Archive for March, 2013

20
Mar
13

NEW JEFF HEALEY BAND BALLAD, CELLESTE RADIO FRIENDLY SUPERSTAR…..MORE SINGLES, CD REVIEWS-JOHN EMMS

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Jeff Healey Band-House on Fire-Demos & Rarities-Convexe Entertainment should stop everything and release Too Late Now. Believe me, it’s the 7th song in on the cd and it’s written by Tom Stephen, Joe Rockman and Jeff and with a proper push it could become one of their great ballads in line with Angel Eyes. Other standouts include Who’s Been Sleepin’ in My Bed written by Bobby Whitlock and Jack Tempchin. Also noted is the killer cover of Bob Seger’s We’ve Got Tonight, and the band’s jazzed, funky instrumental Bish Bang Boof.

Justin Timberlake-Don’t Hold Out The Wall-Wow, the most funked out, coolest jam you will hear in 2013. Check the headphone mix on this baby. Damn fine JT from the cd the 20/20 Experience.

24th Street Wailers-Live In Halifax-So many bands and musicians could learn a ton from a band so young. The most telling thing is how this band plays with passion and groove. Sure, the are tons of covers and I’m not sure if anyone needs another 10 minute cover I’ve Got My Mojo Working. But man, this band has it going on. Some more work on orginals and watch out. Throw this on at any party!

Celleste-Superstar (by myself) I can hear this track at radio in a big way. In fact, when this song comes on in my vehicle I crank it up. That’s a good sign folks. Celleste has tons of dynamics as a vocalist. Download it now. From the cd Join the Infestation!

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band-Saint-Along with Willie Nile this is some of the best roots rock since Hunter’s early solo stuff and his outstanding Mott days. WOW. From the cd When I’m President

John Emms is a veteran music journalist, radio host and rocker..check out www.theshaftmen.com

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19
Mar
13

10 Rock and Blues tracks you need to download now-JOHN EMMS

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Bon Jovi-Into The Echo-Jon and the band get very passionate..Superb, yearning  lead vocal from Bon Jovi with superb lyrics .. Great solo by Richie Sambora who’s coming off his own killer solo cd

Colin James-Sweets Gone Sour-Funky and chunky opening track from the album Fifteen. The stereo mix on this just kills. background vocals jump out at ya!!

Robert Cray-Blues Get Off of My Shoulder-Nice horn arrangement. Nobody writes blues songs as cool as Cray. That’s because he never falls  into the standard 12 bar pattern. From the cd Nothing But Love.

Alvin Lee-Keep On Rockin’ -The late and great Lee rips a wild, fat swingin’ lead guitar and with a pumped up boogie. Think Dave Edmunds on steroids. From the cd The Anthology.

Jack de Keyzer-Mojo Woman-Heavy Duty riffology from De Keyzer and his urgent and supple guitar weaves and glides behind the thump of his great band. From the cd Electric Love.

Eric Clapton-Gotta Get Over-The most electric track on his new cd Old Sock. Killer bk vocals from 10 time Grammy winner Chaka Khan.

David Bowie-I’d Rather Be High-When other artists vocals get worse with age, Bowie’s vocals get better. Superb weaving guitar work from Gerry Leonard. From the cd The Next Day

Aerosmith-Oh Yeah-Leave it to Joe Perry to come up with the goods for this. Vintage, tough, and durable. Download it pronto. From the cd Music From Another Dimension

Bonnie Raitt-  Split Decision-Fueled by Mike Finnigans’ killer B-3, and Raitt’s slinky slide guitar this a knockout. From the cd Slipstream.

Blues Traveller-Devil in the Details-Absolute and vital. ,One of their best songs in recent memory .From the cd Suzie Cracks the Whip.




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