This album exceeded all my expectations and gives full value for money. As well as all the hits I can remember (Baby Jump, In the Summertime, Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black, etc, etc) this album has a shed-load of other good stuff. 36 tracks in all and not a dud amongst them. Various styles of music are discernable (including blues/rock, boogie-woogie, good-time, rockabilly, rock-and-roll). The lyrics are both catchy and clever in a Chuck Berry sort of way. There is quite a lot of harmonica, piano, and a bit of banjo. All played with infectious enthusiasm. It sounds as if the band were having a really good time when they recorded these tracks. If you buy this album you won't regret it. The only regret I have is not seeing the band live.
if you like mungo jerry and do not have any cds, this is a great package to start with, there are only 3 tracks on the cds i did not like, over all a great insight into this band, put it on sit back and enjoy, this is just how i remember the band, very underated, they still make me smile, by the way was there a better 70s track than baby jump?
This album covers the classic years of Mungo on the Dawn label and all the tracks are there - 32 superbly penned songs which epitomises the Mungo genre - classics like 'you better leave that whisky alone - a track which still makes my neck hair rise when i hear the great Colin Earl playing his boogie woogie piano - buy it , play it - boogie
At time of purchase this compilation was bought merely to obtain a track previously unavailable on CD - 'O'Reilly' It was originally on the B side of a maxi single only so I had no other way of obtaining it. Whilst it is pretty good I do have a few gripes though. 1. Why is 'Maggie' from the 1st album not here? This song epitomizes the true essence of Mungo Jerry - great piano, kazoo and risky lyrics etc, etc. 2. Why is the original 'Lady Rose' (arguably one of Mungo's best songs) omitted in favour of the 'Boot Power' version? 3. Where's 'Dust Pneumonia Blues'. One can only assume the compiler either didn't care or was not fully conversant with this truly great good time band and their music. That said if you merely want a taster of them this is OK, just.