Way back in 1992, hair metal was in its waning days, and the music industry was heavily leaning towards every Grunge act in existence. My local rock radio station was still playing the remnants of Motley Crue, but also the new Black Crowes and everything that had Seattle origins
Quite honestly, there was a lot of diversity in the WDHA playlist.
One fine early spring day, I was driving home when one of the most divine voices bellowed from my car speakers.
I asked myself – “is this the new Black Crowes?” No, it wasn’t.
It was strong. Powerful. And a voice that belonged to Candian rocker Sass Jordan.
Yes – I know. Sass is all woman. But at first listen, she was a little hard to pinpoint. Her voice has a few traits normally used to describe male rock vocalists, and did not have immediately identifiable feminine style like Celine Dion or Mariah Carey demonstrate.
It was a voice that anchored some incredibly powerful barroom-style rock. Hallelujah.
The song – “Make You a Believer” – kicks off the very fine album Racine. Having been recorded twenty-five years ago, it’s desperately in need of remastering. Or even a re-recording.
Well Hallelujah again!
After years and a variety of styles, Sass has re-recorded Racine so it sounds up to par with everything else being played through my iPhone today. The older recording had lower sound levels. Now? I don’t have to crank the volume to enjoy. My ears are happy!
Racine Revisited features Rudy Sarzo on bass, Brent Fitz on drums and percussion, Chris Caddell on guitars and Derek Sharp on guitars, keyboards and production duty. I was worried that the sound would be totally modernized and out of place. I am happy to say that I am wrong.
Racine Revisited does sound fresh. But it does NOT sound like a cheap re-recording or flat. It would have been easy to put out a by-the-numbers version on some small label. There are no click-tracks. There’s no auto-tune. Racine Revisited is REAL rock n’ roll.
Buy Racine Revisited on Amazon.com.