Stevie Ray Vaughan's untimely death in 1990 robbed the world of one of its most talented and distinctive guitarists. But the charismatic Texas-bred axe hero left behind a powerful body of recorded work that continues to stoke the passion of a remarkably devoted fan base. Sundazed now restores Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's first three albums to the LP format, the better to re-experience their original vinyl magic. Sourced from the absolute original Epic Records analog masters, the Sundazed editions of these three timeless albums feature complete original cover art and are pressed on ultra high-definition vinyl. Vaughan already had a decade of performing experience under his belt when he burst into the mass consciousness with his landmark 1983 debut LP Texas Flood. Recorded in a mere three days in Vaughan fan Jackson Browne's private studio, Texas Flood became a surprise smash and established Vaughan as the preeminent guitar hero of the 1980s. The album, which earned a pair of Grammy nominations, features the hit "Pride and Joy," along with such beloved Vaughan numbers as "Love Struck Baby," "Dirty Pool" and "Lenny."
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Texas Flood was the thunderclap from a clear blue sky. The album appeared in midsummer 1983, when most saw blues-rockas a quaint remnant of rock's past, introducing the power trio Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble to an unexpecting world. Its raw crunch and confident swagger was undeniable. For rockers, Texas Flood had the right volume and drive; for blues purists,it dignified the tradition. For those seeking an anarchic, punk-like rush, it felt like a roaring, rattling train about to skip its tracks.For all, the album unveiled a new guitar genius who would come to show that much remained to be written in the book on electric guitar.The original ten tracks of Texas Flood plus a never released concert performance by Stevie Ray and Double Trouble from Philadelphia that same summer comprise this special 2-CD, 30th anniversary collection.
Manufacturer: Mascot Label Group
2013 album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Over the course of 11 originals, Hart takes in every element of her talent, but also every element of her story. It is, quite simply, a tour de force. The album begins, quite simply, in the bottom of a brown bottle, with Hart inhabiting the brave but broken majesty of Billie Holiday. 'Baddest Blues' completely lives up to it's title, sounding like the blackest part of night. The title track then bursts out like a dirtier, more dangerous kind of Adele song, suggesting more completely the yin and yang of this still-emerging star's vocal sweep. There is little Hart can't do as a vocalist, and she's finally getting a chance to prove it.
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Brand: VAUGHAN,STEVIE RAY
Remastered and expanded reissue of this 1983 album from the Blues guitarist including bonus tracks. This legendary 1983 debut by the fallen torchbearer of the '80s-'90s blues revival sounds even more dramatic in its remixed and expanded edition. Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar and vocals are a bit brighter and more present on this 14-track CD. And the newly included bonus numbers (an incendiary studio version of the slow blues "Tin Pan Alley" that was left off the original release, and live takes of "Testify," "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the instrumental "Wham!" from a 1983 Hollywood concert) illuminate the raw soul and passion that propelled his artistry even when he was under the spell of drug addiction. Texas Flood captures Vaughan as rockin' blues purist, paying tribute in his inspired six-string diction to his influences Larry Davis (who wrote the title track), Buddy Guy, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrix. His own contemplative "Lenny," a tribute to his wife at the time, also suggests a jazz-fueled complexity that would infuse his later work. --Ted Drozdowski
The title gets right to the point: 17 Marvin Gaye classics from the '60s and '70s, including I Heard It Through the Grapevine; Let's Get It On; Got to Give It Up; Ain't That Peculiar; What's Going On; I'll Be Doggone; Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing; Your Precious Love; You're All I Need to Get By (last three with Tammi Terrell), and more. A best-selling anthology, expanded and improved!
Buddy Guy, the legendary award winning blues icon, will release his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31st via RCA Records. The follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy's longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge.
Manufacturer: Warner Bros./Rhino
New York City's premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.Reprise Records captures the magic of these unprecedented shows from on CD and a CD/DVD combo that both feature selections taken from the two public concerts, as well a special performance for Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual gala.
Six-time Grammy Award winner and 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree Buddy Guy will release his new studio album Rhythm & Blueson July 30th on RCA Records. The follow-up to his 2010 Grammy Award winning album Living Proof, this double-disc masterpiece features first time studio collaborations with A-list artists Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Rhythm & Blues will be available for pre-order at all online retailers on June 25th. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge (Skin Deep, Living Proof), Rhythm & Blues captures the 76 year-young Guy at the peak of his creativity. Replete with heartfelt vocals, straightforward lyrics and mesmerizing guitar licks, Rhythm & Blues not only exemplifies how blues continues to be the foundation of all genres of today's music, it also illustrates why Guy has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more. The Rhythm disc includes rhythm and blues-style blues with deep grooves, such as the Junior Wells' 1960 hit "Messin' With The Kid" featuring Kid Rock, the touching "One Day Away" with Keith Urban, and "What You're Gonna Do About Me," a rousing duet with Beth Hart. Guy rounds out the disc with "Best In Town," "Whiskey Ghost," Guitar Slim's "Well I Done Got Over It" and more. The Blues disc taps into the genre's rich history with "Meet Me In Chicago," "I Could Die Happy," "Never Gonna Change" and "All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues." Aerosmith's Tyler, Perry and Whitford contribute to the musical lesson with "Evil Twin" while Gary Clark, Jr. joins Guy on "Blues Don t Care." In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, the incomparable Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to his long list of achievements. Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Musi...