The Skinny: Released after a couple ambitious but commercially unsuccessful classical albums, Summer in the City: Live in New York marked Joe Jackson’s return to the catchy pop-rock that made him famous.
Sounds like: Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Squeeze
Deeper Thoughts: For this energetic and thoroughly entertaining set, Jackson is joined by Graham Maby on bass and Gary Burke on drums. The airtight trio tear through 13 Jackson hits and covers, including Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and Steely Dan’s “King of the World.” Jackson even pays tribute to his idol Duke Ellington with a heartfelt cover of “Moon Indigo.”
The Sonics: Mastered at the famed Sterling Sound in New York, this recording boasts impressive dynamic range and soundstage. Graham Maby’s bass leaps out of the speakers and Jackson’s vocals are well balanced in the mix.