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The Fire Meets The Fury

Stevie Ray VaughanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SMOKIN'
  • ASIN: B0073SI9E6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The House Is Rockin'
2. Tightrope
3. Look At Little Sister
4. Texas Flood
5. Leave My Girl Alone
6. Wall Of Denial
7. Superstition
8. Cold Shot
9. Life Without You
10. Crossfire
11. Voodoo Chile

Editorial Reviews

Stevie Ray Vaughan's battle with drink and drug addiction during the mid-eighties was well documented, thus his triumphant return with fourth studio album In Step in June 1989 was met with much relief and huge enthusiasm by fans and critics alike. His return was of course to be cut tragically short however, when the horrific helicopter crash that ended his life took place little more than a year later. With comparisons to fret-board geniuses such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton regularly made, the body of work Stevie Ray left behind confirms his status as one of the most skilled and creative guitarists of all time . Taken from the final two nights of 'The Fire Meets The Fury Tour', during which Vaughan was paired with British guitar legend Jeff Beck for a 28 date run, and as part of his wider 'In Step Tour' arranged to promote what was to be the maestro's final solo studio record, both sets offer a widely diverse song selection that span the entirety of Vaughan's recording career. With Stevie sadly passing on just eight months after these two gigs, they remain amongst the last recorded performances given by this guitar virtuoso, and accordingly, provide an historic document as well as a hugely enjoyable listening experience for the man's millions of fans still flying the flag for the finest rock guitarist to emerge in the final quarter of the twentieth century.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful
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First let me say that I'm going to be 44 years old this November. So I was alive and kicking through the vast majority of SRV's recording career. I remember the corny videos on MTV, I still remember where I was when I first heard news of the helicopter crash. I have been an avid fan of Stevie since I first saw his videos on MTV. ...That's how we heard about new music back then...no internet!

So, since Stevie's passing there seems to have been more releases than when he was alive. Boxed sets, lost concerts, greatest hits recompiled as nauseum, just the typical milking of a great artist who's passing preceded possibilities as an artist. That's not to say all of the CDs that have been released post-death have been poor.

Having said all of the above, I looked at this CD with dubious cynicism. I researched it online and this CD originates from a Radio Broadcast in July 3 and 5th of 1989. That alone makes me think it's going to be a high level boot at best. But here is where it gets amazing...

This CD is, in my opinion, the best commercially available presentation of Stevie's live playing...heck, of his playing at all. I have everything, the boxed set, the re-released CDs with the bonus material, I actually have a number of boots. But this CD just floored me.

Remember too, that at this point in Stevie's life he has genuinely cleaned up and sober. It shows in spades. His playing on here, even at its most fast, chaotic, and furious, is meticulous and flawless. NEVER missing a beat, a note, or anything. The phrasing and timing is impeccable. Simply top form.

And in case you're sick of hearing the same songs done live on all the other discs out there, this disc stands apart in a few ways. The tempo of some of the songs is changed a bit.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait...... May 22, 2012
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These gigs have been floating around as bootlegs for many years and in many forms so it is great to see this available as a more cohesive release. The quality of the recording is far better than most fans may have heard on bootlegs and this sounds like it has been tidied up somewhat.
What cannot be denied is the quality of the playing and to hear how well the songs still stand up. Most of all, fans will revel in how good it is to hear SRV in the greatest form of his life.
The performances are simply jaw dropping and the version of 'Life Without You' has to be heard to be believed. This track will melt your face if the earlier versions of 'Tightrope' and 'Leave My Girl Alone' have not rendered you unconscious while you try to comprehend how good this man was.
SRV fans ignore this release at your peril!
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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Great CD, it's definitely a keeper! "Fair Warning" This CD has only 11 tracks and does not have any Jeff Beck Tracks. Tracks 1-6 @ Tingley Coliseum (11-28-1989). Track List: 1).The House Is Rockin'. 2).Tightrope. 3).Look At Little Sister. 4).Texas Flood. 5).Leave My Girl Alone. 6).Wall Of Denial. Tracks 7-11 @ McNicols Arena (11-29-1989). 7).Superstition. 8).Cold Shot. 9).Life Without You. 10).Crossfire. 11).Voodoo Chile (11:31).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire Meets Fury...Performance Superb November 5, 2012
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I was skeptical even after reading a couple of good 5 star reviews, I was not worried about whether the performance or music would be great. SRV and DT with Reese Wynans never failed to deliver, I was concerned with the recording quality as it does emanate from radio broadcasts done at the two concert venues, and one of the reviewers did mention it may have lower volume level/and or lower dynamic range. After listening at home and in my car(high quality components, subwoofer, amps etc.), the verdict is: There is less dynamic range and it plays at a slightly lower volume than your typical CD. Also, check your EQ settings as it sounds as though they have "enhanced" some frequencies, especially the low end. A flatter setting on the tone controls will yield a more balanced tighter sound, the bass frequencies do not need a boost. Everything musically is there, Stevie's guitar, Tommys's bass, Chris's drums/cymbals and even Reese's organ/keys, it just doesn't' have that studio recorded quality that gives you "air" around the instruments or a convincing sound-stage. I would describe it as somewhat compressed.

But of course, it's not a studio recording. You can hear the very appreciative crowd, and even individuals yelling out when Stevie raps about his sobriety during a quiet break in a very powerful rendition of "Life Without You". All in all, I'm glad I bought it, even at $17.00. (Now $25!) I saw Stevie live in June 1986 (Cincy) and April 1988 (Boston). I feel lucky to have seen and experienced his music live. For those who have not, I guess this is a good representation of his live shows, although I still love to watch "Live at the El Mocambo" a club date from 1983 on DVD, originally bought it on VHS. That way you get to hear and see the "Fire and the Fury" of Stevie's incredible talent.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawless performance by the mighty SRV and DT!! October 18, 2012
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Read Glen Murley's well-detailed review for a more complete description of this CD, but I just wanted to chime in that this CD is INDISPENSABLE for any SRV fan!! Both SRV and his crackerjack Double Trouble are firing on all cylinders throughout...the best live performance from them I have ever heard!! Listen to how locked in the band is to each other on their timing and rhythm...it's like the recordings were fixed in Pro Tools or something...lol!

My only gripe is that there is not more of it on here! But what we have here is truly amazing...his version of "Leave My Little Girl Alone" on this CD is jaw-dropping in its intensity...not only his playing, but his singing, too. GREAT guitar tone, not surprisingly! I say that because I thought his tone on the post-drug Austin City Limits performance (around this time) was crap. Not here, buddy! Just pure SRV at his best who, like Glen M. says, never hits a bad note in this performance! Also, the sound quality is just fine! I thought at first it might sound like a typical bootleg, but nope, the sound quality is pretty much on par with any other legitimate SRV live recording. GET THIS CD NOW!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie at his best
Wonderful quality and sound; great live collection and compilation of his music. It touches the heart to know he was at a best place and sounding wonderful at this point in his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by melanie smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as he gets
I know a lot of you are collectors like myself and have many versions of these songs. Don't let that stop you. This is SRV at his very best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stratocaster94538
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie Ray Vaughan - Fire Meets The Fury
The only thing better than listening to SRV is listening to SRV live. I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys excellent music.
Published 6 months ago by Michael Forrester
3.0 out of 5 stars Lousy Recording of what could have been a good performance.
This is a lousy recording of what was probably a good concert. The sound is so bad it's hard to tell.
Published 9 months ago by Dwight M. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars The One to Own!
Wow! Best live Stevie Ray Vaughan CD available. The playing is incredible. Wish I would've had the opportunity to see this talented guitarist in person, but this is the second best... Read more
Published 10 months ago by JLM
5.0 out of 5 stars SRV forever!
Who doesn't love the fire of SRV? Great disc. Tears it up. Every time I listen to it, I want to throw my guitar out.
Published 10 months ago by Square
5.0 out of 5 stars I was a late fan.
I was late in becoming a fan, but fan I am. When we lost him in an accident I
thought the book was closed. But apparently not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ted
5.0 out of 5 stars "Life Without You".
This cd has my most favorite version of "Life Without You". I still miss and love Steve Ray's music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wanda E. Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting recording- new release of old work
As the CD states, this is a rebroadcast of radio work Stevie did in his career, the songs roll from one to the other and leave little idle time in between. Read more
Published 11 months ago by PM Blues
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