New Numbered Edition Mini-LP-Style Packaging
Expanded Double Trouble Lineup Gives Vaughan More Space, Options!
Stevie Ray Vaughanâ€™s myth making was already complete by the time that his third record in as many years was released in October 1985. But no one could have expected the artistic leaps and additional prowess the guitarist displays on Soul to Soul, a record on which Vaughan added a full-time keyboardist and saxophonist, and dug deep into his native stateâ€™s musical well for soul, R&B, and surf motifs. The rate at which the Texan was growing as a first-rate composer and virtuosic instrumentalist is evident throughout what became his most diverse album to date.
Recognizing the importance and legacy of this heartfelt masterwork, Mobile Fidelity has finally done justice to the sound, music, and overall feel. Surpassing the myriad inferior remastered and reconfigured editions, Mobile Fidelity went straight to the sourceâ€”the original master tapesâ€”to produce a version of Soul to Soul that stands up to the best-sounding blues records ever made. This numbered edition hybrid SACD allows you to savor Vaughanâ€™s shuffles, wah-wah pedal effects, and string-squeezing fervor like never before.
While mindful of the bluesâ€™ capacity to mourn and ponder, Vaughan concentrates on turning every song into an occasion for hope, no matter the subject. He and Double Troubleâ€”now complemented by keyboardist Reese Wynans and saxophonist Joe Sublett, the expansion indicative of the guitaristâ€™s interest in jazz, R&B, and, true to the albumâ€™s title, soulâ€”aim to soothe, treating each note as an extension of their own feelings. Recorded at a time when the pop landscape became inundated with plastic synthesizers, mechanized beats, and robotic emotion, Soul to Soul brings musicâ€™s basic elements back home, exploring roots passages while taking Vaughanâ€™s hallmark fusion down a road that travels from Dallas to Memphis to New Orleans and beyond.
Teasing out textural possibilities, Vaughan comes up roses on a dramatic rendition of Hank Ballardâ€™s â€œLook At Little Sisterâ€ as well as on â€œLife Without You,â€ the latter typical of the balladic tenderness that a man equally adept at shoot-you-through-the-back barnstormers was capable of expressing. Also present is a more delicate use of melody, a capacity undoubtedly related to Vaughanâ€™s boundless intimacy with the guitar, which is at one with his hands. Itâ€™s all so incredible to behold.
Our numbered edition hybrid SACD brings Vaughanâ€™s tremolo bar dynamics, heavy-duty fills, blistering runs, and soulful ache into pristine focus. More importantly, the raw tones from his Stratocaster guitar, triumphant carry drawl of his voice, and every knee-buckling string bend are captured with extreme delicacy, so you donâ€™t miss a note. Whatâ€™s more, the more spacious arrangements get plenty of sonic legroom to stretch out on a vast soundstage.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Soul To Soul Track Listing:
1. Say What!
2. Lookin' Out The Window
3. Look At Little Sister
4. Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love
5. Gone Home
6. Change It
7. You'll Be Mine
8. Empty Arms
9. Come On (Part III)
10. Life Without You