It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 30 years since the release of Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's influential 1983 debut Texas Flood...June 13, 1983 to be exact, and not only did the album prove to be a commercial breakthrough for SRV and his Double Trouble band (hitting #38 on the Billboard magazine Top 200 Albums chart), but it also kick-started a blues boom that continues, to some extent, to the current day.
On January 29, 2013 Legacy Recordings will reissue an expanded 30th anniversary edition of Vaughan's Texas Flood as a deluxe two-disc set featuring the entire original album plus bonus track, and sweetening the deal with an unreleased 1983 concert. Texas Flood was exactly that, a tsunami of guitar-driven Lone Star state blues with stunning original SRV songs like "Pride and Joy," "Love Struck Baby," and "Rude Mood" sitting ferociously aside blues covers like Howlin' Wolf's "Tell Me" and Buddy Guy's "Mary Had A Little Lamb." The bonus track tacked on here is a red-hot reading of the crowd favorite "Tin Pan Alley (a/k/a Roughest Place In Town)."
The second disc included with this 30th anniversary Texas Flood features a scorching live set from October 20, 1983 at Ripley's Music Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The performance includes a handful of the best tunes from the debut album, including an extended jam on "Texas Flood" and smart readings of "Love Struck Baby" and "Pride and Joy." Probably the most exciting performances, though, which will hit every guitar fanatic right between the ears, is where Vaughan wrests the blues-rock crown from the ghost of Jimi Hendrix with incendiary covers of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," which clocks in at almost eight minutes in length, and a raucous jam on a mash-up of Hendrix's "Little Wing" and "Third Stone From The Sun" that runs twelve minutes. Twenty years after his death, Stevie Ray still commands a loyal legion of fans, and they're going to eat up this release like an ice cream cone on the hottest day of August!
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