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It's hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the '60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. Vaughan became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but his critics claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan's instrumental talents were, he didn't forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King's pinched yet muscular soloing or Larry Davis' emotive singing. There's a certain element of truth in that, but that was sort of the point of Texas Flood. Vaughan didn't hide his influences; he celebrated them, pumping fresh blood into a familiar genre. When Vaughan and Double Trouble cut the album over the course of three days in 1982, he had already played his set lists countless times; he knew how to turn this material inside out or goose it up for maximum impact. The album is paced like a club show, kicking off with Vaughan's two best self-penned songs, "Love Struck Baby" and "Pride and Joy," then settling into a pair of covers, the slow-burning title track and an exciting reading of Howlin' Wolf's "Tell Me," before building to the climax of "Dirty Pool" and "I'm Crying." Vaughan caps the entire thing with "Lenny," a lyrical, jazzy tribute to his wife. It becomes clear that Vaughan's true achievement was finding something personal and emotional by fusing different elements of his idols. Sometimes the borrowing was overt, and other times subtle, but it all blended together into a style that recalled the past while seizing the excitement and essence of the present.
I never review but for this great album to have 1 star is just wrong. For anyone who finds 'classic' blues a bit inaccessible, welcome to modern blues which is alive and full of energy (alas more than can be said for the man himself). The guitar work and emotion throughout this album are outstanding. I drift in and out of blues but this is the album which brings me back.
This album deserves far more than the average of three stars it has at the moment. This is a classic blues album, Stevie's best in my opinion. Five stars without a doubt.
The songs on here are timeless, SRV is one of my favourite guitarist of all time but the production on this record is horribly over-indulgent. It is clearly an 80's record because it has the production of a Poison album! This simply does not suit blues! If you want to hear the real SRV buy the 'Live At The El Mocambo' DVD where you get to see and hear the most incredible blues playing without the terrible production!
Born: 03 October 1954 in Dallas, TX
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s
Top Albums and Songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan
||Pride and Joy||Texas Flood||3:39||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Texas Flood||Texas Flood||5:20||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mary Had a Little Lamb||Texas Flood||2:46||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lenny||Texas Flood||4:57||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Superstition||Rock Masters: Lip Stopping Baby||4:54||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Pride and Joy||The Best of Stevie Ray Vaughan||3:41||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Voodoo Chile||Rock Masters: Lip Stopping Baby||7:55||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Rude Mood||Texas Flood||4:39||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Little Wing||The Best of Stevie Ray Vaughan||6:49||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Call It Stormy Monday||Albert King With Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session||9:00||£0.79||View In iTunes|