Wild in the Streets: Best of 1977-1983
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This talented artist deserves attention for those who appreciate well-crafted songs and a great voice. Starting with his 1970's album with Grinder's Switch, you may think you're listening to The Band with a young Mick Jagger on vocals. By the late 1970's Jeffreys moved firmly into the mainstream rock arena with the superb Ghostwriter album, of which this CD has a few tracks. By the 1980's, bits of reggae filtered into his sound, most evident on his 1981 Escape Artist (of which this CD has 4 songs, but buy the whole album on Amazon for only $6.98!). The Best Of CD has a few good tracks from 1982's Guts for Love, which includes one of my favorite rock tunes, Real Man, with GE Smith on guitar.
Jeffreys was always supported by excellent backup singers and musicians, so check out the liner notes. After a personal hiatus for nearly ten years, he is currently touring again, cut a single for the new Bruce Springsteen tribute album (an incedible version of "Streets of Philadelphia"), and may make his own new album. You won't go wrong with any of his available CDs, particularly his early 90's "Don't Call Me Buckwheat", which is not on this 1977-83 Best Of CD.
But buy this album for an introduction to the talented Jeffreys -you won't be disappointed, and you'll discover one of rock's true gems. ...
My main peeve though is that his outstanding live set from the late '70's or early '80's is nowhere to be found - anywhere on the planet as near as I can tell. I still have my vinyl but I would love another record, cassette, CD something. Throw me a bone over here.
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All the important songs from Garland Jefffreys are here. Great Collection@Published on August 21, 2014 by CHAMELEON
Very good CD! Some nice surprises on this. Well worth the price. A very underrated performer and he has some very good songs on here.Published on March 27, 2013 by stoods
A rollicking collection of really well crafted + occasionally slightly irritating pop songs that just grow and grow on you until you give in and end up singing along. Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Mr. W. G. Simpson