Texas Flood

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the '60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. Vaughan became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but his critics claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan's instrumental talents were, he didn't forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King's pinched yet ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the '60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. Vaughan became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but his critics claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan's instrumental talents were, he didn't forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King's pinched yet muscular soloing or Larry Davis' emotive singing. There's a certain element of truth in that, but that was sort of the point of Texas Flood. Vaughan didn't hide his influences; he celebrated them, pumping fresh blood into a familiar genre. When Vaughan and Double Trouble cut the album over the course of three days in 1982, he had already played his set lists countless times; he knew how to turn this material inside out or goose it up for maximum impact. The album is paced like a club show, kicking off with Vaughan's two best self-penned songs, "Love Struck Baby" and "Pride and Joy," then settling into a pair of covers, the slow-burning title track and an exciting reading of Howlin' Wolf's "Tell Me," before building to the climax of "Dirty Pool" and "I'm Crying." Vaughan caps the entire thing with "Lenny," a lyrical, jazzy tribute to his wife. It becomes clear that Vaughan's true achievement was finding something personal and emotional by fusing different elements of his idols. Sometimes the borrowing was overt, and other times subtle, but it all blended together into a style that recalled the past while seizing the excitement and essence of the present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646587027
  • Catalog Number: 65870
  • Sales rank: 194,732

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Struck Baby (2:24)
  2. 2 Pride and Joy (3:40)
  3. 3 Texas Flood (5:21)
  4. 4 Tell Me (2:49)
  5. 5 Testify (3:25)
  6. 6 Rude Mood (4:40)
  7. 7 Mary Had a Little Lamb (2:47)
  8. 8 Dirty Pool (5:02)
  9. 9 I'm Cryin' (3:42)
  10. 10 Lenny (4:58)
  11. 11 SRV Speaks (0:37)
  12. 12 Tin Pan Alley (AKA Roughest Place in Town) (7:42)
  13. 13 Testify (3:54)
  14. 14 Mary Had a Little Lamb (3:31)
  15. 15 Wham! (4:20)
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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
Chris Layton Drums
Tommy Shannon Bass
Technical Credits
John Hammond Jr. Executive Producer
Johnnie Taylor Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer, Executive Producer
Lincoln Clapp Engineer
George Clinton Composer
L.C. Davis Composer
Double Trouble Producer
James Geddes Engineer
Richard Mullen Producer, Engineer
Stevie Ray Vaughan Producer
Tim White Producer, Author
John Berg Artwork, Art Direction
Ken Robertson Mastering
Allen Weinberg Artwork, Art Direction
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer
Don Hunstein Tray Photo
Vic Anesini Engineer, Mastering
Josh Cheuse Artwork, Art Direction
Tony Martell Executive Producer
Joseph Scott Composer
Michael Ventura Liner Notes
Daron Taylor Composer
Timothy White Producer
Andy Denemark Producer
Norm Pattiz Executive Producer
John F. Hammond Executive Producer
Brad Holland Cover Art
R. Geddins Composer
D. Taylor Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BLOWN AWAY IN '83

    In the summer of 1983, my good friend Bruce H. told me of a guitar player that had just played a gig in Amhearst MA, not far from where we lived. It was SRV. He told me the name of his album, "Texas Flood". I bought it about a month later. When I heard the opening of "Love Struck Baby" I knew we had a live one! But the opening solo of the song "Texas Flood" made my hair stand up straight! To this day, no other guitar solo comes close!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The First Album for Stevie Ray

    What an introduction this album was! Stevie's clear as a bell tones and impeccable finger work blew a lot of us away about 20 years ago and he can still do this for you. A must have for your collection.

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