Live at Carnegie Hall (Stevie Ray Vaughan album)
|Live at Carnegie Hall|
|Live album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble|
|Released||July 29, 1997|
|Recorded||October 4, 1984 at Carnegie Hall in New York City|
|Producer||Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tony Martell|
|Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble chronology|
Live at Carnegie Hall is a live Texas blues album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, released on July 29, 1997 by Epic Records. The concert was recorded at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 4, 1984, a day after Vaughan's thirtieth birthday (leading to Vaughan's description of the show as "My best birthday ever ... forever"), and was a benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Special guests included drummer George Rains, Dr. John on keyboards, the Roomful of Blues horn section, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar, and vocalist Angela Strehli. This was the first and only time in the band's history that the trio was expanded. The ensemble wore custom-tailored mariachi suits and a special stage set was designed, complete with drum and horn risers.
The set list was in large part Vaughan's personal, private, tribute to his models; his brother Jimmie Vaughan later recalled "Stevie told me he was gonna play the music of his heroes, the guys who never got to play Carnegie Hall ... He didn't announce it to the audience, he didn't say anything to the people at the label. It was just something between the two of us. That's why you've got those tunes by Guitar Slim, Albert Collins, and Albert King."
Several songs from the concert were left off the album, including a Jimi Hendrix cover of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" and "The Sky Is Crying". These tracks were later released on the SRV box set in 2000.
In the audience were some of Vaughan's closest friends and family. Among them were his wife at the time, Lenny Bailey, and his parents, who were flown to New York City from Texas. John Hammond, who signed the band to Epic Records, was at the show to introduce Vaughan as "one of the great guitar players of all time".
The album charted at #40 on the Billboard 200, and was the #1 blues album for eight weeks. Thom Owens of Allmusic gave the album a rating of 4/5, stating there might have been "more musicians than usual on-stage, but Stevie Ray remains the center of attention...It's the best live Stevie Ray record released." Entertainment Weekly said that his "blistering fretwork is so technically formidable that it should awe even the most unflappable aficionados." Stephen Holden from The New York Times described the concert itself as "a stomping roadhouse."
All songs were written by Stevie Ray Vaughan, except where noted.
- Intro - Ken Dashow / John Hammond – 2:09
- "Scuttle Buttin'" – 2:43
- "Testify" (Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley) – 5:20
- "Love Struck Baby" – 3:05
- "Honey Bee" – 3:05
- "Cold Shot" (Mike Kindred, W. C. Clark) – 4:45
- "Letter to My Girlfriend" (Eddie Jones) – 3:08
- "Dirty Pool" (Doyle Bramhall, Vaughan) – 6:40
- "Pride and Joy" – 4:48
- "The Things That I Used to Do" (Jones) – 5:26
- "C.O.D." (Leo Gooden) – 5:32
- "Iced Over" (AKA "Collins' Shuffle") (Gwen Collins/Stevie Ray Vaughan) - 5:11
- "Lenny" – 7:14
- "Rude Mood" – 2:22
- Jimmie Vaughan – guitar
- Dr. John – organ, piano
- George Rains – drums
- Bob Enos – trumpet
- Porky Cohen – trombone
- Rich Lataille – alto sax
- Greg Piccolo – tenor sax
- Doug James – baritone sax
- Angela Strehli – vocals on "C.O.D."
- Stevie Ray Vaughan – producer
- Tony Martell – executive producer
- Richard Mullen – engineer
- Jeff Powell – mixer
- Bob Ludwig – mastering
- Brian Lee – mastering
- Josh Cheuse – art direction
- Chuck Pulin – photography
- Schwartz, Andy (1997). Live at Carnegie Hall (CD booklet). New York City: Epic Records.
- "Review: Live at Carnegie Hall". Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- Owens, Thom. "Live at Carnegie Hall - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- Grad, David (1 August 1997). "Live at Carnegie Hall: Music Review". Entertainment Weekly (390).
- Holden, Stephen (8 October 1984). "Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guitarist, at Carnegie Hall - Review". The New York Times (Manhattan: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.). Retrieved 27 November 2010.