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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987 (1994)

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Stevie Ray Vaughan's Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987

Stevie Ray Vaughan's Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987

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The Bottom Line

Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was responsible for kick-starting the 1980s blues revival that continues, to some extent, today. Vaughan brought his own distinctive vision of the blues to a mainstream rock audience and, with the similar success found by Robert Cray, helped to popularize the blues with a new generation of fans. Vaughan's tragic accidental death in 1990 left a lot of unanswered questions, foremost among these, 'what would he have done?' with his talent in the years to come. We'll never know, but his too-brief career left us with a wealth of great songs and performances.

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  • Includes discography of both Vaughan LPs and performances with other artists


  • Would it kill them to throw in a few photos of the artist?


  • 25-song collection covers Vaughan's career circa 1983-1987
  • 224 pages, 9" x 12" trade paperback songbook
  • Provides a variety of songs from Vaughan's early albums

Guide Review - Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987 (1994)

Stevie Ray Vaughan, it could be argued, is second in influence only to Jimi Hendrix when it comes to blues-rock guitar. Few artists have played the instrument with the fire, imagination, and innovation of Stevie Ray, and as shown by his TV broadcast session with Albert King, he could hold his own with the old lions of the blues as well.

Because of his influence, there are a bunch of Stevie Ray Vaughan songbooks available for the aspiring blues-rock guitarist to study. None of them are as good as Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987, this one volume providing a cross-section of material from across Vaughan's early career and albums, showing the guitarist's evolution as a talent as well as providing the player, new or old, with fun and challenging songs to learn.

Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987 includes six songs apiece from both Vaughan's debut album Texas Flood and his sophomore effort, Couldn't Stand The Weather. That alone is a wealth of songs, including "Love Struck Baby," "Pride and Joy," "Cold Shot," "Scuttle Buttin'," and the title tracks of both albums. The songbook also includes seven songs from Vaughan's acclaimed Soul To Soul album, and another five from Live Alive, including a wicked version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." A "bonus song," as it were, is included in the form of the surf-rock classic "Pipeline."

Vaughan was an incredible guitarist, and while these transcriptions by Jesse Gress won't necessarily ensure that you'll play like Stevie Ray, the easy-to-read tab and staff notation, as well as notes on tuning and riffs, should help you on your way to achieving that great Vaughan sound. This second edition of Lightnin' Blues 1983-1987 also includes a brief, useful biographical note on Vaughan's guitar style and a discography of his albums and appearances on other artist's albums through 1992. (Hal Leonard Corp, published June 1994)

Guide Disclosure: A review copy of this CD, DVD, or book was provided by the record label, publisher, or publicist. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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