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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Juicy Lucy - Juicy Lucy (1969-70 uk, stunning blues swamp psych rock, 2010 bonus track remaster)

Back a ways there was one album that just about every 14 year old wanted – not for the music, they used to steal the cover alone from the local record shop. The image of Zelda Plum on the cover clad only in fruits was more than most teenagers could stand. If they had released the cover as a poster it would probably have been a million seller but as it was the album still made the top forty.

Juicy Lucy were formed after garage band The Misunderstood broke up and they brought a combination of Blues, Garage/punk and straight out Raunch together and it is simply brilliant even by today’s standards.

‘Mississippi Woman’ is a Louisiana swamp groove  raw vocals it is only a taster for the monstrous version of Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love’ which was a single hit but sounds ten times better as an album track with original vocalist Ray Owen’s gravel and sneer and Glen-Ross Campbell’s screaming slide producing a mesmerising morass of sound. ‘Just One Time’ is very deep and dense, very Gris Gris and ‘Train’ is simply a brilliant and mature jazz/Blues while ‘Nadine’ harks right back to the garage credentials of The Misunderstood.
by Andy Snipper

1. Mississippi Woman (Glen Ross Campbell, Chris Mercer, Ray Owen, Neil Hubbard, Keith Ellis) - 3:51
2. Who Do You Love (Castle Version) (Ellis McDaniels) - 3:03
3. She's Mine She's Yours (Keith Ellis, Nigel Thomas) - 5:44
4. Just One Time (Neil Hubbard, Glen Ross Campbell) - 4:41
5. Chicago North Western (Neil Hubbard, Glen Ross Campbell) - 4:04
6. Train (Buddy Miles, Herb Rich) - 5:51
7. Nadine (Chuck Berry) - 2:49
8. Are You Satisfied (Peter Dobson, Chris Mercer, Nigel Thomas) - 6:20
9. Walking Down The Highway (Bonus Track) (Ray Owen, Glen Ross Campbell, Chris Mercer) - 4:44

The Juicy Lucy
*Glen "Ross" Campbell - Steel Guitar
*Ray Owen - Vocals
*Chris Mercer - Sax
*Neil Hubbard - Guitar
*Keith Ellis - Bass
*Pete Dobson - Drums, Percussion

1970  Juicy Luicy - Lie Back And Enjoy It (2010 remaster)
1971  Juicy Lucy - Get A Whiff A This (2013 remaster)
1972  Juicy Lucy - Pieces
Related Acts
1965-66  The Misunderstood - Before The Dream Faded
1966-67/69  The Misunderstood - The Legendary Goldstar Album / Golden Glass  
1969  The Koobas - Koobas
1969  Zoot Money - Transition (2009 edition)
1971  Ray Owen's Moon - Moon

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