Couldn't Stand the Weather

Couldn't Stand the Weather

by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

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Overview

Couldn't Stand the Weather

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/1999
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837150927
catalogNumber: 371509
Rank: 21358

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Primary Artist
Fran Christina   Drums
Stan Harrison   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Layton   Drums
Tommy Shannon   Bass
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Freddie King   Composer
Hound Dog Taylor   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
John Hammond   Executive Producer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
W.C. Clark   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Chris Layton   Producer
Richard Mullen   Producer,Engineer
Tommy Shannon   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer,Producer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Tony Martell   Executive Reissue Producer
Holland MacDonald   Cover Design
Jim Capfer   Producer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Timothy White   Producer
Andy Denemark   Producer
Norm Pattiz   Executive Producer
Mike Kindred   Composer
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones   Composer

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