Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"This 1994 gig, recorded at the same hometown Toronto tavern where the band was discovered, was something of a celebratory homecoming. Healey, at that point, achieved national fame with 10 straight hit singles starting in 1990. The crowd, knowing he’s one of their own, responds with loving craziness, propelling the band on to the inspired heights captured herein. Healey fashioned a unique way of playing guitar. He played it like a laptop steel dobro, horizontal across his lap while sitting down. This added to his highly individualistic style: his stinging runs and sense of urgency and drama were always at the forefront of his solos. His feel for the blues, especially, coupled with his soulful lead vocals, made him and his band a sensation." -HardRockHideout.com
Personnel: Jeff Healey (vocals, guitar); Pat Rush (guitar); Tom Stephen (drums).
Audio Mixer: Richard Chycki.
Liner Note Author: Lisa McDonald.
Recording information: Grossman's Tavern, Toronto, Canada (04/22/1994-04/23/1994).
Photographer: Barrie Wentzell.
Capturing a homecoming gig for the conquering hero, Live at Grossman's 1994 finds blues-rocker Jeff Healey returning to a favorite club. Looking back, it's easy to see that Healey was between stages: his most popular albums were just behind him and the years of him carving out a niche as a working bluesman who dabbled in jazz were ahead of him. Here, he was performing with the velocity and volume of a blues-rocker at his peak, invigorated by an intimate setting where he could just play, not worrying about throwing in "Angel Eyes" or "I Think I Love You Too Much." The result is a set where he salutes his idols -- Clapton, Elmore James, Albert King, Howlin' Wolf, Hendrix, even the Beatles via an excellent "Yer Blues" -- and it's one of his purest and best records as a straight-ahead blues-rocker. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine