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It's hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, "Texas Flood", had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the '60s. "Texas Flood" changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. Vaughan became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but his critics claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan's instrumental talents were, he didn't forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King's pinched yet muscular soloing or Larry Davis' emotive singing. There's a certain element of truth in that, but that was sort of the point of "Texas Flood". Vaughan didn't hide his influences; he celebrated them, pumping fresh blood into a familiar genre.

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