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Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition)

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double TroubleAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003MX5OOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Scuttle Buttin'
2. Couldn't Stand The Weather
3. The Things (That) I Used To Do
4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
5. Cold Shot
6. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
7. Honey Bee
8. Stang's Swang
9. Empty Arms
10. Come On (Pt. III)
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Disc: 2
1. Tesify (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
3. The Things (That) I Used To Do (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
4. Honey Bee (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
5. Couldn't Stand The Weather (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
6. Cold Shot (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
7. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town) (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
8. Love Struck Baby (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; August 17 1984 (Late Show)
9. Texas Flood (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; Augusy 17 1984 (Late Show)
10. Band Intros/Encores (Live at The Spectrum, Montreal; Augusy 17 1984 (Late Show)
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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD Legacy Edition of the Blues guitarist's 1984 album. This edition contains 16 previously unreleased tracks, studio outtakes and the live recording of Vaughan & Double Trouble's 1984 performance at the Spectrum in Montreal. A 24 colour page booklet completes the package with liner notes by Guitar World Associate Editor (and Stevie Ray Vaughan authority) Andy Aledort as well as commentary by Double Trouble band mates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ALBUM JUST GOT BETTER July 27, 2010
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Two discs 79, 75 minutes each approximately. The digitally remastered sound is crisp and clean. The 24 page booklet goes into some depth on SRV and his music. Comments from his rhythm section (DOUBLE TROUBLE) give added depth, along with an overview by a knowledgeable writer from Guitar World. There are also photos of SRV and a 2 page spread of various advertising items to promote the album-a nice touch.

First I must confess that for me, this (original) album still stands as possibly Stevie Ray Vaughan's finest release. While valid arguments could be made for other albums, this set of songs gets to the heart of who Vaughan was. Blessed with a ragged, worn sounding voice and large hands, when Vaughan sang you knew he wasn't kidding. But its when he wrapped that big hand around the neck of his guitar that you knew he was the real deal when it came to the blues. The music was intense, and just seemed to pour out of him ("The Things That I used To Do") in a desperate, pleading torrent of sound. Yet he was capable of playing Wes Montgomery/Kenny Burrell/Joe Pass jazz-like passages ("Stang's Swang"), intense guitar driven instrumentals ("Scuttle Buttin'"-which has its origins from the great guitarist Lonnie Mack, "Wham!"-a Lonnie Mack composition, and Freddie King's "Hide Away"), and moody songs ("Lenny"), which show how sensitive and mature his playing could be. This album is proof that SRV was a truly multi-faceted musician. and could (and would) take his music wherever it suited him.

The first disc, which includes the original album, also contains a number of tracks (8) that have been previously released on other albums. Is this another example of a record company padding out an already fine album with tracks we're all familiar with? Perhaps.
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In this day and age of no-talent bums who either can't sing at all (lip-sync) or not well enough for recording (auto-tuned), I find myself always revisiting CDs and DVDs of old, classic TALENTED artists like SRV. As a result, I was quick to snatch this re-issue up, what with more uncovered live material from 1984. I don't need to go into much detail in reviewing the basic album Couldn't Stand The Weather. It's one of the best blues albums of the 80's, hands down, and is indispensable for any blues or blues/rock lover's collection! From the ripping Scuttle Buttin' to the red-hot cover of Hendrix's Voodoo Child to the ultra-passionate reading of Tin Pan Alley, this album covers all the bases and hits a home run!

Regarding the extra live material...Though this is classic SRV, with the trio firing on all cylinders, the sound/mix quality is not that great. In fact, there is absolutely no bass...crank up your bass on your EQ, you'll need it. And even doing that obviously doesn't really fix it. Disappointing, but back in 1984 I'm sure it was harder to capture a quick live recording with the EQ and mix just right. So I'm not saying I got gypped, it's still valuable, enjoyable material to listen to, I was just hoping the sound quality would be at least as good as on the El Macambo DVD.

The extra studio tracks sound great, of course. There is some overlap between this release and past "vault" issues (like "The Sky is Crying" posthumous album), but that's only to be expected. I like the arrangements of some of the studio outtakes, where Stevie has to fill in more where Reese Wynans would add to later on, like "Little Sister". Reese is great, of course, but this just adds to the variety of SRV material to listen to.

So I recommend this release even for SRV fans who already own one (or all 3--lol) of the previous versions of this album!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up to an excellent debut. July 8, 2000
By Guybert
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This is the first SRV album I got and it got me hooked. "Scuttle Buttin'" starts it off and starts it off right. A very high energy, catchy tune that many have tried to imitate with limited success. "Couldn't Stand the Weather" is also good and has a pretty cool video for it, too. My favorite on this one is "Honey Bee." It's a classic-style blues number with great, upbeat writing and one of the best intros I've ever heard. The bonus tracks (five of them) are also a treat for SRV fans, as you get to hear stuff the band recorded, but never released. It also has another excerpt from an interview he did in 1989. This is a very strong follow-up and should be in any blues fan's collection.
P.S. Try to watch live recordings of the band, where you get to see the energy they played with. Check reruns of Austin City Limits, or buy one of the many videos released.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SRV Finally Gets The Deluxe Treatment July 30, 2010
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Well, being one who grew up almost exclusively on the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan (because my parents saw his last concert at Alpine Valley and were so impressed with him), I am happy to see that he has finally been given the Deluxe/Legacy Treatment for one of his albums.

The original album, which consists of only eight songs is great in its own right, but with the addition of twenty-four extra songs this legacy edition really captures where the band was at during that time period, particularly where they were in the studio. I had always heard that the Couldn't Stand The Weather sessions were very productive and that he had cut two and a half to three albums worth of material during those sessions. We had been given a glimpse of some of the outtakes on The Sky Is Crying and other releases, but it is refreshing to be able to hear all of the previously released outtakes from this session with their original/intended album. You do get three Previously Unreleased studio outtakes which are very good, in particularly a different version of The Sky Is Crying (which is different than the one released on the Blues at Sunrise album) and an early version of Boot Hill, which really sounds live and is the reason that I love it (It should be mentioned that this version he is not playing slide, unlike the 1989 version that appeared on The Sky Is Crying). The third unreleased studio outtake in an alternate take of Stang's Swang, which does not have the horn section and does sound quite different but still good. I still have not determined if this is the same version that was released as a very limited promo with the SRV Box Set that Best Buy gave away, but even if it is, it is still good and is now available to the mass public.
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