Billed as a "companion" to the 2016 posthumous collection Heal My Soul, Holding On combines a full live concert from 1999 with five additional studio outtakes. According to Roger Costa, the compilation's producer, these five songs were left off of Heal My Soul "primarily because they didn't quite fit into the flow" and "they were too good not to share." They had been shared once before, on a limited-edition vinyl called Heal My Soul: Bonus Sessions, but the digital release is welcome because they're solid songs, highlighted by the charging "Love Takes Time," the hooky "Every Other Guy," and "All That I Believe," which feels a bit like a conscious re-write of Hootie & the Blowfish. All are nice additions to the Healey catalog and the concert is solid, too – perhaps a little too pristine and polished, but still worthy for Healey heads.
To the layman like myself, Jeff Healey was known primarily as a blues guitarist. He grew up in Toronto and was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, and had his eyes surgically removed before his first birthday. Despite this, he managed to carve out a niche for himself in blues, and even helped parlay the praise of his debut album "See the Light" into a speaking role in the 1989 cult classic Road House.
Over ten years into his recording career, singer/guitarist Jeff Healey continues to churn out rockin' blues – especially on his 2000 release, Get Me Some. Not a lot has changed over the years – Healey still specializes in a melodic form of blues-rock that would sound perfect on mainstream rock radio – or in the follow-up to Roadhouse (if Patrick Swayze decided to revisit his ass-kicking Dalton character). The classic Jeff Healey sound/approach can be heard throughout – especially on such up-tempo ditties as the album-opening "Which One" and "My Life Story," while also taking it down a notch on the Allman Brothers-esque "Macon Georgia Blue" and the guitar/vocal album-closer, "Rachel's Song." Get Me Some is exactly what you'd expect to hear from a new Healey studio album.
Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. He reached the Top 10 in Canada with the songs "I Think I Love You Too Much" and "How Long Can a Man Be Strong." Hell to Pay is the second album by The Jeff Healey Band. It was released in 1990, and was one of the top albums in Canada. In 1991 it was nominated for an "Album of the Year" Juno. Guest musicians on the album include George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bobby Whitlock and Mark Knopfler. The album was recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada in January and February 1990.
Eagle Records’ series of releases exploring the archives of the Jeff Healey Band continues with this live recording from The Bottom Line in New York City on 13 December 1988. This is an early show by the band following on from the release of their debut album “See The Light” on the Arista label a few months before. Several tracks from that album are included along with classic covers such as ZZ Top’s “Blue Jean Blues” and Cream’s “White Room”. Jeff Healey had a unique style and presence that was clearly already well developed at this early stage in his career.
This Deluxe Edition includes three previously unreleased concerts on 3 CDs and 2 DVDs with full liners notes and extensive photos. This compilation captures something truly unique. It contains a wonderful glimpse at the evolution of a performer… a look at an artist in three distinct phases of his career; the runaway rampant energy of the first big success, the confident virtuosity of one who's ridden the wave and continued to move forward, and the professionalism of a seasoned vet delivering a stellar performance through exhaustion and illness - winning the crowd and leaving them wanting more. The shows are presented as they were performed, live without the aid of studio gimmicks. Spanning eleven and a half years, they cover very different periods in the history of the Jeff Healey Band, 1985, 1995 and 2000. Never released previously.
Capturing a homecoming gig for the conquering hero, Live at Grossman's 1994 finds blues-rocker Jeff Healey returning to a favorite club. Looking back, it's easy to see that Healey was between stages: his most popular albums were just behind him and the years of him carving out a niche as a working bluesman who dabbled in jazz were ahead of him. Here, he was performing with the velocity and volume of a blues-rocker at his peak, invigorated by an intimate setting where he could just play, not worrying about throwing in "Angel Eyes" or "I Think I Love You Too Much." The result is a set where he salutes his idols – Clapton, Elmore James, Albert King, Howlin' Wolf, Hendrix, even the Beatles via an excellent "Yer Blues" – and it's one of his purest and best records as a straight-ahead blues-rocker. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine