Johnny Flash

 

It takes a degree of courage - or should that perhaps be ‘brass neck’ - to launch a debut solo set with covers of classics by such as Teddy Pendergrass, David Ruffin, Jerry Butler and Eddie Floyd but that’s what Johnny ‘Flash’ Ware - most recently with the Fabulous Ebonys - has come up with, instigated by Society Hill producer, Butch Ingram, who got the family band together to assist on the sessions here.  Whilst it’s all sufficiently pleasant, unfortunately the ‘Society Hill Orchestra’ can’t match the original fulsome instrumental supports and arrangements of the originals and, whilst Johnny’s vocals are clearly those of a man trying hard to add a personal stamp rather than simply attempting to emulate the initial performer, there still remains a sense of unfulfilled business for the listener.  Best overall cuts come by way of the Trammps’ ‘Stop And Think’ and Eddie Floyd’s ‘I’ve Never Found A Girl’, while Sherena Khan ‘s duet vocals - excellent in their own right - definitely stimulate and bring out the best of Mr Flash on the Jerry Butler/Brenda Lee Eager vehicle, ‘Ain’t Understanding Mellow’.