Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Vaughans Sophomore Album Broils with Authority and Intensity
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Couldnt Stand the Weather Has Never Sounded Betterand Never Will
1984 Set Features Appearances by Jimmie Vaughan and Tenor Sax Legend Stan Harrison
Like the destructive tornado on the albums cover, Stevie Ray Vaughans Couldnt Stand the Weather blows with gale-force intensity, moves everything in its path, and contains beautiful moments of calm at its center. Caught up in the momentum gained from his brilliant debut, the guitar slinger comes on with a startling degree of authority, confidence, and swagger that hadnt been witnessed in the blues realm in decades.
At last, this incredible tour de force has been finally been done right. Surpassing the myriad inferior remastered and reconfigured editions, Mobile Fidelity went straight to the source the original master tapes to produce a version of Couldnt Stand the Weather that will last a lifetime. The numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD brings Vaughan and Co. into your listening room and places them at your feet. Vaughans trademark Fender Stratocaster has never sounded more lifelike, powerful, or authentic.
By the time Vaughan and Double Trouble entered the studio in January 1984, the bands reputation as the hottest blues-rock act in the world had been cemented. Vaughan even declined a juicy offer to tour as part of David Bowies band in order to live out his own dreams. And this proud Texas boy doesnt mess around. Pulling no punches and embracing his role as blues modern ambassador, Vaughans scorching 1984 record epitomizes his hallmark styles and moods: brazen, ferocious, mesmerizing, cathartic, defiant, soulful, all at once.
Here, in the form of the jaw-dropping version of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), is Vaughans touching acknowledgment of Jimi Hendrixs looming influence. And in the hopping instrumental Scuttle Buttin, theres a lingering taste of the guitarists playful personality and pyrotechnic skill. Cold Shot bleeds with a lovers scorn, but like a determined fighter, Vaughan picks himself up off the canvas and rears, ready to make another go. Brother Jimmie Vaughan assists on the title track, redolent with the slinky rhythms gleaned from rural Texas bluesman and down-home attitudes.
As he did on Texas Flood, Vaughan closes out the record in high style, bringing the concoction of smoldering blues, sultry shuffles, and jukejoint boogies to a simmer with the instrumental Stangs Swang dedicated to jazz great Grant Green and punctuated with Stan Harrisons fiery tenor saxophone lines. Gutsy, gritty, and ceaselessly original, Couldnt Stand the Weather served further notice that Vaughan was here to stay and demanded to be heard. The double platinum sales figures and Grammy nominations were additional confirmation of that fact.
Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD brings the images of Vaughans street-wise stare, lived-in cowboy boots, lightning-fueled fingers, and Palladin hat into pristine focus. More importantly, the searing tones from his 59 Stratocaster guitar, drawl of his raspy voice, and every strategic bend of the strings are captured with extreme delicacy, so you dont miss a note. The soundstage is deep and wide, and the microdynamics simply pop. Welcome to Texas, Stevie Ray style. It doesnt get any better than this.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Scuttle Buttin'
2. Couldn't Stand The Weather
3. The Things (That) I Used To Do
4. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
5. Cold Shot
6. Tin Pan Alley (AKA Roughest Place In Town)
7. Honey Bee
8. Stang's Swang