Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes – Hearts of Stone (Remastered) (1978/2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes – Hearts of Stone (Remastered) (1978/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:05 minutes | 740 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Epic – Legacy

Hearts of Stone is the best album Bruce Springsteen never recorded. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes were a hard-working Jersey rock-‘n’-soul outfit who happened to count E-Streeter Miami Steve Van Zandt among its alumni. Van Zandt continued to contribute to the band as a writer, producer, and musician even after he’d joined Springsteen’s band, and brought his boss aboard for this 1978 triumph. (Springsteen also penned numbers for the group’s good-but-not-great first and second albums.) Springsteen and Van Zandt contributed all nine songs here and the lot of them-from the brassy, tenacious opener “Got to Be a Better Way Home” to the mournful coda, “Light Don’t Shine”-are winners. Van Zandt cut his ties with the Jukes following Hearts of Stone and the group never found a new source of great material. But for one album, the light did shine for these Jersey journeymen. -Steven Stolder

01. Got to Be a Better Way Home (2016 Remaster)
02. This Time Baby’s Gone for Good (2016 Remaster)
03. I Played the Fool (2016 Remaster)
04. Hearts of Stone (2013 Remaster)
05. Take It Inside (2016 Remaster)
06. Talk to Me (2013 Remaster)
07. Next to You (2016 Remaster)
08. Trapped Again (2013 Remaster)
09. Light Don’t Shine (2016 Remaster)