Blues AOTM: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble "Couldn't Stand the Weather"


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GD_GC
09-10-2007, 03:48 PM
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Well it's time again for the blues and jazz fourm Album of the Month. I took it upon myself to write up the review this time, and I picked one of my personal favorites. Filled with scorching licks and smoldering slow blues, even a Hendrix cover, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's sophmore alubm "Couldn't Stand the Weather" has it all. My choice of album to review may seem a little cliche, but it appeals to a wide range of listeners, and contains a lot of rock based material. So its a good starting point for a new blues fan. The album was released in the '80s as a follow up to the outstanding "Texas Flood," and it really showed us who this Stevie Ray was. A hot video on MTV for the title track, and he was here. A blues god had arrived, in the form of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

"Couldn't Stand the Weather" has many striking differences to the trio's debut, "Texas Flood." First off, they had PLENTY of studio time, as opposed to the quick, one day recording of "Texas Flood." This resulted in a slicker, more studio-ish feeling album. There were more production tricks here, several of the tracks have 2 or 3 guitars, an organ was added, and it just has a different feel. "Texas Flood" was recorded in the style of a club show, and most of the tracks were recorded live, with only a few vocal tracks overdubbed. This time, you can tell it is a studio album, and it has less of that "true blues" club show feel to it. But don't get me wrong, it still has some fine, fine blues. Secondly, the band at this point was pretty deep into drugs. And according to some behind the scenes, this was taking quite a toll. It was harder to get the band to focus, since they had all the time, and drugs for that matter, in the world. Although the effect of the drugs were felt, the band had yet to reach their low point, and all in all, a great album was released. It continues to sell to this day and live on in the collections of blues lovers everywhere.

Next up is a track by track review of this blues classic.

1.) Scuttle Buttin':
Scorching licks, and some of the faster blues we've heard Stevie, Tommy, and Chris pull off. Centered around a 12 bar blues in E, SRV lets off a fury of blues licks at a frantic pace. The track starts with the theme, following the chords in blues lick insanity, and you think to yourself, "can it get any crazier?" Oh but it does, and Stevie launches into a solo, and you are thrown backwords out of your seat in a whirlwind of blues fury. Cheesey analogies aside, a great track that showcases some great playing, and is over way too soon.

2.) Couldn't Stand the Weather:
The title track, featuring brother Jimmy Vaughan, shows us a more rock oriented, even funk-like side of the trio. A great track, but not my favorite track on the album. Although it is an amazing song, I do prefer Stevie's more "true blues" stuff to this, and I listened to this song way toomuch when I first got the album, and I got sick of it :p: The lyrics are a little hard to understand, but the playing in the solo is fantastic, with a great tone achived via tubescreamer. The main riff involving the tritones is fantastic as well. This is much different than previous SRV material, but one of his bigger hits, and a must listen.

3.)The Things That I Used To Do:
A cover of an old blues song, this is one of my personal favorite songs on the album. It features an organ, something different. Some listeners looking for more of a rock edge may not enjoy this track as much, but it is a solid slow blues. The licks in the solo are decent, a little differnt from normal SRV. But during the verses, the licks he lets loose are nothing short of astounding. Another must listen on this album.

4.)Voodoo Chile:
The infamous Hendrix cover. Good? Bad? You can make the call. The playing on the song is great, with more of a blues feel than the Hendrix original, while still staying true to the real song. Voodoo Child has never been a personal favorite of mine, but Stevie's Voodoo Chile does not dissapoint in terms of guitar skills. You can make the call on your own about wheather or not you think a Hendrix cover belongs on an album, though.

5.)Cold Shot:
Another hit track, getting the band some radio airplay. This one features the famous roatary effect, and was recorded in a single take at 4 in the morning. I enjoy this track, although it isn't my all time favorite on this album. This is an example of the studio feel this album gives as opposed to "Texas Flood." You don't hear anything like this on that album, and I think it adds a great touch to "Could'nt Stand the Weather." The solo is classic Stevie, and the band is rock solid throughout. Check out the music video for this track, its quite humourous.

6.)Tin Pan Alley:
Ah, here it is. My favorite track on the album, and perhaps my favorite SRV song in general. Again, those who are not slow blues fans might want to stay away, because it is a smoldering slow blues clocking in at over 9 minutes. The playing in the intro is very tasteful, and the storyline in the lyrics will keep you captivitated throughout. Another must listen, in my opnion, but be prepared for the slow blues!

7.)Honey Bee:
In the style of "Pride and Joy," this track is more reminecent of "Texas Flood." It has the same chords, but does not follow the structure of a 12 bar blues. This gives it a different feel, and I really like this track as well. Some fantastic fast blues playing by Stevie, and Tommy's bass really jumps out at you on this one. A great track, and a little bit of a return to what the band have done in the past.

8.) Stang's Swang:
Wow, this one is different, in a very good way. This one, as the title may imply, swings, and it is great. The drumming by Chris is great, and Stevie's jazz tone is refreshing. The sax adds such a cool element to the song, and SRV provdes some great jazz licks. A different track, and if you like this, check out Chitlins Con Carne, another SRV classic in this style. A great way to close a great album in my opinion.

So that's it, "Couldn't Stand the Weather," by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy "Slut" Shannon, and Chris "The Whipper" Layton, AKA Double Trouble. A great album by a great trio. Thanks for reading, RIP SRV, and any comments or suggestions, just contact me.

Discuss!

matt92l
09-10-2007, 04:05 PM
Great album i prefare texas flood but thats just me
Great review by the way you really put some time into it

GD_GC
09-10-2007, 04:18 PM
thanks man. yea texas flood is a great album

dr_john
09-10-2007, 04:41 PM
thanks for a great review GD, although i am fairly well familiar with the album (as i am with all SRV's albums) there were some interesting items that i was not aware of.

voodoo chile? not by any means my favourite track, to me it doesn't really work in the same way that the other tracks do, i must confess i often skip over this one. i would much prefer SRV doing original stuff. same goes for his cover of little wing on 'the sky is crying' album, brilliant technique but somehow not the same feeling as the hendrix original.

i see you are from cincinnati - great place, i lived there in the early 90's for a couple of years and have fond memories. i get back there occasionally but not as often as i would like.

:cheers:

GD_GC
09-11-2007, 08:16 PM
thanks man, and yea cinci is cool, wouldnt be my first choice of a place to live. but its decent.

Encore_God
09-22-2007, 10:33 AM
Good review, but why does a Hendrix cover not belong on an album?

Miggy01
09-22-2007, 10:41 AM
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4046853858982365435&q=voodoo+chile&total=1961&start=20&num=20&so=0&type=search&plindex=5
this version of voodoo chile is much better IMO
good review of a great album

GD_GC
09-22-2007, 11:35 AM
^wow that really is a fantastic verson thanks for sharing that

isuckhardcore
09-22-2007, 12:37 PM
After reading this I flipped it on, listening to Couldn't Stand the Weather right now, great great song.

HawkaLuigi
09-22-2007, 04:17 PM
+1 GD brotha. I love this album so much! :heart:

VR2005
09-22-2007, 04:36 PM
Nice album review. I've got to ask the B & J community though, is there ever gonna be a Jazz AOTM? :p:

HawkaLuigi
09-22-2007, 04:55 PM
Nice album review. I've got to ask the B & J community though, is there ever gonna be a Jazz AOTM? :p:

You're demooded? :(

I'll do one in a few months if Andrew and Jasper don't mind.

matt92l
09-22-2007, 05:14 PM
Nice album review. I've got to ask the B & J community though, is there ever gonna be a Jazz AOTM? :p:
id be happy to do one as well so maybe if we ask nicely.......

VR2005
09-22-2007, 05:49 PM
You're demooded? :(

I'll do one in a few months if Andrew and Jasper don't mind.

Yeah, I resigned a week ago or so. :peace:

HawkaLuigi
09-22-2007, 05:54 PM
Yeah, I resigned a week ago or so. :peace:

You're never on AIM. I still want to do a jam with you.

Confusius
09-23-2007, 07:40 AM
Ah, Stangs Swang is such a great track, it just demonstrates Stevie's ability and creativity. Imagine if he were to be alive now? He would be an amazing jazz guitarist.

GD_GC
10-03-2007, 07:56 PM
thanks for all the replies guys. And yea a jazz album review would be nice, but i really coudlnt do it. I was thinking about writing up another review for Eric Clapton's "From the Cradle." But a jazz one would be nice too.

motley_man101
10-04-2007, 08:50 AM
Stevie Ray Vaughan Is The Greatest Guitar Player That Ever F****** Lived.

GD_GC
10-04-2007, 04:10 PM
yea he is a great guitarist

mustaine34
10-05-2007, 03:00 PM
Anything SRV is worth a listen.

gtturboowner
11-24-2007, 12:26 PM
voodo chile is the best song in the world

gtturboowner
11-24-2007, 12:27 PM
do you agree?

GD_GC
11-24-2007, 12:44 PM
a good one, but certainly not the best

gtturboowner
11-24-2007, 04:58 PM
texas flood is another that can compete but pride and joy is another possibility

gtturboowner
11-24-2007, 04:59 PM
pride and joy?

JilaX^
12-15-2007, 01:53 PM
Good review, but why does a Hendrix cover not belong on an album?

It's more of a live/concert thing :)

And Couldn't Stand The Weather is Stevie's best album by far, for me.

SuburbanCowboy
12-15-2007, 05:16 PM
It's more of a live/concert thing :)



Since when?

JilaX^
12-15-2007, 11:46 PM
Since when?
Since ever?

A lot of artists then to do them live, if you ask me that's the way it's been. I mean, how many covers are there that have actually been on albums, and not just live dvds?

SuburbanCowboy
12-16-2007, 02:43 PM
Since ever?

A lot of artists then to do them live, if you ask me that's the way it's been. I mean, how many covers are there that have actually been on albums, and not just live dvds?


Are you serious?? We're talkin about BLUES, man!! It's hard to think of a good blues album that doesn't have any covers on it.

GD_GC
12-16-2007, 02:45 PM
Are you serious?? We're talkin about BLUES, man!! It's hard to think of a good blues album that doesn't have any covers on it.


Agreed, blues is all about covers. But I will agree that a Hendrix cover will show up in a blues repitore (sp?) more often live than on an album. Buddy Guy and SRV come to mind.

JilaX^
12-17-2007, 01:14 PM
Are you serious?? We're talkin about BLUES, man!! It's hard to think of a good blues album that doesn't have any covers on it.

I know, however Hendrix covers is another thing entirely!

I was talking about Hendrix covers there, not regular covers, sorry for writing silly things :haha

SuburbanCowboy
12-17-2007, 01:23 PM
I know, however Hendrix covers is another thing entirely!



Again... why?

If Hendrix is an artist who influenced you, then I see no reason why you wouldnt want to honor him on your album. I don't understand why you're setting rules about what should be played live and what should go on a studio album. Rules have no place in art.

JilaX^
12-17-2007, 03:22 PM
Well, I dunno why. But you have to admit that doing Hendrix covers on an album really isn't that common, yet a -LOT- of artists do it live...

SuburbanCowboy
12-17-2007, 03:36 PM
Well, I dunno why. But you have to admit that doing Hendrix covers on an album really isn't that common, yet a -LOT- of artists do it live...

First of all, covers in general are much more common in a live setting. Why would Hendrix be any different? But there's still tons of people who've covered Hendrix on studio albums. You've convinced me that you dont know a whole lot about Jimi Hendrix and the depth of his musical influence.

You're trying so hard to make a fact out of what is essentially your opinion of whats acceptable for artist to do with their career. So you think that people should only cover Hendrix live? Awesome. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

JilaX^
12-17-2007, 04:18 PM
First of all, covers in general are much more common in a live setting. Why would Hendrix be any different? But there's still tons of people who've covered Hendrix on studio albums. You've convinced me that you dont know a whole lot about Jimi Hendrix and the depth of his musical influence.

You're trying so hard to make a fact out of what is essentially your opinion of whats acceptable for artist to do with their career. So you think that people should only cover Hendrix live? Awesome. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

Well, you're right that covers are much more common in a live setting, yet you seem to be contradicting yourself here

"Are you serious?? We're talkin about BLUES, man!! It's hard to think of a good blues album that doesn't have any covers on it." :p:

And I am very aware what an influence Jimi Hendrix, had on music, however I think that it's more of an influence that is there in every players music, rather then heaps of people going around putting his songs on their albums... E.g it's much more common to honor him by snatching a lick or two, and playing in his style, than covering his songs.

And for the record, my opinion is that anyone should be allowed to cover anyone they want. In any setting they want to.

That hendrix covers tend to come up a lot live, yet not so often on albums, is a fact. Not an opinion.

SuburbanCowboy
12-17-2007, 07:38 PM
Well, you're right that covers are much more common in a live setting, yet you seem to be contradicting yourself here

"Are you serious?? We're talkin about BLUES, man!! It's hard to think of a good blues album that doesn't have any covers on it." :p:

And I am very aware what an influence Jimi Hendrix, had on music, however I think that it's more of an influence that is there in every players music, rather then heaps of people going around putting his songs on their albums... E.g it's much more common to honor him by snatching a lick or two, and playing in his style, than covering his songs.

And for the record, my opinion is that anyone should be allowed to cover anyone they want. In any setting they want to.

That hendrix covers tend to come up a lot live, yet not so often on albums, is a fact. Not an opinion.

I love how you keep defining what's "common" and what isnt. You should write a book, since you are obviously the authority on the subject. :haha

I also think you should find a dictionary and look up the word contradiction. I have not contradicted myself in any way.

I just looked at your profile and noticed you're only 16. Not to be a dick, but that really explains a lot. Your logic is filled with holes and every time I point that out to you, your next post makes more assumptions and even less sense.

I've been on these boards long enough to know when its worth arguing with someone. However, this just isn't one of those times. Hopefully, once you mature a bit more, you'll have a more open outlook on music and wont set definitions for things that are purely subjective. But hey, I was 16 once too and thought I knew everything...

JilaX^
12-18-2007, 04:39 AM
I love how you keep defining what's "common" and what isnt. You should write a book, since you are obviously the authority on the subject. :haha

I also think you should find a dictionary and look up the word contradiction. I have not contradicted myself in any way.

I just looked at your profile and noticed you're only 16. Not to be a dick, but that really explains a lot. Your logic is filled with holes and every time I point that out to you, your next post makes more assumptions and even less sense.

I've been on these boards long enough to know when its worth arguing with someone. However, this just isn't one of those times. Hopefully, once you mature a bit more, you'll have a more open outlook on music and wont set definitions for things that are purely subjective. But hey, I was 16 once too and thought I knew everything...

What you doubt I know everything? :haha

As I'm sixteen I clearly have enough life experience to know everything ;)
But yeah, it definitely a typical asset for a sixteen year old to think that he knows everything, and be a dick about it. It's just how I raised, so I can't really switch it on or off :p:

And I do definitely know the meaning of the word contradiction, thank you :p:

Anyways, what I've written earlier was sort of incoherent and full of flaws, I'm very well aware, I'll blame that on me being a dumbass when I sleep less then six hours during a night. (Damn you silly sleep patterns!)

And while I do make assumptions, you clearly do as well. E.g for some reason you think that I feel people shouldn't be covering Jimi Hendrix on albums, quite to the contrary I support this 100%. I love pretty much all of his songs (that I've heard at least.) and to hear other peoples take on his songs can be very interesting. But imo playing them almost note for note on an album seems pointless and more like laziness than actually tributing him. But when you also do your own thing on it, then it's probably going to be awesome!

And well, how many albums with Hendrix covers on it can you think of? Just saying y'know...

SuburbanCowboy
12-18-2007, 12:48 PM
And well, how many albums with Hendrix covers on it can you think of? Just saying y'know...



Derek and the Dominoes - Little Wing (Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs)
SRV - Voodoo Child (Couldn't Stand the Weather)
Eric Gales - Foxey Lady (That's What I Am)
Patti Smith - Are You Experienced? (Twelve)
Richard Lloyd - Bold As Love (Radiant Monkey)
John Mayer - Bold As Love (Continuum)
Frank Marino - All Along The Watchtower (Tales Of The Unexpected)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Fire (Mother's Milk)
Sting - Little Wing (Nothing Like The Sun)
Concrete Blonde - Little Wing (Still In Hollywood)
George Lynch - All Along The Watchtower (Furious George)
Paul Gilbert - Red House (Gilbert Hotel)
King's X - Manic Depression (Dogman)
Living Colour - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (Biscuits)
Booker T And The MG's - Foxey Lady (Soul Limbo)
Kenny Wayne Shepard - I Dont Live Today (Trouble Is..)
Skid Row - Little Wing (B-Side Ourselves)
Walter Trout - Red House (Life In The Jungle)
Yngwie Malmsteen - Spanish Castle Magic (Inspiration)
Ben Harper - Voodoo Child (Both Sides Of The Gun)
Jamie Cullum - The Wind Cries Mary (Twentysomething)


These are just the ones I found while searching my hard drive. I'm sure if I searched the internet, there'd be hundreds more. And if Hendrix Tribute albums count, then we can add a few more dozen tracks to the list (hey, they're studio albums after all). But just for the record... about 75% of these covers suck. :haha

JilaX^
12-18-2007, 02:05 PM
:haha

No tribute albums are another thing entirely.

And Yngwie Malmsteen? Playing the blues? God no. Just no.

Did you hear him on G3 playing Voodo chile with Steve Vai and Satriani? He actually made one of my favorite guitar based songs boring, I couldn't even believe it. They also did Little Wing there. Satriani and Vai start of doing some really cool stuff, Vai doing some jazzier things and Satriani doing some really cool bluesy stuff.

Malmsteen just standing there I think. He managed to not go crazy and shred for 40 SECONDS! Then he couldn't keep it in and filled up like a 3 second gap with 500 notes. Me and my cousin almost pissed our pants laughing.

And hmm, I guess there are quite a lot :p:

But, his style of playing has affected all of us, and we've all been influenced by him. Almost every electric guitarist out there has. And imho, that's where the most of his legacy is placed... Just my 2 cents.

justsam
01-04-2008, 07:43 PM
It's a smashing album.

Blurry 505
01-21-2008, 10:08 PM
I agree. But I think we should do another one for this month eh?
I'm up for doing it if no one else is i guess!

GD_GC
01-22-2008, 07:29 AM
Go for it

Page&HammettFan
02-15-2008, 02:01 AM
That was a good review. I enjoyed it, and I just so happened to be listening to the ablum before I came here and saw this :p:

Crazydawg
02-18-2008, 06:24 PM
Hey if Stevie does it, then its the best.

GD_GC
02-20-2008, 12:35 PM
Can we unsticky this since we have a new AOTM thread up?

I'll write another one when that one has been up for a month, but this has been up forever, lets unsticky it.

:cheers: