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Total download size: 1.70GB Total play length: 38:54

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In some ways, it's hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut Texas Flood had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the '60s. Vaughan changed all that with Texas Flood. The record climbed into the Top 40 and spent over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. He became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but he had his critics who claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan's instrumental talents were, he didn't forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King's pinched-yet-muscular soloing or Larry Davis' emotive singing. There's a certain element of truth in that, but that was sort of the point of Texas Flood. Vaughan didn't hide his influences, he celebrated them, pumping fresh blood into a familiar genre. When Vaughan and Double Trouble cut the album over the course of three days in 1982, he had already played his set lists countless times. He knew this material inside out, and he knew how to turn it inside out or goose it up for maximum impact. The album is paced like a club show, kicking off with Vaughan's two best self-penned songs, "Love Struck Baby" and "Pride and Joy," then settling into a pair of covers, the slow-burning title track and an exciting reading of Howlin' Wolf's "Tell Me," before building to the climax of "Dirty Pool" and "I'm Crying." Vaughan caps the entire thing with his most original piece on the album, "Lenny," a lyrical, jazzy tribute to his wife. Listening to Texas Flood again, it becomes clear that Vaughan's true achievement is that he found something personal and emotional by blending together different elements of his idols. Sometimes the borrowing was overt, and other times subtle, but it all fused together into a style that recalled the past while seizing the excitement and essence of the present. It sounds simple, but it wasn't, since legions of guitarists have tried to capture that very feeling in the years following Texas Flood without coming close.

1. Love Struck Baby
2. Pride and Joy
3. Texas Flood
4. Tell Me
5. Testify
6. Rude Mood
7. Mary Had a Little Lamb
8. Dirty Pool
9. I'm Cryin'
10. Lenny

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