Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan
seemed to come out of nowhere in the early '80s with a guitar style that was half Albert King
and half Jimi Hendrix
, and his then-refreshing approach to the blues and blues-rock has made him perhaps the most influential hard rock guitarist of the past two decades. This set collects several of the key tracks in Vaughan
's too-short career, including classics “Texas Flood,” “Pride and Joy,” and “Crossfire,” making it a nice, concise introduction to his impressive catalog.