The Jefferson Archive
tend to stray from the originals a little too much by being
“creative”. First of all they have a tendency to make the vocal
content incidental, (happening as a minor
accompaniment), as opposed to an integral part of the song.
This would suggest that the instrumental content must be of greater
Secondly then, getting
to the instrumental, why does a write-up by one of the band members
describe Jefferson Tierney as “Not a well-rehearsed mimic, but a
career musician and truly creative player whose quality and depth
deliver an authentic and fitting homage to the Gods of Rock”.
Sorry, but an
authentic and fitting homage to the “Gods of Rock” would be to try
and replicate what they sang and played, not become “creative” and
change the things that music-lovers loved so much that they made
When major chart
success was achieved by a band like Cream, the reason for both the
song’s initial success and then continued recognition was/is down to
the whole vocal/instrumental package. Each song by these great bands
was vocally & instrumentally sound, (pardon the pun), including the
well-known guitar breaks which played a large contribution to their
Most who go to live
cover bands’ gigs like to hear just that; covers done as closely to
the original as possible.
Going into a
self-important solo that no-one recognises is, I
feel, a little pretentious & self-indulgent.
In a nutshell, if The Jefferson
Archive are so fond of their own interpretations, perhaps they
should rename themselves from "The Jefferson Archive" to "The
Jefferson Interpretation of Archived Greats"
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