On this day in music history: June 13, 1983 – …

On this day in music history: June 13, 1983 – “Texas Flood”, the debut album by Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble is released. Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Richard Mullen, it is recorded at the Down Town Studio in Los Angeles, CA from November 22 – 24, 1982. Recorded in just three days at musician Jackson Browne’s recording studio, he offers the band free use of his studio after seeing them play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July of 1982. “Flood” is cut almost entirely live, with the band setting up in one corner of the cavernous warehouse space. Vaughan’s unique guitar tone is captured using three amplifiers chained together including a two vintage Fender Vibroverbs and a Dumble Dumbleland Special borrowed from Browne. Initially intended as a demo only, the tapes are heard by legendary A&R man John Hammond who passes a copy on to Greg Geller, the head of A&R for Epic Records who immediately signs the band. The band are given an advance for Vaughan to return to the studio to re-record some of his vocals which are cut at Riverside Sound in Austin, TX in early 1983. The album spins off two singles including “Pride And Joy” (#20 Mainstream Rock) and “Lovestruck Baby”. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with five additional bonus tracks. Is is also reissued in 2006 as a double 180 gram vinyl LP by Pure Pleasure Records, including the added bonus tracks. Sundazed Music, Music On Vinyl and Analogue Productions also issue vinyl reissues. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissues the title as a limited hybrid SACD in 2010. Sony Legacy also remasters the album on CD again in 2013 for its thirtieth anniversary, as a two disc deluxe edition, with the second CD containing nine extra tracks. “Texas Flood” peaks at number thirty eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.