Daze Of The Night from ‘Heal My Soul’ (Convexe Entertainment 2016)

Welcome to the latest installment of our Essential series. Today, we return to ‘Heal My Soul’ to focus on ‘Daze Of The Night‘, the stunning lead off single from that critically acclaimed ‘lost’ Jeff Healey album. (Please note: not to be confused with the rough demo version released on the ‘House on Fire’ compilation. The version on HMS is a completely different recording, containing Jeff’s finished performances.)

One of several tracks during this period to be co-written by Marti Frederiksen, Daze is a freight train, a relentless showcase for Jeff’s powerful voice and masterful guitar.

“I first met Jeff in 1998 …I would just sit there and watch him (play) in awe. It was so cool.” – Marti Frederiksen

As with most of Heal My Soul, Daze Of The Night is cemented in the rock solid foundation of Jeff’s long time collaborator and friend, Joe Rockman on bass, and the incredible Dean Glover on drums.

I have a very vivid memory of Jeff playing me early versions of Daze and the great Tim Beatie penned ‘Baby Blue’ on cassette shortly after they were recorded. He was very proud of the work he’d done and rightly so. I was completely floored. His guitar playing and vocals had a powerful urgency, that although a live performance staple, seemed lacking in most of Jeff’s recorded output. To top it off, Daze Of The Night was quite possibly one of the strongest rock songs Jeff had written in the better part of a decade. It was however, destined to languish on a shelf for almost 20 years… (For more on that side of the story, please check HERE)

“Pfft… I want 10 of those on an album. That’s got me written all over it. I love it! I could listen to rock like that all day.” -musician, Danko Jones

Under different circumstances, this track should have ushered in a new golden era in Jeff’s Rock & Blues career. Instead, its fate serves as a metaphor for that time period. Jeff’s professional and personal life were both in turmoil. As related elsewhere, what should have been several months of recording leading to a new album release turned into almost 4 years. Writing, recording, writing… Perspectives became cloudy.

Ultimately, only a fraction of what was recorded during this period yielded the JHB’s final studio record, the year 2000 release, Get Me Some. The album contained some incredible work, but arguably the best of these sessions remained behind. It would be another 16 years before these remarkable tracks were resurrected and finally given the attention they deserved…

So, crank your speakers and push play! I dare you not to break into a grin when Jeff cuts loose in the solo.