- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: BMG/Arista Records 46933 (1995)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A budget-priced 12-track collection of favorites from The Jeff Healey Band. All original recordings.
- 1.Shapes Of Things
- 2.Stop Breakin' Down
- 3.Highway 49
- 4.As The Years Go Passing By
- 5.I'm Ready
- 7.Stuck In The Middle With You
- 9.The Moon Is Full
- 10.Yer Blues
- 11.Communication Breakdown
- 12.Me And My Crazy Self
COVER TO COVER is an album of cover songs.
The Jeff Healey Band: Jeff Healey (guitar, vocals, 6-string bass); Joe Rockman (bass); Tom Stephen (drums).
Additional personnel: Pat Rush (guitar); Jerome Godboo, John Popper (harmonica); Roy Bittan, Denis Keldi, Paul Shaffer (keyboards); Art Avalos (percussion); Amanda Marshall, Mischke, Stevie Vain (background vocals).
Recorded at Forte Studio and Sounds Interchange, Toronto, Canada; A&M Recording Studio, Hollywood, California; The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
"Shapes Of Things" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
One likes the covers concept espoused by blues-rockers The Jeff Healey Band in a kind of backhanded way: as much as one admires the chops displayed by Toronto's blind guitarist whiz-kid, the group's songwriting is somewhat lyric-challenged. Cover to Cover works to circumvent the combo's main limitations. The disc kicks off in grand style with a dramatic, original instrumental reading of The Yardbird's "Shapes of Things." A pair of Hendrix numbers ("Freedom," "Angel") chalks up to unfortunate typecasting for Healey. Some inclusions (try the Stealer's Wheel chestnut "Stuck in the Middle with You") are bland vanilla throwaways. Still others, namely Spirit's "I Got a Line on You," sends one running back to the original versions. Mind you, if any of these point new listeners in the direction of the original, then a valuable public service has been performed. ~ Roch Parisien