Friday, April 07, 2006

Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand the Weather

Stevie Ray Vaughn, debatably the greatest guitarist in history, proved
that he was no fluke in 1984 with the release of his sophomore effort,
Couldn’t Stand the Weather. Vaughn’s ability to perfectly transcribe
every detail from his Texas club performances on to this album makes it
a must have. Filled with Vaughn and Double Trouble’s trademark
screaming guitars, thumping bass, and pounding drum beats, Couldn’t
Stand the Weather continued the great musical tradition of its
predecessor, Texas Flood. There is no bad song on this album, all are
masterpieces, but there are several that stand out among the rest. The
opening track, “Scuttle Buttin’,” is an instrumental that simply
need any words, due to the fact that Vaughn’s guitar playing surpasses
what any vocal ability could have accomplished. The title track is
a noteworthy performance, as it continues to be a classic-rock radio
mainstay till this day. Couldn’t Stand the Weather is also packed full
of cover songs, the best of which are “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),”
and “The Things (That) I Used to Do.” “Voodoo Chile,” originally
composed by Jimi Hendrix, is fully resurrected by Vaughn, played in a
manner which duplicates, as well as betters, Hendrix’s performance.
Another highlight of this classic album is found in the nine-minute
Pan Alley (AKA Roughest Place in Town),” a song which is a tribute to
the New York-based singers and song writers who dominated the music
market in the early 20th century. Couldn’t Stand the Weather
blues rock in the early 80s, and another album which surpasses its
musical diversity and craftsmanship has still ceased to exist.