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The Best Of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes

The Best Of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes

August 11, 1992

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 11, 1992
  • Release Date: August 11, 1992
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:14:50
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  • ASIN: B00138J47S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,086 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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If you love Springsteen, or music, buy this CD.
Mr. R. W. Freeman
This is possibly the best live band... bar band... complete band I've ever heard!!!
Jim Smith
Fell in love with their music and will never get tired of listening.
D. Campbell

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kim K. on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As just about everyone knows by now, Southside Johnny Lyon & Bruce Springsteen are both products of the Jersey shore & started bands about the same time. Both have been in-house bands at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Unfortunately, despite his soulful voice & talented backup band, Southside never made it as big as Bruce. Despite this, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes have made some great albums & their best of hits are all here. To really appreciate these guys, though, you have to see them perform LIVE. Highly recommended for fans of great rock & roll.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Edmond E. Seay III on June 7, 2000
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When the history of New Jersey bar-band rock is written, and Springsteen is anointed the all-conqueror and Little Steven the restless nomad, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will go down as the secret weapon of the Jersey Shore: an R&B-infected band with killer chops, great songwriting (everything from Solomon Burke covers to gorgeous unknown Miami Steve/Little Steven tunes) and the inimitable vocal prowess of Southside himself, who also blows a mean harp when he's so inclined.

This is the definitive collection of never-were-but-shoulda-been hits by SJ&TAJ -- great rockers, sad ballads, Wall-of-Idiots horn riffs ("La Bamba! La Bamba!") and general brilliance.

Buy it. You'll thank me later.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Scibetta on January 4, 2007
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This is a great collection of songs that help capture the essence of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. We recently saw them perform at Walt Disney World, in Epcot, and since the shows were relatively short (about 40 minutes) we stayed for all three and had a great time. My wife asked me why Southside wasn't a bigger act in the 70's and 80's and truthfully, I don't know why not. Maybe living in the shadow of Bruce? Not sure, but damn, the band is tight, and they can still rock the house. So, I recommend this collection of songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Emanuel on April 15, 2007
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Horn-based R&B is one of my musical passions. Tower of Power, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Van Morrison & the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, the Blues Brothers Band, pretty much anybody on Stax/Volt... if there's a trumpet and a sax or two wailing away somewhere, I'm happy. So THE VERY BEST OF SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES has turned out to be one of the best purchases I've made in quite a while - and not just because they have a killer horn section.

As their name might indicate, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes emerged from the same New Jersey scene as Bruce Springsteen. Johnny Lyons sounds a lot like Springsteen, and the Asbury Jukes, culled from the same pool of musicians as the E Street Band, sound like a less grand version of the same with a bigger horn section. And boy oh boy do they use it, tearing through covers of R&B classics such as "Without Love" and "Havin' a Party" with the verve and dedication of a straight Blues Brothers Band. But it's when they collaborate with their fellow Asbury Parkers that the Jukes shine brightest. I had no idea Miami Steve Van Zandt was such an awesome songwriter, but he wrote or cowrote ten of the nineteen tracks on this disc, and it's all great: "I Don't Want to Go Home", "Take It Inside", "Next to You", "This Time It's for Real"... magnificent stuff. He also co-founded the Asbury Jukes and produces everything here. And then there's the Boss himsef, offering up his early-career showstopper "The Fever" and devastating "Hearts of Stone" among other highlights. But the final cut on the disc, "Trapped Again", is the best thing here - a collaboration between Springsteen, Van Zandt, and Lyons alike, this yearning street epic wouldn't have sounded at all out of place on DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Freeman on October 18, 2001
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If you love Springsteen, or music, buy this CD. As with Bruce and the E Street Band, you get the feeling as the hits roll out of this CD that Southside and the Jukes were born to do this, and that it is the greatest travesty in Rock 'n' Roll that they never became bigger and will soon be forgotten forever amid what passes as music nowadays.
Recently I was fortunate enough to come across a copy of a concert quite recently in Asbury Park at which Bruce and the E Streeters, Southside and a selection of other Asbury musicians got together and jammed. As Bruce calls out Johnny and Little Steven and the band kicks 'This Time it's for Real' into life, it is one of those moments in music that I hope stays with me forever. A throwback to the bygone era when the sound of the Jersey shore ruled the world, an era that can never be revisited...
Southside and the Jukes were always at their best live, this is where they learnt and became masters of their trade.
This CD has everything. There is rock 'n' Roll, soul, blues, R&b, Jazz, and I can hear influences from greats such as Hendrix, Dylan and of course the Boss as he was post 'The Wild The innocent' and pre 'Born to Run'. Stand out tracks include 'I don't want to go Home', 'This Time it's for Real', 'Without Love' and the legendary 'Hearts of Stone'. On the Jersey shore, these three words mean as much as 'Born to Run'. Springsteen wrote it, but Southside Johnny is the only man that has the voice to sing that song. "This is the last dance, the last chance, for hearts of stone" is one of those lines that sends a shiver down your spine, for you know exactly what Johnny means.
From a bunch of guys from the bars of late-night New Jersey, this CD will improve any collection and will stay with you forever.
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