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Jonzun Crew – Cosmic Love – album of the day

AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [-]The Jonzun Crew’s long-awaited fourth album, Cosmic Love, was released on the BMG-distributed Critique label in 1990. Michael Jonzun had — and still has — vast archives of songs recorded during this period. Like so many, the very excellent “Baby I Surrender” is not on this collection, but that doesn’t stop Cosmic Love from still being an important and highly listenable part of the Jonzun Brothers’ history. A band that should have released at least a dozen discs by this point in time, Mission Control Studios owner Michael Jonzun crafted his album over many years, and the precision and care he put into Cosmic Love is obvious from start to finish. The controlled insanity of the band’s earlier success is absent, replaced by smooth soul, studied R&B, and no-nonsense funk-rock. The title track shimmers with the vibrations found on the best records by the Commodores, while “Write Me Off” sounds like a direction Stevie Wonder could have chosen. Why the New Kids on the Block weren’t brought in to promote this music in TV ads is perplexing — NKOTB were huge at the time and core fans of Jonzun Crew couldn’t wait for their next release. There are ten songs here bookended by a prologue and epilogue, perfectly produced epics culminating in the superb “Wall of Fame.” The general public had no idea that this was the co-producer of two hugely popular groups, along with hit recordings by Peter Wolf, and this album drifted into obscurity as one of the best kept secrets in Boston rock & roll. La Vern Baker producer Barry Marshall shows up on guitar, as does Phil Greene from the ’70s band Swallow — there are lots of Boston “underground” names on the disc, yet the band was never embraced by the Boston “critics” and few understood the depth of Jonzun’s artistry. “Living in This World” is a nice ballad, while “Playhouse” is powerful dance-funk. The telling moment on the disc, though, the potential hit that never got the attention that it deserved is, as mentioned, the final song, “Wall of Fame.” This one tune contains all the finest elements of the Jonzun Crew’s best work, and that it didn’t take the charts by storm is a sin. “Ordinary Man,” “I Do Love You,” “Spotlight,” “This Time (Let’s Talk It Over”) could all hit for artists smart enough to seek this material out, but it is at its best when performed by Michael Jonzun. Though Cosmic Love may have a few too many love songs and ballads for fans of the group’s earlier hits, “Space Cowboy” and “Pac Jam,” it still is an impressive artistic statement, and a beautiful work which deserves a better place in music history.

Review of the Day 4/4/2020 The Doors

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A very interesting double LP retrospective two years after Jim Morrison’s version of the Doors had officially closed. Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine contained the first album release of two B-sides, Willie Dixon’s “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further,” sung by Ray Manzarek, originally on the flip side of the 1971 45 “Love Her Madly,” and the beautiful “Who Scared You,” “Wishful Sinful”‘s flip with Jim Morrison on vocals from a session in 1969. Both are worthwhile additions not found on their first “greatest hits” collection, 13. This compilation is a strange amalgam of their music, the LP title taken from a line in the song “The End,” which concludes side two. Five of the 22 songs are from the L.A. Woman sessions, including the title track of that album and the full length “Riders on the Storm,” both clocking in at seven-plus minutes. With “The End” and “When the Music’s Over” at 11:35 and 11:00 respectively, that’s 38 minutes and 38 seconds between four titles, more than a third of the 99-plus minutes of music on this collection. Nothing from Absolutely Live is included, and surprisingly, the classic “Waiting for the Sun” is not here, though that Morrison Hotel number would fit the mood perfectly. “Love Street,” the flip of “Hello I Love You,” is here, but pertinent singles like “Wishful Sinful” or “Do It” and its flip, “Runnin’ Blue,” from The Soft Parade, are all missing in action. The cover art pastiche by Bill Hoffman is worth the price of admission if you already have all this material, while the inside gatefold picture looks like an outtake from the first album. Bruce Harris’ liner notes are truly the ’60s merging with the ’70s; he calls Jim Morrison “merely the index of our possibilities” and states that Morrison didn’t want to be an idol “because he believed all idols were hollow.” The essay is all the more silly when you realize it isn’t tongue-in-cheek in the way Lou Reed’s incoherent ramblings inside Metal Machine Music are more enjoyable than the disc. Harris seems to actually believe what he pontificates. But the music is awesome, so put it on and read the Metal Machine Music scribblings instead. Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine is a work of art in the first order, the way the Beatles #1 album is wonderfully redundant, and it should see the light of day again. This time they could add “Tree Trunk,” the flip of the “Get Up and Dance” 45 RPM from 1972’s Full Circle album. ~ Joe Viglione
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Back in 1973 I was in a trio with Jack Inza on drums and another Jack on guitar. Two guitar and drum band, sometimes keyboard. The fellow contacted me a couple of years ago to try to resurrect the past but…45 years or so later when I already am rocking out there at my convenience …well…but the interesting thing is that “I’m A Star” was written about him …he would denigrate my songs, my lifestyle…God bless him but his negativity was difficult to navigate. He idolized Neil Young yelling out “I Love You” at a concert at the Music Hall back in the day…anyway, here it is in all its glory, the first track off of my first album on Flamingo/Carrere back in 1978. Enjoy.

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