Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood
Side one begins with “Love Struck Baby”, a song inspired by the night Vaughan moved in with his then-wife. Released as the first single from the album, this one has a classic rhythm and blues sound from the early days of rock and roll. It reminds me of Chuck Berry, another great rock guitarist, from the 50’s.
As the second single, “Pride and Joy” reached number 20 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. I remember hearing this one on the album-oriented rock station at the time; who could forget that down-and-dirty blues melody?
Vaughan‘s rendition of “Texas Flood”, nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Performance, is a cover of the 1958 blues song by Larry Davis.
Vaughan then covers “Tell Me” by Howlin’ Wolf, a Mississippi blues man who recorded the original in 1962.
“Testify” is an instrumental cover of the Isley Brothers 1964 single.
Side two opens with “Rude Mood”, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (it lost to Sting‘s “Brimstone and Treacle“). It was chosen for the B-side to the first single. I like the freight-train-a-rollin’ tempo this instrumental thunders along to.
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” was written and first recorded by Chicago blues man Buddy Guy. This one, naturally, takes the classic nursery rhyme and infuses it with a whole lot of cool.
“Dirty Pool” brims with betrayal; the music really goes right to the soul on a very primal level.
Tears goes right along hand and hand with the blues, so “I’m Crying” is right at home here. It has a lot in common, rhythmically, with the earlier “Pride and Joy”.
The closing slow and lovely instrumental track “Lenny” was written for Vaughan’s wife at the time Lenora.
Stevie Ray Vaughan is an amazing blues guitarist and that makes his debut Texas Flood an enjoyable listening experience. If you have never heard it before and enjoy the blues, you will definitely want to give this one a listen.