I remember Barbara Dixon once saying she could listen to Joe singing "Three Blind Mice", and I am firmly in that camp. So what has the great man come up with this time? Well all covers - well chosen and beautifully executed. Lets face it Joe grabs hold off a song and wrings it out like a tea towel. Here you get everything from stuff previously recorded by Aretha to Rose Royce to Shirley Bassey. Jeffrey Vanston assembles a real musicians who's who on this - guitarists include Clappo, Beck, Lukather, Skunk Baxter. If I am picky produciton mebbe a little over elaborate at times, and for me the standout is James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" - with just CJ himself backing Joe - this is as spine tingling as Joe's treatment of Stevie Wonders "You and I" or Randy Newman's " Every Time It Rains" from past albums. There is an unbelievable unaccompanied intro to Screamin Jay Hawkins "Put a Spell" and the falsetto is still there - used to stunning effect on McCartneys "Maybe I'm Amazed". The man may have turned 60, but the voice is as strong as ever, and his interpretations of other people's stuff remains unbelievably imaginative. Don't hesitate, buy it.
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