Soul to Soul

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By adding two members to Double Trouble -- keyboardist Reese Wynans and saxophonist Joe Sublett -- Stevie Ray Vaughan indicated he wanted to add soul and R&B inflections to his basic blues sound, and Soul to Soul does exactly that. It's still a modern blues album, yet it has a wider sonic palette, finding Vaughan fusing a variety of blues, rock, and R&B styles. Most of this is done through covers -- notably Hank Ballard's "Look at Little Sister," the exquisitely jazzy "Gone Home," and Doyle Bramhall's impassioned soul-blues "Change It" -- but Vaughan's songwriting occasionally follows suit, as well. Even if only the tortured blues wailer "Ain't Gone 'n' ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By adding two members to Double Trouble -- keyboardist Reese Wynans and saxophonist Joe Sublett -- Stevie Ray Vaughan indicated he wanted to add soul and R&B inflections to his basic blues sound, and Soul to Soul does exactly that. It's still a modern blues album, yet it has a wider sonic palette, finding Vaughan fusing a variety of blues, rock, and R&B styles. Most of this is done through covers -- notably Hank Ballard's "Look at Little Sister," the exquisitely jazzy "Gone Home," and Doyle Bramhall's impassioned soul-blues "Change It" -- but Vaughan's songwriting occasionally follows suit, as well. Even if only the tortured blues wailer "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up on Love" entered his acknowledged canon, he throws in some delightful soul-funk touches on "Say What!," the instrumental wah-wah workout that kicks off the album, and the Curtis Mayfield-inspired closer, "Life Without You," captures Vaughan at his best as a composer and performer. It's such a seductive number -- such a full realization of his soul-blues ambitions -- that the rest of the album pales in comparison. In fact, for all of its positive attributes, Soul to Soul winds up being less than the sum of its parts, and it's hard to pinpoint an exact reason why. Perhaps it was because Vaughan was on the verge of a horrible battle with substance abuse at the time of recording or perhaps it just has that unevenness inherent in transitional albums. Still, he has good taste in covers, his originals are sturdy, and there's not a bad performance here, so Soul to Soul winds up enjoyable in spite of its flaws, and it clearly points the way to his 1989 masterpiece, In Step.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646587225
  • Catalog Number: 65872

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Primary Artist, Track Performer
Stevie Ray Vaughan Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Chris Layton Drums
Tommy Shannon Bass
Joe Sublett Saxophone
Reese Wynans Keyboards
Technical Credits
John Hammond Jr. Producer
John Hammond Sr. Executive Producer
Double Trouble Producer
Richard Mullen Producer, Engineer
Stevie Ray Vaughan Producer
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Mikie Harris Assistant Executive Producer
Josh Cheuse Artwork
Tony Martell Executive Producer
Holland MacDonald Artwork
Timothy White Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Guitarist Of The 1980's

    This album was my introduction to Stevie Ray and it hooked me into buying everything available and (thank goodness) seeing Double Trouble in concert - they were a powerful, rockin' rhythm and blues band. The music world lost a lot when it lost SRV. This album has wonderful, clean production with a great sonic presence. Crank up ''Look At Little Sister'' and rock out. In fact, crank up the volume on the whole album - there's not one bad cut!

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