Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Soul To Soul Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Vaughan Branches Out into R&B and Soul on Stellar 1985 Effort
SACD Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Supreme Sonic Fidelity
Expanded Double Trouble Lineup Gives Vaughan More Space, Options
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s myth making was already complete by the time that his third
record in as many years was released in October 1985. But no one could have
expected the artistic leaps and additional prowess the guitarist displays on
Soul to Soul, a record on which Vaughan added a full-time keyboardist and
saxophonist, and dug deep into his native state’s musical well for soul, R&B,
and surf motifs. The rate at which the Texan was growing as a first-rate
composer and virtuosic instrumentalist is evident throughout what became his
most diverse album to date.
Recognizing the importance and legacy of this heartfelt masterwork, Mobile
Fidelity has finally done justice to the sound, music, and overall feel.
Surpassing the myriad inferior remastered and reconfigured editions, Mobile
Fidelity went straight to the source — the original master tapes — to produce a
version of Soul to Soul that stands up to the best-sounding blues records ever
made. This numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD allows you to savor Vaughan’s
shuffles, wah-wah pedal effects, and string-squeezing fervor like never before.
While mindful of the blues’ capacity to mourn and ponder, Vaughan concentrates
on turning every song into an occasion for hope, no matter the subject. He and
Double Trouble — now complemented by keyboardist Reese Wynans and saxophonist
Joe Sublett, the expansion indicative of the guitarist’s interest in jazz, R&B,
and, true to the album’s title, soul — aim to soothe, treating each note as an
extension of their own feelings. Recorded at a time when the pop landscape
became inundated with plastic synthesizers, mechanized beats, and robotic
emotion, Soul to Soul brings music’s basic elements back home, exploring roots
passages while taking Vaughan’s hallmark fusion down a road that travels from
Dallas to Memphis to New Orleans and beyond.
Teasing out textural possibilities, Vaughan comes up roses on a dramatic
rendition of Hank Ballard’s “Look At Little Sister” as well as on “Life Without
You,” the latter typical of the balladic tenderness that a man equally adept at
shoot-you-through-the-back barnstormers was capable of expressing. Also present
is a more delicate use of melody, a capacity undoubtedly related to Vaughan’s
boundless intimacy with the guitar, which is at one with his hands. It’s all so
incredible to behold.
Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD brings Vaughan’s tremolo
bar dynamics, heavy-duty fills, blistering runs, and soulful ache into pristine
focus. More importantly, the raw tones from his Stratocaster guitar, triumphant
carry drawl of his voice, and every knee-buckling string bend are captured with
extreme delicacy, so you don’t miss a note. What’s more, the more spacious
arrangements get plenty of sonic leg room to stretch out on a vast soundstage.
With this treasured release, Mobile Fidelity invites you to rediscover the
meaning of soul.
• 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
1. Say What!
2. Lookin' Out The Window
3. Look At Little Sister
4. Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love
5. Gone Home
6. Change It
7. You'll Be Mine
8. Empty Arms
9. Come On (Part III)
10. Life Without You