In Step

In Step

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by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
     
 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan had always been a phenomenal guitarist, but prior to In Step, his songwriting was hit or miss. Even when he wrote a classic modern blues song, it was firmly within the genre's conventions; only on Soul to Soul's exquisite soul-blues "Life Without You" did he attempt to stretch the boundaries of the form. As it turns out, that was the

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Stevie Ray Vaughan had always been a phenomenal guitarist, but prior to In Step, his songwriting was hit or miss. Even when he wrote a classic modern blues song, it was firmly within the genre's conventions; only on Soul to Soul's exquisite soul-blues "Life Without You" did he attempt to stretch the boundaries of the form. As it turns out, that was the keynote for In Step, an album where Vaughan found his own songwriting voice, blending blues, soul, and rock in unique ways, and writing with startling emotional honesty. Yes, there are a few covers, all well chosen, but the heart of the album rests in the songs he co-wrote with Doyle Bramhall, the man who penned the Soul to Soul highlight "Change It." Bramhall proved to be an ideal collaborator for Vaughan; tunes like the terse "Tightrope" and the dense "Wall of Denial" feel so intensely personal, it's hard to believe that they weren't the product of just one man. Yet the lighter numbers -- the dynamite boogie "The House Is Rockin'" and the breakneck blues of "Scratch-n-Sniff" -- are just as effective as songs. Of course, he didn't need words to make effective music: "Travis Walk" is a blistering instrumental, complete with intricate fingerpicking reminiscent of the great country guitarist Merle Travis, while the shimmering "Riviera Paradise" is every bit as lyrical and lovely as his previous charmer, "Lenny." The magnificent thing about In Step is how it's fully realized, presenting every facet of Vaughan's musical personality, yet it still soars with a sense of discovery. It's a bittersweet triumph, given Vaughan's tragic death a little over a year after its release, yet it's a triumph all the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/1999
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099749413221
catalogNumber:
494132
Rank:
47546

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Chris Layton   Percussion,Drums
Darrell Leonard   Horn
Tommy Shannon   Bass,Bass Guitar
Joe Sublett   Horn
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Reese Wynans   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer
David Coleman   Artwork,Art Direction
Ryan Dorn   Engineer
Double Trouble   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer,Engineer
Richard McKernan   Engineer
Richard Mullen   Engineer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Producer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
Nancy Donald   Artwork,Art Direction
Josh Cheuse   Artwork
Tony Martell   Executive Producer
Richard Mullins   Engineer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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In Step 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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If you like those TEXAS BLUES then you will love this SRV CD. It's Stevie Ray Vaughan at his best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SRV is the best, and if you don't know it, then find out here with In Step. Let me love you baby!
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