Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- JEFF HEALEY -- Mess Of Blues

Mess Of Blues
Jeff Healey
Stony Plain
9-out-of-10
There are CDs that are simply very hard to review, and Mess of Blues is one of those. What can a reviewer possibly say about the great bluesman Jeff Healey which hasn't already been said. There is frankly no new insight I am likely to impart here which will be new, or revealing of something about this guy's music that fans don't already know.Let's face it, if you are a blues fan, and in particular a fan of Canadian blues (he was born in TO), you are already a Healey fan, that is simply a given.Now if you haven't heard Healey, then stop reading this review and simply go out and buy the CD. You don't have to ask why, because that will become completely understood as soon as you hear Healey's take on a familiar song such as The Weight, a classic by Robbie Robertson.Of course there is renewed interest in all of Healey's music, following his death March 2, of this year, just three weeks short of 42 years of age.Healey's death was a loss felt throughout the blues world. I'll leave it to B.B. King to say it best. “Jeff's passing is a tragic loss to the world of blues. His life was cut short. He was courageous throughout his battle with cancer, and his special talent will be greatly missed.” Enough said on his passing.Mess of Blues was completed just before Healey's death, and for the fact alone it will forever be a storied recording in his career. It would have been memorable had Healey lived to be 100. Mess of Blues is a great album, with cuts such as I'm Torn Down, Sugar Sweet, Shake, Rattle and Roll, and the title cut.This is a total must have on so many levels. A great album, by a great musician. Totally memorable. One to long be savoured. You can find it through www.stonyplainrecords.com
-- CAVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 22, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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