The Hellecasters play some fierce guitar. Their decade and three albums are keenly summed up on this fine collection, which stuffs in representative chunks of jazz, blues, pop, rock, and country. The thing is, these vets are pretty fluid in just about everything they do, so it's occasionally tough to discern one track from another (or one player from another, for that matter). A couple of unreleased cuts and a rarity are bait for fans, but novices will get the most from Essential Listening. While it helps to be a guitar freak, this trio's blend of Allman Brothers-style jams and playful heavy metal rips solidly convinces that even prodigious technical wizards are capable of having fun. The trio of guitarists that make up the Hellecasters (Fairport Convention's Jerry Donahue, The Desert Rose Band's John Jorgenson, and session picker Will Ray). Essential Listening, Vol. 1 album released Aug 20, 2002 on the Hightone label. The CD music contains a single disc with 13 songs. Recorded in Hollywood, California and London, England between 1995 & 2002.
Tracklist: 1. Disintonation 2. Valley Of The Pharaohs 3. Ghosts Of 42Nd Street 4. Little Miss Strange 5. Back On Terra Firma 6. Riddler's Journey 7. Danger Man 8. Le Journee Des Tziganes 9. Mr. Natural 10. Axe To Grind 11. Deiter's Lounge 12. Almost Dawn 13. Bucket Of Fish