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Let's get this straight, the above score is for the legacy edition not for the original album which is probably SRV's best. A great guitarist at the height of his powers. But as usual the labels have to try and squeeze every last penny out of us by re-packaging what has gone before.

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.
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on 28 February 2002
We all know just how spectacular Stevie was on guitar, the guy remains one of the greatest without question.
...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!
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on 19 September 2000
Its sometimes said that great guitar players don't always make great singers, and there are plenty of examples around to add truth to that statement. SRV is undeniably a great guitar player, and though his singing might not quite reach that description, does it really matter when everything important he has to say comes from the clarity and passion of his playing?
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). With a stronger narrative this could have been an all time great.
All other tracks are highly enjoyable but a bit mixed ( "Stang's Swang" is interesting but somehow ingongrous here ). All SRV fans will have this material, but with the bonus tracks it is a very good introduction for new followers.
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The bonus tracks include a take on Freddie King's classic "Hide Away", an alternative "Look At Little Sister" (the master turned up on Vaughan's third album a year later), and a cover of Hound Dog Taylor's funky "Give Me Back My Wig".

One might have wished for a few more original compositions (only four songs are Vaughan's own, and two of these are instrumentals). Stevie Ray Vaughan chose his covers carefully, though, and they all work well in this setting, making "Couldn't Stand The Weather" an enjoyable album, even if it isn't Vaughan's greatest.

While not quite matching the greatness of Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut album, "Couldn't Stand The Weather" is a terrific album in its own right.

It opens with one of Vaughan's best instrumentals, the fiery "Scuttle Buttin'", and while some may find that it relys too heavily on covers and instrumentals, Vaughan and the band do very well by W.C. Clark's "Cold Shot" and Eddie 'Guitar Slim' Jones' classic "The Things That I Used To Do".
Sure, "Texas Flood" had a few more real classics, including several of Vaughan's best songs ("Pride And Joy", "Texas Flood", "I'm Cryin'" "Dirty Pool"), but "Couldn't Stand The Weather" has some really terrific cuts as well. Stevie Ray's take on Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" works very well also, even if it does resemble the original quite a lot, and the nine-minute "Tin Pan Alley" (which appeared as a shorter bonus cut on the remastered "Texas Flood" CD) is a great example of what Vaughan could do both as a vocalist and a guitarist - with no sustain, fuzztone or overdrive.

The bonus tracks include an early version of "Look At Little Sister" (later to turn up, with added boogie piano, on "Soul To Soul"), a fiery rendition of Freddy King's classic instrumental "Hide Away", and an equally great take on Hound Dog Taylor's best song, the funky "Give Me Back My Wig".
This CD is highly recommended to all lovers of electric blues and blues-rock, and anyone with a liking for innovative, non-hysterical blues and rock guitar. Four-and-a-half big, shiny stars.
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on 27 March 2010
Wonderful album of course.

However, this edition is targeted at audiophiles with the recording going back to the original masters and all that stuff. But, it doesn't work. The main difference in the sound is that the bass goes a little deeper but not a lot else. It doesn't improve much on the original at all.

The main issue here is the pressing. Shocking approach to product quality. Sundazed, if you're going to aim your products at the high end of the market, then quit getting them pressed at facilities that don't have adequate quality control. The album has pops, clicks and has that awful pre-echo (picking up the sound of the next groove), most noticable on 'Tin Pan Alley'. Furthermore the inner is a regular cheap paper sleeve.

If you want to know what an audiophile package looks like, then choose the new Jimi Hendrix LP, the Tom Waits 'Orphans' box and the early Genesis vinyl box. All have incredibly good packaging, anti-staic inners and awesome quality pressings.

Sundazed, if you're going to offer this type of item , then do it right or not at all.
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on 5 November 1999
SRV was a great guitarist, and this is classic Texas Blues.
There are 4 albums in the Legacy re-issue series, all with excellent bonus tracks.
It is not innovative music, but it is both exciting and technically brilliant playing. A CD that will sit in your player for weeks.
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on 4 February 2015
This is Stevie Rays second album [Texas Flood being the first] it shows him growing in confidence and experimenting with his sound. This album although very definitely a blues album has a rather funky undercurrent that gives the music a certain swing perhaps this is a result of Jimi Hendrix's influence on his playing style which is of course at it most explicit on the fabulous cover of 'Voodoo Chile [A Slight Return]'. The album starts with a funky instrumental 'Scuttle Buttin' and also has a wonderful bluesy ballad with 'The Things [That] I Used To Do'. The original album end with a jazz influenced track 'Stang's Slang' that is another example of Stevie Rays versatility. The extra tracks contain versions of songs that would find their way on to his next album [Soul To Soul] with 'Look At Little Sister' and 'Come On [pt.3]'. The only thing that puzzles me about these releases is the 'SRV Speaks' section they seem to add nothing to the album, but that aside this excellent album of a guitarist finding his sound and identity, things would only get better with his next album.
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on 2 August 2015
Wanted this edition for the Montreal live show that is included. As per usual, the album 'Couldn't Stand the Weather' is faultless, and I prefer it to Texas Flood to be honest.
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!
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It's hardly surprising that Stevie Ray Vaughan's 2nd album has become a 2CD 'Legacy Edition' - it was his breakthrough record and is still a huge fan favourite. But re-listening to it now a full 26 years after the event, you're clobbered with his astonishing fretwork, his effortless cool and what a tragic loss to music he was - taken away from us at only 35 in 1990.

But to the details of this reissue first...
Epic/Legacy 88697559432 was released 26 July 2010 and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (79:02 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 are the original LP "Couldn't Stand The Weather" released May 1984 in the USA on Epic FE 39304 and June 1984 in the UK on Epic EPC 25940

Tracks 10, 11, 13 and 14 are 4 of the 5 bonus tracks that appeared on the 1999 Expanded CD remaster of "Couldn't Stand The Weather" (the missing track is a short 'SRV Interview')
Tracks 12, 15 and 19 are 3 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED versions of "The Sky Is Crying", "Boot Hill" and "Stang's Swang"
Tracks 9, 16, 17 and 18 are from the posthumously released album "The Sky Is Crying" (1991)

Disc 2 (75:56 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 13 are a live concert recorded 'The Spectrum' in Montreal on 17 August 1984 (late show) and are listed as PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (see below).

Eagle-eye fans will notice that of the 11 bonus tracks on Disc 1, only THREE are actually previously unreleased (the rear packaging clearly states this) - the rest are on other CDs fans will already own. Which leaves the live stuff on Disc 2, but that too has been made available via another label. This will mean that dedicated fans will feel they're being asked to fork out for only 3 songs, but I feel for the rest of us - this set is a feast of studio and live brilliance worth every penny.

The 3-way foldout digipak is nice and there's a photo-festooned 24-page booklet with great liners notes by ANDY ALEDORT, Associate Editor of the "Guitar World" magazine. The mastering is by VIC ANESINI and the sound quality is fantastic - big, ballsy and clear.

Niggles - there's no footage and there should be. There was a visual excitement about SRV - and I don't just mean that he looked the part - he literally exuded the Blues in his every flourish on the fret-board and growl into the microphone (check out the DVD of "Live At The El Mocambo" from 1983 for such fireworks). The wonderful 'Legacy Edition' of Jeff Buckley's "Grace" was a 3-disc set with a DVD in it and far better for it.

I batter on about the visuals because it is one thing to hear Stevie Ray Vaughan make that Stratocaster talk, its another matter entirely witnessing him do it. On film you can graphically 'see' his musicality and fluency. Another thing that all really great guitar players have (Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Tommy Emmanuel) - is that they can rock it out one moment, but they can also do the beautiful the next when they slow it down. Check out You Tube for videos of "Couldn't Stand The Weather" (lyrics above) and follow that with "Lenny" - excite and swoon - SRV could do both.

I've loved rehearing this album and the extra tracks are an absolute blast. Ok, there is duplicity and diehard fans will already have much of it, but for the rest of us mere mortals, this is a timely reminder of just how blisteringly good Stevie Ray Vaughan was. If you haven't succumbed before, then this is the place to start - there's a whole lot of genius on here for not a whole lot of money.

Probably the only guitar player who made all the greats 'nervous' - and that's saying something.
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on 29 July 2010
keeping it short, i am new to SRV and this album really shows off his playing, and what a guitar player he is, truly incredible. fans of j bonamassa and hendrix will love it. plus there are numerous outakes and a bonus live cd which is fantastic. the man will be remembered for future generations. after hendrix and clapton SRV is the man.
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