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  • Audio CD (26 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mother Jinx
  • ASIN: B00ECD8Z5I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ithaca s mercurial musical legend Johnny Dowd never fails to surprise us. A man who absorbs influences like a chameleon absorbs it s surroundings, Dowd returns with his new studio album, once again pushing that envelope a little closer to the precipice. A full-blown, take no prisoners rock & roll gem, Do The Gargon, unites Dowd alongside his two sonic wing commanders, Michael Stark on keyboards and Willie B on drums and bass pedals, who again provide the rhythmic framework on which Dowd unveils his latest absurdist vision, that of The Gargon. As Dowd explains, Do The Gargon was recorded and mixed at The Shop in Willseyville, NY. Mike played a fender Rhodes piano thru various pedals. Willie B played drums and bass pedals and gong, and I played a baritone and sissy guitar. Oh, yeah, I did the vocals along with my buddy Gargon. The record took about two weeks to make, which is plenty if you know what you re doing. From the opening Gargon Gets All Biblical, it is clear that Dowd has left behind the bruised, stark Americana of his earlier albums and moved into an altogether broader, more playful rock n roll arena. The beats are relentless, addictive and driving. Dowd s guitar playing is menacing, ferocious and truly inspired throughout. There s rock, blues, and even some deconstructed funk thrown into the pot as Dowd draws on his many musical influences. The title cut Do The Gargon was inspired by one of my favorite oldies, The Monster Mash. Dowd explains. Like all my records, we flirt with different musical genres. I was listening to a lot of Betty Davis and ZZ Top, so maybe some of their influence crept in. But, really, at this point it s mostly self-referential. I think it s my most toe-tapping record so far. I like it. With many of Dowd s albums there is a theme. Do The Gargon is no exception. Again, Dowd himself explains, The recurring theme of the record is an incident in my (or was it Gargon s?) past. A young boy abandoned at a filling station in year of our lord, 1953. Did this happen? Is it a memory, a dream, or a lie he (Gargon) told himself to justify all the nonsense that followed? Nothing is clear. Nothing needs to be. Make your own mind up. In the process, listen to one of America s true visionary artists conjuring up one hell of a sound. Do The Gargon may well be Dowd s masterpiece. Well, until the next one I guess.


It's idiosyncratic, inimitable, rich entertainment. --Uncut

There's nobody quite like Johnny Dowd. --Uncut

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By D. Griffiths on 28 Mar 2014
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Considering he was 49 making his first album of stripped down country blues.
This is quite upbeat - by JDs standards that is.
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There's only one Johnny Dowd, whether that be good or bad is up to you, but, there is a lack of consistently good songs on this effort, and certainly nothing as outstanding as last year's 'Betty'.
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By A Customer on 13 Oct 2013
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Jhonny Dowd at its most grungy and best.

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I recommended to any of his fans!
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Songwriter, Johnny Dowd, never lets me down 16 Nov 2013
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Johnny's band is tight and sensitive to every song: band dynamics, vocals, the performances are alive, vibrant and kick ass great. "Do The Gargon" is sort of a "concept album" -- the catalyst (which sets these songs in motion) is a boy who is abandoned at a gas station in 1950. Are the visions in his head, are they his dreams, or are they real? Johnny leaves it up to the listener. I wish I had a copy of the CD lyrics; "Gargon" is mentioned a lot (but I don't think it has anything to do with the "Gargon" monster that appeared in the 50s Sci-Fi flick, "Teen agers from Outer Space.") I cannot define this CD; kinda Johnny Dowd, and company, doing raunchy prog-rock???? I'm a big Dowd fan; I buy everything he puts out; I'm never disappointed. Johnny never stands still in his creativity, hence it's not like any other CD he's recorded: maybe a heavy, prog-rock, metal, raunchy
"Drunkard's Masterpiece." Nah, that's not it. Every one of his CDs is a different journey, or at least a continuing journey, which I'm glad I travel with each listen.
BTW: I don't know what the MP3 version of this album sounds like. I got this CD from his web site (and he'll autograph it for you!).
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