MGF Reviews Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Pride and Joy [DVD]


Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Pride and Joy [DVD]
Epic Records (11/06/07)
Unrated
70 minutes

Originally released just after his untimely passing, Pride and Joy acted as the definite Stevie Ray Vaughan video collection. Now, recently re-released in an expanded DVD set, the collection is still a fantastic look back at one of the guitar greats from the 20th century.

Vaughan was a master when it came to blues/rock riffs. This set features videos for hits like “Superstition”, “I’m Leaving You,” “Cold Shot,” “Love Struck Baby” and a blistering version of “The House is Rockin'” (all on the original video release).

But it’s the added material that really shines here.

First you have three tracks from Vaughan’s Unplugged appearance (“Rude Mood,” “Pride and Joy” and “Testify”). Then there are two videos from The Vaughan Brothers release, “Tick Tock” (filmed after Stevie’s death and dedicated to the legend) and the so-so “Good Texan.”

And the gem of the set, a classic video for Vaughan’s cover of “Little Wing,” includes tons of great footage from guitar legends of the past, along with some nice spoken word overlaid on the track.

To wrap things up, we get vintage commercials for two of Vaughan’s albums and an electronic press kit for The Vaughan Brothers which is only of interest since it’s basically an extended interview with Stevie and his brother Jimmie.

There are no bells and whistles with this collection. It’s presented, bare-bones, full frame with the sound mixed off the front channels in normal stereo. All the video looks clear, except for the live video for “I’m Leaving You” which is a little grainy given the source material.

My only gripe would be that the commercials and EPK are presented as chapters in the set instead of bonus material (which it obviously is). Add on, say, a handful of audio-only tracks (maybe mixed in surround sound) and this would be a must-have for everyone. As it stands, it’s a must-have for any Stevie Ray Vaughan fans. Or, if you love the blues, you should buy this just for what it is—a look back at a legend of the genre.

Yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan is still missed.

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