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Texas Flood

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (July 6, 1987)
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000025VJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on June 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Plenty of people have written reviews of this album. All I wish to comment on is the quality of the SACD transfer.
I compared the SACD to the original (not the re-mastered) CD of this album, which has been in my collection for many, many years. I had both queued up in two separate players: a Sony DVP-S9000ES for the CD and a Sony SCD-E555ES for the SACD. I used the DACs in the players and used an "analog direct" setup to ensure that no further signal processing occurred. Levels were matched closely enough that we couldn't identify a difference.
With most of the program material we couldn't tell the difference between the two disks. The only difference I noticed with any regularity was a slightly increased sharpness of high transient sounds such as rimshots and cymbals. If there was any difference in guitar, vocals, bass, ambience or spaciousness, we couldn't hear it.
There are other albums that I own both a CD and SACD of where I can identify significant differences. In fact, with the multi-channel SACDs that I've listened to, the sound quality is magnificent. This disk just isn't one of them.
That said, this is one of my all-time favorite albums. This is my third copy (LP, CD and SACD) and even after almost twenty years it gets played frequently. I certainly recommend the album, but I'm not sure it is worth getting in SACD.
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A. Absolutely nothing. Holy crap, MOFI outdid themselves on this one. I'm not going to write about the content -- there's enough about this masterpiece all over the web. Suffice it to say, this is the 4th version I've owned of this album: 1) Glorious, fat, juicy vinyl back in the day, 2) first CD iteration in awful early digital 3) Re-release on CD with slightly better sound and some outtakes/"bonus material." 4) This new one from the resurrected and better-than-ever MFSL.

With the possible exception of an original LP pressing on Epic, this is by far the best this album has ever sounded. (My dumb ass, I sold most of my vinyl in the early 90's -- including an MFSL "Abbey Road"!) As an example, on "Texas Flood," instead of just a muddy, murky din in the background, Tommy Shannon's bass has timbre, dynamics, and pace. SRV's guitar in the bridge ***SOARS*** -- every note is there and now you can hear the impact of the pick on the string and the individual strings themselves, not to mention the microtonal differences from his judicious use of bending notes. On "Tell Me," the solo is now composed of distinctive notes, not just a big wall of stinging treble.

I still think that at this price point, one should get slightly nicer packaging, but that's nitpicking. Here's hoping MOFI will get into the business of putting out "Super Deluxe" versions of albums of this stature. I.E. there's no reason why SRV's catalogue shouldn't get the same treatment as exemplified by the recent and super deluxe indeed Super Deluxe version of The Who's "Live at Leeds," of which I was fortunate to get a copy before they were all snapped up.
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OK this is a review of the 30th anniversary Legacy edition of "Texas Flood" that was released today January 29th 2013. First of all DO NOT GET RID OF YOUR 1999 REMASTERED CD! The little interview segment and the three live tracks found on that edition are NOT on this new 2CD Legacy edition. Cd 1 is the origional album + one bonus track "Tinpan Alley (AKA The Roughest Place I've Ever Been)" taken from the "Texas Flood" sessions and released on the 1999 edition of TF. CD 2 is most of a previously unreleased live show from 1983. The sound quality on both discs is excelent. The packaging (minus the plastic slipcase that used to accompany these Legacy editions) is excelent. I don't have much else to say, accept that if you love Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" album as much as I do you'll be glad you picked this up I hope this review has been somewhat helpful enough for you to make a wise and informed perchase. Thanks for reading. PEACE!
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Way back in 1983 my brother pulled me aside. His voice was nearly trembling with excitement. "You've GOT to hear this", he said, then he put on "Pride and Joy".

Oh. My. Goodness.

That first album was vinyl and we played the spots off of it. When I enlisted in the Navy later that year I had to get my own copy to carry with me, on cassette. Later, we both had to get the CD versions.

Stevie Ray Vaughan is a musician of immeasurable talent and influence. When "Texas Flood" was released, there hadn't been anything like it heard since Hendrix. His tone on that old beat-up stratocaster was hot and brown. (A brief digression on the "brown" sound - Eddie Van Halen said it was the difference between hitting a block of wood with a hammer and hitting an anvil. If you don't get that - don't bother.)

Texas Flood was a stunning collection of upbeat tunes and instrumentals mixed evenly with hair-raising slow blues. SRV wired that stratocaster with cables, (seriously, his guitar gauges were ridiculously thick), then he bent those strings into tortured notes that hit your eardrum the way a bite of your momma's apple pie hits your tongue or the way Catherine Zeta Jones hits the eye.

The title tune is a slow blues jam with Stevie's great vocals mixed in with his guitar solos scorching sound waves - at times he bends strings up TWO half-frets, choking the life out of that strat. The previously mentioned "Pride and Joy" is more uptempo and everything good about guitar-based Blues can be heard on that track. "Mary Had A Little Lamb" takes several children's nursery rhymes and puts them to the 3-chord miracle that was Double Trouble.
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