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Pride and Joy of Austin, Texas: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s Debut Expanded for Legacy Edition

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Double Trouble is getting double-sized from Legacy Recordings and Epic Records.

1983’s Texas Flood, the debut album of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, is turning 30 in 2013, and Legacy is celebrating with a two-disc 30th anniversary edition of the classic LP.  Due on January 29, the 2-CD set will include one bonus track appended to the original album, and an entire second disc of unreleased live material.

The late Vaughan, who tragically perished in a 1990 helicopter crash, made his reputation on the Texas club scene in the 1970s as one of the most exciting and innovative guitarists around.    Younger brother of another blues great, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray played in The Nightcrawlers with Leon Russell’s onetime musical partner Marc Benno and famed Austin singer/songwriter Doyle Bramhall, and joined Denny Freeman in The Cobras.  But it was the Triple Threat Revue that morphed into Double Trouble, the unit with which Vaughan would set off a blues revival in, of all decades, the 1980s.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Stevie Ray (guitar, vocals), Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris “Whipper” Layton (drums) – caught the ear of David Bowie at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival, and the ever-astute artist enlisted the blazing guitarist for his hit Let’s Dance album.  Jackson Browne was similarly impressed and offered the band use of his Los Angeles recording studio, leading to the recordings which found their way to a man who knew a little about the blues: John Hammond, Sr.  The elder Hammond played a major role in the careers of artists from Benny Goodman and Count Basie to Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan, and he brought the Texas trio to Epic Records.  The recordings were remixed and remastered, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were off and running.

Executive produced by Hammond, Epic’sTexas Flood album was produced by the band with engineer Richard Mullen.  With both originals (hit single “Pride and Joy,” “Love Struck Baby”) and covers (The Isley Brothers’ “Testify,” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Tell Me”), Texas Flood caught on with record buyers.  “Pride and Joy” reached No. 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and the album made it all the way to No. 38 on the Billboard 200.  Grammy nominations soon arrived, too, for the album’s title track and “Rude Mood.”

What will you find on the upcoming release?  Hit the jump!

The new Legacy Edition of Texas Flood is produced by Gregg Geller, the one-time Epic A&R head who signed Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble to the label in 1983.  Disc One includes the original album in its entirety with the bonus track “Tin Pan Alley” (aka “Roughest Place in Town”).  “Tin Pan Alley” was also included on the 1999 Legacy remaster of the album.  Disc Two presents a previously-unreleased concert from the group.  The hour-long set was performed at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia on October 20, 1983 for a WMMR broadcast.  Just slightly over four months after the June 13 release of Texas Flood, this concert finds the group at the height of their considerable powers, flush with that first taste of fame.  In addition to some of the album’s key tracks, the band also takes on some bona fide Jimi Hendrix classics including “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Little Wing/Third Stone from the Sun.”  Music historian and author Ashley Kahn (A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album; Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece) has supplied new liner notes for this reissue.

The 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Texas Flood arrives in stores from Legacy on January 29, 2013.  A pre-order link isn’t yet available, but we’ll update as soon as possible!

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Texas Flood (Legacy Recordings, 2013)

CD 1: Texas Flood

  1. Texas Flood
  2. Love Struck Baby
  3. Pride and Joy
  4. Texas Flood
  5. Tell Me
  6. Testify
  7. Rude Mood
  8. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  9. Dirty Pool
  10. I’m Cryin’
  11. Lenny
  12. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)

CD 2:  Live at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia, October 20, 1983

  1. Testify
  2. So Excited
  3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  4. Pride and Joy
  5. Texas Flood
  6. Love Struck Baby
  7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  8. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
  9. Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun

CD 1, Tracks 1-11 from Epic LP FE-38734, 1983
CD 1, Track 12 from Epic/Legacy CD EK 65870, 1999
CD 2, all tracks previously unreleased

Written by Joe Marchese

November 20, 2012 at 12:41

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  1. The Ripley’s concert has been bootlegged. Very good show.


    November 20, 2012 at 14:41

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