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A Lost Genius
on 8 December 2011
In 1973 and 1974 nobody seemed to have a kind word to say about Jobriath. His two albums went quickly from the new release to the bargain bin sections in record shops, and he was dropped by both his management and his record company.
And yet both this album and its follow-up, "Creatures of the Street" are nothing short of superb. The sheer variety of material and the intricate arrangements surely combine to provide a convincing argument for Jobriath to be heralded as a lost genius. Rock, soul, classical and ballad are just a few of the genres touched upon, and all delivered in a way that could only have been Jobriath's.
Don't be taken in by the "bad Bowie" accusation often levelled at Jobriath. For example, the elements of soul evident on some tracks came long before Bowie explored the genre. Indeed, compare the sleeves for the original vinyl release of this album and that of Bowie's "Diamond Dogs". Take into consideration that the Jobriath album came out FIRST, and draw your own conclusions!