Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand the Weather

ARTIST: Stevie Ray Vaughan                        220px-srvcouldntstandtheweather

TITLE:  Couldn’t Stand the Weather

YEAR RELEASED: 1984

CHART ACTION: #31

SINGLES: Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (#20 Rock), Cold Shot (#29 Rock), Couldn’t Stand the Weather

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I dunno. Maybe?

LINEUP: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton. Help from Jimmie Vaughan on a couple of tracks and Fran Christina on one.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:  Second album by the now-star blues guitarist seems a little short on material.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There are some fantastic cuts on this album, don’t get me wrong. The title track is outstanding with its syncopated rhythm and difficult time signature. His cover of “Cold Shot” is also fantastic as is the slow burn of “Tin Pan Alley”.

Yes, he does cover Hendrix, who was an inspiration, and he does it pert near flawlessly, but it does sound a lot like the Hendrix version without the ultra-distorted guitar. While two of the songs break eight minutes, it still seems like a slight album and not one that’s packed with songs.

Still, it has enough good to great material to make this a must for blues guitar fans. After his first record, we wanted more, and this seems like a regression.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This time, the record took 19 days. There are more outtakes than the first album, but some of the spark and immediacy is gone.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with outtakes that wound up being remade for his third album, and later a live set.

GRADE: B: I wanted more than I got, I guess. It’s good, but it could have been great.

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