Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble In Step Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Numbered, Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Supreme Sonic Fidelity!
Vaughan’s 1989 Grammy-Winning Album Viewed as His Masterpiece
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If for some strange reason someone had not heard or heard of Stevie Ray Vaughan
by the late 1980s, In Step changed that in a hurry. Fueled by a desire to make
up for lost time and delight in his reawakened commitment to life, the Texas
guitarist turned in what many consider his greatest artistic statement, an album
ensconced in sweat, soul, determination, and not an ounce of filler. In Step
remains one of the five-greatest blues records of the past quarter century.
As part of the label’s Stevie Ray Vaughan catalog restoration project, Mobile
Fidelity has remastered this 1989 classic from the original master tapes for an
unprecedented sonic experience. Surpassing the myriad inferior remastered and
reconfigured editions, this numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD allows you to
savor Vaughan’s shuffles, wah-wah pedal effects, and string-squeezing fervor
like never before. They almost didn’t happen.
The years leading up to In Step weren’t kind to Vaughan. In terms of deserved
critical praise, yes. And in terms of continually hitting giant artistic
strides, certainly. But Vaughan became mired in a haze of whiskey and cocaine,
getting sucked into a downward spiral that culminated with him collapsing on a
London stage in 1986 and coming close to death. After checking himself in for
treatment, embracing the 12-step program, and finally kicking his vices, Vaughan
returned with a vengeance on In Step, the first record he made sober.
The results teem with intensity, passion, and edge. Vaughan aggressively tears
into uptempo hell raisers such as “The House Is Rockin’” and “Scratch-N-Sniff,”
grabbing each song by the scruff, shaking them, and refusing to let go. He
courageously delves into his personal scars on the semi-autobiographical
“Tightrope” and “Wall of Denial,” confessionals that leave nothing to the
imagination. A pair of instrumentals and several powerhouse covers round out an
effort defined by Herculean consistency, songwriting, and poignant honesty. That
Vaughan was killed in a helicopter accident one year after its release only adds
to the sense of urgency — and bittersweet feeling, particularly since everything
here serves to uplift.
Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD brings Vaughan’s soul
blues and lyrical playing to the fore. The naked tones wrought from his guitar,
triumphant inflection of his voice, and every riveting string bend are captured
with extreme delicacy, so you don’t miss a note. What’s more, the spacious
arrangements and intricate acoustics get plenty of sonic legroom to stretch out
on a vast soundstage. Hear the record that forever solidified Vaughan as a
legend the way the man himself intended.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
Chris Layton, drums, percussion
Tommy Shannon, bass guitar
Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitars, vocals
Reese Wynans, keyboards
1. The House Is Rockin'
4. Let Me Love You Baby
5. Leave My Girl Alone
6. Travis Walk
7. Wall of Denial
9. Love Me Darlin'
10. Riviera Paradise