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Texas Flood (Legacy Edition) Double CD

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love Struck Baby
2. Pride and Joy
3. Texas Flood
4. Tell Me
5. Testify
6. Rude Mood
7. Mary Had a Little Lamb
8. Dirty Pool
9. I'm Cryin'
10. Lenny
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Disc: 2
1. Testify
2. So Excited
3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
4. Pride And Joy
5. Texas Flood
6. Love Struck Baby
7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
8. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
9. Little Wing / Third Stone From The Sun

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Product Description

The Legacy Edition of this classic rock album includes the original album with a bonus track plus a second CD of the previously unreleased Live at Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, October 20, 1983 that captures Stevie Ray Vaughan in his prime. With Texas Flood, his debut album, the virtuosic Austin, Texas-based guitarist-singer and his band Double Trouble (Tommy Shannon, bass, and Chris Layton, drums) burst upon the scene and restored the blues to prominence in the musical firmament of the 1980s. Texas Flood was recorded in just three days. These sessions turned the blues rock world upside-down.
Allmusic said Texas Flood had “monumental impact” and “sparked a revitalization of the blues”. To this day, guitar players try to emulate the “SRV” guitar style and sound. It’s a combination of attitude, technical ability, and an interplay between vocals and guitar that are uniquely Stevie Ray. Texas Flood was only the beginning of a remarkable career.

BBC Review

This is a 30th anniversary ‘legacy edition’ reissue of the debut album of Dallas-born Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died tragically young in a helicopter accident in 1990. Back in 1983, the album amazed many by propelling the blues back into the upper reaches of the charts.

Toe-tapping opener Love Struck Baby sets the template for the mixture of sprightly blues and mellifluous fretwork that is to follow. The brawny twelve-bar Pride and Joy uncannily sounds like it is by one of Vaughan’s Delta heroes but, like half the material here, derives from his own fair hand.

Texas Flood, a (Larry Davis) cover, emphasises more than any other cut how Vaughan’s distinctive axework is rooted in the old traditions of the blues but simultaneously informed by the space age in its flashiness and razor edge.

The Howlin’ Wolf number Tell Me is given a marching pace. Vaughan steps up the briskness of his fretwork accordingly – and dazzlingly. Instrumental Testify is another (Isley Brothers) cover, one so quick-fire that it sounds like the tape’s running out.

Just when you think Vaughan’s wrist can’t display any further suppleness, we have Rude Mood, an instrumental of his own so high-velocity it’s hard to see it. During its respites, his Double Trouble colleagues get rare look-ins.

Dirty Pool is a slightly spooky variation on the formula. Another instrumental, Lenny, is a bit more restrained and delicate, if no less virtuoso.

A Philadelphia live performance from the year of the album’s release makes up the bonus disc. Vaughan doesn't disgrace himself on the Jimi Hendrix covers, but does remind us that Hendrix used the blues as a springboard to a whole musical universe of little apparent interest to Vaughan.

Indeed, the album’s dogged devotion to the blues may make some complain of inordinately narrow margins. Moreover, it’s difficult to shake the feeling of songs sometimes serving little purpose other than that of exhaustingly showcasing Vaughan’s guitar prowess.

However, few can doubt the sheer musical brilliance on display. Vaughan’s retooling of the blues made it relevant to a new generation.

--Sean Egan

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
OK, I admit first listening was biased by severe abstinence - had this one on LP once upon a time and have yearned for many years to hear it again. But after two weeks I still think this is one SACD that sounds even better than vinyl. Slightly remixed, improving the balance between instruments. There is a fatter sound on some guitar solos that sounded a little tame on LP. Only 2-channel but it does not matter, stereo image is really, really good. Oh, and musically this is first class blues from one of the greatest guitarrists ever.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "mikyel" on 24 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
I can imagine what it must have been like for David Bowie, Jackson Browne, and the Montreux audience to see this virtuoso man play the fastest and most distinctive blues to be heard since Hendrix and Albert King.
I can imagine what it must have been like to have the radio on in the car on a grimy, muddy Monday morning, crammed with a thousand other cars into the clogged dual-carriage way, and hear, from nowhere, the wailing, jamming, flickering fingers of real Texas blues.
Stevie Ray Vaughan seemingly came from nowhere and exploded onto the blues scene with both his Montreux performance and this album, Texas Flood.
It begins with one of the best straight-blues rockers ever recorded, Love Struck Baby, and then on to the slower, Pride And Joy, before the realisation of a true blues magician - Texas Flood. And it doesn't let up from there. Continuously astounding with a million different licks and skids that never tire on the ears, Stevie Ray really does make blues history with his debut album.
Okay, so there are a few drawbacks - the songwriting is constricted to purely within-the-genre blues, and the number of originals on the album is perhaps too sparse. But blues was never about songwriting like Rock was, or like folk became, it was ALWAYS purely about making real feeling through music. No other form of music is as expressive as the blues - classical tires with continual sentiment, and the emotions of jazz stop when it becomes nonsensical and non-musical.
Blues is true music and true feeling, without sugar-coated, soft-focus tears about moping over having a crap life, and instead having real tears, real honesty and a real life, however crap.
And Stevie Ray gave us this like no one had before and like no one will after. But don't give up, you can always play the blues, and if it doesn't have a place today, all the more reason to sing it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Okay, first of all, that should be five stars. Don't know exactly what happened there, but five stars, okay? Five!
Anyway, there's a review in here somewhere as well. It goes something like this:

Rarely does a year go by without some new artist being proclaimed the greatest thing since music's birth, and when I first heard of Stevie Ray Vaughan, I was a bit wary. With so many people talking about him as if he was the second coming of Jimi Hendrix, something had to be amiss.

Well, it isn't. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan was actually every bit as great as he was made out to be, and his debut album is by far the best collection of blues-rock and contemporary blues of the first half of the 80s, holding up wonderfully more than twenty years later.

This record brought the blues back into the limelight. It spent some seven months on the American charts (an extremely rare feat for what is essentially a blues record), and it includes several of Stevie Ray Vaughan's very best songs:
The blistering rockers "Love Struck Baby" and "I'm Cryin'" are here, as well as the magnificent slow blues "Texas Flood" and "Dirty Pool", an excellent rendition of Buddy Guy's blues-slash-nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb", and of course Stevie Ray's most famous song, the sublime "Pride And Joy".

Stevie Ray Vaughan knew not only the form but also the substance of the blues, and his guitar playing is masterful. Vaughan had an incredibly ability to keep his solos sounding fresh and innovative, even when they went on for several minutes at a time, and he was a more than adequate singer as well, switching effortlessly between rock n' roll and slow, soulful blues tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Jun. 2013
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I am often unsure about reissues with an extra disc, just like original vinyls released on CD with all sorts of extra tracks, including naff versions of the songs you know, versions that you hear and think: well, these were previously never issued because they're not very good.

So I bought this, wondering what the bonus track on the main disc and the whole extra disc would be like. It is SRV, so I was optimistic. Well, I needn't have been concerned. The original album recording is excellent - I know most of the songs from a compilation set that I have, and the Texas Flood album does not disappoint. A good example of how trying to classify music into one genre or another does not always work. Rock? Blues? SRV, very well supported by Double Trouble, is all the categorisation it needs.

And the second disc definitely exceeded my expectations. It's a good quality live recording from the same year as the original album, including his excellent versions of Hendrix's Voodoo Chile and Little Wing.

If you like SRV, then you must surely like this. Hard to imagine how amazing it would have sounded when hearing him for the first time. Shame he died so early, otherwise he would surely have just carried on and on producing wonderful music.
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