In Session (Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan album)

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In Session
Live album by Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan
Released August 17, 1999
Recorded December 6, 1983
Genre Blues
Length 63:39
Label Stax Records
Producer Ian Anderson; Bill Belmont
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In Session is a blues album by Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded live for television on December 6, 1983, at CHCH-TV studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, when Vaughan was 29 and King was 60. It was released as an album on August 17, 1999 and re-released with a supplemental video recording on DVD on September 28, 2010. It has also been released on CD and SACD.

It was the first of two collaborations captured for television, the second being as invited guests on a show led by B.B. King in 1987.[1][2] It was recorded for one of a series of live television sessions recording the performances of various artists. The show was called In Session. The album includes a few short segments of the banter by King and Vaughan between songs.

Initially, King was not going to do the show as he did not know who Vaughan was. He did not realize that Vaughan was actually 'little Stevie', the 'skinny kid' that he let sit in when King played in Texas. King talks about this on one of the conversation tracks. When he realized who Vaughan was, he agreed to play.[3]

The album's material is mostly King's concert line up, with one Vaughan cut, "Pride and Joy" on the audio CD (the DVD also features Vaughan's "Texas Flood"). King is 'driving' the session, but he features Vaughan's guitar extensively on most of the songs.[4] According to the introductory credits on the DVD, a number of the tunes are included there for the first time, having been omitted from the original TV broadcast for reasons of time.

Track listing[edit]

Audio CD:

  1. Call It Stormy Monday (Aaron "T-Bone" Walker) - 8:59
  2. "Old Times" [talk] - 1:15
  3. Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan) - 5:57
  4. Ask Me No Questions (B.B. King) - 5:02
  5. "Pep Talk" [talk] - 0:51
  6. Blues at Sunrise (Albert King) - 15:08
  7. "Turn It Over" [talk] - 0:51
  8. Overall Junction (Albert King) - 8:19
  9. Match Box Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson) - 7:38
  10. "Who Is Stevie?" [talk] - 0:43
  11. Don't Lie to Me (Hudson Whittaker) - 8:56


  1. [Introduction]
  2. Born Under a Bad Sign *
  3. Texas Flood (feat. Stevie Ray Vaughan - vocal) *
  4. Call It Stormy Monday
  5. "Old Times" [talk]
  6. Match Box Blues
  7. "Pep Talk" [talk]
  8. Don't You Lie To Me
  9. "Who Is Stevie?" [talk]
  10. Pride and Joy (feat. Stevie Ray Vaughan - vocal)
  11. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town *
  12. [Outtro]

(* = not previously released/not on audio CD)


  • Albert King : Electric Guitar, Vocals
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan : Electric Guitar, Vocals only on Song 3
  • Tony Llorens : Piano, Organ
  • Gus Thornton : Bass
  • Michael Llorens : Drums


  • Ian Anderson - original recordings
  • Doug McClement - engineer
  • Bill Belmont - producer
  • Stephen Hart - remixing
  • Chris Clough - reissue A&R
  • Bill Belmont - reissue A&R
  • George Horn - remastering


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