The new compilation of Stevie Ray Vaughan is highlighted by a live version of Jeff Beck’s “Goin’ Down” from 1984 (with a sit-in from Stevie Ray Vaughan), that features the two heavyweight guitar gods going toe to toe. Solos, Sessions & Encores combines 14 tracks (the majority of which have been unreleased) which spotlight Vaughan’s live side, as well as focusing on his sometimes-overlooked session work.
The opening track, “The Sky is Crying,” sets the tone for the rest of album as Vaughan is joined by a trio of guitar masters – Albert King, B.B. King, and Paul Butterfield – from a live show in 1987, the three trading jaw-dropping licks back and forth. The rest of the album is of much the same intensity, featuring a mix of live and studio cuts with a range of legendary guests from Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack, Bonnie Raitt, Dick Dale, and big brother Jimmie joining in the fun, making Solos, Sessions & Encores a wet-dream for any Stevie Ray or blues guitar fan.
Solos, Sessions & Encores is out now on Sony Legacy.