Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Love Struck Baby: Texas Flood Overflows with Emotion
At Last: Mobile Fidelity Delivers the Definitive-Sounding Edition of Searing 1983 Debut
Hybrid SACD Mastered from the Original Tapes and Drenched with Tremendous Microdynamics and Natural Tonality
A debut seemingly sent from the musical heavens, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Troubles Texas Flood announces the arrival of a truly special talent namely, the last major blues guitarist to emerge with a voice all his own, an immediately distinctive style, and a soulfulness that you feel inside the depths of your existence. Not for nothing was Vaughan frequently mentioned in the same breath as his closest musical cousin, Jimi Hendrix.
This staggering 1983 album has been remastered and reconfigured multiple times, yielding sporadic results. Mobile Fidelity finally gets it right: Mastered from the original master tapes, this hands-down definitive digital version brings Vaughan and Co. into your listening room and places them at your feet. Vaughans trademark Fender Stratocaster has never sounded more real, electric, or authentic on record.
Born of hot, sweaty bars and years of woodshedding in front of demanding crowds, Texas Flood is rooted in Austins rich musical heritage as well as Vaughans tenure in Paul Ray & the Cobras, recipient of the Best Band award in the citys first-ever (and now famous) music poll. After getting his feet underneath him, Vaughan formed Triple Threat, the ensemble that morphed into Double Trouble the very group hed perform with for the remainder of his career. Having dropped from a quintet to a trio, extra demands were placed on Vaughans role and playingrequirements he was more than comfortable to accommodate.
The proof is scattered throughout Texas Flood, which single-handedly resuscitated a genre that had long been dormant. Having spent more than half a year on the Billboard charts, the set pays homage to influences (Hendrix, Albert King, Larry Davis) and ripples with a freshness that joins contemporary Texas blues and muscular rock at the hip. Vaughans playing is all about emotion and pace, whether hes lighting it up on the jumpy Love Struck Baby or bursting with enthusiasm on the sparks-shooting Pride and Joy.
The trio is equally effective on slow numbers, with covers of Howlin Wolfs Tell Me and Davis Texas Flood weeping with longing. And as if to insure his name is etched in history, Vaughan takes a jazzy stroll with the instrumental tribute Lenny, covering all the bases in less than 40 minutes of time. Put this up with anything from Clapton, Butterfield, Mayall, Winter, and the like Texas Flood is legion.
Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD brings the images Vaughans scrunched-up face, closed-eyes appearance, quick-draw fingers, and cowboy hat into pristine focus. More importantly, the searing tones from his guitar and every touch of his pick on the strings are captured with extreme delicacy, so you dont miss a note. The soundstage is deep and wide, and the micro dynamics simply pop. This is the closest you will ever come to hearing Vaughan perform in Antones, circa 1982.
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. Love Struck Baby
2. Pride And Joy
3. Texas Flood
4. Tell Me
6. Rude Mood
7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
8. Dirty Pool
9. Im Cryin