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New Old Stuff from Jeff Healey
The UK record label Eagle Records has been releasing long lost relics from the studio from an array of musicians, and their most recently announced to be released is coming to us from the late blues deity Jeff Healey. House on Fire is a collection of rare unreleased demos, covers, and hidden gems recorded during the 90s.
House on Fire
How or why these songs went unnoticed for about twenty years is quite unknown to me, but as should be the fate with all good music it’s finally seeing the light of day. Today marks the day that these long lost relics are available for purchase. These songs were recorded from 1992 through 1998 making them most likely then candidates for songs to have been used for his respective albums Feel This and Cover to Cover, the latter which was a cover album itself.
For your benefit here is the track listing:
01. House On Fire
02. Who’s Been Sleepin’ In My Bed
03. You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
04. All The Way
05. We’ve Got Tonight
06. Bish Bang Boof
07. Too Late Now
08. Face Up
09. Adam Raised A Cain
10. Daze Of The Night
11. Joined At The Heart
House of Fire gives us covers of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Adam Raised a Cain” while the rest are original songs by Healey himself. Fortunately we were able to find a YouTube video (or rather pictures with music stored on YouTube) for “Joined at the Heart” so we can have an idea of what to expect.
About Jeff Healey
Jeff Healey was the kind of guitarist that even the most ambitious of fiction writers couldn’t have thought up. As a one year old infant his eyes developed a rare cancer and he had to have them removed. Rather than saying “I’m blind. End of story” he began playing the guitar, an instrument he would truly harness without ever knowing what it looked like. One of his trademarks was the way he typically laid the guitar on his lap like a lap steel guitar. He had formed his band Blue when he was seventeen and wasted no time getting gigs which would set him on a path of success in next to no time where he would cross paths with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins. At that point his career was set. All he had to do was play.
As the Jeff Healey Band he had released five studio albums while his solo project had three releases, and three live albums. Healey had finished his fourth solo studio album Mess of Blues when a month prior to its release he had unfortunately come face to face with cancer again and passed away at forty-one. Including Mess of Blues and one of his live albums he’s had four posthumous releases. His music remains some of the most inspirational music out there making the impending release of House on Fire all the more anticipated.
The life, music, and charity foundations towards the healing of the same disabilities Jeff Healey had are further discussed at JeffHealey.com.