Published Oct 29, 2008The release of archival recordings always occurs upon the passing of any notable musician, and such is the case with Canadian guitar hero Jeff Healey, who, on March second, succumbed to the cancer he had battled his entire life. Although his death came just as he completed his final official recording, Mess Of Blues, for Edmonton-based Stony Plain Records, word that a new double CD/DVD of early performances entitled Legacy Volume One is set to hit stores on November fourth has raised the ire of Healeys family.
The compilation, released through Winnipeg label Arbor Records and distributed by EMI Canada, was assembled by Healeys former drummer, Tom Stephen, who, according to a statement from Healeys estate, had an ongoing feud with the guitarist over royalties. It goes on to describe Legacy Volume One as "yet another hits compilation, as well as "an assembly of inferior tracks that have been readily available for download for years.
The statement concludes, "We ask that Jeffs fans please refrain from purchasing this compilation out of respect for Jeff and his family. This release is not authorized or supported in any way by Jeffs estate. Healeys widow, Cristie, does assure fans that she plans to work with Stony Plain on future archival CDs, including at least one by her husbands side-project, Jeff Healeys Jazz Wizards. "Other releases, she says, "which have not been authorized or approved by the Healey Estate, do not honour Jeffs memory or the legacy of his art, and are merely being released to exploit Jeffs name.
Jeff Healey Band - "Angel Eyes