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Force Of Nature II



Force Of Nature II - Fitzgerald's Club, Houston, Texas - 20-Jun-83
[Balboa Productions, BP-95012/3, 2CD]
CD 1: (77:07, 11 tracks) CD 2: (74:35, 10 tracks)
Album release party for "Texas Flood"
CD cover claims that this is Stevie's last club gig
SUPERB "audience" ? recording, better than some soundboards

CD 1)
01) Opening Jam (5:57)
02) Come On (8:47)
03) Mary Had A Little Lamb (3:10)
04) Rude Mood (3:48)
05) Dirty Pool (10:13)
06) Voodoo Chile (10:29)
07) Heartfixer (4:52)
08) Drivin' South (9:53)
09) Texas Flood (6:52)
10) Testify (4:32)
11) Jam 292 (8:44)

CD 2)
01) Instrumental (4:29) "Testify"
02) Instrumental (6:30) "So Excited"
03) Voodoo Chile (10:42)
04) Tell Me (3:16)
05) Texas Flood (9:57)
06) I'm Leaving You (7:24)
07) Pride And Joy (3:41)
08) Little Wing (10:23)
09) Third Stone From The Sun (8:13)
10) Lenny (10:02)

Notes and Comments:
  • SUPERB "audience"(?) recording, better than some soundboards
  • It's an average to slightly above average audience recording
  • Force of Nature I is supposed to be excellent too.
  • Just picked up "Force of Nature 2" last week. It was recorded a month prior to "El Mocombo." I guarantee it will not dissappoint!
  • well worth having, because of hot performances, lots of blues.
  • 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.
  • This is a double CD set of a club gig (Fitzgeralds) SRV did in Houston in 1983. This set smokes--it's RED HOT!
  • If you don't have "Force Of Nature II" you better pick that one up also. Recorded at Fitzgerald's in Houston, an excellent example of how SRV sounded in the early days. Get it! great show. The performance is vintage Stevie and the sound quality is pretty good too.
  • 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.
  • well worth having, (because of hot performances, lots of blues)
  • 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.
  • Listen with headphones, Testify, So Excited just made me sink back and close my eyes and relax, it gave me goose bumps. The power of his guitar just sends me to that point of no return...
  • Testify and So Excited were just blistering during that set. Let the tape roll and check out Voodoo Chile next, which also sizzles from beginning to end. When Stevie was ON in 1983 - and he almost always was! - there is nothing quite like it: pure energy and soul. (That show also features stunning versions of Little Wing and Lenny.)
  • Here's a few more blistering performances from FON II: Opening Jam, Heartfixer, Jam 292 with tour de force wah wah work, and I'm Leaving You (Commit a Crime) with a smoking solo. And I gonna' second those words about the Little Wing performance--stunning. Every cut from FON II is emotional, powerhouse guitar playing at its best.
  • Hot performances, lots of blues.
  • Double disc set, sounds almost like a board, but probably made with mics from vicinity of the board (haven't listened lately). There is also another excellent audience tape of this show around. Great night for Stevie, this was basically his record release party. John Hammond SR. and other record execs were there and Stevie tore it up.

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