Friday, January 14, 2011

Stevie Ray Vaughan - The Sky Is Crying (1991)

It's surprising how good this album is, considering it's a posthumous release. It contains some of Stevie's greatest and best known tracks - particularly his inspired instrumental reading of Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing, and his rendition of the title track - The Sky Is Crying; which, despite being a blues standard that everyone has covered, Stevie manages to make his version the definitive one. When he ironically sings "you're gonna miss me the day that I'm gone, cause I'm leaving in the morning, and I won't be back at all" in the blues Empty Arms, the significance of this release having followed the unfortunate and untimely death of one of the greatest blues guitarists in history really hits home. May I Have A Talk With You also smokes in Stevie's trademark, and oh-so-good, slow blues style. The intriguing Chitlins Con Carne sets a mellow mood, and the guitar work in So Excited is a real treat. This album right here is blues canon.

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