Freddy Jones Band - North Avenue Wake Up Call

Freddy Jones Band
North Avenue Wake Up Call


First Appeared in The Music Box, May 1996, Volume 3, #3

Written by John Metzger


Waitress may be the over-hyped single from the Freddy Jones Band's North Avenue Wake Up Call, but it's also an inferior tune from Marty Lloyd, Wayne Healy, and company. Overall, this is a pretty decent outing, but it's not as even-handed as the 1993 release Waiting for the Night.

Stand-outs include the Spanish-tinged Ferris Wheel and Hold on to Midnight, featuring Rob Bonaccorsi on slide guitar in a manner that is reminiscent of Warren Haynes. Howard Levy, harmonica player from Bčla Fleck's group, makes an appearance on the dreamy Rain, a song that certainly captures the feeling of Chicago over this past waterlogged month. Levy also adds his multi-dimensional playing to Turn. The Freddy Jones Band remains better in concert than it is in the studio, but North Avenue Wake Up Call is still a nice treat. starstarstar ˝

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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