- Audio CD (6 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: [PIAS] Recordings
- ASIN: B003XDU3NU
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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(2010/PUNKROCKBLUES) 11 tracks
Burning Your House Down
Stop The People
The noble art of the 12-bar boogie has gradually been devalued over the years.
Fifty years ago, it was one of the most vital, life-affirming forms of musical expression known to mankind, but it has since been watered down by a million rubbish bar bands playing ‘good time rock’n’roll’ with neither the energy to rock nor the sensibilities to roll.
But there are still a few snake-hipped firebrands determined enough to trace this form of beefed-up blues back to its primal, screaming essence. This second long-play offering from east London quintet The Jim Jones Revue specialises in boogie with the speaker-ripping rasp of a Little Richard rather than the sedate chug of a Status Quo.
There’s a noble lineage of this back-to-basics approach, dating back to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s swamp rock, and carrying on through bequiffed 90s stompers like Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Rocket from the Crypt. But frontman Jim Jones’s raw, tonsil-eviscerating delivery is less stylised than those latter two, and the 21st century production, courtesy of Bad Seeds/Grinderman drummer Jim Sclavunos, make it sound considerably fiercer than John Fogerty’s blue collar bawling.
Often this kind of act doesn’t do itself justice on record – you’ll catch them live and be blown away, vowing to ‘testify’ and get their name tattooed on your neck, but then find that once their untamed sound is squashed into a 60-watt speaker on your living room stereo they don’t have quite the same pant-wetting effect. So it’s tribute to this album’s crackling, slash’n’burn sound that the impact is hardly dampened.
The sheer power of presentation more than makes up for an occasional lack of conventional songwriting skills. Jones camps it up a treat on the pantomime villain vocal of Foghorn, while Burning Your House Down sounds like Tom Waits after a monstrous night on the whiskey. Killin’ Spree resembles Nick Cave channelling the louche rumble of Dr Feelgood, and elsewhere, string-shredding guitar, furiously chattering piano and blistering, blustery rhythm mean you’re bombarded with sonic viscera.
In other words, resistance is futile. The Jim Jones Revue have come to save rock’n’roll. Sign away your souls here.--Johnny Sharp
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Top Customer Reviews
If you like the JJR and want something else to try ...well you could do worse than checking out the wonderful and much missed Rocket From The Crypt (RFTC) who were doing this sort of punk take on rockabilly some years ago. They are no more however (RIP) - so it is good to have the JJR carrying the flame on!
This second cd ( not including the 'Here to save your soul' compilation ) has done away with the intentionally lo-fi distorted garage production of the debut, which served to showcase the raw aggression of the band, for a more bottom heavy and clearer production, and it is a brilliant effort as the songs on this cd still rip and tear out of your speakers and bristle with the pure energy of the band in the live situation and yet show more of the great ivory tinkling and razor sharp riffs and lead breaks that litter this cd. The rhythm section is superb too, loads of pumping walking basslines and rock solid drumming and the simply unbelievable throat shredding banshee wail of Mr Jones, a bloke who knows a thing or three about writing great rock n roll songs.
If you are any kind of a fan of old style rock n roll or a fan of great hard rock, either way you're going to love this cd. There are no fillers here, I genuinely cannot pick out a favourite track above any other. And with respect to another reviewer, I don't believe that RFTC can bear much comparison to JJR, this is altogether a nastier, louder and more aggressive beast.
See this band live if you can and buy this cd. Turn it up LOUD and don't forget to wear asbestos gloves and underpants.
Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos has done a fine production job cleaning up and streamlining JJR's chaotic sound while losing none of its impact.
There are no covers this time and the songs take a little longer to bed in than those on the first album. But after a few listens tracks such as Premeditated, Dishonest John and the mighty Righteous Wrong become every bit as addictive as their predecessors.
The only reason this didn't get five stars is that if you've bought the excellent singles compilation Here To Save Your Soul and the latest 7inch High Horse, you already own three of the songs here, including the title track. But this is a tiny quibble with what is an amazing album.
Burning Your House Down cements JJR as the best band in Britain but if you really want to appreciate what a revelation they are, you've got to see them live.
I'm sure I will play another record again - but it's not going to be for a few weeks yet. This one's all I need to be getting on with...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
manic, frantic...easy listening....NOT!!!! Crank up the sound and close the windows..inform the neighbours, and let it ripPublished 7 months ago by Mr. M. Aldron
Fantastic garage bluespunk rock 'n roll album. High energy. To be played at high volume.Published on 14 Oct. 2014 by P
Fantastic album from Jim Jones and the band. Such a shame these guys are calling it a day in 2014.
Buy the album, give it a listen and get yourself out to see the band live... Read more
I just want to learn to play raucous piano like this. Full of energy and darkness, this is the seething underbelly of how it ought to be.Published on 16 April 2013 by Buster Gutt
Buy this!!Greatest set of rocknroll tracks you'll hear since 1960's!!!Turn it up loud!Get This and The Dynamite Pussy Clubs'Church Of Yeah'.Slick back that hair. Read morePublished on 5 May 2012 by Fuzz Guru
a kick ass blast of guitar/piano driven rock n roll.Every track delivered as though it's the last thing they'll ever play. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2011 by vinyl junkie