Guitar Joey & The Best

Guitar Joey & the Best

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This expanded CD version of his self-produced cassette features new material along with reprises of earlier material and, as such, qualifies more as a new release. Only Gaydos' "Honey Doo Man" and "Mama Talk to Your Daughter" are reprised from the similarly named cassette offering, but the music stays straight and true to Joey's signature power-trio-with-singer format. In the main, it's Gaydos' original material that fuels the drive of this session, loaded with great guitar playing and solid ensemble work from bassist Rick Ramsden and drummer Joe Fava. Old friend and ex-Weapons bandmate Tommy Farless handles the vocal chores, knowing every twist and turn of Joey's guitar prowess and making a formidable foil in the process. Highlights include the opener "Saddle Up," "Soup Pie Jello," "Ain't That Lucky" and "You're the One." In the already crowded blues-rock sweepstakes, this is still an exciting piece of work, totally devoid of Stevie Ray copycat-isms or other pro forma blues exercises.