Concord Re-Issues Albert & Stevie Ray

4 Jul


I must admit I missed this one the first time around. Sorry I did because it contains some very tasty licks from Misters King and Vaughn. Albert is obviously in control yet seems willing to share the spotlight with the young upstart. The conversation between tracks is not exactly riveting, but it is revealing. However it’s the inspired guitar work that makes this collection worthwhile.

I have never been a big fan of live recordings. The sound is usually muddy and the playing often uninspired. Neither is the case here. Pick up on this CD and you’ll be rewarded with some first rate blues jams and a slice of musical history to boot. What more can you expect for a mere $13.98? 

In Session is the only known recording of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan performing together. The 2009 remaster presented by Stax Records stands as a fitting tribute to the genius of two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar.

– from the liner notes by Lee Hildebrand

Anyone who’s witnessed a much anticipated jam session only to be disappointed–with each participant deferring to the other, the end result being that neither ever got out of first gear–will welcome this pairing of two giants of blues guitar. Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan obviously shared a mutual admiration, but it simply wasn’t in either one’s makeup to: a) be intimidated or b) take a backseat to anyone. Not without kicking up a little dust.

– from the liner notes by Dan Forte

Albert King–electric guitar, vocal
Stevie Ray Vaughan–electric guitar, vocal (on Track 3 only)
Tony Llorens–piano, organ
Gus Thornton–bass
Michael Llorens–drums

Recorded December 6, 1983.


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