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The Sky Is Crying (album)

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The Sky Is Crying
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 1991 (1991-11-05)
RecordedJanuary 1984 – May 1989
CompilerJimmie Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble chronology
In Step
The Sky Is Crying
In the Beginning
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

The Sky Is Crying is a compilation of songs recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble spanning most of their career. Released 14 months[2] after Vaughan's death in 1990, the album features ten previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1984 and 1989. Only one title, "Empty Arms" (complete reprisal), appeared on any of the group's previous albums. The tracks were compiled by Vaughan's brother, Jimmie Vaughan, and was Vaughan's highest charting album at number 10.[2]

The album received mostly positive reviews. Critics praised the blues and jazz styles, and the solid track listing, but criticized the lack of original songs (ignoring that Vaughan had died before the album was even conceived).

The Sky Is Crying illustrates many of Vaughan's musical influences, including songs in the style of traditional Delta blues, Texas blues, Chicago blues, jump blues, jazz blues, and Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock. The album's tone alternates primarily between uptempo pieces and gritty, slow blues. The album includes a Grammy-winning extended instrumental cover version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"; Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins con Carne", a jazz instrumental; and, "Life by the Drop", a song written by Vaughan's friend Doyle Bramhall and played on a twelve-string acoustic guitar.

Track listing

Album details are taken from the original 1991 Epic Records CD liner notes and may differ from other sources;[3] track timings are from the AllMusic album review.[1]

  1. "Boot Hill" (Unknown)[4] – 2:15
  2. "The Sky Is Crying" (Elmore James, Morris Levy, Clarence Lewis) – 4:38
  3. "Empty Arms" (Stevie Ray Vaughan) – 3:31
  4. "Little Wing" (instrumental) (Jimi Hendrix) – 6:50
  5. "Wham" (instrumental) (Lonnie Mack) – 2:27
  6. "May I Have a Talk with You" (Chester Burnette a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf) – 5:50
  7. "Close to You" (Willie Dixon) – 3:13
  8. "Chitlins con Carne" (instrumental) (Kenny Burrell) – 3:59
  9. "So Excited" (instrumental) (Vaughan) – 3:32
  10. "Life by the Drop" (Doyle Bramhall, Barbara Logan) – 2:27




  • Track 1 produced by Jim Gaines and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Recorded at Kiva Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, 2/89–4/89
Engineered by Jim Gaines and Richard Mullen
Assistant engineers – Evan Rush, Danny Jones
  • Tracks 2, 6, 8, and 9 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Richard Mullen
Recorded at The Dallas Sound Lab, Dallas, Texas, 3/85–5/85
Engineered by Richard Mullen
Assistant engineer – Ron Cote
  • Tracks 3–5 and 7 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer
Recorded at The Power Station, New York City, 1/84–2/84
Engineered by Richard Mullen
Assistant engineer – Rob Eaton
  • Track 10 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jim Gaines
Recorded at Sound Castle Studios, Los Angeles, 4/89–5/89
  • Compilation and additional production – Jimmie Vaughan
  • Mixed and engineered by Richard Mullen
  • Assistant engineer – Jeff Powell
  • Production coordination – Mark Proct, Mark Rutledge, Roger Klein
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig
  • Art direction – Arnold Levine/Mark Burdett
  • Photography – William Snyder
  • Inside photo – Stephanie Chernakowski
  • Band photo – Alan Messer


  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Sky Is Crying – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ultimate Classic Rock
  3. ^ Forte, Dan (1991). The Sky Is Crying (Album notes). Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. New York City: Epic Records. pp. 2, 4. EK 47390.
  4. ^ "Boot Hill" was recorded by the little-known Sly Williams (possibly a pseudonym) around 1958–1959 and released on the Jimmy Witherspoon album Stormy Monday and Other Blues (early 1960s, Sutton Records 316); Johnny Winter recorded a version for Guitar Slinger (1984) that also shows "Unknown" for the songwriter's credit.
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