Title - 'Live At Grossmans 1994' (Eagle Records)
Artist - The Jeff Healey Band
‘Live At Grossmans - 1994’ is the first release in a new series from Eagle Records and Eagle Vision taken from the Jeff Healey Band’s archives. Recorded at Grossmans Tavern in Toronto on the 22nd and 23rd April 1994, The Jeff Healey Band were at the height of their success - especially in their native Canada, where they had registered a string of 10 hit singles between 1990 and 1994.
Blind from when he was just a few months old due to a rare inherited form of cancer, Jeff Healey powers from the off into the highly-fueled instrumental 'I'm Going Home,' and follows it with 'Killing Floor,' a song by American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Howlin' Wolf.
"We're back for another evening of sonic torture for you," he laughs. "We're gonna do an Albert King tune for you now," Healey then informs us as he intro's (on the five) 'As The Years Go Passing By.' The slow-blues track is perfect as it gives us an extended mid-section guitar solo from Healey's that shows his incredible guitar work/style to its fullest. That is followed by the a barnstorming cover of 'Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do it Every Time),' a 1946 song by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five.
"Here's a little something we've been experimenting with ... and this is only the second time we've played it in front of an audience ... this is a John Lennon tune we're gonna try out for your here now," Healey announces, as he and the band launch into a dark version of 'Yer Blues' - which, for the record, is actually a song by The Beatles; the second song on the third side (or second disc) of The White Album.
"Was anybody here last night," he asks the crowd as he then intro's the entire band behind him. He then brings on stage Michael Pickett and his harmonica and they go straight into the Robert Cray classic, 'Who's Been Talkin'?' "Here's an old favorite," he says as we then get a Jeff Healey Band classic in 'Crossroads.'
'Dust My Broom,' originally performed by Elmore James, the King of the Slide Guitar is next, before a slow-to-start but then blistering cover of Bob Dylan's-written, but Jimi Hendrix-sung classic (and highly extended) 'All Along The Watchtower' (with a touch of 'Layla' included) finally brings this powerhaus album to a close.