Couldn't Stand the Weather

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 3/1/1999
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099749413023
  • Catalog Number: 4941302
  • Sales rank: 108,344

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 Jr. Executive Producer
Earl King Composer
Hound Dog Taylor Composer
John Hammond Sr. 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, Mastering
Josh Cheuse Artwork, Art Direction
Tony Martell Executive Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A True Revolutionary

    Out of all of SRV's records "Couldn't Stand the Weather" is by far my favorite. Stevie Ray Vaughan is nothing but better on this album, if that is possible. Scuttle Buttin' is an amazing blues solo that you can just imagine him playing on stage with the guitar behind his back. Couldn't Stand the Weather is by far my favorite song he ever wrote. The song fades in with short blues lines before you get hit with a heavy, slightly distorted electric guitar, which he leads into an awesome rhythm that just flows. It's like he was jamming, playing around on his guitar and it came out. Tin Pan Alley, though a lengthy song, doesn't feel long, it's a slow blues tune with great licks. Honey Bee, an original piece, definately borrows from the song Hide Away, however I must admit the blues riff of Hide Away is one of my favorite blues riffs, the Texas Shuffle, of any song. The last track Stang's Swang shows Stevie Ray Vaughan leading into some jazz, which his brother said Stevie enjoyed listening too. This album is nothing less than outstanding with great extras like "Hide Away" by F. King, Look at Little Sister, Come On (Pt. III) and Give Me Back My Wig by Hound Dog Taylor. I have yet to get tired of this album with the variety it gives, plus it's just fun to listen too. I highly recommend this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The follow up to a legend

    This is an album that has a lot going for it. Mostly, it was yet another example of the six-string genius that was SRV. Overall, one will probably enjoy "The Things that I Used to do" more than any other track, except for the title. The cover of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" is a nice touch, but that was a song that belonged on stage during a live show, and seems like filler when put to record. As for the rest, "Scuttle Buttin'", "Cold Shot" are as good as it is going to get. Considering they recorded this album in six weeks, it is a small miracle that it turned out this good.

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    Posted January 27, 2011

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