ARTIST: Stevie Ray Vaughan
TITLE: Texas Flood
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #38
SINGLES: Love Struck Baby, Pride and Joy (#20 US Rock)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mary Had a Little Lamb
LINEUP: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Shannon, Chris “Whipper” Layton
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First solo record from the most acclaimed blues player of the 80’s lives up to the hype.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: He was on the David Bowie record that revitalized Bowie’s commercial career and then Vaughan quit the tour days before it was going to start. Jackson Browne gave him studio time after a performance at Montreaux. His NYC showcase was attended by Billy Gibbons, Mick Jagger, Rick Nielsen, Johnny Winter and John McEnroe.
This was the huge buildup to SRV’s debut album with Double Trouble. Before, they were just a Texas phenomenon, like his brother’s Fabulous Thunderbirds. The hype, and this record, made him a national figure.
Hype can distort a record’s worth. This record is worth the hype, though. While some of the tracks linger on a bit too long, one seems like a slight re-write of another, and a couple tracks may not be your cuppa if you don’t like slow blues, most of this really cooks. The SRV journey starts here for all practical purposes and it’s well worth your time or money.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album was recorded in two days, with one of the days from Browne given over to the set-up of equipment. The advance from the record company was given to remaster the tapes.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, there’s an extended version and one with a live show.
GRADE: A-: This introduced the blues to the MTV generation. Well worth it.