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  • Vinyl (August 2, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Proper Records UK
  • ASIN: B0053QD12K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

For Jimmie Vaughan, too much of a good thing is a concept that simply doesn't exist. The legendary Texan guitar dynamo was so pleased with the response to his 2010 album BLUES, BALLADS AND FAVORITES that he decided to follow it up with a brand new collection he's calling, what else but MORE BLUES, BALLADS AND FAVORITES! Packed with 16 covers of classic tunes that are close to his heart, the album, recorded, like the previous one, in his hometown of Austin, Texas, reunites Vaughan with the same cast of musicians that helped him out on the previous set. Also returning for round two, to assist with the vocals, is Lou Ann Barton, whose powerful pipes grace several tunes on the new release.

Customer Reviews

Gotta love it!
HighlandHillBilly
Just saw Jimmie Vaughn a few days ago at the Douglas County Fair, Roseburg Oregon, he was great so was Lou Ann Barton.
Nakai Jonava
The solos and fills sound totally spontaneous AND worked out in advanced at the same time.
Standard Poodle

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Standard Poodle on July 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
First, there are scores of folks who dislike Jimmie. I can't fathom it, but I also can't change your mind. This includes the "he was only good in the T-Birds" crowd. Hey, it has been two decades and if you haven't liked his career since, then skip this review.

What you have is, in my opinion, a vast improvement on the first volume, which was not bad but had a more "common" song selection. The song selections are better and the performances are slinky and greasy. Jimmie's guitar continues to be a deadly weapon and it is amazing how he plays with a surgeon's skill and yet remains totally greasy. The solos and fills sound totally spontaneous AND worked out in advanced at the same time. An oxymoron perhaps, but isn't that the trademark of Freddie King's greatest King/Federal sides? I love it.

Jimmie's voice sounds great as well. He sings in a very natural and heartfelt way, and he just keeps sounding better.

The band is everything you would expect, including that other blues/r&b oxymoron "loose but tight". The band always provides the best possible groove, whether Jimmie plays rhythm or not.

Overall, great fun to listen to - sounds like a party where everyone had fun. If you have enjoyed Jimmie's post -
T-birds career, buy without worries. Everything you love is in place here. Now, where's volume three?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark B. Rohrer on August 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful collection of soulful blues, ballads, and older-style R & B. Jimmie as always plays oh so tastefully in an older-school style and sings with that distinctive heartful voice which meshed so well with his late Brother on Family Style. Lou Ann Barton has a wonderful voice for old-style R & B. She simply has the amazingly soulful ability to sing just a bit behind the beat and to perfectly place her vocals into the song, whether singing lead or back-up.

This is a wonderful CD and hopefully will lead to a greater appreciation of both of these artists' talents who fully "paid their dues" so long ago!

The backing musicians are also masters at work!

The Hotdoc
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By HighlandHillBilly on August 8, 2011
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Poolballs clacking from the background of some dark little pool-hall, a nice frosty brew sitting on the bar in front of ya, and Jimmie Vaughan on some old, lit-up, nicotine stained jukebox in the corner. What's better than that? On par with 2010's "Plays Blues Ballads and Favorites" cut in the same studio, with the same greazy vibe and feel, but the sound on this one is a lot better to my ears, with Jimmies guitar being much brighter and more prominent in the mix. It cuts thru the rest of the band, just enough, without overpowering the other instruments. This set is a little more late night, after hours, last call feeling. Songs like "Teardrop Blues" and "Cried Like a Baby" sound as hard-worn, heartfelt and blue collar as anything Jimmies done. LouAnn Barton is back on this album too, and as always, adds a great sexy counterpoint to JV's smooth, silver-tongue-devil class.
"Greenbacks" is a great original instrumental; nice haunted plate-echo and reverb just like on the old 50s & 60s blues/R&B Stax type stuff. "I'm A Love You" calls Jimmy Reeds ghost to float back up from the past, for a nice finger-snapping two minute and forty nine second jam. Jimmie makes you feel the ache on "Hang My Head and Cry", and the horn section gets tuff on "What Makes You So Tough". The whole album is a pompadoured classic, and if you liked the last one, then this one will really do it for ya!
So, grab your JV Sig Strat, crack a cold one, slick your hair back, and play along jack! That's what I'm doin' anyway! Gotta love it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Pussman on August 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is my first review... I thought it was important to share my thoughts on Jimmie's new CD. I believe that this band is the best band Jimmie's ever had. The addition of Doug James on Baritone Sax,( award winning "Blow Mr. Low" CD.) Greg Piccolo on Tenor sax, true artist in his own right ( original members of Duke Robillards "Roomful of Blues" band ). What an insight Jimmie had when he added this horn section...Lou ann Barton,"queen of Texas blues" is really shinning on this one. I had the chance of catching them live 8/16/11 in Alburqueque,NM. That had to be one of the best live performances I've ever attended.They had everybody moovin'& groovin', so if you have a chance to see them don't hesitate, they tore it up !!! I was a fan of the fabulous T-birds,and been listening to them, since the 70's, and have always appreciated Jimmie's guitar work.
Jimmie is one of Eric Clapton's favorite guitar players. lets not forget who Stevie Ray's first guitar influence was. Jimmie's new band is the "Nuts". If you like that R&B sound of the 50's with that solid groovin', ballsy horn sections this CD is a must. My sincere compliments to his new band. What a fantastik group of seasoned,creative,and talented musicians...
Conrad
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Matheson on August 24, 2011
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Chalk up another one for Jimmie Vaughan. His name might not be as familiar to the general public as his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, but to blues afficionados everywhere, Jimmie is held in the same regard. This album is not only great listening, it is a great lesson for budding guitar heroes that what you DON'T play is just as important as what you do play.

Backed by a group of top-notch musicians such as Billy Pitman on guitar, Ronnie James on bass, Drummer George Raines, Saxaphonists Greg Piccolo and Doug James, and featuring the authentic Texas blues vocals of Lou Ann Barton, Vaughan creates a juke box sound that seems simple and uncomplicated (until you try to imitate his guitar licks!)

Any artist can record an album full of songs, but Jimmie Vaughan seems to the only one I can think of that can create a "feel" to his music -- one that places you in a barbecue joint in the south with a pocketful of nickels for the Seeburg. My only complaint, and it's one of the good kind, is that this is STILL not enough. I'm waiting impatiently for "Plays EVEN MORE Blues, Ballads & Favorites."
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