Jonathon was a huge man, very huge according to the people who met him, he also had a huge voice and wide open way of musical thoughts. His roaring theatrical version of “Sympathy For The Devil” made an effect by the time it’s release, but couldn’t drift the album to make the splatter that he expected and the sales stood in low numbers.
That of course means nothing at all, the rest album keeps the high stature, from the opening “In Quest Of Unicorn” to his aspect of the Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” we are tasting some great vocal work, supplemented by musicianship which is practically beyond reproach………..
John and I were good friends in the late ‘60s and early '70s. He wrote the song 'Marble Wizard’ about me. We lost track when I moved out of state. I have looked for him off and on for years and nothing ever came up. I googled him again last week and suddenly I got a hit, his obituary, an article about him and this website. He would play and sing all night long, laughing our butts off and just loving our friends and companionship. He had a fan in the living room when turned on high it would sound like the drum solo in “Wipe Out”, seriously. He was a talented kid and produced great music - which was never recorded.
I digress, but I am still moved by the loss of a friend I haven’t seen in 40 yrs. He was a special person…by..marble_wizard ……..
Jonathon Round here. Thank you all for remembering the work. The Westbound Album was the first deal I made after having started performing in the early seventies. Anyone who signed a contract in those days found out very quickly how little say they had over artistic issues. Overall I am proud of what was done. Many of the decisions made came about as a result of having signed with an R&B label. Many of the artistic decisions wrere made by folks who had been doing R&B all their careers. A second and then an independently produced third album were done but unfortunately never released. Either of these two more acurately reflect where I was artistically at the time. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to post some cuts from these some time in the future. Once again, thanks for the memories. PS - There is no truth to the rumor that I was ever at any party where “spiked” kind bud was passed out. I’m still looking for the guy who started that story – and so is my lawyer.
Thanks again folks, write soon, -JRound-………..
John A. Mariotto (Feb 1, 1949 - Feb 16, 2009) was born in Detroit in a large family. In high school he participated in all performances as an actor and singer. He signed a contract with the label R & B and recorded the first album while taking the pseudonym JONATHON ROUND. (Jonathan himself later admitted that many artistic decisions were made by people who were eager to make a career on the label and were far from music, so the album came out somewhat commercial) After the failure with the second album (which was recorded, but never saw the light), John took up theater, he formed “The Detroit Times Theater Company” with which he shows all kinds of improvisations on the squares of the city. In the late 70s he wrote, produced and produced “An Evening at the Paradise, a Punk-Rock Musical” in Detroit. Like many actors, artists and musicians, John went to California in the early 90s and stopped in the town of Boulder, Colorado, and fell in love with the mountains and decided not to go any further. There he spent the rest of his life working on a book about acting improvisation………………
Tracklist A1 In Quest Of The Unicorn 4:50 A2 Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home 3:01 A3 Tolu 5:06 A4 Sympathy For The Devil Written-By – Mick Jagger 5:55 B1 To Love Somebody 2:55 B2 Travelin’ Mama Blues 4:06 B3 Young Sadie (Dancing Lady) 4:40 B4 Train-a-comin’ 2:30 B5 And I Will Not Be Moved 5:30