CD Review: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble


Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Couldn’t Stand the Weather: Legacy Edition
Epic/Legacy
By David Chiu

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s 1984 masterpiece, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, is  blistering blues rock at its finest. It balances between some groovy funk  (the title track, “Honey Bee”) and gut-wrenching soulful ballads (“The Things That I Used to Do,”” showcasing the guitarist’s fluid lines, Tin Pan Alley); Vaughan’s version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” absolutely smokes –it’s untouchable. This new deluxe version of an already great album is augmented by an excellent previously unreleased 1984 show in Montreal, and bonus studio tracks including a different version of “The Sky Is Crying,” the classic standard “Hide Away,” and an alternate take of “Stan’s Swang.”

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