|Recording Artist:||Johnny Hallyday|
|Date Written:||December 1988 / Vancouver, Canada|
|Albums:||Rough Town (Philips, 1994)
Munich City Nights, Volume 54
Johnny Hallyday a la Cigale - Live 1994 (Mercury France, 2004)
Johnny Hallyday: vocal
Colin James: lead guitar
Robin Mesurier: electric rhythm and acoustic guitar
Chuck Leavell: organ
Bill Payne: piano
James Hutchinson: bass
Richard Hayward: drums
Sam Clayton: percussion
Ian Wikson: backing vocal
Produced by Chris Kimsey. Recorded by Steve Holroyd at Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California. Mixed by Chris Kimsey at Metropolis Studios, London.
When Johnny Hallyday first appeared on the scene in the 1950's he was hailed as "France's answer to Elvis". He remains one of Europe's biggest stars to this day.
"Rough Town" would have been perfect for Paul Rogers, Lou Gramm or Roger Daltrey -- singers with an innate sense of phrasing who play the English language like an instrument. For that matter, Bryan Adams sang a superb vocal on the home-studio demo that we sent to Hallyday.
Johnny's band does a great job of replicating -- and even improving upon -- our demo track., but Johnny's vocal performance fails to capture the swagger and attitude the song demands.
Even worse is the "live" performance recorded at "la Cigale" in Paris in 1994 (released in 2004). Again, the band is outstanding, but Johnny's vocal is, at best, an impressionistic doodle.
in the city streets