STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE - Couldn't Stand the Weather (1984) - 2010 Legacy Edition
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble's second album, "Couldn't Stand The Weather", recorded in 19 days and released in 1984, found the band riding the wave of Stevie's Bowie association and the success of their smouldering debut of the previous year - the trio were at the top of their game, and brimming with confidence. Hooked up with legendary producer John Hammond, they were booked into day-only sessions in New York's legendary Power Station studios, meaning they had to set up and take down their gear on a daily basis. The well-documented, self-destructive drink-and-drugs-fuelled mayhem was well underway too, but at this point, they could handle it. They were a Texas hurricane hitting the Big Apple. On the eve of the 20th Anniversary of Stevie Ray's tragic death, the album's been re-released as a Legacy Edition. It adds three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the 1984 Couldn't Stand The Weather sessions, four tracks previously released on 1999's Expanded Edition, and a live gig recorded in Montreal in August 1984. Remastering-wise, there may not be much in the way of drastic sonic alteration here to get our teeth into. Instead, we'll revisit this still-underrated record with an eye to which licks you can steal (NOTE: the timings mentioned are taken from the album tracks, not the embedded live versions), and to appreciate the powerhouse that was Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble at the height of their pomp once again.
DISC 1 - The Original Album:
01. Scuttle Buttin’ 02. Couldn’t Stand The Weather 03. The Things (That) I Used To Do 04. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 05. Cold Shot 06. Tin Pan Alley (Aka Roughest Place In Town) 07. Honey Bee 08. Stang’s Swang + BONUS TRACKS 09. Empty Arms 10. Come On (Part III) 11. Look At Little Sister 12. The Sky Is Crying 13. Hide Away 14. Give Me Back My Wig 15. Boot Hill 16. Wham 17. Close To You 18. Little Wing 19. Stang's Swang (Alternate Version)
DISC 2 - Live In Montreal:
01. Testify 02. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 03. The Things (That) I Used To Do 04. Honey Bee 05. Couldn’t Stand The Weather 06. Cold Shot 07. Tin Pan Alley 08. Love Struck Baby 09. Texas Flood 10. Band Intos-Encores 11. Stang’s Swang 12. Lenny 13. Pride And Joy
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