The Sky Is Crying

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble


Released after the 1990 helicopter crash that took his life, the posthumously assembled 10-track outtakes collection proves to be one of Vaughan's most consistent albums.

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exclusive VMP Curated Pick
label Analogue Productions
mastering engineer Ryan Smith
mastering studio Sterling Sound
pressing location Quality Record Pressings (QRP)
release type Reissue
remastering details Remastered from the original tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
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1lp
format
1991
original release year
331/3
rpm
speed
12
inch
vinyl size
200
gram
weight
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With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush and Hubert Sumlin and rock 'n' roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre.

The Sky Is Crying was released after SRV's 1990 helicopter crash that took his life. The posthumously assembled 10-track outtakes collection proves to be one of Vaughan's most consistent albums, rivaling In Step as the best outside of the Greatest Hits collection. These songs were recorded in sessions spanning from 1984's Couldn't Stand the Weather to 1989's In Step and were left off of the LPs for whatever reason (or, in the case of Soul to Soul's "Empty Arms," a different version was used).

Vaughan's different tonal shadings — from warmly purring, to raggedly distorted, to wasp-tailed sting, plus a rare acoustic turn on the gorgeous closer, "Life By The Drop" — are all superbly captured, and the drums and bass have plenty of clarity and wallop. The sound is big, bold, up front, and clean as a whistle.

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