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Jimmie Vaughan

Strange Pleasure (vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

This is a double vinyl set, but it's actually sort of a weird configuration. That's because, rather than playing at 33 r.p.m., this plays at 45. Musically, this is sort of what you would expect from Stevie Ray Vaughan's older brother. It's solid, blues rock music. There is some good variety here, and everything works well. I think this is a very strong set of enjoyable music.

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Track by Track Review
Side A
Boom Bapa Boom

An old-time rock and roll sound that still manages to feel fresh gets us going here. It's a killer tune and a great way to start the number in style.

Don't Cha Know
More bluesy, for some reason this makes me think of Steve Miller to some degree.
Hey Yeah
This is another rocker that fits in the same basically modl.
Side B
Flamenco Dancer

Appropriately flamenco guitar starts things here. The cut works out to the same kind of bluesy rock and roll one expects here.

(Everybody's Got) Sweet Soul Vibe
A mellower groove is on the menu here. This is another classy cut that works well.
Tilt A Whirl
I love this jazzy groove. It's packed full of blues, but the wailing sax and organ work bring real jazz to it. This just oozes cool. This instrumental is actually one of my favorite pieces here.
Side C
Six Strings Down

Acoustic guitar and vocals make up this track. It's very much a back-porch styled blues number. This does get some backing vocals later.

Just Like Putty
Another old-school blues rocker is on the menu here. This is classy and cool. It's a fairly slow grind.
Two Wings
This has more of a 1960s garage band sound to it. I dig the opening riff, and the vocal arrangement once it gets into the song proper is all class.
Side D
Love The World

The instrumental arrangement on this is understated. The cut has a bluesy, gospel sort of groove to it. It's another classy piece of music.

Strange Pleasure (Modern Backporch Duende)
Another instrumental, this is built around acoustic guitar. There is some accompaniment, mostly piano, but overall the guitar is the driving force here.
Boom Bapa Boom (long version)

Here we get another version of the opening track of the disc. I think this version might be the better one here. There is some particularly effective guitar soloing on the tune.


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