Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble The Sky Is Crying Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Stellar Posthumous Collection Comprised of Entirely Unreleased, Completed Songs
From 1984 Through 1989
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Remastered For SACD and It Sounds
Vaughan’s “Unofficial” Fifth Studio Record Breathes with Conviction, Integrity,
Comprised of ten previously unreleased studio performances from Stevie Ray
Vaughan and Double Trouble cut between late 1984 and early 1989, The Sky Is
Crying serves as the legendary guitarist’s unofficial “fifth” album as well as
an homage to extraordinary musician’s exceptional abilities as a musician,
songwriter, and interpreter. It also contains the tremendously moving “Life By
the Drop,” the first-ever recorded take of Vaughan playing acoustic guitar. Few,
if any, posthumous collections are more complete, satisfying, and revealing as
this 1990 set.
With the set never before remastered in any form, Mobile Fidelity has taken the
honors seriously, remastering from the original master tapes and presenting
these life-affirming songs in jaw-dropping fidelity on hybrid SACD. At times, it
feels as if you are sitting in the studio control room with the band just a few
feet away, as nearly every selection here was recorded live with minimal
overdubs. The degree of presence, immediacy, and detail is on par with the
best-sounding blues albums — on LP or CD — in existence.
When Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in August 1990, his brother,
Jimmie, set to work on finding finished material that his younger sibling left
in the vaults. To his surprise, there weren’t many completed leftovers — save
for the tracks on this set, which lent to the opinion that, in some way, Vaughan
intended The Sky Is Crying to be an actual record. Nearly every song here had
long found its way into the group’s live sets, including the supremely soulful
title track, bathed in Reese Wynan’s warm organ accompaniment. It would be a
standout on most albums, but this effort is filled with such nonpareil matter.
Consider “Boot Hill,” a rarity in that Vaughan plays the slide guitar — the very
first time he’s captured on record in this style. The song was left off of In
Step due to its darker content. Or the insightful cover of Jimi Hendrix’s
“Little Wing,” which seamlessly moves from tender to tough and back again;
listen and you will hear Vaughan’s amp humming in the background. Vaughan’s
formative influences get channeled on a slow-burn version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “May
I Have a Talk With You,” during which the Texan incorporates the lyrics of
several blues standards into the narrative for extra oomph. No matter what
Vaughan is playing, his expressive techniques, dynamic contrasts, and jazzy
tonalities rise to the surface.
This is due to Mobile Fidelity’s retrieval of previously hidden information and
meticulous engineering that gives the music that sought-after breath of life.
Everything from Vaughan’s syncopated rhythms to his hot-wired guitar licks
sounds apiece, vibrant, and exactly as it should. Want to experience music
played with ultimate conviction and soul-shaking integrity? Don’t wait another
second to dive into The Sky Is Crying.
• 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. Boot Hill
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Empty Arms
4. Little Wing
6. May I Have A Talk With You
7. Close To You
8. Chitlins Con Carne
9. So Excited
10. Life By The Drop