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John Eddie - Who the Hell is John Eddie?

Review: 165
Date: 6 Feb 04


Rating: 5 Stars

John Eddie - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Aronoff - Drums
PK Lavengood - Guitars
Kenny Vaughn - Guitars
Jim Dickson - Keyboards
and the final Kenny, Kenny Aaronson - Bass Guitar, long side burns, shades and violently colored jackets

Tracks Listing:
If You're Here When I Get Back
Let me Down Hard
Jesus Is Coming
Family Tree
Low Life
Place You Go
Nobody's Happy
Shothole Bar
Play Some Skynard
It Doesn't Get Better Than This
Plus two bonus tracks


Who the Hell is John Eddie? Well, let old Mott the Dog tell you. John Eddie is a Rocker from Jersey, very much in the mould of Bruce Springstein, John Cougar, or Jon Bon Jovi, who is definitely over the age of forty and has written the ultimate road album. …and here it is for your perusal.

John Eddie spent the first twenty years of his life trying to be a Rock Icon, which must of been a bit hard as he was always respected in the music business, although his partying lifestyle was one of legend that will always leave him with a bad boy reputation to live down. However, it was his contemporaries who went onto fame and fortune playing on the large stages of Rock & Roll stadiums, while John Eddie has not yet made that final step. But I can comfortably predict that this album will change all that.

John Eddie has surrounded himself with a bunch of his mates to form a band who, fortunately for him, include some of the finest musicians that are available in the United States of America. A tighter outfit as they are cannot be improved. John Eddie and his band are now out on the road touring all over the States, promoting the album and recording a DVD for release in 2004 to sold out houses, getting to play in bigger venues as the word spreads. So remember, you heard the word on John Eddie first in Mott the Dog.

Like any Road Dog, John Eddie has had his ups and downs, kicks, scrapes, and formed views on other beings that have crossed his life. So that's what you get in the songs, a potted history on life out on the Road, sometimes uplifting, sometimes depressing, or full of sorrow, or just good old outrageously funny. Stretched over the twelve songs on this album you run the full gauntlet of all these emotions, giving the whole collection a very well-rounded feeling. The musicianship is superb.

The guitars are played by Kenny Vaughn and PK Lavengood, sometimes belting out the licks and at other times laying down sympathetic simple chords to add emotion to John Eddie’s thoughts. Jim Dickson does a wonderful job with the keyboard arrangements, keeping it simple while not leaving any holes. Kenny Aronoff puts the backbone into all the rhythms, whilst on bass guitar is the wonderful Kenny Aaronson, who adds his own distinctive style to proceedings.

The opening gambit of 'If You're Here When I Get Back’ sets the theme for the album.

“Kiss me baby on the curb,
Throw your arms around my waist,
Send me off with your sweet words,
Say a little prayer,
Show a little faith.
These boots are broken in,
from always leaving you,
This road takes a lot of turns,
Each one leads me back to you."

You are then taken off from song to song into the world according to John Eddie, sometimes interesting, always controversial, heartbreaking if he wants to be, and very irreverent. However, you cannot help but forgive a guy anything who has written two songs such as 'Forty' and 'Play Some Skynard'. The later being a wonderful anthem to any band that has ever played and been heckled from the loud mouth in the crowd to hear something he knows, so he doesn't have to make the effort to listen to something new. 'Forty' will put a rye smile on the lips of anybody who has reached that remarkable mile stone. (Mott is 329 in dog years, you work it out.)

In 'Play Some Skynard’ you also get the answer to the meaning of Life, what more do you want for your buck? Well, actually you do get a bit more. If you leave your C.D. on play after the last official song, it does not take long for you to discover two extra, hidden, un-credited songs tacked onto the end. Next time you are in Tahitian Queen, ask the D.J. to play 'Low Life', then next time you are in your local C.D. shop, pick up a copy of 'Who The Hell Is John Eddie?'. So hopefully the next John Eddie album will be called 'Hey, It's Me, John Eddie, the Star'.

Pawed by Mott The Dog
Re-chewed by Ella Crew


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