Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Friday, January 18, 2008

Album Review: Heart, Jupiter's Darling

Monday, October 11, 2004

Jupiters Darling

My earliest memory of Heart was when their song Barracuda came on the radio in the summer of 1978 (I think) and Jim Shirley, the neighbor kid, said, “This is a cool song.” Jim was never into music too much so it really stood out. He was right and all summer Heart was on the radio. Mike Abendroth and I went to see Heart play the Music Hall and they were exciting and energized. We left the show pumped up! By the early ‘80’s, thanks to over-exposure on the radio, I had heard enough of the band Heart and thought I could live without hearing them again... until now.
After an extended hiatus, and an exceptional acoustic duet album that snuck past most folks in the late ‘90’s, Ann and Nancy Wilson are back with their hybrid Led Zeppelin vein of rock. This album is six songs too long but it is a damn good record. Traditional “rock” fans could very easily forget that this is a band that was well past its prime: this record is fresh and brings back everything that made Heart interesting back in the late ‘70’s without sounding like a Nostalgia Act.

Don’t let my rating fool you, a good record is, well, good. And if we are honest with ourselves, when was the last time you actually heard a “good album?” By that I mean, from start to finish it’s good: what it isn’t is three good songs surrounded by filler tracks. The packaging is especially good and the band is back doing what they go best, rock.

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