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Album : Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble – Texas Flood

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What a debut! Rockin blues

Right off the bat, some wicked licks, great vocals to boot. The whole vibe got my attention. I guess it was the rocker in me that took it. Vaughn had the goods. The first cut had me. The second cut and I knew I was onto something special. My ear and my whole skeletal structure was doing the shimmy.

This is the whole package to me. Out of this world guitar, cool vocals and lyrics that fit. Plus it rocks.  This music is a good kick in the ass. Old meets new take. Stevie and DT slow it down even more for the 3rd take. No going through the motions here. He puts everything into both the singing and playing. No holding back. He goes to town on this one. What a great blues. Like my friend hotfox68 says “This isn’t pop music- this is blues”.

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There is something special going on in this record. Fuck trends, lets play the music we want and that moves us. That’s what SVR and the boys did. He rips it up and lays it down all over the record. I love guitar especially in the hands of someone like Steve. If you got flash, use it. Not only is his playing out of this world, he’s playing music that i dig. So I win.

I’ll leave his technical prowess to you players. Sounds to CB that he more than knows how “to play that thang”. Even on a little ditty like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ he makes it his own. Not just the guitar but the vocals as well. He’s not all fire and brimstone. He lays down some very tasty jazz and slow blues on a few cuts.

I like all Vaughns work. It all sounds good to me. But this debut came out of the pits ready to go. He burns it up. This stuff never gets old for CB. I think I’ll go play some ‘Dirty Pool’

34 comments on “Album : Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble – Texas Flood

  1. 2loud2oldmusic
    September 13, 2020

    He was amazing. He got me to like Blues rock.

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  2. deKE
    September 13, 2020

    You have to love the power trio format on this album. SRV sizzled this album and from there it was to the top like a rocket.
    I still remember hearing this album on a friends Walkman back in high school back in 1983! I was hooked and went out bought it right away on cassette tape for my Walkman! lol
    All time classic.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      deKe how many great 3 pieces are there? I like so many of them. Stripped down and bare bones. Unbelievabl the “power” that comes out of the music.
      Hey my “Walkman” is on the fritz. It eats anything I put in it. Anyway I can get a loaner?

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      • deKE
        September 13, 2020

        Ha, mine is long gone to the landfill but my dad has one that works lol

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 13, 2020

        I’m scared of mine. It’s like that movie where that plant ate every thing.

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      • deKE
        September 13, 2020

        Lol. The ear wax on those orange sponge headphones morphed into the monster.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 13, 2020

        Now that’s funny.

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  3. hotfox63
    September 13, 2020

    A friend from NYC sent me “Texas Flood” on tape before the album was released in Europe. I really had to sit down and listen because the album is so good. Stevie Ray Vaughan was a phenomenal guitar player and a good singer. Too bad, that he didn’t get any more time.

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  4. keepsmealive
    September 13, 2020

    OMG I love this.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      I hadnt slapped in on in a while and yeah, it’s real good

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      PS. I watched a Elvis Costello chat from his home. Guess who’s pic he had on the wall behind him? Louis. He referred to him in a loving manner.

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  5. Yeah, Another Blogger
    September 13, 2020

    He was great. And I like his brother’s music too. I’ve heard a track or two from Jimmy’s latest album. Really good.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      Yeah I knew about Jimmy before Steve. I’m a big Thunderbird’s guy. I will check out the new album by him (you know I will)

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  6. BuriedOnMars
    September 13, 2020

    A band who has been on the road forever records their live setlist to tape and you have a debut album. Stevie passed on touring with Bowie as his axe man to record this too. Brilliant album but I like his live performances even more.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      True about hardened road warriors. A few bands that had the same route. It makes sense that Steve would pass on the tour. This music is so rooted in his DNA. And yeah, live is the ticket for most bands I dig but I’ll settle for this between shows.

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  7. Jim S.
    September 13, 2020

    Stevie kinda sorta passed on that Bowie tour. I did that series on him a little while back and it looks as much like SRV (or his people) were making tour demands that Bowie’s people didn’t like. At the same time, Stevie wanted to be his own man and not be an opener for anybody else. Even Bowie. So in a sense, mutual. But no hard feelings. I found a picture from years later where Bowie and SRV were hanging out. Wish they were both still here to do that. The sky is crying.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      I dont know the dollars and cents behind or what would have been more lucrative in that decision but I do know that I like Stevie’s answering the call to play this music. I know u dig it.

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      • Jim S.
        September 13, 2020

        Not sure which is more lucrative but I know which was riskier. I’m not sure if SRV’s album was even out. Maybe just barely.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 13, 2020

        I know which music i listen to more.

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  8. christiansmusicmusings
    September 13, 2020

    It looks like Hans Postcard was faster in publishing your post than you were! 🙂 At least, that’s where I saw your post first. As I commented then, this is certainly a fantastic debut album by one of my favorite electric blues guitarists.

    My intro to SRV was his sophomore release “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” which probably still is my favorite of his records. I had just joined my first band as a bassist, and one of the tunes I had to learn was the fantastic slow blues “Tin Pan Alley”. After I had heard it, I decided to get the CD.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 13, 2020

      He’s quick on the draw. Like I mentioned I love that second album and could have easily chose it ( I will eventually get to it here). ‘Tin Pan Alley’ is a killer tune all around. Great example of Steve and the boys doing what they do best. Very cool that you are a musician. I like hearing when yourself and some of the other musician types I converse with here chime in with their perspective on people like Stevie.

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  9. badfinger20 (Max)
    September 14, 2020

    I listened to some of that Austin City limits yesterday…he absolutely tore it up. The speed of him was not only awesome but the accuracy…never missed a lick.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 14, 2020

      Still impressing huh?

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 14, 2020

        CB….yes it is. We need to be reminded sometimes on how big of loss that was…Like I said…Clapton, Allman, and Hendrix…he was there with the greats.

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  10. dcw0731
    September 14, 2020

    Great album that still gets played a lot around here

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  11. J.
    September 14, 2020

    Yesssss! I love this one – there’s just so much great stuff in those grooves. He really was one of the best.

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  12. Ella Sterland
    September 19, 2020

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