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  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Play It Again Sam
  • ASIN: B003EHPZ7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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The Savage Heart is the third album from UK-based rockers, The Jim Jones Revue. The album was produced by Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds fame.

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Jim Jones and his Revue appear, on first encounter, to be the kind of unreconstructed gang of gnarled rockers that might have been making their music at any time since “teenage music” first arrived in the 1950s to terrify parents everywhere.

This third studio album struts in on a crest of rollicking beats and wearing the kind of snarl that even in this new century is likely to delight fans of balls-out, raucous rock‘n’roll.

Jones, on vocals, is very much the gang leader, his voice a charismatic growl from first track It’s Gotta Be About Me onwards. The album is strewn with his exclamations and declamations, from the drawn-out stuttered emphasis on “l-l-l-l-l-liar” in the accusatory Where da Money Go?, to Catastrophe’s opening “Aowwwww”.

Jones’ Leader of the Pack status is reinforced by the repeated or call-and-response backing vocals provided by the rest of the band on 7 Times Around the Sun, and again on In and Out of Harm’s Way.

Musically, new band member Henri Herbert’s piano playing lifts what might otherwise be an overly oppressive feel. His bar-room boogie piano manages to be, variously, celebratory, roiling, turbulent, manic and even – on the doo-wop ballad Midnight Oceans & The Savage Heart, with which the album closes – delicate and moving.

Bar that final track, which seems to spotlight a gentler band, in thrall to Roy Orbison as well as to Jerry Lee Lewis (or even The Cramps), this is not nuanced or subtle music.

Drums and dramatic stop-start guitar chords are used with percussive emphasis, and lyrics are alpha male and aggression-tinged: “You don’t remember me / You’re not the one you pretend to be”; “I’ll be watching you”; “It’s gotta be about me”. Songs are simply and effectively structured.

In the grand tradition of this musical form, though, sometimes a growling, snarling blast of intransigent r‘n’r is the only thing that fits the bill. For times like these, there is The Jim Jones Revue.

--Jude Clarke

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Heard a good chunk of the new album last week at Sound Control in Manchester and JJR rocked like the MC5, The Clash and Little Richard put together so I happily bought the album itself.
Not only does in no dissapoint it is superb, more consistent than Burning Your House Down with in opinion, a better selection of songs and not a second wasted in its trim, but superb 36 minutes. The production is excellent too, remaining clear and focused and providing space for all the instruments and of course, those vocals.
If you're a JJR fan this will provide you with a hefty dose of what you're after. If you've heard of the JJR and curious just ask yourself if youre looking for a hellacious, rowdy, swaggering, spit n sawdust rock n roll then you've been looking for the Jim Jones Revue. Now you've found 'em, join the revolution brothers n sisters!
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The Savage Heart is another great rocking album form this excellent UK garage rock n roll band.
Jim Jones bangs out the lyrics in his usual unrestrained manner, working them with great support from the rest of the band.
Piano interludes from new member Henri Herbert blends well into the band style (if you can peg them into one!) and is a great addition to the set.
Gritty, snarling and raw rock - this third album is sure to please!
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JJR's 'Burning Your House Down' was a blistering blast of garage rock n roll, all snarled vocals, rockabilly stomp and buzzing energy. 'Savage Heart' is much the same but lacking the strong singles that its predecessor boasted. If you're a fan of JJR and the garage rock revival in general already then you'll still find much to enjoy here, but at a disappointingly lean 35 minutes it feels like we didn't get a full album here.
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Having seen them live and the Piano players you tube video playing at St pancras station - I bought this because he was on it. It is a great rock and roll album, the songs are strong and the performances great. I particulalry like the Track seven times around the sun and it is straight into my Desert Island Discs compilation.
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If you know JJR then you won't be disappointed.
I'm not the best at describing music but felt that this is building on the first 2 albums and also harks back to some of Jim Jones' work with Black Moses on "Royal Stink" (a cracking album in itself and well worth investigating)
This is a band that are great on record but even better live so listen to this and then find them live. Thoroughly recommended.
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I heard the title track of this album on the radio and loved it so much I went straight to Amazon and bought the album. It is fantastic, like a kind of explosion of sound - but a controlled one! This album is a kind of fusion of rock and other music styles but seems deliberately under produced so the music has a live venue feel. Love it!
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As a pianist with a rock guitarist husband, this album was pure heaven for us! Only one bum song on the whole album.
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A long standing friend introduced me to this band recently..... Totally awesome, great riffs, amazing piano work, hit you in the guts content with a superb mix and production! Best album I've bought in a long time, I own al three of their products now - I would strongly recommend anyone who likes R'n"R to do the same!
Great work well done!!!!

Get a copy before you die!
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