control throughout, yet he gives his counterpart an opportunity to take the reigns and cut loose while showing him how to grasp the necessary restraint to respect his senior.

This is one of the greatest blues-rock albums ever recorded; I do not think there is anyone that would argue with that. Even if you have the original recording you need to hear this one, it is amazing. I guarantee you will get chills listening to it.

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Review by DACooper July 24, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This meeting of two blues masters took place in a Hamilton, Ontario Canada TV studio in late 1983, just after Vaughan had made his first splash as the guitarist on David Bowie's album Let's Dance. Stevie had idolized Albert King, and even lifted some of his licks. But on this night, the two stood side by side as blues masters, and the results were jaw-dropping. King was clearly leading this session, as all the songs (with the exception of Pride & Joy) were sung by King and were part of his usual repertoire. However, Vaughan was not simply a sideman here; his playing was electric and the interplay between the two guitarists is amazing. Blues at Sunrise, with Vaughan imitating Jimi Hendrix, Call It Stormy Monday, and Don't Lie to Me are just a few highlights.

The sound on this hybrid SACD is phenomenal. Both guitars are crisp, the vocals are clear, and the tight rhythm section is deep and warm. The SACD has a breathtaking presence that evelopes your listening area. This is another terrific George Horn mastering job.

Whether you are a fan of Vaughan, King, or just a fan of great blues guitar, this is a must own on SACD!

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Review by Whitehall June 28, 2006
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The prior reviewers got it right - one finely played and fine sounding album. (Only listened on 2 channel SACD/CD)

I'd like to add two points.

One - too much yakking. Give us music not stale jokes. Great conversationalists they ain't

Two - the downside of this album is that it makes me want to grab a bottle of Jack Daniels, a couple of doobies, and some skanky hag and boogey! I get hangovers from Black Jack, my income depends on successful drug screening and my wife would never understand!

Great album.

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Review by navman July 21, 2010 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This is by far my most cherished SACD. I love the performance, the chemistry and flow of these two great giants is just astonishing and never wears out its welcome on repeated listening.

The conversations, which on other albums usually do get irritating, but here add to that in studio live feel of the whole event.

A must have for blues fans imho.

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Review by pjg12345 August 30, 2011 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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The Master and his Disciple!!!

Great song selection, great performance, great electric guitar blues!

Pictured on the SACD cover are Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. If I close my eyes they are in the same locations in my listening room!

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