Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble The Sky Is Crying 200g LP
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200g Vinyl LP Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered From Original Analog Tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!
With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited
the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert
King, Otis Rush and Hubert Sumlin and rock 'n' roll players like Jimi Hendrix
and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell,
developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other
guitarist, regardless of genre.
The Sky Is Crying was released after SRV's 1990 helicopter crash that took his
life. The posthumously assembled 10-track outtakes collection actually proves to
be one of Vaughan's most consistent albums, rivaling In Step as the best outside
of the Greatest Hits collection. These songs were recorded in sessions spanning
from 1984's Couldn't Stand the Weather to 1989's In Step and were left off of
the LPs for whatever reason (or, in the case of Soul to Soul's "Empty Arms," a
different version was used).
What makes the record work is its eclectic diversity — Vaughan plays slide
guitar on "Boot Hill" and acoustic on "Life by the Drop"; he smokes on the slow
blues of "May I Have a Talk With You" and the title track just as much as on the
up-tempo Lonnie Mack cover, "Wham"; and he shows the jazzy side of his playing
on Hendrix's "Little Wing" and Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins Con Carne."
Check out Vaughan's jazz chops on Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins Con Carne," and
Hendrix's "Little Wing," arguably this collection's most staggering achievement,
alternately whisper-sweet and screamingly fierce, says The Absolute Sound. Other
tips of the hat are to Muddy Waters, Lonnie Mack ("Wham"), Elmore James, and
Albert King (the title track), yet each song is pure, unleashed SRV. The sound
is big, bold, up front, and clean as a whistle. Vaughan's different tonal
shadings — from warmly purring, to raggedly distorted, to wasp-tailed sting,
plus a rare acoustic turn on the gorgeous closer, "Life By The Drop" — are all
superbly captured, and the drums and bass have plenty of clarity and wallop. As
TAS says, "A brilliant musical document...if a sad reminder."
As with their box set reissues, Texas Hurricane, again Analogue Productions
brings you the finest-sounding Stevie Ray Vaughan collections ever preserved on
200-gram vinyl. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound cut the lacquers for the LPs using
the ultimate VMS 80 cutting lathe. Gary Salstrom handled the plating and the
vinyl was pressed of course at Quality Record Pressings.
There's not a link in this chain that wasn't absolute first-rate. The absolute
best that money can buy. We're passionate about the blues AND Stevie Ray and the
passion shows up here in spades.
• 200g Vinyl LP
• Less Than 1000 Records per stamper, released in limited quantities
• The Original 100% Analog Master Tapes were used working with only the Best Mastering Studios!
• Mastered from Original Tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!
• Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on Virgin Vinyl
• Meticulous Test Pressing Evaluation and Quality Control
• Deluxe Packaging using the highest quality jackets and rice paper inner sleeves
• Officially Licensed & Authorized for release by the Record Label
• Gatefold Jacket
1. Boot Hill
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Empty Arms
4. Little Wing
1. May I Have A Talk With You
2. Close To You
3. Chitlins Con Carne
4. So Excited
5. Life By The Drop