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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027KO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released after Vaughan's death in a 1990 helicopter accident, The Sky Is Crying collects unreleased studio tracks from throughout the guitarist's recorded career. In Vaughan's early years, he was a stylist who thought nothing of using ten notes when three would have worked. Rock stardom, cocaine, and alcohol did little to temper his tendency towards overstatement, but by In Step, his last studio album (and first clean-and-sober effort), he'd begun to transcend his many influences to forge a hard-boiled style of his own. The collection documents this passage, starting with unreleased covers of Lonnie Mack's "Wham" and Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" from the time of his debut album. "The Sky Is Crying" was originally cut by Elmore James, but Vaughan's lead guitar owes its stylistic debt to the bluesman who had a most profound influence on his playing, Albert King. The highlights are two tracks cut at the time of In Step--the hard-edged "Boot Hill," with Vaughan on slide guitar, and "Life by the Drop," in which Vaughan accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and toasts a life that would end far too soon. --John Milward

Customer Reviews

The best that ever lived.
John K. Schwarz
In the instrumental "So Excited", Stevie diplays his amazing speed and awesome feel for the guitar.
Mike Mitchell
I would recommend that people get this album if they like/love the Blues.

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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bravo VINE VOICE on February 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
That's not hyperbole. Man, I still remember it. It was 1995. I was browsing in a record store and came upon this album. I didn't know who the hell it was-- it wasn't like anything I would usually buy-- but I decided to try sometehing different. I was blown right out of my pants. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I played the tape so many times in 6 months that it started to wear out. It made me want to learn to play, even though I never thought about playing the guitar before-- it was that good, that moving.
Every song on this CD is amazing. How can you talk about good and better when you've reached this level of mastery? You can't. It's like asking which van Gogh painting is your favorite. Still, could you ever buy a van Gogh for under $20?
That being said, there is one song on this CD that is maybe the best pure electric guitar ever recorded: "Little Wing" is a masterpiece among masterpieces. It has it all: such feeling in the slow sections that you cry, such blistering guitar in the power sections that you are stunned, and such subtle mastery throughout that you can hear different nuances each time you listen to the song. Just check out when and how he uses the natural harmonics-- and how he even throws in the Wes Montgomery Jazz/octave work-- each in exactly the right place. This guy wasn't just a guitar maniac-- he was a Master, with a capital "M"-- and on top of it all, he was a wonderful, caring man.
Putting "Life by the Drop" as the last song on the compilation is almost too much for me to handle-- knowing that, when that last note finishes resonating, there will NEVER be any more...
I cry every time I see his bio on MTV-- when I think about that helicopter crash.
There is something wrong with a world in which a man like this gets only 35 years.
I cry.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "baberufus" on August 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I believe Jimmie Vaughan was truly inspired when he chose this collection of songs for his brother's posthumous CD. It is absolutely flooring. All the other reviews for this CD shed plenty of light on the most outstanding tracks (Little Wing, Boot Hill, etc.), except I didn't see too much mention on the title track, which I want to focus on. IT IS THE BEST SLOW BLUES SOLO EVER RECORDED! I'm not kidding--I've heard a lot of blues guitar and I play myself, but on that track he hits nuances and phrasing and TONE that just makes me explode, no matter how many times I've heard it (and I've heard it lots)! He takes the five-note pentatonic blues scale and does everything possible with it! One review complained that the song sounds too much like "May I Have A Little Talk With You"--well, geez, how many slow blues songs have been recorded over the past 100 years that sound basically the same? Thousands! Each recording has its own "stamp", and that's what you've got to hone in on in order to appreciate these on-the-surface "similiar" recordings, including the two on this CD. If you think they're too similar, then you're not listening close enough!!!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Matt on August 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Funny how what is probably my favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan release of original material is the one that came out after he had passed away.
Basically, this is a collection of outtakes and stuff that never made it to the other studio albums. Boot Hill for example is one of the few (if not the only) examples of Stevie's slide playing, and was left off of the "In Step" album because there wasn't enough room left on it. Jimmie Vaughan put it best in the liner notes of this album when he said, "It seems like he just left...[he pauses, as though the inherent irony of the situation has just occurred to him]...this record." It just needed to be put together.
There are some awesome examples on this album of what an incredible musician Stevie Ray really was. His version of "Little Wing" contains more passionate guitar playing than a lot of guitar players put into their playing during their entire careers. That's one of my favorites, plus "Life By The Drop." If you know about Stevie's past, you'd know that song had a lot of personal meaning to him.
From me and anyone else who has ever picked up a guitar...we miss you Stevie.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
To understand what this album means to me, consider the sad state of affairs the music business was in at the beginning of the 90's. While talented greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie Mercury died, Vanilla Ice was on top of the music world. (On another subject, Vanilla Ice's only famous because he "borrowed" Mr. Mercury and Queen along with David Bowie, who featured SRV on his Let's Dance album.) For me Aug. 26, 1990 and Nov. 24, 1991 are the equivalent of Feb. 3, 1959 for that generation.
With that rant out of the way, I must say that Mr. Vaughan's guitar playing was mind-blowing. This album truly highlighted Stevie's diversity. Oh sure, he plays a lot of blues on this album. Boot Hill and May I Have a Talk with You can inspire one to an uncontrollable rage; the title song tops Elmore James' original version, blows away Clapton's lackluster mid 70's version, and even beats the ALbert King version that Stevie's rendition was patterend after; and Empty Arms has a bounciness that belies its "see ya later sweetheart" lyrics. But, his love for jazz, and perhaps hints of the Western swing roots from his childhood, come through on Chitlins Con Carne. His instrumental on Little Wing is breathtaking (I never really understood the words, anyway). Wham is the only 2:20 song I know of that makes you feel like you just listened to an incredible 8-minute tune. Of course, Life by the Drop is Stevie's acoustical foray, and he does it quite well, and the subject matter he sings about makes the playing even more chilling. Kudos to Jimmie Vaughan for including what should've been the 11th track on In Step.
I truly love these songs, and the stories behind these songs in the liner notes are also helpful. If you are a Stevie fan, get this compilation.
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