ARTIST: Jo Jo Gunne
TITLE: Jo Jo Gunne
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Run Run Run (#27 US, #6 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope
LINEUP: Jay Ferguson, Matt Andes, Mark Andes, Curly Smith
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One-hit wonder’s album really showed why they were a one-hit wonder, despite the presence of Jay Ferguson.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Featuring two members from Spirit (and those same two members would find fame as a solo artist (Jay Ferguson) or a member of Firefall and Heart (Mark Andes), Jo Jo Gunne’s first album was released with much promise.
Featuring a great single in “Run Run Run”, it was hoped that their brand of rock-and-roll boogie would catch fire. It didn’t, and it’s plain to see why. Except for the single, none of the songs are truly memorable.
Boogie-rock is fine if you have some hooks. Heck, Status Quo has hooks, and they play the same song over and over again. Jo Jo Gunne’s sound is pretty fresh, but the songs are just there and there’s nothing compelling drawing you in to listen. I’m disappointed as I always heard decent things about this record, but on listen it’s meh.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Mark Andes left after this album. They carried on for three more records before Jay Ferguson went solo.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C+: Upgraded for the single. Some exiled.