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Stevie Ray Vaughan - The Sky Is Crying


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Artist - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Title - The Sky Is Crying

Format - Single 180-Gram Vinyl LP

Label - Music on Vinyl 

2015 Reissue


The Sky Is Crying (1991) is the fifth studio album containing performances spanning most of the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Released about one year after Vaughan's death in 1990, the album features ten previously unreleased tracks, originally recorded between 1984 and 1989.

The posthumously assembled ten-track outtakes collection The Sky is Crying actually proves to be one of Stevie Ray Vaughan's most consistent albums. These songs were recorded in sessions spanning from 1984's Couldn't Stand The Weather to 1989's In Step and left off of the LPs for whatever reason (or, in the case of  Soul to Soul's "Empty Arms," a different version was used).

What makes the record work is its eclectic diversity -- Vaughan plays slide guitar on "Boot Hill" and amazing acoustic on "Life by the Drop"; he smokes on the slow blues of "May I Have a Talk With You" and the title track just as much as on the up-tempo Lonnie Mack cover, "Wham"; and he shows the jazzy side of his playing on Hendrix's "Little Wing" and Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins Con Carne."

But it's not just musical diversity that makes the record work, it's also Vaughan's emotional range. From the morbidly dark "Boot Hill" to the lilting "Little Wing" to the exuberant tributes to his influences -- Lonnie Mack on "Wham" and Albert King on "The Sky Is Crying" -- Vaughan makes the material resonate, and in light of his death, "The Sky Is Crying" and the touching survivor-story ballad "Life by the Drop" are two of the most moving moments in Vaughan's oeuvre



A1 Boot Hill
A2 The Sky Is Crying
A3 Empty Arms
A4 Little Wing
A5 Wham
B1 May I Have A Talk With You
B2 Close To You
B3 Chitlins Con Carne
B4 So Excited
B5 Life By The Drop