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With a little help from his friends...,
This review is from: Heart & Soul (Audio CD)
Don't expect any new departures from Joe here, he does what he has always done - tasteful interpretations of other people's songs and in this case does them very well. Production by Jeffrey Vanston is crisp and modern, with Joe's distinctive voice bringing character and drive to every song.
It's a great selection of songs from classic soul oldies like Aretha's "Chain of fools" and Chuck Jackson's wonderful "I keep forgetting" to more modern soulful songs like U2's "One" and REM's "Everbody hurts", with Joe taking them all in his stride. And although there isn't a classic Beatles cover this time he does nice versions of both McCartney's "Maybe I'm amazed" and Lennon's "Jealous guy". I'm not that keen on the song "I who have nothing" but Joe does a very emotional version enlivened by restrained lead guitar by Jeff Beck. Eric Clapton also plays fantastic blues guitar on Joe's version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I'll put a spell on you" and elsewhere guitarists Steve Lukather and Jeff Baxter also guest, along with violin player Jerry Goodman (remember him?). All-in-all this is a really great sounding record.