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Fantastic music-but mostly repeats
on March 28, 2002
I didn't know whether to give this 2 start or 5 stars. All the music is great. If you don't own a Stevie Ray Vaughan album, and you like anything he does, this is a 5 star, must have boxset. If you already own a few of his albums, then this is mostly a repeat of what you have.
This boxset consists of 3 CD's and a DVD. The DVD is taken from the PBS show Austin City Limits. It has only six songs and is 27 minutes long. It is an extremly good performance and Double Trouble is featured more than normal. The only special feature on the DVD is an advertisement for two other videos. Note: Austin City Limits is actually filmed indoors in a rusted building in downtown Austin.
The 3 CD's consist of about 30% previously released studio material and 70% unreleased live material. There are a few older tracks before he formed Double Trouble. They are interesting, but not his best work.
The "previously unreleased live material" is nothing new. Vaughan rarely changed how he played his songs. One live version of Voodoo Chile sounds pretty much like the rest. So there is really no reason to own 5 different versions of Voodoo Chile, because you won't be able to tell one from the other. Most of the material here has been covered on other live Vaughan albums.
There are a few nice songs that don't appear anywhere else. So, for the price of a boxset, you get about 5 new songs and a very short DVD of an excellent performance.
If you don't already own his other albums, you can buy this one and never have to buy anything else. This boxset just about covers Vaughan's complete body of work.