Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984/1999) DSF DSD64

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984/1999)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 54:57 minutes | 2,18 GB | Genre: Blues, Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Booklet, Front Cover | © Epic Records
Recorded: January 1984, Power Station, New York City

“Couldn’t Stand The Weather”is the remarkable sophomore album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. It follows their critically acclaimed debut, Texas Flood. Incorporating the same winning formula of musicianship and songwriting, Couldn’t Stand The Weather cemented Vaughan’s place as one of music’s greatest. It is their first to earn Gold certification and their first platinum-seller. It includes breathtaking renditions of Clark’s “Cold Shot” and Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” A staple on the Billboard charts, this definitive masterpiece received praise from Entertainment Weekly, Q, Down Beat and many others.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s second album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, pretty much did everything a second album should do: it confirmed that the acclaimed debut was no fluke, while matching, if not bettering, the sales of its predecessor, thereby cementing Vaughan’s status as a giant of modern blues. So why does it feel like a letdown? Perhaps because it simply offers more of the same, all the while relying heavily on covers. Of the eight songs, half are covers, while two of his four originals are instrumentals — not necessarily a bad thing, but it gives the impression that Vaughan threw the album together in a rush, even if he didn’t. Nevertheless, Couldn’t Stand the Weather feels a bit like a holding pattern, since there’s no elaboration on Double Trouble’s core sound and no great strides forward, whether it’s in Vaughan’s songwriting or musicianship. Still, as holding patterns go, it’s a pretty enjoyable one, since Vaughan and Double Trouble play spiritedly throughout the record. With its swaggering, stuttering riff, the title track ranks as one of Vaughan’s classics, and thanks to a nuanced vocal, he makes W.C. Clark’s “Cold Shot” his own. The instrumentals — the breakneck Lonnie Mack-styled “Scuttle Buttin'” and “Stang’s Swang,” another effective demonstration of Vaughan’s jazz inclinations — work well, even if the original shuffle “Honey Bee” fails to make much of an impression and the cover of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” is too reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s original. So, there aren’t many weaknesses on the record, aside from the suspicion that Vaughan didn’t really push himself as hard as he could have, and the feeling that if he had, he would have come up with something a bit stronger. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


1. Scuttle Buttin’ 1’51
–S.R. Vaughan–
2. Couldn’t Stand The Weather 4’42
–S.R. Vaughan–
3. The Things (That) I Used To Do 4’56
–E. Jones–
4. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) 8’00
–J. Hendrix–
5. Cold Shot 4’02
–M. Kindred–W.C. Clark–
6. Tin Pan Alley (aka Toughest Place In Town) 9’12
–R. Geddins–
7. Honey Bee 2’43
–S.R. Vaughan–
8. Stang’s Swang 2’55
–S.R. Vaughan–
Bonus Tracks (Previously Unreleased)
9. SRV Speaks 1’08
10. Hide Away 4’04
–F. King–S. Thompson–
11. Look At Little Sister 2’45
–H. Ballard–
12. Give Me Back My Wig 4’07
–T.R. Taylor–
13. Come On (Pt. III) 4’32
–E. King–

Stevie Ray Vaughan – guitar, vocals
Tommy Shannon – bass
Chris Layton – drums

Jimmie Vaughan – rhythm guitar on “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” and “The Things That I Used to Do”
Fran Christina – drums on “Stang’s Swang”
Stan Harrison – tenor saxophone on “Stang’s Swang”


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