Stellar Posthumous Collection Comprised of Entirely Unreleased, Completed Songs From 1984 Through 1989
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Remastered For SACD and It Sounds Unbelievable
Vaughan's "Unofficial" Fifth Studio Record Breathes with Conviction, Integrity, Diversity
Comprised of ten previously unreleased studio performances from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble cut between late 1984 and early 1989, The Sky Is Crying serves as the legendary guitarists unofficial fifth album as well as an homage to extraordinary musicians exceptional abilities as a musician, songwriter, and interpreter. It also contains the tremendously moving Life By the Drop, the first-ever recorded take of Vaughan playing acoustic guitar. Few, if any, posthumous collections are more complete, satisfying, and revealing as this 1990 set.
With the set never before remastered in any form, Mobile Fidelity has taken the honors seriously, remastering from the original master tapes and presenting these life-affirming songs in jaw-dropping fidelity on hybrid SACD. At times, it feels as if you are sitting in the studio control room with the band just a few feet away, as nearly every selection here was recorded live with minimal overdubs. The degree of presence, immediacy, and detail is on par with the best-sounding blues albums on LP or CD in existence.
When Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in August 1990, his brother, Jimmie, set to work on finding finished material that his younger sibling left in the vaults. To his surprise, there werent many completed leftovers save for the tracks on this set, which lent to the opinion that, in some way, Vaughan intended The Sky Is Crying to be an actual record. Nearly every song here had long found its way into the groups live sets, including the supremely soulful title track, bathed in Reese Wynans warm organ accompaniment. It would be a standout on most albums, but this effort is filled with such nonpareil matter.
Consider Boot Hill, a rarity in that Vaughan plays the slide guitar the very first time hes captured on record in this style. The song was left off of In Step due to its darker content. Or the insightful cover of Jimi Hendrixs Little Wing, which seamlessly moves from tender to tough and back again; listen and you will hear Vaughans amp humming in the background. Vaughans formative influences get channeled on a slow-burn version of Howlin Wolfs May I Have a Talk With You, during which the Texan incorporates the lyrics of several blues standards into the narrative for extra oomph. No matter what Vaughan is playing, his expressive techniques, dynamic contrasts, and jazzy tonalities rise to the surface.
This is due to Mobile Fidelitys retrieval of previously hidden information and meticulous engineering that gives the music that sought-after breath of life. Everything from Vaughans syncopated rhythms to his hot-wired guitar licks sounds apiece, vibrant, and exactly as it should. Want to experience music played with ultimate conviction and soul-shaking integrity? Dont wait another second to dive into The Sky Is Crying.
• 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. Boot Hill
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Empty Arms
4. Little Wing
6. May I Have A Talk With You
7. Close To You
8. Chitlins Con Carne
9. So Excited
10. Life By The Drop