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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Epic/ CBS
  • ASIN: B00000268O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say What
2. Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love
3. Pride And Joy
4. Mary Had A Little Lamb
5. Superstition
6. I'm Leaving You (Commit A Crime)
7. Cold Shot
8. Willie The Wimp
9. Look At Little Sister
10. Texas Flood
11. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
12. Love Struck Baby
13. Change It

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Most live blues recordings have a feeling of intimacy, as if the concerts took place in some out-of-the-way venue for an audience who not only know all the lyrics, but know the performers personally as well. Live Alive, in contrast, feels like a large-scale rock concert, an epic production full of grand gestures. But really, nothing suited Stevie Ray Vaughan's style better; everything, from the overall sound to the solos, feels big. The roar of the audience, especially for favorites like "Pride and Joy," "Cold Shot," and "Texas Flood," is huge but distant, an arena sound. Overall, Live Alive leaves the impression of a series of stellar moments caught on tape, with an intensity rarely captured in the recording studio. --Genevieve Williams

Customer Reviews

Stevie Ray has to be one of the best guitarists to ever live.
JerseyFresh
I've listened to thousands of albums, and I've reviewed many, and this is definitely a 5 star quality album of SRV's electric blues guitar rock.
Gary Covington
The sound is good, although not always crystal clear, and the band is excellent.
Docendo Discimus

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on June 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The late Stevie Ray Vaughan rocked on stage. His rendition of Howlin' Wolf's "Commit A Crime" may lack the raw punch of Wolf's original, but that's a minor complaint...most of this album is simply excellent, filled with gems from Vaughan's first three albums.

Stevie Ray's muscular and versatile guitar playing is sublime, with more grit than most of his studio orginals. His vocals are good, too, and the song list is magnificent, featuring the rare, non-LP track "Willie the Wimp" about the bizarre 1984 funeral of a Chicago "wiseguy".

Other highlights include Vaughan's best song, the superbly groovy "Pride And Joy", as well as "Look At Little Sister", "Cold Shot", "Love Struck Baby" and the slow blues "Texas Flood" and "Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love", but there are really no weak songs, and this album should appeal to fans of both blues and rock music.
The sound is good, although not always crystal clear, and the band is excellent. Several songs actually sound better in this live setting than on the original studio albums, partly because of the blistering blues-rock arrangements which include keyboards (piano and organ).

Apparently some people feel that Vaughan's playing wasn't up to his usual standards when this album was recorded, that he must have been having a bad night or something. I've heard a lot of live SRV, and I can't make any sense of that claim, especially since "Live Alive" wasn't recorded during just one show, but actually incorporates cuts from different concerts in both 1985 and 1986. He must have been having some bad years, then, and this myopic claim sounds particularly absurd when it is brought forward by people who then go on to praise Stevie's "Live At Montreux" album.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ty7777 on February 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Pay attention- this album is for srv's fans. Not the best of his live work. This album was greatly redone in the studio so first of all- it's not really that live of an album. Don't get me wrong- there really isn't anything bad on the album Change it may even be a better version. Leaving you and superstition are the only songs not on his other albums that are worth it [ Srv himself remarked after sobering up that he thought willie the wimp was in badtaste and didn't want it on radio]. If you're a big fan go ahead and get it... after you get all the other stuff. If you are a casual fan of Stevie's blues and blues rock and occasional jazz- any of his other albums live or otherwise would be better. It's a good album but at the bottom of stevie's work taking under consideration the availibility of the songs and so on. So buy it if you have his other stuff and can't stand not having these 3 songs.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Sleeman on December 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first avoided this album because of a few of the reviews I'd read. It is true that Stevie was in the midst of his many addictions at this time, but none of that is apparent in any of these performances. The listener instead will find themselves addicted to these blistering renditions of SRV classics.
The setlist itself is obviously outstanding, and this is the only live official release from SRV that has this good a setlist. All of the best-known tracks from his earlier works are here, and among my favorites are "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love," "Pride and Joy," and "Voodoo Chile." But there are three tracks on here you simply must hear to believe. This is perhaps my favorite version ever of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and "Superstition" and "Texas Flood" are absolutely full of fire. It's simply amazing how note after mind-boggling note just flowed out of this guy, with no pauses, no breaks, no time-outs to think of what he was going to do next. It just flowed out as naturally as could be, and fortunately for those of us who didn't get to catch SRV live, it was captured here.
But really there are no live recordings of his that aren't essential. Live at Carnegie Hall was recorded just before this release, and is also a fantastic performance. Likewise, the El Mocambo club video is an amazing display of talent with a setlist quite similar to this, although I would argue that he seemed much less healthy then than he does on this recording.
You might be concerned about the sound quality considering the fact that this was recorded in "arena rock" settings, but have no fear. The crowd does sound a bit distant, but the band easily overflows the vacuum that is left. The recording is simply breathtaking. Buy it, listen to it, and go through as many double, triple, and quadruple takes as you like, this guy was a legend, and this CD is a testament to that.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By DC from TX on November 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Some good stuff, but not his best. FYI, not to rain on everybody's parade, but this was recorded during the period when the whole band was pretty messed up on drugs and alcohol, and much of it was later overdubbed in the studio because the original tracks were below par. His best live stuff is probably Carnegie Hall...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dc777 on August 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have 3 copies of "Live Alive" - The 1990 US release, the original 1986 Japanese, and the 2 CD remastered edition released in 2000.

The remastered edition of this release has a very live feel to it and is sonically clearer that the 1990 US edition. I have to agree that this isn't SRV's best set of recordings, however for the period, these are probably better performances.

"Say What", "Ain't Gone'n Give Up On Love", "Pride and Joy", "Mary Had A Little Lamb", "Texas Flood" are the better tracks. On the remastered edition "Cold Shot", "Love Struck", "Willie The Wimp", "Superstition" are exposed as thin sounding, it sounds like SRV is singing through a can or something - but the performances are good.

If I were going to recommend live SRV, it would be in this order:
1. "Austin City Limits" - DVD
2. "Austin City Limits" - Bonus DVD from SRV Box Set
3. "El Mocabo" - DVD
4. "Live at Carnegie Hall" - CD
5. "Montreaux Jazz Festival" - DVD 1
6. "In The Beginning" - CD
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