Sound — 10
This album was recorded with the band Double Trouble and features a great range of instruments. It has your standard blues band set-up (drum kit, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, piano) and occasionally includes brass instruments and reed instruments. With Mr Ray Vaughan's guitar and heavy vocals over the top, who could imagine a better sound? This album could be summed up as blues, but is really blues/jazz/rock all stirred up into one - the swung jazz beats and jazz instruments combined with the rock/blues guitar sounds are what make this album so individual.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are very typical of artists from the 1960-1979 period. Well structured, sensible and with a lot of rhyme, themes mostly about love or hard times. Very bluesy, I would say. The singing is nothing spectacular, but blends in well with the music and does the job in emphasizing the lyrics. We all know this album is all about the guitarist.
Overall Impression — 10
An extremely individual album, with a wonderful combination of genres and some great musicianship. Top songs have got to be "Stang's Swang," "Couldn't Stand The Weather" and the cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child." I love the blues/rock/jazz fusion - in Stan's Swang there is a wonderful drum beat that kicks the piece off and the music is joined by the bass and then the other instruments. Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar solos and licks are also absolutely awesome. Definitely worth buying, awesome album.