Strange Pleasure/Out There

Strange Pleasure/Out There

by Jimmie Vaughan
     
 
The Superbird label's entry into in the blues reissue market begins with Jimmie Vaughan's two post-Fabulous Thunderbirds solo albums cut for Epic in the 1990s: Strange Pleasure, originally released in 1994, and Out There, from 1998. The former album was produced by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame.

Overview

The Superbird label's entry into in the blues reissue market begins with Jimmie Vaughan's two post-Fabulous Thunderbirds solo albums cut for Epic in the 1990s: Strange Pleasure, originally released in 1994, and Out There, from 1998. The former album was produced by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame. It contains 11 tracks, all of which were written or co-written by Vaughan. They're drenched in funky, rhythm-heavy jump and Texas R&B with a percussive, edge. With Bill Willis on B-3 and George Rains on drums, the album features a number of pianists including Dr. John (especially effective on the closing title track, an instrumental duet subtitled "Backporch Duende"). Rodgers plays rhythm guitar on "(Everybody's Got) Sweet Soul Vibe," and there are a number of backing vocalists including Lou Ann Barton, who appears on the opener "Boom-Bapa-Boom." Out There was co-produced by Vaughan and John Hampton, with the exception of "Like a King," by Rodgers, and presumably a leftover from the Strange Pleasure sessions. The rest is a patchwork of dates; some are tunes reworked from demos recorded for the earlier album, while the new songs were recorded either at Ardent in Memphis or Kingsway in New Orleans. The overall feel of Out There is less focused than its predecessor, but that doesn't mean it's a dud. The rhythm section remains the same on most tracks, though Vaughan performs solo on the album closer "Little Son, Big Sun." Some of these cuts, such as the title track and "Can't Say No," with backing vocals from Harry Bowens, really are out of left field; they foreshadow the stranger, darker, and even jazzier material that would appear on his 2001 album Do You Get the Blues? on Artemis. Still others, including "Lost in You" and "Astral Projection Blues" (the former co-written with Dr. John; the latter an instrumental with him on piano and vibes) are excellent examples of the new directions Vaughan was stretching the blues into, without losing its gritty essence. Given how tired and formulaic most electric blues sounds in the 21st century, these albums are worth revisiting for their originality and vision.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2010
Label:
Superbird
UPC:
5013929883628
catalogNumber:
2988362
Rank:
193795

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Vaughan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lou Ann Barton   Background Vocals
Dr. John   Bass,Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes
Denny Freeman   Piano,Hammond B3
Nile Rodgers   Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine
Darryl Tookes   Background Vocals
Vincent Bonham   Background Vocals
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Donald Bryant   Background Vocals
Larry Bunker   Vibes
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals
Richard Hilton   Keyboards
Dave McNair   Tambourine
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
George Rains   Drums
Joe Sublett   Saxophone
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Bill Willis   Piano,Hammond B3
Terry Young   Background Vocals
Junior Brantley   Piano
Larry Lerma   Bass
Ken Williams   Background Vocals
Michael Newell   Background Vocals
René Martínez   Flamenco Guitar
Kevin Baker   Background Vocals
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Gregg Piccalo   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Nile Rodgers   Composer,Producer
John Hampton   Producer,Engineer
Dave McNair   Engineer
Chris Minto   Engineer
Gary Tole   Engineer
Jimmie Vaughan   Producer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Mark Proct   Executive Producer
Chris Musto   Repackaging Design
Gina Fant-Saez   Engineer
Jerry Ewing   Liner Notes
René Martínez   Guitar Techician
A. Neville   Composer
J. Vaughan   Composer
Mario Delargarde   Composer

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