Mobile Fidelity - UD1S 2005- UltraDisc - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
Mastered by Rob Loverde & Kreig Wunderlich
Numbered Limited Edition - 45RPM
1/2" / 30 IPS analog master to DSD 64 to analog console to lathe
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Following the Marvin Gaye One-Step release, which introduced MoFi's new vinyl formula, is Vaughan's oft-reissued 1983 breakthrough LP, the album that introduced the world to an incendiary blues guitarist who managed to please both the purists and the mainstream. Indeed, so powerful was Texas Flood that its glorious mix of gutsy roadhouse blues and exquisite instrumentals, the latter recalling Hendrix's more pensive moments, is credited with reviving the then-moribund blues genre. This edition contains the original track listing spread over four sides, and the biggest shock is not the magnificence of the now-familiar music so much as how phenomenal is the sound of an album recorded in only three days Ken Kessler HIFI new Album of the month
From the moment your stylus saddles into the opening grooves of the Chuck Berry-tinged “Love Struck Baby,” to the final strains of the Hendrix-dipped slow blues “Lenny,” prepare to be electrified by MoFi’s latest release in its One-Step vinyl series. First released in 1983, Texas Flood was the debut recording of guitar-slinger extraordinaire Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band of cookin’ soulmates, Double Trouble. Recorded live in the studio over three days, the album mixes traditional rockers with slow blues and instrumentals, all with the energy and swagger of young players proudly strutting their considerable stuff. The sound is a revelation. Feel the sweet, gritty, Stratocaster sting of SRV’s piercing lead attacks, laced with the richly layered harmonic distortion of his jazz-inflected chord structures; Tommy Shannon’s meaty bass lines; and the punch of Chris Layton’s drum kit. The newly unleashed dynamics allow the music to breathe fire, along with a highly focused instrumental placement, and impressive sense of the studio’s air. While the record oozes with SRV’s influences—Hendrix, Albert King, Larry Davis—Vaughan had his own inimitable style. With Texas Flood he announced he was ready to take on the world. - TAS
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A debut seemingly sent from the musical heavens, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’sTexas Flood announces the arrival of a truly special talent—namely, the last major blues guitarist to emerge with a voice all his own, an immediately distinctive style, and a soulfulness that you feel inside the depths of your existence. Not for nothing was Vaughan frequently mentioned in the same breath as his closest musical cousin, Jimi Hendrix.
This staggering 1983 album has been remastered and reconfigured multiple times, yielding sporadic results. We think we finally got it right: Mastered from the original master tapes, this hands-down definitive digital version brings Vaughan and Co. into your listening room and places them at your feet. Vaughan’s trademark Fender Stratocaster has never sounded more real, electric, or authentic on record.
Born of hot, sweaty bars and years of woodshedding in front of demanding crowds, Texas Floodis rooted in Austin’s rich musical heritage as well as Vaughan’s tenure in Paul Ray & the Cobras, recipient of the “Best Band” award in the city’s first-ever (and now famous) music poll. After getting his feet underneath him, Vaughan formed Triple Threat, the ensemble that morphed into Double Trouble—the very group he’d perform with for the remainder of his career. Having dropped from a quintet to a trio, extra demands were placed on Vaughan’s role and playing—requirements he was more than comfortable to accommodate.
The proof is scattered throughout Texas Flood, which single-handedly resuscitated a genre that had long been dormant. Having spent more than half a year on the Billboard charts, the set pays homage to influences (Hendrix, Albert King, Larry Davis) and ripples with a freshness that joins contemporary Texas blues and muscular rock at the hip. Vaughan’s playing is all about emotion and pace, whether he’s lighting it up on the jumpy “Love Struck Baby” or bursting with enthusiasm on the sparks-shooting “Pride and Joy.”
The trio is equally effective on slow numbers, with covers of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Tell Me” and Davis’ “Texas Flood” weeping with longing. And as if to insure his name is etched in history, Vaughan takes a jazzy stroll with the instrumental tribute “Lenny,” covering all the bases in less than 40 minutes of time. Put this up with anything from Clapton, Butterfield, Mayall, Winter, and the like—Texas Flood is legion.
Recording: November 1982 in Downtown Studios, Los Angeles, and Riverside Sound, Austin (Texas) by Richard Mullen / September 1983 at The Palace, Hollywood, California
Production: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen & Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitar, vocals
Tommy Shannon - bass
Chris "Whipper" Layton - drums
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood Track Listing:
1. Love Struck Baby
2. Pride And Joy
3. Texas Flood
4. Tell Me
6. Rude Mood
7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
8. Dirty Pool
9. I’m Cryin’
GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ is a proprietary cutting system built and designed by legendary design genius Tim De Paravicini, with consultation from one of MFSL’s founding fathers – Stan Ricker, an audio engineer responsible for many of MFSL’s most heralded past releases.
The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system is comprised of a Studer™ tape machine with customized reproduction electronics* and handcrafted cutting amps that drive an Ortofon cutting head on a restored Neumann VMS-70 lathe. (*It is worth noting that independent studies have confirmed that the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system can unveil sonic information all the way up to 122kHz!)
First and foremost, we only utilize first generation original master recordings as source material for our releases. We then play back master tapes at half speed enabling the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system to fully extract the master’s sonic information. Our lacquers are then plated in a specialized process that protects transients in the musical signal. (Due to this process, there may be occasional pops or ticks inherent in initial play back, but as the disc is played more, a high quality stylus will actually polish the grooves and improve the sound). We further ensure optimum sound quality by strictly limiting the number of pressings printed for each release. These limited editions, in addition to being collectors’ items, ensure that the quality of the last pressing matches the quality of the first.
As you can imagine, all these efforts involve a tremendous amount of time, technology, cost and effort. The introduction of GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ maintains Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s position as the world’s leading audiophile record label, where a passion for music with extraordinary sound quality matters most.
MoFi SuperVinyl is a new proprietary compound developed by NEOTECH and RTI to address two specific areas of improvement: noise floor reduction and enhanced groove definition. The vinyl composition features a new carbonless dye (hold the disc up to the light and see) and produces the world's quietest surfaces. This high-definition formula also allows for the creation of cleaner grooves that are indistinguishable from the original lacquer. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab feels SuperVinyl provides the closest approximation of what we hear in the mastering lab.
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