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by Fursey O’Veebee

This CD jumps right out at you from the opening cut as Blues Guitar master Jeremiah Johnson lays some heavy riffs on you in “Straightjacket”, accompanied by some nice horns and lyrics proclaiming to his woman she doesn’t have to strangle him with possessiveness. JJ has a nice blend of Blues, Country, and Southern Rock in his armamentarium and he mixes it up on this CD. Jeremiah himself proclaims “I want people to let this record play from the first to the last note, crank it up at a party or riding through the night on a Harley-Davidson. I want it to make people feel like going on a trip of emotion”. This is evident as this CD plays like a well-written story from beginning to end. He rocks on in “Getting tired”, saying he is getting tired of getting old, but getting old getting tired. After a hard week of work, we all know that feeling. Slowing it up on “Blood of the Blues”, he does a mellow rocking groove. Considering that this record was produced by the legendary Mike Zito, it is no surprise that it rocks hard from start to finish. He gets a little patriotic in “Believe in America”, which is a song that no matter what side of the Eagle you are on (left-wing or right-wing), you can stand up and be proud of your country regardless of its faults. “Dirty Mind” is a jam about his woman, and starts out slow but gets faster with some nice guitar and horn work. Many great cuts on this CD, I would highly recommend it.

This CD was originally released 20 years ago, and honestly it blows away 99% of the stuff I hear. Thankfully I had never heard this CD before so it was all new to me. Remastered for its 20 year anniversary, this CD is pure fire. Mike Zito rips the neck off of the guitar with incredible prowess, from the opening track “Hollywood” to the final cover of “Rocket Man” which I find better than the original. Some of the cuts on here are, how should we say, a bit risqué, such as “Lovering”, but if that is ok with you then this CD will be your top purchase in a long time. In “It’s All Good” he throws down some more blistering guitar licks and gets funky with it at the same time. Guitar solo after guitar solo on this CD just keep on pushing the limits of modern guitar mastery, which again make it hard to believe it is 20 years old. This axe-man makes you feel like he is effortlessly throwing down licks in some back room in a smoky juke joint with a bunch of cool cats sitting around smoking cigs and drinking whisky. “Gravy Jam” is another one of many that just keeps on ripping. This would be a great CD to play when you are going just slightly above the speed limit down A1A to Sebastien for a Dawn Patrol sesh. I guarantee you it would be hard to keep your foot off of the gas. So speed on up to the record store and grab this barn burner. You will be glad you did.

Now we move on to the other side of the coin. Whereas some LPs jump out and smack you in the face from the opening cut, this one I had to listen to a few t