New Numbered Edition Mini-LP-Style Packaging
Hybrid SACD Mastered from the Original Tapes and Drenched with Tremendous Microdynamics and Natural Tonality!
A debut seemingly sent from the musical heavens, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Troubleâ€™sTexas Flood announces the arrival of a truly special talentâ€”namely, the last major blues guitarist to emerge with a voice all his own, an immediately distinctive style, and a soulfulness that you feel inside the depths of your existence. Not for nothing was Vaughan frequently mentioned in the same breath as his closest musical cousin, Jimi Hendrix.
This staggering 1983 album has been remastered and reconfigured multiple times, yielding sporadic results. We think we finally got it right: Mastered from the original master tapes, this hands-down definitive digital version brings Vaughan and Co. into your listening room and places them at your feet. Vaughanâ€™s trademark Fender Stratocaster has never sounded more real, electric, or authentic on record.
Born of hot, sweaty bars and years of woodshedding in front of demanding crowds, Texas Floodis rooted in Austinâ€™s rich musical heritage as well as Vaughanâ€™s tenure in Paul Ray & the Cobras, recipient of the â€œBest Bandâ€ award in the cityâ€™s first-ever (and now famous) music poll. After getting his feet underneath him, Vaughan formed Triple Threat, the ensemble that morphed into Double Troubleâ€”the very group heâ€™d perform with for the remainder of his career. Having dropped from a quintet to a trio, extra demands were placed on Vaughanâ€™s role and playingâ€”requirements he was more than comfortable to accommodate.
The proof is scattered throughout Texas Flood, which single-handedly resuscitated a genre that had long been dormant. Having spent more than half a year on the Billboard charts, the set pays homage to influences (Hendrix, Albert King, Larry Davis) and ripples with a freshness that joins contemporary Texas blues and muscular rock at the hip. Vaughanâ€™s playing is all about emotion and pace, whether heâ€™s lighting it up on the jumpy â€œLove Struck Babyâ€ or bursting with enthusiasm on the sparks-shooting â€œPride and Joy.â€
The trio is equally effective on slow numbers, with covers of Howlinâ€™ Wolfâ€™s â€œTell Meâ€ and Davisâ€™ â€œTexas Floodâ€ weeping with longing. And as if to insure his name is etched in history, Vaughan takes a jazzy stroll with the instrumental tribute â€œLenny,â€ covering all the bases in less than 40 minutes of time. Put this up with anything from Clapton, Butterfield, Mayall, Winter, and the likeâ€”Texas Flood is legion.
Our numbered edition hybrid SACD brings the images Vaughanâ€™s scrunched-up face, closed-eyes appearance, quick-draw fingers, and cowboy hat into pristine focus. More importantly, the searing tones from his guitar and every touch of his pick on the strings are captured with extreme delicacy, so you donâ€™t miss a note. The soundstage is deep and wide, and the microdynamics simply pop. This is the closest you will ever come to hearing Vaughan perform in Antoneâ€™s, circa 1982.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood Track Listing:
1. Love Struck Baby
2. Pride And Joy
3. Texas Flood
4. Tell Me
6. Rude Mood
7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
8. Dirty Pool
9. Iâ€™m Cryinâ€™