NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Montreux Jazz and International
Music Festival provided the setting for two landmark performances in the
career of Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble. For the first time,
those two performances are assembled on "LIVE AT MONTREUX 1982 & 1985," which
includes 11 previously unreleased tracks. The deluxe 2-CD package features
19 tracks altogether -- all 8 songs from the 1982 set, and 11 of the 15 songs
from the 1985 set (as CD timing permits). The new album is scheduled to
arrive in stores November 20th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony Music.
By the summer of 1982, Vaughan was already a veteran of the Southern blues
circuit. Searching for his big break, he and his band Double Trouble were
asked by legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler to play "Blues
Night" at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Playing like his
life depended on it, Vaughan put on a fiery performance -- full of future SRV
classics like "Pride And Joy" and "Love Struck Baby." The audience could not
have cared less. Every song the artist played was greeted by an increasing
wave of boos and hisses and he left the stage heart-broken.
As fate would have it, this would be the most important single show
Vaughan ever played. In the audience that night were two figures who would
prove instrumental in his subsequent rise to stardom: David Bowie and Jackson
Browne. They recognized the guitarist's raw talent and passion. As a result,
Browne offered Vaughan the opportunity to record (free of charge) at his own
studio -- the tapes that would be "Texas Flood" -- Vaughan's first studio
album for Epic Records. In addition, the guitarist was asked to play on
Bowie's hugely successful "Let's Dance" album and tour.
Three years later, when Vaughan was invited back to headline "Blues Night"
at the festival, the crowd, now familiar with his group's songs and albums
treated him like the conquering hero.
Magnifying the historic importance of Vaughan's two appearances at the
festival, "Live At Montreux 1982 & 1985" features new essays from David Bowie,
Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton of Double Trouble, and Darryl Pitt, the house
photographer for both of the Montreux appearances.
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