Known and loved around the globe for being the “Hardest Working Band In Soul Business,” little did the band members of Jack Mack & The Heart Attack realize how well-earned that moniker had become.
It’s July 1996 and the band is engaged to perform at the XXVI Olympiad, the international multi-sport event being held in Atlanta, Georgia. As the band closed their set and performed their original tune, “I Walked Alone” in the early morning of 27 July, a pipe bomb exploded in very close proximity to the stage directly killing 1 person and injuring 111. The white noise aftermath of the bomb blast provides a stark backdrop to what could be the first time an act of domestic terrorism closed a live recording.
Producer and director, Clint Eastwood, along with producer Leonardo DiCaprio, released a major film with Warner Bros. Pictures in December 2019, titled Richard Jewell with an all-star cast including Paul Walter Hauser as Jewell, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and others. This biographical drama is based on the story of Jewell, the security guard who was subsequently wrongly accused of being the bomber. The award winning film features two of the band’s performances, the Staples Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and the band’s original song “I Walked Alone.”
In stark contrast to the unfolding tragedy, this set was recorded live for nearly 40,000 party goers to capture the energy of a high-octane band during a party extravaganza. Soulful vocals, a rock-and-soul rhythm section, and blazing horns tear up that hot and humid night in Atlanta that only an explosion could stop. This collection of originals and classic soul covers places the listener smack in the middle of one of the world’s greatest parties that ends with a seminal and historic moment in American and Olympics history.
Here’s what a few reviewers say about the band and their music: “ …. with ten albums, movie soundtracks and global television and stage appearances, Stax/Volt, Muscle Shoals, Motown and Philly echo through this music. Jack Mack will spark a party mood!” Elmore Magazine
“It might not be good for your heath, but this stuff sure is fun to listen to. Just keep those shock paddles handy just in case.” No Depression