Jack Tempchin review….October 2, 2017….

JACK TEMPCHIN

PEACEFUL EASY FEELING

THE SONGS OF JACK TEMPCHIN

BLUE ELAN RECORDS   BER 1049

PEACEFUL EASY FEELING–PART OF ME, PART OF YOU–SLOW DANCING–THE ONE YOU LOVE–SOUL SEARCHIN’–ALREADY GONE–PRIVACY–EVERYBODY’S GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY TONIGHT–PARTYTOWN–IT’S YOUR WORLD NOW

We must admit, we were a bit awestruck when we first found out we had the opportunity to review the latest set from Jack Tempchin.  It is entitled “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and, that title is part of what makes Jack so special.  For the few who may not know, nine of the ten cuts on this set were all recorded by or written with his friend of 46 years, Glenn Frey.  Two of the cuts are a part of the best-selling album of the 20TH Century, “The Eagles Greatest Hits, 1971-1975.”  The remainder, save for “Slow Dancing,” itself a hit for Johnny Rivers, were either recorded by the Eagles or by Glenn Frey during his successful solo career.

We didn’t know what more could be said about these songs that hasn’t already been said, but Jack made it easy.  He takes the guitar solo on the title cut, and, on “Already Gone” and “It’s Your World Now,” Jack is joined by Chris Hillman on mandolin, and Herb Pedersen on dobro, giving  those songs a new dimension.

Jack is joined by labelmate and Blues Award winner Janiva Magness on “Soul Searchin,” and by Rita Coolidge on the song that was a hit for Johnny Rivers, “Slow Dancing (Swayin’ To The Music).”  There’s one cut that was penned by Jack and Glenn that was previously unreleased, a cool song about Big Brother always watching, “I want my Privacy.”  It’s got some grungy, porn-flick guitar to add to its paranoid ambience!  Our favorite was from Glenn’s solo effort, “No Fun Aloud.”  Jack keeps the debauchery flowin’ right along with the shooters down at “Partytown,” with the only thing missing being the “Monstertones”–Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Connors, and John McEnroe on the backing chorus–from the original!

With “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Jack Tempchin lays out a heartfelt tribute to his great friend and fellow composer, Glenn Frey.  Fans, this is a set to be savored….Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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