Live Alive

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Live Alive
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Live album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Released November 15, 1986
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Electric blues, R&B, funk
Length 70:26
Label Epic
Producer Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble chronology
Soul to Soul
(1985)Soul to Soul1985
Live Alive
In Step
(1989)In Step1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Live Alive is the first live album compiled from four live performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The performances were recorded on July 15, 1985 at the Montreux Jazz Festival; July 17–18, 1986 at the Austin Opera House; and July 19, 1986 at Dallas Starfest. Much of the album was overdubbed in the studio.[2]

The 1985 Montreux performance was much better received than the 1982 visit, when some of the crowd booed Vaughan's hard blues sound. The song selection for Live Alive displays many of SRV's biggest influences: Jimi Hendrix ("Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"), Howlin' Wolf ("Commit a Crime"), and Buddy Guy ("Mary Had a Little Lamb"). The song "Don't Stop By The Creek, Son" (Johnny Copeland) was performed at the 1985 Montreux show but was omitted from the CD release.

"I'm Leaving You (Commit a Crime)" is incorrectly credited on the album to C. Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf. Although Howlin' Wolf was the first to record the song on the album The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, it was written by James Oden, although Bill Janovitz says otherwise on ( The title is also incorrect, because "I'm Leaving You" is a completely different song by Howlin' Wolf. The song was originally titled "What a Woman!", but was released in 1981 (after Wolf's death) as "Commit a Crime" on the album "All Night Boogie". It is not unlikely that the title used on Live Alive was an honest mistake, since the lyrics start with "I'm leaving you woman, before I commit a crime". When Kenny Wayne Shepherd recorded the song for his 1995 album Ledbetter Heights, he carried on the mistake and used Stevie Ray Vaughan's title for the song, and also credited Howlin' Wolf as the writer.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Stevie Ray Vaughan, except where noted.

  1. "Say What!" – 4:51
  2. "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up on Love" – 6:24
  3. "Pride and Joy" – 5:04
  4. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (Buddy Guy) – 4:15
  5. "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder) – 4:43
  6. "I'm Leaving You (Commit a Crime)" (Chester Burnett) – 5:35
  7. "Cold Shot" (W. C. Clark, Michael Kindred)" – 5:40
  8. "Willie the Wimp" (Bill Carter, Ruth Ellsworth) – 4:38
  9. "Look at Little Sister" (Hank Ballard) – 4:13
  10. "Texas Flood" (Joseph Wade Scott, Larry C. Davis) – 6:30
  11. "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" (Jimi Hendrix) – 9:37
  12. "Love Struck Baby" – 3:46
  13. "Change It" (Doyle Bramhall) – 5:04
  14. "Life Without You" - 9:30 (appeared only on vinyl and cassette copies)


Double Trouble
Additional personnel
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan's older brother, Jimmie Vaughan (guitar, bass), appeared as a special guest on July 17, 1986 and is featured on "Willie the Wimp," "Love Struck Baby," "Look at Little Sister" and "Change It."


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  2. ^ Quote from Tommy ShannonThe Guitar Magazine Vol 6 No 2, January 1996