Title - ‘Live at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern 1993'
Artist - The Jeff Healey Band
In December 1993, The Jeff Healey Band returned home to Toronto to perform several nights at The Horseshoe Tavern. This show was near the end of the tour to support the band's most recent release, Feel This. Live At The Horseshoe Tavern features The Jeff Healey Band at their musical finest. Something that the blind guitarist always aimed for, even on a cold Toronto night at Christmas he never let anyone down.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please give a big welcome to BMG recording artists, and giving us the last big hurrah, The Jeff Healey Band,” the voice says, as he introduces the trio to the stage. A rockin’ cover of Warren “Wiggy“ Toll‘s ‘Baby’s Lookin’ Hot’ is the first song out their musical gun tonight, and just the perfect track to do so. Next up is ‘The House That Love Built,’ an extended guitar jam fest early on, it is backed by the Texan blues sway of the ZZ TOP cover, ‘Blue Jean Blues.’
Recorded on December 16th, 1993, Jeff and his band of merry men and women - Joe Rockman (bass & background vocals), Tom Stephen (drums), Washington Savage (keyboards), and Mischke & Toucu (backing vocals) - are right at home here at the Horseshoe Tavern. “Thank you for coming out tonight … this is a special night for us as this is probably the final full length performance well be doing for this album this year … here’s a tune from the Hell To Pay album,” Healey says, as he introduces the delightful Mark Knopfler-written, ‘I Think I Love You Too Much.’
Next up is a song written by Mark Holmes, ‘Heart of An Angel’ and boy do the band bust this one out of the park! It’s an incredible song sung live, and it’s followed by the mid-tempo, acoustic Healey-original, ‘That’s What They Say.’ Introduced by Healey as, “This is currently being played at radio, whatever that means,” the tender ‘You’re Coming Home’ is along next. The spectacular, extended acoustic brilliance of ‘Angel Eyes,’ and backs it up with the plugged in guitar work of “… a little something from the Roadhouse film,” ‘Roadhouse Blues.’ A cover of The Doors, Healey and company sure made it their own after the now-cult film was released.
This wonderful live album comes to a close with a trio of blockbuster tracks in, ‘See The Light’ (where midway through he introduces the band), and then for the encore a stunning cover of the George Harrison classic, 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' The album is then finally brought to a close with a simply breathtaking cover of B.B. King's infamous, 'The Thrill Is Gone,' and just as smoothly as it had begun, it was now sadly all over.