Jeff Healey - 'Heal My Soul' Hot

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Every song is quality work and worthy of inclusion on this collection.

Losing one's vision as an adolescent is a traumatic event that many a person would have difficulty ever overcoming. Jeff Healey, however, is one such person whose disability was no match for his massive talents. Responsible for taking his sight as well as the cause of his untimely passing back in 2008, cancer refused to loosen its grip on Healey's health. That did not stop him, however, from becoming one of the most recognized guitar talents when he blazed onto the scene with the release of the debut Jeff Healey Band album 'See A Little Light'. This resulted with features in every major guitar publication and received massive exposure when he was cast in the Patrick Swayze movie 'Road House'.

Since those salad days, Healey is a name that has not captured much of my attention and I shamefully only discovered his passing when given this assignment. His legacy, however, is getting some long overdue recognition with 'Heal My Soul', the first collection of all previously unreleased material in over fifteen years.

The material contained on this "lost album" of sorts was recorded during his creative peak spanning much of the nineties. Not only do these recordings carry major significance, but every song is quality work and worthy of inclusion on this collection. Healey's impressive talents on the guitar are nowhere better featured than on 'Moodswing' where he squeezes every last drop of emotion from those strings. 'Love In Her Eyes' showcases his talents on both electric and acoustic instruments. Healey really fires on all cylinders with the Rockers 'Daze Of The Night' and 'Please.' He is also never apprehensive to show a more sensitive side as found with the delicate ballads 'All The Saints' and 'Baby Blue'.

Eleven of the twelve tracks are originals, with the lone cover being Richard Thompson's 'I Misunderstood'. It is every bit as good as the original and features some of Healey's inimitable guitar work. 'Heal My Soul' is proof that Jeff Healey maintained the highest level of musicianship throughout his life, never allowing his health to obstruct his musical vision. What's more, this album is further proof to the musical community that they should never forget his contributions to the modern day, Blues Rock style and is a must for everyone who fancies this bucolic musical sensibility.

Brent Rusche

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