Hearts of Stone (Audio CD),20 March, 1990|
List price $9.98
MEET SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY!! / 5
As the saying goes, "Timing is Everything" and I can't help but feel that with a couple breaks and a little good timing, Southside Johnny might have become the big 70s & 80s mega superstar from New Jersey instead of the BOSS. Don't get my wrong, I love Springsteen. I just think Southside Johnny and the Jukes deserved better.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were the second band after Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band to emerge from the New Jersey area. Though they carried a significant influence, including key personnel, from Springsteen and company, they were basically a White R&B brass band in the Bill Chase, Blood Sweat and Tears tradition.
This album is the most successful merger of old R&B with modern songwriting and sensibilities in the Jukes' catalog. "Hearts of Stone" features many great Van Zandt originals "Got to Be a Better Way Home", "Trapped Again", "I Played the Fool", "This Time Baby's Gone for Good" and my favorite "Take it Inside".
As evidence the Springsteen and Southside Johnny were close, Springsteen either wrote or had a hand in three of the songs.
As much as I like and admire Springsteen, I don't think I like any Springsteen album any better than "Hearts of Stone"
Song "Blue Radio"
All night, under the laughing moon
My heart is beating soft and low
Love was here but now it's gone
I'm by myself with my blue radio
A spanish rose pressed in the book of dreams
It says its time to go
Waiting for our favorite song
I fell asleep with my blue radio
All night long, the music still haunts me
Just like laughter from a distant shore
And baby, baby, how your kisses still send me
Even though I know, you don't want me no more
So all night, under the laughing moon
I sing the only words I know
Hope I'll see you before the dawn
Shines its light on my blue...
My blue radio