Welcome to the massive group effort Film [Soundtrack] Festival! From November 1-14, we’re covering all sorts of movie soundtracks. There’ll surely be lots for everybody! Huge thanks to Bruce at THE VINYL CONNECTION for this fantastic group post idea! COMMUNITY!
Jeff Healey Band starts things off with a smokin’ rendition of the Doors’ Road House Blues. It’s a solid version, though my ears can still only want Jim Morrison’s vocals (all deference to Jeff, may he R.I.P.). The guitar work is, of course, incendiary. Bob Seger does a bang-up run through of Fats Domino’s Blue Monday. His voice is perfect for it, and the band keeps the swing that needs to be there.
Jeff Healey Band goes for another cover, this time Freddie King’s amazing I’m Tore Down. They blast through it at 100 mph and it’s awesome. Healey is just wailing on the guitar. Damn, that solo work! The band ably keeps up, too, which is no small feat. Shifting gears without a clutch, Otis Redding’s These Arms Of Mine is next. You need no comment from me on this classic track, but damn that was a clunk of a transition!
Jeff Healey Band tackles Bob Dylan’s When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky, and plays it fairly straight up. The bluesy wail is toned way down for most of it (except the solo, of course), and there are bongo drums! Fun! This is the first track here that sounds like it was recorded in 1989. Little Feat’s Rad Gumbo has that sweet cajun blues. What a happy dancin’ song!
Patrick Swayze was no stranger to singing on soundtracks (who can forget the hilariously bad She’s Like The Wind from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack?). He he warbles his way through the very 80’s-sounding Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight). It’s fine, but skippable, for me. I had to look up Kris McKay (turns out she was in a band called Wild Seeds), and her turn through Feargal Sharkey’s A Good Heart is better than the original. It has a bit of new country feel, but enough blues to stop me complaining about it. One thing’s for sure – the lady can sing.
Jeff Healey Band comes back one more time with Muddy Waters’ Hoochie Coochie Man. It’s a smoldering blues smokeshow that would certainly fit in down at the road house, pleasing greatly. I actually think this is the best track they put on here. Not that there’s anything wrong with the others, nope, no way! And finally, Patrick Swayze comes back again to give us Cliff’s Edge, another dated, 80’s movie soundtrack tune. Again, meh.
A really decent soundtrack. It’s been ages since I’ve seen the movie, but I know the Healey Band was the house band in the film, so their presence here is a natural – and right frickin’ on! Lots of other good tunes too, I just wasn’t feeling Mr. Swayze’s contributions. It’s like he was stuck in the 80s soundtrack mode and no one told him that all the other songs were blues and soul. His tunes don’t fit.