Couldn't Stand The Weather is Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's follow-up to their excellent debut album Texas Flood. While a more diverse album than their debut, this album is a little inconsistent combining some of their best music ever with a few tracks being just decent.
The best tracks are absolutely killer. "Cold Shot", a mid-tempo shuffle, is an excellent track with Stevie Ray singing more subdued than usual. "Tin Pan Alley" is slow blues at its best with one of Stevie Ray's best vocal performances. His guitar playing is impressive throughout with Double Trouble being the perfect backing band playing with equal amounts fire and subtlety. "Stang's Swang" is the first of Vaughan's instrumental jazz tracks and one of the best songs on the album. The title track is one of their best tracks featuring a great riff and an excellent solo by Stevie Ray.
This 1980 live broadcast from Austin, TX captures a young Stevie Vaughan (he had yet to become Stevie Ray) blasting the hometown crowd with a style that was already very well-formed. With Chris Layton on drums and bassist Jackie Newhouse (Tommy Shannon would join up a year later), his basic sound was already in place, albeit still in need of some polishing. Taken from the surviving two-track master, Vaughan's guitar is raw and in your face every note of the way. His takes on Freddie King's "In the Open" and the lengthy "Tin Pan Alley" are the real highlights here. Fans of this mercurial guitarist will want to add this one to the collection.