This double CD package is an interesting historical document. When SRV and DT first played the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, they actually got booed by a significant portion of the audience. You can feel the tension in the air, but SRV charges through the set with determination.
The second disc contains the 1985 performance, and the band seems to have grown tighter, as well as adding keyboardist Reese Wynans to the lineup. Both performances are excellent. The highlights are the usual: Texas Flood (both discs), Voodoo Child, Tin Pan Alley, Life Without You (one of my personal favorites), etc.
There are excellent liner notes provided by David Bowie, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, and SRY himself.
The only downside to this disc is its hefty double CD price. Much of the material is available on previous releases, namely Live Alive
and Blues at Sunrise
. Nonetheless, this package puts the performances in their historical perspective. It's a must for SRV diehards.
My favorite moment comes about 2/3 of the way through Disc 2, when Stevie, referring to the 1982 performance, addresses the audience:
"That was three years ago tomorrow. First time we ever got booed... First time we got a Grammy."