Songs From The Road
© 2009 Ruf Records RUF1154
When Jeff Healey passed away in March of 2008, the world lost a magnificent talent! Fortunately, with this live release, we have some more great music from this master which we can enjoy forever.
I have been a fan of Jeff Healey since he covered John Hiatt’s “Angel Eyes” and will always be. This album only cements my feelings about the man’s talent. Actually, this may be my favorite release for as you all should know by now, live music is my favorite way to hear the vast majority of all the great songs ever written. The only exceptions are the examples of music which have been heavily post-produced and tweaked to perfection in the studio. Even then, if the artists are capable of keeping my interest in a live format, I prefer the live version.
This release has eleven of the best songs from the mass conciousness which could have been chosen by bassist and long-time engineer Alec Fraser and Healy and his band present them is a wonderful way, guaranteed to please any discriminating blues lover. With cover versions of great songs everything from Cream, The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Willie Dixon, CSN&Y, to Mark Knopfler, there is sure to be at least one favorite here for you. While there are many things here that you probably expect, there are many more to surprise you and to make many new fans. These tracks come from London and Toronto in 2007 and Norway 2006.
Rollin’ & Tumblin’
© 2009 Grooveyard Records GYR051
I have been a fan and a close friend of Tony Spinner ever since we first traded licks and worked together at the Muzic Complex in Jonesboro, AR back in the `90’s. I am now his webmaster so there are plenty of reasons to think this review is biased… And yes, I’d have to say it is.
Since Tony first got a record contract, he has gone on to work with such acts as Pat Travers, Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big, and from 1999 to 2009 he worked as a backing guitar player and background singer for Toto. He has just returned from the CREAM Tribute European tour with Kofi Baker, Ginger Baker’s son and is getting ready to embark on another one with Kofi Baker and Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack Bruce in a “Sons of Cream” tour. Let me say this… Tony is up to it.
Tony is both a phenomenal guitarist and vocalist and you can experienced him on any of his nine solo albums or his offerings on such releases as the TOTO DVD and CDs 25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam, and Livefields. His work with Paul Gilbert is full of guitar pyrotechnics and excellent vocals on the releases Vibrato, Alligator Farm and Flying Dog. Of course, Tony’s contributions stand out as my favorites on Voodoo Crossing, a Jimi Hendrix tribute, Songs from the Better Blues Bureau compilation, Hat’s Off To Stevie Ray, a great SRV tribute, Fit For A King, the Albert King tribute and the albums by Mark Sallings & The Famous Unknowns, Talkin’ To Myself and Let It Be Known.
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Willie Dixon has to be the most important composer of the modern blues era. He was also the most prolific. As staff producer and bass player for Chess Records, he was responsible for writing, playing, and production on all the classic Chess material.
This collection finds Willie and the Chicago All-Stars cooking on some of his songs made famous by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Jimi Hendrix, just to name a few, proving he is the blues!
I have been listening to this release ever since it first came out on LP and I still have trouble taking it out of the CD player. It is certainly one of Willie’s best outings from the latter half of his career and you need it if you don’t already have it!