Updated: Jul 1
Band Members on record : Stevie Ray Vaughan - (Guitar / Vocals), Tommy Shannon (Bass), Chris Layton (Drums).
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble : Texas Flood Year Released : 1983 (2016 repress) Produced by John Hammond, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen, Double Trouble Label: Epic/Sony Music Price Range: $25-40 Speed: 33 1/3RPM Album Before : Nil, Debut Album After : Couldn't Stand The Weather (1984) Further Listening : Lucille - B.B. King (1968) LP : 1 x Black LP Mood for enjoying: Hot summery night by a woodfire , spirits in hand or some really big roast/cook up. It's an uplifting and smooth feeling album and a must listen to pick you up if you're feeling down. Track Listing:
LP Side A
Love Struck Baby - 2:24
Pride And Joy - 3:40
Texas Flood - 5:21
Tell Me - 2:49
Testify - 3:22
Side B Rude Mood - 4:40
Mary Had A Little Lamb - 2:47
Dirty Pool - 5:02
I'm Cryin' - 3:43
Lenny - 4:57
What's in the Sleeve ?
Simple paper sleeve with poly insert
"Well it's floodin' down in Texas, All of the telephone lines are down." ~ Texas Flood - Side A
Welcome to Spin #8 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble : Texas Flood
I know, Slipknot are brutal and I hope that everyone has had time to recover from last weeks spin from all the headbanging. I felt bluesy tunes were required lately with the end of the warmer weather coming and a nice relaxing recovery session was just what was required.
Welcome to our 8th Spin! This week we have chosen the debut 1983 album from Mr Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble : Texas Flood.
For this weeks review I used the set up from our back room, however still set up in our sun room towards the front of the house. We enjoyed it so much and the portability of the bluetooth Audio Technica turntable and Marshall Woburn II speaker help with the easy transition. Boil the ketta (as our 3 year old says) and make yourself a cuppa as we drop the stylus on this blues blockbuster!
Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):
I bought this record on a whim back in 2016 when I was exploring a lot of Blues, Soul and Jazz artists. I stumbled across Stevie Ray Vaughan and instantly enjoyed the style of music and his voice. The artwork was interesting too as it reminded me of the Gunslinger depicted in the Stephen King series, 'The Dark Tower'. If I can take you further back to 2010, I enjoyed my short trip to the States and Canada with my sister. One of the highlights of that trip was getting to experience the blues/jazz bars in Chicago and really just sit back and take in the atmosphere. Every time I listen to this style of music I instantly get transported back to that moment in Chicago.
As I take the record out of its paper/poly sleeve I notice the quality of the record repressed in 2016 by Epic and Sony Music. The back of the record sleeve has the band photo and track list but sadly no lyrics insert included for this press. As this turntable is fully automatic, I need to make sure the stylus cover is off before hitting the start button. It plays at 33 1/3 speed and if you play this one at the wrong speed you will have all the band laughing at you on the back cover.
The crisp start of first song, 'Love Struck Baby' comes through the speaker with the guitar being strummed fast before the bass of Shannon and drums of Layton come in. This song was released as a single off the album and its an enjoyable tune. Vaughan and Double Trouble just jam together so well and you can't help but tapping your foot along to this one. "Well I'm a love struck baby I must confess, Life without darlin' is a solid mess". The song ends before rolling into the second song on Side A.
'Pride And Joy' has a distinct bass line that carries the song and allows Vaughan to get lost in the music. Its short and punchy and has some easy lyrics