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Mess Of Blues

April 7, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 7, 2008
  • Label: Ruf Records GmbH
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Ruf Records GmbH
  • Total Length: 51:05
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  • ASIN: B0016Q8FUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,075 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Jeff Healey is incredible as always!
donnie jordan
He is a great guitar player, especially when you consider the way he plays the guitar--on his lap and blind as a bat!!!!!!
J. R Sategna
I love the blend of blues and classic rock.
Craig Friedman

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By MungoB on April 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Healey's first blues-rock release in eight years, "Mess Of Blues" is primarily made up of recent studio recordings, a couple recorded live at his Roadhouse club in Toronto, and a couple recorded live at the Islington Academy in London.

Though some like to think that great musicians are elevated to a status of eminent legend once they're deceased, that announcement would be redundant in Jeff Healey's case. He was already an authentic legend before the fact.

Back in 1988, when he released his debut album, See the Light, listeners knew immediately that they were hearing greatness for the first time. The fact that he rested his Fender Stratocaster on his lap like a lap-steel and played all of the chordal and fretboard formations in an approach all his own rendered him truly innovative and courageous to guitar players and music fans everywhere.

He became an authentic six-string hero instantly.

The fact that he was blinded before the age of one from a rare cancer, the sole significance in forcing him to develop such an atypical playing style, shed a light of reverence on his amazing talent. Though he went on to live a rewarding and fruitful existence - garnering respect and admiration from fellow musicians and fans worldwide - cancer once again surfaced, taking him at the age of 41 on March 2nd, 2008.

The shining light to the story is that his musical legacy will live on, and his memory will fill the minds and hearts of many for years to come.

Mess Of Blues is very much a part of that legacy.

The disc is a collection of classic blues songs and a few good old bluesy rockers, most of which were live favorites of Jeff Healey fans.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MPQ on March 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This live disc is one of the finest releases of his career after years of not having much of anything out on CD. A fine collectioin of songs, even though they're all covers they're done in his style. Great guitar and singing as well. It's sad that he won't be around to enjoy the good reviews I know he'll get, but this is a great epitaph.
PS - check him out on the DVD "Live At Montreux." Some great live performances there as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. R Sategna on May 20, 2008
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Its a shame Jeff died recently. This album shows that Jeff had a lot of music left in him. All songs are covers, but he makes them his own. Great guitar playing and he selects all types of blues and rock and roll songs. He is a great guitar player, especially when you consider the way he plays the guitar--on his lap and blind as a bat!!!!!! Incredible!!!! Just listen to the way he plays the Neil Young song--Like a Hurricane--the singing and the guitar solos are the best I have heard of this song done by someone other than Neil Young. You got to have this album if you love Jeff Healey--may he rest in peace up there jamming with Hendrix and Rory Gallagher.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. Kocher on April 10, 2008
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When Canadian blues-rock guitarist Jeff Healey lost his battle to cancer in early March at age 41, he was known mostly for his early successes, notably the multi-platinum disc `See the Light' from 1988 and his appearance in the film `Roadhouse'. In that film, the blind bluesman whose blazing licks were played with his guitar flat in his lap played the leader of a hard-core bar band. With `Mess of Blues', recorded in late 2007, he appears to have come back to his roots.
Healey had not released a blues or rock studio album since `Get Me Some' in 2000. A musicologist with an enormous collection of vintage jazz albums, he turned his attention for the past seven years to exclusively dixieland jazz and big band music, hosting a radio show as well as singing, playing trumpet, and guitar. Three CDs recorded during 2002-2006 feature his Django-influenced guitar lines, but most often showcase his workmanlike trumpet solos. These discs showed that Healey was an amazing talent, able to play just about any type of instrument and any style.
In the liner notes for `Mess of Blues', Healey explains the use of his tour and house band from his nightclub as the musicians on the CD, and four live songs, as an effort `to be the best bar band one could possibly ask for'. This is both the strength, and a limitation, of the music on the disc. The band starts strong with two live blues standards, "I'm Torn Down" and "How Blue Can You Get", then gets a little funky with a blues-drenched reading of "Sugar Sweet". On these three, Healey is in top form; no doubt aware of B.B. King's well-known cover of "How Blue", he walks a few bars in the master's shoes, giving the listener some stinging of B.B.'s vibrato and quicksilver licks before letting his fingers go.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daggsy on April 6, 2008
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Whether or not this album is the ultimate footnote to Jeff's career, it's one fine way to remember his genius.

While the song selection heads in some interesting directions (not all blues), the performances are right up there with anything from his earlier catalogue - "I'm Tore Down" is a perfect example.

If the song selection is varied, so too are the styles embraced, and it's a tribute to all concerned that the end results sometimes surprise. "Sugar Sweet" is one hell of a groove, and unlikely choices such as "Jambalaya" and "The Weight" turn out fine.

In conclusion - one of my guitar heroes leaves with a "BANG", and for that I salute him.
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