Monday, 20 February 2017

Jackdaw With Crowbar ‎– "Hot Air" (Ron Johnson Records ‎– ZRON 33) 1988

Not so good was the debut vinyl LP from JWC. Too many reggae numbers, as in three too many; and some lifeless versions of songs we've already got on their previous EPs. Also included are remixed tracks from their previously released cassette,"Bumpercrop Selection", not even worth re-recording apparently?
There is the saving grace of "Turkey Shoot", which is classic Jackdaw, but not as good as the version from the Peel Sessions.
It was,after all, recorded in the horrific "Second Summer of Love" of 1988 i suppose.So one is wondering whether the evil mind controlling drug 'Ecstasy' had been a distraction? I hope not!
Maybe its just the pressure of living up to their previously High standards of nutjobbery that made this a travesty of Crow?.....Its not that bad by the way, just disappointing.
They did release another album in Italy(!)around 1991-ish, which I was totally unaware of, and have never heard; but by then the magic would definitely have dissipated.
(anyone got a file of this missing Jackdaw?) 


A1 Travesty Of C(ro)w
A2 Banjoid Festi
A3 Sultan Of Pickle, Son Of Bran
A4 Scrape
A5 New Right Wing
B1 Turkey Shoot
B2 Iceberg
B3 Amarillo
B4 Stomach Pump
B5 Sailor Soul Survivor
B6 F.U.S.A.


badgerstump said...

It's not my fault, you made me do it:

Jonny Zchivago said...

I might have guessed you would have it!
I'm willing to carry the can for most things,but not this!No-one was twisting your arm, you did it to yourself.
cheers by the way.