Blues at Sunrise

Blues at Sunrise

by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleStevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Overview

BLUES AT SUNRISE, the latest release from the vaults of the late Texas guitar phenomenon Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble, is being promoted as "the slow blues album," and indeed, it is a set of blues and ballads. But more impressive than the ambience of the tunes is Vaughan's deep blues interpretations of them. Vaughan's career was driven by the reception of rock radio and its listeners, and these slow tunes were often taken as a respite from the good rockin' ones. But when you listen to these songs one after another, Vaughan's dependence on the blues and his facility with all phases of the style knocks you out. On "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up on Love" his trembling voice is oh-so-soulful, sweet, and vulnerable while his guitar licks sting like a hornet that has already struck Albert Collins. The down-and-dirty blues of "Leave My Girl Alone" allows Vaughan to growl and shout, while his guitar comments on every phrase, then cries in anger and pain on the solo. The instrumental "Chitlins Con Carne" shows the jazzy side of Vaughan, but it is not the best example of this aspect of his playing; the lyrical "Lenny" or the heavenly "Riviera Paradise" would have been better bets. And the video version of "Texas Flood" is waterlogged with guitar work that is proficient but self-indulgent, reflecting how much the guitarist was affected by the hype about his connection to Jimi Hendrix. An outtake of "The Sky Is Crying" from the COULDN'T STAND THE WEATHER sessions is much tastier, as is the encounter between Vaughan and the great Texas blues singer and guitarist Johnny Copeland on a live, cutthroat rendition of "Tin Pan Alley." (The previously released title track finds Vaughan going head-to-head with Albert King.) While not all of Vaughan's most moving slow tunes are included on BLUES AT SUNRISE, the compilation does reclaim Stevie Ray Vaughan as a serious and singular blues player, and one who has yet to be matched in the blues rock arena.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2000
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886978758224
catalogNumber: 787582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Primary Artist
Johnny Copeland   Guitar,Vocals
Albert King   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Layton   Drums
Michael Llorens   Drums
Tommy Shannon   Bass
Gus Thornton   Bass
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals
Reese Wynans   Keyboards
Tony Llores   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kevin Barry   Concept
Bill Belmont   Producer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Richard Mullen   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer,Producer
Bill Bentley   Liner Notes
E. James   Composer
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Producer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
John Hammond   Executive Producer
John Martin   Producer
J. W. Scott   Composer
R. Geddins   Composer
Ian Anderson   Producer

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