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First Concert In Europe



First Concert In Europe - Montreux Jazz Festival
[The Swingin' Pig, TSP-CD-188] (Luxembourg) (41:03, 7 tracks)
Includes the entire Montreux set
Grammy Award winning Texas Flood also available on
"Atlantic Blues: Guitar"

01) Hideaway / Rude Mood (7:52)
02) Pride And Joy (4:01)
03) Texas Flood (10:31)
04) Love Struck Baby (2:54)
05) Dirty Pool (8:12)
06) Give Me Back My Wig (3:30)
07) Stevie's Boogie (4:01) "Collins Shuffle"

Notes and Comments:
  • Stevie's superb European debut. It's really interesting to hear the audience reaction; half the crowd clapping, the other half booing loudly! Stevie responds in classic form and lets his Strat do most of the talking.
  • "I've seen this show on video.... and it is hot."
  • excellent quality soundboard recording.
  • "Texas Flood" from this show won a Grammy [best Blues live performance?].
  • I just got the FIRST EUROPEAN CONCERT boot and it is excellent. It's got a great medley of Hideaway/Rude Mood/Hideaway and a smokin' version of the Hound Dog Taylor classic Give Me Back My Wig. If you can find it, buy it!
  • The quality on this CD, as with most Swingin' Pig CDs, is excellent.
  • One problem with boot CD's is the people aren't always concerned with quality and some sound pretty homemade. Often they do not use actual master recordings, nor did they manufacturers follow standard post production practices, so that the recordings lack a full sound, are thin and generally compressed prior the the intial recording. Many sound like recordings made of a radio broadcast and then put onto CD, not master tapes used to make the broadcast. With the exception of FON II, First Concert in Europe and "In Memorium" and "Nashville 78," and "First Thunder" I have yet to see a bootleg CD for which there was not a better sounding analog cassette recording available.
  • sound quality, killer playing, historic, great example of early sound
  • The quality on this CD, as with most Swingin' Pig CDs, is excellent.
  • sound quality, killer playing, historic, great example of early sound
  • With the exception of this and a few other CDs, I have yet to see a bootleg CD for which there was not a better sounding analog cassette recording available.
  • I think you might mean the '82 Montreux Festival (7/17/82). I have to agree with you on this one. I have always loved this show's kick-ass version of Texas Flood (which took home a Grammy for SRV and DT). The crowd starts out a little uneasy (you can actually hear a boo or two), but the jeers change to cheers throughout the 10 minutes or so that Stevie is gettin' down. This version is played with lots of Vaughan intensity and attitude.
  • BTW, I'd give this boot CD an A+ for sound quality (for whoever wants to start rating them). It's about as good as it gets, especially for a live recording.
  • I also love many of the other songs that were played at Montreux '82...Give Me Back My Wig (nice slide work), a very bluesy Dirty Pool, and the great opening instrumental of Hideaway/Rude Mood (I love the way Stevie intertwines the two songs and turns it into a little "medley"). There is also a very good live version of Collin's Shuffle. I can certainly see (and hear) why David Bowie sat up and took notice of the band at this show...the band was in a zone, fer sure. They were an extremely tight and self assured power trio at this time...ya can hear it in their playing.
  • To me, using a slide is one area that SRV was phenomenal at, but didn't do hardly at all. SRV does Gimme Back My Wig and it's awesome and intense.
  • a great sbd recording of a killer set from Montreux 82. Great stuff, great sound.

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