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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars. Wonderful, fiery blues-rock
Stevie Ray Vaughan only lived long enough to release four studio albums and one live CD - everything else has come out after his tragic death in a 1990 helicopter accident.
Here on Amazon, every one of those four original albums are accompanied by at least one review stating that THIS is Vaughan's greatest record. And probably by one saying that it is his worst as...
Published on 27 Jun 2003 by Docendo Discimus

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stevie's Lifestyle has inflections on his playing...
For the Texas Blues veteran of only twentysomething years, Soul To Soul is both the least emotive and the least blue. Attempting to fuse Soul music with Blues and Rock, Stevie Ray created a languid and somewhat disappointing blues-rock album with a few good tunes on it. The highlights are the incredibly fantastically enjoyably brilliant Say What!, a solid return to...
Published on 24 April 2005 by mikyel


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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars. Wonderful, fiery blues-rock, 27 Jun 2003
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Stevie Ray Vaughan only lived long enough to release four studio albums and one live CD - everything else has come out after his tragic death in a 1990 helicopter accident.
Here on Amazon, every one of those four original albums are accompanied by at least one review stating that THIS is Vaughan's greatest record. And probably by one saying that it is his worst as well.

Oh well. This is Stevie's third album, originally released in October 1985, and for "Soul To Soul", Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble abandoned their original trio format and included keyboardist Reese Wynans and (occationally) saxist Joe Sublett.

The music hasn't changed too much, though. It's still a superb blend of blues and rock, and even though Vaughan's guitar is perhaps a little less prominent on some songs, his playing is still masterful.
The material is very strong, with only one or two lesser tunes - like the forgettable opener "Say What!". "Soul To Soul" is highlighted by the slow blues ballad "Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love", the swinging "Empty Arms" in 2/4 time, and the terrific rockers "Change It", "Lookin' Out The Window" and "Look At Little Sister" (excellent piano playing on that last one, and a nice saxophone solo as well).

Stevie also covers Howlin' Wolf's "You'll Be Mine", and considering that no-one in the world has yet been able to match the vocal power and ferocious attitude of the Wolf, and probably never will, he does a good job with it.

The three bonus tracks consist of a short interview snippet and two songs. Well, three songs, actually, since Vaughan plays a medley of "Third Stone From The Sun" and Hendrix' "Little Wing".
They're perhaps not quite as interesting as some of the bonus cuts on the other three remastered Stevie Ray Vaughan-albums, but they're not bad by any means, and Vaughan's playing is great as always.

"Soul To Soul" has a very strong track list, and it is highly recommended to any and all lovers of blues-rock and contemporary blues music. It is not Stevie Ray's best album, that would be "Texas Flood", but it is head and shoulders above almost everything else out there.
Modern electric blues rarely gets any better. In fact, it rarely gets this good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest album of SRV's career, 28 Oct 2005
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In my opinion, Soul to Soul is the best thing Stevie Ray Vaughan ever did. It is also the most accessible and relaxing album of his legendary repertoire.
His third and penultimate album (not including post-humous The Sky is Crying), this album ranges from everything from straight-ahead blues to jazz to soul/funk.
My favourite tracks are blues anthem 'Look at Little Sister', distorted rocker 'Change It', excellent cover 'Come On' and sensational ballad 'Life Without You'.
Instrumental opener 'Say What' is a great way to get things started, although it lacks the razor sharp appeal of 'Scuttle Buttin', opening track of Couldn't Stand the Weather.
Although I'll be the first to admit this album does have some obvious filler tracks ('You'll Be Mine'), the non-filler tracks are some of the strongest blues songs ever written, all featuring blisteringly-precise fretwork and flawless rhythm.
In conclusion, this is an album you must own if you have any kind of appreciation for the blues, or guitar music as a whole. Even if you aren't that fond of blues, you should try this as it is undeniable '80s classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not otis, 15 July 2013
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You don't have to be a fan of Stevie or Double Trouble, just appreciate a mix of blues, rock and soul and this album is for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie Ray SOUL TO SOUL, 31 May 2013
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Very good a geat artist I have just recently heard of Stevie Ray, I wish that I had heard of him earlier,He is so good, leaves Clapton way behind, such a loss to the world of blues but his music will live on to the enjoyment of many new people,i have bought at least 6 cds, the first was in POULDLAND in MAIDSTONE KENT !!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but Stevie did better.., 5 Mar 2012
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Soul to Soul represents some of the best of what Stevie Ray had to offer and also a few examples of what could happen when he felt less inspired. On the positive side, it is hard to imagine guitar playing as impassioned and fluid as his efforts on 'Say What', 'Ain't Gone n' Give Up On Love' or as slinky on the swinging little instrumental in 'Gone Home'. Also in the album's favour is the addition of sax and keyboards allowing the musical palette to be correspondingly broader and richer,relying less on SRV's guitar and more a balanced ensemble sound.

The problem with the album is that too much of the material is rather clunky mid-tempo Earthbound generic blues. The band play great and Stevie always pitches in with enthusiasm,yet somehow the results are often rather undistinguished.You only have to listen to the brilliant bonus track 'Little Wing' for an idea of what SRV could really do when the shackles were off, it's so good it's a shame it couldn't have made the album in the first place.

In summation then - a pretty good album -a number of great songs ( the slow burning 'Ain't Gone n' Give Up On Love' has to be one of Stevie's best) and some astonishing playing only let down be the preponderance of pretty average material.Get'Soul to Soul' after 'Couldn't Stand The Weather' and 'Texas Flood'is my humble advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Orgasm Of Sound, 7 Jun 2007
This review is from: Soul To Soul (Audio CD)
This is perhaps SRV's best album. The opening 'Say What!' is the greatest blues-playing ever, and, believe it or not, it was recorded and played live using a wah-pedal that his elder brother, Jimmie Vaughan, got from Jimi Hendrix when he was supporting him in the sixties. Other highlights include the amazing slow-blues of 'Ain't Gone N' Give Up On Love' (which becomes an unbelievably quick blues that would take Steve Vai's breath away when played live. 'Change It' is a great cover of an old blues song, with a great solo. Earl King's 'Come On (Part 3)' is played like the Hendrix version, and whilst Jimi got the better of him here, his cover of 'Little Wing' (one of the bonus tracks) is way better. The closing four-minute guitar solo is too good to be real, and includes some of those amazing noises that Hendrix played in 'Machine Gun'. The closing 'Life Without You' is also excellent.

In short, this is an amazing album, and further proof that Stevie Ray Vaughan was indeed the greatest guitarist ever. BUY IT NOW, along with everything else he ever did. You won't regret it, because you brain, having melted, won't be capable of that emotion.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stevie's Lifestyle has inflections on his playing..., 24 April 2005
This review is from: Soul To Soul (Audio CD)
For the Texas Blues veteran of only twentysomething years, Soul To Soul is both the least emotive and the least blue. Attempting to fuse Soul music with Blues and Rock, Stevie Ray created a languid and somewhat disappointing blues-rock album with a few good tunes on it. The highlights are the incredibly fantastically enjoyably brilliant Say What!, a solid return to weeping, tortured blues with Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love, and the dreaming, exquisite, and dainty Life Without You. As well as the others worth mention: Look At Little Sister, a standard but fun blues jaunt, and gone home, a slightly unorganised jazz jam.
But then there are still the the lowlights: the unimpressive and passive Lookin' Out The Window, strangely disenchanting Change It, and the empty-sounding You'll Be Mine and Empty Arms. As well as a decent cover of a great tune, Come on, Pt. 3, which fails to really have the brilliance of covers like Texas Flood and Tell Me.
Stevie's playing remains unchanged and as great as ever, but by Soul To Soul his playing seems to have become a little tiresome and repetitive, especially when there can be heard almost no true feeling in more than a few of the tracks.
For all the low points, it's an album DEFINITELY worth having, if just for the fantastic Wah-jam, Say What! and Life Without you, as well as being an important point in a full catalogue of Stevie's work. Any true fan can't go without it, and any other fan should perhaps go with Texas Flood and In Step instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 July 2014
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