Sunday, 28 August 2016

Great Jones “All Bowed Down !” 1970 US Psych Hard Rock Blues

Great Jones “All Bowed Down !” 1970 US Psych Hard Rock Blues
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Soulful Hard Blues Rock something reminds me of the band Frijid Pink "United State Of Mind" and “Idaho Potatoes” are the highlight of the album!!With only one highly collectible 1970 album to their credit, Great Jones, as the liner notes to their LP declared, was an odd combination. This hard driving rock and blues trio featured Billy Cadieux, a fiery jazz-loving guitar player, ex-folky bassist and gutsy lead vocalist, David Tolmie and blues-breaking drummer, Gary Kollarus. This Brooklyn based band became part of the scene revolving around legendary R&B producer, Jerry Ragavoy’s Hit Factory Studios in New York City, which is where they met up with keyboardist and songwriter, Jeff Gutcheon. Then an apprentice at the Hit Factory, Gutcheon had worked extensively with Geoff and Maria Muldaur and not only contributed piano and organ tracks to Great Jones’ album sessions, but also penned the title song, “AllBowed Down.” “The sleevenotes to this album tell us: ‘Great Jones is an odd combination; a jazz-loving guitarist; a blues-freaking drummer; and an ex-folk singing bassist.’ Well, the end result is a funk/blues album with at least three decent tracks. The first is opener Cripple Creek, with its bouncy bass notes and sharply accentuating drum beats. Superimposed on this are Cadieux’s catchy acoustic guitar riffs. The second is the title cut, a funky piano-driven number. Also of note is I Ain’t Got Long, on which Cadieux contributes some delicate blues guitar which blends well with Tolmie’s gutsy vocals. An average album, overall, though.” ...~



Great Jones is the musical vision of vocalist Tommy London, who was actually born in Queens and cut his teeth with Philly groups while working in his family's produce business. He played with high school bands and at subsequent college festivals. Soon London's night gigs developed a flourishing local following: typical big fish in a small pond stuff. Inspired by immortal acts like Cheap Trick and the Replacements, London broke away from Smallville, PA, and took his stadium dreams down the Jersey turnpike to break into the city of dirt, New York City. Most of London's songs took shape from the bustling Big Apple streets. The singer clearly needed a band to escape a life defined by living in the apartment upstairs, so he placed an ad in the Village Voice (à la Kiss) for kindred spirits. Frustrated by the lack of commitment shown by many of the musicians he auditioned, London headed back to Pennsylvania and trucked into the studio solo to capture his ideas on disc. Hometown hero Drew Raison (who worked with Third Eye Blind and Barenaked Ladies) owns Big Sky Audio in Springfield, PA, and stepped up to produce when he overheard London recording. At the same time, drummer Tony Iannuzzi, a tri-state music fixture, also overheard the sessions and snagged a piece of the action as engineer. Iannuzzi recommended Dave Landry, a lead guitarist with an endless batch of chops and riffs. Old friend Steve Karsch rounded out the outfit, with his axe and songcraft. Fun City legend Bruce Halverson also lent a songwriting assist, and while originally planning merely a demo, London and his new partners wrapped an entire album. The record is aptly titled Standing Room Only and concentrates on the smooth energy of the '70s while harnessing the technical proficiency of the new millennium. Unlike much music released at the turn of the century, this heart attack soundtrack sees the bright side of the moon. ~ Doug Stone....~




Billy Cadieux - guitar, vocals 
David Tolmie - bass, lead vocals 
Gary Kollarus - drums 
Guest: Jeff Gutcheon - keyboards 



1.Cripple Creek 2:11 
2.Finding My Way 3:08 
3.United State of Mind 6:32 
4.You Don’t Know Nothin’ About Love 4:47 
5.All Bowed Down 3:20 
6.Idaho Potatoes 3:00 
7.Leaving Trunk 3:23 
8.I Ain’t Got Long 5:14 
9.Leaving California 3:28 

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