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|The Jim Jones Revue||Primary Artist|
|Jim Jones||Guitar, Vocals|
|Elliot Mortimer||Piano, Keyboards|
|The Jim Jones Revue||Composer|
|Steve Gullick||Portrait Photography|
|Gavin Jay||Original Cover Artwork|
Posted April 19, 2012
This is only the second album by The Jim Jones Revue. Yet, they've already attained a reputation for their incredibly raucuous concerts. Listening to "Burning Your House Down" makes you want to actually see this English act, something which not too many albums make you do nowadays. The thing is, if you do, you wonder if you're going to see a great show---or wind up with a broken nose---or both.
The Jim Jones Revue sounds as if they've listened to every record by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and have tried---and the emphasis is on 'tried'---to emulate their loud, gnarly style of turning the blues into a frenzied, electric party noise. Jones himself is a boisterious, gravelly singer who wouldn't feel out of place singing Tom Waits songs. But how many other bands out there have a Little Richard-fixation with barrelhouse piano playing? Not many.
It certainly helped that the group got Jim Sclavunos to produce "Burning Your House Down"; he captures the rowdiness of their live performances more than well, particularly on "Dishonest John", "Big Len" and the title cut. However, when the group really gets serious, such as on "Killin' Spree" and "Righteous Wrong", you get the feeling it'll only be a matter of time before mainstream America catches on. Let's hope so. Right now, rock and roll can use all the unpredictable, pyschobilly mental cases it can get.