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SONIC WAVES…Jeff Healey Band/Hell To Pay

Who better than the Late Great Johnny Carson to introduce Jeff Healeys 1988 appearance on the Tonight Show with a little bit of background history on Jeff! Well done Mr Carson(1988) Watch this video from the debut album  and See The Light!

Who didn’t dig Healey(RIP)and posse around the late 80s and early 90s!? The dude played a mean strat,sang and wrote a good song,made cover tunes sound his own and put out a pretty good run of material of studio records especially the first three albums (See The Light,Feel This ) and this one Jeffs second album Hell To Pay!

1990,Jeff and his music just cook on this release…..

Also of note they brought in some heavy hitters including Mark Knopfler,George Harrison,Tbays own Paul Shaffer and my pal Space Aces favourite rock dude Jeff Lynne!

Can’t pull the wool over Jeff….he’s a Confidence Man!

FULL CIRCLE- Healey nails a scorcher of a opening riff on his Fender Strat and we’re off and due to Ed Stasium’s stellar production he has given the Healey band a real kick of sonics! Full Circle upon first listen man grabbed me and booted my hair metal ass into next week! This is the real deal! Jeff nails down a superb solo while Joe Rockman (bass) and Tom Stephen (drums) keep the beat driving! Love this tune but I think you kinda gathered that right?! Awesome stuff and a great start! Crank the video folks ……love that Hammond organ courtesy of Bobby Whitlock.

I THINK I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH-Mark Knopfler wrote and plays on this single from the Healey boys! Like any good rock track Theres a ton of riffs all over the place but it’s kept in check by both Jeff and Mark! This is a mid tempo track. This song did well for them!

I CANT GET MY HANDS ON YOU-Boom! Jeff and crew ramp it back up and this song rocks! Healey rocks this song with guitar hero solo tricks thrown in and Stephen smashes the song out on his drum kit at the end. Super duper cool verses,love the playing of Healey on this as he goes from super clean sounding Strat to the solo where he ramps up into some real cool heavy tone!

HOW LONG CAN A MAN BE STRONG-I was always ok with Jeff’s slower tunes I mean on the debut See The Light of course he had Angel Eyes so Jeff threw down the gauntlet on telling me as a young music buying whipper snapper that there was gonna be slower tunes on my albums! So for that I was ok with it! How Long is a good song and this is one of many on this record where the sound is filled out huge by keys!

LET IT ALL GO-love it love it! This song written by John Hiatt Is a great song. The tempo along with the verses and chorus are gold in my book! Super laid back chill vibe in this tune. Cowbell peeps! Like Jeff says “You gotta Let It All Go so it doesn’t burn a hole in your heart!” Should have been a huge single in my book! Than again what do I know….

HELL TO PAY-the title track and lookie at the cover with the Healey band decked out in leather! There ready to rumble in a nice Canadian kind of way! BUT when push comes to shove Jeff will crack you over the noggin with his guitar! Great tune and backing vocals on this album as well from Sass Jordan.

WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS-allrighty so Jeff pulls in the heavyweights and that would be the writer of this classic song and that’s George Harrison(RIP) who wrote this tune! Here,George sings and plays acoustic while Jeff electrifies it and plays some real cool licks. Think about for a sec…this is a Beatles classic so not only do you have to do it justice by covering this song but you bring in the actual dude who penned it! Man,that’s impressive !

SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO-this song is a song with a quick tempo with Jeff doubling up on acoustic on electric and the Hammond B3 organ plays a huge part in the sonics on this song! The solo in this tune is one of my favs and Jeff lets loose and jsut takes it to the top!  Great song ….better solo! Actually all of Jeffs solos are classics! Who the fuck am i kidding!

HOW MUCH-the singles could have kept rolling with this one as well! How much has a real snap happy chorus,the money shot in my book along with the Sass J’s backing vocals and the use of the piano to enhance the chorus as well! This tune like many is why I love Jeffs studio stuff. By that I mean he plays his guitar during  the verses nice and cleaney but come solo time he can shift it into some nasty heavy toneage! In other words he doesn’t puss out his sound! How much is another winner here at Arena Rock!

HIGHWAY OF DREAMS-is another tune where Jeff and the boys play the song a pretty decent clip and the thing about this tune is how at the end it kinda goes a little wonky,trippy ha! But this is Jeff,Joe and Tom starting to chill out towarss the end of the record! Dig Jeffs playing in this one…..

LIFE BEYOND THE SKY-this mid tempo rock track brings Hell To Pay to a close. It’s funny revisiting this album (gulp) 25 years later that this track and Highway Of Dreams are the two that I aways never visited and well that’s my bad! These are two great songs that should not be overlooked and fair enough time to show EM some love! I like the use of Jeffs clean guitar sound on this one! I mean your don’t have to be blazing on the fretboard at 125 mph all the friggin time. This song proves this theory!

IN CONCLUSION- Hell To Pay Indeed! This is a important record folks! Give these guys there due man as in 1990 they weren’t following the hairspray musical trends of that era instead they were blazing there own path of tunes! Writing and gigging and doin it there own way! Full props man! Healey is missed no doubt about it and do yourself a favor and check Hell To Pay out………

SONIC WAVES REVIEW….Bachman/Heavy Blues

What do Neil Young,Peter Framptom,Jeff Healy(Rip),Joe Bonamassa,Robert Randolph,Luke Doucet and my homeboy from Rival Sons Scott Holiday have in common?

They all rip out some real cool guitar solos on different tracks on the new release by Randy Bachman called Bachman/Heavy Blues. How can you not admire Randy’s back catalogue of Canadian Rock Genius. The cat has written many a hit from the Guess Who thru to BTO and as well as solo act!(Hey You,Takin Care Of Business,You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,Undun,Prairie Town,American Woman and many others….)

The last Bachman album I bought was Any Road from 1993 so it’s been a while but too be honest I Was really intrigued when he got some top notch guitar heroes to put down there magic on his album plus for a added bonus feature Randy hired Anna Ruddick on drums and Dale Anne Brendan on bass!(female rhythm section!)

Kevin Shirley big producer guy of Zeppelin,Rush,Iron Maiden and many others is controlling the dial here(producing) so the sonics are intact!

BOOM……4 WHEEL DRIVE……

THE EDGE-Randy makes no qualms about writing and playing a tune that could have fit nicely on The Whos By Numbers album! Yeah it’s a total tribute to Randys heroes! The 2 lady’s hold down the drums and bass were off to a real good start! Crank the video posted and you will know what I’m talking about!

TONS OF BRICKS- my homeboy Scot Holiday from the Rival Sons lays down some real sweet slide on track 2 and Mr Holiday is the first guest guitarist out of the gate and Scot throws it down! It’s great to see him leave the massive fuzz o distortion box and just crank down some serious guitar rock! The song itself is is a straight ahead rocker mixed with some acoustic and of course some real cool slide courtesy of Mr Holiday and he solos off the rails here! The lyrics tell Ya the world will hit you like a Ton Of A Bricks! For a added bonus Bachman takes on Satan in this tune and Scot ends the tune with some real ferocity of playing!

BAD CHILD – Joe Bonamassa shows up with his 6 string and plays to this mid tempo track and he wails on the solo while Randy and crew tell us he’s a Bad Child! Hahahaha at 71! Cool stuff Randy never change dude! Bonamassa man want can you say about this guy!

LITTLE GIRL LOST- this song is real good(cowbell included)and hey Randy’s Ol pal Neil Young shows up and riffs away as Randy tells us about the Little Girl Lost who’s basically a ahem lady of the night so to speak! Young during his solo cranks his amp to 11 and rocks this song almost to a ZZ Top shuffle of a sound! Neil takes over this song with his playing love his tone all big and fuzzy kinda cool shit!

LEARN TO FLY- This is another ZZ kinda sounding tune and Randy and the Ladies rock the Fort by themselves on this track. Great tune with real cool lines like “Shoulda coulda worked!” Man I hear Billy Gibbons on this track but he isn’t and Randy steps up 10 notches hear and jams down some serious riffing! Awesome track!

OH MY LORD- let’s keep ZZ sound going and Robert Randolph and his slide guitar show up along with some backing vocals from some ladies! This song is driven by the drums and they drive the Bachman bus forward! Tons of guitars on this track! That’s the cool thing here Randy lets these guitar guys do there thing and they deliver!

CONFESSIN TO THE DEVIL- almost like a Who Do You  Love kinda beat! The late great Jeff Healey lays down the solo on this track and it’s great to hear him! The chorus gets heavy with some Bachman power chords and backing vocals and Wowzers Bachman is going straight after Confessin To The Devil! Yeah man he is he says it not me! Healey pulls off the solo like you know he does and Bam he takes this tune up a notch!

HEAVY BLUES- Petey Frampton leaves the talk box at home and him and the Rand rock this tune together! Holy shit Frampton shows up and just hits the solo out of the park! The title track is a scorcher with the ladies on the drums/cowbell and bass just pushing the song forward into uncharted waters! The chorus ramps up big time and Frampton takes over!

WILD TEXAS RIDE- Bachman and the Girls rock this tune. Y themselves and holy hell more cowbell to sell and big guitars,big sound good job Kevin Shirley with the sonics to not overproduce this bad boy of a album! This is a fast little corker of a tune! Great solo by Bachman and he holds his own on this song with the big boys of guitar gods that are all over Heavy Blues!

PLEASE COME TO PARIS -this fella named Luke Doucet lays done some serious riffage and thsi song speeds up as it goes and this song has a real cool pace to it ! Doucet is a guy that i should out as he lays waste to his solo on this record I mean rips away but doesn’t over do it!

WE NEED TO TALK – a slower number that moves at a slower clip than the previous 10 tracks and that’s ok man Randy had the pedal pushed up to this point so let him chill will Ya! Great relaxing solo and Randy does a good job on this !

HEAVY BLUES-the only difference is this version has Randy rocking the solo and this is the same for the video that is posted!

IN CONCLUSION- too be totally honest with you if Randy Bachman just would have put out this record without these top notch guitar gurus I would have passed and  that would have been brutal of me as these songs are real good and to have the A list of guys involved is a added bonus! Bachman/Ruddick and Brendan show up and rock this album from start to finish! For the year 2015 Heavy Blues is a real awesome release of rock! Check it out …..