Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings

Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings

by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

CD(Remastered)

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Overview

While they were often looked on as the little brother band of Asbury Park icons Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt, the truth is that Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes were their peers on the Jersey Shore music scene, not followers. The Jukes came together as part of the after-hours scene at Asbury Park's Upstage Club, where Springsteen cut his teeth as a performer and Van Zandt began working out his formula of R&B and hard rock. And as a live act, the Asbury Jukes in their prime could give Springsteen & the E-Street Band a serious run for their money (it didn't hurt that some musicians did double duty in both groups). While the Jukes had a long and impressive career as a show band, they did their finest work as a recording act on their first three albums, cut when the group signed to Epic. The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings collects Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes' three albums for Epic -- 1976's I Don't Want to Go Home, 1977's This Time It's for Real, and 1978's Hearts of Stone -- in newly remastered form, along with the rare promo-only LP Jukes Live at the Bottom Line. The overlap between the Springsteen and Southside camps informs the three studio albums, all of which feature material written by the Boss and produced by Van Zandt. But on I Don't Want to Go Home and This Time It's for Real, Southside & the Jukes showed they could play streetwise rock & roll with the heart of a soul revue, embracing blues and R&B influences in a way Springsteen could never pull off. Jukes Live sounds like a set that was recorded for radio broadcast and not with commercial release in mind, but despite the flat audio, it captures the fire the band could generate on-stage, as well as the skill with which they worked the crowd. And Hearts of Stone was the Asbury Jukes' masterpiece, a tough-as-iron set of soul-infused rock that cut deeper than anything the band had done before (or would do again). While Johnny Lyon would continue to make great music with and without the Jukes, these albums are his true creative testament, and the new mastering by Mark Wilder serves this music well (and slightly clarifies the mushy sound that always dogged This Time It's for Real). Even longtime Jukes fans will want to give this a listen for the improved audio and the elusive Jukes Live at the Bottom Line, while someone looking for a way into the band's catalog could hardly do better than to start here.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2017
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064005544
catalogNumber: 554
Rank: 33436

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes   Primary Artist
Bob Malach   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Freeman   Vocals
Diane Barnett   Violin
Benny Diggs   Vocals
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Rick Gazda   Vocals,Soloist
Stan Harrison   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Marion Head   Violin
Southside Johnny   Harmonica,Vocals
Kevin Kavanaugh   Keyboards,Vocals
David Madison   Violin
Carlo Novi   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Tony Palligrosi   Trumpet,Vocals
Lou Parente   Trombone
Chuck Parker   Violin
Kenny Pentifallo   Drums,Vocals
Nardo Poy   Viola
Pete Rosato   Viola
Billy Rush   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Barbara Sonies   Violin
Max Weinberg   Drums
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Naomi Anner   Violin
Cathy Tait   Violin
Bill Zacagni   Baritone
Robert Zelnick   Violin
Bob Muckin   Trumpet
Ernest "Boom" Carter   Percussion,Conga
Miami Steve Van Zandt   Guitar,Vocals,Lead
Alan Berger   Bass
Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg   Trombone,Vocals
Davis Barnett   Viola
Philip Ballou   Vocals
Charles Parker   Violin
Bobby Malach   Soloist
Ed Manion   Vocals,Baritone,Soloist
Florence Rosensweig   Violin
Selmon T. Sachs   Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Solomon Burke   Composer
Clarence Carter   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer
Carolyn Franklin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Southside Johnny   Arranger,Composer
Mark London   Composer
Jack Malken   Engineer
Don Meehan   Engineer
Joe Parente   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mike Stoller   Composer
J.B. Moore   Composer
Dolores Johnson   Composer
Waymon Glasco   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Joe Shamwell   Composer
Dolores Burke   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
John Lyon   Composer
Steve Van Zandt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Miami Steve Van Zandt   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Stevie Van Zandt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Morris   Liner Notes

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