Holding On the Perfect Companion to Heal My Soul

Holding On the Perfect Companion to Heal My Soul

Holding On the Perfect Companion to
Heal My Soul

 

 

Like buses wait for ages then there are two Jeff Healey albums in a year celebrating his fiftieth birthday.

Holding On the Perfect Companion to Heal My Soul; released by the Jeff Healey Estate keeping his brand of blues alive and we can listen to previously unreleased studio and live tracks.

On every number the defiant nature that personifies Jeff Healey is emblazoned on the sound as the blues are scorched with rocky determination. The five studio tracks are a treat, a rockier sound and guitar that stings and takes you back. But, the double cherry on top of the delicious iced cake starts when the live music pours like molten sapphire blue from your speakers.   The concert recorded in Norway at the end of the last century 1999 to be exact.

The first five studio tracks are the appetizers for the main event starting with a harder rock infused edge Love Takes Time the vocals purr with the intention to tell the story of the lyrics and we are under Jeff’s blues spell once again.  The funkiness of Dancing With Monsters this is a song that makes you smile, tap your feet and the legacy of Jeff’s music is as fresh as the day we first heard him play.  The track of the quintet for me is CNI Blues, definitely, the best studio track saved for the last mouthful of studio blues that rocks. This all too short instrumental is the perfect full stop before the live sound assails your ears and the power of live music is once again re-enforced. The cheers are loud but not as loud as for Elmore James’ Dust My Broom a classic given the Healey treatment, fast, furious and sparkling blues.

Now for the main event, Jeff Healey’s blues live what a special musical moment as he engages with the audience and the blues juices flow with his deft touch. As he is introduced the guitar makes a statement the tone is sharp and precise as My Little Girl lyrics take over we are now truly in the company of Jeff Healey.  Every live track captures a moment in a live performance with its driving energy and that playing in the here-and-now effect. Love the comment “what the f**k was the tune we were going to play” as he strummed a chord and then straight into Stuck In The Middle With You.  One thing for sure there were no jokers or clowns playing tonight the musicianship is tight and blue.  The guitar intro of Macon Georgia Blue is sweet and the country blues tonal quality of Jeff’s vocals cools down the session and has an inherent beauty.  The covers of Beatles Yer Blues and BB King’s How Blue Can You Get are two tracks that stand out on a live performance that captures what a brilliant artist of the blues Jeff Healey was.

Having listened to Holding On, I was left with a feeling of warmth as Jeff Healey’s blues washed over me.  The joy was tinged with regret that we have the legacy but not what Jeff would have been playing now, blues exponents of this quality will always be missed but never silenced.

Jeff Healey – Holding On – Mascot Label Group

TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Love Takes Time
  2. Every Other Day
  3. Dancing With The Monsters
  4. All That I Believe
  5. CNIBlues
  6. My Little Girl – Live
  7. Dust My Broom – Live
  8. How Blue Can YOU Get – Live
  9. I Think I Love You Too Much – Live
  10. Stuck In the Middle with You/Tequila – Live
  11. Macon Georgia Blue – Live
  12. Yer Blues – Live
  13. Holding On  – Live
  14. See The Light – Live

 

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st January and 31st March 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 49 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance..

This is the first list of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016..

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo

Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

Jeff Healey will Heal My Soul with Twelve Lost Tracks

Jeff Healey will Heal My Soul with Twelve Lost Tracks

Jeff Healey will Heal My Soul with Twelve Lost Tracks

 

 

Albums arrive, listened to thought about and reviewed. Then there are the albums that arrive where a frisson of expectation is lit. Then albums that have a whole load of excited anticipation a deep sense of belief this will be special are sent. Jeff Healey’s Heal My Soul fits into this category. Before hearing a note I was expecting an album that would light my blues touch-paper and carry me away on a musical journey of pure pleasure from the first to last dying note. Did Heal My Soul meet Bluesdoodles expectations you will have to read on.

The album is laden with poignancy released on 25th March marking what would have been Jeff’s 50th Birthday. Jeff Healey’s searing blues guitar is a loss to the world of music, he passed away after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer on March 2nd 2008. Now we can celebrate the music from his six-strings and vocals once again with the release of Heal My Soul, twelve songs, a previously lost album.  This is not a re-mastered mix of out-takes, b-sides and rejected material we have for our aural delights a new album of material that has been held in limbo waiting for a moment to shine through. This is a reflection of Jeff Healey at the top of his prowess full of creativity and Healey magic. The album the first in fifteen years has been carefully restored under the direction of the Healey Estate.

With the dust blown off the tracks they hit the airwaves with energy and verve with the opening track Daze Of The Night igniting the speakers with guitar that has a zinging energy that Jeff’s vocals exploits as the lyrics are explored and the song releases itself with his trade-mark licks. His voice has a distinctive timbre that is a deep, dark and full of emotional texture as he blends the raw and the smooth explored through the track. Heal My Soul is an album that explores every tonal shape and texture that fits into the sound-scape that makes up the lexicon of the blues.

His brilliance on electric guitar is always celebrated. Two tracks, Baby Blue and All The Saints, are sentimental love-songs so out comes the mellow acoustic with his song-writing skills displayed with poise and deep meaningful lyrics.  In contrast to mellow is a funked up and scorching three minutes of Please; this is Hendrix colliding with Prince and coming up Healey. This is a track that is different from Healey past and could it have been a path he would have trodden if history had been different?  Squeezed between Baby Blue and Please is a Richard Thompson cover I Misunderstood, the Healey version is electric with the guitar purring in the intro. Then the husky vocals growl with the beat and this version fits the album like a glove the interpretation glistens with Jeff’s signature licks but never drowns out the songwriting skills of one on Britain’s greatest Richard Thompson.

This is blues with all its multi-facets and is not miserable but explorative of life’s emotions and journeys we travel. Every track is a gem but the blues guitar of Put The Shoe On The Other Foot is deep blues and swells and grows sit back listen and revel in the skillful guitar playing of Jeff Healey.

Closing with It’s The Last Time the title is steeped in nostalgia and has a heart stopping poignancy that makes this album very special a unique look at an artist to celebrate in his absence his genius and 50th Birthday Jeff. This is an album that blows the dust off the blues and sparkling in the daylight of attention with twelve strong tracks we are all reacquainted with the brilliance that is blues maestro Jeff Healey. This is a ten for the sheer beauty of the vocals, songwriting and Blues Guitar that sears through the prism of the blues.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul – Provogue/Mascot Group Label – Out 25th March 2016

Track Listing

  1. Daze Of The Night
  2. Moodswing
  3. Baby Blue
  4. I Misunderstood
  5. Please
  6. Love Her Eyes
  7. Temptation
  8. Kiss The Ground You Walk On
  9. All The Saints
  10. Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
  11. Under A Stone
  12. It’s The Last Time

 

 

Commemorate Jeff Healey’s 50th Birthday With Heal My Soul

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PROVOGUE COMMEMORATES JEFF HEALEY’S 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF 12 ORIGINAL SONGS ON ALBUM ‘HEAL MY SOUL’

Watch the Album trailer here:

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.

Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff’s unique and special gifts as an artist. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include “Daze Of The Night,” the soaring acoustic ballad “Baby Blue,” and Healey’s soulful take on Richard Thompson’s “I Misunderstood.”

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A ‘lost’ album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff’s rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we’ve laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”

Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. He lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of three, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, his five releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of his career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band.

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

You can listen to the first new Jeff Healey song in 15 years ‘Daze of the Night’ here:

“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather

“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt

“Jeff was an amazing colleague and as a musician and a personality, in a league of his own. I t was always game on for him. His generosity and sense of humor lasted till the end. He was brave without ever being dramatic. In a word, Jeff was inspirational”Gary Scriven

Heal My Soul
Track List
Daze Of The Night
Moodswing
Baby Blue
I Misunderstood
Please
Love In Her Eyes
Temptation
Kiss The Ground You Walk On
All The Saints
Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
Under A Stone
It’s The Last Time

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul Release Date: March 25, 2016 Provogue

Available formats – 2LP+Mp3, CD and Digital.

 

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