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|John Sebastian, J-Band|
Chasin' Gus' Ghost
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
The "Gus" referred to in the title of this labor-of-love recording is Gus Cannon, who, in the 1920s, led Cannon's Jug Stompers, one of America's premier jug bands at a time when jug-band fever was heating up dance halls fr... more »
The "Gus" referred to in the title of this labor-of-love recording is Gus Cannon, who, in the 1920s, led Cannon's Jug Stompers, one of America's premier jug bands at a time when jug-band fever was heating up dance halls from Alabama to New York. Of course, times have changed since Cannon made a name for himself with songs like "Minglewood Blues" (better known as "New Minglewood Blues" by the Grateful Dead). But while the jug is no longer pop music's instrument of choice, the J-Band work up a fair amount of good-time heat of their own. Led by John Sebastian of Lovin' Spoonful fame (and featuring Fritz Richmond on jug and washtub bass and country-blues guitarist Paul Rishell), the J-Band revive classic '20s jug-band standards ("Stealin'") and toss in some worthy originals ("Got No Automobile"). As a special treat, Yank Rachell, one of the original jug-band pioneers, performs a few numbers. While this release probably won't ignite a jug-band revival, it certainly proves that some ghosts are worth keeping around --Percy Keegan
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Welcome Back, John Sebastian
Scott | New Concord, Ohio | 12/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chasin' Gus' Ghost is a great album featuring a variety of musical styles from straight ahead jug band music to the calypso feel of "One Step Forward", on which John plays a garbage can as a bass. This is certainly a welcomed return to his roots. "Wild About My Lovin" is one of the standouts with Geoff Muldaur on lead, and a song Sebastian did with the Spoonful. This album contains a nice blend of vocals featuring not only John Sebastian, but Geoff Muldaur, Jimmy Vivino, Paul Rishell, and Yank Rachell. Annie Raines also plays a mean harmonica on a couple of the tracks. Bluesman Yank Rachell's last recorded performance is a fitting conclusion to the album."
John and the band pay their musical dues
Scott | 09/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John and the band, featuring jug band folk hero Fritz Richmond, pay their due respects to their favoured musical heritage. The CD pays tribute to one of Johns earliest influences Gus Cannon.Worthy original tracks by John and the band, together with the re-writing of earlier tunes, mixed with some new arrangements of classic jug band tunes, make this a CD not to be missed by lovers of Sebastian and jug band music.The first J band Cd featured tracks by blues mandolinist Yank Rachell. John was estatic at being able to record with Yank. Sadly Yank died not too long after it's release. It is therefore a fitting tribute and a great source of joy to John and the band that " Chasin' Gus' Ghost ",that the CD contains possibly Yanks last recordings.Daydream PO Box 5409. Alfreton. DE55 3ZR England."
Jug band music certainly was a treat to me
wylie spicer | Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada | 12/04/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"john sebasian's legacy is to make us all smile...whether it is just on his own(Welcome Back) or with the Lovin Spoonful(Nashville Cats)or adding harmonica to the legends(Tim Hardin's first album).In this incarnation with jug band legends fritz richmond et al we are all smiling again.Then he adds the magnificent voice of geoff muldaur(ex geoffand maria andsome of thebest butterfield vocals like small town talk and otherswhen he was with butterfield and the unpredictable amos garrett) and we are really grinning. True,john's voice isnt as strong as it used to be but if you are a fan of what he is best at(which isnt rock and roll) then you will find that this record goes just fine with your morning coffee.....nothing new but you'll be grinning"