SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY DUKES Remasters (T Bird) * FORMED originally in New Jersey by singer Johnny Lyon, 10-piece Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes arrived in the mid 1970's as the second act to emerge from the Jersey shore scene behind Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
I Don't Want To Go Home (1976) and This Time It's For Real (1977) were soul-influenced R&B, arranged and produced by Springsteen bandmate Steve Van Zandt, who later would be one of the stars in the brilliant Sopranos US TV gangster series). Most tracks were written by Van Zandt or Springsteen and both albums, now on one CD, feature a number of guests.
How Come You Treat Me So Bad is a duet between Southside Johnny and Lee Dorsey, whilst You Mean So Much To Me Baby is a duet with Ronnie Spector.
Check Mr Popeye features The Coasters on backing vocals and Little Girl So Fine features The Drifters.
There are also covers of Aretha Franklin's Without Love, Solomon Burke's Got To Get You Off My Mind and Billie Holliday's I Choose To Sing The Blues.
JOHN WAITE Rovers Return (Beat Goes On) * NAMED after Coronation Street's pub, this was a 1987 solo album from an English singer who had more success across the pond with rock bands The Babys and Bad English. His greatest success came in 1984 with Missing You, which was a top tenner over here and a No 1 in the USA. Best here is self-penned Woman's Touch.* Read my blog at www.sundaymercury.net and tune to Bev Bevan and Jimmy Franks on WM from 10pm to midnight every Tuesday.