Couldn't Stand the Weather

Couldn't Stand the Weather

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by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
     
 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan's second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, pretty much did everything a second album should do: it confirmed that the acclaimed debut was no fluke, while matching, if not bettering, the sales of its predecessor, thereby cementing Vaughan's status as a giant of modern blues. So why does it feel like a letdown? Perhaps because it simply offersSee more details below

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Stevie Ray Vaughan's second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, pretty much did everything a second album should do: it confirmed that the acclaimed debut was no fluke, while matching, if not bettering, the sales of its predecessor, thereby cementing Vaughan's status as a giant of modern blues. So why does it feel like a letdown? Perhaps because it simply offers more of the same, all the while relying heavily on covers. Of the eight songs, half are covers, while two of his four originals are instrumentals -- not necessarily a bad thing, but it gives the impression that Vaughan threw the album together in a rush, even if he didn't. Nevertheless, Couldn't Stand the Weather feels a bit like a holding pattern, since there's no elaboration on Double Trouble's core sound and no great strides forward, whether it's in Vaughan's songwriting or musicianship. Still, as holding patterns go, it's a pretty enjoyable one, since Vaughan and Double Trouble play spiritedly throughout the record. With its swaggering, stuttering riff, the title track ranks as one of Vaughan's classics, and thanks to a nuanced vocal, he makes W.C. Clark's "Cold Shot" his own. The instrumentals -- the breakneck Lonnie Mack-styled "Scuttle Buttin'" and "Stang's Swang," another effective demonstration of Vaughan's jazz inclinations -- work well, even if the original shuffle "Honey Bee" fails to make much of an impression and the cover of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" is too reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's original. So, there aren't many weaknesses on the record, aside from the suspicion that Vaughan didn't really push himself as hard as he could have, and the feeling that if he had, he would have come up with something a bit stronger.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646587126
catalogNumber:
65871

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,Interviewee,Group Member
Fran Christina   Drums
Stan Harrison   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Layton   Drums,Group Member
Tommy Shannon   Bass,Group Member
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Executive Producer
Earl King   Composer
Hound Dog Taylor   Composer
John Hammond   Producer,Executive Producer
W.C. Clark   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Amy Herot   Producer
Michael Kindred   Composer
Chris Layton   Producer
Richard Mullen   Producer,Engineer
Tommy Shannon   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Producer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Tim White   Producer,Interviewer
Bob Irwin   Engineer,Reissue Producer
Vic Anesini   Producer
Josh Cheuse   Artwork,Art Direction
Tony Martell   Executive Producer
Holland MacDonald   Cover Design
Kevin Boutate   Engineer
Jim Capfer   Producer
Andy Denemark   Producer
Norm Pattiz   Executive Producer
John F. Hammond   Executive Producer
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones   Composer

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