In The Land Of FREE we still Keep on Rockin'

It's Not Dark Yet

Plain and Fancy

Music gives soul to universe, wings to mind, flight to imagination, charm to sadness, and life to everything.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jo Jo Gunne - Jo Jo Gunne / Bite Down Hard / Jumpin' the Gun / So... Where's the Show? (1972-74 us, exciting heavy boogie 'n' roll with southern and glam leaks, double disc 2011 issue)

Born out of boogie rock, Spirit (leader Jay Ferguson and bassist Mark Andes had split the group), and a double shot of testosterone, Jo Jo Gunne are best remembered for their urgent hit "Run Run Run" and their third effort's politically incorrect album cover (you could tastefully call that woman "Rubenesque" if it wasn't for the pig pictured with her). 

Still, they deserve to be more than a footnote in American rock, and while this two-disc round-up of their four original albums (that's everything but the reunion, re-recording, and totally fan club worthy Big Chain from 2005) proves the group weren't strong enough to keep up with that hectic, early-'70s release schedule (all of this is from 1972 - 1974) there's plenty of fun to be had. Greasy, early Doobie Brothers-like fun on one hand (tight harmonies, solid, showy musicianship, and boogie all the way) and naughty, macho, brash, and bolder-than-you're-used-to fun on the other ("Shake That Fat," "High School Drool," "S'n'M Blvd," and "Big Busted Bombshell from Bermuda" are all as nasty as they want to be, but are like the Hudson Brothers in their cheeky, vaudeville-esque delivery). 

Their debut album was rich, their sophomore release was looser for the better and the worse, and while their third effort lacked strong songwriting, their fourth and final was a serious step in the right direction, right before Ferguson moved on to a solo career with the hit "Thunder Island." Dotted amongst it all are some forgotten gems, so check out the boogie reggae woman named "Babylon," the prog rock epic titled "Rhoda," and the squawky, Talkbox rocker "She Said Alright," which sounds like Peter Frampton flying high on Cialis. A welcome set for fans of the band and addicts of the era, plus no matter how cool you spray-paint it, you ain't gonna get the "old lady" to "check out" the van without this one. 
by David Jeffries

Disc 1
1. Run Run Run (Matt Andes, Jay Ferguson) - 2:36
2. Shake That Fat (Matt Andes, Jay Ferguson) - 3:47
3. Babylon - 4:04
4. I Make Love - 2:58
5. Barstow Blue Eyes - 3:19
6. 99 Days - 3:23
7. Academy Award - 5:00
8. Take It Easy (Matt Andes, Jay Ferguson) - 4:48
9. Flying Home - 3:15
10.Ready Freddy - 4:02
11.Roll Over Me - 3:28
12.60 Minutes To Go - 4:22
13.Rock Around The Symbol - 2:23
14.Broken Down Man - 3:47
15.Special Situations (Matt Andes, Jay Ferguson) - 4:46
16.Take Me Down Easy - 5:23
17.Wait A Lifetime - 3:28
18.Rhoda  - 4:46

Disc 2
1. I Wanna Love You - 3:52
2. To The Island - 3:48
3. Red Meat - 3:27
4. Getaway - 3:31
5. Before You Get Your Breakfast - 4:12
6. At The Spa - 2:54
7. Monkey Music - 3:24
8. Couldn't Love You Better - 2:59
9. High School Drool - 3:34
10.Neon City - 2:38
11.Turn The Boy Loose - 4:29
12.Where Is The Show? - 3:51
13.I'm Your Shoe - 4:17
14.Single Man - 4:28
15.She Said Alright - 4:40
16.S 'N' M Blvd - 3:55
17.Falling Angel - 3:25
18.Big Busted Bombshell From Bermuda - 2:50
19.Into My Life - 3:19
20.Around The World - 4:02
All song by Jay Ferguson except where indicated.

Jo Jo Gunne
*Jay Ferguson - Keyboards, Vocals
*Mark Andes -Bass, Vocals
*Matt Andes - Guitar, Vocals
*William "Curly" Smith - Drums, Vocals,  Harp
*Jimmie Randall  - Bass, Vocals
*Curly Smith  - Drums, Vocals
*John Staehely  - Guitar, Vocals

Free Text
the Free Text