Couldn't Stand The Weather [VINYL]
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So the first cd. The original album plus a whole pile of outtakes. If you already have the 1999 remaster, all those tracks are on this new edition, and if there is any new remastering then it is not noticable to these ears. Added to that are a further 4 tracks that appear on The Sky Is Crying. Leaving just three previously unreleased tracks, and those are alternate takes of tracks that are already on these two albums. Yes, they are interesting and SRV at the top of his game, but asking us to fork out for three unreleased tracks??????
Ah well, there is always the live cd. Yes there is, but a few observations here. The sticker on the cover says it is the complete concert. That's rubbish!! The complete concert is available on Wolfgangs Vault (I'm listening to it as I type)and there are 5 further tracks (Say What!, Mary had A little Lamb, Tell Me, Wham! and Rude Mood). Yes, sure the concert is excellent but why did they have try and make out it is a full concert when it's not? If they really wanted to mark the twentieth anniversary of his death why couldn't they have issued both this full concert and the early show (also available on WV). Now that would have been interesting.
So, if you already have the 1999 edition, The Sky Is Crying and access to the internet you can already get everything that is on here apart from three tracks. If on the other hand you are new to SRV then this is an excellent buy, the music is outstanding, it's just the way the labels continue to rip us off that annoys me. But then again more fool me for falling for it.
...but to suggest he wasn't a great singer?? That's just crazy! Just like Hendrix, Stevie has always been an extremely underrated vocalist. Granted, he can't sing like Skip James and knock off a falsetto at the drop of a hat - but he sang with one hell of a lot of soul and guts that I think definitely shines through on this wonderful album.
"Couldn't Stand The Weather" is another fantastic Stevie and Double Trouble record, and full marks to Legacy for doing a first class job on this remastered version. I've always been of the opinion that the guys were never really served well in the studio - the production techniques used always made them sound too polished (the live albums are always better), but this reissue goes a long way to try and correct that.
Above all though, just by this album!
We also get a stack of other material of rarities, but these are also on The Complete Epic Recordings CD set, so not a 'wow!' factor this time around as I already have them, as ANY SRV fan should!
The live show is an excellent recording, far better than I expected.
ESSENTIAL addition to your collection!
This CD contains some tunes that could be described as masterclasses in the art of blues guitar. Apart from the modern classic "Scuttle Buttin'" ( which by now must have taken over from Smoke on the Water as the most heard riff in guitar shops) there are four stand-out pieces which are all different in their own way.
"The things (that) I used to do" would not be out of place in any country road house or late night urban blues bar. Its a standard vocal line and guitar reply format but the treatment is straightforward, solid and brilliant. Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" is a great vehicle for SRV's Stratocaster mastery, but what makes the track really drive is the tightness of Chris Layton's drumming. Most bands who are happy to start together and finish at more or less the same time could learn from this,it gives a new meaning to the term rhythmic gymnastics.
"Cold Shot" is simply an easy groove blues. Uncomplicated and very effective.
The guitar settings are in the "delicate " mode and the phrasing is lyrical in "Tin Pan Alley" and all are underpinned by an object lesson in blues bass playing. Ths sustained coolness of Tommy Shannon's playing is a pleasure to listen to.There's a feeling though, that the lyrics don't quite match up to the quality of the musicianship ( aopologies to J.Reed fans).Read more ›
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Can't get enough of SRV and the Band, If you have never listened to Stevie and the boys, where have you been?.Published 2 months ago by Martin M.
lovely quality copy and good service ,excellent .
Superb album and recording , vinyl is top notch quality .
Another fine album from srv not as good as instep but there's some brilliant tracks that standout you've got to have this for the collectionPublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by anthony