By: Gary Graff
“Texas Flood,” the debut album by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, turns 30 next year, and Vaughan’s record company will throw an aural party for fans.
The 30th anniversary of the set – which came hot on the heels of Vaughan’s guest contributions to David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album – comes out January 29 and features a remastered version of the original album on the first disc, plus the bonus track “Tin Pan Alley” (aka “Roughest Place in Town”).
A second disc, meanwhile, contains a previously unreleased October 20, 1983 concert at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia that was broadcast on radio and, in addition to songs from “Texas Flood,” also includes the Jimi Hendrix covers “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and a medley of “Little Wing” and “Third Stone From the Sun.”
“Texas Flood” was executive produced by the legendary John Hammond, who signed Vaughan to Epic Records, while the band and engineer Richard Mullen produced it. The album peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard 200 in 1993 and scored Grammy Award nominations for Best Traditional Blues Performance (“Pride and Joy”) and Best Rock Instrumental Performance (“Rude Mood”). Liner notes for the reissue were written by music historian Ashley Kahn.
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