Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Live At Montreux 1982 & 1985

It's incredible to think that when the then-unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan appeared at the Montreux Jazz & Blues Festival in 1982, his set was received with outright hostility. In only a few months, upon the release of his first album, Texas Flood, he would spark a revolution in the blues and become the last guitar hero of his generation. What the Swiss fans objected to is beyond comprehension now, as Vaughan's eight-song set (disc one of this two-disc package) shows him playing as if his life depended on it. While not as spectacular as his famous El Mocambo show a little later on, it leans heavily towards over-the-top virtuosity with fine turns on instrumentals "Hide Away" and "Rude Mood." Fast forward three years later and the now famous SRV returns to the same stage a battered hero. Although at the height of his drug addiction, Vaughan still turns in a masterful performance, showcasing his expanded band from the Soul To Soul sessions, and duetting with Johnny Copeland on three tracks. Sure, the playing might sound derivative now, but that's only because every blues guitarist since has copped his style. It's best when watching to try to recall the first time you heard Stevie Ray Vaughan and realised how brilliant he was. Plus: documentary. (Epic/Sony)