Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Great Jones - All Bowed Down! (1970 us, sharp bluesy hard rock, Vinyl issue)



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, "All Bowed Down."

Following the release of their album, Great Jones was invited to open two high profile evenings at Bill Graham's Fillmore East, kicking off a bill that also featured Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (then with Eric Clapton on board) and headliners, the Byrds.
Tracks
1. Cripple Creek (Joe Zagarino) - 2:11
2. Finding My Way (Billy Cadieux) - 3:08
3. United State of Mind (Dr John) - 6:32
4. You Don't Know Nothin' About Love (Jerry Ragovoy) - 4:47
5. All Bowed Down (Jeff Gutcheon) - 3:20
6. Idaho Potatoes (Billy Cadieux) - 3:00
7. Leaving Trunk (Sleepy John Estes) - 3:23
8. I Ain't Got Long (Billy Cadieux, David Tolmie, Jeff Gutcheon) - 5:14
9. Leaving California (Billy Cadieux, Richard Farina) - 3:28

Great Jones
*Billy Cadieux - Guitar, Vocals
*David Tolmie - Bass, Vocals
*Gary Kollarus - Drums
With
*Jeff Gutcheon – Piano, Organ
*Mery Clayton, Clydie King, Vanetta Fields - Backing Vocals

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