Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Texas Flood Vinyl 10 Epic 38734
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic CDEPC 25534 9399702553428
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic 460951 9 5099746095192
Texas Flood 12" Vinyl 10 Epic EPC 25534
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic EK 38734 5099746095123
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic 460951 2 5099746095123
Texas Flood CD 15 Epic EK 65870 074646587027
Texas Flood SACD 15 Epic ES 65870 074646587065
Texas Flood CD 15 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 494129 2 5099749412927
Texas Flood CD 15 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 494129 2 5099749412927
Texas Flood CD 15 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) EK 65870 77749501361602
Texas Flood Digital Media 15 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) [none]
Texas Flood CD 15 Epic EK 65870 074646587027
Texas Flood Vinyl 15 Pure Pleasure Records APPR 38734
Texas Flood Hybrid SACD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDSACD 2074 821797207461
Texas Flood (legacy edition) 2×CD 11 + 9 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697830242 886978302427
Texas Flood (Digital HDtracks version) Digital Media 10 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) [none]
Texas Flood Hybrid SACD 15 Analogue Productions CAPB 38734 SA
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic VEK-38734 06121338734
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic CDEPC 25534 [none]
Texas Flood CD 10 Epic EK 38734 07464387342


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This is a 30th anniversary "legacy edition" reissue of the debut album of Dallas-born Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died tragically young in a helicopter accident in 1990. Back in 1983, the album amazed many by propelling the blues back into the upper reaches of the charts.

Toe-tapping opener Love Struck Baby sets the template for the mixture of sprightly blues and mellifluous fretwork that is to follow. The brawny twelve-bar Pride and Joy uncannily sounds like it is by one of Vaughan's Delta heroes but, like half the material here, derives from his own fair hand.

Texas Flood, a Larry Davis cover, emphasises more than any other cut how Vaughan's distinctive axework is rooted in the old traditions of the blues but simultaneously informed by the space age in its flashiness and razor edge.

The Howlin' Wolf number Tell Me is given a marching pace. Vaughan steps up the briskness of his fretwork accordingly - and dazzlingly. Instrumental Testify is another cover (Isley Brothers), one so quick-fire that it sounds like the tape's running out.

Just when you think Vaughan's wrist can't display any further suppleness, we have Rude Mood, an instrumental of his own so high-velocity it's hard to see it. During its respites, his Double Trouble colleagues get rare look-ins.

Dirty Pool is a slightly spooky variation on the formula. Another instrumental, Lenny, is a bit more restrained and delicate, if no less virtuoso.

A Philadelphia live performance from the year of the album's release makes up the bonus disc. Vaughan doesn't disgrace himself on the Jimi Hendrix covers, but does remind us that Hendrix used the blues as a springboard to a whole musical universe of little apparent interest to Vaughan.

Indeed, the album's dogged devotion to the blues may make some complain of inordinately narrow margins. Moreover, it's difficult to shake the feeling of songs sometimes serving little purpose other than that of exhaustingly showcasing Vaughan's guitar prowess.

However, few can doubt the sheer musical brilliance on display. Vaughan's retooling of the blues made it relevant to a new generation.