This Time It's for Real

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This Time It's for Real
Studio album by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Released 1977
Recorded The Record Plant, New York
Genre Rock
Length 43:00
Label Epic
Producer Steven Van Zandt
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes chronology
I Don't Want To Go Home
This Time It's for Real
Hearts of Stone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

This Time It's for Real was the second album by seminal New Jersey Rock/R&B band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Like their first album I Don't Want To Go Home this album features a number of guest artists and duets, a trend that would be dropped for their next album Hearts of Stone. "Check Mr. Popeye" features Kenny 'Popeye' Pentifallo on vocals with The Coasters on background vocals. The track "First Night" features The Satins on background vocals and Steven Van Zandt on duet vocals. "Little Girl So Fine" features background vocals by The Drifters.[2][3] The album also features a cover of Aretha Franklin's "Without Love".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "This Time It's for Real" (Steven Van Zandt) - 4:07
  2. "Without Love" (Carolyn Franklin, Ivory Joe Hunter) - 4:32
  3. "Check Mr. Popeye" (Dolores Johnson) - 3:56
  4. "First Night" (Steven Van Zandt) - 4:38
  5. "She Got Me Where She Wants Me" (Steven Van Zandt) - 4:06
  6. "Some Things Just Don't Change" (Steven Van Zandt) - 3:39
  7. "Little Girl So Fine" (Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt) - 3:51
  8. "I Ain't Got the Fever No More" (Steven Van Zandt) - 5:29
  9. "Love On the Wrong Side of Town" (Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt) - 3:11
  10. "When You Dance" (Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt) - 5:25




  • Southside Johnny – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Al Berger - bass, vocals
  • Eddie Manion - baritone saxophone, vocals
  • Kevin Kavanaugh - piano, vocals
  • Kenny 'Popeye' Pentifallo - drums, tambourine, vocals ("Check Mr. Popeye")
  • Billy Rush (credited as Little Willie Rush) - guitar, vocals
  • Richie Rosenberg - trombone, vocals
  • Tony Palligrosi - trumpet, vocals
  • Carlo Novi - tenor saxophone, vocals
  • Steven Van Zandt (credited as SMS) - guitar, vocals (duet "First Night")
  • Ernest 'Boom' Carter - conga, tympani
  • Bobby Malach - tenor sax ("Love On the Wrong Side of Town")
  • The Drifters - background vocals ("Little Girl So Fine")
    • Charlie Thomas
    • Doe Greene
    • Ellsbury Hobbs
    • Don Thomas
  • The Coasters - background vocals ("Check Mr. Popeye")
    • Carl Gardner
    • Earl Carroll
    • Jimmy Norman
    • Ronnie Bright
  • The Satins - background vocals ("First Night")
    • Fred Parris
    • Richard Freeman
    • James Curtis
    • Nate Marshall
  • Sugar's Strings:
    • Joe Parente - conductor
    • Florence Rosenwig - violin
    • Marion Head - violin
    • David Madison - violin
    • Chock Parker - violin
    • Barbara Sonies - violin
    • Diane Barnets - violin
    • Nardo Poy - viola
    • Pete Rosato - viola
    • Davis Barnett - viola


  • Steven Van Zandt - producer
  • Don Meehan - engineer
  • Ken Robertson - assistant engineer
  • Stan Kalina - mastering