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25 Nov 2016

The Mojo Men ‎" Whys Ain’t Supposed To Be"1965-66 US Garage Beat CD Compilation Sundazed Records

The Mojo Men ‎" Whys Ain’t Supposed To Be"1965-66 US Garage Beat CD Compilation Sundazed Records
Quite a few references show The Mojo Men as being part of the San Francisco music scene. Technically that's correct, but the original line up of

singer/bassist Jim Alaimo, guitarist Paul Curcio, drummer Dennis DeCarr and keyboard player Don Metchick morphed out of the Coral Gables, Florida based The Valiants.

Frontman Alaimo was a cousin to Steve Alaimo and had recorded some material under the monikers 'Jim Paris' and 'Jimmy Summers and the Slicks'. The Valiants had actually provided backing on some Steve Alaimo sides, but 1964 saw the quartet head for San Francisco where they changed their name to 'The Mojo Men' and briefly picked up Sly Stone as a member. While Stone quickly moved on to form Sly and the Family Stone, he was instrumental in getting the group signed to San Francisco DJ 'Big Daddy' Tom Donahue's Autumn Records where they recorded three 45s during the 1965-66 period. Stewart also wrote some of their material, including the hit 'She's My Baby' and produced most of their Autumn Records sides.

Prior to the release of their third single the band underwent a personnel change that saw original drummer DeCarr replaced by former Vejtables singer/ drummer Jan Errico. The personnel switch also marked a change in musical direction with the band dropping their earlier garage/R&B leanings (they'd opened for the Stones during their first San Francisco concert appearance at the Civic Auditorium) for a far more polished and produced pop-oriented sound.  With Autumn in financial collapse, the group switched over to the much large Reprise Records........

This 21-track disc covers the Mojo Men's first incarnation, when they were a pop-garage group, not the pop-folk-rock act they would evolve into when Jan Errico joined. "She's My Baby" and "Dance With Me" made some noise regionally, "Dance With Me" making the middle of the national charts, but Autumn Records folded before the group got the chance to do any albums. Assembled from a handful of Autumn 45s and many previously unissued recordings, this could be considered the Mojo Men's lost album. But it's really not worth getting excited about, even if you're a garage fan (*). The thumping, monotonous drums and rinky-dink organ patterns can grate, and worse, the material is often so thin as to be puerile. Juvenile lyrics are a mainstay of many garage recordings, but the Mojo Men's compositions could be downright annoying. Their emulations of the Rolling Stones, Kinks, and Animals were pale, though some promise could be heard in a few moodier, folk-rock influenced cuts.
By request, some time ago, another hangover from yesterday, a "jevy" night.
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This collection is of their earliest releases, when they were with Autumn Records, and prior to the arrival of drummer/vocalist Jan Erico. Here, their sound is much less compelling than on later recordings, featuring a semi-commercial, garage driven male vocal pop sound, with mild west coast flavor. To my taste, there are two standout tracks on this, and they are growers. I notice from my notes that on first listen, I didn't think they were anything special at all, but on next go-round, I couldn't imagine what I was thinking, and bumped my grades up several notches! they are: "She's My Baby", and "Dance With Me", both of which get A-'s. The rest of the gradings go like this - 2 B's, 8 B-'s, 6 C+'s 2 C's, and a C-. comes with a booklet too. Though it's not all the greatest stuff they did, there is an awful lot of mat'l beyond just the released Autumn singles on here, making this comp essential for any real

The Mojo Men
*Jim Alaimo - Bass, Vocals
*Paul Curcio - Guitar, Vocals
*Dennis DeCarr - Drums, Vocals
*Don Metchick - Keyboards

1 Something Bad
2 She's My Baby
3 My Woman's Head
4 The New Breed
5 Dance With Me
6 Off The Hook
7 Why
8 Fire In My Heart
9 As I Get Older
10 Mojo Men Day
11 Mama's Little Baby
12 Oh Misery
13 Lost Love
14 Why Can't You Stay
15 Girl Won't You Go On Home
16 Cry Baby
17 Everything I Need
18 She Goes With Me
19 Free As A Bird
20 Loneliest Boy In Town
21 Fire In My Heart (Demo Version)

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