Eleven years after legendary blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash, a live collection will give fans the chance to hear him perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival both before and after he reached superstardom.
Overseen by his brother, fellow blues artist Jimmie Vaughan, the double CD Live in Montreux '82 & '85 is scheduled for release November 6. Songs are being compiled from a combination of source tapes and video recording tracks, the project's publicist said. About half the material is previously unreleased.
The first disc documents a gig Vaughan played at the Montreux Casino on July 17, 1982. At the time, he was well established in the Southern blues circuit, but still relatively unknown internationally. And despite his charged, passionate performance, highlighted by future classics such as "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood" and "Love Struck
Baby," the Swiss audience met Vaughan with a storm of boos and catcalls.
Not everyone hated the show. At least two members of the crowd Jackson Browne and David Bowie were clearly awestruck. After seeing Vaughan onstage, Browne invited him to record at his studio for free. Those sessions resulted in 1983's Texas Flood, Vaughan's first studio record. Vaughan also played on Bowie's Let's Dance album and tour at the Thin White Duke's request.
The second CD is drawn from an appearance at the same venue three years later, when Vaughan was invited back to the festival to headline Blues Night. This time, adoration greeted the blues giant as he wailed through a variety of tunes from Texas Flood, Couldn't Stand the Weather (1984) and Soul to Soul (1985).
David Bowie helped write the liner notes for Live in Montreux '82 & '85, as did Vaughan bandmates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.
Vaughan was killed in a post-gig helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin, on August 27, 1990. He was 35.