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Stevie Ray Vaughan — Riviera Paradise
Album: In Step
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8.3

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Total ratings: 3378









Released: 1989
Length: 8:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 zenhead wrote:
If you're going to wear a poncho, you gotta have the chops to back it up.
 
Serape.
But yeah, Clint Eastwood and SRV are about the only ones who can pull off that look.
c.
I suddenly feel...cleaner. 
Any SRV sticks me right in the heart!!
Picture this: enjoying a cold beer in the sun on my just finished wooden terrace when this song comes around. Heavenly!!
One of my favorites.  Will never be tired of this song.
Stevie, like Jimi, died before really stretching out into the vast universe of noises to make with an axe.
Ahhh, so tasty!
One of the best songs in the history of music, IMHO. Pure aural magic.
I bought this CD when it came out but haven’t heard this track in over twenty years! Most excellent.
I've never heard this and I never want it to end.  Just wow.
smoooth...
 the_jake wrote:

Is that a "real" poncho or a Sears poncho?"
-Frank Zappa
 

Oh, Really?
I know I'm in a tiny minority (so there's no point abusing me for what I'm about to say), but, honestly, I'm just really bored with Guitar Wank.
I'd sell my soul to the devil at the crossroads to see Stevie in concert one more time :-( 
Thanks so much RP. Mon morceau préféré de SRV ! 
A piece of music this good makes me stop in my tracks, close my eyes, and simply listen.
His first sober project.
 zenhead wrote:
If you're going to wear a poncho, you gotta have the chops to back it up.
 
Is that a "real" poncho or a Sears poncho?"
-Frank Zappa
Supreme ballad rate 8 
Up next to spoil the mood, yapping dogs.!
Stevie always made me hot with those talented fingers. He's who really got me into blues, may he rest in peace.
If you're going to wear a poncho, you gotta have the chops to back it up.
Masterpiece....
I am sure SRV could have taken 10 cuts & all of them would have worked...FEEL baby!
What a showcase, everything we love about SRV; great tone, great dynamics and such impeccable taste in his phrasing on the fretboard.
 Jenglund wrote:
New listener to RP, and when this song came on I was so blown away (by it and the quality & clarity of the sound) I had to stop everything and just absorb it. An out of body for sure! Love the station!!!
 
I remember that feeling the first time I heard RP and, from that moment on, it never ends.
30 years??
 doublediamond708 wrote:
This is an amazing song but unfortunately I have heard it far too many times and am now sick of it.
 
Sounds like a personal problem. Try PSD. The rest of the world is quite okay with this.
absolutely love it!
 TheKing2 wrote:
Sorry Bill, I have to WORK here. Don't play Riviera Paradise out of the blue. My mind than just stops working and goes in chill-mode involuntary. 

 
Exactly this... {#Cool}
This is an amazing song but unfortunately I have heard it far too many times and am now sick of it.
 Peace_tode wrote:
Just..... Damn!

 
Can't say it any better.

Just..... Damn!

 Rockit9 wrote:
Pure Magic
 

exactly - hit to the nail!!!!!!!!!!
Pure Magic
Cuban guitarist hears SRV for the first time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1lpsDN2-L8
Sleepytime Jazz is the soporific label for this song .. it's plings and plucks send you into a new meditative state. 
How cool is to end the working day with this song !

thank you,
No I am decreasing to 5 - Decent which is my highest "no go"  Sorry I'm tired of Ray V  
To me this is 8 - Most Excellent  
Sorry Bill, I have to WORK here. Don't play Riviera Paradise out of the blue. My mind than just stops working and goes in chill-mode involuntary. 


Wonderful.  Thanks for making my morning.  

Irish
I give SRV an eleven. The pure soul. had the honor to see him a few times at little dive clubs back then and hang back stage with him
Holy smokes! I consider myself a fan of SRV, but I guess I'm not the ultimate fan, because I had not heard this. Gorgeous. Thanks for making my day and showing me something by him I'd never heard. It's the little things in life, and this was a nice gift for today.
 thewiseking wrote:
so much hype surrounding this guy back in the '80s.
the most overrated guitarist to come down the pike since the Clapton Is God era.

 
Bwahahaha! 

Look to the mirror if you seek something over hyped. 
{#Laughing} simply love it


so much hype surrounding this guy back in the '80s.
the most overrated guitarist to come down the pike since the Clapton Is God era.
Magnifique. Quelle splendeur.
One of the very few songs that was actually composed by SRV and truly a masterpiece.
So much of Stevie's soul pours from his guitar on this tune. The raw emotion is palpable. 
New listener to RP, and when this song came on I was so blown away (by it and the quality & clarity of the sound) I had to stop everything and just absorb it. An out of body for sure! Love the station!!!
I love the mix of flourish and restraint in this one. Not easy to do both.
First time to hear this - rated it a 9.
Then listened a bit more while reading all your comments and bumped it to a 10.
If it can bring responses like yours it's truly godlike.
Shit! Already rated it 10. Do that every time.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Sweeeeet!

 
Indeed!
Sweeeeet!
Only the good -
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Oh man. Did a LOT of making out with my future wife to this song in a tiny apartment in Lake Forest, IL back in '92.

Too much information? Sorry. 

 
Nah, give us more information {#Jump}
ugh its a good song but its monday morning. i will have to drink an extra cup of coffee now.
Oh man. Did a LOT of making out with my future wife to this song in a tiny apartment in Lake Forest, IL back in '92.

Too much information? Sorry. 
Inserting HTML embed code does not seem to work so here is a link to it:   Alan Watts - Must Life Go On and On? - Video - About 9 minutes
 

konz wrote:

I've often wondered if the perpetual creation of cells qualifies as perpetual life, meaning that you've come from a previous body of cells whose cells also came from a previous body, and so on, and and so on, and whose chain of experiences, both conscious and subconscious, were imprinted in your DNA.  Isn't this why death is the great mystery?...because you've never been dead?

 

 


   I would love to have him play that at my Sunset Grill!The Sunset Grill - West Coast
 Highlowsel wrote:
Cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter wrote a book "I Am A Strange Loop."  (Yes, he's also the one who wrote "Gödel, Escher, Bach.")  In any case the gist of his strange loop book was that consciousness is a self-referencial rhythmic pattern that develops in complexity thru experiences over time.  Not only do the patterns become more complex so,  too, the resonances each consciousness sets up in relation to others.  I know this is all a bit esoteric but hear me out.  Music as conduit allows for one strange loop to communication in resonance fashion with another.  All art is like that in one fashion or another.  So, too, all relationships.  It all points to this.  You never truly die as your echoes, your resonances, ripple out into all the other meshed loops (consciousnesses) that surround you.  Such ripples go on forever, though they may dampen with time.  This piece reminds me of that idea....'ol Stevie is still out there.  Each and every time you hear such a singular piece as this you can feel him clearly, cleanly, thru the passage of time.  Such a simple but sublime communique from one soul, one strange loop, to any and all others who care to listen. 

Juuust sayin' is all.

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
I've often wondered if the perpetual creation of cells qualifies as perpetual life, meaning that you've come from a previous body of cells whose cells also came from a previous body, and so on, and and so on, and whose chain of experiences, both conscious and subconscious, were imprinted in your DNA.  Isn't this why death is the great mystery?...because you've never been dead?
Sitting in my office. Cranking on some code. Glancing at the folks around me. And thinking much more than I usually do how much I like them.

And then I realize it's because this tune has put me into such a good mood.
I am not really a SRV fan, but this one is just sooooooo nice.
 torino390 wrote:
Simply love SRV. More please. 😉

 
I really enjoy the eclectic nature of our two DJ's. That being said, I would never complain if we got stuck in this groove.

Still miss you, Stevie.
The opening notes always grab my attention, but don't remind me of what is about to happen.  It takes my brain a few seconds to catch up.  And then I smile as I realize I'm about to have 10 minutes of relaxing bliss.  
 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Awesome meander through an amazing soundscape that can sound surreal at times...as it did one particularly memorable sunset-lit evening when I was at the rooftop bar at The Rio in downtown Boulder when this was playing, and the breeze, the margaritas, and the conversations were all flowing, and the comings and goings and chatterings of throngs of revelers ebbed and flowed like The Tide...

 
(clink!)  Cheers coloradojohn! 

Godlike!  awesome piece from SRV elicits many soulful comments from you beautiful people, woo - hooo  : ) 
Sweet.
"Riviera Paradise"

"Radio Paradise"

Coincidence?  {#Biggrin}


Awesome meander through an amazing soundscape that can sound surreal at times...as it did one particularly memorable sunset-lit evening when I was at the rooftop bar at The Rio in downtown Boulder when this was playing, and the breeze, the margaritas, and the conversations were all flowing, and the comings and goings and chatterings of throngs of revelers ebbed and flowed like The Tide...
 dplant wrote:
I hate to say it, as I'm a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan, but this is too close to easy listening jazz. Its like mushroom soup music...

 
they make it in soup form now
thanx 4 the tip 
the PSD is working great this morning!
perfect morning song
Simply love SRV. More please. 😉
 Highlowsel wrote:
Cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter wrote a book "I Am A Strange Loop."  (Yes, he's also the one who wrote "Gödel, Escher, Bach.")  In any case the gist of his strange loop book was that consciousness is a self-referencial rhythmic pattern that develops in complexity thru experiences over time.  Not only do the patterns become more complex so,  too, the resonances each consciousness sets up in relation to others.  I know this is all a bit esoteric but hear me out.  Music as conduit allows for one strange loop to communication in resonance fashion with another.  All art is like that in one fashion or another.  So, too, all relationships.  It all points to this.  You never truly die as your echoes, your resonances, ripple out into all the other meshed loops (consciousnesses) that surround you.  Such ripples go on forever, though they may dampen with time.  This piece reminds me of that idea....'ol Stevie is still out there.  Each and every time you hear such a singular piece as this you can feel him clearly, cleanly, thru the passage of time.  Such a simple but sublime communique from one soul, one strange loop, to any and all others who care to listen. 

Juuust sayin' is all.

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
Thanks for this. I reserved Hofstadter's book from the library. Just the jewel of a concept I was looking for.
Clearly his last name was used for the character Leonard Hofstadter on Big Bang Theory.

But, I digress. SRV rules. Sorry I missed this playing. Cool concept about loops, though.
Please come back SRV.
So glad I saw Stevie play live several times - and for those out there that enjoy this track, there is some wonderful Jan Akkerman/Joachim Kuhn tracks that are very, very similar that predate this. 
This song is not good during work: I get so very lazy and laid-back {#Cool}
Cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter wrote a book "I Am A Strange Loop."  (Yes, he's also the one who wrote "Gödel, Escher, Bach.")  In any case the gist of his strange loop book was that consciousness is a self-referencial rhythmic pattern that develops in complexity thru experiences over time.  Not only do the patterns become more complex so,  too, the resonances each consciousness sets up in relation to others.  I know this is all a bit esoteric but hear me out.  Music as conduit allows for one strange loop to communication in resonance fashion with another.  All art is like that in one fashion or another.  So, too, all relationships.  It all points to this.  You never truly die as your echoes, your resonances, ripple out into all the other meshed loops (consciousnesses) that surround you.  Such ripples go on forever, though they may dampen with time.  This piece reminds me of that idea....'ol Stevie is still out there.  Each and every time you hear such a singular piece as this you can feel him clearly, cleanly, thru the passage of time.  Such a simple but sublime communique from one soul, one strange loop, to any and all others who care to listen. 

Juuust sayin' is all.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
I wish we lived in a Spinal Tap universe... I want to go to 11
 
great tribute to SRV at 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, long overdue!   
Sweet aural pleasure
Ever to listen
A solid 10 for me. As a guitarist, let me say that this seems like a simple song, but it is much harder to play than it sounds.

Watch his live performance of this song on Austin City Limits, it's on YouTube. 

SRV left quite a legacy in his short time with us. 
34°C outside... wind wafting through the house.. perfect music for a summer's afternoon
 passsion8 wrote:
Sex on the ears. Longest aural orgasm ever.
 

 
Er... Eargasm !

;-)
 
 passsion8 wrote:
Sex on the ears. Longest aural orgasm ever.
 

 
+1
Went to rate this and had already given it a 10. Would have loved to see where he went from here. Sorry, can't go with all the Hendrix, Beck, Gilmour comparisons. Love them all,but, SRV was an entity in and of himself. One of a kind. Needs to be heard (remembered) for what he was. HIM! NMHO.
Awesome!
 passsion8 wrote:
Sex on the ears. Longest aural orgasm ever.
 

 
{#Rolleyes}
Sex on the ears. Longest aural orgasm ever.
 
 Troutnskibum wrote:
Reminiscent of Jeff Beck to me.... Love this... 

 
Me too - 

Saw them both when they toured together. 
Reminiscent of Jeff Beck to me.... Love this... 
{#Bananajam}Rip Stevie
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Trollin' again, sad little troll?
Stevie RV woulda kicked your sorry ass for such a moronic comment.

 
Truth hurts you? 
Never heard this before today, and it's been my loss for all these years.  Dude could play.
 Chichis wrote:
This song reminds me of Pink Floyd. Definitely not a bad thing {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
Everyone obviously hears different things when listening to music, but it seems that somewhere in the comments for about 70% of the tunes here, someone will say that it reminds them of Pink Floyd - even the Yo La Tengo song that was played a little earlier (is it because there was a mournful-sounding acoustic guitar?).  I don't want to get started on the other three "sounds-like" fall-backs, but for me, I hear very little Pink Floyd at all in this song, other than the apparent use of a Fender Stratocaster, which Gilmour and Vaughn both favored. Anyhow, cool tune.
 Catalytic wrote:
He isn't entirely gone. Stevie left a bit of his soul behind for us to listen to. 

 
So true. Thank you for reminding us what music does. It's why we're here, after all.

That and the free donuts.
RIP Stevie, 24 years ago today!  Still brings a tear to my eye.
 Hippostar wrote:
Very nice.  Good to see he's capable of something other than twelve bar blues.

 

What a remarkably patronizing comment. Capable....Stevie was ' capable ' all right.
 oldfart48 wrote:
stevies best stichk...{#Sunny}{#Guitarist} proof it wasn't all slash, bash and flash, the man could PLAY

 
Really, was there any doubt?
Reminiscent of Focus
{#Music} 
Set to 11
daang that is sooo good.. {#Music}
 Dosequis wrote:
.....but this is miles beyond that Hendrix crap.
 
Trollin' again, sad little troll?
Stevie RV woulda kicked your sorry ass for such a moronic comment.
Godlike!

many soulful comments from you beautiful people, Cheers!  
 martinc wrote:
For some reason I always think of Hendrix's instrumental at Woodstock when I hear this. Same mood or something.

 
.....but this is miles beyond that Hendrix crap.
He isn't entirely gone. Stevie left a bit of his soul behind for us to listen to. 
I can't recall ever having heard this before.  It is sooo sweet.  Love it.  Please play more of Stevie.  He's so good.
Sex in a song!  One of the best SRV tunes ever.  Sitting in the secret garden with the headphones on, a sweet doobie, and an air bass.   Simply heaven.   {#Biggrin}
stevies best stichk...{#Sunny}{#Guitarist} proof it wasn't all slash, bash and flash, the man could PLAY
DANGIT, I miss this man.
Sublime perfection. {#Sunny}
Still 3.
This song reminds me of Pink Floyd. Definitely not a bad thing {#Dancingbanana_2}
As far as I am concerned, watching a video of him playing guitar is one of the most beautiful things to see.
Just think where he could have gone.
I hate to say it, as I'm a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan, but this is too close to easy listening jazz. Its like mushroom soup music...
It's objectively good music, but it's a bit sleepy for my current mood.