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  • Actors: Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Stax
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KUSUE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On December 6, 1983, legendary blues guitarist Albert King joined his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. Magic happened. The highly sought after video footage from that one-time renowned summit becomes available for the first time ever with the release of Stax Records' DVD In Session.

The DVD contains three classic performances unavailable on the previously issued audio disc: "Born Under a Bad Sign," the landmark title track from Albert King's biggest Stax release written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones; Stevie Ray's "Texas Flood," the Larry Davis-penned title track of Vaughan's immortal debut album; and "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," made famous by Louis Jordan and later, Ray Charles.

"It was evident from the first choruses," writes liner notes author/musicologist Samuel Charters, "that they were playing for each other. And that was the best audience either of them could ever have. The music never lost its intensity, its quality of something very important being handed back and forth and there was time for Stevie and Albert to see where their ideas took them."

Accolades have showered upon this momentous encounter. "As a document of what was probably one of the greatest nights in the musical life of SRV, this belongs in the collection of every true fan," said the Austin American-Statesman. Sonic Boomers added, "Both men are gone now, but rare recordings like In Session remind us of a time when blues giants still walked the earth side by side." Elmore magazine called it "an indispensible part of any blues fan's collection." And BluesWax noted, "thank goodness, this disc lives on and on."

Now this previously unavilable visual document featuring two giants of American blues can be enjoyed by audiences the world over. Sadly, King and Vaughan would not share a stage together ever again. Vaughan, 31 years King's junior, died in a helicopter crash in the fog on the way back from a concert in 1990. King outlived him by two years, dying of a heart attack in 1992. They didn't meet often, and their careers took different paths. But we can all be grateful for that one long day in a television studio when sparks flew and this timeless performance was forever captured.

01. Introduction
02. Texas Flood
03. Call It Stormy Monday
Act II
04. Matchbox Blues
05. Pep Talk
06. Don't Lie To Me
07. Who Is Stevie?
08. Pride and Joy
The Finale
09. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town
10. Outro

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There is no live audience.
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He has cried just talking about how good it is.
The sound quality on this DVD is very good.
Perry Celestino

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Perry Celestino on November 24, 2010
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This long awaited and overdue gem is just fantastic. This set filmed in Ontario, Canada in 1983 has been a Holy Grail of King and SRV fans for years and years. It was filmed for a regional audience (like Austin City Limits) and we are so lucky to have it. I have had a Japanese version from the VHS tape for a long time and it is the show as taped off the air- but it does also have King at Montreux in 1973 which is also rare. The picture and sound are both ok.

Well regarding the show and the controversial "set list", the first two songs are almost a half hour long, that should say everything. The band is Albert's San Francisco based Fantasy Records outfit which he used and toured with during this time, the Llorens' brothers and Gus Thornton. Albert also toured Europe about this time with Little Milton's dancing horn players and the great Johnnie Johnson on keyboards, and Gus Thornton was also with him too, that show is also great.

The sound quality on this DVD is very good. The performances last for an hour and 27 minutes and it's straight music, no shots of the control room dancing as in the show. This is no nonsense Blues music which you will enjoy. To me the only drawback is that this happened during the time of King's phaser pedal period (about mid 1970s until the mid 1980s- a good example is the LP "New Orleans Heat"). This does impact on the sound but his style is still the same. He also goes out of tune a bit in the second half especially in "Don't Lie To Me" and "Pride and Joy" but that's ok, we love anything we can get on Albert, read my reviews since 2003. I am saying this because in the other DVDs available, with poorer sound, you really can't hear it that much, this remastering is great and so is the CD (I bought BOTH the regular and deluxe editions- what a bargain!).
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gary Covington on November 14, 2010
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This was filmed in December, 1983 for an Ontario, Canada, TV station program. It's finally been released on DVD. The visual & sound quality is great. I'm not sure of the total running time, but it is a fairly, lengthly, session, concentrating on a young 29 year old Stevie Ray, with his Fender Stratocaster, Electric Guitar, Number 1, however during the session SRV rotates to playing one or two of his other guitars. The other "Session Player" is a mature 60 year old, experienced, professional blues guitarist & singer, Albert King, with his Gibson "Flying V", electric guitar (named "Lucy"). Stevie Ray does switch guitars a couple of times during the session. Stevie had a reputation about being rough on his guitars, kinda like Jerry Lee Lewis was with pianos. Stevie Ray is a right handed guitarist, Albert is a left handed guitarist. This is a great close up, and personal jam session, with the backing band, barely in sight. The main focus is on Stevie Ray & Albert King. Stevie was a young Texas Blues guitarist & singer. Albert was an original, Mississippi Delta Blues guitarist & singer. This session is like a tutorial session, where the older & wiser Albert, jams with Stevie, and gives him advice. The 2 blues guitarists are relaxed and "laid back", and Stevie shows great respect for his "tutor". Also, Albert shows great respect for Stevie Ray. There is no live audience. The music is fantastic!!!Read more ›
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Buck on July 14, 2010
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I've had this TV show on a grainy VHS tape for years and have always wondered why it was never released on DVD. Now the wait is over. This is a great show with Albert and Stevie. Stevie is all smiles as he listens to everything Albert has to say. The great vibe comes out in both Albert and Stevie's playing. A must have for any Albert or SRV fan. I can't wait!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on March 18, 2011
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Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session(2010). American blues star Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, create blues jam-session magic during this historic 1983 recording. The show, which was taped live in a club in Austin, Texas on December 5, 1983, was filmed for the Canadian live music TV series "In Session." As both popular singer-songwriters are now, unfortunately, gone from the scene, relatively young, and this was the only time they were recorded playing together, this classic rock footage is a must-see for blues fans. The musicians play off each other beautifully: it's hard to credit that they hadn't rehearsed together for months, but, in fact, sources say that King, already an established star, was unwilling to play with Vaughan, until the older musician realized that he had already played with the native Texan before, under the moniker of "little Stevie."

The set includes King's signature song, penned in 1967 by Booker T. Jones, of Stax Records' Booker T. and the MG's, and William Bell. "Born Under a Bad Sign:" "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all." Needless to say, this particular song has been covered many, many times, by outstanding artists such as Cream and Eric Clapton. The DVD also gives us T-Bone Walker's classic "Call It Stormy Monday," "Matchbox Blues," and Tampa Red's "Don't Lie to Me." We also get Vaughan's "Texas Flood," and "Pride and Joy." In fact, the DVD contains three hit songs not on the CD of the same concert: "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Texas Flood," and "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," a hit for Louis Jordan, and Ray Charles.

King was born in Indianola, Mississippi, on April 25, 1923, as, coincidentally, was B.B. King - no relation, nor is the third blues King, Freddie King.
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