The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 26, 1987, Image 16

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4 "Live Alive" Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Epic Records ★★★★ Stevie Ray Vaughan has the uncanny ability to make his beat up old Fender Stratocaster guitar sound like a typical Texas good ol’ boy who, after putting in a long week’s work out at the oil field, is ready to go into town, drink a lot of beer, shoot a few games of pool, look for someone to spend the night with, and get in a fight with whoever looks like they need their butt kicked. Texas blues is a distinctive musical style and few people can play the Texas blues like Vaughan. Vaughan had been playing in bars and clubs for years until he got his big break in 1983 and was hired to play lead guitar on David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album. Later that year Vaughan released his first album, “Texas Flood,” with his band Double Trouble: bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton. Vaughan and Double Trouble released another album, “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” in 1984 and began playing large cities throughout the United States, including a critically-acclaimed concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 1985, Reese Wynans was added to the band to play organ, piano and occasional synthesizer. (ZZ Top take note: synthesizers have no place in real Texas blues music). Vaughan and the new Double Trouble released “Soul to Soul” that same year. Although “Texas Rood, ” “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” and “Soul to Soul ” are great albums, they don’t capture the full extent of Vaguhan’s talents as a performer. Anyone who has seen Vaughan in concert must been slightly disappointed by Vaughan’s albums. “Live Alive” is an attempt to capture the spirit of Vaughan’s live shows. The only main difference between the live versions of the songs “Say What!,” “Ain’t Gone ’N’ Give Up on Love,” “Pride and Joy, ” “Cold Shot, ” “Look at Little Sister,” “Texas Rood,” “Love Struck Baby,” “Change It” and “Life Without You, ” and the album versions, is that Vaughan jams out for a little while longer during his solos. Only “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” a devilishly cool version of the old nursery rhyme originally included on the “Texas Rood” album, and Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” with its superlong psychedelic solo, are changed significantly from the album versions. Vaughan’s version of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” has a wonderfully funky combination of guitar and keyboards. The covers of “I’m Leaving You (Commit a Crime)” and “Willie the Wimp” are also pretty hot. Stevie’s brother, Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, jams along with Double Trouble on “Willie the Wimp, ” “Look at Little Sister,’’“Love Struck Baby” and “Change It. ” The Vaughan brothers make up an almost unbeatable guitar team. If you have never seen Vaughan live, “Live Alive” will give you a good hint at his incredible skills. But no album, live or not, can capture the true feeling you get when you see Vaughan on stage. —Review by Karl Pallmeyer Don’t Worry when an accident or sudden illness occurs CarePlus is open when you need them 7 days a week with affordable medical care. Pharmacy now open 7 days a week for your convenience PCS Card accepted by Pharmacy CarePlus^ftf Medical/Dental Center 696-0683 1712 S.W. Parkway • C.S. Open Sam - 8pm (across from Kroger Center)