Monday, November 14, 2011

The JIm Jones Revue - The Jim Jones Revue

Jim Jones' name has been synonymous with great rock'n'roll since the days of Thee Hypnotics and through his follow up combo, Black Moses. In this Revue, he continues with high-energy r'n'r, but now with a bit more of a 50's R'n'B revue feel to it. The driving piano of Elliot Mortimer gives this group a distinctive brand of punk'n'roll, whether plowing through originals, such as the blasting opening fairy tale "Princess & the Frog" or Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, or covers such as the mind-melting take on Little Richard's "Hey Hey Hey Hey" or the utterly psychotic version of "The Meat Man".

Some tunes are more rockabilly-ish than others, like "Fish 2 Fry", which sounds like it could be a more intense Roy Loney-era Flamin' Groovies number. "512" shows that they are masters of the rave-up, while "Another Daze" slows it down a hair, with a noisier "Roadrunner" kinda groove. Love the over-driven hollow-body guitars from Jones and Rupert Orton. The rhythm section of bassist Gavin Jay and Nick Jones on drums sure knows how to hold down a rockin' beat, as well.

Everything these cats do is over the top, whether it is the bluesy "Make it Hot" or the "Bama Lama Baba Lou" stylings of "Who's Got Mine?" or their version of Thunders' "Downtown" in "Cement Mixer". Everything is overdriven, everything is loud, and it all sounds great!

It don't get much better than this! Essential!