Heya!

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Jim Stallings was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who had been knocking around the Los Angeles music scene for a few years when he met Bob Markley, a wealthy hipster and producer who had worked with the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Markley took Stallings under his wing, scored him a record deal, and christened him with a new stage name, J.J. Light, which was imagined to better fit his Native American heritage. J.J. Light scored an international hit single with 1969's "Heya," and the album of the same title sold respectably in Europe, Scandinavia, and South America, but for some reason the LP was never released in the United States, and a follow-up recorded ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Jim Stallings was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who had been knocking around the Los Angeles music scene for a few years when he met Bob Markley, a wealthy hipster and producer who had worked with the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Markley took Stallings under his wing, scored him a record deal, and christened him with a new stage name, J.J. Light, which was imagined to better fit his Native American heritage. J.J. Light scored an international hit single with 1969's "Heya," and the album of the same title sold respectably in Europe, Scandinavia, and South America, but for some reason the LP was never released in the United States, and a follow-up recorded later the same year was never released at all; Stallings became a member of Doug Sahm's Sir Douglas Quintet, joining in time to play bass on the classic Together After Five album. This release from the U.K.-based Sunbeam Records features the Heya! LP in full along with 11 songs recorded for Light's unreleased second album, only one of which ("Kent State Massacre") has previously surfaced. Heya! is an engaging exercise in psychedelia lite; Stallings' songs are strong and to the point while boasting radio-ready melodies alongside lyrics that often deal with Native American issues, and his vocals are gutsy and passionate without sounding ragged, recalling Johnny Rivers with an extra portion of soul. Stallings also had some fine help in the studio, including keyboard man Larry Knechtel, drummers Earl Palmer and Jim Gordon, and guitarists Gary Rowles and Ron Morgan (the former worked with Arthur Lee's 1969-1970 edition of Love, and the latter played in the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band), and the music isn't afraid to cut deep while leaning toward the sunny side. The unreleased material was rescued from old acetates and the sound quality is flawed, but the songs and performances are as good if not better than what Stallings brought to his first album, and it's hard to imagine why work this good was forced to collect dust in the vaults for so long. Heya! certainly deserves a higher profile in Stallings' homeland, and until some American label picks this up for a stateside issue, Sunbeam's release gives his songs the hearing they clearly deserve, while Tim Forster's liner notes tell the story behind this music and J.J. Light's short-lived career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Label: Sunbeam Records
  • EAN: 5051125504213
  • Catalog Number: 5042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Na Ru Ka (3:01)
  2. 2 Silently Sleeping (2:58)
  3. 3 Follow Me Girl (3:02)
  4. 4 It's Wednesday (2:31)
  5. 5 Until It Snows (3:01)
  6. 6 The Electric Land Band (1:25)
  7. 7 Hello, Hello, Hello (2:31)
  8. 8 Heya (3:10)
  9. 9 While the World Turns to Stone (2:18)
  10. 10 Henry Glover (2:11)
  11. 11 Hey Yo Hanna Wa (2:14)
  12. 12 Indian Disneyland (2:23)
  13. 13 Gallup, New Mexico (1:56)
  14. 14 On the Road Now (3:05)
  15. 15 Low Rider Rule (2:37)
  16. 16 Running Bear (2:31)
  17. 17 Rose Marie (1:47)
  18. 18 A Thousand Years Old (2:47)
  19. 19 Love Is Not a Game (2:16)
  20. 20 Power to the People (3:03)
  21. 21 Kent State Massacre (2:08)
  22. 22 Christine (1:59)
  23. 23 Don't We All Get Lonely Sometimes? (3:25)
  24. 24 Have You Seen My Baby? (2:32)
  25. 25 Stuck in Prison (1:58)
  26. 26 Heya (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J.J. Light Primary Artist
Larry Knechtel Organ, Piano
Ron Morgan Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Gary Rowles Guitar
Jim Stallings Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jim W. Gordon Drums
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical Credits
Randy Newman Composer
David Brand Engineer
Ed Caraeff Sleeve Photo
Jerry Goldstein Composer
Lanky Linstrot Engineer
Bob Markley Producer
J.P. Richardson Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Jude Holmes Executive Producer
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