Gordon Jackson’s rare 1969 album can almost be called a lost Traffic LP. Produced by Dave Mason, it features the talents of Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason and Chris Wood, alongside Jim King and Ric Grech (Family), Poli Palmer (pre-Family), Julie Driscoll, the Blossom Toes, Meic Stevens, Reg King and many others. A melodic distillation of folk, pop and psychedelia, it is a lost classic making its CD debut here, remastered from the original master tapes and featuring bonus tracks
“The album varies from the meditative and Eastern-tinged to the heavier and more psychedelic, and what could easily have been a good-natured mess is in fact surprisingly taut and complex” – Record Collector
“A mixture of psychedelic rock, jazz, folk, soul and world music with a nice introspective groove and haunting minor-key melodies” – Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Tommy James (real name Thomas Jackson) was born on 29 April 1947 in Dayton, Ohio. He formed his first group in Niles, Michigan when he was just nine and they cut a 45, Long Pony Tail, for a local label. Later in 1963, after hearing Hanky Panky performed in a night club in South Bend, Indiana, he recorded the song for DJ Jack Douglas' Snap label with an outfit called The Shondells. It sold quite well around Illinois, Michigan and Indiana - and you can now hear it on Born Bad, Vol. 2. Two years later when he'd just left college and was out of work Tommy received a call from a DJ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who had popularised the record. Tommy relocated there and, when the original Shondells refused to leave Indiana, he hired a local band, The Raconteurs, to become the new Shondells. The New York-based Roulette label picked up the disc from Red Fox for national release. It became a million-selling No 1 in the U.S. and also made No 38 in the UK. The debut album made No 46 in the U.S. Album Charts. The Roulette label arranged for songwriter/producers Bo Gentry and Richie Cordell to team up with the band in a partnership which produced a string of melodic and exhilarating hits. Their third LP I Think We're Alone Now reached No 74 in the U.S. Charts and their fourth - a compilation Something Special! The Best of Tommy James And The Shondells peaked at No 174. Get Out Now, their 10th single for Roulette, which made No 48, marked the end of their lightweight pop period.
genre: doom blues
quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers)
time: 34'42" size: 212 mb
Side one "I Don't Need You No More" – 2:36
"Whammer Jammer" (Juke Joint Jimmy) – 2:37
"So Sharp" (Arlester Christian) – 3:10
"The Usual Place" (Don Covay, Leroy Randolph) – 2:45
"Gotta Have Your Love" – 4:32
Side two "Looking for a Love" (J. W. Alexander, Zelda Samuels) – 3:47
"Gonna Find Me a New Love" – 3:24
"Cry One More Time" – 3:23
"Floyd's Hotel" – 3:11
"It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It!)" (Juke Joint Jimmy) – 5:12
All songs written by Peter Wolf and Seth Justman, except where noted; arranged by J. Geils Band.
Peter Wolf - vocals
J. Geils - guitar
Seth Justman - keyboards
Danny Klein - bass
Magic Dick - harp
Stephen Bladd - drums, vocals
Jazz-rock band IZVIR (Eng. "source" or "spring") was formed in Ljubljana (Slovenia, ex-Yugoslavia) back around 1971, although not under that name, and was active until 1978. In this period they released two singles and the eponymous LP album, which today rank as highly valued collectors' items and are rare to find. Members of the band were: Marko Bitenc / vocal, percussion, Marjan Lebar / bass, Slavko Lebar / guitar, Andrej Petkovic / drums, Franc Opeka / guitar, Davor Petric / guitar and Andrej Konjajev / organ, piano, vocal. After the break-up of IZVIR, most of them collaborated with group PREDMESTJE and other Slovenian jazz-rock acts.
A very rare privately-pressed demo-only album which is heavily influenced by the early seventies Moody Blues sound. In other words, we're talking progressive pop/rock with quasi-mystical lyrics. Some will love it, others will feel it typifies all that's bad in the genre. Among the better moments are Dreams and Times.
The individuals responsible for this had earlier been involved in Agincourt,Alice Through The Looking Glass and Tomorrow Come Some Day.
The Ithaca album is a mega-rarity, but some further copies appeared on the market when the band were tracked down. According to 'Record Collector' the earlier market value (£1,500) was halved to £750.
The band were also responsible for an acetate album called Friends but this was never 'released'. This would definitely fall into the R5 category.
gibraltar: Ithaca released one album called A Game for All Who Know. It is considered pretty rare as "those in the know" say only 55 copies of the LP were pressed. However, it has been pressed on CD so it's much easier to hear. There is also a bit of controversy surrounding the album. Apparently some people think the original LP was fake by a worthless record dealer. So, is it worth it? Yes, if you are into folksy psychedelic ala Trees, Mellow Candle or Pink Floyd's "If" or "Grantchester Meadows." Really nice vocals that make me think of the three voices of the Wilson Philips ladies all rolled into Lee Menelaus, the female vocalist. Her voice is *very* sweet. Alternating with her are the vocals of John Ferrdinando whose voice is also quite pleasant and gentle. Instruments include mandolin, flutes, recorders, classical guitar and autoharp. The music is gentle, dreamy and very laid back. This is a great summer evening kind of album. Overall, a very nice sound and worth a listen if you like folk/prog. -- Mike Taylor
Very very rare Canadian hard rock with psych remnants, has a great immediacy to it and lots of ripping fuzz; problem for me is a sometimes operatic singer a la British LPs like Open Mind and Ghost. If you have no problems with that you'll dig this LP big time. Has an awesome long organbased potsmoker you might know from Gathering vol 3, the rest is more rocking. Both re's have cover wear residue from the originals that were used.