This 1999 reissue contains three bonus tracks not on the original release.
Personnel: Stevie Ray Vaughan (vocals, guitar); Joe Sublett (saxophone); Reese Wynans (keyboards); Tommy Shannon (bass); Chris Layton (drums).
Producers: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Richard Mullen.
Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.
Recorded at Dallas Sound Labs, Dallas, Texas and Riverside Sound, Austin, Texas. Originally released on Epic (40036). Includes liner notes by Timothy White.
Digitally remastered by Vic Anesini (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
1985's SOUL TO SOUL was Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's third album and on it, they are joined by keyboardist Reese Wynans whose contributions gives it a funkier edge than its two predecessors. Vaughan was always respectful of his roots and this time out he chose to included covers of songs by Hank Ballard ("Look At Little Sister"), Earl King ("Come On [Part III]") and Willie Dixon ("You'll Be Mine"). Even on songs he'd written himself, the Texas guitar slinger can be heard channeling Albert King's high-bent, string-squeezing technique on "Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love," while a Jimi Hendrix-like combo of squalling leads and wah-wah-soaked rhythm playing saturate the infectious title track.
Wynans fattened up the trio's sound and his use of Hammond organ is a perfect compliment to the Grant Green-like touch Vaughan gave to Eddie Harris' "Gone Home." "Change It" takes on an insistent edge as Wynan's organ swirls around SRV's crunching riffs. The bonus tracks include a 1989 interview with Timothy White along with the Slim Harpo-flavored "Slip Slidin' Slim" and a monster medley of Hendrix's "Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun."
Entertainment Weekly (4/2/99, p.95) - "The late Texas guitarist was a fiercely distinctive blues-rock phenom whose sensitivity and imagination justified his rapid rise to prominence..."