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All Alone In The End Zone & Thunder Island & Real Life Ain'T This Way [Deluxe Edition, Double CD]

Jay Ferguson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00G3KN5L2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Snakes On the Run
2. Turn It Up
3. Medicated Goo
4. Madam Doktor
5. All Alone in the End Zone
6. Cinnamon City
7. To the Island
8. Hit and Run
9. Everybody Goes from Here
10. Time and Time Again
Disc: 2
1. Thunder Island
2. Soulin
3. Happy Birthday, Baby
4. Losing Control
5. Cozumel
6. Night Shift
7. Babylon
8. Love Is Gold
9. Happy Too!
10. Magic Moment
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• Having secured his place in US music history with classic albums as singer and principal songwriter for both Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, Jay Ferguson signed a solo deal with Asylum Records. • Linking up with Eagles producer Bill Szymczyk and guitarist Joe Walsh and his band, Ferguson recorded these three albums between 1976 and 1979. The title track of “Thunder Island” has recently been used in the hit series “Breaking Bad”, and Ferguson is now known for writing the theme for the US version of “The Office”. • The booklet features all the lyrics, and annotation by Paul Myers, based on an interview with Jay Ferguson conducted exclusively for this release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Spirit goes solo 29 Dec 2013
By Ianham VINE VOICE
Prime time california vibes from the ex-Spirit/Jo Jo Gunne man. If you like those bands then you can buy this CD with complete confidence. The only thing that hampered Jay was his penchant for posing for Playgirl on his record sleeves - however with Ron Burgundy now being hip, Jay's time may have come. Obviously these records are both ridiculously melodic and well played - unfortunately the "Business" wanted new blood and consequently these little gems were overlooked at the time. So grab them now and enjoy a master at work. Alternatively, buy them just for choice snaps of Jay's imperious `tache. The single "Thunder Island" appears to grab most of the headlines (imagine Beach Boys backed by The Raspberries.) however there is no bad `uns here. Catchy as hell with a decent bit of muscle in the rhythm section.

I commend this CD to the House.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine reissue of first three Jay Ferguson solo albums. 13 April 2014
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Jay Ferguson makes his living today writing soundtracks (he wrote the theme to the TV show "The Office" for example), he was, at one time, a well regarded rock musician with hits from his two bands under his belt (Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne). This three albums on two CD release features three of Ferguson's best solo albums two of which boasted hit singles when they were released--"Thunder Island" and "Shakedown Cruise"--along with a nice booklet featuring new comments from Ferugson about the making of these albums.

"All Alone in the End Zone" was a surprise departure for those who only knew Ferguson from Jo Jo Gunne--the album moves away from the harder rock boogie of his previous band focusing on a pop-rock sensibility. Produced by Bill Szymczyk (Eagles, Joe Walsh, B.B. King among others), the production adds a sheen that compliments the album. Since Szymczyk had worked with Ferguson before on the second and third Jo Jo Gunne albums, he had a sympathetic approach as a producer to Ferguson's material.

"All Alone in the End Zone" is a fine debut although it isn't quite as accomplished as Ferguson's second (and more popular) album also produced by Szymczyk. "Thunder Island" had a big hit single with the title track although it only drove the album to #72 on the Billboard charts. It's a strong album over all but it's a pity that a second single didn't drive it higher in the charts.

His third solo album (they are pictured out of order on the cover) "Real Life Ain't This Way" had a laid back feel overall and, although it had another single that did well--"Shakedown Cruise"--it also failed to propel the album into the top reaches of the Billboard charts (it charted at #86). Perhaps due to touring and recording, Ferguson seemed to have a shortage of strong original material for the album as indicated by the medley of Stones songs that closes out the album ("Let's Spend the Night Together/Have You Seen Your Mother, Standing in the Shadow"). While "Real Life" isn't quite as strong as "Thunder Island", it does have its moments including "Paying Time" with Joe Walsh on guitar.

As with all releases from Edsel, this features a nice booklet with comments from Ferguson. The albums here sound very close to the Collector's Choice releases for Ferguson meaning that they have very straight forward transfers to CD without digital tweaking, a large degree of compression.

With the Collector's Choice CDs out of print, this might be the way to go to collec these three albums for fans of Ferguson and Edsel does a fine job (unlike the Robert Palmer releases where it appears that mp3's were the source) putting together these three albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have back in stock! 19 Mar 2014
By scott errebo - Published on Amazon.com
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Jay Ferguson is one of those artists that hardly get any respect. He started out with Spirit, did 4 solid albums with them, went on to Jo Jo Gunne, did 3 solid albums with them and 1 modest one. In his solo days he released 5 strong albums. Here we get his first 3, "All Alone", (*****), Thunder Island", (****1/2) and "Real Life Ain't This Way" (*****). Great help from Joe Walsh on all the albums. The CD comes with all the lyrics and a nice interview with Jay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock memories. 1 Feb 2014
By Phil Willis - Published on Amazon.com
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CD took me back to the music of the 70's. Great melodies and steady rock rhythm. Three CD's in one covers a lot of Jay's work- fantastic!
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