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Joey Stuckey

Joey Stuckey Trio - In the Shadow of the Sun

Review by Gary Hill

This is the new set from Joey Stuckey and his trio. It lands in the territory of hard rocking sound with some variation throughout. While the guitar work is always exceptional, the vocals at times don't work that well for me. That said, overall, this is still very successful. We get all the songs in stereo followed by all of them in mono mixes. Since they are the same songs, I've just run the same track reviews for both sets.

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Track by Track Review
Mixes in Scintillating Stereo
   
You’re so Wrong

Some general sounds, like a person walking and perhaps shifting on an amplifier open this. From there it drives out into a rocking jam. This is energetic, rather catchy and quite cool.

Domino
This old school rocker gets an intriguing telling here. It has a real old school blues rock sound built into it. There is a raw edge that serves the tune well, too.
Ain’t It Good to Be in Love
I love the horn section on this. This has a real retro rock sound, but with a harder, rawer edge than was common in the older music.
Good Time Charlie
There is some killer mellower texture built into this piece. It's another slab of retro-styled sound. It's also another effective piece. I love the guitar soloing on it, but ignore the piano at your own risk. There is a real country twang to this number.
Troubles Come in Threes
A high-energy, blues rocker, the guitar soloing on this is purely on fire. We're more in the territory of Stevie Ray Vaughn with this piece. It's so tasty.
Still Me, Sane & Free
A bit more of a jazzy blues groove is at the heart of this. It has a soulful kind of vibe. It's not as fierce as the cut that preceded it, but the guitar solo section really screams nonetheless.
Truth Is a Misty Mountain
An energetic rocker, this is quite tasty. It has a bit of a soaring spirit to it. There is some scorching guitar soloing and a cool little bass showcase after. This has some definite jazz built into it.
Whippin' Post
This old chestnut is screaming hot as delivered here. It has some great guitar soloing and really rocks. The acapella bit before the closing flourish seems a bit drawn out to me, though.
You’re so Wrong (Radio Edit)
As you might guess from the title and parenthetical, here we get a radio edit of the opening song. I think it might actually work a bit better in this format, not that there was anything wrong with the other version.
Mixes in Magnificent Mono
           
You’re so Wrong

Some general sounds, like a person walking and perhaps shifting on an amplifier open this. From there it drives out into a rocking jam. This is energetic, rather catchy and quite cool.

Domino
This old school rocker gets an intriguing telling here. It has a real old school blues rock sound built into it. There is a raw edge that serves the tune well, too.
Ain’t It Good to Be in Love
I love the horn section on this. This has a real retro rock sound, but with a harder, rawer edge than was common in the older music.
Good Time Charlie
There is some killer mellower texture built into this piece. It's another slab of retro-styled sound. It's also another effective piece. I love the guitar soloing on it, but ignore the piano at your own risk. There is a real country twang to this number.
Troubles Come in Threes
A high-energy, blues rocker, the guitar soloing on this is purely on fire. We're more in the territory of Stevie Ray Vaughn with this piece. It's so tasty.
Still Me, Sane & Free
A bit more of a jazzy blues groove is at the heart of this. It has a soulful kind of vibe. It's not as fierce as the cut that preceded it, but the guitar solo section really screams nonetheless.
Truth Is a Misty Mountain
An energetic rocker, this is quite tasty. It has a bit of a soaring spirit to it. There is some scorching guitar soloing and a cool little bass showcase after. This has some definite jazz built into it.
Whippin' Post
This old chestnut is screaming hot as delivered here. It has some great guitar soloing and really rocks. The acapella bit before the closing flourish seems a bit drawn out to me, though.
You’re so Wrong (Radio Edit)
As you might guess from the title and parenthetical, here we get a radio edit of the opening song. I think it might actually work a bit better in this format, not that there was anything wrong with the other version. 

 

 
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