AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [-]
SUBSCRIBEA #19 hit in 1980 on the Billboard Hot 100. Song Review by Joe Viglione at Allmusic.com: “Three Times In Love” is as exquisite a pop confection as you’ll find, a #1 Adult Contemporary hit for Tommy James which should have ushered in a whole new career for the singer/songwriter in the 1980’s, one that could have had him giving Olivia, Elton, Helen and Barry a good run for their money on the pop charts. Millennium Records single #11785 came at the dawn of that new decade going Top 20 on the singles charts in February of 1980. The guitar strums are even lighter than Nick Lowe’s hit, “Cruel To Be Kind” from the year before, the sentiment a lot more positive than Lowe, a song about falling in love head over heels, not once, not twice, but three times. It’s survival of the fittest from the first love of teen years being a game and and ultimately fading away to the second time around finding the person in question older and wiser, The lyrics take a back seat to the gorgeous hook, a gliding vocal of “three times in love” over cascading acoustic guitars with a stunningly sweet lead right before the bridge. Tommy James made some good records for Fantasy in the ’70’s, including a wonderful re-make of “Tighter, Tighter”, the hit he wrote and produced for Alive ‘n Kickin’. The label change to Millennium Entertainment allowed this title track the opportunity to reach an audience, and it deserved to. Sophisticated adult pop by a craftsman who has the voice and intuitive charm, this number drives politely, swimming in pretty sounds and is a far cry from the garage rock of “Hanky Panky” which launched James’ storied career. Of the 19 chart songs he wrote or performed, there’s something extra special about this one. Co-written by Tommy James and guitarist/bassist Ronnie Serota, the song clocks in at four minutes and nine seconds. A Spanish version was also released, which has become something of a collectors item.” LYRICS: She was all of a lady, you were all of sixteen, You were king of the mountain, she was your queen. You played in the sunshine, you danced in the rain, It was so easy, when love was a game. But, everybody’s
When Motown had R. Dean Taylor, Meatloaf, and Rare Earth, poppy blue-eyed soul with urban leanings on their Rare Earth imprint, the company also released this disc by Crystal Mansion. Engineered by Brooks Arthur, who went on to produce Crystal Mansion‘s 1979 album on Twentieth Century, Peter Allen, and many middle of the road acts in the ’80s, this disc, by what was once a pop band, is a real strange one. Prior to this album they almost hit with “The Thought of Loving You,” a timeless pop song written by David White and covered by Sonny & Cher, as well as the Manhattan Transfer. Dave White Tricker appears on this disc courtesy of Bell records, contributing three co-written numbers, “Earth People,” “A Song Is Born,” and “Satisfied..” David White Tricker also shows up on Len Barry‘s abysmal Ups and Downs on Buddah the same year, 1972. This album has a better groove than Barry‘s, but it gets mired in the down side of Atlanta Rhythm Section or Rare Earth, the unfortunate non-hit sides of those bands. Why Collectables would re-release this with an additional track, James Taylor‘s “Carolina on My Mind,” is a mystery. There is nothing here as sublime as their little mini-pop masterpiece, “The Thought of Loving You,” and despite having it together better than solo outings by Rob Grill of the Grass Roots or Len Barry, “Peace for a Change” is not the kind of tune you would seek out to play repeatedly, nor would a classic hits music director go out on a limb for “Boogieman.” The cover, featuring bare trees over a blue “crystal” mansion, is the best thing about this disc. The gatefold holds the lyrics, but there are no lost Bob Dylan etchings here, nor words that will be published in volumes of important rock poetry. To be kind, “There Always Will Be More,” ” I Love You,” and the final track, “Earth People,” aren’t bad. “Earth People” is reminiscent of “Calling Occupants,” the hit for the Carpenters and Klaatu. It is the highlight of the album. Let’s call it Crystal Mansion‘s “I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home.” Nice keyboards, good production, great vocals, but the three minutes and 59 seconds seem to drag on, and nothing here is, as mentioned, as stimulating as their signature tune, “The Thought of Loving You,” which, unfortunately, is not on this disc.
The Boston Rock And Roll Anthology Vol. #21 is about to happen!
The goal is to write on this page daily and keep people entertained and informed. Check out this great rendition of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny”
Sunny by Bobby Hebb Kit Morgan – guitar Jerry Crozier-Cole – guitar
This performance was recorded and filmed on the 8th March 2018 Guitar Extravaganza live at Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School. Recording and editing by Dom Balchin see Bobby Hebb Dot Blogspot Dot Com https://bobbyhebb.blogspot.com/2020/04/sunny-by-bobby-hebb-kit-morgan-guitar.html
My Malden Observer interview/ article on Preacher Jack
By Joe Viglione / email@example.com
Posted Sep 5, 2008 at 12:01 AM
Updated Sep 5, 2008 at 5:16 AM
For those who love the unique piano sound heard on the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise/Sydney Pollack movie “The Firm,” the hard-working piano man from Malden offers that style of ivory tickling and so much more.
“Preacher Jack” (a.k.a. Jack Coughlin), commands the stage like an evangelist explaining his “religion” of rock and blues with a raw, distinctive voice that cuts through better than Jimmy Swaggart or Jerry Falwell could ever hope to — probably because when The Preacher dives in to “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” resplendent in Gospel overtones and backing vocalists, you believe him — and understand he believes in what he’S singing and playing.
The Malden Observer caught a performance by Jack on May 8, 2008 at Club Bohemia, the downstairs of the Cantab Lounge in Central Square, Cambridge.
It’s a dark den of sin in need of redemption that Preacher Jack lovingly provides as he bangs away on his traveling keyboard. Offstage, he’s a very personable — and quite reserved — individual, pleasant and engaging.
Here’s a bit of background that the Boston-area legend provided us.
Observer: How long have you lived in Malden?
Preacher Jack: I was born in Malden Feb. 12, 1942 and lived there until the late 1970s. I moved to Salem, Mass., and have resided at the Lafayette Hotel on Washington Street ever since
Observer: Did you first start playing music in Malden in school?
Preacher Jack: Yes. I was influenced at an early age by my mother, who was a runner up on the Major Bowes Radio Show in 1939, and my father, who was an amateur vocalist with a sort of baritone type range. My brother is also a singer with great success.
Malden Observer: What were your first bands?
Preacher Jack: Well, my first band could be considered Malden’s first garage band — we were called “The Jupitors” (sometimes called Jack and the Jupitors) in 1956 with boyhood pals Irving Fineberg on Guitar (self taught, I may add) and Charlie Peavy (later to work at his family’s business “Peavy’s Speed Shop” on Main Street) on drums.
Malden Observer: What were your first live gigs?
Preacher Jack: We played gymnasiums, the YMCA, churches, private parties, lots of clubs that are long gone from the North Shore, and later on worked with Arnie Woo Woo Ginsberg at his famous “Sock Hops” in Saugus on Route 1.
Malden Observer: How did the Rounder album come about?
Preacher Jack: George Thorogood spotted me at the Shipwreck Lounge on Revere Beach, took a liking to me, and brought me to the attention of Ken Irwin at Rounder. We recorded two albums for Rounder with the Delaware Destroyers and Sleepy LaBeef as my backup band(s).
Malden Observer: What was “the demo that got the deal” with Rounder Records?
Preacher Jack: Well, George liked the Luke The Drifter (Hanks Williams alter ego) pieces I was doing and Ken was also a huge Hank fan so I think it was the C & W part of my rep that won the folks at Rounder over.
Malden Observer: Let’s talk about your new disc, “Tales From Life’s Other Side.” What about the double entendre title?
Preacher Jack: It is actually “Pictures From Life’s Other Side,” a play on the Hank Williams song “A Pix From Lifes other side.” Peter (Levine), my manager, and Lady Eleanor (Ramsey) came up with the title. We sat around, listened to the diverse selections on the disc and thought a lot of these songs are snapshots of people’s lives, not necessarily my life, combined with my love of Hank we thought it would be a nice companion title for these tales.
Malden Observer: When did you start developing this album?
Preacher Jack: It is a combination of two sessions, one in 1982 with Dick Berwun at his home studio in Lexington and another done in 1996 at Sound Technique in Boston, which was financed by Gary Cherone of Extreme. When Bill Hunt from Cow Island Music approached us about signing me we had the material just sitting around, so it all came about quickly last year. We released on Feb. 12 of this year and it has been a wonderful relationship with Bill at Cow Island.
The MySpace http://myspace.com/thepreacherjack is full of information on Preacher Jack, including a 10-minute YouTube video posted on the front page.
Jack’s in great voice and the deep piano sounds resonate through the computer as he dips into more gospel: “Preacher Jack is at your service.”
Over a dozen gigs are booked through Oct. 25, including key ones at The Beehive (beehiveboston.com) located at 541 Tremont St. in Boston (617-423-0069) Sept. 10 at 8 p.m., and The Pawtucket Film Festival, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, R.I., on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. (www.mirrorimage.com/mi/film.html).
Check out http://www.myspace.com/thepreacherjack for more dates or go on to You Tube and put in the name “Preacher Jack” to watch the videos that are getting thousands of hits, taped live at Dodge Street, Sandy’s Jazz & Blues and other venues.
April 25, 2020 I didn’t have the strength to post…Smokey Joe passed away at 8 am under my bed…peacefully… I petted his head and told him he was loved. Here’s a photo of Smokey in the rafters…he loved playing in secret places. It’s difficult to go through the thickness of the day when a long-time pet goes on to the next journey. My little double-pawed kitty.
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Sometimes I forget my own resume’ … I can’t believe ten years have slipped by …today, Friday, is cold and rainy – a strange sort of rain, not sprinkling but kinda on and off showers…so Thursday March 4, 2010 at Bookends author Noah Boyd stopped by.
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Adam Ezra in today’s Boston Globe https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/24/arts/adam-ezra-raises-glass-with-his-nightly-concert-series/
Dec 2, 1978 The original show that packed the house, that rocked the house, and that launched Unnatural Axe, Thrills and the Neighborhoods into the Paradise. http://joeviglione.com/?p=1257 Show put together by Joe Viglione and Jon Macey, the second of 49 performances by JV at The Best Concert Club in New England. Our first show was June 29, 1978
THE LOST BALL N CHAIN RECORDING FROM THE 1980S