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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jawbone - Jawbone (1970 uk, attractive baroque psych with folk drops, 2007 Rev Ola remaster)

Jawbone was born from the ashes of The Mirage and Turquoise, two of the UK's greatest cult pop-psych bands (and both recently anthologised on RPM and Rev-Ola respectively) and their lone 1970 album rounds off their stories perfectly. They were thrown together after guitarist Ray Glynn and drummer Dave Hynes decided to re-form The Mirage after a short stint in The Spencer Davis Group came to an end in 1969 (they appear on the excellent "Short Change" single and ill-fated Funky album). 

Vocalist Pete Hynes and former bassist Dee Murray was swiftly poached for Elton John's band so they recruited keyboard player and former Mirage sidekick/songwriter Kirk Duncan who called up another former colleague, Jeff "Gus" Peters of the recently defunct Turquoise to handle bass duties. Dave Hynes secured the band a deal with Merv Cohn's newly minted Carnaby label and they changed their name to The Portebello (sic) Explosion for a single coupling the dreamy, Beatlesque pop-sike of "We Can Fly" and a tough, hard-edged cover of Bubble Puppy's minor US hit "Hot Smoke And Sassafras". 

The single went nowhere but album sessions began regardless in late 1969 with the re-recording of three old Mirage tunes - "How's Ya Pa?", "Chicago Cottage" and "Jeremiah Dreams" (mistitled "Jeremiah's Dream" on the eventual album), a suitably demented re-working of their unreleased 1967 psychedelic opus "Ebeneezer Beaver". When "How's Ya Pa?" was released as a single in early 1970, it was credited to yet another new moniker, Jawbone. Typically for this period, Dave Hynes had become obsessed by The Band and set about re-modelling the group in their image. 

Consequently, titles like "Honeysuckle Redwood Cabin", "Homestead" and "Mister Custer" came thick and fast, bearing the distinct influences of The Band and The Byrds. On the flipside, Jeff Peters' yearning, Dylanesque "Song For Sunny" sounds like a top-notch Turquoise out-take, "Brave White Knight" blends Donovan, Simon & Garfunkel and "Greensleeves" to thrilling effect and the superb version of The Beatles' "Across The Universe" is chock full of flanged vocals, Wah-Wah guitar and all manner of glorious psychedelic trickery. 

The album came housed in a luxurious, artistic and no doubt very expensive fold-out poster sleeve but sank without trace. A further non-LP single, "Way Way Down", was released shortly after but suffered a similar fate. Jawbone then hooked up with Joe Brown and became his backing band Home Brew for the next five years, at least ensuring themselves a regular income. Dave Hynes ended up drumming for Steve Marriott during the late 70s and into the '80s.
1. Honeysuckle Red wod Cabin (Mynott) - 2:35
2. Homestead (Duncan) - 2:58
3. How's Ya Pa (Duncan, Longstaff) - 3:09
4. Brave Whight Knight (Mynott) - 3:18
5. Bulldog Goes West - 2:49
6. Across The Universe (Lennon, McCartney) - 3:49
7. Million Times Before (Duncan) - 3:02
8. Money Is - 2:46
9. Mister Cluster (Mynott) - 3:10
10. Song For Sunny (Peters) - 3:56
11. Chicago Cottage (Hines, Murray, Duncan) - 2:12
12. Jeremiah's Dream - 5:48
13. Way Way Down - 2:17
14. The Portebello Explosion - We Can Fly - 2:40
15. The Portebello Explosion - Hot Smoke And Satisfaction (Fore, Prince, Cox, Potter) - 2:52
All songs by Dave Hynes except where noted.

*Ray Glynn - Guitar
*Dave Hynes - Drums
*Pete Hynes - Vocals
*Dee Murray - Bass
*Jeff "Gus" Peter - Bass

Associated releases
1966-69  Turquoise - The Further Adventures Of Flossie Fillett

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Anonymous said...

great album!! thank you

Daniel said...

Fine album, thank you so much Marios