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Ram Jam City [Extra tracks]

Danny Kirwan Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Mooncrest
  • ASIN: B00004SDR0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mary Jane
2. Cascades
3. Falling In Love With You
4. Odds And Ends
5. Odds And Ends (alternate take)
6. Skip A Dee Do
7. Hot Summer Day
8. Second Chapter
9. Silver Stream (earlier version)
10. Best Girl In The World
11. Falling In Love With You Lovely Days
12. Ram Jam City
13. Silver Streams
14. Ram Jam City (earlier version)
15. Ram Jam City - Kirwan,Danny

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ex-blues wunderkind in British beat pop shocker! 28 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With the recent resurgence of Peter Green I decided to search Amazon to see if his protege Danny Kiwan had made any solo recordings. "Ram Jam City" is certainly not for those expecting to hear one third of the great guitar trio of the original Fleetwood Mac firing rockets from his trusty six string. Instead of scorching guitar duels like "Like It This Way" and the later pre Nicks/Buckingham era Mac classic Dragonfly this showcases Danny Kirwan the songwriter and a many faceted one at that. Showing influences from reggae, sixties pop and country (Danny plays banjo on several tracks)this shows a man who could not only tear it up on the guitar but also knew how to write a good tune. The inclusion of tracks with false starts may be slightly completist but I feel it adds to feel of the tracks and shows the humanity of a man credited with great musical ability. Buy this because you like good music, listen with an open mind and you will be pleasantly surprised. Buy this expecting an extended blues jam or a guitar pyrotechnician at work and be sorely disappointed. It sure has taught me that great musicians often have many more strings to their bow than those you often know of. It's just a pity that this will probably get glossed over and Danny Kirwan the songwriter will never get the deserved plaudits that Danny Kirwan the blues guitarist rightfully received.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ram jam city review 8 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
First danny kirwan album to my collection. Not an easy album to get hold of, even though its the most recent. Your basically listening to the second chapter album [ first solo album ] from 1974. You may want to see my review of that album. I'm pleased to say that i have three copies of ram jam city. Got to get them while there there. Favourite tracks of mine would be CASCADES and the title track RAM JAM CITY. All in all though a very good c.d. it would be great to see danny back in the studio's again. It has been to long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars every single second 19 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
here is happiness. danny is unaccompanied by orchestra on these original versions of most of the songs of 'second chapter' ; there are extras such as danny's speaking voice , his sighs, his smiles and asides and his quiet laughs, his breath, and a aural glimpse of the most wonderful and most beautiful person in all of music. it is as if i have more songs too .i thank danny kirwan for such happiness.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Danny's best work 3 Jan 2005
By James A. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'Ram Jam City' consists of demo recordings for Danny's 'Second Chapter' album, and it doesn't purport to be a remastered version of 'Second Chapter'. These songs are complete demo recordings made (long) prior to final production of the album. It isn't 'Second Chapter' after someone has messed about with it. The final versions of these songs were over-produced with horns and strings everywhere and this took the edge off the music, particularly the guitars, which would presumably be the main attraction of Danny's work.

Having said that, the finished 'Second Chapter' album should be available on CD as well, so we could compare the two... It did surface on CD in 1993, but it's long-deleted - good luck if you try to find it. Danny's other two albums are criminally neglected, particularly his follow-up to 'Second Chapter', 'Midnight in San Juan' (or simply 'Danny Kirwan' in the USA). Danny's final effort 'Hello There Big Boy!' is perhaps best forgotten, since it shows Danny at the very end of his career when he was already heavily mired in the illness that has plagued him since then. He plays practically no guitar on his final album, his vocals had to be strengthened by cheesy backing vocalists, and most of the songs are co-written or covers. Very sad, although the album is not without merit.

"Ram Jam City" is above all interesting, and shows the direction Danny's solo career should have taken, with sharp-edged guitar work, and clear and concise arrangements. The songs stand up very well as demos, more so than most demos that you hear, and one member of Danny's band was quoted as saying that the demos could not have been improved upon.

People looking for more of the type of work Danny was doing with Fleetwood Mac will find some solace in the dreamy 'Cascades', 'Silver Streams' (these wouldn't have been out of place on Mac's "Future Games") and 'Second Chapter' (check out the brilliant guitar). Other material is more country-tinged, and bears some resemblance to Paul McCartney's solo work - but it's all very easy to listen to, and very pleasing to the ear. 'Odds and Ends' is bouncy and neat, 'Lovely Days' is peaceful and clear - these are masterful recordings.

Until that fine day when we see Danny's solo albums released on CD, we have to make do with vinyl - but this CD is absolutely just as good (if not better) - recorded during a happier time for Danny, and I am very happy to see it widely available.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Disc From a Most Underrated Performer 23 May 2000
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Any fan of Fleetwood Mac or Danny Kirwan himself will surely enjoy this disc. I have all three of Danny's solo albums on LP and love them all. A few years ago, I found "Second Chapter" on CD. Sadly, this title is now out of print. The disc I am reviewing is basically alternate takes of the songs on Danny's first solo album "Second Chapter." It is not the career retrospective compilation his fans have been waiting for, but it is a high quality disc. Every song is a gem and the false starts really add a special human element. I really wish they would release his second and third solo albums "Midnight in San Juan" and "Hello There, Big Boy!" respectively, on CD. I thought I would find a song or two from those albums on this disc, but unfortunately, none were included.
I recommend this disc highly though. The love songs are as good as any written in the 70s and the uptempo songs ring of sheer optimism and joy. The crystal clear sound quality is amazing. I have never heard Mr. Kirwan sound so good!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always unique, this is some of Danny's best music. 13 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of all the celebrated Fleetwood Mac guitarists, Danny Kirwan had the widest range of musical influences and interests as this CD of his post-Mac solo material demonstrates. Reggae, big band, C&W, jazz, pop, rock and roll....nothing seemed beyond his capabilities and you find elements of all these styles in his songs. As a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and arranger he remains unique. While his songs with Fleetwood Mac often dealt with lonliness and loss, the lyrics throughout "Ram Jam City" are upbeat and joyful. He sounds as if he was having a great time during the recordings. When you're not playing this CD, you'll still be singing the songs and hoping for more releases of his long-neglected work.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves far more recognition than it gets! 4 Mar 2002
By "rockrollmusicislife" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of all the talented guitarists that have been in and out of Fleetwood Mac, perhaps none have been more overlooked than Danny Kirwan. He wrote some of Fleetwood Mac's greatest melodies, and when he jammed with Peter Green the results were simply magic. This is Danny's only official CD available on the market today, and its a shame it hasn't gotten more recognition.
Ram Jam City is compiled from Kirwan's first solo album Second Chapter, containing the original tracks, outtakes, and false starts. The album is very different from his Mac material, containing more country and bluegrass influence. While not every song is a winner (Falling in Love With You Again is ... [no good]) when Danny's on the mark he's on the mark, scoring brilliant pop hooks and melodies on songs like Cascades, Silver Stream, Hot Summer Day, Second Chapter, and Ram Jam City. These are songs that could have taken their place among the greatest pop-rock songs of the'70s yet failed to achieve little more than a minor cult success.
With Danny Kirwan (and his fellow bandmates in Fleetwood Mac) there's always the mystery of what if. What if Kirwan stayed on with Fleetwood Mac for the Rumours era glory days, oh what great music they could have achieved? What if Danny kicked his alcohol addiction and continued his solo career, oh what heights he could have reached? Instead Danny's stuck in a homeless shelter, with a 23 year musical dry spell that may never be broken, and as for Fleetwood Mac. Well... we all know how that worked out. So drop the speculation, lose the what ifs, and for now enjoy the great music made by the great Danny Kirwan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Chapter Plus and Minus 9 Feb 2002
By Jeff McCalib - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This odd compilation includes all songs from Kirwan's beautiful Second Chapter, except perhaps the loveliest; Love Can Always Bring You Happiness. Why they included 2 versions of 3 songs and a song not from SC (Best Girl In The World), but left out Love Can Always is beyond me. This CD is a must have for those that like the best soft melodic rock available.
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