Clips & Pix: Stevie Ray Vaughan/Tin Pan Alley

Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the greatest blues rock guitarists who ever walked on the surface of the planet. Tin Pan Alley is one of my favorite Vaughan renditions and perhaps the coolest slow blues I know.

The above clip of Vaughan and his backing band Double Trouble was captured during an August 1984 open air festival at Lorelei, a famous steep slate rock in Germany on the bank of the river Rhine. The festival was conducted as part of Rockpalast, a well-known long-running German music TV program and concert series I previously covered here.

According to Wikipedia, Tin Pan Alley was originally credited to Robert Geddins; later credit was given to James Reed. Vaughan recorded the tune for his excellent second studio album Couldn’t Stand The Weather, released in May 1984.

While this live take is busier and more aggressive than the studio version, and I generally think less is more when it comes to the blues, it still gives me goose bumps, and I just find it amazing to watch. It’s also not a coincidence I’m featuring the song.

After more than 25 years since my band days as a bassist, I decided to buy an electric bass guitar and a small amp (both for house use and nothing fancy). My first experience playing with other guys was in a blues band, and Tin Pan Alley was one of the first songs I learned on the bass after I had joined them. I’ve always thought the bass part on this track is really cool. As such, I was happy I still know how to play it, though it’s definitely gonna take time to get comfortable again with the instrument.

Sources: Wikipedia, Rockpalast website, YouTube

11 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Stevie Ray Vaughan/Tin Pan Alley”

  1. Ich hatte mir 1983 das Debüt-Album gekauft und war damals beeindruckt von Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Gitarrenspiel. Natürlich sind, ausser dem Stil der Band und dem Spiel des Leaders, die Songs nicht wirklich eigenständig. Es werden immer dieselben Bluesphrasen nur neu zitiert, dies aber in einer Intension, die zu diesem Zeitpunkt ihresgleichen suchte. Leider ist Stevie Ray Vaughan 1990 bei einem Hubschrauberabsturz ums Leben gekommen. Was wäre wohl, wenn er heute noch leben würde?

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    1. Es ist schon der schiere Wahnsinn, wenn man sich überlegt, wie viele herausragende Musikkünstler durch Unfälle frühzeitig ums Leben gekommen sind: Buddy Hollie, Otis Redding, Duane Allman, Ronnie Van Zant, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Wenn man dann noch diejenigen wie Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin oder Jim Morrison hinzugefügt, die Aufgrund von Drogenkonsum jung gestorben sind, wird das Bild noch trübseliger.

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      1. Hoffen wir es, solange sie es noch bringen!😀

        Insbesondere über Charlie Watts mache ich mir etwas Sorgen. Zum Zeitpunkt meines Rolling Stones Konzerts, was für Juni auf dem Programm steht, wird er 78 Jahre alt sein.

        Wohingegen andere Künstler wie Buddy Guy (82) und John Mayall (85) zeigen, muß fortgeschrittenes Alter nicht unbedingt ein Hindernis sein. Doch Watts sieht mir mittlerweile doch sehr gebrechlich aus!

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      2. Charlie Watts hätte wohl nichts gegen Rente, aber er möchte auch, dass es keine Animositäten gibt. Der 85-jährige John Mayall ist immer noch engagiert. Mit wem hat er nicht schon gespielt, wieviele hat er nicht schon zusammengetrommelt.

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  2. Great tune. Not too many people could play blues with his passion and virtuosity. I have an SRV series planned for sometime this year. Probably won’t be any surprises in it but worth taking a look back at his life and career.

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  3. Just the opening and you know you’re in for a ride. Great choice. I never get tired of hearing him and I never take for granted how good and unique he was. What a great cut. I had to listen to the whole thing. He turned that outside venue into a intimate bar.

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    1. SVR was a superb guitarist, no question, and this a great rendition.

      That being said, from strictly a music perspective, I like the studio version even better. But from a visual point of view, it’s more fun to see maestro at work live rather than looking at an album cover!

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