Mobile Fidelity UDSACD2078 - SACD Hybrid Stereo
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR SACD
Comprised of ten previously unreleased studio performances from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble cut between late 1984 and early 1989, The Sky Is Crying serves as the legendary guitarist’s unofficial “fifth” album as well as an homage to extraordinary musician’s exceptional abilities as a musician, songwriter, and interpreter. It also contains the tremendously moving “Life By the Drop,” the first-ever recorded take of Vaughan playing acoustic guitar. Few, if any, posthumous collections are more complete, satisfying, and revealing as this 1990 set.
With the set never before remastered , we have taken the honors seriously, remastering from the original master tapes and presenting these life-affirming songs in jaw-dropping fidelity on hybrid SACD. At times, it feels as if you are sitting in the studio control room with the band just a few feet away, as nearly every selection here was recorded live with minimal overdubs. The degree of presence, immediacy, and detail is on par with the best-sounding blues albums—on LP or CD—in existence.
When Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in August 1990, his brother, Jimmie, set to work on finding finished material that his younger sibling left in the vaults. To his surprise, there weren’t many completed leftovers—save for the tracks on this set, which lent to the opinion that, in some way, Vaughan intended The Sky Is Crying to be an actual record. Nearly every song here had long found its way into the group’s live sets, including the supremely soulful title track, bathed in Reese Wynan’s warm organ accompaniment. It would be a standout on most albums, but this effort is filled with such nonpareil matter.
Consider “Boot Hill,” a rarity in that Vaughan plays the slide guitar—the very first time he’s captured on record in this style. The song was left off of In Step due to its darker content. Or the insightful cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” which seamlessly moves from tender to tough and back again; listen and you will hear Vaughan’s amp humming in the background. Vaughan’s formative influences get channeled on a slow-burn version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “May I Have a Talk With You,” during which the Texan incorporates the lyrics of several blues standards into the narrative for extra oomph. No matter what Vaughan is playing, his expressive techniques, dynamic contrasts, and jazzy tonalities rise to the surface.
This is due to our retrieval of previously hidden information and meticulous engineering that gives the music that sought-after breath of life. Everything from Vaughan’s syncopated rhythms to his hot-wired guitar licks sounds apiece, vibrant, and exactly as it should. Want to experience music played with ultimate conviction and soul-shaking integrity? Don’t wait another second to dive into The Sky Is Crying.
Bass – Tommy Shannon
Drums – Chris Layton
Guitar, Vocals – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Keyboards – Reese Wynans
Stevie Ray Vaughan The Sky Is Crying Track Listing:
1. "Boot Hill"
2. "The Sky Is Crying"
3. "Empty Arms"
4. "Little Wing"
6. "May I Have a Talk With You"
7. "Close to You"
8. "Chitlins con Carne"
9. "So Excited"
10. "Life By the Drop"
Mobile Fidelity believes that mastering systems should be neutral and transparent. The essential idea is to unveil all the detailed musical information on the original master recording without adding deterioration, coloration or other sonic artifacts.
It is worth noting that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab stands out as one of few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology. With proprietary innovations such as GAIN 2™, general music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike have reaped the benefit of a higher consumer audio standard without investing in costly new hardware. Mobile Fidelity is pleased to work with a variety of engineering legends and companies including Tim de Paravicini, Ed Meitner, Pass Labs, Theta Digital and Sony Electronics.
Our joint efforts to seek out the ultimate audio experience, has resulted in significant advances for the technology of music reproduction.
GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.