Rolling Stone - 11/14/02, p.914 stars out of 5
- "...There is no better one-stop way to crusie Vaughan's unfinished road than THE ESSENTIAL..."
Dirty Linen - 06-07/03, p.91
"...This set is a concise and filler-free distillation of Vaughan's most enduring work and it lives up to its title..."
Full performer name: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
Personnel includes: Stevie Ray Vaughan (vocals, guitar); Reese Wynans (keyboards); Tommy Shannon (bass); Chris Layton (drums).
Recorded between 1980 & 1990. Includes liner notes by Andy Aledort.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Epic's THE ESSENTIAL STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE gathers two discs' worth of the late blues guitarist's work, including many live performances and a few tracks with the Vaughan Brothers. The collection presents Vaughan's material in roughly chronological order, from the 1980 live recording "Shake for Me" to 1989's "Life by the Drop." It also touches on most of Vaughan's definitive songs and performances, including "Tightrope," "Wall of Denial," "Couldn't Stand the Weather," and "Cold Shot," and live versions of "The Sky Is Crying," "Superstition," and "Rude Mood/Hide Away." Though this album doesn't offer anything that hasn't already been released in some form or another, it does go into slightly more depth than several of the other Stevie Ray Vaughan retrospectives by presenting both his greatest studio hits and some of his best live work. [This compilation was also released as a three-disc set.]