Live Alive is a magnificent double-length showcase for Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar playing, featuring a number of extended jams on a selection of most of the best material from Vaughan's first three albums, plus covers of "Willie the Wimp," "I'm Leaving You (Commit a Crime)," and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." The album may not be exceptionally tight or concise, but then again, that's not the point. The renditions here sound less polished than the studio versions, with Vaughan's guitar tone bitingly down and dirty and his playing spontaneous and passionate.
Performance CreditsStevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Primary Artist,Track Performer
Chris Layton Drums
Tommy Shannon Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar
Jimmie Vaughan Guitar,Hammond Organ,6-string bass
Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Reese Wynans Keyboards
Technical CreditsW.C. Clark Composer
Double Trouble Producer,Liner Notes
Ruth Ellsworth Composer
Michael Kindred Composer
Kalifornia Kurt Kinzel Engineer
Gary Olazabal Engineer
Stevie Ray Vaughan Producer,Liner Notes
Buster Carter Composer
Ron Cote Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction,Cover Design
David Richards Engineer
J. W. Scott Composer
R. Ellsworth Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Live Alive based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of those performers who was at his best on stage. Live Alive collected some of the prime cuts off his first three LP's and added a few new songs. Stevie Wonder's Superstition is a standout. Since Vaughan's death, a lot of other live material has been released. How this ranks compared to those releases I can't say. It does serve as a best of for the first few years of his short career.