I have been getting pretty serious about Stevie Ray Vaughan’s stuff recently. His brand of Texas blues still sounds vital and I really wish I stumbled on this stuff earlier. After watching the Austin City Limits performances thanks to YouTube, I decided that adding some albums to my collection was an absolute must. I picked up Soul To Soul last month and I added another this month. This time it’s Couldn’t Stand The Weather. I spotted this online on the Mixed-Up Records Discogs and after a few days consideration I decided I would go ahead and purchase it. While in the store yesterday to purchase it I spotted a couple o’ records that were on my ‘grail list’, so it turned out to be one of the best record buying days I had …
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)
The second Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble album and it’s really pretty spiffy, complete with a take of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). This here is a Dutch press and it’s in really good condition. The cover is ace with a nice tornado happening and Stevie looking like he’s whipping up a storm. The back cover is most awesome – with an orange hue surrounding Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (Double Trouble). £8 well spent, I reckon.
AC/DC – Highway To Hell (1979)
… and just like that I have the three AC/DC albums I was looking for. This was sitting in the ‘just in’ bin for just £3. Normally, when spotting something this good for that price, you know there’s likely to be something amiss … and there was. There was no inner sleeve. None. The record, naturally, is a tad scuffed with a fair few surface marks. Still, at £3 I thought I didn’t hesitate to tuck it under my arm as I continued to browse.
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions (1988)
I fell in love with this album after seeing Natural Born Killers and hearing the soundtrack. Their take on Sweet Jane was infectious – that laid back vibe and Margo Timmins voice … man, I was hooked. I naturally picked up the CD and it soon established itself as a favourite. Naturally, when I got into record buying, this would have to be one I picked up. So, as you can imagine, I was pretty delighted to see this for £7. A really, really nice copy.
Anyhoo, I got home and got these spinning (well, I haven’t listened to Couldn’t Stand The Weather, actually). The Trinity Sessions sounds perfect. Just really wonderful. And as for that copy of Highway To Hell? Plays like a dream (well, a rockin’ dream) – no skips, no problems. Man, it sounds incredible.