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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live at the El Mocambo 1983 (1983)

Stevie Ray Vaughan , Double Trouble  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305019681
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live at the El Mocambo 1983" on IMDb

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  • Songs Included: Testify, So Excited, Voodoo Chile, Pride And Joy, Tell Me, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Texas Flood, Love Struck Baby, Hug You Squeeze You, Third Stone From The Sun, Lenny, Wham
  • Exclusive 11/99 Interview with Double Trouble
  • Lyrics, Timeline and Discography

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An intense, high-powered performance from Stevie Ray's early days, featuring Testify; Texas Flood; Wham!; Pride and Joy and his fiery interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) . Also includes a 1999 interview with Double Trouble. 1983/color/63 min/NR/fullscreen.

In 1990, Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan was just emerging from a long period in which drugs had taken their toll: the previous year's In Step album was the first he had made drug free, and the results were a marvel. But then, after sharing a stage with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Eric Clapton, he boarded a helicopter to Chicago. It crashed, and the career of one of the great blues guitarists was ended.

Rewind to 1983 and here is Stevie Ray at the beginning of his fame, his first album with his backing band Double Trouble, Texas Flood, having just been released to critical and popular acclaim. The venue is the El Mocambo club in Toronto, a dark, smoky joint with a laid-back but appreciative clientele. Vaughan, drummer Chris Layton, and bassist Tommy Shannon share the tiny stage. The guitarist, bedecked in trademark hat and alligator-skin boots, is pale of complexion, sweating from the heat and physical exertion, and physically much smaller than Shannon, who towers over him. But Vaughan dominates, as much by the magnetism of his flamboyant personality as his guitar playing. And what playing: by turns fiery, funky, then limpid and surprisingly graceful. Here is an authentic blues artist captured in the throes of living through his music. At this early stage in his career he was still very much in thrall to Jimi Hendrix (the flower-power shirt gives it away), as covers of "Voodoo Chile" and "Third Stone from the Sun" (the latter a Hendrix-inspired guitar-abuse session) indicate. The highlight of the show, however, is his rendition of "Texas Flood," which turns out to be an amazing essay on the art of blues guitar. This is a raw, intimate, and spontaneous record of a one-time event. All fans of the blues will be grateful to those who had the foresight to capture it on film. --Mark Walker

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie's Best, But the DVD Could Use Some Work September 1, 2000
There is nothing like seeing great blues in a small club. Stevie has done a lot of great live work (except while in the depths of his drug abuse), but this video is the pinnacle of what he was capable of. This small club in Toronto, with rowdy fans has more energy and fire than any arena, stadium or theatre could match.
This was also a musical high point of Stevie's career. He was older than the "In the Beginning" disc (also taken from a small club), and his playing reflects it. He was more fluid and confident, and you can see that he was REALLY feeling "it" the night of the El Mocambo show. I have never heard or seen a better rendition of Texas Flood. I have never even seen a beter blues guitar performance by anyone on any song compared to it. The versions of Tell Me, Wham!, So Excited, Testify, Voodoo Chile, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Lenny also are the best I have heard from any recording (official or bootleg) of Stevie's.
As for the DVD, it could use some work. I noticed, in comparison with the VHS version, the mixers have brought the volume down a bit on Stevie's guitar, while making the low end sounds more prominent. This takes away from the power of Stevie's performance a bit. They also still have not included the version of Little Wing that was performed right before Third Stone From the Sun! Please! Include it, I will buy the DVD again! On a bright note for the DVD, the interview included is quite interesting, with Tommy and Chris' thoughts and relflections on Stevie and the night of the El Mocambo show.
All in all, I would still get the DVD over the VHS copy. But regardless, every fan of the blues, Stevie, and/or guitar should buy this video. Ever hear Eric Clapton describe Stevie as an open channel, in which musical ideas just flowed through him? This video is proof, and it is amazing.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SRV Must Have December 27, 1999
By ron
I am quite happy with this disk. The 5.1 sound is excellent. The video is very good but not great; the issue being the simplistic camera angles - remember this was filmed in a bar 16 years ago.
The real joy of this disk is of course the performance, SRV before his excess of the mid 80's. The playing is fluid and graceful and gives us an insight into one of the greatest guitarists since Hendrix. Speaking of Hendrix, the version of Third Stone SRV does is a real high point of the show.
In short if you like SRV you will not be disappointed with this disk.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW! March 5, 2000
By Chris
I have been a huge fan since the beginning but the person that turned me onto this video was not. But even for someone who does not like the blues he was thoroughly blown away by this performance. This is one of the most amazing shows one could ever hope to witness EVEN IF YOU DONT LIKE THE BLUES! From the get-go SRV rips it up with Testify. Every song thereafter is a bonus:So Excited,Voodoo Chile(there were only two people that could do this song justice Jimi and SRV),Pride & Joy, Tell Me, Mary Had a Little lamb, Texas Flood, Love Struck Baby, Hug You, 3rd Stone,Lenny and WHAM. You will find yourself laughing in awe of how truly great a SRV show could be. In an age when "rock stars" put on a "show" this video is raw musical performance without any back tracks or effects. It's just a man and his guitar. I can say without a doubt this is one the greatest buys you can ever make and I will say it again-Even if you don't like the blues! Buy this video and play it as loud as you can, you will not be disappointed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Phenom...!! August 14, 2004
By Mark
As a middle aged man who first took up the guitar at a very young age in the 60's, I've always had a receptive ear for upcoming guitar players.

I first read about this Texas blues phenom in an old guitar magazine. And then one day, I happened to hear Pride and Joy on the radio and it literally stopped me dead in my tracks. I could not believe what I was hearing. In fact, I later heard an interview with Eric Clapton who first heard SRV on his car radio and immediately, he had to pull the car over to the side of the road and find out who this guy was. The way Eric tells it, it couldn't wait a day / week / month. It had to be that day.

So when I heard that he was playing a show at the El Mocambo in Toronto, I quickly made up my mind that I had to see this guy.

I had always had a mild interest in the blues - having been a big fan of Clapton and Hendrix, both of whose music had it's roots in the blues.

However, it was after seeing SRV that I became a disciple of the blues. That night, I saw the heart, soul and future of blues guitar in Stevie Ray Vaughan. What an incredible performer.

From my vantage point several feet away from the band, I could see Stevie's incredibly powerful looking hands / fingers bending these big strings as if they were slinky little pieces of wire. In addition to the heavy strings he used, it also looked as if he had his action set relatively high as well. For non-guitar players, I can assure you that the combination of big strings coupled with high action takes alot of hand strength to coax the sounds you want out of your guitar.

Watching this "psychedelic cowboy" that evening, it was like watching the reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix.
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