Stevie Ray Vaughan was on a roll by this time. He had established himself as a reputable artist and a great blues guitar player. This is his third album in three years running, let’s take a look at the material here, see how it sounds.
First is Say What! which begins with keyboard and wah-wah guitar that is expertly played by Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is quite different to his earlier material, but still just as good. The soloing and phrasing will truly amaze you here, SRV had chops unlike anyone else. Reportedly the guy spent very much all his time playing guitar (many hours a day), so it should come as no surprise that he excels nicely here. This is a great instrumental from our main man, and this cat can boogie. This is the best example of non-Jimi Hendrix wah-wah guitar to this day, without question. Brilliant stuff. Stevie Ray Vaughan chants “Soul to soul!” at the end here, and this is definitely amazing. Great stuff. Amazing.
Next is Lookin’ Out The Window which is a more traditional blues piece that is also very good. SRV sounds like he is trying to impress every girl who digs his music. A straightforward and well delivered piece of song based tunage, this has some horns and other production touches to it that are quite nice. Happy and fun listening, this is a great song.
Look At Little Sister is a basic blues romp that sounds very joyful. The lyrical content here is rather odd and questionable. However, the musical content is really amazing. There is a beautiful saxophone solo here, which shows the depth and breadth of musical influences that Stevie Ray Vaughan had. The guitar solo here is also just as amazing, and this is a fun track to listen to. Superb and wonderful listening, this is top stuff. Nice to hear.
Ain’t Gone ‘N’ Give Up On Love is next, and is a more subdued piece of traditional bluesy goodness. This is really quite good and suspenseful, with a retro styled organ in the background. SRV’s guitar playing here is really magical, and he plays every line like he truly means it. Some beautiful lyrics and lead guitar lines intertwine to make you feel dazzled by what is being played here. The guitar playing here is so good, he makes others before him look like they are not up to scratch. Excellent song, never boring in its six minute journey from SRV’s soul to your ears. Awesome.
Next is Gone Home which is quirky and somewhat funky to begin with, sounding a lot like something Miles Davis could have done. It is a good listen, with a nice mixture of organ, guitar and a Jazzy feel to track here. No singing, just beautiful soloing here. It is at a decent length, being only three minutes long, so it is a nice instrumental here. Good effort by Stevie Ray Vaughan and co, nice to hear. Refreshing.
Following is Change It which is a straightforward and rocking piece which sounds quite badass musically. It’s another fresh mixture of funky blues stuff. It is very clear to say that SRV not only bucked trends of the time, but was also a trendsetter as well. The guitar solo here is insane, just further proof of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s legend and genius. It’s a nice listen, music simply isn’t this good anymore. Great song. The outro is a head bopper.
You’ll Be Mine is another top piece from SRV and Double Trouble. This one is way more straightforward than other pieces that are out there. Still, it is a refreshing and amazing listen compared to most forms of music out there. The guitar solo is frenetic, indeed Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the greatest guitars ever to walk this earth. Great sound, and great tune too. Fun and fresh, this is definitely great stuff.
Empty Arms sounds very quirky for Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s a take on traditional blues music, and sounds really great. A good example of blues musicianship, SRV plays and sings his heart out here. This is another great song from the master of 1980s blues. This is not even considered his best album, yet not a dull song is here. Excellent work, enjoyable and fresh sounding, even today.
Next is Come On, Pt. III which is a take on an old Jimi Hendrix number. It is so well done that one would think that this is a SRV original, rather than a reinterpretation of Hendrix’s music. The guitar solo is blisteringly fast, intense and amazing. In fact, covers such as this one that SRV did are real contenders to be better than the original music. Great song, and an excellent listen. Top listening experience here. Sounds amazing.
Last is Life Without You which is a tender love song to finish off the album with. A solid and refreshing listen to the end of this top album, Stevie Ray Vaughan sings and plays beautifully here. It is a solidly good listening experience, no matter if this is the first time you hear this, or if you are a big fan. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble do brilliant here, great finish to a great album. The guitar soloing at the end is fantastic.
Believe it or not, this is criminally underrated as an album, as is the legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The answer to this is that you should seek this one out as soon as possible. The album may not even be SRV’s best, but still, it is a great listen from start to finish. Excellent music from one of the greatest guitar players ever.