Solos, Sessions & Encores

If the conceit of Solos, Sessions & Encores (Epic Legacy)—a collection of Stevie Ray Vaughan ’s drop-ins on others’ sessions—is somewhat silly, from a marketing standpoint, no one’s laughing. Does an SRV fanatic really need his 45-second contribution to a Marcia Ball song? Apparently. So we get tracks (some great, some not) with everyone from Albert King to David Bowie. Six are unreleased, including a blistering Albert Collins recording from the New Orleans Jazz Fest. While even a phenomenal talent like Vaughan did not have a bottomless bag of tricks, what’s here will easily satisfy hard-core devotees. More-casual fans might opt for Pride and Joy (Epic Legacy), a video collection (with material like an MTV Unplugged session) that is making an overdue appearance on DVD.

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