Jo Jo Gunne/Bite Down Hard/Jumpin' the Gun/So... Where's the Show?

Jo Jo Gunne/Bite Down Hard/Jumpin' the Gun/So... Where's the Show?

by Jo Jo Gunne


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Jo Jo Gunne/Bite Down Hard/Jumpin' the Gun/So... Where's the Show?

Born out of boogie rock, Spirit (leader Jay Ferguson and bassist Mark Andes had split the group), and a double shot of testosterone, Jo Jo Gunne are best remembered for their urgent hit "Run Run Run" and their third effort's politically incorrect album cover (you could tastefully call that woman "Rubenesque" if it wasn't for the pig pictured with her). Still, they deserve to be more than a footnote in American rock, and while this two-disc round-up of their four original albums (that's everything but the reunion, re-recording, and totally fan club worthy Big Chain from 2005) proves the group weren't strong enough to keep up with that hectic, early-'70s release schedule (all of this is from 1972 - 1974) there's plenty of fun to be had. Greasy, early Doobie Brothers-like fun on one hand (tight harmonies, solid, showy musicianship, and boogie all the way) and naughty, macho, brash, and bolder-than-you're-used-to fun on the other ("Shake That Fat," "High School Drool," "S&M Blvd," and "Big Busted Bombshell from Bermuda" are all as nasty as they want to be, but are like the Hudson Brothers in their cheeky, vaudeville-esque delivery). Their debut album was rich, their sophomore release was looser for the better and the worse, and while their third effort lacked strong songwriting, their fourth and final was a serious step in the right direction, right before Ferguson moved on to a solo career with the hit "Thunder Island." Dotted amongst it all are some forgotten gems, so check out the boogie reggae woman named "Babylon," the prog rock epic titled "Rhoda," and the squawky, Talkbox rocker "She Said Alright," which sounds like Peter Frampton flying high on Cialis. A welcome set for fans of the band and addicts of the era, plus no matter how cool you spray-paint it, you ain't gonna get the "old lady" to "check out" the van without this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2012
Label: Edsel Records Uk
UPC: 0740155211431
catalogNumber: 5521143
Rank: 19666

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Jo Gunne   Primary Artist
Jay Ferguson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Steel Drums,Group Member
Mark Andes   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Matt Andes   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jimmie Randall   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Curly Smith   Percussion,Drums,Harp,Vocals,Group Member
John Staehely   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jay Ferguson   Composer
Matt Andes   Composer
Allan Blazek   Engineer
Henry Diltz   Inside Photo
Tom Dowd   Remixing
Bob Edwards   Engineer
Jo Jo Gunne   Composer,Producer
Chris Hinshaw   Engineer
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
John Stronach   Producer,Engineer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Engineer
Art Linson   Director,Direction
Tom Wilkes   Cover Photo
Jimmy Wachtel   Illustrations
Barry Feinstein   Cover Photo
Amanda Flick   Artwork
Tony Hodsoll   Packaging
Danny Tucker   Director,Direction
Warren Archer   Photo Courtesy

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