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The Fans: Reviews: Heavy Hip Mama "Sweet Emotion: Songs Of Aerosmith"01.10.02

Mark Wilson01.10.02
Okay folks! During all the hoopla over Lou singing on that Aerosmith tribute CD, everyone either forgot to read, or forgot to mention, the liner notes. Anyone who has this CD has to take time to read them, because this CD is basically a Foreigner side project!! I just got it, and there's so many cool things I'm not sure where to start, but:

1) The whole CD was produced by none other than our very own Jeff Jacobs, along with Ira Antelis! Jeff plays on all but two songs, rhythm guitar as well as keyboards. He also receives Pro-Tools engineering credits on almost every song. On "Back In The Saddle" he plays all keyboards & rhythm guitar, and that song has some beautiful blues piano work on it for anyone who's listened. His playing is wonderful throughout the CD as a matter of fact, and I recommend listening to the whole CD for this reason alone.

2) Brian Tichy plays drums on all but four songs, and does play the drums on "Back In The Saddle". I know Brian's not actually a member of Foreigner anymore, but that's a recent change under amicable circumstances, and I know many of us still have fond memories of his tenure with the band. Plus, at the time this CD was recorded, Brain may still have been with Foreigner.

3) Sugar Blue, who also plays on "Back In The Saddle", is the Grammy winning Chicago blues-harmonica player that did all the harmonica solos on the Rolling Stones' #1 song "Miss You" from the "Some Girls" album in the late 70's, not a side project of the pop band Sugar Ray as has been erroneously reported elsewhere! I think his playing alongside Lou, Jeff & Brian ranks up there with Foreigner working with Junior Walker & Duane Eddy. The notes add "Sugar Blue was discovered, some years back, playing as a street musician in a Paris subway by a member of the Rolling Stones entourage. He soon found himself appearing on Stones' projects like "Some Girls" and "Tattoo You".

4) Lou Gramm appears courtesy of BMG International. That's the very last liner note, and says to me that Foreigner does indeed still have an international recording contract with BMG, a very large record company. They may still not have a US distributor, but I still find this very encouraging.

5) Thom Gimbel receives credit for "his Aerosmith knowledge", and Claudia, Avrie & Alan Jacobs for their love & support.

At this time, I think we should all take a moment to congratulate Jeff on producing a great CD,   and playing some great   keyboards & guitar on it as well.   I know his efforts & involvement in this project were probably overlooked because CD-Now didn't mention it in their press release, but now that we know I think we should give him his due...

CONGRATULATIONS JEFF!! YOU ROCK..THE BLUES!!

A full listing of Foreigner-related playing follows:

"Cryin'"
Jeff Jacobs: all keyboards; Brian Tichy drums.

"Pink"
Jeff Jacobs: organ solo; Brian Tichy: drums.

"Walk This Way"
Jeff Jacobs: rhythm guitar & keyboards.

"Last Child"
Jeff Jacobs: rhythm guitar & keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums.

"Big Ten Inch Record"
Jeff Jacobs: all keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums; Sugar Blue: harmonica.

"Back In The Saddle"
Lou Gramm: lead vocals; Jeff Jacobs: rhythm guitar & all keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums; Sugar Blue: harmonica.

"Dream On"
Jeff Jacobs: all keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums.

"Draw The Line"
Jeff Jacobs: rhythm guitar & keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums.

"Rag Doll"
Jeff Jacobs: rhythm guitar & keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums & rhythm guitar.

"Sweet Emotion"
Jeff Jacobs: B3 organ.

"Dude (Looks Like A Lady)"
Jeff Jacobs: rhythm guitar & keyboards; Brian Tichy: drums.

The Fans: Reviews: Heavy Hip Mama "Sweet Emotion: Songs Of Aerosmith"01.10.02
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