Unsung Heroes No.1: Jess Roden

18 02 2007

Welcome to the first in an occasional series celebrating the work of singers that don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Today:

Jess Roden

One of the great British vocalists, with an immediately distinctive sound,Roden cut his teeth with the Alan Bown Set in the 60’s, achieving a minor hit with the single “Emergency 999”. He eventually left to form the band “Bronco” which recorded two albums, which though well received, particularly “Ace of Sunlight” failed to set the world on fire. Roden surfaced again on the eponymously titled “Butts Band” album, a wonderful collection of songs performed by a great band comprising Roden, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors, and session favourite Phil Chen on bass. Check out the wonderful “Baja Bus” and “Sweet Danger”.
Around this time Roden also appeared on Keef Hartleys “Lancashire Hustler” album with Robert Palmer. Island records then stood by Roden for a string of great albums, both solo and with his band. The self-titled “Jess Roden” album features the wonderful “Ferry Cross”. “The Player Not The Game” ia a beautifully made album with the cream of New Orleans session men, including Allan Toussaint. Jess also made a memorable version of “You can leave your hat on ” from the album “Keep Your Hat on”.
Sadly, he was never destined for the big time, and albums like “Play it Dirty” and “Stonechaser” became the rarities at the back of the record shop. A brief return in the 80’s with “Multiplay” by the Rivits and some session work, notably Grace Jones “Nightclubbing” album marked a less productive Roden.
However, in the mid 90’s he made a surprise return with a band called The Humans,featuring ex-Strider and Rod Stewart guitarist Gary Grainger, recording one great album, subsequently disappearing from the scene once more following a live album.
This Kidderminster born vocalist has a voice of pure gold, and for most of the record buying public, he is an undiscovered gem, check him out!

Recommended:

    Butts Band/Butts Band (73)
    Jess Roden/Jess Roden(74)
    Jess Roden Band/Play it Dirty, Play it Class (76)
    Jess Roden/The Player Not The Game (77)
    Jess Roden and the Humans/Jess Roden and the Humans (95)

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1 11 2007
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28 11 2007
Roy Williams

I saw Jess Roden for the first and only time supporting Roxy Music at Trentham Gardens, Stoke in September 1974. I’ve had a copy of his album, Jess Roden, ever since and it’s still fabulous on vinyl. I lost touch until the Humans album turned up on iTunes this year, which sent me off on a Roden hunt again. He’s been listed as playing at Granville’s restaurant in Stone, Staffs fairly recently but does anyone know what he’s up to now?

28 11 2007
kevmoore

Hi Roy, the last I heard he was running some kind of graphic design company in New York, and as far as I knew, hadnt played since The Humans, your story of him playing in Stone has me very excited! The album you have, plus Play it Dirty, Play it Class, seem to be the only Roden discs on CD. You can get the Butts Band one on CD though. I have spent many fruitless houyrs trying to get Stonechaser, Player not the Game and Keep your hat on on CD, and whilst Ive managed to secure vinyl copies, they’re just not out on CD. CD gems featuring Jess include Lancashire Hustler by Keef Hartley, and The Alan Bown Set Emergency 999. Surely somebody should bring out a definitive CD boxed set of this incredible British singer. P.S. If you hear of him gigging again, let me know!

15 12 2007
allan bishop

hi guys im a big roden fan from the alan bown days i have a copy of stonechaser if you would like me to copy it i would be glad to jess does work in graphic design and lives in ruislip i met him for a chat during his humans days at the robin 2 he still has family in kidderminster got to be one of the best voices to come from this country he did to a few gigs with the sas band but no recordings hope this helps kind regards allan bishop

15 12 2007
kevmoore

Allan, thanks for your great comment! I saw Jess back around around the time of the “Keep your Hat On” album. I have the Stonechaser album, but no record player to play it on, how excrutiating is that??
I wish I’d seen him in action with the Humans, and I always hope he might get back into recording again, I completely agree he is one of the UKs finest. Id be interested in a CD copy of Stonechaser for sure. Is there anything I can copy in return? I have Lancashire Hustler, the album he did with Keef Hartley, and Butts band, (though as a fan I guess you have them) Ive also seen a double CD of the Bronco stuff floating around, so thats my next target!

21 01 2008
allan

hi kev glad to do you a copy i have it on cd had it prof done waiting for his album blowing to be put on cd next just managed to get a copy of 7 windows only released in germany i cant be far away from you mate i live near cannock staffs if you want a copt my email add is williehackitt@yahoo.com cheers mate

22 01 2008
kevmoore

cheers allan!

29 01 2008
Hilary

I knew Jess in the late sixties early seventies when he was in the Alan Bown band my friends and I used to follow them all over the country He has the best voice I have ever heard I fell in love with him and his voice He should never stop singing you dont need great fame to be a great star

29 01 2008
kevmoore

I couldn’t have put it better myself Hilary! He certainly qualifies as one of my greatest inspirations.

4 02 2008
BRIAN FRENCH

Hello everybody I,m a big Jess fan right from the days of sight and sound in concert on the BBC back in the 70,s,great blues voice.Got loads of cd and vinyl but desperate to get hold of a cd copy of Jess Roden ” Live at the BBC” released in 1996 on Pinnacle label,been on to the BBC and all sorts but with no joy, anybody out there got a copy so you can end my chase. If you need more Jess copies please let me know if I have it will do you a copy.
I live near Sandbach and my e mail is frenchyb53@aol.com so feel free to contact me if you need anything.
Brian French

13 02 2008
kevmoore

thanks for that brian, its great that everyone’s spreading the word about this great british talent. if i hear of anyone with the beeb session, i’ll pass on the info mate!

15 02 2008
Brian

Saw Jess the other night (an old mate). Sorry to say the rumour of him having played recently is just not true. The mic is well and truly hung up, and has been since SAS days. Like the rest of the people here though I’d love him to do more, live and/or studio, but really it seems a very remote possibility. A shame. One the great voices for sure. A very humble and modest guy to boot.

20 02 2008
BRIAN FRENCH

Brian,
If you see Jess again in the near future give him my best regards one of the best blues voices ever and please ask him how do we get a copy of ” Live at the BBC”, if anybody knows he will,keep on rockin.
Best Regards
Brian F

25 02 2008
BRIAN FRENCH

Hello all, just got e mail from the Netherlands from someone who has “Live at the BBC” and will supply a copy so watch this space for results.
Keep rockin.
Laters

4 03 2008
BRIAN FRENCH

Kev,
I have the Bronco double album,if you need a copy let me know via my e mail address and get you a copy in the post.
Regards
Brain

4 03 2008
kevmoore

Hey Brian, many thanks for the offer, but Allan, another Roden fan and contributor to this blog, already kindly did me a copy. It’s good that all us “obscurists” stick together!

p.s. anyone out there with any jess anecdotes? drop us a line!

I’m also considering doing a retro-review of some of his albums on this blog, perhaps with some info on his musical collaborators, such as Allan Toussaint, Robbie Blunt etc.

14 03 2008
neil kay

Hi All,Just stumbled on this site after “googling” Jess Roden.
Great to see the interest in this timeless blues voice.
Every so often (when the wifes out) I shut myself away
and dig out the records. Tonights indulgence–Graham Parker and the Rumour/ Stick to Me. Alex Harvey Band/ Live.
Then Jess Roden / Play it Dirty Play it Class. Hey It does’nt get
better than that!! Neil Kay Cape Town

22 03 2008
Alan Ellsmore

Hello All,
first saw jess with the Alan Bown Set on Ready, Steady, Go, then live with Bronco and The Jess Roden Band. Have on vinyl The Alan Bown Set Live at the Marqee, Bronc 1st and 2nd albums, Jess Roden, The Player…, Blowin’, The Butts band, also on CD Play it Dirty.. and The Humans Live at the Robin. Still looking for others. Doesn’t the Jess Roden Band sound like a forerunner of Jools Hollands#Rhythm and Blues Orchestra? Have just e-mailed his shoe’later’ to suggest that he trys to get Jess on the shoe to front the R&B Orchestra, possibly the Hootennany, what an end to a year. We can live in Hope

Alan.

22 03 2008
Alan Ellsmore

That should be ‘ShoW’

Alan

24 03 2008
kevmoore

Ala, that’s a great shout! Having Jess on Jools would be incredible…fingers crossed. I’m currently reading “Highway to Hell” the biography of AC/DC vocalist the late Bon Scott. In it, they reprint a questionaire he completed for a music mag. His favourite singer? Jess Roden!

4 04 2008
Buchanbob

hey great to see well deserved adulation of a much ignored talent. I haven’t seen mention of his great contribution to Stomu Yamashta’s Go Too Sessions 1977. A very worthy follow up to the set from doldrum emerging Steve Winwood. An interesting mix of Jazz, blues and classical. Oh, and a nice rare Linda Lewis contribution. CD from ravenrecords.com.au of Australia

5 04 2008
Alan

Hello again,

just picked up today ‘Peter Green Songbook: a tribute to his work in two volumes’ various artists 1994-1995. Over 100 artists on this tribute including Paul Jones, Rory Gallagher, Ian Anderson, Zoot Money, Snowy White etc. Jess does two vocals ‘Crying won’t bring you back’ & ‘Merry go round’ the kind of vocal as on ‘Live at the Robin’. Merry go Round in particular makes you stop what you are doiong and you just have to listen.

5 04 2008
kevmoore

Cheers buchanbob! I’ve toyed with the idea of getting hold of Yamashta’s Go too…but read some negative reviews, but being something of a completist I guess it won’t be long before it graces my collection. Talking of completism, I just got Strider’s first album on CD (Gary Grainger of The Humans first band) its called exposed and also features Ian Kewley of The Q Tips and Jenny Haan on backing vocals. Worth a listen.

5 04 2008
kevmoore

p.s. Linda Lewis is such an underrated singer. Always loved her si ngle from the 70’s “Play Around”

5 04 2008
kevmoore

Hey Alan, the Peter Green songbook is a great shout. Sounds like Jess is in good company there with the likes of Ian Anderson et al. I just picked up Tull’s Broadsword and the Beast remastered, which boasts nearly a whole albums worth of extra tracks on the CD reissue.

22 04 2008
Randyland

I remember stumbling across the self-titled album in a cutout bin around 1978 and grabbing it, just curious to hear another version of ‘On Broadway’. ‘Player’ is one of the handful of vinyl LPs I still have and it’s too bad that Jess is yet another great talent who somehow never got his due. If he doesn’t feel like being musical these days, well, that’s his business. He gave us a great gift while he was in the mood.

23 04 2008
kevmoore

Well said Randyland. It’s the nature of the business I suppose that we demand more and more albums from those artists we admire. whilst some are incredibly prolific, others are less so. while Jess’s output was by no means vast, the quality of his work speaks for itself. look out for more features on his musical collaborators in my blogs!

24 04 2008
Nick

Hello to all of you out there.

I am Jess’s brother Nick ( Yes i have a different surname ) but i assure you i am his brother and i thought after reading the comments above i would let you know what jess is up to.

Basically he now runs his own graphic design business but not in New york. He lives near to London and is enjoying the quiet life. Up until about 4-5 years ago he sang about once a year with an outfit called the SAS band with other singers and musicians. i believe Roy Wood, Roger Taylor, Brian May , Paul Young etc were also involved.

i cannot speak on his behalf but when i went down to see him 2 weeks ago i asked him if he would be doing anymore singing but seeing as he has not sung in such a while i can honestly say it is most unlikely. The last album he released was ” Live at the Robin” which was basically a live recording of one of his gigs at the now demolished Robin Hood club which was situated behind the Merry Hill shopping complex in the west Midlands.

I am younger than Jess and even though i am now 47 I am still very proud to be his brother. I can honestly say that yes Jess is indeed the one that got away when it came to being recognised commercially for his outstanding voice.

Regards
Nick

26 04 2008
Susie

Wonderful to read all the comments on this site, which i came across after Googling Jess. I saw him live on the tour to promote ‘Play It Dirty…’ as a teenager and loved him from that moment. I have the majority of his work on vinyl, but would love to own it all on cd…i dream on! Jess on Jools?? Oh yes please!

Susie

28 04 2008
kevmoore

@Nick, you are most welcome to this thread about Jess! thanks for the info: The SAS band if I remember, is Spike’s all-stars, as in Spike Edney, the “behind -the-scenes” keyboard player on the majority of Queen’s live shows. Needless to say, his connections ensured a steady stream of superstars queuing up to play. It is a testament to Jess and his talent that he worked in this company. Perhaps the next time you speak with him you could thank him for a lifetime’s inspiration, which, as a pro musician of 30 years standing, I still cherish.
@Susie, welcome , and thanks for your kind comments. i began this because i was frustrated to find very little about Jess out there on the net, and for such a great talent, i found it incredible. It is so gratifying to see the people coming out of the woodwork and applauding this man’s career! ….and your suggestion for him to appear with Jools on Later – you’ve just described musical heaven, let’s bombard the BBC and make it happen. I guess only Jess knows if he feels he has anything else to give, but certainly the legacy he’s left us, should he choose to never sing again, is greater in quality than most artists could ever hope to achieve, in these days of talent competition “just-add-water” pop stars.

29 04 2008
graham clark

I saw Jess Roden many times when he was the lead singer of the Alan Bown Set, 1 time with the Butts Band then when he had his own band and finally with the Humans, Jess has a voice that is at home singing Soul, Prog Rock, Blues, you name it he can sing it, Never became the star he should have been, reading some of the messages above you go back and remember some of the great nights out you had when Jess was singing

29 04 2008
Nick

Hi Kev.

Good to see you got my info even though most of it had already been stated in earlier emails to you.

Every time i see Jess i ask him the same question” are you going to sing again” but i keep getting the same answer and that is ” no i don’t think so” ” i think i have called it a day now”
But Jess believe it or not is a very private quiet character and really enjoys his family life especially as he now has 2 wonderful grandchildren.

With regard to starting a campaign getting him on Jools Holland that would be brilliant and you can count on my support but i can assure you it will be like trying to move the rock of Gibraltar. I would love to hear him sing again and I hope that one day someone might request him on Radio 2 to get the ball rolling.

I will be speaking to Jess soon and as far as i know he will be coming to visit me and the family over here in North Norfolk in the summer.

By the way did you know , i think i am right in saying that a disc has been released with some of the old Alan Bown stuff on.

Will keep you informed.

Nick

29 04 2008
kevmoore

Thank you Nick. The rock of Gibraltar is just down the coast from me, so perhaps I can get some help petitioning Radio 2 from the barbary apes! 🙂 I was over your way at the weekend playing 2 70’s festivals in Skegness and Great Yarmouth!
I am planning to do a feature show on his music on a local radio station down here in Spain as a guest presenter. It’s called Valle radio and is listened to worldwide on the net. When its sorted, I’ll post details here.

30 04 2008
Nick

Great news about the Radio station. Whenit happens i will see if i can pick it up over here, if not i might be contacting you for a recording.

I will pass on the info to Jess next time i speak to him.

Keep in touch and by all means please email me at my address whenever you have any info etc.

Regards

Nick

1 05 2008
kevmoore

Will do Nick. I’ll post details about the show and internet access for it when the time comes.

2 05 2008
kevmoore

For those who want to delve deeper into Jess’s musical past, I’ve posted an article on his time with The Alan Bown set, and the compilation CD that celebrates it.
check it out by CLICKING HERE

3 05 2008
Steve T

I first saw Jess when his band supported Roxy music at Birmingham Odeon in 1974 and thought his voice was superb. Also loved the Bronco track “Love” which I had on the “Bumpers” Island sampler.
I also remember seeing his live performance on the BBC.

He’s always been my favourite vocalist and I’d love to see him perform again some day.

I’ve got most of his band and solo stuff on vinyl, including “The player not the game” and the Rivits LP but would love the Bronco albums on CD if anyone could help?

5 05 2008
kevmoore

Wow, steve! the Bumpers album! I remember buying that in a second hand shop down in Bournemouth! those old samplers were great weren’t they? The two Bronco albums are available on one CD now, which is great news. Its always around on ebay, but If you want, I can copy them for you, however, I’m not sure of I have them here or at the other house, so it might be a while before i get hold of them again! I must’ve seen him around the same time as you, ’74 – but at Derby College. Needless to say, he was amazing.

5 05 2008
Steve T

Thanks for the offer of Bronco copy Kev. I’ll check out E-Bay etc and get back to you if I can’t get hold of them.

Yes, those samplers were great .. I’ve also got “You can all join in” which was an earlier Island collection.

My brother and I won tickets from BRMB radio to go and see Jess and his band at Birmingham Town Hall in the mid seventies, but because we were in the middle of O levels, my mum wouldn’t let us go! Needless to say it took quite a time to forgive her, especially as they recorded part of the live album on that night!

I’ve still got all the ticket stubs from those days, including a pristine copy of the 1974 Roxy Music programme when Jess and band supported them. Fond memories!

6 05 2008
kevmoore

I remember BRMB starting up -the first commercial radio station in the UK if I remember right. i also had the sampler from CBS called The Music People – a triple album, no less! We must be a similar age i guess. I remember seeing Paice, Ashton and lord at Birmingham Odeon in 1976 – never did get to see Deep Purple. Felt lucky to see PAL though, as they folded after one tour and one album. Regarding Jess, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to check out his contribution to Keef Hartley’s “Lancashire Hustler” album. I’m also considering putting Jess singing “I’m ready” with Paul Kossoff on here for folks to listen to.

6 05 2008
Steve T

My twin brother was at that PAL concert at the Birmingham Odeon! I’ll check out the Keef Hartley album, and I have the Kossoff track … excellent vocal performance.

13 05 2008
Nick

I remember going to see Jess at the town hall in Birmingham and if i remember rightly i think Rod Stewart was also playing in the city that night and Jess still managed to get nearly a full house.

Part of the gig was recorded and i think some of it was on the “Blowin” album which is one of my favourites.

18 05 2008
kevmoore

I think Rod’s “credibility” for want of a better word – was on the wane by this time. It is to Jess’s credit that he always seemed to plough his own furrow. Rod’s work with Beck, The Faces, and possibly his first two solo albums was class…but, in my humble opinion, he sacrificed his talent on the altar of big bucks- successful? undeniably. But at what cost?

20 05 2008
allan bishop

hi kev and guys hope all is well and hi to you nick great to hear from you dont know if anyone knows but alan bown has a book out all about the band written by jeff bannister the keyboard player some good stuff in there about jess love to get int touch with him (jess) email etc my friend and i were (are) big fans and sadly my friend died at the age of 42 i got in touch with jess when he was playing with the humans and he sent a card to my freinds wife how about that for kindness i spoke to him at the robin and thanked him and he was so humble i am in contact with alan bown and jeff bannister jeff reckons when jess left the alan bown it was the end for them even though he was replaced by robert palmer he said the band was never the same nick if you read this would you pass on my email add to jess would make my year to recieve an e,mail from my hero i have an article that was written in my local paper the express and star all about jess if anyone would like a copy im sure i could e mail them one my email add is williehackitt@yahoo.com lets keep the name of the best singer to come out of the uk alive keep in touch cheers all allan

26 05 2008
Alan Ellsmore

Hello all,

just been listening to ‘Losing Game’ off the ‘A Boful of Treasures’ 5 cd set by Sandy Denny. Losing Game is a duet with Jess Roden, not being a big listen to Sandy I was quite suprised at some of the tracks on this box set. Losing Game in particular, would not be out of place on a Jess Roden Band album, up tempo, strong bassline, brass section and a sax break. Jess doesn’t come in until 2:16 into the song, and then only for 45secs but he does lift it to another place, that place that we love. Always worth a listen, some good Sandy Denny on the CD’s as well, good version of ‘Meet on the Ledge’.
Alan

27 05 2008
kevmoore

Welcome back allan, let’s hope we can all persuade jess to make an appearance on “later’ or something similar, if only to remind the world what they’re missing.

Alan E: This is great shout! Sandy Denny was a considerable talent, and like you, I haven’t listened to her that much, but I’ll certainly be looking to add this box set to my collection. Out here in Spain, I’m working on putting together a little three-piece with Clive (Robin) Sarstedt, and I’d like us to feature a couple of Jess’s numbers, just to awaken people to his legacy, and acknowledge his influence.

28 05 2008
Tonee

Hi – this is a message for Nick. A number of us are planning a reunion. I spoke to Ronnie and he is going to to Maggot and the rest of the boys to come up. Tell him I was Benjie’s (the JRBs tour manager) girlfriend and was also friendly with Elaine. I have left a message elsewhere with no luck. If he doesn’t want to we understand and respect his privacy. Sorry I can’t work out how to send you a private email.

28 05 2008
allan bishop

hi kev nice to hear from you again hope you are well been talking to nick jess bro yes wouldnt it be great to hear him again bet he hasnt lost any of the magic he had, when you hear some of the dross that has made it big you begin to wonder why jess wasnt up there no justice glad to see there are more roden fans about be great to get an email from him nick will be seeing home sometime in the summer so he is going to pass on my email just keeping my fingers crossed be great if he put a blog on here maybe answer a few questions if he has the time i knew he had done some recording with sandy denny like alan e mentioned but i never came across the album anyway hope we can all keep in touch take care all allan

30 05 2008
Nick

Hi Tonee.

I will mention it to Jess and Elaine when i see them.

I heard from Jess yesterday by post and hopefully i will be seeing him soon.
I have to be honest though, getting Jess to sing now would a miracle, but who knows sometimes miracles do happen.

I still haven’t managed to tell him about this blog yet but when i do no doubt he will take a look.
sorry for the delay in writing back but i only check my emails etc every couple of days.

Regards
to all
Nick

2 06 2008
Tonee

Nick – thanks. Contact has been made through another source and we are looking forward to seeing him.

regards
Tonee

3 06 2008
Jem

I used to have a friend who was crazy about Jess in the 70s and had I think almost everything Jess had done. he even used to get birthday cards from him! We lived in Bournemouth and I think it began with the Roxy show at the Winter Gardens. I became a fan and loved Ace of sunlight, particularly Sudden street. Saw him with the Rivits at the Venue at Victoria and a few years ago at the Dublin castle. I cant believe he is still relatively obscure. I remember over the years finding Alan bown albums in bargain bins even Stonechaser and Ace of sunlight alas that doesnt happen anymore.
Dont forget Magic Bus and I believe whale meat again by Jim Capaldi, Mott the Hoople Wildlife album and he was at Live aid. John Peel used to play him a lot too. One more album please Jess.

6 06 2008
Nick

Hi Tonee.

Ok thanks for letting me know.

Nick

9 06 2008
Colin Hesketh

Wow! A Jess Roden thread!! I’ve tried Googling ‘Jess Roden’ many times over the past 2-3 years and had kind of given up finding much in the way of a resource, but.. well here I am! Fantastic! I am particularly interested in the Jess Roden Band myself. Other fans of his stage of his career might but interested to hear that Steve Webb, one of the guitarists in the band is still active in the music scene, alive and well and living and working hard in Finland!

Now, the hot news is that if you go to his website http://www.webbsongs.com, in the ‘archive section there are a bunch of unreleased JRB studio tracks on there!!! As it turned out, I still had/have a cassette of even more studio songs that he didn’t even have, that I came by about 25 years ago. Steve was gobsmacked that these songs were still about,as he thought them lost for ever, so I was happy to be able to get them transferred onto a CD and he hopes to be able to put them up on his site in the near future (contact him and give him a nudge!).

Steve says that he has made efforts to get in touch with Jess several times over the years, but not been able to reach him. (Nick, maybe you could alert Jess to this and S.W’s website. He also has a Myspace Music prescence, as does JRB’s bassist John cartwright, who is also doing well, making great music and is married to (70’s singer) Jaki Whittren and living in France I believe.

Hey! Did I mention that there are UNRELEASED JRB songs on webbsongs.com???? If you contact him, tell him who sent you!
Colin

9 06 2008
Colin Hesketh

… Sorry! You’ll find those tunes in the ‘Downloads’ section! not ‘Archive’ ! “…C’mon lets celebrate…”

10 06 2008
Roy Williams

Just to let you know I’ve started a Facebook group, Roden Rocks! (sorry, should have been something more original, I know . . .). Six members so far, but it’s early days.

10 06 2008
Colin Hesketh

Ummm, Last night I left a message here about Jess that I think would have been of great interest to many here gathered, but it seems to have disappeared… It hasn’t been pulled for some reason has it?

Anyway, I’m off to ‘Roden Rocks’!

Colin

10 06 2008
kevmoore

Great Roy! best of luck with that.
Colin, sorry for the delay, I have to approve the posts and I’m on the road in Portugal, so some days I cant get to the net.
Great greast news about Steves site and the songs! I felt the same as you, searching for Jess on the net, which is why I posted this piece and launched the thread. I’m just happy to have been vindicated in doing so, as all us guys who love the man’s talent are coming out of the woodwork here!

10 06 2008
Colin Hesketh

Thanks Kev. Hope the info is of use. Furthur to the threads at the top of this page, I have had the JRB albums put onto CD from my vinyl, if any one can use them? (Play it dirty, Blowin, BBC, Keep your hat on, Player/Game and Stonechaser). Email me at chesky2@excite.com

Colin

10 06 2008
Nick

Hi folks.

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

Colin, i will let Jess know about Steve.

When i spoke to Jess over the weekend i told him about this site and he said he will take a look when he gets chance.

Will keep you all informed .

Nick

22 06 2008
Susie

Colin…..Many, many thanks for the link to Steve Webb’s site. What a wonderful treat to hear ‘new’ tracks – real wiping a tear away stuff for me! Would love to have the JRB albums you listed on cd – no idea what I might offer in exchange!

And Kev- keep up the good work!!

Susie

23 06 2008
kevmoore

Thanks Susie! Currently touring around Portugal, but back in a few weeks, may be able to sort some Jess on CD for you when I,m back if one of the other guys hasnt by then!

26 06 2008
Susie

Thanks for that Kev – really good of you!

Susie

26 06 2008
Colin Hesketh

Susie. Send me an email and I can help you out no doubt!

30 06 2008
Susie

Hey Colin – thanks very much…will do!

Susie

1 07 2008
Alan Ellsmore

Hello all,

just picked up Floodgates by Luther Grosvenor, made because of his work on the Peter Green Songbook cd’s, both tracks with Jess on vocals. Offered a new recording contract with Floodgates as the result, ‘The Extraordinary’ Jess Roden once again on vocals on two tracks, I Wanna Be free (Joe Tex0 and Fire Down Below (Bob Seger). Jess’ performance, once again makes you stop and listen, he really is an extraordinay singer.

Alan E.

3 07 2008
Dave Tennent

Hi Guys,

Great to find a site full of Jess enthusiasts! Have been trying unsuccessfully for many years to get a good cd copy of ‘Blowin’. Any advice or help in tracking this excellent album down would be gratefully received.

Dave T

13 07 2008
MARK WOODBRIDGE

I SUPPOSE YOU’VE ALL NOTICED THAT THE AMERICAN AND BRITISH COPIES OF BLOWIN ARE DIFFERENT-USA DIDN’T HAVE DESPERADO ON-I THINK I’S CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU INSTEAD.GOT A FEW LIVE TAPES INCL ONE WITH THE RIVITS-A RARE TRACK ON A RADIO RPOMO DISC BIFF BANG I THINK IT WAS CALLED-GOT IT ON CD NOW.DID HAVE IT ON TAPE BUT CAN’T FIND IT NOW-WHEN I MET JESS FOUND I HAD A REMIX ON A USA COPY OF A RIVITS SINGLE THAT HE’D NEVER HEARD-SENT A TAPE OF THAT AND SOME OTHER UNUSUAL TRACKS-STILL HAVEN’T FOUND A US COPY OF TOMMY ON WHICH JESS SAID YOU CAN MAKE OUT HIS VOICE.I THINK YOU MENTIONED EVERYTHING-OH THERE IS A SOUNDTRACK WHICH FEATURES A RVITIS TRACK BUT UNDER JESS’S NAME-HE DID SAY HE DID SOME SOUNDTRACK WORK WHILE HE WAS LIVING IN THE STATES BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THIS WAS ALL OR WETHER THERE’S ANYTHING ELSE.GREAT HAVING POEPLE TO TALK TO-I THINK I WAS THIRTEEN WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THE JESS RODEN ALBUM AFTER THE CHARTS ON A SUNDAY-BEEN FOLLOWING EVER SINCE-OH JESS DID SAY HIM AND STEVE WINWOOD KEEP IN TOUCH AND TRY AND MEET UP ONCE A YEAR,IN IVER I THINK,AND STEVE PLAYS THE ORGAN IN A CHURCH WHILE JESS SINGS,NICK,ANY IDEAS?THANKS EVERYONE,MARK.

14 07 2008
allan bishop

all all hope everyone is well just to let you know i had a message from jeff bannister the organ player with the alan bown he informed me that he has posted a 8mm vid on there from there appearance on totp apparently his father in law had it on 8mm film he has had to dub on the audio but well worth a look they all look so cool esp jess also the book is doing well you can find it on http://www.bandland.com let us know what you think about the vid bye for now allan ps dave t email me and ill do you a copy allan

15 07 2008
graham clark

Hello All Jess Roden fans, must say you have good taste in music, saw Jess in the Alan Bown many times around Oxford where i live, they were for me the top live act, check out the book before and beyound it’s a good read. I have much of jess rodens music on cd now, but missed buying Stonechaser, also the 2 Bronco albums that are on cd, also Alan Bown Listen/ Streching out { sounds like a wish list } if there is anybody out there who could burn me a copy, I am sure there will be something in my collection that will interest you, As for Jess not singing any longer in public that is a shame, but his grand children are the lucky one’s now as nursery rhynes never sounded so good.

16 07 2008
kevmoore

Hi everyone, just back from Portugal and catching up on things. great to see all the Jess fans coming out of the woodwork!

Alan E: The luther grovesnor album is a good shout, i’ll be checking that out. What we really need is a company to try and gather a retrospective of jess’s guest vocals onto one album – anyone got ideas for what the track listing could be? I imagine it would be a legal nightmare as he’s appeared on so many different albums, but it would be a beauty, wouldn’t it? keep writing in folks! Kev

28 07 2008
Nick

Hello all

Just read your comments above.

Yes does hear from steve every now and then i believe. I saw Jess for about an hour when he came to visit our mother over here in Norfolk and hopefully he will be comingg for the weekend within the next month but it was a Friday afternoon and he had to get back to his home to send some things off before the weekend.

He mentioned that he had been to some reunion and that he had enjoyed it.
I told him about this site and how he had quite a following and i have to say he was really chuffed and that he was going to look at it , so you never know he may well write a comment one day,,,,
Keep in touch everybody.

Nick

30 07 2008
kevmoore

Hi Nick, thanks for dropping by again! Glad Jess was happy with all the interest in his career. I’ve also been in touch with Steve Webb after he appeared in this thread. It would be great if Jess had a look and sees how much his music means to everyone.
Please give him my best wishes if you see him next month. Kev

8 08 2008
Tom Sutton

I used to play in bands in Liverpool in the 70’s to early 80’s. The last one I was involved in was a jazzy-rocky affair (the name blatantly ripped off from one of our heroes Rory Gallagher) called Against The Grain. We mostly played our own material but at one time were attempting to rehearse Keep Your Hat On after we had all been to see the Jess Roden Band at Liverpool Polytechnic. We split up not long after and never did get to play Keep Your Hat On but what a gig by the JRB. Between us we had most of the current JRB LP’s and I recently got Play It Dirty on CD, and am still blown away by the version of Can’t Get Next To You. We also had Keef Hartley LP’s Halfbreed and Battle of NW6 but never got as far as Lancashire Hustler so will definitely check that out, thanks for the info.

I also didn’t realise that JRB had supported Roxy Music. If this was on the tour for Roxy’s first album, which I caught at Liverpool Stadium, then I must have seen JRB then as well but somehow it doesn’t ring a bell. Did anyone else see that Stadium gig?

Personally I left playing in bands behind in the early 80’s but still listen to loads. I think it’s interesting that Jess Roden has moved on – like Keef Hartley – and can find satisfaction in other projects. If he ever wonders whether people liked, and still like, the time he put in on his music project then this thread must make a good read. Hope he gets as good reviews for his other projects, and Jess, thanks for some truly excellent music.

8 08 2008
kevmoore

Many thanks for your contribution Tom! I love the fact that people keep cropping up here who are appreciative of what Jess has done. Hope you find Lancashire Hustler! It also features contributions from the late great Robert Palmer, Elkie Brooks….and Keef’s mum!!

18 08 2008
DME

Hi everybody!

What a nice thread – thanks! I have a site – http://dmme.net – where I’m trying to shed some light on the unsung heroes such as Jim Cregan or Dave Walker, and to interview Jess has been on my mind for a long time. Nick, I’d be thankful if you have a look at the site and pass my email that’s there to Jess. If he gets in touch, I’ll do my best to make a piece interesting to everybody here – and not only here, so the great singer gets his due.

19 08 2008
kevmoore

Thanks, DME! Jim Cregan’s a great talent – I believe it was him on the solo of Steve Harley’s come up and see me (makew me smile) right? Nice to see you highlighting some of these guys.

20 08 2008
Nick

Hi DME.

I will forward the details to Jess and then he can decide what he wants to do.

I will ring him tonight if i get chance.

Regards

Nick

21 08 2008
MARK WOODBRIDGE

People looking for missing albums blowin'(remember uk/us versions different)lancashire hustler,multiplay might try ebay always seeing blowin on there-brand new copies.Most cds i find on amazon or ebay-i think i’ve got everything now,you might have a job finding the compilation with biff bang pow on,i can do copies but is it cheap cdrs that sometimes don’t work on the cd player?I’ll do all i can if anybody needs any help,did a few tape copies of live shows for somebody who was going to put them onto cd-any luck?thanks,mark.

28 08 2008
Tom Sutton

I recently emailed the ‘esoteric’ record label who have released re-issues of Keef Hartley albums on CD and they told me they are currently trying to get Universal to clear Lancashire Hustler for re-issue – so we might see this out on CD fairly soon (check the web site halfbreed.co.uk for updates).

15 09 2008
neil storey

goodness… the power of the internet… researching for the upcoming 50th anniversary and, literally, stumbled across this extraordinary link (actually, i’m not entirely sure what one would call it… link / q+a… who knows).

have read through loads of posts and shall return tomorrow to look again… anyhow, if this helps anyone, worked at / was involved with island from 72 til 85 and also later in other guises so somewhat cognsisant of jess’ career there (as well, of course, with bronco / allan bown set! etc)… in fact – while at school, put bronco on (support by gracious – anyone remember them? / featuring allan cowderoy who later worked for stiff)…

have recently moved to nyc (from france where i was for the last 5+ years) but… have a wealth of jrb stuff tucked away in boxes in france… live tapes (foh) and more…

dunno what anyone else feels via this medium but, feel very strongly that there should be a jess retrospective released as part of the whole 50th anniversary of island…

the reunion referred to (above somewhere) was actually a get together in the cross keys pub opposite 22 st peters square (home of island for many a long year) and attended by over 80 former island staff / artists and the like – sadly not there as was in the pyrenees at the time – shall know better when asked again! nonetheless, seen the pix and jess looks great!

it also appears that one or two from here know jess / are in touch with him… if so… please let me know and i’ll forward a private e-address across…

also… am currently compiling a discography… have pretty much everything (i think) but… if anyone has any suggestions – esp with regard to b/vox and sessions… pls do let me know

ns

18 09 2008
MARK WOODBRIDGE

Hi Neil! Spoke to Rabbit about an album he did with Jess that never got released-do you know anything about it,have a demo disc?Love to here live stuff,earlier the better or any other info about Jess-does anything exist before the Alan Bown Set? Thanks,Mark.

20 09 2008
Lynne Gibson

Just found this Jess Roden site. Great to know there are so many who appreciate his amazing voice. I am a long time fan from the Alan Bown days. I have most albums but can’t track down Live at the BBC as yet. I love ‘Blowin’ and ‘Crystal Eye’ and his brilliant version of ‘On Broadway’. I too would love to see him on Jools Holland. Jess, if you read these entries, we miss your voice – how about a small gig somewhere??

27 09 2008
Anonymous

hi guys hope all is well not posted anything for a while had an email from steve webb who played guitar in the jess roden band see earlier posts steve seems a really nice guya and has posted some unrelaesed stuff with jess singing on his site well worth a look see earlier post for his web add regards
allan bishop

30 09 2008
Anonymous

Would anybody put multiplay onto cd for me? Got everything else i want on cd now(I think),i’d pay for the cd-post-time and effort etc.I think I can then go through jess’s career start to finish on cd.Thanks in anticipation,Mark.

30 09 2008
kevmoore

Hi Mark – I have Multiplay on vinyl, but no deck to transfer it to digital at the moment! (its on my list of “stuff i will get round to buying”)

It pretty frustrating, I can’t even listen to it myself!

BTW Allan, Ive checked out Steve’s stuff and really worth a listen!
Don’t forget to check it out everybody, its at http://www.webbsongs.com in the downloads section.

4 10 2008
Colin Hesketh

GREAT NEWS!! Steve Webb from the Jess Roden Band has put up a JRB MySpace site! It’s only been live for a day or so now, so is in it’s infancy, but he’s put some promo and live pics up and the real treat.. there are 6 songs from an unreleased album that the band did prior to ‘Keep your hat on’ in 1975, that got shelved because Island boss Chris Blackwell didn’t like it for some strange reason… In my opinion they are amongst the best stuff the band ever did. Stevie Winwood guests on organ on a couple of tracks.

You can find it at http://www.myspace.com/thejessrodenband . If you want to add yourself as a friend (if you have a MySpace account), you can obviously do that, but I believe Steve is away gigging for the next week or so, so you you might not get added for a short while.

Steve Webb is rightly proud of the stuff he did with that band and is keen to see Jess get the recognition he deserves as one of Britain’s great singers. Pop over to the new site and give it your support!

Colin

7 10 2008
anon

Mr Neil Storey, Send me your e-mail address. A vague friend and Jess fan now in NYC.
episcene@gmail.com

7 10 2008
kevmoore

Great news indeed Colin! will check it out.

NEIL STOREY – Thanks for visiting. If my Jess blog here helps in any way to getting a Jess retrospective releaed for island’s 50th, i’ll be more than happy! Totally agree it should happen, and I’m sure there’s some unreleased gems that could go on it. Check out Steve webb’ site and mail him, I’m sure he’ll put you in touch with Jess. Regarding the power of the net – i was blown away by the response to my unsung heroes post -which has almost become a site for jess in itself – justifying my belief that he is one of the UK’s leading vocalists.

9 10 2008
Chris Clark

Hi all, only got told about this site last night but what a great tribute to Jess. I have read most of the posts and nobody has mentioned the Soundtrack to “They Call It An Accident” which features two tracks by Jess & Peter Woods. I think I am right in saying that these were Rivets songs but whether they are the same versions that are on Multiplay or not I don’t know. Anyway the tracks on this album are “Some Vision” and “Future Soon” so would be interested to hear from any of the contributors on here who have this. Also noone has mentioned the Dutch Only album Seven Windows which I also have a copy of if anyone is interested.

Will definitely be back for more contributions soon.

all the best
Chris

10 10 2008
Alex Love

DEar Chris, Ive only just discovered this site purely by accident. But I saw Jess Backing Roxy Music in `74 at the Rainbow in London and have been a big fan eer since. I have most of the vinyl albums bar a couple and have been playing them for years. I even go and look for other copies so they don`t wear out on me. I saw Jess play in a pub in North London about ten years ago and had the pleasure of talking to him and gushed that he actually taught me how to sing and i have been in bands for most of my life due to his records. There were other fans there who basically pressured him into doing Sad Story and Ferry Cross. Shivers occured I can tell you. I would like to geta copy of Seven Windows – perhaps you could be of help? Cheers Alex

10 10 2008
Colin Hesketh

I don’t know how useful this is,but as a consequence of my interest in 70’s rock music, I have collected a large stash of old UK music papers from 1970-75 and thought I’d browse through some issues from 74-75 to see what Jess Roden articles I could find.. In fact I don’t have so much from these 2 years.. most of what I have is 70-73, but I have scanned what I have found and uploaded them to my MySpace site. Sadly, as I am not a genius on the computer, a couple of them have turned out too small to actually read, but if you’d like to head on over to..
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.editAlbumPhotos&albumID=1442948&MyToken=2a9c205c-f801-4051-b9cb-cdf7bb9619b6
..maybe you can copy and paste them yourself into a program which you can enlarge them at..
Might be worth a try anyway.. Good luck!
Colin

10 10 2008
Chris Clark

Hi Alex, I will happily make you and anyone else who would like a copy of Seven Windows once I have transferred it to a CD. Not sure how to provide you with my email address without publishing it on this site, but would be happy for Kev (the administrator) to pass it on to you so you can tell me where you would like it sent to. Do you have any Jess rarities yourself?

all the best
Chris

10 10 2008
Chris Clark

Colin, I tried clicking on the link you provided but the response came back as “Invalid Album ID for this user”, I then tried logging in to see if that made any difference but no luck. Hope to catch up with those cuttings some time in the future.

Chris

10 10 2008
Nick

Hi all.

Update on Jess.

This time last week I saw him as unfortunately our mother died the previous week so we were at the funeral together . He is keeping well and is quite busy. I have to report that although many people including me would love to hear him sing again it is very unlikely. I will be going to stay with him in November and i will continue to tell him about the tremendous support that he has from all out there. In the meantime visit Steve Webbs site and listen to the unreleased gems that are on there. The the track that is playing on the site at present is ” Hold out your hand” and i have to say that I feel it really is a classic that unfortunately was never released.
Keep pushing for ” Later” and if there is enough support at least that will point my brother in the right direction and i can nag him a bit more to come out for 1 final performance.

Regards to All

Nick

P.S. Good to talk to you the other night Willie Hackit.

10 10 2008
Anon

To all. I approached Adam Shearer at Universal Music re a Jess Roden retrospective a few days back and to poss compile and do liner notes etc…He has passed the proposition on to the powers that be at Universal, so they ARE aware. It might just add weight if as many people as possible e-mail Adam to show that there is indeed a lot of Jess folk out there.
Adam.Shearer@umusic.com

10 10 2008
Colin Hesketh

Chris… and anyone else. If you’d like to see the cuttings.. If you go on the MySpace JRB site as mentioned about 6 posts up and amongst the ‘friends’ on there, you click on my ‘Wobble’ profile… Go to ‘pics’ top left, you can access them there under a Jess Roden heading. Ignore all the other stuff though – just my own unrelated, out of date ramblings!!

Colin

11 10 2008
USA

URGENT!……….Does anyone have an MP3 of ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ 45. If so………kindly send to e-mail below.
Many thanks.
civilaccess@msn.com

12 10 2008
kevmoore

Chris – welcome! I’ll be happy to exchange the email addys for any contributors here without publishing them on the site, I also wouldn’t mind the 7 windows tracks myself!
Nick, please accept my condolences to you and Jess on the passing of your mum.
USA – I can make an mp3 of “You can leave your hat on” – I had the vinyl transferred to CD -but its the album version, don’t know if it differs from the single.
TO ALL: A great file sharing site is http://www.cutesendit.com Its free, and is an easy way to share Jess’s music between us without the rigmarole of posting CD’s etc.
Don’t forget, anyone wants email addys exchanged, just let me know, and i’ll forward details to those concerned.
FINALLY: Let’s get emailing Adam Shearer and show him some support for Jess!

13 10 2008
Susie

My condolences to you and Jess too, Nick, on the loss of your Mum.

Susie

15 10 2008
Stuart

I used to have a copy of “Jess Roden” on vinyl but seem to no longer have it. How does that happen? Anyway, would love to get hold of another copy on vinyl or CD if anybody could help. Any suggestions most welcome. I saw Jess in Edinburgh in June 1975 at a student union gig – having been a fan for a few years by then – and he was fantastic but I lost touch with his music after that. I would love to be able to listen to his solo album again – though I do still have a co0py of The Butts Band and the necessary gear to play it, amazingly!
Thanks in anticipation for any help.

15 10 2008
Anonymous

Keymoore, Yes if you could send the mp3 of ‘Hat’ would be v v much appreciated.
civilaccess@msn.com
Tx
USA

16 10 2008
kevmoore

Stuart, CivilAccess, you should both have received download links for your respective Jess stuff now. Enjoy! And while we;re on the subject – come on you record companies!! Get the rest of this great vocalist’s catalogue out on CD now!!

17 10 2008
Anonymous

Keymoore,
Got it and MANY thanks. Sent you 1 track from the Seven Windows CD.

Civil Access

19 10 2008
Steve Webb

Hi everyone, I have put some tracks on myspace/The Jess Roden Band
these were sent to me by Colin Hesketh (Thanks mate!) and are from an unreleased album. Two of the tracks feature Steve Winwood on Hammond. I thought these recordings were lost forever but they survived on a cassette and, though hiss is prominent, I have tweaked them a bit to put up levels and tame the bass etc. Colin also sent me a live show which needs extensive work but I will get round to it asap (Studio is busy and each song takes 2-3 hours to clean etc.) Colin and others prompted me to do something to get more music from this great singer available to supporters and as no-one from Island or the man himself are active on this I’m going to do what I can. If anyone has live or unreleased stuff… I’m very interested. I can be contacted through webbsongs.com (there are unreleased tracks there as well on the download page) …. all the best to you all, Steve Webb

19 10 2008
Anon

Steve……………..Does the appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test 1974 exist? The versions of ‘What The Hell’ and “Sad Story’ were blistering

19 10 2008
kevmoore

Steve, all your hard work (the and now!) is much appreciated! With regard to OGWT, One can only hope that the Beeb had become a little more careful and discerning by the time “whistle test” came around, and didn’t go around summarily destroying classic performances like in the old days!

20 10 2008
Brian French

Hello all Jess fans,
I have been approached via e mail and a phone call contact by a guy who has contacts at Universal and subsequently Island Records who is trying through a record lable to see if all the old Island tracks the best of etc can be re released on a retrospective album for subsequent release.
I forwarded details of 17 tracks totaling 81 mins which are my own selection from those Island records,I have all the Island records either on disc or converted to disc.
This was about 6 weeks ago and his last response was that he had sent the list to Universal to see if the tracks could be made available for this album.
Has anyone been requested recently for the same datails as I can see above that everbody is keen to get this show on the road.
fRenchy

20 10 2008
Chris Clark

Kev, don’t forget to send me a postal address so that I can send you a copy of Seven Windows. Would you also send me the link to the retrospective downloads, as it would save me having to convert all my vinyl – also, if you haven’t got a copy of Live at the BBC I could provide that too.

best regards
Chris

20 10 2008
Chris Clark

While I was trying to research Jes’ contribution to the Soundtrack of “They Call It An Accident”, I came across these two sites, one gives quite good detail about the album – http://www.u2wanderer.org/disco/movie01.html and the other is in tribute to Peter Wood who was Jess’ co contributor and a member of the Rivits – http://blog.robhoffman.org/2006/12/19/a-tribute-to-peter-wood.aspx#comment-677126.

Also because there is very little information on the Seven Windows cover, I was pleased to find the following German website which not only listed all the musicians on that album but also gave good coverage to Jess’ post Alan Bown career – http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.rockzirkus.de/lexikon/bilder/r/roden/roden.htm&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=7&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522Seven%2BWindows%2522%2BJess%2BRoden%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

all the best
Chris

20 10 2008
kevmoore

Cheers Chris – civil access has sent me Seven Windows – but Live at the BBC would be great! I’ll respond in more detail via email.

Brian – I’m sure everyone has their own ideas of what would make a great Jess retro. The main thing I would wish personally is that it heavily favours the material never before released on CD, plus tracks unreleased in any form, and his numerous guest appearances. I realise “guest app’s” constitute a licensing nightmare, but Jess really does deserve a definitive release for his body of work! Anyone else any thoughts?

20 10 2008
kevmoore

Thanks for those great links Chris! It seems like with some diligence, we’re all getting somewhere piecing together Mr. Roden’s career!

20 10 2008
Brian French

Kev,
Totally agree with your sentiments but I guess that this could be difficult to achieve.
Kev what is Seven Windows got all Jess stuff but what is it and how do I get it.
Frenchy

21 10 2008
kevmoore

Following Civil access’s generosity, allow me to send it to you! I’ll try and FTP it tomorrow Frenchy!

21 10 2008
Anon

There are 2 bootlegs of the JRB………’Nice Cockeral Bruce’ and ‘Our Song About Us’. I can’t say I know that they were widely spread, but I got them on cassette from Neil Storey at Island Records back in the day…………haven’t heard them in ages as they are locked away in another place……but one is at the Marquee (Neil on tamborine!) and the other is at the Lyceum in London where it’s heard Bruce asking the audience to calm it down a little as the management has seriously requested it…….then Bruce calmly quips ‘fuck it’, and launches straight into ‘All Night Long’! Don’t forget The Alan Bown long lost footage on top Of The Pops doing ‘We Can Help You’ on You Tube right now.

21 10 2008
Colin Hesketh

Anon.

Hmmm. I know it’s a big ask.. I’ll be the one to respectfully ask the question.. Would there be any possibility that you could retrieve these two traesures at some point and agree to them being circulated amongst the afficiandos amongst us?? I for instance am able to transfer cassettes onto CD and would be willing to co-ordinate an arrangement whereby they could be copied by one person and then passed on via mail onto the next person on a list of interested parties, for free.

I myself have circulated some recordings that I have to ‘members’ of this forum, copies of which have been also sent to Steve Webb and he has been generous enough with his time and resources to have these cleaned up a little and they will no doubt be made available in their improved form, (either on his own site or on the new JRB MySpace site that he has recently put up) at some point soon. See Steve’s post above..

It’s just a thought…. but as there definitely is a ball rolling here it seems a shame to see this opportunity go by – if you are amenable of course!!
Colin

21 10 2008
Anon

Colin.only thing is that I’m not in the country.BUT I will ask the person who holds them there to dig them out and retrieve.OK. Once I have them then I will write. Also havea Bronco’s ‘Lazy Now’ single and a cassette of a never released Bronco track. Will keep you posted. Note………….Jess is on the recently released Sandy Denny box set ‘Treasures’ on an unreleased track ‘Losing You’ (think that’s what it’s called)

21 10 2008
kevmoore

Guys, I’ve just ordered the Luther Grovesnor CD “Floodgates” which features Jess on 2 tracks – happy to let people have them when it arrives. I like the idea of us circulating all these gems…I hope the powers that be see that there is a demand for Jess material, and act upon it! I’m sure I speak for all when i say i bought most of the stuff on vinyl in the first place, then again on the few releases that became available on CD. So I’m happy we can help each other out here with regard to completing our collections!

21 10 2008
Stuart

Thanks, KevMoore – currently having problems accessing the e-mail account where you sent the link – my problem, not yours – but look forward to being able to get to the tracks soon and thought I’d say thanks in the meantime.
Cheers, Stuart

21 10 2008
kevmoore

No probs Stuart, hope you enjoy!

21 10 2008
kevmoore

Could this be a sign? Jess’s one-time collaborator and all-time New Orleans legend Allan Toussaint on Jools’ “Later” tonight!!! Wouldn’t it be great to see Jess up there, showing all the new upstarts how its done?

22 10 2008
Anon

Funny…………..bumped into Allan T. at Bloomingdales a year or so ago and spoke about Jess, his eyes rolled and memories came flooding back. He had no tracks from the album so I sent hime ‘Feelin’ Easy’ with him working wonders on the keys. He e-mailed back and expressed his amazement at why Jess was not up there with the best, and remembered at the time at how was it possible that such a slight and humble man could produce such things vocally. He finished with that he would never forget Jess Roden and that session. ‘Nother story.When I met with Chris Blackwell back in around 1998, he told me of a Jess story where he invited Jess over to Nassau prob after the JRB split…….took Jess out to swim, Blackwell had a few too many martinis………Jess I’m told was never a good swimmer……then when out fairly deep, Blackwell kept pushing Jess’ head under the water saying something like ‘When are you gonna get me a friggin hit album you so and so’ etc……Oh………does anyone have the Jess and Sandy Denny track on MP3

22 10 2008
kevmoore

Great stories! Don’t have the Jess and Sandy track myself – anyone else out there? For all those interested out there who don’t have it – I’ve got Lancashire Hustler by Keef Hartley on CD (Which also features performances by Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks)

22 10 2008
Brian French

Kev,
Thanks for the offer Seven Windows please e mail the content to frenchyb53@aol.com
Thanks
Also seen the folowing tracks on myspace website and need to get them asap, can you help with the following
Raise your Hand
Yes Indeed
Cant Get By Without You
If You Dont Get What You Want
Best Regards
Frenchy

23 10 2008
Anon

Bronco also has an unreleased track called ‘My Bawley Friend’. Have it on csssette somewhere

23 10 2008
kevmoore

That sounds interesting, anon! any chanc eof sticking it through a his reduction programme and MP3-ing it? 🙂

Frenchy – been a bit busy, but expect the seven windows link today.

23 10 2008
Brian French

Thanks for that Kev
Frenchy

25 10 2008
Anonymous

Hi all…just discovered this site. Knew I wasn’t the ONLY Jess Roden fan still alive and kicking!
However, would appreciate some help.
Due to domestic accident (she still says it wasn’t HER fault!!), I’ve lost my copy of Jess’s ‘Play It Dirty, Play It Class’.
Anyone able to link me up with, say, an MP3 copy?..I’m happy to provide same for ‘Seven Windows’.
I live in the Glasgow area, if that’s any help.
Many thanks in advance and here’s hoping the suits at Universal realise what a diamond they still have in their vaults and re-release some stuff.
BTW…I think I’m right in saying the sax player in Alan Bown Set went on to join Supertramp…Or is my memory failing again…yeah, yeah, that IS my fault!
Regards

25 10 2008
kevmoore

You’re right, Anonymous – although he wasn’t the original sax player in Supertramp (that honour goes to Dave Winthrop) John Halliwell of The Alan Bown Set joined in ’72 to complete what is generally regarded as their classic line-up.

25 10 2008
Nick

It’s really strange you know, because when i was a kid and Jess would come home form London he would often bring band members to the house to stop with the family and little did i know that 40 msome odd years later I would be reminded of these events. I can remember John coming to stay and playing football with me on our back lawn. Sorry to all you lot out there i am just remembering happy times.

Nick

26 10 2008
kevmoore

No apologies necessary, Nick! It’s a privilege to hear your reminiscences about those days. Glad we could bring back the memories for you.

27 10 2008
Anon

Jess Roden is simmply the BEST white singer there EVER was, just wanted to get that off my chest. And if anyone can produce a track which betters the whole acheivement on ‘I’m On Your Side’ then, I’m a son of a bitch born to a heathen priest who abused a squirrel in a roach ridden apartment in Greece in 1842

27 10 2008
kevmoore

ah! that was you! I wondered why I could never let that apartment again…..

The UK can be both proud and simultaneously ashamed – proud of the legacy of great singers of which I put Jess in my Top 3, along with Glenn Hughes and Paul Rogers – but ashamed at the lack of recognition (with the possible exception of Rogers) these marvelous singers get.

27 10 2008
Anon

Well I’m hell bent on pushing Universal on a best of and if I don’t hear back within a week from now from Adam (See above0 then I will speak to the real power there and prob get an eddorsment from Chris’Martini’ Blackwell. Gotta be done

27 10 2008
kevmoore

Totally with you on this. The majors such as Universal really need to see the “big picture” with this sort of thing. This is the way to go.They can’t moan about losing sales when they don’t step up to the plate with ideas such as this – acknowledging the cream of their recorded artists’ works. Good luck with this!

27 10 2008
Brian French

Anon Glasgow,if you still need Play it Dirty etc please let me know for a copy frenchyb53@aol.com
Frenchy

3 11 2008
Chris Clark

Kev, still don’t have an address for you to send you live at the BBC.

all the best
Chris

3 11 2008
kevmoore

Hi Chris – sorry, I thought I’d replied to you – One of our other contributors here, Frenchy, sent it me via download, but thanks very much for the offer. BTW, I just received the Luther Grovesnor CD today with 2 tracks from Jess – are you interested?

4 11 2008
Brian French

Kev,
Can you send via cutesendit the 2 Luther tracks,usual e mail address.
Thanks in anticipation.
Regards,

Frenchy

4 11 2008
kevmoore

No worries Frenchy, i’ll get on it tonight

5 11 2008
Brian French

Mark,
Just got Multiplay on vynil and it is now down on cd,if you need a copy still please let me know.
The album was mint so the playback is pretty good.
Please contact on frenchyb53@aol.com.
Regards
Frenchy
Will send by http://www.cutesendit.com which is ace for track transfer.

5 11 2008
Brian French

Kev,
Got in touch with Steve W who in good time will get the extra tracks from myspace and mp3 them on webbsongs so playback will be great.
Regards
Frenchy

8 11 2008
Anon

OK……..as mentioned a few days back, have not recieved a rseponse from Universal re the proposition for a Jess retrospective. Next week I am speaking with Allan Toussaint and Chris Blackwell to try to get some muscle support. Also heard that Chris Hawkins at BBC Radio 6 has recently aired a couple of rare JRB sessions and prob is a fan. See link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/chris_hawkins/words.shtml?y=2008&d=20080724

Contacting him as well. If ever the time is right, it is NOW and I urge you all to send as many e-mails as possible to bug Adam Shearer at Universal whilst I do the heavy work, no pay required! adam.shearer@umusic.com This will get done I assure you all. So you know, I’m down as ‘anon’ not my name of course.

Best

8 11 2008
kevmoore

Hey Anon, keep up the good work! I’ll check out the Chris Hawkins link. I already emailed Adam a week or two ago, but will keep the pressure on with regular reminders to him. I’m sure the endorsement of Allan and Chris must hold some sway with the powers that be. Wishing you good luck with your endeavours, and i join you in urging everyone here to email Adam Shearer and keep the pressure on.

8 11 2008
Anon

Thanks all

15 11 2008
Anon

To All……………..there is a best of Jess coming out hopefully in March of next year for certain. Have a glass of wine y’all

15 11 2008
kevmoore

Yeah! Nice one! I’ll raise a glass to that!

16 11 2008
Susie

Well if that comes about and it was inspired by what Kev started here…how great is that??!

The sharing of anecdotes and music (thanks, guys!) here has been a pleasure. Where would we be without t’internet?!

Susie

16 11 2008
kevmoore

Thanks for that Susie – I’ll be overjoyed if this comes about! The internet is a powerful tool thats for sure – both in getting GOOD new music out to people, cutting through the mediocrity that washes over the airwaves, and also for this, highlighting some of our greatest, far too long ignored talent. With all this nostalgia, on a personal note, I’ll be heading out on the road again in Germany with my old band CHRISTIE (Yellow River) for the first time in ages! Should be a lot of fun!

16 11 2008
Miki

This is really extraordinary news, Anon! I was n’t aware of Jess Roden’s Music before, but I have followed this “Odyssey”, here, from Day One, and even became very fond of his voice.
So I raise a glass too!

16 11 2008
Anon

Well Miki and all, it is def coming out early next year and will feature ‘Blowin” ‘I’m On A Winner With You’ and ‘In Me Tonight’ which were never released previously on CD. This is the first time that Jess has ever been recognised by way of a best of and it unbelieveably the first CD release since 1990 on the man. Long time coming methinks.

Fait Accompli

17 11 2008
Brian French

Anon,
Is this “new” album the same one I was refering the other week via e mail dated 8/11/08 or is it something else? If it is the same have you got the track listing, guess you must have if you already know some of the tracks.I would be very interested to see if its the same listing I supplied back on the 20th October to my contact who was in talks with Universal.
See my blog dated 20/10/08
Best Regards
Frenchy

17 11 2008
alan ellsmore

Hi, all
not been here for a while, interesting reading, good to see some movement on a future release, could do with more than a best of but it’s a start.

Kev, I have another 2 tracks, Luther/Jess from the Peter Green tribute album, also the Sandy Denny Losing You track. Have just signed up with cutesendit, if you send me your e-mail will send them and then you can pass on to those interested, presume it’s all on this board.

Also, pop on over to unsung 2 for some interesting info.

All the best to everyone.
Alan E.

17 11 2008
Crystal Eye

Alan E, Would LOVE an MP3 of the Jess and Sandy track. Could send you something in return.

Many thanks,
Crystal Eye
uniscene@msn.com

17 11 2008
Anon

Frency, Same album I believe, have no track listing though. Heard through a friend at Universal.

Best

18 11 2008
kevmoore

Many thanks Allan, will do that. anon – goes without saying whenever the track listings sorted we’d like to hear it! 🙂

18 11 2008
Anon

Keymoore, whenever I hear the track listing, will post it ASAP. If you or anyone have the Sandy Jess mp3 would love to have it.

uniscene@msn.com

thanks

18 11 2008
alan ellsmore

Kev,

tracks on the way thru cutesendit.

‘Crying Won’t Bring You Back’ Luther/Jess
‘Merry Go Round’ Luther/Jess
‘Losing Game’ Sandy/Jess.

Not very good with technology, could you pass on to those who want these.

Thanks.

Alan E.

18 11 2008
alan ellsmore

Crystal Eye,

have sent the track via cutesendit, plus the other two tracks.

Alan E.

18 11 2008
Anon

Alan…….thanks you SO much for that, made my day. Will dig something out for you soon, but give me time.

19 11 2008
The Jess Roden Poll « Unsung Heroes

[…] Roden Poll 19 11 2008 I am very proud and pleased to note that, as a result of my creating this blog, there has been some interest in the possibility of a Jess Roden Compilation being sanctioned for […]

19 11 2008
kevmoore

So, as some of you may have noticed from the above Pingback, I have created a poll so we can all have a voice in making our ideas known for any future Jess compilation. Just GO HERE to participate!

19 11 2008
Crystal Eye

Here’s how I would do the track listing for what It’s worth in no particular order:
Blowin’
Brand New Start
You Can Leave Your Hat on
I’m On Your Side
On Broadway
Feelin Easy
Deeper In Love
Can’t Get next To You
Dirty Bars
Parachutes
Old Broadway
Reason To Change
In A Circle
Desperado
Under Suspicion (Single Version)
I’m Ready

20 11 2008
Brian French

Kev,
Any chance of cutesendit copy of Jess/Sandy “Losing Game”
Cheers
Frenchy

20 11 2008
kevmoore

Hi Frenchy -i’ll send you what allan sent me, but I can’t make it work, I’ve been meaning to email him. its a wma file and my mac won’t recognise, or convert it.

20 11 2008
Alan Ellsmore

Kev,

read what you say, will send as mp3

Alan

20 11 2008
kevmoore

cheers, Allan – appreciate it! 🙂

20 11 2008
alan ellsmore

Kev,

should be with you now, as I said, not very good with technology, but learning all the time,

Alan E

20 11 2008
kevmoore

Thanks mate – its an endless learning curve – you never get to know it all… I used to think a jpeg was something you used to hang out the washing!

20 11 2008
Jem

Hallellujah!
How about old broadway (Rivits) or Sudden street (Bronco) on that comp, the earlier stuff shows what a fab songwriter he was too.
Would love seven windows.

Jemtayle@hotmail.com

21 11 2008
kevmoore

Jem, i’ll sort seven windows for you. Check the poll on the latest entry on this site and cast your vote for your fave song!

21 11 2008
Jem

Thanks Kev,

gratefully recieved!

21 11 2008
Steve

Great to read the all the fantastic news about Jess Roden, have been a fan since Bronco “Country home” have tried to get a copy of this album for ages, ( I used to cover “Time ” & “Well Anyhow” as a young performer.) can anyone help? I also assume I’m Ready from the track list above is off Paul Kossoffs solo album. great number…keep up the great work, perhaps he may return to singing one day soon. cheers Steve

21 11 2008
kevmoore

Welcome Steve, glad you enjoy the blog! Amongst us here we have the Bronco stuff, both albums are available on CD together. i have a copy, but not to hand. I’m sure one of our crowd here will sort a copy out for you!

22 11 2008
Lynne Gibson

How great to see all this interest in Jess. I have a lot of his albums and am a big fan. I was listening to Paul Kossoff album Backstreet Crawler the other day and Jess’s backing vocals on Moulten Gold are amazing and I found myself listening to him instead of Paul Rogers who sings lead and who is also brilliant. Oh, i really would love to see Jess live one more time before i pop my clogs and have written to the BBC (re Jools Holland) but their reply was just a bog standard acknowledgement of my letter but if everyone writes to them it may have some effect. Anyway, whatever happens – Jess, thanks for all the music. PS – I still can’t get hold of Live at the BBC.

22 11 2008
kevmoore

Lynne, welcome! and thanks for sharing your listening experience! I really must get hold of the Kossoff album, though I have the track “I’m ready”. If you would email me at kevdabass@yahoo.com I will send you Live at the BBC. Jess and Jools? Yes please!

27 11 2008
Nick

Hi Kev.

Just to say it was good to talk to you the other week regarding Jess.
I have not spoken to him recently.

I will see him this Sunday at a family function down Basingstoke way and it will be really great to be able to tell him about the “Best of Jess” possible release for Islands 50th.

Kev . Thankyou so much for starting this blog, it really has taken off and it really surprised me as to the following that my brother had.

I still don’t know if he has seen this yet but rest assured He will before Christmas, even if i have to tie him to the chair and prop his eyes open with matchsticks.

Regards

Nick

P.S.

Steve Web, if you are reading this please contact Kev and he will pass on my details to you. ( if thats ok with you Kev) It would be great to hear from you. The last time i saw you was in about 1977 at Birmingham Town Hall when you played with the JRB and they were recording for the blowin album. I was a spotty 17 year old who at the time really didn’t realise what tremendous talent i was seeing on stage. When i say that I don,t mean one individual but the whole band.

27 11 2008
frenchy

Kev,
Any luckwith that Jess/Sandy Denis download from Alan E
Regards
Brian

27 11 2008
alan ellsmore

fenchy,

if your e-mail is stll the same as at the top of this page, they are on the way.

Alan E.

27 11 2008
kevmoore

Nick, it has been, and continues to be – a pleasure! i’ll pass on your details to Steve, no probs.

Frenchy – yep, got it sorted from Allan – who I see is sending them to you! Thanks all!

3 12 2008
Steve

I’m in the process of selling my vinyl collection, and I have the following Jess albums available, all in great condition:-

THE RIVITS – MULTIPLAY – ILPS9617 – inc. lyric sheet
JRB – PLAY IT DIRTY PLAY IT CLASS – ILPS9442
JRB – KEEP YOUR HAT ON – ILPS9349
JRB – BLOWIN’ – ILPS9496
JESS RODEN – ILPS9286
THE PLAYER NOT THE GAME – ILPS9506 – inc. lyric sheet

I would prefer to sell them together as a package.
If anyone is interested, please e-mail me via my website http://www.rocklens.com

9 12 2008
Gordon Brown

At Kidderminster Library is an exhibition of photographs taken by Colin Hill showing bands who played at Frank Freemans Club during 1968/69. Amongst these are a few pictures of The Alan Bown Set, including Jess.
It is great seeing these and having those happy memories of fantastic bands such as Alan Bown bought to the fore again
Nick, I am sorry to hear about your Mum, she was a good friend to our family.

12 12 2008
Edward Noel

Having heard Robert Elms play ‘On Broadway’ on BBC London radio recently, I too found this thread by Googling Jess’s name. I already had ‘Jess Roden’ and ‘Play It Dirty’ on CD, but I’ve ordered The Humans CD as a Christmas present to myself! I would have liked to buy some Alan Bown Set and Butts Band CDs too, but they are going for £60-100 on Amazon, so a bit out of my price range.

Therefore, it’s great news about the ‘best of’ CD – I’ll get that the moment it comes out. It would be fabulous if Jools Holland asked Jess to sing on his show, as long as Jess wanted to. Failing that, maybe reading the contents of this website may tempt him to play a gig or two or release some new music via the Internet…you never know!

12 12 2008
Edward Noel

Sorry, I meant to add my condolences to Jess, Nick and their families about their mother’s passing.

19 12 2008
Adrian

Good to see such interest in Jess. I saw him with the Humans on several occasions in the 90s, one of the best bands I ever saw. Have both their CDs and I have the bbc sessions cd which i will copy for any that want it, in exchange for something eg Bronco would be welcome (adrianp40@hotmail.com). Jess also sang superbly on the Paul Kossoff ‘Back Street Crawler’ solo album, recently rereleased in 2CD form and well worth getting.
I also saw Jess with his big band in the 70s at the Marquee, great days too.
Wish he’d reform the Humans, which he initially started with the late Jim Capaldi.

19 12 2008
kevmoore

Welcome Adrian! hopefully someone on the blog will be up for an exchange. if not, I’ll keep an eye out and put my Bronco stuff on the computer and send them via cutesendit. ..And I agree, the Back street Crawler album is a beauty.

8 01 2009
Peterbe

Thought I’d ask here if anyone knows the circumstances surrounding the death in 1993 of Peter Wood (keyboard), Jess’s ‘Rivits’ bandmate? I did some work with Peter in the early 80’s. He was living in New York with his wife, Maggie, and at the time was helping Pam Tillis with some songwriting and session work in Nashville (among numerous other session and ‘live appearance’ projects). I’m pretty sure I might even have met Jess Roden one social evening at Peter & Maggie’s.

In any case, time passed, communication waned and the next thing I hear is that Peter had died. Reportedly a suicide but I don’t buy that – at least not an intended suicide. I haven’t been able to locate Maggie over these many years and there’s precious little about Peter on the Internet save for his voluminous credits as a player on what seem to be countless albums. Anyone able to provide any info? Thanks!

10 01 2009
lynne gibson

I have just managed to get hold of the Luther Grosvenor album ‘Floodgates’. Jess does lead vocals on two of the songs – one of which is a brilliant version of Bob Segers ‘Fire Down Below’. The whole album is excellent but is a must for all Jess fans.

10 01 2009
kevmoore

Hi Lynne, I got it myself a couple of months back, and must agree with your assessment, its a brilliant album, with great contributions from Jess.
Hi Peterbe – thanks for joining us – perhaps someone here will be able to shed some light on things. Keep checking back just in case.

16 01 2009
Bruce C

Awesome…a site dedicated to the work of Jess Roden.

I first saw Jess as a member of Bronco on a BBC TV programme called Sounding Out….I can remember footage of the band recording “Civil of You Stranger”. Subsequently saw the JRB at Essex University and the Marquee (I know that gig was recorded at around about the time the EP was issued) and also saw the Rivits at The Venue in Victoria.

Nobody seems to have mentioned the story about Jess doing the some of the high bits for Roger Daltrey on Magic Bus.

I think I have all the official releases from Jess, but am keen to source any live or unreleased stuff that maybe out there.

I will check out my vinyl because I think I have an Australian release Bronco single which features tracks not on Country Home or Ace of Sunlight…will keep you posted….

16 01 2009
kevmoore

Nice shout there with Magic bus, Bruce! – mouthwatering prospect of Bronco rarities! Just peruse this comments thread and you should piuck up any clues for other tracks you may be looking for.

17 01 2009
Nick

Hi Kev.

Happy new year to you and all Jess Fans.

I have just been voting on the site regarding the forthcoming CD.

My choices woild be as follows. ( Not in order)

Ballad of Big Sally. ( From the Blowin Album)
Deparado. ( From the Blowin Album)
Blowin.
The Hardest Blow.
On Broadway.
Play it dirty Play it Class.
Dirty Bars.
Raise your Hand (from the unreleased album) on the JRB Myspace.
Keep your hat on.
Send it to you.

And then a few tracks from the Humans albums, i.e. 44, Cool Water, If it Takes just a little time, and finally , You better believe it Baby.

Don’t get me wrong there are many other tracks that he has sung which I like but these just send the hairs up on the back of my neck when he hit’s the high powerful notes.

Cheers Kev.

Nick

18 01 2009
Bruce C

Following up on my last post, the Bronco 45 I have is Lazy Now, written by Jess and A Matter of Perspective written by Gammond/Ward…I will hopefully convert to mp3 this week.

There has been some mention in this thread about two bootleg albums….anyone willing to part with a copy these? Also the tracks on Steve Webb’s site ( what a great guitarist he is!)…are they available as downloads or just streams?

Cheers,

18 01 2009
kevmoore

Cheers Nick! the Humans tracks are among my favourites too! Bruce, I’m sure someone will help you out. Not sure about Steve’s stuff, I think he’s just streaming them at the moment.

26 01 2009
Brian French (Frenchy)

Hello all been a while but just got my copy from th US of Luther Grosvenor which features Jess solo on 2 tracks , the best of which is Fire Down Below which is awesome, but the total album is pretty good as well,check it out.
Kev M don’t forget to let me have your phone no in Spain for update etc.
Keep on rockin’
Frenchy

28 01 2009
Artisan

I’ve been a staunch fan of Jess since seeing him on The Old Grey Whistle Test in the mid-70’s, and have collected most of his tracks. But I’d really appreciate it if anyone could send an mp3 of Jess/Sandy Denny’s ‘Losing Game’ to artisanmedia@hotmail.com as I can’t seem to find this one anywhere (not even eBay). What a great site this is, and happy to reciprocate with anything I’ve got.

2 02 2009
Artisan

Thank you to all who forwarded mp3 tracks. I’ve now got a lot of stuff I never had before!

2 02 2009
lynne gibson

still hoping the Jess compilation album album comes off and the tracks I would love to see on it are
Me and crystal eye
blowin
on broadway
jump mama
quiet sound of you and me
fire down below (from Luther Grosvenors ‘Floodgates’ album)
crying wont bring you back (from peter greens Rattlesnake guitar album)
Balad of big sally
Rockin in the freeworld (Humans album)

I could go on forever, there are so many but here are a few. I would love to hear the sandy denny/jess song Losing Game but can’t seem to get hold of it.

2 02 2009
Nicolas Martin

Nick,
A couple of years ago I exchanged emails with the owner of a company that sells digital music and distributes it to iTunes and other sites. He is a Jess fan and we agreed that his unreleased albums should be made available. He said he would like to do that but had no way on contacting Jess to get the ball rolling.

If you or your brother would like to contact him, his name is Dean Sciarra, and his email address is this: Dean@ItsAboutMusic.com

2 02 2009
Nick

Hi Nicolas.

Thanks for that ,
I will speak to Jess and pass on the informatiomn then see what he wants to do.

Cheers.

Nick

2 02 2009
kevmoore

Lynne -I have that track, I’ll dig it out for you when I have a moment.

2 02 2009
Nicolas Martin

Nick,
That was quick! I’ve long ago digitized my copies of Jess’ albums that have never appeared on CD, and they sound quite good. But not as good as some from-the-tape CDs would, I’m sure.

I mostly left Rock music behind years ago, but I still get pleasure out of a few of my favorites, including Robert Palmer, Edmunds and Lowe, Ry Cooder, and Jess. I was smitten from the first time I heard the “Jess Roden” LP. It would be nice if he restarted his music career, but even if he doesn’t his legacy is strong. Few Rock-era musicians have delivered as many excellent albums.

All the best,
Nicolas

2 02 2009
Bruce C

Hi, I have converted the Lazy Now/A Matter of Perspective single to mp3 (approx 8MB each) so can send that if you want it….I’m still after the Jess bootlegs if anyone can help out….

3 02 2009
(Frenchy)

Bruce ,
Can you forward Lazy Now/A Matter of Perspective onto my e mail would appeciate it as Ihave never heard of these tracks before.
frenchyb53@aol.com
Looks a big file so why not send using http://www.cutesendit.com free download system it compresses and sends large files double quick,and its free!!!
Regards
Frenchy

3 02 2009
kevmoore

Bruce, likewise as for Frenchy! to kevdabass@yahoo.com
I don’t have any new info on Jess bootlegs, but that sort of thing is likely to turn up here sooner or later I would imagine.
Lynne- if you email me to the above address, I’ll send you the download link for “losing game”

3 02 2009
Artisan

Bruce C – Would you also send the mp3’s for Lazy Now / Perspective to: artisanmedia@hotmail.com as I’ve never heard of these either.
Also, what do you mean by the Jess bootlegs? What is it you’re looking for so I can check if I’ve got it?

4 02 2009
Crystal Eye

Bruce, Would also love ‘Lazy Now and B Side to uniscene@msn.com pref by Cutesendit. I am the one who has the 2 JRB bootleg cassettes ‘Nice Cockeral Bruce’ & ‘Our Song About Us’, but as prev mentioned, I have to did deep for them and will eventually transfer them to MP3……………….soonish

Tx

4 02 2009
Nicolas Martin

Please put me on the list for the bootlegs if they make it to digital. Gracias!

4 02 2009
Nicolas Martin

I guess an email would help, yes?

upthetotempole@gmail.com

4 02 2009
Crystal Eye

Will do for sure

4 02 2009
Artisan

Crystal Eye – Would you mind also sending bootlegs to: artisanmedia@hotmail.com whenever transferred to mp3? Many thanks!

4 02 2009
Derek

This all like mannah from heaven for me, and it’s interesting to note how similar some of you guy’s musical tastes are to mine – Jess, Linda Lewis, Terry Reid and Frankie Miller are my all time greats. I have most of Jess’ vinyl but unfortunately due to the state I was inevitably in when I played them back then, they are not really worth digitising.

My favourite JRB gig was when he supported Rufus (Chaka Khan’s band) at the Victoria Theatre in London. It takes a great singer to not come No 2 to Chaka but Jess blew her away that night.

I’d be so greatful if anyone could send me some links to Jess related MP3s.

Any news on the best of album?

Derek

4 02 2009
kevmoore

Derek, hi! Just let us know what you need, we’ve got most stuff on here!
Send me your email addy to kevdabass@yahoo.com and I’ll get some mp3s off to you. No news on the best of yet, but I think that will change this year. My dear friend the late Keith Webb was Terry Reid’s drummer throughout the late 60’s and I have some great tales of those days. Check out the movie “Groupies” which charts an American tour with Terry and the boys, Ten Years After and Joe Cocker – it’s a snapshot of an era!

7 02 2009
alan ellsmore

Derek,

Jess Roden and Linda Lewis, don’t know if you have it but Go Too by Stomu Yamashta has both of them as featured vocalists, great work again by Jess. The featured vocalist on the previous go album was Steve Windwood, Pete townsend when talking about Magic Bus described Jess’s contribution as a Steve Windwood vocal.

Alan.

8 02 2009
Bruce C

Hi All, did a mp3 copy of My Bawley Friend ever turn up….if so can anyone let me have a copy? This is probably sacriligeous to ask in this forum, but any idea what line Jess sings on That’s The Way God Planned It by the SAS Band?….

11 02 2009
Tom Sutton

I wrote a while back (28 Aug ’08) that Esoteric Records were planning to re-issue Lancashire Hustler by Keef Hartley, which features Jess on some vocals, and the CD is now available from them:

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/esoteric/artists/keefhartleyband.htm

£9.95 plus postage

3 03 2009
Derek

Thanks so much to Kev for the Blowin album – much appreciated. If anyone could be kind enough to let me have The Butts Band on mp3 that would be great and also the Jess/Sandy mp3 as I met Sandy a few times before she died and never realised that she and Jess did something together.

3 03 2009
kevmoore

I’ll sort both of those for you Derek, no probs

18 03 2009
Derek

Thanks for that Kev.

Derek

26 03 2009
Anonymous

Just come across this site after googling for Jess Roden. Jess is a brilliant singer and a great talent. I first heard him sing on an Island Records sampler ‘El Pea’ on ‘Sudden Street’ with Bronco.
I was lucky enough to see him perform with The Humans at Granvilles in Stone around 10 years ago. Brilliant set.
As I walked past the stage I muttered to him ‘Sudden Street’. He came up to me after the show, shaking his head muttering ‘Sudden Street indeed!’ I had a lengthy chat with him and Nick Graham, the bass player (ex Atomic Rooster) afterwards, and they autographed and gave me a copy of their album which I still treasure. They are both really nice guys.
I lost my copy of Sudden Street and would love to get a copy for my I-pod. Can anyone help? My email address is nickwellshome@yahoo.co.uk.

If you ever read these posts Jess, all the very best to you.

26 03 2009
kevmoore

Many thanks for your comment! Although I was lucky enough to see the JRB back in the 70’s, I certainly envy you seeing the Humans! I’ll see if I can dig out Sudden Street for you…and regarding Jess reading the posts – I know his brother has made it his mission to show Jess all the great activity that goes on here regarding his career, so rest assured he will probably get your good wishes at some point!

27 03 2009
(Frenchy)

Kev,
Looks as if the Best Of Island cd may be a runner as my contact is closer to release as per the track listing I sent you a few months ago.
Will keep you in the loop and advise the date as soon as I get it.
May not be everybody,s choice but Jess is aware of this release and has seen the listing I think,so hopefully will be a nice first for Jess collectors for the future, hopefully some more to follow, you never know.
Frenchy

27 03 2009
a fan

Respectfully.
I met Jess, just a couple of times back in the late sixties in a social setting. One time, just in passing, he said something to me as an encouragement, the kind of thing a teacher might say to a young student. I didn’t pay it much attention at the point ( i was too young to think about anything then) but at different times in this life it has resurfaced and has been a positive and invigorating memory. From it i have taken the lesson that ‘you can never quiet know what effect you have on another person’ and have subsequently made an effort where possible, to have a positive influence on those around me, to pass it on.

Music has always been important. I have witnessed masters like Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Jimi etc. I saw Bronco play the Roundhouse. They did a version of Neil Young’s ‘The Loner’. Staggering… of the essence. Many attempt to be great. Some gain public recognition some don’t, the system isn’t prefect. Some just imitate, and many don’t know the difference. Some come from the core and can’t help themselves, it’s just how they are.

Funnily enough, it’s innate, in the nature of heroes to be unknown, real one’s often don’t even know it, see it, about themselves…goes like that. I wish Mr. Roden all the best in whatever he’s at.

Funky Mon Dieu!
Michael.

28 03 2009
kevmoore

Michael, thanks for your great contribution and reminiscences!
Frenchy: How’s it going? – Great news that the “best of’s” likely to be on the way. As you say, tracklistings will never please everybody, but it should expose Jess to a new era of listeners. Please keep me posted!

29 03 2009
(Frenchy)

Kev,
Will keep you up to date as soon as I get the news,hopefully all good.
Frenchy

30 03 2009
Alan Ellsmore

Stomu Yamashta’s Go Too, as mentioned above by Buchanbob, is a mighty fine album, don’t believe the reviews Kev. It features quite a lot of Jess’s white boy blued eyed soul vocals, not a disco album, more seventies jazz fusion/funk with spacey Pink Floyd parts. The reviews usually choose the first Go album as the one to listen to, but Go Too has better ‘song’ sections performed immaculately by Jess, and the musicians are first class. If not yet purchased Kev the bass please check your e-mail (cutesendit).

Alan

2 04 2009
Hester

This is fantastic – a live thread dedicated to Jess Roden, who along with Frankie Miller, Bob Marley, Free , Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Stax oldies , The Who and LIndisfarne [ okay , okay I was 17] sustained me through my last years of school . We all know what happened to the big names but its so good to share passions about this unsung hero of the soul. My Jess Roden album is still on the turntable on a regular basis and is one of the main reasons why I still have a turntable, even the scratches tell their own story .
Life in a small market town in the seventies was tough for a musically inquisitive teenager – only my friend Caroline [ who introduced me to Jess ] shared the same passion. WE had woolworths that sold records and a sports shop that kept limited stoc, there was NME and Sounds, John Peel [ too hippy trippy for me ] and OGWT. PUnk was yet to come – like a storm gathering on the distant horizon but i could not get into the standard clever glam or prog rock or ax hero stuff like Led zep, genesis, Queen etc

Sadly I never got to see him live – once he was due to play in Swindon at some plastic palm tree spot but the gig was cancelled – what a let down – then he came to manchester uni SU in December 1976 but i was ill and had to miss it – sounds like a lame excuse now but there you go . I think the jess Roden album is his best although his version of Desperado is unbeatable.
I am so glad to hear he is thriving and doing something else well – no need for him to do anymore performing as far as i am concerned.
Thanks for the thread – I am now able to let my 19 yo son in on the best kept rock secret in years

7 04 2009
(Frenchy)

Hester,
Glad to see your on the blog originally set up by Kev Moore,there are loads of people on this site who have probably the full Jess Roden set as far as is possible, so if you need further enjoyment from the past please ask and I,m sure you will be accomodated by someone on this far flung planet.
Regards
Frenchy

8 04 2009
Steve

Hi there,

Have only just come across this site and it’s brilliant to find so many Jess fans out there. I’ve been hooked on his music ever since I heard him singing on that Kossoff album.

I too am looking for rarities and if anyone is willing to share BBC sessions/Seven Windows/B-Sides with me that would be great.

I see that the Jess anthology has been finalised and is set for release on May 18th.

http://www.spincds.com/product.asp?id=9020267

Here is the track listing:
1. Ballad Of Big Sally
2. Blowin’
3. Leave Your Hat On
4. Stonechaser
5. Reason To Change
6. Woman Across The Water
7. In A Circle
8. Trouble In The Mind
9. Me and Crystal Eye
10. In Me Tonight
11. Can’t Get Next To You
12. What The Hell
13. Im On a Winner With You
14. Deeper in Love
15. Lonely Avenue
16. If You Change Your Mind
17. Jump Mama
18. All Night Long

9 04 2009
kevmoore

steve- thanks for the commentand the great link to this long-awaited compilation! Finally, a new generation of fans will get to hear this golden voice!
We’ll sort some rarities out for you mate.

10 04 2009
Susie

Hi Hester

The JRB gig you mentioned – Manchester Uni Students Union 1976 – was the only time I ever saw the band live. I was 15 and not really supposed to be there…but I am SO glad I was!!!

Looking forward to the ‘Best of…’ cd very, very much – great track list. It’s there on play.com already !

11 04 2009
greg

Have you seen the live Jess Roden concert at wolfgang’s vault? check out http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/, the show is from 1/1/74. Just getting into this singer, and looking forward to the greatest hits cd

11 04 2009
kevmoore

Thats a really great link Greg, thanks for that!

12 04 2009
Alan Ellsmore

Hello all

here’s a link to The Word, discussing Jess/JRB etc.

http://www.wordmagazine.co.uk/content/jess-roden-what-a-great-singer-do-you-remember-him

Alan

13 04 2009
Obdewlla

Discovered this page following our discussion about Jess on the Word Magazine blog as mentioned by Alan Ellsmore above and am so pleased to discover that there are so many other fans. Like others have mentioned I first heard Jess via the Island Records compilation “Bumpers” which included “Love” off Bronco’s first album. Ashamed to admit that I didn’t take things any further at that stage but Bronco had certainly registered and when I subsequently heard “Sudden Street” on Island’s follow-up sampler “El Pea” I was definitely sold. (It hasn’t been mentioned previously but I trust that you are aware that the version of “Sudden Street” on El Pea is diifferent to that on Ace of Sunlight, it’s about a minute shorter and sparser- different vocal take too I would guess). Saw the Jess Roden Band on many occasions after that. The stand out for me is one night at JB’s in Dudley. Some friends and I had travelled down from Liverpool to stay with these girls we knew from the nearby Teachers Training College. The others couldn’t resist the charms of our hostesses but I was more than happy to groove away on my lonesome at a fantastic gig (this was the night I discovered Weather Report via the club dj’s pre-show music). At one stage Jess was exhorting the audience to clap along “even those with round shoulders” which I’m pretty sure was directly aimed at me (with some justification). Also saw them on Roxy Music’s Country Life tour but I was well aware by this stage and although had previously been a Roxy fan I was primarily there for Jess (can’t recall any other times that I’ve been to a concert for the support act!). The added bonus that night was to chortle at Bryan Ferry in his gaucho outfit. The last time I saw the JRB was at the Liverpool Polytechnic (they were headlining by now) where I got to briefly meet him after the show although I didn’t do much more than shake his hand and say “Great gig”.

As I mentioned on the Word site I got frustrated by the lack of Jess on CD and decided to digitise some of my vinyl and have put the two Bronco albums together with Player Not The Game, Stone Chaser and the “Under Suspicion” single up as a torrent on Demonoid (search for “Jess Roden Vinyl Rip”). I’m currently downloading the Stomu Yamash’ta album – Jess and Linda Lewis – woo hoo!

The one thing I’d not heard of until reading this page was “Seven Windows”. Could someone provide more details about this?

Can’t wait for the Cherry Red Best Of. I’ll actually buy a copy!!

Finally I would be eternally grateful if someone could provide me with a copy of “Lazy Now” Bronco single.

13 04 2009
kevmoore

Obdewlla. thanks for your great input – if you write to me at kevdabass@yahoo.com, I’ll sort out Seven Windows and Lazy now for you!

I’m sure the upcoming CD compilation will mark a resurgence of interest in Jess’s music, and hopefully usher in a new generation of fans.

13 04 2009
Brian French

Hello all,
I for my sins am responsible for the track listing choices on the new album to be released in May. Having seen the JRB on Sight and Sound in Concert on BBC 2 back in the 70,s I was hooked immediately and have been a fan ever since with a great collection of cd and vynil.
I was contacted by Michael Heatley last September who was the instigator of this album release and asked me to give him 18 tracks from the Island collection for this retrospective using Universal Records as the source for all the tracks from solely Island releases.
Being a bit stunned as you canimagine as I was already using this great blog and thought that this may not happen etc.
Well some months later here we are with the release due 18th May.
As with personal choices the listing may not suit all fans taste but it,s a start and hopefully when released all true fans will buy it, so put the word around that this is out.
Next hopefully should be ths album that never was that Steve Webb has on his web site, so if the first one is a success we should push for a second.
Get the word out loud so that people who have not heard any of this stuff can be educated to one of the best rock/blues voices around.
Just a big thankyou to Kev Moore in particlar without whose forethought and perseverence no one out there would even be aware of the following that exists which is still growing if you look at other blogs on Jess.The amount of interest that is still out there from all corners once again supports the fact that Jess,s voice is still appreciated after all this time.
Thanks Kev for your support on the blog and personally by our regular contact. I am proud to be part of this project, hopefully the first of many.
Get the word out and enjoy.
Regards
Brian French

13 04 2009
neil storey

just back to looking at the threads here… re-awoken to it from the word magazine recent postings) and…

fascinated (!) to see that someone (??? – if you’re there, pls contact me!!!) still has a couple of those desk-tapes that i copied up from island days… the bruce cockerel one and our song about us – and yes, those were my titles! the originals – so far as i know -still survive (plus others) within my own archive at my home in france… sadly no longer there (yeah, its a long torrid tale) but might have access to my stuff in may and… should that happen… glad to pass on any other gems i come across… interestingly, on one seems to have listed an island 7″ep that was released… can’t for the life of me recall the track listing but am pretty certain that at least two tracks were live and came from those marquee recordings…

for the completists… the sleeve to ‘you can…’ was shot while the band were in rehearsals in the back room (r/h) room at st peters sq… play it dirty… was a cover by tony wright… the link is that he also designed the very first double cd island compilation – bumpers (tho’ uncredited on that).

nick – IF you’re still reading this… pls pass my very best on to jess and lainey… sad to have missed him at the island reunion last july in hammersmith… and jaime has kids now too – amazing… there is a pic of jess up on flickr from that (plus loads of others of island people from way way back) by the way if anyone’s interested.

e-address is: neilstorey@aol.com

track-listing for the album… hmmm… no ‘the quiet sound of you and i’ renders it somewhat incomplete… shame as probably the finest reading of that particular song… ever.

in any event… as much as the 2cd compilation has resonance, i’d argue that there is real worth in looking into a proper – repeat – proper 4 cd with serious sleeve notes retrospective…

best wishes to one and all
neil.
http://www.neilstorey.blogspot.com

13 04 2009
Brian French

Neil,
Could not agree more, lets get some more music out there. If you have the contacts all the better for next time maybe.
Frenchy

17 04 2009
Anonymous

Hi Kev, Allan, Frenchy ( who is on holiday) and Neil.

Boy oh boy is my liitle bro getting more popular or what,,,,,,,?

after all these years, it really is good to see so much interest.

By the way , if anyone want’s to hear him singing Desperado “Live” from the Blowin album i notice it is now on youtube along with some other JRB and Alan Bown tracks.

Cheers Guys.

Keep in touch.

Nick

17 04 2009
Vulpes Vulpes

Strewth! I’m another wanderer from the Word Magazine website & blog, and may I say how very pleased I am to find this blog. Having seen Jess play when I was at University, I’ve spent the last several decades wondering why he’s had such a low profile, when far lesser talents have had more success, so it’s great to find that there are lots of us out here who think the same.
I’ll be snapping up the retrospective when it hits the shops, but in the meantime, can anyone suggest somewhere I can buy lossless copies of any of the other albums? I’ve got the vinyl Island samplers with a smattering of tracks, but it looks as if I’ve left it way too late to grab any of the CD reissues. Boxed set! Now! Please someone!

17 04 2009
neil storey

the you tube links are, sadly, a bit misleading – grainy footage of seas-shore ‘stuff’ as a backdrop to desperado… hmmm, not exactly my cuppa thanks… however, the alan bown material is… good fun… and wonderfully dated!

ns

18 04 2009
Anonymous

Hi Neil and all out there.
Regarding the Youtube footage etc, I did say in my original statement that you could “hear” Jess singing Desperado live and not ” See” him singing.
As Jess is known more for his voice rather than his screen appearamce I would suggest that anyone one who is interested in his”vocal talents” listen to the track.

I would agree with you Neil that the video shown is pretty awful to say the least.

Nick

Nick

21 04 2009
Bruce C

Hi All, really enjoying the way that “new” Jess material is emerging. The Deluxe version of the Paul Kossoff/Back Street Crawler album has some additional JR material which is worth a listen:

http://www.deezer.com/#music/album/101132

I stumbled across the following link for those looking for the Bronco albums:

http://time-has-told-me.blogspot.com/2007/01/bronco.html

I also discovered that Bronco had done some sessions for the BBC including several tracks that are unreleased on albums, namely Baby When You’re Near, Old Grey Shadow, Steal That Gold, Strange Awakening, Talking Jack Humphries and Woodstock….it would be good to hear them…..

Anyone have a link for the Carol Grimes Warm Blood album?

28 04 2009
neil storey

any idea where the bbc material can be found?
or… any background on those tracks?
which are the key koss tracks – lady is a tramp is a blast (mad, but a blast!)
ns

29 04 2009
Bruce C

Hi Neil, came across a mention of the Bronco tracks at

http://www.bbcradioint.com/BBCSessions.aspx

Perhaps some nice person at the BBC could post a copy for research purposes.

Will let you know the Jess tracks on the Deluxe Back Street Crawler album as soon as I have it in my hot sticky hands….

Bruce

3 05 2009
Anonymous

if you havent got the Stomu Yamashta album ‘Go Too’ but would like to hear Jess and (I think) Linda Lewis singing a track called ‘Madness’ go to http://www.last.fm/music/stomu+yamashta and click on the Madness pic. There is quite a long intro to this but the voices kick in after a while. Enjoy! Jess, if you read this site, how wonderful that there is all this interest in your music. I was just looking through some of the vinyls and its true to say that your music has been the soundtrack to a large part of my life – thanks for that.

3 05 2009
Lynne Gibson

if you havent got the Stomu Yamashta album ‘Go Too’ but would like to hear Jess and (I think) Linda Lewis singing a track called ‘Madness’ go to http://www.last.fm/music/stomu+yamashta and click on the Madness pic. There is quite a long intro to this but the voices kick in after a while. Enjoy! Jess, if you read this site, how wonderful that there is all this interest in your music. I was just looking through some of the vinyls and its true to say that your music has been the soundtrack to a large part of my life – thanks for that.

4 05 2009
tony

Hi folks,

I’m probably the only Belgian on this blog?
My wife and I are both Jess Roden fans. We married 20 years ago. The opening song of our wedding was “You’re a sensation” from the Player not the game album. I suppose nobody attending our wedding ever heard the song before, but we sure enjoyed our little dance.
I can not think of a better present to give my lovely wife than a CD copy of this beautiful album.
If there’s anybody out there who can send me a copy, I would be so gratefull and of course I’m willing to pay for the costs!!!

PS: do you know that song by Free, ‘Molten gold’ , sung by both Jess and this other great British singer Paul Rodgers : fantastic song!

4 05 2009
kevmoore

Hi Tony! What a lovely story, and such a great choice for a wedding song! I’ll be happy to send “Player” to you on mp3, via cutesendit – is that cool?

Kev

5 05 2009
tony

Kev,

Great!!!

It’s her birthday today , so that would be good timing!

Thanks a million,

Tony

5 05 2009
tony

Kev,

I suppose you need my e-mail address : tony.smeets@skynet.be

Kind regards,

Tony

7 05 2009
chris

hi there,
ive been a fan of jess roden since the early 70s, ive dont have a copy of stonechaser, or the player not the game on cd, but i would love , love love a copy of both, or any thing else of jesses. i only have jess roden, and play it dirty, superb albums, and take pride of place in my top 20 albums of all time. only paul rodgers was good enough to wipe jesses boots, vocally. i cant believe he just gave it up, if anyone can supply, i`d really be gratefull. i met a guy years ago trying to impress a bunch of lads about the blues, i simply asked what did he think of jess roden, who???????? he said,,,,,,,we had such a laugh when i explained that jess sung with so many blues guitarists including the great paul kossoff,,,,,,,paul who??????????? he said.
thanks,,,,,,,,,,,, chris

8 05 2009
kevmoore

Great anecdote Chris! there are those who know, and those who don’t! I’ll sort those albums for you mate and send them via cutesendit as mp3’s. Don’t forget the new Jess “best of” compilation is now out on CD, too!
send me your email addy to: kevdabass@yahoo.com
Cheers, Kev

9 05 2009
Olga1

One of the most sexiest voices I have ever heard. I am updating my cassettes! and cannot find Play it dirty, play it class on Itunes. Horror. His voice makes me quiver all over.

10 05 2009
kevmoore

Olga, given the effect Jess’s voice seems to have on you, we must remedy that situation! drop me a line at kevdabass@yahoo.com with your email address, and I’ll send you the download link for “play it dirty”.

11 05 2009
danny

Hi from New Zealand.WOW…..isn’t the internet amazing.Been wondering about Jess Roden.Had some great vinyl when I lived in London.Great to read these tributes to Jess.

11 05 2009
Frenchy

Danny,
New retrospective album coming out next Monday, get your order in now from this link,sure they will ship if you ask them,all in a good cause.
Best Regards
Frenchy
http://www.spincds.com/product.asp?id=9020267

12 05 2009
Frenchy

Hello all,
Jess retrospective cd, I am now told will be June release not 18th May as initially advertised.
Regards
Frenchy

12 05 2009
kevmoore

Cheers for the update Frenchy. I guess we’ve waited so long, another month won’t hurt!

17 05 2009
Bruce C

Just to update: the tracks featuring Jess on th Back Street Crawler Deluxe Edition are: Lady is a Tramp, three versions of I’m Ready and Molten Gold.

19 05 2009
Frenchy

Bruce C,
Any chance of mp3,s of the Jess tracks from Back Street Crawler to my e mail address.
Frenchy

24 05 2009
Brian

Guys,

Thrilled at all this Jess mania because 1. I am a fan too and 2. I know him pretty well and he’s a great guy. BUT, if we all love him so much, please remember that the first (eponymous) album and Play it dirty can both be bought on CD, for example on Amazon where I got them. I struggle to understand ‘fans’ who would ask for, or freely distribute, an artist’s work as a first course of action. Okay, he’s not missing out on a fortune, but it’s pretty disrespectful to not even TRY to pay for his work. Maybe the next person who asks for an MP3 of something freely available could be gently steered towards an online retailer? Or try vinyl from Ebay! We’re all old enough to appreciate records, and whilst second hand records won’t line Jess’s pockets, it does at least keep a legitimate Jess market going (which may help encourage a label to release some more new old material). Just my two pennies worth, based on a sense of fair play and knowledge of how hard it is for most musicians to make ends meet.

24 05 2009
Nicolas Martin

Brian, I agree in part. I have purchased whatever CDs by Jess that can be gotten, and I still have his LPs. But I think it benefits Jess to have people distribute his material that is not purchasable, increasing the number of people who know of him. I fail to see how it benefits Jess to buy vinyl from eBay, and most people do not own turntables. If the record companies offered his songs as downloads this would be a smaller problem. I got tired of waiting and finally digitized a couple of Jess’ out-of-print CDs strictly for my own listening pleasure. A couple of years ago I contacted the owner of itsaboutmusic.com to encourage him to obtain the rights to offer downloads of Jess’ out-of-print music. He said he is a fan and would love to do it, but we didn’t know how to contact Jess. You can suggest to Jess that he get in touch with Dean Sciarra at itsaboutmusic.com.

In the meantime, Jess could benefit from a web site with a PayPal link where those of us who are inclined to could voluntarily send a royalty for the use of his non-commercial digital files.

Jess could do considerably more to increase his visibility and the prospect for all of his albums being released as CDs and downloads.

24 05 2009
kevmoore

Brian, as a professional musician and songwriter myself, I am all too aware of the need for people to legitimately and fairly obtain Jess’s music. I raised my concerns with Jess via his brother. You must also remember, most people have bought Jess’s material twice over. I have Butts band, play it dirty, jess roden etc all on vinyl and CD. The albums i have got via download such as player, stonechaser and rivits, I also have on vinyl, just nothing to play them on! So my conscience is clear. From my own personal experience, I have to say that my latest CD release has had sales directly as a result of publicity garnered from making one of the racks available as a free download. It’s a thorny issue though, and one that will run and run.

24 05 2009
Anonymous

Hello all out there.

Just to put the record straight regarding Jess , royalties , appearances etc.

Let me say first of all that the comments below are MY views based on conversations with Jess and being his brother for the past 48 years,,,,.

As Kev states in his comment above he has been in touch with Jess through me.

The concern was that the public were buying copies , downloads , MP3 etc, etc, etc. and Jess gets nothing out of it.

I spoke to Jess and basically he is aware of the situation.

The reallity is that it is almost impossible to control and having spoken to Jess about this it is something that he accepts.

As you all know he has not sung in public for about 5 – 10 years and I feel that he really has retired. I also know that he is very surprised at the following that appears to be growing for him and that is something that gives him a great deal of pleasure, but anybody who really knows him will also know that he is a quiet individual ” except when he sings “,,,, who keeps himself to himself and enjoys his family life but still appreciates his following.
Regarding your comment Nicolas Martin about Jess increasing his Visibility, I have to say that I would agree,,,,,, But I also respect his decision to stay out of the limelight so that he can do what he wishes to do. Believe you me nobody would love to hear him sing more than I, but I cannot count the amount of times I have asked him about returning to singing and it it always the same response which is ” No i don’t think so” this I believe is something that should be respected and I feel that If ” and that would be a BIG if ” he was to return then it would be great for him and for his following.
I can honestly say that when Jess comes to visit me over here in Norfolk he enjoys the quiet life away from London and when he has been recognised he has always found time to speak to the person. But Jess never has and never will be the sort of person who courts public attention except when he has been on stage , and now that he no longer sings that does not mean that he does not care or appreciate the following he has.
Kev,,,,, “You keep going boy”, you are doing a great job and I will keep you up to date regarding any decisions / views that Jess has.

Nick

25 05 2009
Nicolas Martin

If Jess has no interest in restarting his career, nobody can argue with that. My point about increasing visibility was for him to create (or to allow someone to create for him) an authorized web site, so that old fans can be explore his bio and discography, and express their enthusiasm, and new fans can discover his work. If he would have an interest in such a web site I’d be happy to develop and maintain it. No remuneration expected or accepted, of course, and with minimum disturbance and hassle.

upthetotempole[at]gmail.com

25 05 2009
Nick

Nicolas.

I can see no probelm with that and I feel that it would be great for all his fans now and in the future.
Myself and computers do mix well but if I can be of any assistance please contact me.

I will check with Jess first just to get 100% approval and then get in touch.

Thanks

Nick.

25 05 2009
kevmoore

It would be nice to see a companion site to the JRB MySpace page, and this blog. I would have launched one myself, but professional musical commitments mean I just don’t really have the time to devote to it.

and Nick -thanks for the kind words mate!

25 05 2009
Bruce C

I’ve been reading recent posts with interest: basically I am with Kev on the copyright issues…

A website tied into this blog and the MySpace page would be great as long as was done well.

Above all we need to have respect for Jess:

I have been listening to his music for nearly 40 years, rate him as the best British singer bar none, and have been rapt to hear the unreleased material that has come to light as a result of this blog, but our enthusiasm for his music shouldn’t lead to him pressed to take any particular course….

26 05 2009
Nick

Thanks Bruce c.
I am sure Jess will appreciate your view, I totally agree with you even though I am the worst offender when it comes to trying to get him to start singing again.

Nicolas what i meant to say in my previous comment was that Me and computers do not get on and they totally confuse me, but if I can be of any help when it comes to information for site then please contact me.

Nick

27 05 2009
Brian

Guys,

Re. my earlier post on buying Jess’s CDs – I tried to be very clear and careful to limit my comments to material that was available to purchase from a retailer e.g first two albums, but of course Bronco and Butts Band material is also available to those prepared to look for it and pay for it. Of course I see that the situation is different with regard to material that is simply not available digitally (e.g. BBC/ Stonechaser etc.), and I agree that in those cases there is a case for expanding the Jess following. My vinyl comments, which were not THAT serious by the way, were about stimulating a market that maybe, just maybe, someone in a position to influence releases might take notice of. I am very aware of the flaws in my reasoning.

I also thought that, perhaps by posting my thoughts, it might raise awareness of the digital availability of some of this old stuff amongst those genuinely and innocently ignorant, albeit limited.

My sense is that Jess is too chilled out to worry too much – my thoughts were only that – MY thoughts. Besides, the whole music business model has changed anyway, and no-one’s going to get rich on album sales.

BTW – where’s that compilation??? Hopefully released soon . . .

Brian

27 05 2009
kevmoore

Hi Brian, the Jess best of is out now, check out:

http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=467483

You’re right about the industry changing of course, this is why so many groups are miraculously reforming – royalties are dwindling and touring is where the money is.

27 05 2009
Nicolas Martin

A website about Jess needs a bit of help from Jess to work. Maybe the willingness to do an interview for it, the loan of some photos to scan, and help with his musicological history. No great use of his time, and maybe none at all after it is posted. Maybe he has some old concert posters for himself or the bands. It needs those sorts of things for compelling interest.

27 05 2009
Vulpes Vulpes

Brian, I’m not sure which Amazon site you mean, but the one I use (amazon.co.uk) shows the Jess Roden available from £25.90 and the Play It Dirty album available from £20 (and upwards).
In other words, neither album is actually avaialble from stock – only from dealers trying to cash in on their rarity value.

27 05 2009
kevmoore

Vulpes, you highlight a good point here. If Jess’s royalties were similarly magnified like these ‘rarity’ prices, it wouldn’t be so bad, but I agree, it’s hard to find a fair-priced copy nowadays that hasn’t been loaded by the dealers. Perhaps, with the advent of the ‘best of’ collection island might re-issue the existing CD back catalogue at a fair price.

27 05 2009
Nicolas Martin

The best price I’ve found for the Best of Jess Roden album in the USA is at deepdiscount.com, for $13.58, shipping included. Amazon.com is charging $19.

27 05 2009
Susie

Well, I received my pre-ordered copy of ‘The Best Of….’ today from Amazon UK. It’s a terrific selection of tracks – can’t fault it. So long awaited…enjoy, everyone!

27 05 2009
Kev Moore

Cool, Susie! spread the word and let’s get awareness of Jess’s great talent out there to the uninitiated!

28 05 2009
28 05 2009
kevmoore

I’ve been reading about the swathe of commemorative island boxed sets to mark their 50th year in Music Week. Some real gems in there.

29 05 2009
mark woodbridge

Hi everybody,haven’t been on here for a while.Got The best Of-seems a strange choice to me,only covers 6 years of a career that lasted 20 years+ with a few breaks.No Desperado(in fact nothing off Blowin’) says what a great version of On Broadway Jess did then it’s not there.The album does work as it is all studio so perhaps if the tracks had been mixed up,Bronco,Butts Band,Stomu Yamashta,it would have been a bit of a mish-mash.The tracks off of Jess Roden seem a different mix to the original,any ideas?I could go on for hours but i’ll shut up now,Thanks,Mark.

29 05 2009
kevmoore

Hi Mark, yeah, there’s a few different ones I’d have put on there, and in fact the sheer eclectic nature of Jess’s career argues that this should’ve been a box set, but it’s better than nothing I suppose!

29 05 2009
Frenchy

Mark,
All the tracks on the new cd were limited to Island Records only for copyright purposes and all released for this cd with permission of Universal Records, hence the reason for availability of tracks, maybe next time if the powers that be allow there could be more.
Frenchy

29 05 2009
Nick

Hi all,

My comment would be that the version of ” Big Sally” should have been the one off the blowin album and not the studio version.
But if another disc is produced then perhaps there will be a wider choice.
Having bought the disc I am getting used to it and feel that it is a good choice of tracks to start with.
I for one would love to have a collection of the more aggressive tracks i.e including the Humans and ” Fire down below etc”
Nicolas you mention about an interview with Jess. May I suggest you contact me (Kev will you provide details please if requested) then we can discuss what questions you want to ask and I can speak to Jess. At the moment it looks like I will see him later in June for a couple of nights. Rest assured all of you if i see him i will be asking him for his comments regarding the CD release etc.
I know that he was approached for some items to go into the Island records exhibition and i think he was sending his velvet coat from the cover of the Jess Roden album, but who knows he may well have sent something else.

Keep in touch guys.

Nick

2 06 2009
Anonymous

A COUPLE OF PEOPLE HAVE AGREED WITH ME THAT THE TRACKS FROM THE ‘JESS RODEN’ ALBUM ARE NOT FROM THE BRITISH RELEASE WE ALL KNOW OFF BY HEART,ANY IDEAS,I HAVE GOT THE AMERICAN ALBUM WITH UNDER SUSPICION ON BUT DON’T KNOW IF I’VE EVER LISTENED TO IT HAVING ALL THE TRACKS ON OTHER COPIES.I COULD PUT TOGHETHER A REALLY GOOD OTHERS ALBUM,A B SIDE FROM A RIVITS SINGLE THAT JESS HADN’T EVEN HEARD,THE SOUNDTRACK RIVITS TRACK WHICH I THINK IS A DIFFERENT MIX,A TRACK I THINK CALLED BIFF BANG POW FROM A UNIVERSITY COMPILATION WHICH I’M NOT SURE OF THE DATE ETC,I DON’T THINK I’VE GOT A BRONCO TRACK THAT DIDN’T GET ON EITHER ALBUMS UNLESS IT HAS BEEN PUT ON THE 2 ON 1 CD I’VE GOT,OF COURSE THAT GREAT TRACK WITH LINDA LEWIS ON GO TOO,THE STEVE WEBB TRACKS THAT NEVER GOT RELEASED,OH LOTS.
HAS ANY BODY MANAGED TO FIND A COPY OF AN ALBUM THAT NEVER GOT RELEASED WHICH JESS DID WITH JOHN RABBIT BUNDRICK(FREE)-HE HASN’T -BUT I WONDERED IF ANY EX ISLAND PEOPLE MAY HAVE A MASTER/DEMO?LIVE IN HOPE!
MARK.

2 06 2009
Garry

Re ‘Best Of’, If anyone is in any doubt, ‘Reason To Change’ and ‘Trouble In The Mind’ are never before heard outakes from the solo album.

15 06 2009
neil storey

just caught up with all of the comments… fascinating stuff… for what its worth, if anyone is after original vinyly then suggest the 991.com web site a better place to kick off than e-bay or similar… their jess section is pretty comprehensive.

island compilations… hmmmmmmmmm… my own comments on the voltaire (blog) posted fairly recently… also, a retrospective on the island50 events.

the thorny issue of royalties and ‘illegal’ file sharing… fully understand all points being made… some erroneous (in my view), some not… as such, would suggest the following… from days, many long years past, one of the greatest pleasures was turning this person or that on to music that one liked… its something that still happens between people who genuinely love music… the swapping of files (via cute send it etc) as much as putting compilations together featuring music that maybe one’s friend hasn’t got but you (the giver of) thinks that they’ll get off on… to my way of thinking, there’s nothing whatsoever wrong with that… in fact, i’d go so far as to say, every musician i’ve ever worked with would subscribe to that view… however, wholesale piracy by lashing files willy nilly to thousands of recipients (and being paid to do that by whatever means) constitutes nothing other than copyright abuse and piracy… and… to protect those who are due x or y royalty on those files, should be eradicated by whatever means available – and there are people better placed than i to offer solutions to that issue.

the file sharing thats gone on within the confines of this ‘blog’… whatever it may be are / should be down to individual consciences… and… i would advocate that, for every file recieved, that – where possible – something should be sent in return…

with regard to a web site… perhaps an informed information centre, a one-stop for proper info – properly run… yes, much needed and… should anyone wish me to, happy to set it up / help with regard to it.

regards to one and all who log in to this…
neil.

22 06 2009
neil storey

hiya
http://www.jessroden.com will be up and running in a couple of weeks…

nb: it’ll take time to grow the site properly so… please be patient…

n

24 06 2009
lady of the flowers

Any chance that someone can post the lyric to “Deeper” here? can’t find it anywhere.

28 06 2009
L & Bone

Hi – help required, please! Has there ever been a CD edition of THE ALAN BOWN! vinyl album (Deram/London; US edition, cat. no. DES 18032) with Jess singing, i.e. the original version? There was a Japanese disc with the original sleeve back in 2005 but I’ve never seen or heard it.
L & Bone

1 07 2009
Colin Hesketh

Neil. Great news about the Jess Roden site. I have a large collection of Meody makers/Sounds/NME’s from the early-mid 70’s and a recent flick through revealed that there are some very interesting old J.R articles from those pages.

If you can use the content for the site, I’d be happy for you to loan the articles in question for you to copy and digitise suitable for web publication. Trouble is, one in particular is a large full page feature on the fledgling JRB with tiny print and I’m useless at enlarging and compressing files etc, so if you have originals, maybe you can do that sort of wizardry and get them up for all to see??

There’s also a live Butts Band review from Max’s Kansas city 3/74 and also a not bad sized article about Jess being the support band for Roxy Music 11/74.

My 300 or so collection of papers, mostly NME’s from 1970-mid 73 seems to peter-out sometime in ’75, so I suppose there are a number of articles about Bronco in there, but I must admit I haven’t been on the look out for them. I do remember from the time, quite a number of later JRB articles appearing in those publications around 76-77.

I would love to buy a job lot of music papers from that era – ‘Sounds’ was my personal favourite… I had a fairly complete collection of them back in the day, for several years up in the loft, but my dad make me burn them all when I moved out to a smaller house in 1983….

Jeez.. The amount of great stuff I had, that has been lost, sold or thrown away…. Makes me wanna cry!!!

Colin

1 07 2009
Bruce C

Colin. Great that you have some of the music papers from that era…I guess many of us regret having got rid of stuff from the seventies… As well as the JRB/Butts Band/Bronco articles from those publications, can I suggest that it might also be possible to come up with a touring history with dates to which we fans could then add our recollections….

On another note, I’ve seen a Rivits single on Ebay with a B side called “Nail That Turkey Down”….anyone have a copy of that?

3 07 2009
neil storey

i am in the process of putting together the official JR web site…

it should be up and running by the middle of july and it’ll be as extensive as is humanly possible

have a look, feel free to comment (on the relevant page(s) and… any contributions vis a vis concert info, ticket stubs, posters and rare releases info, very gratefully received…

for more – neilstorey@aol.com

19 07 2009
Robert Parry

Bought the eponymous Jess Roden album on spec in 1975 while at Lancaster University. Was totally transfixed by the really beautiful version of “On Broadway”. I played the album non-stop in my student hall to not many complaints at all. It’s a lovely album and the singer is pure quality who deseved a lot more air-play – but that’s how it goes!

23 07 2009
Susie

Hi Robert

30 plus years on, ‘On Broadway’ still gets me in the same way. Keep enjoying :o)

30 07 2009
Gerry

I have been a music fan for as long as I can remember – through Beatles, Motown, Soul, Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, the whole gamut I suppose. However I still come back to Jess Roden. I first saw the Jess Roden Band at JBs in Dudley (1974). I was taken there by a friend of mine – Mike Spedding (a drummer, I think). He said to me that this particular singer was highly regarded as a “musician’s singer”. After the show I appreciated what he meant. In the audience that night was Robert Plant, I suppose that would be an accolade in itself.
I saw the band again at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, another memorable show; not least for the rendition of “Desperado”, some things stay with you I suppose.
I occasionally go to the Robin in Bilston, and now own a legitimate copy of the Humans Live at The Robin cd, It has hardly been out of the car cd player since I bought it last January. Highly recommended! I fondly imagine that I will see Jess Roden billed on their gig list, but as time goes on I suppose it becomes less likely.
Surprisingly I had the good fortune to meet Roger Daltrey a couple of months ago, and in a short chat Jess’s name came up, I remarked that I would like to be able to hear him sing again and he replied that a lot of people, himself included, would also like that opportunity. I suppose the point of all this is that whilst respecting Jess Roden’s choices and wishes, there is a lot of love and support for him as an artist, and I shall continue to hope that I may one day have the opportunity to enjoy again one of the finest performers I have seen. I was very pleased to have discoverd this site and thank and congratulate you on your efforts.

30 07 2009
kevmoore

Wonderful comment Gerry, and thanks for your contribution! As a musician, and author of this blog, my name’s been on the list since day one to hear Jess sing again – and I guess it’s a long list! We live in hope, and continue toi appreciate his fine legacy.

30 07 2009
neil storey

hi to one and all… the web site is now up and running… http://www.jessroden.com

its (obviously) still in its infancy but… should anyone wish to contribute, just let me know… there’s a great deal more to come… more pix, more writing… plus, there are still one or two links that are a bit iffy… these’ll be rectified as soon as humanly possible.

any comments / thoughts / stuff that deserves a page on oits own… you know the kind of thing… let me know

all best to one and all
ns

13 08 2009
kevmoore

Just another reminder urging one and all to head over to http://www.jessroden.com, where Neil has assembled some wonderful anecdotes about Jess’s career from the man himself!

19 08 2009
Nicolas Martin

I’m anxious to get a copy of Seven Windows if someone can help out. Happy to receive digital files (highest possible bit rate) or to pay for a CD-R copy. Thanks.

19 08 2009
kevmoore

Hi Nicolas, drop me an email to kevdabass@yahoo.com and I’ll sort it for you.

26 08 2009
frits

Hi all.
I stumbled upon this blog today (don’t ask me how, i have no clue) and it made my day and ruined a full day’s work. Because I just had to keep reading. Almost like eavesdropping into very private conversation. But about a person whom I got to appreciate during the seventies, volunteering in an auditorium in Arnhem (the Netherlands), where I saw and heard the JRB perform, working part-time in a record store where I convinced all the staff available that this was something magnificent, and being a two-bit band leader and guitarist of all sorts of stuff that did not work but that tried to copy the JRB spirit. So yes, of course, the JRB was a major influence, outdoing the Eagles by miles – where their Desperado was simply melancholic, Jess’s version was truely absolutely desperate, heartbroken and still with the urge and need to sing. That’s when and how I got to appreciate good covers: playing and singing and making it your very, very private own song.

So yes, over the years I wondered what had happened to Jess Roden and today I found out he doesn’t want to sing. Ohh my! But at the same time: even IF he were to sing again, what are the odds that I would ever have the opportunity to hear him sing in the Netherlands! Not even televised with Jools (Steve Winwood is back, touring, why not join up… or team up with Allen Toussaint who – by the way – published a very sensitive album recently)! What better excuse would he need! I suppose – is this morally responsible behavior? – perhaps we can convince some bigger shots than us to give it a try. Jools himself?

But family, yes, that part I do understand. I’ve grown older as well. So have we all. And then, suddenly webbsongs provides me with 8 undiscovered gems, and two guys erected terrific shrines to express their deep gratitude for all the music Jess gave them.
Thanks guys for your efforts, and thanks everyone, for letting me share in your very private conversation about someone whom I’ve always regarded as one of the ultimate best singers, but who apparently never got the decent shot of luck his music required.

27 08 2009
Gerry

I recently came across this on the internet and thought I would post the link – you may already be aware of it, but I enjoyed the performance!

http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/jess-roden-band-concert/20050787-3737966.html

27 08 2009
kevmoore

Gerry – great link, cheers!

Frits, many, many thanks for your eloquent piece detailing your personal story with Jess’s music, and for your kind comments! It’s always a pleasure to find new people out there discovering this blog and getting so much out of it. Call back soon!

22 09 2009
Joerg

First time here, I am absolutely thrilled to see how many fans still worship the superb talents of one of the greatest voices to emerge from the UK – so sweet and expressive, and always tasteful!

I am from Germany and I don’t think that Jess Roden ever had a large following here. I had the luck that my younger brother participated in a student exchange program and was visited by a student from England several times. On one of his visits in the mid-70’s he brought with him a cassette containing a live concert of Jess Roden recorded from BBC radio. I was instantly hooked and he gave me that cassette as a gift. I must have listened to these recording at least a hundred times. Unfortunately I was stolen this cassette (and many others) about five years later when my car was broken into.

However, once deeply captivated by this voice, I managed to purchase almost everything he recorded. I missed out the Humans live CD which I’m trying to get hold of now and never heard of that Seven Windows record. I’d really appreciate if someone could help me out with a copy of that one.

Reading all the comments here yesterday, I was very excited to learn about unreleased tracks made available by Steve Webb. Downloaded all the stuff last night and burnt a CD that I’m listening to right now: over an hour of “new” Jess Roden music – I’m in heaven!!!

Some time ago I got the BBC session that is available from Wolfgangs Vault which is the same that was rebroadcast on BBC 6music several times. Here is hope they do have more in their archives.

Keep the flame burning!

Best regards to everyone here – Cheers
Joerg

22 09 2009
kevmoore

Welcome Joerg!

As I always say when we get a new visitor here, its such a pleasure to read your own particular anecdotes regarding Jess’s music. Through his brother, he gets to see all the posts here, and I’m sure he’ll be very happy to hear of the pleasure his music has given you down the years, as it has with us all.
Send me an email to kevdabass@yahoo.com and I’ll sort Seven Windows for you.

Cheers, Kev Moore

22 09 2009
Joerg

Kev and all,
I checked back in the meantime and found that the concert I once had on that cassette actually is the same that was released on the fabulous “Live at the BBC” CD. That’s why I was so very delighted when the CD came out. I had not listened to it way too long. It’s playing now and what a pleasure it is!!

Kev, I send you an email.

Cheers
Joerg

25 09 2009
Joerg

Has anybody ever heard of the JRB appearing at Top Of The Pops, ostensibly in the episode first aired on 5-Nov-74 with a pre-recorded performance of “What The Hell” and “Sad Story”?
I found this information in a forum discussing lost/missing episodes of TOTP. Does anybody here know more?

Cheers
Joerg

25 09 2009
kevmoore

Only Jess appearance I’m aware of was with Alan Bown set back in the 60’s….I’ll do some research!

26 09 2009
Brian

A little snippet for you all . . . chatting with Phil Manzanera last year and Jess’s name came up. He well remembered Jess supporting Roxy and remarked what a good singer he was. Why do I bother mentioning this? Well, a) it’s nice to have a pro validating our choice of singer (okay, like we need that), and b) I hope it adds to the friendly tide that might just reach Jess and beat him into submission (with love of course!).

26 09 2009
Neil from North Norfolk

A big thankyou to Neil Storey for the web site and this wonderful community, loyal to Jess for the blog.
I was at the Wellington Club in East Dereham on the night that the local “Rockers” took exception to the “Alan Bown” mod panache -“as well as the dangers inherent with over-enthusiastic crowds in small venues; band-member-blood was spilled after a big fight broke out one night in East Dereham, Norfolk.”
They were just a fantastic hard working club act (the highest paid act without a hit record to their name), wearing brightly coloured and well tailored suits, playing a full tilt R&B set in the early days which attracted a strong male & female following, but by this time it was “Let’s go down & blow our minds in Toyland”. Trouble had broken out during an appearance by the Jeff Beck Band during a previous weekend, when a bottle was thrown at Rod Stewart, but the night that Jess & the Alan Bown Set were forced to leave the stage early got completely out of hand when the door to their dressing room in the basement was smashed down while members of the band were desperately striving to protect themselves.
It was a total disgrace and those of us who lived for the Alan Bown, who until then played in Dereham regularly were shocked and ashamed. The incident sounded the death knell for the Wellington Club, but Dick Bloy, the promoter did manage to get the band back to Norfolk to appear at Great Ryburgh village hall, but it was never the same – the magic had gone…..until of course Jess resurfaced with the Iguanas as the JRB.
I went to numerous gigs including the Roxy tour at Newcastle, have all the recordings that I know of and have recently left a review on Amazon which 4 out 5 have found useful – amazing!
I would dearly love to hear that Jess was keen to perform live again, but from what brother Nick has said it looks pretty unlikely, but who knows, if this seed that was planted in 2007 grows and blossoms it might just prove irresistable to JR.
Keep on Rockin’

26 09 2009
Joerg

Great story, Neil! Thanks for sharing your memories with all of us here.
Of course, I absolutely second what you are saying in the last sentence. It might however turn out a dream that may never come true…dream on!

27 09 2009
Nick

Hi to Neil from North Norfolk.

It just so happens i live in North Norfolk as well, in fact not too far from Dereham, often visit your area if you want a chin wag one day.

Nick .

Jess’s brother.

29 09 2009
Joerg

As a follow-up on my earlier post regarding a possible Jess Roden Band appearance at the OGWT, I just came across another website that mentions it:

http://www.goldminemag.com/article/Footnote_Archives_Discover_rock_musics_greatest_visual_archive/

29 09 2009
kevmoore

Ah, Joerg – your earlier post mentions TOTP, not OGWT – Had me confused!

Indeed, the site you mention not only lists Jess on with Kiki Dee in November 74, but a little further back mentions Butts Band appearing in June! (Though I imagine that’s after Jess left) Great link!

29 09 2009
neil storey

thanks for all comments coming through
am away from my desk (so to speak) for a bit longer, meaning that updates to the JR site won’t be happening for a couple weeks or more… however, loads more info being gathered… and… well… wait ‘n see..!
ns

1 10 2009
Adrian

I had just checked on this website for the first time for ages – great to know that there is still so much interest in Jess’ music – I have always rated him and remember buying the first solo album the week it came out, seeing him at the Marquee and hearing him with Koss. Then, in the 90s, I saw the Humans at the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, a hotel in Rayners Lane and the Bottom Line in Shepherds Bush, taking anyone that would come with me as that was a killer band. Anyway, I wanted to add this post as I was listening to Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone on 6Music when he played a track featuring Jess from the Stomu Yamashta CD just rereleased. Sounded good too, of course. I also recommend the excellent ‘Lancashire Hustler’ album mentioned elsewhere, by Keef Hartley whose old mucker Miller Anderson is also an unsung hero.

15 10 2009
John Davidson

Great site! We used to see Jess with the Alan Bown Set in the 60’s. The best live band ever…Though as Neil from Norfolk recalls, the audience could be a bit agressive – At the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth one night the band were giving two finger salutes to the more rowdy members of the predominantly ‘mod’ audience. I remember Alan Bown’s metalflake blue painted trumpet, two or three girls who always dressed the same at all the gigs, in black trousers, white shirts & tan waistcoats. My favourite Jess song from this era being All along the watchtower. Previous post from L&Bone asked about availability of ‘The Alan Bown’ LP on cd.. no replies to that query, but anyone know if it’s available?

15 10 2009
kevmoore

Hi John, and thanks for the comment. I have The Alan Bown disc as an mp3, complete with cover art. let me know if you want a copy. If so, send me your email address to kevdabass@yahoo.com and I’ll send you the download.

15 10 2009
ns

more pages etc now up on jr’s site… with more to follow… check the updates page for the latest.
ns

15 10 2009
kevmoore

Thanks for that Neil, and everybody…if you’re just looking in for the first time – check out the excellent official site set up by Neil for Jess Roden at http://www.jessroden.com

16 12 2009
brianfrench

Hello all you Jess fans, just a note from self to everyone who has contributed to this blog and made this such a good year for all true music fans. Without the comments of sincere encouragement and love of all things connected with the JRB, Jess’ music is now available to more people than ever.
Have a great Christmas and a good New Year.
Best regards,
Frenchy

16 12 2009
kevmoore

Indeed Frenchy, Merry Christmas to one and all. We can all be proud of the part we’ve played in giving Jess’s music a higher profile- Long may it continue!

16 12 2009
Nicolas Martin

There is only one review of The Best of Jess Roden at Amazon.com. More would be helpful.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Jess-Roden/dp/B0025T717E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1260982392&sr=8-1

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24 12 2009
brianfrench

Check out i tunes asap Stonechaser now available for download at the bargain price of just over £4.
Happy Christmas
Frenchy

24 12 2009
Joerg

Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year to everybody visiting this site.

Cheers
Joerg

30 12 2009
drummertam

Just discovered this site WOW well done, I knew very little about Jess although his solo album has always been one of my favourites, (his version of On Broadway is amazing) I would dearly love a digital copy of that album.
Am now going to order the ‘Best of’ and will check out the ‘Back Street Crawler’ the ‘Lancashire Hustler’ and ‘Go Too’ albums as well – thanks Kev for all the information and work you have put in to this, have had a great time reading it, am sure Jess is well pleased that he has made so many people happy with his music, and that they have stayed loyal for so long.
Cheers
Tam

6 01 2010
brianfrench

Drummertam,
I have cd of Jess Roden first album with On Broadway plus all the rest, will send copy inthe post if you still need it, just let me have your address.
Frenchy
My e mail frenchyb53@aol.com
Ifyou are short of other favourites just let me know.

31 01 2010
benny meigh

i saw the alan bown many times in the 60s they still are the best live band i have ever seen . jess roden is without dout the greatest singer this country has ever produced.I remember seeing them at margate in the summer of 67 me and my then girlfriend went back stage and met our heroes OH HAPPY DAYS

2 02 2010
Joerg

I just noticed that “The Best of Jess Roden” cd is also promoted via Universal’s Lost Tunes website:

http://www.losttunes.com/artists/jess-roden/the-best-of-jess-roden/

10 02 2010
Stewart

blimey,what a treasure this site is!

have loved Jess’ music since seeing him at The Mere, Stourbridge Art College, in v early 70s. Lucky to see him several times in college environments – he’d always have a chat afterwards. Have managed to get most stuff on mp3, & filled the player up for 2009 hols – the kids got into him too.

Held in very high regard. I ‘ve met Robert Plant a couple of times – Stourbridge / Kidderminster connections – he rated Jess as one of the best vocalists around the last time we spoke, & regretted that J was not recognised for the talent that he had.

Will have to backtrack on this site & catch up, as well as keeping up to date with future posts.

Great to see that JR has made an impression on the more discerning music lovers out there which still lasts after all these years…

14 02 2010
Nicolas Martin

How strange. Stonechaser was available on iTunes USA for a short while, and now it is gone. I’m lucky to have downloaded it, though I had my digitized vinyl copy. There must have been a licensing issue.

24 02 2010
Joerg

Esoteric Records have announced for March 2010 a remastered reissue of “The Alan Bown Set!”. I have checked back with their office and they confirmed that they are going to use the Deram version with Robert Palmer’s vocals. However, they will add both sides of the “Still As Stone” single as bonus tracks which feature Jess’ vocals.
In April 2010 the subsequent Alan Bown albums “Stretching Out” & “Listen” will also be rereleased – both of course without Jess Roden.

26 02 2010
Joerg

The YouTube clip of The Alan Bown! at Top Of The Pops in 1968 has been mentioned here before. Since I just stumbled across it the other day, here is the link for those who have not seen it yet:

29 03 2010
Garry

JRB live in Holland in 1976. Fast forward to 6.29

29 03 2010
kevmoore

Garry – what a star for finding this! Thanks a lot for posting!

31 03 2010
brianfrench

Garry,
Great bit of footage – where the hell did that come from!! Well done.
Frenchy

14 04 2010
Anonymous
22 04 2010
brianfrench

Yes Kev seen the link, I would dash out and buy that asap.
Frenchy

13 06 2010
julian

Just thought I’d drop a note – my band The Cohen Brothers has been playing around Worcester/Malvern/Bridgnorth over the last year or so, and we include Jess’s Me & Crystal Eye towards the end of the set and I always make a point of saying that Jess is a great local songwriter from Kidderminster, and how influential Jess’s music was on me & drummer Dave when we started out playing some 30+ years ago ……. the number of times I get a yell in the audience in response & people coming to chat afterwards is fantastic – a couple of weeks ago I had a lovely conversation with a guy from Bridgnorth who used to be an agent back in the Shakedown Sound days and used to book Jess and Steve Winwood !

Our band is opening the BBC live broadcast from the Marrs Bar for the Worcester Music Festival on Aug 20th and in conversation with the producers, I mentioned Jess and the work he has done with so many famous artists – and BBC H&W are interested in doing a feature on him – even suggested if they could contact Jess, would we be his backing band for a version of Crystal Eye …. um, that would be rather amazing !! I thought Jess was living in the US, but understand he’s actually here in the UK now after catching up on posts on the blog.

Neil/Nick/Kev/Brian if you think Jess would be interested in being interviewed & Chatting on BBC H&W sometime, the weekly Friday Session show would be very very interested in discussing a feature ….. or even the foolishly suggested live b/cast with The Cohen Brothers !!

Cheers – Julian

(our studio version of Me & Crystal Eye is playing on http://www.myspace.com/thecohenbrothers – plus a rather badly recorded live video, which I think I might remove shortly !!)

If anyone’s in the area, TCB’s 2010 Gig Dates are:
26 June – North Piddle Rocks !
3 July – Blues At The Fold (w/Trevor Burton Band) – Bransford, Worc
10 July – West Fest (West Malvern)
18 July – Upton Blues Festival (4pm @ The Anchor)
6 Aug – Queens Head, Wolverley (Robert Plant’s local !!)
20 Aug – 7pm BBC b/cast Marrs Bar, Worcester – Worc Music Festival
20 Aug – 10pm – The Old Rectifying House – Worcester Music Festival
1 Sept – Keystones, Worc
3 Sept – UPLIFTED ! Festival – Three Counties Showground
4 Sept – Black Boy, Bridgnorth Music Festival
8 Dec – Keystones, Worc

http://www.facebook.com/thecohenbrothers

13 06 2010
kevmoore

Thanks for the comment Julian – I checked out your version of Crystal Eye some time ago – nice job! I’ll speak to Neil about the Beeb.

13 06 2010
julian

Thanks Kev, must get the lads to look at covering some other tunes – Baja Bus maybe – Winner With You … don’t start me :o) I initially raised Jess with the Beeb when we were talking about Jim Capaldi (& his own Evesham connections) and mentioned that Jim was involved in writing with Jess on the Humans album. I then pointed them towards the jessroden.com site, & they couldn’t believe the wealth of talent and amazing links Jess had …. Doors, The Who, Island Records, Bronco, Mott, Jim Capaldi, even the comments from Robert Plant … all stuff the programme is aimed at promoting i.e., the past, present & future interests of artistes in the region … and all from a local boy from Kidderminster.

14 06 2010
kevmoore

I’ve spent most of my career telling anyone and everyone about Jess’s talent, and the wealth of his catalogue, solo, band and collaborative. Most everybody I play him to just has the same reaction: WOW.

I’m busy recording my new album at the mo, but I’m planning to do a Jess cover to put on this site when I can set aside some time. As you allude to -there are so many great ones. I love Baja Bus, the quirky Ferry Cross, and when I venture out to do the odd solo acoustic gig over here in Spain, I nearly always do ‘Sweet Danger’.

14 06 2010
julian

Oh “Sweet Danger” thats a damn fine choice !! – I love Ferry Cross too – “On Your Side” – pretty much all of that debut ! …. if you want our version of “Crystal Eye” on mp3 just let me know – maybe we can collect some Jess tribute/covers ? – cheers – J

14 06 2010
Garry

Jools Holland introducing Jess & Robert Palmer on The Tube 1983

14 06 2010
Bruce C

Hey Garry, fantastic post…never seen this before: is Jess great in this or what?

14 06 2010
kevmoore

Unbelievable find Garry – 5 stars mate!

14 06 2010
julian

Brilliant find – I wondered if anyone had unearthed this before – I remember seeing them on the show at the time, great to see them again now ! ….. what would Jess have been up to then ? (post Rivits/pre Seven Windows)

(PS was that Rupert Hine on PPG keyboards ?)

14 06 2010
kevmoore

Good shout with Rupert Hine there Julian – you could be right.
Robert Palmer always championed Jess’s vocal prowess.

As an aside, the keyboard player for my first pro band was Robert’s cousin!

A Jess tribute collection wouldn’t be a bad idea – he certainly deserves one.

14 06 2010
Garry

Oh, and a touch more of Jess, this time on DVD

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10883

14 06 2010
kevmoore

You highlighted the vid from this on Youtube a while back, am I right Garry?

14 06 2010
julan

Was there ever a filmed show ? – I think the topics ben covered before, but you really would think Whistle Test or In Concert or Sight & Sound would have picked up on them, esp with the BBC sessions they did – very strange.

J

14 06 2010
kevmoore

As far as I’m aware they were only ever recorded for audio, not video, which is a real shame. I have to access my failing memory for the great show the JRB did at Derby College in the 70’s!

14 06 2010
Bruce C

Just had a quick search and it seems Jess was on Whistle Test in November 1974…..

14 06 2010
kevmoore

Interesting. Has this ever appeared on the OGWT DVD series? Knowing the Beebs policy with archive stuff – not everything will have survived.

14 06 2010
Bruce C

Hi Kev, not on the compilations unfortunately…. I found the information at http://www.goldminemag.com/tag/old-grey-whistle-test

Haven’t read it yet….meant to be working!

14 06 2010
julian

OMG – those glorious 3 weeks starting 5 Nov 1974 … where was I ???

Nov. 5, 1974: Jess Roden, Kiki Dee
Nov. 12, 1974: Golden Earring, Little Feat, Snafu
Nov. 19, 1974: Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott and the L.A. Express

…. got to find that Joni concert !!!!

14 06 2010
kevmoore

Wow. Caught a lot of those acts live between 74 and 76 …Jess in Derby, Snafu supporting Quo at Trentham Gardens (when they recorded the live Roll over lay down EP) -and Kiki Dee supporting Queen at Hyde Park – I remember she had a cardboard cutout of Elton onstage for ‘Dont go breaking my heart!’ haha

I found out years later my friend Keith Webb, sadly no longer with us – drummer for Terry Reid, Donovan and Paladin was backstage at the Snafu gig – he was mates with Micky Moody.

14 06 2010
julian

74-76 was the time me and my mates in Brum were getting out of the heavy metal we grew up with & into more US flavored stuff – influenced by local bands like Slender Loris & a band called The Italians formed with ex-Loris singer called Curtis Little (who still plays the circuit) – Curtis and the guitarist Dave (later to be “Dee”) Harris (who later joined Fashion) – were big Roden/Palmer/Little Feat/JJ Cale/Bill Withers fans (actually I think it was Dave Harris’ influence mainly) …. these guys then laid the foundation for my musical awakenings ! – they played Sneakin Sally, Winner WIth You, Sailin’ Shoes, In A Circle …. and me & my mates decided we would take up where they left off, when they broke up …. one Memody Maker battle of the bands final later (which we didnt win) and we split …. only to reform 30 years later !! (dont ya love a story with a happy ending) .
……. now the point to all this is we used to play “Goodbye USA” by Snafu & we found it on the web just recently & are popping it into the set !

J

15 06 2010
Garry
16 06 2010
kevmoore

I have the track by Andy, Garry – I nearly fell off my chair when I first heard it!

16 06 2010
kevmoore

In fact it all comes full circle – Andy was heavily involved with Thunder, and Bowes and Morley covered Power Station’s “powertrippin’ ” and of course Robert Palmer worked with Jess on several occasions, notably Lancashire hustler.

16 06 2010
gricey

Hi Kev and all.

I am really gobsmacked that this ( Brilliant) site is still getting an input from folks with regard to my brother. Great footage of the tube, I have not seen that for years it was great to see. I am sure Jess will be chuffed that things are still active. No doubt he is aware from info supplied by you Neil but just in case i will contact him and let him know.

Cheers Kev.

Gricey

16 06 2010
kevmoore

Hey mate – yep, there’s a groundswell of support for your brother and all his works. It’s great to see the appreciation on here.

17 06 2010
julian

Chaps – its worth checking out the Bob Harris forum & joining if you havn’t already – http://www.bobharris.org/whispers/whispersframe.asp – I’ve set up an entry in the General Forum about Jess, the blog & the web-site …. the more hits & responses the entry gets may ensure Bob becomes aware of interest out there

Also just noticed “Crying Wont Bring You Back” on an mp3 download blues comp out on Friday on Eagle Records – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cryin-Wont-Bring-You-Back/dp/B003S31D0C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1276780993&sr=8-3

Julian

17 06 2010
julian

Guys – if you fancy contributing to chat on the Bob Harris forum (which Bob reads) it may help get Bob to play some Jess Roden on his show & even entice him in for a chat

here’s the link – http://www.bobharris.org/whispers/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1895

pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested

J

17 06 2010
kevmoore

Cheers for the link Julian

men- you know what to do!

17 06 2010
chris mcp

found this site only just got a pc massive fan but it takes me ages to type i live in southampton used to work for pete hunts brother back in 86 just pup then but got to listen to the tapes see pete all the time like to here more of jess can anyone help

17 06 2010
Kev Moore

Welcome Chris – plenty of us here have most of Jess’s work. What do you want to hear in particular?

17 06 2010
Julian

Hi Chris, the new compilation is out on Cherry Red – available on http://www.amazon.co.uk (came out around Spring)

You should also check out http://www.jessroden.com when you have some time – basically his autobiography on-line.

18 06 2010
kevmoore

Chris –

As Julian says the recent compilation has a great selection of his work, and of course the eponymous solo debut, ‘Play it dirty’, ‘Butts band’ are all available on CD too.

18 06 2010
julian

The new Blues compilation on Eagle is out 21 June with Jess on the Luther Grovesnor track http://www.spincds.com/product.asp?id=9024753 – also it looks like you can buy the track on its own on Amazon.co.uk

J

18 06 2010
Garry

If anyone is interested in a great free podcast download, check out the ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ one

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/SixMillionSteps-JJsSmokingSessions

18 06 2010
julian

Garry – brilliant mix – this is now my new pre-gig music for our band !! – love it – and great for the forthcoming BBQs !! – thanks – J

18 06 2010
Garry

You got it

19 06 2010
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21 06 2010
Bruce C

Hi All,

I don’t know how you would get hold of this, but I came stumbled across the following at http://quikiss.tripod.com/id12.html

The Jess Roden Band played there in 1976 and it looks like it was professionally filmed!

“PINK POP FESTIVAL “The Vintage years 74-79” (featuring: Kevin Coyne, Red White & Blue, Alan Stivell, Nazareth, Jess Roden Band, Streetwalkers, Uria Heep, Racing Cars, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Nils Lofgren, Massada and Rush) (PRO-SHOT, PAL) 10

Be good to see….

21 06 2010
kevmoore

Bruce: Garry posted a youtube excerpt from this on 29/03 if you scroll back through the comments.

30 06 2010
kevmoore

Check out my recent post featuring a tribute to Jess – my version of Butts Band’s “Sweet Danger” -Kev Moore

https://musiquarium.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/a-tribute-to-jess-roden-sweet-danger/

5 07 2010
JR

Upon my request this little beauty turned up on DIME last night:

(link removed by blog administrator)

5 07 2010
kevmoore

Hi JR/All

As the prospect of a definitive Jess Roden release becomes ever more concrete, I’m afraid I have to be a little more discerning regarding the posting of links for free downloads. I’m sure as Jess aficionados, we all support Jess, and respect the rights of his recordings, and whilst we’ve all benefited over time, bringing our individual (and currently unavailable) digital Jess collections up to date (me included) I think we have to draw the line for the time being until we see what’s coming on the not to distant horizon. Thanks for your understanding folks!

6 07 2010
julian

Hi Kev – its all getting exciting !! cant wait to find out what’s in store :o)

I guess its OK to highlight the officially available show on Wolfgangs Vault ?? – its not available to download – just stream ….. http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/jess-roden-band/concerts/hippodrome-theatre-january-01-1974.html

Please delete the link if its not appropriate.

Speak soon

J

6 07 2010
kevmoore

It certainly is mate! (getting exciting) I don’t see a problem with the Wolfgang stream to be honest.

7 07 2010
Garry

The Jess Roden Story on Croation radio! 2 parts.
Press play and check the track listing

http://www.b92.fm/channel/Dole+na+uglu/61532.findpost25874.html

7 07 2010
kevmoore

What a find Garry, top man!

7 07 2010
julian

anyone speak Croatian ?! …. why cant the Beeb do this eh …. nice find :o)

J

7 07 2010
kevmoore

What we need is a babel fish, Julian! 🙂

7 07 2010
neil storey

Well, well… Croatian radio eh..?! Linguistic skills being as they are (I really should have paid more attention in class back in the day), its impossible to tell what’s being talked about – but, nevertheless, a pretty interesting track-listing…

Which leads on to this… I know that those of eagle-eyed disposition amongst the readers of this most excellent blog-site are starting to wonder and theorise about just what the ‘something JR-related’ is, actually, going on…

Be patient..! We’ve a couple of bits ‘n bobs still to be sorted… and so, once all the ducks are arranged neatly… the announcement as to what this ‘something JR-related’ is… will be osted here and, of course, on JR’s own www site.

NS

7 07 2010
julian

Hi Neil – as I said to Kev a little while ago, I am reminded of a question an old colleague once posed to me at work “how do you keep an idiot in suspense?” ….. the bugger made me stew for weeks & to this day I dont think he’s told me ….. i wonder what it could be :o)

Looking fwd to – well, basically, anything Jess related – one thing is for sure, it will be impossible to dissappoint us ! I am still posting away on the Bob Harris forum – this time with the Croatian radio link.

Also – my band played with Trevor Burton at the weekend & we had a brief chat about the past including Jess and Steve Winwood etc

Cheers – Julian

11 07 2010
Jeff

Ive been a fan since 1974 and have sometimes despaired at the total lack of info available – The 1st JR on cd was fantastic – but the cd has started to corrode – I got desperate (miserable-like concrete) and transferred most of my vinyl to mp3 and cleaned up tracks and background hiss~ some pretty good repros. I thought I was the only survivor – then the Humans, and now some Best Of releases – Wow the world has started turning again!

I have searched the web and have all Jess albums except for ‘7 windows’ – if anyone has any pointers it would be much appreciated.
Jeff

11 07 2010
kevmoore

Thanks for the comment Jeff, I think your 7 windows dilemma will be addressed in the not too distant future, along with perhaps more than we could have imagined! Stay tuned here, and also to http://www.jessroden.com for news.

11 07 2010
julian

Jeff, my Island CD started to corrode too – it was one of the first CD’s I bought when i moved off vinyl – i bought the early Robert Palmer CD’s too & they’re all going copper colour too …. apparently in the early days of CD they didn’t seal them very well & over the years air has gotten in and “rusted” them – they fixed it a year of so later, so if you can find a more recent print it should be OK.

I bought JR on Repetoire label too – i think its made in Germany – they have the US running order on the CD including “Under Suspicion” – if you can find that its worth buying …. and its not corroded.

I’m looking forwards to whatever’s coming ! …. dumb that i am i didnt realise 7 Windows was actually Jess’s project – looking at the new bio section on the web page i see Jess wrote most of the songs & played synth, I never knew that !

J

12 07 2010
Jeff

Thanks guys,
Ye olde cd ‘rust out’ problem hit a number of my first buys, particularly my Jade Warrior cds – as J says, they were copper coloured. Early cdrs have also started to delaminate and throw off bits at the edge, playing havoc with the player laser and have become unreadable – so now I keep all my ‘user music’ on hard drives and memory sticks, and use a FM transmitter in the car – so much easier – how technology moves on!

Funny how when music was on vinyl, reproduction was everything, and you end up listening to the clicks. Now i skip thro the tracks on a crappy low mp3 rate, more concerned about finding something new, skipping the familiar classics.

I really miss the ol days, having a few beers, carefully changing the LPs whilst trying not to fall and scratch the buggers! Then you could sit back for a whole 20 minutes and work through the stress of the day as the music took you!!

Jade Warrior, Stomu Yamashta, Peter green, Free, Jess and another almost forgotten great ‘expressionist’ Frankie Miller were, and always will be my foundation for life and define what is true music for the soul.

Cheers and thanks for the sites..
Jeff

12 07 2010
julian

Presume you know there’s been a Jade Warrior re-release campaign ?

http://www.spincds.com or Amazon will give you info

A good mate of mine has just dumped his (very high end) CD player – reverting to vinyl and direct downloads (24 bit – which he believes to be the future) – a Naim Uniti (?) box wirelessly connects to his PC (PC stores all his music) & the Naim box is the “player” ….. I must admit even my 1978 copy of “Player” sounded flippin great through his system !

J

12 07 2010
kevmoore

Having recently inspected my Jess debut solo CD following this short debate, I’ve discovered mine’s gone a dodgy colour, too! (I usually listen on my Mac, having transferred it)

I have a small pile of old vinyl albums just waiting for transfer onto Mac – but as yet I haven’t got around to buying one of those digital turntables.

Albums such as Wind of Change by Pete Frampton, Miles High by John Miles and Trapeze, The Final Swing sit silent in anticipation……

12 07 2010
Jeff

To check for a duff cd just hold it up to the light and try to look through it – corrosion appears as small holes near the rim. In the early days the manufacturers offered a postal replacement – luckily the JR album only uses about 2/3rds the disc so should be OK.

Most of my gear now has a usb socket and will play mp3s, (Citronic, Kam amps) even the telly in the kitchen (from Tesco) will record and play from usb, and even supports a usb hub and my portable hard drives – it even plays video – so now I just load up a 4GB stick with favourites and play – anywhere.

I record direct from turntable through a preamp to the computer input/microphone socket – no need for special decks – I use ‘Cool edit pro’ to record and edit.
I sample the quiet portion of the track and subtract that from the rest of the audio – and that removes hiss and rumble! Then save to mp3. – Job done.

Ive been keeping up with Jade warrior and have them all on cd except their latest, which ill wait till the price drops – but their next is due as an instramental and I hope returns to the island era -but sadly without Tony duhig – who for me was the inspiration – check out the cd ‘ Horizen’ if you can find it ; ‘Images of Dune’ should have been the soundtrack to the film….

I have chased (and mostly found) most of the music to satisfy my ‘soul’ – even some of Stomu’s direct from Japan – which Ive never seen available in UK, or on ebay!! The only thing missing is some of Jess!!

For a source of commercially unavailable stuff try:-
http://bootlegtunzworld.blogspot.com/

I very much believe in supporting the artist – not so much the record companies – nobody has the right deny for unjust reward…

If there was a way to support artists direct – such as a central paypal account where you drop a few pennies/pounds to an artist – when you feel like it – with the total donation viewable – music could be free and all would benefit, and nobody gets too much.
There could be a hit list of most doation per track.
People could vote for the most deserving tracks.

Wow—- not had a drink yet!!

Jeff

13 07 2010
chris mcp

hi all still crap with computers dont know how to download or anthing can anyone help and as for not supporting an artist directley i buy pete hunt a beer everytime i see him in pub he’s smashing guy but he dosent play much now well not for years now but it tells a yarn ronnie taylor still doining his saxophone magic wiv jonny wands singing some blues and stampin his feet nice sunday afternoon session

15 07 2010
julian

bit off-piste – but i see there is a Jim Capaldi 4-CD box coming in the autumn from Island hot on the tail of the Steve Winwood one ….. surely Jess could be a contender for the next one :o) see http://www.jimcapaldi.com

15 07 2010
kevmoore

A worthy recipient of a box set. I always loved “Eve” by Jim, a beautiful song, and I loved the reformed Traffic’s “Far from Home” album, proving they still had the ‘magic’! So boxed sets from Island artists…let’s hope it’s catching! 🙂

15 07 2010
julian

…. yeh, I hope so too …. waiting in anticipation for this news (the OGWT tracks were a brilliant appetiser !)

we’re off to Upton Blues Festival for the weekend tomorrow http://www.uptonbluesfestival.org.uk/ – Trevor Burton plays there on Sat on main stage – we’re there in a pub “The Anchor” on Sun at 4pm – if anyone in the blog are around, pop in as we’ll be paying homage with “Me & Crystal Eye” plus some Winwood tunes and a bunch of originals – its not blues-by-numbers – but hey! Jess never was either :o)

20 07 2010
julian

anyone seen the upcoming Sandy Denny box – limited to 3,000 copies …. do you think there’s 3,000 of us out there that would make it worth Island doing this for Jess ??

http://island50.sandbag.uk.com/Store/DII-5658-5-sandy+denny++limited+edition+box+set.html

J

20 07 2010
kevmoore

Hi J

That really looks like a beautiful package worthy of Ms Denny, and to answer your question, I would venture an unqualified YES!

20 07 2010
julian

lets go in force to Island’s Offices then & demand a pressing (could go one of 2 ways i suppose … perhaps not a good idea) …. anyway – I’d order 2 copies !

J

21 07 2010
julian

Dont really know how but i just happened on this pic of Jess & Steve Smith a couple of years ago

Steve Smith and Jess Roden

and Jess http://www.flickr.com/photos/28687229@N08/2674811568/

J

21 07 2010
kevmoore

Nice find there, J!

21 07 2010
Nick

Hi Guys.
Check out the updated Jess Roden Website and you will see more info about the early days with Bronco.

The picture of Jess with Steve Smith is also on there.

29 07 2010
julian

Hi guys – any news on possible news :o)

J

29 07 2010
kevmoore

Hi J,

all quiet on the western front at the moment…..but as soon as there are more whispers in the wind, you’ll hear ’em here!

31 07 2010
Alan

Hello all,

this from the Steve Webb site:

Jess Roden and Band news.. 2009 released in Britain … THE BEST OF JESS RODEN.. find it on AMAZON..and on the 19th I meet with JR to discuss his release of a 5 CD box set on Island Records…. a huge recap of his career..

At long last, is it too much to hope that their may be some promotion for this with live dates?

Alan

31 07 2010
kevmoore

Try and assimilate the words ‘cat’, ‘out’ and ‘bag’ into a sentence 🙂

I don’t know about live dates, but if ever there was a reason, this would be it!

31 07 2010
julian

Well – there ya go !! ….. brilliant news – the Sandy Denny box is getting loads of great promo at the moment & if they do something similar (limited to 3,000 ??) then we’re onto a Winner [With You] ! ….. I’m hoping the much promised Robert Palmer re-issues and outtakes will get the same treatment.

Steve Winwood is very active at the moment – has a great band and here’s a thought – what about a WInwood/Roden band ! ….. pipe dreams – but some dreams do come true – lets keep wishing guys :o)

J

31 07 2010
kevmoore

Well, Steve did guest on the Humans album….that would be a great idea, J!

31 07 2010
julian

I get a regular mail-out from Spin CDs – the latest notes Iguana re-issue from 72 …. but says its MExican – so I’m not sure if its a Mexican band ???? – i dont know any of their releases …. anyone know if this is “our” Iguana ??

Iguana – ‘Iguana'(CD)
First ever reissue of this 1972 Mexican album originally on Raff. Funky soul-rock sound with lotsa horns. Official reissue with remastered sound from masters, nice mini-lp papersleeve replica in gatefold cover, and 12-page insert with liners in English and Spanish plus rare photos. £17.99.

…. track list here http://www.spincds.com/product.asp?id=9025452

J

31 07 2010
julian

I also see on the Spin CD’s mailout there is a new Paul Kossoff collection out – featuring Jess …. its all go, isnt it !!

1. OVER THE GREEN HILLS: PART 1 Free
2. WORRY – Free
3. MOONSHINE (LIVE) – Free
4. TROUBLE ON DOUBLE TIME (LIVE) – Free
5. CROSSROADS (LIVE) – Free
6. OH I WEPT – Free
7. WE GOT TIME Uncle Dog
8. OH HOW WE DANCED (THE ANNIVERSARY
SONG) Jim Capaldi
9. THE STEALER (SINGLE VERSION) – Free
10. HOLD ON Kossoff / Kirke / Tetsu /
Rabbitt
11. CATCH A TRAIN – Free
12. COME TOGETHER IN THE MORNING – Free
13. MOLTEN GOLD Paul Kossoff
14. I KNOW WHY THE SUN DON T SHINE
The Rumbledown Band
15. TRICKY DICKY RIDES AGAIN Jim Capaldi
16. I M READY Paul Kossoff

31 07 2010
kevmoore

Cool! – Is that Spin in Newcastle? used to get a lot of good stuff from them.
Iguana might be the real deal, my mates band Paladin had their “charge’ album (1972) released in Mexico in a digipak, don’t think ti came out anywhere else on CD.

31 07 2010
julian

Yes – its Spin in Newcastle – great shop & i think the first that noted the release of the Jess single CD comp

I have another link to the Iguana album http://www.dustygroove.com/item.php?id=gx5kz5bxt6 ….. i think its fifferent to John Cartwights group – seems there was an American band of the same name

Info on Johns band can be found here http://orexisofdeath.blogspot.com/2007/11/iguana-iguana-1972-uk-progressive-rock.html

J

2 08 2010
Neil from North Norfolk

I haven’t been back for too long and wow real excitement. It all started with a quick glance at JR.com while listening to live at the Robin. Great to see some really interesting autobiographical input from the main man and then to catch up with the unsungheroes blog and to learn that there may be a definitive career retrospective, it doesn’t get much better. Or does it? Speculation over possible promotion? well how about a week’s residency at Ronnie Scotts. I for one would be there every night.
This is a powerfully connected blog and I feel something wonderful is about to happen. Keep the faith.
Nick
I’m sorry but after my last post I didn’t notice your invitation to meet up for a chat. I am often in Dereham where I still have family, however I am living in Thornham. Would love to chew the fat over a pint of Woodfordes Wherry.

3 08 2010
julian

Yup i’ll book a table at Ronnie’s too !!

The Assembly in Leamington is a great gig for those in the Midlands – WInwood played a one-off show there before going off on the Clapton US tour – it a beautiful art-deco 20’s ballroom, renovated a few years ago ….. dream on, eh :o)

(going to see Winwod at the Roundhouse in Oct -another sweet venue for Jess)

J

4 08 2010
Jeff

I see theres a Seven windows cd on ebay = Right era and right label – a snip at just under £130.00.
For that price it must include the 5cd set and a ticket to the live performance – Serious money – is it worth it?

5 08 2010
Bruce C

Years ago, when Jess was doing stuff with the SAS band, he described this album as “musical doodling”…that said I really like the album and have it on vinyl ….I think this copy on ebay has been on offer before and even at 50 quid seemed a bit over the top to me even though it must have been made in extremely limited numbers.

The prospect of a box set is mouthwatering especially if there is some previously unreleased material….a live show would be sensational, but costly for me as I would have to factor in an airfare from NZ!

5 08 2010
frenchy

Jeff,
If you need a cd copy of Seven Windows let me know and I,ll do you a copy.

5 08 2010
Nick

Frenchy, I have only a poor copy of Seven Windows. If I could get a better copy from you it would be much appreciated. The higher bit rate the better. Thanks.

5 08 2010
frenchy

Nick,
Drop me your address on e mail to frenchyb53@aol.com and wil get a copy to you.
frenchy

6 08 2010
kevmoore

J- sorry about your comment on the 31st – it was languishing in my unapproved box for some reason -it’s up now!

6 08 2010
Jeff

For the Iguanas out there – theres a pic of the cover on ebay – just search for Iguana cd

Frenchy – youre a gem!

Come on guys I cant wait much longer for the boxset – I hope youre not teasing – Should we have a lottery to guess the number of tracks?

Maybe this Desperado aught to keep his hat on, or Stay in bed – Wow My fav tracks!

7 08 2010
julian

Not sure if I made this clear, but there is a download link to John Cartwrights Iguana album in the blogspot entry below – someone has ripped the vinyl – I’m assuming its OK to send this link on as its unavailable otherwise.

http://orexisofdeath.blogspot.com/2007/11/iguana-iguana-1972-uk-progressive-rock.html

Band members
Ron Taylor – Alto-sax Tambourine
Bruce Roberts – Guitar & vocals
John Cartwright – Bass guitar & Finger Drums
Chris Gower – Trombone & Tambourine
Pete Hunt – Drums & Congas

J

7 08 2010
julian

Played a gig last night in Queens Head, Wolverley (a mile or so from Kidderminster) & did the usual little intro to “Me & Crystal Eye” about Jess being a local lad & him being a big influence on us etc.

A couple of people came up & had a chat after and said “we remember Jess – is he still going ??” – so i was able to tell them about the blog & web site and drum up more enthusiasm for the planned Island box ! … also played Live At The Robin as pre/post gig music & had a few enquiries asking what it was …. so bit more promo there too !!

The pub’s Robert Plants local & apparently he popped in the backroom towards the end of the vening, just back from Band of Joy gigs in the States – anyone going to see him in UK (I missed the damn tickets on sale & hoping they add another Bham date)

J

J

7 08 2010
frenchy

Ok out there, is there anybody who has a copy of track 5 from Seven Windows titled 12o,clock Mambo.
This track seems to be elusive if it ever appeared on the original album,can anyone confirm this or otherwise.
Good hunting!
Regards
Frenchy

7 08 2010
neil storey

if you go to http://www.jessroden.com and scroll down to the 7windows album page, i think you’ll find your answer there.
ns

8 08 2010
Jeff

Anybody remember the Alan Freeman show back in the early 70’s when he used to play LPs a week before they were released – I got my 1st RodStewards Atlantic Crossing fom that show – well , he played 3 0r 4 tracks from what was going to be the 2nd Jess Album!
I waited weeks for that 2nd Album because one ballad type track I really liked – but as history records it was cancelled – Ive heard the Steve Webb tracks and im at a loss because none of the tracks satisfy the memory. It could wellbe that my memory is playing tricks.
Can anyone put my mind at rest – does Fluffs sessions still exist

Jeff

8 08 2010
julian

Hi Jeff – could it be any of the unreleased tracks playing on http://www.myspace.com/thejessrodenband page – “Honey Dont Worry” or “Yes Indeed” are both fairly laid back

J

9 08 2010
Jeff

Julian,
Thanks for the link i havnt heard these versions before, and ‘Ratrace’ is a nice version of ‘Lies’.
I had a copy of ‘Honey dont worry’ and ‘Under suspicion’ on tape from FM radio in Scotland – recorded on reel-reel in the 70s, now gone.
The ‘LIve at the Beeb’ versions are possibly a different mix, as lead on Suspicion is particlarly nice, better than I remember, but i dont remember the closing ‘wah wah’ solo – so perhaps the Alan Freeman versions were from an album/studio mix! Who knows?.

Jeff

9 08 2010
julian

I’ve just been working at home today & listening to the Steve Webb songs and myspace again and loving them !! …… as you say who knows what else is out there – lets hope the potential box set uncovers them !

J

11 08 2010
Alan Ellsmore

Julian,

I too was doing some work at home and listening to JRB, Play it Dirty,Play It Class.

I know we all love Jess’s voice, but what a band, just listen to Can’t Get Next to You for a hard Funk/Rock performance and then the subtlties of Stonechaser to understand the versatality inherent in the players.

Missed you at the Queens Head, Wolverley, meant to come, maybe catch something in Worcester?

By the way, as you come out of the Queens Gead to the main road you will see a garden centre, many years ago there was a local village fayre there where Bronco played a set, I remember them playing a Beatles song, think it was I saw Her Standing There, but not 100% sure.

Neil you don’t have this gig on your excellent site, maybe you could follow this up?
Also, Neil, you site is great for info, am learning more all the time, but is complemented by this site and its discussion facility, keep up the good work both.

Alan

11 08 2010
neil storey

Alan… many thanks for your kind words… shall have more to post on the JR site shortly, am just assembling some material / pix etc… and while I’ve no knowledge about the gig you’ve mentioned, would be happy to list it if you can supply some more detail and… if possible… a real date… even if you can’t manage the latter, a rough stab in terms of month / year will narrow down my research and help considerably!

For those eagle-eyed amongst you, you’ll have spotted that there is also a similar JRB page in progress… I’ve already got quite a lot more data to add (which’ll be posted shortly) but, if anyone wants to forward on gig-listings they know of (which I might not)… well, contributions always very welcome!

Might be also worth checking out a jazz group called the Bone Supremacy – currently features Chris Gower… and, i believe he may be part of the 5 trombons who appear to be regularly gigging in the uk at present. And, if anyone’s in the south – then check out what Ronnie Taylor’s up to… he has a duet album out now and its well worth the investigation

NS

21 08 2010
Alan Ellsmore

Neil,

a link to what Pete Hunt is up to at the moment.

http://www.ambiencefunctionband.co.uk/AmbienceBand.htm

Alan

21 08 2010
kevmoore

Nice bit of detective work there, Alan!

22 08 2010
neil storey

Aha… I think you’ll discover that that’s actually Pete Robinson – as in Bronco’s former drummer and not the indefatigable JRB’ sticks-man..!

N

22 08 2010
Alan Ellsmore

Neil,

whoops, let’s call that a slip of the keyboard, however it is upto date info.

Alan

27 08 2010
Brianj

Fabulous to come across this – I’d always enjoyed Jess’ singing and rated him but hearing his vocal on Koss’ Moulten Gold stunned me. The greatest white soul voice! I look forward to reading all the posts above. How sad I am that I was too shy as a youngster to go and say hello to the great man when he played my college in the 70’s!

So gret to come across other enthusiasts!

Brian

27 08 2010
kevmoore

Welcome, Brian – I hope you enjoy browsing through all the comments of fellow Jess enthusiasts. Be sure to check out the excellent http://www.jessroden.com site hosted by Neil Storey for Jess’s career history in depth!

30 08 2010
Alan Ellsmore

Hello Neil,

just been reading the updates for Alan Bown for the discography,

check out the Mike Hurst Producers Archives vol. 1 and Vol 3, Alan Bown tracks on both.

Have tried to contact your site twice but have had delivery failure notices both times?

All the best.

Alan

30 08 2010
neil storey

alan… thanks… the mail-link is being fixed… yes, have noticed the two mike hurst archive releases… they’re not listed on the jr site as yet simply as i haven’t gotten around to them just yet – working on a complete re-design of the site at present
NS

3 09 2010
stewart

wow, what a treasure this site is!

various thoughts spring to mind – saw Plant’s Band Of Joy last night – they were terrific – I had a long chat with RP a few years ago after Strange Sensation’s last Portsmouth gig, & both being associated with Stourbridge in the 70s, we got talking about Jess. RP had a lot of time for him.

Saw Jess a couple of times at Stourbridge Art College ‘Mere’ venue in early 70s, they were always great. I’m sure I saw them at Bogarts, Birmingham as well – wish I could remember dates, could fill in some gaps on the other site.

A couple of weeks ago, got into Jess discussion with old pal in pub who was a fan way back – copied him my vinyl albums, he was knocked out.

dare we hope for a live return sometime?

Local Kiddy charity event? – RP is always doing something round there, & there is a wealth of local talent who could fill up a day…..

3 09 2010
stewart
3 09 2010
julian

Hi Stewart – local charity event ??? – count us in http://www.thecohenbrothers.co.uk – we’re big Jess fans cover a song or two – and based Bham/Worcester – we’re in Bridgnorth Sat 4th, Bham CBSO Centre 11th (Artsfest gig) & Bewdley 16th – info is on http://www.myspace.com/thecohenbrothers

Great to find another fan here – Kev deserves an OBE for services to JR & getting us all together like this !!

J

3 09 2010
julian

I think its saying something along the lines of “its 35 years since a bunch of hippies held a festival in the square including Jess Roden, Fairport blah blah blah ….” – but thats just my franglais !!

Il rappelle qu’il y a exactement 35 ans du 15 au 17 août, des milliers de hippies campèrent jour et nuit dans la cité des princes pour écouter, voire… planer aux côtés des Jess Roden, Fairport Convention, John Cale, Bad Company, Nico, Zzebra, John Martyn, Dr Feelgood, Procol Harum, Ginger Baker, Tangerine Dream, Climax Blues Band, Caravan, Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra et Wishbone Ash.

5 09 2010
5 09 2010
kevmoore

Stewart, welcome! Sorry it was awhile to say hi, but I’ve been away gigging in Germany. I think it’s saying “remembering 35 years ago between the 15th and 17th of August, thousands of hippies were camped day and night in the city of princes to listen to sets by …etc

I remember seeing Strange Sensation in Bristol – great, great show.
I have to say, it’s a definite no-no to hear Jess singing again, according to my sources.
Julian- I think there are some upcoming Japanese releases – the mini-LP type CD’s. I don’t know the legitimacy of them to be honest, but for sure, there’s never been a Stonechaser CD until now.

5 09 2010
Nicolas

Julian, it looks like the same product as this, which has a bit more explanation:

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=UICY-94706

“Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players). Part of a two-album Jess Roden cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring the albums ‘The Player Not The Game’ and ‘Stone Chaser.'”

Great. My two favorite Roden albums at a price I can’t afford.

cduniverse.com says it is due for release Nov. 30. It is listed as a “Super High Material” CD, which allegedly produced better sound.

10 09 2010
julian

OFFICIAL BRONCO RELEASE ON CD NEXT MONTH !!

Hot from Spin Cd’s http://www.spincds.com

Bronco – ‘Country Home’/’Ace Of Sunlight’ (2-on-1)
“Bronco’s two albums for Island Records date from 1970 and 1971…. The band featured ex-Alan Bown Set vocalist, Jess Roden. Both recordings received critical acclaim, but commercial success did not follow…” Released October 4th.for £11.99

10 09 2010
julian

….. Bronco is released on BGO records

J

10 09 2010
kevmoore

These two albums are just great summer listening – had them on the ipod while relaxing on the balcony a few times this summer!

10 09 2010
julian

yeh – me too ! – no balcony though, danced on the patio to Jump Mama off Blowin’ at one point :o)

J

11 09 2010
Garry

I’m presmming that BGO liscencensed the Island masters and that this is a quality release unlike that pile of chinese taka away that was released a few years back. Oh, and don’t forget, it was thought by all that the Bronco masters were thrown in the trash years ago. So this probably is a real treasure to behold.

http://www.bgo-records.com/details_divs.asp?CatalogNo=BGOCD946

11 09 2010
kevmoore

Sorry to pour cold water on this guys, but I would be very, very surprised if BGO has actually got hold of the Island masters. It’s more likely just a re-hash of the other release of dubious provenance. Can we be certain the original masters even still exist?

If you check out : http://www.jessroden.com/Broncoalbums.html

You can see the source material for the first double Bronco UNOFFICIAL release. I have no reason to suppose this , with regard to the source material, is any different.

11 09 2010
julian

Well – I’ll be happy if they manage to get Home & Bumpers West in the right sequence in the credits this time !!

I hope its mastered from a decent quality – but the most important thing to me is that the albums are being issued officially and they will get publicity – Record Collector will advertise them as they always do BGO and their ad is usually close to front or rear cover of the mag – so easily seen – no doubt it will get reviewed in Record Collector – probably Shindig & maybe Rock’n’Roots – and who knows maybe even Mojo/Uncut – esp if we sent emails to the letters pages saying how great it is that Jess is once more being issued.

Never mind the quality – lets pitch for our man !!

…. and speaking of which – anyone in Bham tonight ? (11/09) – i’m playing at the CBSO Centre in a blues themed eve with my band – on at 9pm – i will as always be mentioning Jess & we’ll play Me & Crystal Eye in our set

Cheers – J

11 09 2010
Joerg

Gary Davis’ latest Artist Shop newsletter says:

Bronco/Country Home + Ace Of Sunlight ….import CD $17.99
BGO – Bronco’s two albums for Island Records date from 1970 and 1971. The band featured ex-Alan Bown Set vocalist, the highly-regarded Jess Roden. Both recording received critical acclaim, but commercial success did not follow. Roden left the group to join up with ex-Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore to form The Butts Band. Digitally re-mastered and slipcased, with new notes.

12 09 2010
julian

I have a message back from Andy Gray at BGO records who says …….

“Hi Julian, yes, re-mastered from original Island Records Masters. Regards Andy”

so – roll on October – pre-order your Bronco CD’s now !!

J

14 09 2010
neil storey
15 09 2010
Raine Hilson

I have only one regret in life –
In 1995, I was 8 months pregnant and Jess Roden came to play a gig at The Mill in Banbury. The crowd were begging him to sing “Desperado” and eventually he sang it on his own as the band hadn’t rehearsed it.

I was sat there knowing I could play it for him and I just didn’t have the nerve or the bottle to get up and jump on the keyboard…

I so wish I had done so – I got Jess’s autograph and it was a great night.

I am going to be on BBC Radio Oxford in October talking ‘my life’ with key songs to illustrate this and Jess Roden’s “Desperado” will be one of them.

I have just spent 2 days tracking down the “Keep Your Hat On” album which I’m listening to for the first time in 30 years – I never realised it wasn’t available on CD… Why not? It’s is an amazing album…

“In a Circle” – “Blowin'” – all amazing tracks…

Jess – if you ever read this – please come out and sing one more time

Thanks – Raine Hilson

15 09 2010
kevmoore

Raine – what a lovely post! It’s pieces like this that make it so worthwhile to have set up this forum.

Rumour has it that some of these songs will be surfacing on CD in the not too distant future – and it’s no more than Jess deserves.

Do call back here from time to time to check out news, stories and rumours about Jess, and of course visit Neil’s excellent http://www.jessroden.com website.

23 09 2010
Alan Ellsmore

Hello all,

just to say Spotify now has Jess Roden and the Humans, Live at the Robin, happy listening.

Alan

1 10 2010
julian

This months Record Collector mag in the UK has a full page ad for BGO records – and there is the BRONCO release … publicity at last !

J

9 10 2010
julian

I just ordered Bronco direct from BGO (its another 2 weeks until its available via Amazon + its £4 more !!) … BGO is £9.99 & free shipping to any country !

http://www.bgo-records.com/details_divs.asp?CatalogNo=BGOCD946

Cheers – J

13 10 2010
julian

hello :o) it all seems very quiet on the Jess front at the moment – any flood gates about to open ?? – or are we back on hold.

J

26 10 2010
chris mcp

Hi everybody, havent been here for ages but just had delivery of my bronco cd, only listened to it twice but it is growing on me, im to young to remember it first time round but its jiggy!!!

27 10 2010
julian

I think they’ve done a great job of the re-mastering – it sounds great – I ordered from BGO & had a chat about Jess – there are some Jess fans there & they were aware of the possible box set – I think if for any reason that doesnt happen they would be up for releasing other albums

J

27 10 2010
kevmoore

I think the box set is likely to be a whole lot more than possible. I’m sure there must be a host of Jess related goodies that have yet to see the light of day, given that his career spans so many years. Mouthwatering prospect!

27 10 2010
julian

Cool !! – I bought the remastered Glen Hughes 1st album the other day & was playng it and the wife said – is this a new JEss Roden album ! – magic – J

11 11 2010
julian

Nice to find “Old Broadway” mp3 playing on http://www.jessroden.com – an unexpected and very nice surprise.

Julian

16 11 2010
neil storey

Well now… I was wondering if (or maybe when) anyone would spot the fact that there was some music up on the JR site..!

It is a pre-cursor to more music being streamed on the site when we re-launch the revised / re-designed edition… this is in progress right now and with luck, a following wind and all that sort of stuff there will be a new-look JR site in… well, its not too far in the distance now.

However… while music will play its part, full tracks will NOT be streamed.

Foremost behind this decision is piracy / thievery / call it what you will.

There are enough gadgets out there, many of which are freely available, that allows for ANY streamed audio to be hi-jacked. Indeed, anyone reading my own blog (hateful word as that is) will have seen that I’ve written enough on that subject as much as I have on illegal file-sharing.

In essence, the two go hand-in-hand… because, anyone with a computer, an internet connection, a bit of time on their hands as well as the inclination so to do, can find any amount of illegal JR-related (and a zillion other) downloads. And, some of these sites have counters detailing just how many downloads have occurred… one such I spotted recently showed 29+ THOUSAND hits for the JRB’s Hat On album…

Makes you think, doesn’t it..? Because that number represents the number of times that JR / the JRB and the relevant song-writers have been ripped off for one album.

With that in mind, future tracks posted will be up to 90 seconds max only. They’ll also be lossless – ie, these ‘snippets’ if you like, will not be MP3’s… they’ll be absolute bona-fide top-quality tracks.

Because, the least we can do is offer the very best possible audio temptation – as opposed to lousy vinyl rips – which (we hope), in turn, will lead to legitimate purchases whereby the creatives aren’t ripped off.

NS

16 11 2010
kevmoore

Hi Neil,

I think the masses need re-educating to be honest. You can’t just walk into a shop, walk out again with a Mars bar because you think you’re entitled to it, without facing the consequences, and people need to realize that a musician’s creations are not there for charitable reasons. It is how they make a living.

Let’s show our support for Jess and others by buying the appropriate material wherever possible, and through mediums such as this site, and Neil’s, encourage the release of previously unavailable music.

16 11 2010
Raine Hilson

Well I managed to get some MP3’s of “You Can Leave Your Hat On” Album by Jess Roden after trawling through ITunes, Amazon, Ebay and the Jess Roden Appreciation Society and realizing that there is no CD available of this album – someone has transferred from Vinyl to MP3 and this is the album I have…

I didn’t pay for it – I’m not ashamed of getting hold of it and soon as it’s available for download or even on CD in a proper format – I will happily pay for it –

It is up to JR and his team to make the CD and MP3’s available for, not only his HUGE fans, to buy but also for possible new converts !!

If anyone would like a copy of the MP3’s – I’ll happily ship ’em over as this album is FAR TOO GOOD to be forgotten !

I cannot tell you how I felt to hear this album again after so so so long… sheer magic

17 11 2010
julian

I’ve just been party to an interesting and very similar debate over at the Blue Nile forum (great scottish band – check em out if you dont know them).

Some while ago all the members of the Blue Nile forum pooled their various snippets of rare TV appearances and so on – the sort of stuff you’ll find freely on Youtube etc with a bit of hunting, but which a commercial music company/BBC would never release as the quality is so poor – & there’s not a big enough audience out there to make it affordable to collate, master, produce & market …. so you end up with a small group of fans who (in this case) share their joint collection.

The band know about this – and we all entered into a pact that we would never sell/upload it – its purely distributed on a “pay it forward” basis – and the band seem happy that people are not forgetting them – also as much of this stuff is from old VHS, recorded from web streams, and even a shakey personal recording from a rare festival gig – then if broadcast quality source material ever surfaced and was released commercially then we would all rush out & buy it and probably pay a premium price ….. because we’re fans

So – I’m sure there are mixed feelings about this sort of thing from you guys out there re Jess – maybe I am in a minority, but the fact for me is, I want to see the musicians I love remembered and I want their music to reach people who have never heard them before and I want them to gain new fans – the web is a way of doing this, Old vinyl rips freely distributed over the web have, I think, helped a lot of bands/artists – as its highlighted to the likes of BGO, Cherry Red (Esoteric/Lemon), Raven & other record co’s who specialise in re-issues that there’s an audience/market out there – Rhino have done a great job rescuing the vaults of some pretty famous artists, Universal seem to be waking up to it (God knows why Island haven’t mined their vaults more to date – the Sandy Denny box will sell like hot cakes – 18CDs – £150+ and only 3,000 made – a great example) …. and look at how the Hendrix legacy is being mined – and bought no doubt by fans who have everything they can find on the web – and sadly probably paid for a lot of dodgy boots – but who will buy again because they love Hendrix & the holy grail is pristine quality versions (new Springsteen “Promise” is another example – we’re finally getting the stuff we’ve only heard on hissy, scratch “Darkness” boots for the last 20-30 years ! – I’m listening as I type & its fabulous)

i think its a crying shame that more of Jess’s stuff cant be bought – I personally cant wait for a “polished up” version of the Steve Webb stuff – and the tunes from myspace – I often play tracks from Blowin’ (my vinyl rip of the live album) and the BBC live session through our PA before & after we play – and every time I get someone new coming up & asking who it is ….. and I always send them away with Neil’s web site address & tell them there is a Best Of CD they can buy – and there’s a collection hopefully due for release – I’ve never been asked for a copy & would never give one – thats the best I can do & I hope it helps the cause !

J

17 11 2010
kevmoore

Hi J,

I guess the debate will go on. I myself bought an old vinyl copy of ‘Keep your Hat on’ a couple of years ago (my own copy disappeared after one party too many back in the day!) – I don’t even have a record player anymore – but the shop in NYC that sold it to me had ripped it to CD, which was included in the price. There is such a grey area here, especially, as you say, when the tide of fans appreciation spills over into illegal uploads/downloads that sometimes resurrect a career…..it’s hard not to be cynical though, as people have flocked to avail themselves of my last solo album (I offered it as a free digital download) but at the show I did at the weekend in Somerset, there were no takers when asked to part with their hard-earned for my new release – a real, tangible album that my own business has financed. ((((sigh))))) 🙂

17 11 2010
julian

Tell you what – a party that concluded in a Jess Roden album going missing was one that I’m sad to have missed :o)

I’ve held off digital downloads for my bands recordings – its streaming at myspace & reverbnation etc, but I always take a few to gigs & like you, we play a nice gig to a receptive audience but never seem to shift many discs. Assuming we’re not totally crap, I think its just something I think a lot of people have got out of the habit of doing – what I have noticed though is when one person comes up to buy, I always sell at least one more – so there always that “I dont want to be 1st” syndrome …. maybe we need to be plants for each other in our gigs :o)

Good to hear from you – now when’s that flippin’ box set coming ? – Santas got a gap in his list & I’ve been good all year.

J

17 11 2010
julian

my smileys seem to work 😀

J

18 11 2010
Jeff

Hats off to Raine…

… but its probably Ok to take for self use but not to give !!!!
You could be asked to pay for those thousands of ripped off copies
Unless of course, you have copy consent from the copyright owner – probably not the artist!!!

I dont mind paying if the artist gets a fair share _ as stated previously – Could the JR site open a Jess Paypal account so we can pay into, to reward the artist and placate the Copyright owners – and ill happily share – my LP mp3s sound as good as the record – and I can even remove some background hiss.

Ill even buy a cd from a live band – but dont expect more than a few quid – after all you dont have to pay towards developing new artists like the record companies do – cds not by the original artist never did sell !!!.
How much does it cost to record a few good practice sessions and make 100 copies – Are you asking too much?

PS I play guitar but Im rubbish – and I cant sing either – but I have wonderfull ears!

18 11 2010
julian

Hi Jeff – good to hear your views – have a listen to my band http://www.thecohenbrothers.co.uk – I sell the CD for £5 at gigs (often told i should charge £10) – it cost £2000 to make and CDs cost me £650 – and I paid £150 for copyright use of the 3 covers on there (inc Jess’s “Me and Crystal Eye”).

That’s a studio quality album recorded with an engineer/producer with a decent track record – on ProTools so its relatively future proofed if any record companyt wants to invest in it at a future date – in other words its a professional end job.

I stream it online but dont make available for digital download & potential pirate copying – although anyone can set their PC to “record” and grab low bit rate versions.

Its presented in a std jewel case – pro designed insert & back – and on-body print on the CD – in other words – a pro looking CD, that sounds great !

But I’m personally £2,800 in debt for before I start – work out the math to sell those, get in credit & make a profit – on top of that I have the expenses of the 5 of us in the band getting to gigs & back – where we usually come away with a few quid that goes in the kitty to fund the next recording.

You ask how much does it cost to record a few practice sessions ? – around £300 for a handheld digital recorder – copy it at home with a load of wasted time & tech trouble :o( – or pay about £100 for someone to do it & stick in a paper sleeve for me :o( – maybe stamp a name on the front with a potato and an ink pad – and there’s your “Live Official Bootleg” …. would you buy that ? actually thats a damn good idea – I think I might do that :o)

I hope your wonderful ears like my wonderful music (and Kev’s wonderful music) ….. and if you’re ever in the Midlands come and see one of our wonderful gigs – I’ll have some live bootlegs ready

Cheers, J :o)

18 11 2010
Jeff

Thats it…
Stereo output from mixer to computer, record one song at a time plus a few seconds of electrical noise. Re-mix and remove the noise using something like ‘CoolEditPro’ and record to cd – print label using a turnip (better resolution -spuds arnt what they used to be) – job done.
Sell bootlegs on ebay £3.00 BuyitNow – Ill even buy one!
You could even advertise the professionally produced version for the professional price!
If you could get Jess to sing on one …. no limit

19 11 2010
julian

He he ! – we should just dump our technology & buy an accordion & acoustic guitar, no recordings, just turn up & play in your front room ! (price ? – that turnip made into a nice stew!) …… dont think Jess would agree though – oh well, back to the technology – J

24 11 2010
Bruce C

Interesting item on ebay uk just now: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THIN-LIZZY-JESS-RODEN-BBC-CONCERT-NO-86-/280591522513?pt=UK_Records&hash=item41548edad1

I assume this is the Live at the BBC session unless anyone knows any better…

24 11 2010
kevmoore

Wow- that is interesting. Haven’t seen one of these transcription discs ‘in the flesh’ before. I guess it’s the session we know.

24 11 2010
julian

The tracklist is for the show that you can play at “Wolfgangs Vault”:

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/jess-roden-band/concerts/hippodrome-theatre-january-01-1974.html

its a great gig & I remember hearing them on the radio at the time. I dont know why it didnt make it onto the “Live at the BBC” CD as its so good.

I’d suggest you dont waste £75 on this item – just stream it at the link above – hopefully if the rareties box sees the light of day, Jess will be able to get this on it & we can make sure Jess gets the money not some ebay pirate !

J

24 11 2010
24 11 2010
kevmoore

Amen to that J! The Wolfgang’s vault set is great. Somebody’s gonna be cleaning up selling these transcriptions (which by the very info on the labels suggest selling them is perhaps not really kosher!)

on a personal note – (gotta shout about it somewhere!) I got airplay for my new album on King Biscuit time in the Mississippi Delta last week. To say I’m over the moon would be an understatement! 🙂

24 11 2010
kevmoore

My advice would be to start saving up, but not for these. The pricing is excessive. I’d hold onto your money and put it towards what I’m sure will be a better value for money box set that is surely on the not too distant horizon. I’m also a little concerned as to their veracity, and from which source tapes they have been taken. I shall make enquiries!

24 11 2010
julian

Kev – great news about getting airplay mate – fantastic news – any idea if they have a web “play again” facility – if so, send us a pointer to it – brilliant !!

the Wolfgangs Vault / BBC set is great – i’d recommend anyone to sign up to the site (its free) and there is so much in the archive – its all available to stream for free & some of the content can be downloaded in great quality mp3 (around $9). Over the last 6 months or so they have been running a $4 “special” with a different concert each day on special offer ! (Jess is only available to stream)

re: the BBC discs, i think the legality is a bit vague – I think its OK to sell them but not to copy – but cant recall fully, I know Record Collector magazine discusses issues about them from time to time.

re: Stonechaser & Player – its madness to pay a load of money for these Jap discs – I spoke to BGO about them a while ago – if for any reason the Island box doesn’t surface, I think BGO would release them (probably on a 2 on 1).

J

24 11 2010
kevmoore

J – here’s a link to my article about it. I think the link within the article should still play the appropriate show. My song’s about 10 minutes in.

http://mooremusic.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/king-biscuit-time-pass-the-biscuits-finds-its-way-home/

24 11 2010
Jeff

The SHM discs were on ebay about a week ago for a buy-it-now of under £25, add to that the risk of import duty and youre back around the £35 mark.

There are also some Jess LPs with cd copies!!! starting around £5 with only 6 days to go !! I might go for the ‘rivits’ cd unless someone else bids up the price

25 11 2010
neil storey

Amazing what one finds on E-Bay these days, isn’t it!

I think you’ll find that the two *Japanese* SHM-CDs purporting to be released by a label called Pid would be nothing other than vinyl-rips… and… if they’re claimed as re-mastered… this begs the question… from what and when and… have they been authorised? I’ll leave that bit as rhetorical…

The BBC vinyl is, on the other hand, an absolutely fascinating artefact. If it is what I think (am almost certain) it is, then it was recorded at The Hippodrome in London on November 1st 1974 by the BBC and transmitted domestically about a week, possibly ten days later. Transcription discs were sent all over the world – to the various outlying posts of the BBC empire – from which… you’ve guessed… the local DJ would broadcast as if it was coming live ‘n direct from London.

These items are really pretty rare… not only were only a medium sized handful of each pressed up but many if not most would simply have been binned after broadcast… no one was even thinking about archiving in those days.

Although its impossible to run even a quick comparison check, its almost certain that this is the same recording as that which is / has been up on the Wolfgang Vault site for quite some time now. However… there are marked differences in the song timings and so it could be that what the Wolfgang people have up is 2nd generation with this transcription disc as 1st generation.

Am aware that the recording up on the WG site is streaming only… all I can say at this stage is… watch this space…

NS

25 11 2010
neil storey

Just noticed that Kev has queried the ‘legality etc’ of selling etc BBC Transcription Discs… yes, these are bona fide, kosher recordings and originate from (thus are – technically – the property of) the beeb.

However… it could easily be argued that these nowadays constitute ‘memorabilia’ … not least because on the actual label it clearly displays a ‘use expires date’… interestingly five years or so from origination.

As to broadcasting… well, a bit of a grey area… technically, I’d imagine that the WGang Vault people should be paying over X to (certainly) publishers of the songs played / streamed… tho’ if ever they do is doubtless a moot point.

As to copying / distributing… think we all know the answer to that…

25 11 2010
Garry

Er……………….correction to the above. Both Jap CD’s are of course NOT from vinyl, they are manufactured by JVC/Universal with catalogue numbers. No major label like that is going to rip from vinyl, so therefore they are of course from the original master tapes as they have been digitally remastered!
No record label of that stature is going to remaster from viny!!!!!!!!!

24 12 2010
Julian

Hi All – a very merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all, here’s hoping the New Year sees Jess get more recognition …. and maybe even that elusive retrospective release.

All the best, Julian

24 12 2010
kevmoore

Merry Christmas Julian, and to all followers of this blog, here’s a Christmas song for y’all!

http://mooremusic.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/happy-christie-mas/

18 01 2011
neil storey

a nice appraisal just posted here… http://martinleedham.wordpress.com/

18 01 2011
kevmoore

A nice appraisal indeed, Neil – and great to see yet another person so appreciative of Jess’s talents. Thanks for the link.

19 01 2011
Eric

Having listened to Jess since the 70’s, I have to say that through all the soulful songs that have come out from the many talented singers around this earth, I still am always moved with this man’s voice on ‘Drinking Again’… Amazing.

19 01 2011
neil storey

Some more updates to the main JR site (Bronco / contributions from Alan Stone, one of the road crew who was horribly injured in the van-smash in ’71 + a couple of updates in the Whos Who section) + the new beginnings of a JR Facebook page as well

20 01 2011
Martin Leedham

Thanks for giving an approving nod to my review of ‘Keep Your Hat On’. Should be posting reviews of the other albums in the next few weeks time permitting. I agree with those here who would love to see this album on CD as I worry every time I play the vinyl that it may eventually wear out !!

30 01 2011
kevmoore

Check out Martin’s latest review of “Play it Dirty, Play it class on his excellent blog:

http://martinleedham.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/album-review-the-jess-roden-band-play-it-dirty-play-it-class-1976/

2 02 2011
Steve Hunt

Thanks to Neil I’ve joined this blog. I’m another fan to add to the list of people who enjoyed Jess’s songs and sweet voice. So sad that he has been lost to music. I really hope he’s happy and well and someday, we can all meet at a gig somewhere! Sadly, my Jess Roden albums, including Alan Bown, Iguana and Bronco, were stolen in the eighties and all I’ve had were cassettes of ‘Jess Roden’ and ‘Play it Dirty’ to keep me going. I’ve just taken delivery of the ‘Best of’ CD – thanks to Neil – and it’s up there as one of the best £7 I’ve ever spent!

2 02 2011
kevmoore

Welcome, Steve! 7 quid for the best of Jess is certainly great value!! Hope you enjoy all the comments and links on here. 🙂

2 02 2011
Steve Hunt

Cheers kev, I just hope that Jess gets a decent cut of it!

2 02 2011
kevmoore

As a recording artist, ripped off more than once, and bootlegged in Russia – I second that!

20 02 2011
Garry

Incredible pic of Jess with The Butts Band at 1.16

20 02 2011
neil storey

Yeah… its a Blue Thumb / Butts Band promo pic… taken in Jamaica (almost certainly at Strawberry Hill) when the BB were in JA recording the second part of that first, eponymous album… bizarre as this is, finished off the re-design of the BBand pages within what will become the new JR site a couple weeks back – the hole should be finished in approx 6 weeks or so – and this image is (better version tho’!) is one of the key ones being used. Think you’ll find it also posted on a John Densmore forum too.
N

20 02 2011
Kev Moore

Great find Garry! – and a great Blue Thumb promo pic from the time. What a band that was -wish the follow up had featured Jess.

20 02 2011
Kev Moore

– Nice to hear there’s a better image Neil – I’ve just been frantically screen-capturing/iphoto-ing to get a better resolution of it! 🙂

4 03 2011
neil storey

Coming soon – the 5CD set…
Hidden Masters : The Jess Roden Anthology.
80+ songs.
Approx 50% previously unreleased.
All tracks sourced from the original 1/4″, 1″or 2″ analog tapes and fully remastered.
Further details will be posted shortly.
The front sleeve image has just been posted on http://www.JessRoden.com as well as on the JR Facebook page.

4 03 2011
Nicolas

New anthology. Fantastic!

4 03 2011
julian

Hey Hey !!!! fantastic news Neil …… I’ve been saving up – I’m ready to buy it 😉

Brilliant – now all we need to do is get him the publicity – spot on Jools ??!!

J

5 03 2011
Mark Studden

Bloody marvellous news! I sooooooooo want to see the tracklisting…

5 03 2011
Joerg

Absolutely brilliant news, Neil. I know we all were looking forward to this message and I am fully convinced this will be like a dream coming true for us. Can hardly wait to learn more details.

Cheers
Joerg

5 03 2011
neil storey

Seems the news is really out there now..!

http://www.wordmagazine.co.uk/content/jess-roden-further-good-news-afficionados

More info will be posted shortly on both the JR site and… for those of you on FaceBook… don’t forget to drop by the Jess page there too

NS

6 03 2011
julian

Great to see the comments posted on Work Magazine’s blog …. its a great publication and it would be lovely to see Jess mentioned in there sometime – I just posted there too http://www.wordmagazine.co.uk/content/jess-roden-further-good-news-afficionados#comment-392907

J

6 03 2011
Mark Studden

Re: the Word blog, (with a D, Julian!): The Word Magazine blog forum is frequented by a lot of music lovers and musicians (sometimes the same people) of all ages from all corners of the world. The demographic there represents just the sort of right-eared people who ought to have a foot in the heartland of Jess Roden appreciation as well; I’ve shouted for Jess more than once in there before, and urge all of you out here in Unsungland to do the same.

6 03 2011
Frenchy

Well done Neil and all involved in this landmark release, now we can hear some new stuff as well as some of the well known classics we all know.
Get the word out there and spread the news, time for someone to get much appreciation and hopefully some payback which is richly deserved.
Jess may not sing again but this is the best chance to enjoy one of the best blues voices in the UK.
Frenchy

7 03 2011
Kev Moore

What great news to greet me on my return from the UK! It seems like all our hard work raising Jess’s profile and awareness of his legacy is finally paying off.

It’s perhaps an opportune moment to thank all the contributors to what began as a modest article about one of my heroes, and has now grown into something where the world is hearing ‘The Quiet sound of you and I’ as we go about the business of putting Jess in his rightful place as one of our musical treasures.

8 03 2011
neil storey

How Hidden Masters began : BLOG : Song 3 http://t.co/O7CX1K2

8 03 2011
Bruce C

Hallelujah indeed….if this is the calibre of the material that will be released then we’re all in for a major treat. Great work on your part and Kev’s too.

Reading at the link above, sounds like Jess is getting a real buzz out of this too.

8 03 2011
kevmoore

Neil, what a splendid narrative! I’m only a few paragraphs in, and I’m already engrossed. I just wanted to thank you for the link before I dived back in!

8 03 2011
kevmoore

Oh my God. I just listened to the track. I swear to god Neil, it brought tears to my eyes. This precious minute or so, is worth the price of admission alone. How our business has changed when music such as this, hidden from the world for so long, and deemed unworthy of release at the time, stands full head and shoulders above so much we are force-fed today. One minute in the company of Jess on this track establishes him high in our impressive pantheon of vocalists. This release cannot come soon enough.

8 03 2011
Bruce C

Kev, couldn’t agree more….somehow modern production techniques don’t have the ability to capture the same effect or feel that is evident on this snippet….can’t wait for the release.

9 03 2011
M.Travers

Just heard Jess Roden’s song off the blog. Bloody amazing. Just amazing. God does he have a voice or what… And I’m not a music industry pro but even I can tell the quality. Bloody amazing.

This is one of those songs you’ll hear on TV advert for car and wonder why you’d never heard it before and where can you hear more.

God its just haunting, I keep playing it over and over again!!

9 03 2011
julian

I just posted the following on Words blog ….. if we regularly comment on the blog, then it will keep this article at the top of the “current” pile – and if that happens then Mark Ellen & David Hepworth the editors will spot it & hopefully take note !! – Cheers, J 😉
– – – – – – – – – – –
Tonight music made me cry again – it happens less these days, but when it does the tears just stream.

Tonight I heard the first few fleeting minutes (one & a half to be precise) from the lost vault of singer/songwriter Jess Roden – and I wasn’t the only one – over in Spain Kev Moore, initiator of the first Jess Roden blog cried too. We’re a small but faithful bunch, us Jess Roden fans.

Unlike so many other fans of rock stars long since gone, we have the glory of knowing our man Jess is still enjoying life and living in this world – he may have hung up his mic, but he’s given his permission for the lid to be lifted on a vault of material that even he thought was long since demagnetised and dumped.

The astonishing story of the finding and restoring of these tapes will be riveting reading as it unfurls at the blog of curator Neil Story (who also curates http://www.jessroden.com).

Here come those tears again ….. read on … http://neilstorey.blogspot.com/2011/03/song-3.html?spref=tw

9 03 2011
kevmoore

As you say, Julian, it happens less & less these days…..but that precious minute and a half drew me back to the days when music mattered. -and the way that piece washed over me, prompted the tears and brought me out in goosebumps, reminded me that it matters still. It’s why I perform , why I still search for the ‘good stuff’ amongst the dross, and why this man should be rightfully lauded as one of the finest singers our land has ever produced.

9 03 2011
frenchy

Hello all, just listened to the snippet myself and I am not surprised how outstanding it is, been telling everybody I know that this lost voice from the past is one of the best blues/soul voices ever.
I was involved with the recent Best of album and I know how proud I was for that involvement, but Neil and his partners has done a fantastic job and must feel proud and exited at the same time as this could be a landmark release and I can’t wait for the finished article.
Last word goes to Kev Moore without whose forthought, passion and drive to originally kick this blog off in the first place, non of what has happened in the past and the current/future would have happened.
Well done Neil and Kev, but most of all thanks to Jess for giving us what we have all been waiting for, ok folks, put the cd on, turn up the volume and enjoy.
Watch out for those goosebumps, they will be everywhere!!!
Frenchy

9 03 2011
Raine Hilson

I would just like “You can keep your hat on” to be released properly on CD or downloads as this is an absolutely classic album – almost every track is amazing – and I want to hear it properly !!

It’s fantastic news that Jess Roden is getting some press – get that man OUT of retirement and singing on stage which is where he totally belongs !

9 03 2011
Anonymous

Totally agree Frenchy,,,,, Neil and co have and are doing an excellent job and yes if had not been for Kev ( who is a true musician I know because i met him briefly and watched him warm up ) starting this in the first place we would not be where we are now. Well done All. Well done Kev. I know Jess really appreciates what you have all done.

Gricey

9 03 2011
julian

Raine – if you like “Keep Your Hat On” you’ll love the unreleased first album – the one Island rejected & got the band to record Keep Your Hat On instead – it was playing on Steve Webbes site for a while – I havn’t looked to see if he still has it there – it was thought long lost until someone sent him a dusty cassette of it a couple of years ago ….. my hope ever since was that it would all finally get released ….. fingers crossed !

J

21 03 2011
julian

Dont foget !! – JESS RODEN features on BBC Radio 6 this evening – they will be playing music from the bands 1974 concert b/cast on the BBC first over 37 years ago !! (I heard it at the time – awsome !!)

21/03/2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zj550

21 03 2011
kevmoore

Nice one Julian!! – a long overdue treat! To all those who vist this blog and wonder what all the fuss is about: LISTEN IN ALL – AND BE AMAZED! 🙂

21 03 2011
neil storey

Hi all… the JR SoundCloud page is now live…
NS

21 03 2011
kevmoore

Great news Neil – many thanks for the continued hard work!

22 03 2011
neil storey

For anyone who missed it, here’s the link to the BBC Radio 6 Gideon Coe show on which 3 tracks from the 1974 JRB In Concert were broadcast

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00zj550/Gideon_Coe_21_03_2011/

to save a lot of fast forwarding / wondering where it starts (!) it begins at approx 2.18…

N

22 03 2011
Julian

Thanks Neil – great to hear it last night – I dropped him an email while he was “on air” to make sure you & the web site got a mention !! He read it out as the intro for the concert …. just as well really, as there was very little intro to the other archive concerts he played.

J 🙂

22 03 2011
neil storey

Besides the JR SoundCloud page starting up… the recently ‘blogged’ short vid of Song 3 is now also on YouTube…

23 03 2011
Steve Hunt

What a treat that was! I was actually at that gig!

24 03 2011
Jeff

Congrats people on keeping all things going and achieving the ultimate – I m one fan who never saw Jess live, but has been an avid fan from the first JR solo album.
I waited and waited with baited breath for the second, and eventually found ‘keep your hat on’ was worth the extended wait. i would critically aclaim ‘Player not the game ‘ as ‘best ever’ for the vocal dynamics control and pure blues rendering of ‘how I feel’ music.
Many a 2am whisky blurr has been accompanied by these tracks and served to reset my troubled mind. This stuff presses the reset button.
Whilst I have to admit a lot of the Blues Mama stuff dosnt hit the button, the balance is restored by many a live vocal that just hits home.
One thing has been missing and looks to be coming thro into the webstes and hopefully will be included in the expected release – what are Jess’s views – is Desperado a favourite or curse? Would he prefer ‘Stay in bed’ or ‘jump mama’ – What his view on his best album? Was this concert the best – was it one good track – with two could have been better choices – what was recorded?
We must be all avid fans just to keep track of events – and if we cant expect future vocals can we have your (JR) view?
Best intentions
Jeff

24 03 2011
julian

Hi Jeff – Player always did it for me too – I’d love to see Jess return to this style of material. Much has been discussed about Jess hanging up the mic (and after witnessing the Humans gigs I really dont blame him, as the intensity of those shows would crush a singer half his age) but to see him return to something more gentle, soulful & jazzy would be lovely to hear – something akin to “Player” meets the acoustic style of Bronco, with space for him to soar without being drowned by guitars …. just my view

I’ve listened to Blowin’ a lot over the years – and for sheer joy & soul, I think I prefer the ’76 BBC concert (available on the BBC CD that came out some years ago) – Blowin’ is better recorded but BBC gig just sounds great fun & I heard it at the time and thankfully recorded it at the time – that cassette saw a lot of wear I can tell you !

J

24 03 2011
neil storey

A little more of the story unfolds – uncovering more #HiddenMasters | BLOG http://t.co/wDibO1R

25 03 2011
kevmoore

Jeff – thanks for your comments and input.
New youtube link just up:

Listen to that voice, people! -and that band….damn!

25 03 2011
Alan Ellsmore

Kev,
quite right with your insight, with such a voice upfront the band can get overlooked, but they were magnificent, can blue men sing the whites, can white men be funky, listen for the answer.

25 03 2011
Julian

Great stuff – thanks Kev – I totally agree, the band was awesome & yes are in danger of being overlooked – the BBC ’76 gig was amazing and I hope it gets a showing on the anthology, I really think they were at their peak at the time.

J

3 04 2011
Alan

Yeh, one of those lyrics that is so apt, ‘we can play it slow, play it fast, play it dirty, play it class’.

Alan

4 04 2011
Alan Ellsmore

Hey,

Just been listening to the Jess Roden album in the car, ‘I’m on Your Side’, Jess uses both his voices on this, individually and in a duet with himself, give it a listen.

Wonderful.

Alan

4 04 2011
julian

Alan, yes that probably my favorite Jess song, vocal is great, song is magic and the production outstanding – the album is an evergreen favorite ! – I have this track on a compilation of music that our band plays pre/post gigs – inevitably someone will come up & ask who it is & we end up with a good old chinwag about Jess ! ….. the little drum break at the start is magic too, J

4 04 2011
Dan

Hello all,

I ran a google search on Jess Roden the other day and came across this blog. What a great find! It’s awesome to find so many Jess fans out there. I’ve always thought Jess was the most underrated vocalist around. In high school, every day after class, my friend and I would go to a music shop here in the States called Media Play. They had stations where you could listen to 30 seconds of a song from most any album. We had recently discovered the band Vinegar Joe, featuring Robert Palmer. After a little research, we found out he was in a band before called the Alan Bown Set. So, we searched the station for anything from Alan Bown and ran past the Emergency 999 Compilation. We made the mistake of only listening to the first couple of songs that were cut with Jeff Bannister singing lead. Yikes. Then we listened to the song Down in the Valley because we knew Otis Redding had sang that one before. Whoa! Totally blown away! We were certain this was cut when Palmer had joined the band, but made up our minds not to blow 20 dollars on a CD for one song. For months we would go to Media Play and listen to that sweet, soul-infused 30 seconds. Haha, eventually I found that Bannister only sang on a few tracks and it was in fact not Palmer, but a Mr. Jess Roden who was singing on most of the songs. I was hooked. I’ve tracked down most of his albums with the exception of the Live at the BBC. I must say my favorite stuff is the early rocked-up R&B, but I dig his vocals on every album. He’s a true hidden gem and it’s a shame people don’t know about him. He’s grouped in there with other great underrated vocalists like John Lawton and Mike Finnigan, but of course I’d rate him above those guys. Guys that good shouldn’t stay hidden. I am greatly looking forward to the new box set! Hope Jess comes out of hiding to promote it.

4 04 2011
julian

Hi Dan – I dont think Kev realised exacly what a massive favour he was doing for all of us when he set up this blog – an amazing and inspired moment Kev 🙂

If you follow Neil Storey’s links you’ll see that Jess has already started work on promoting the new collection, thats him intro’ing the “In A Circle” clip not so very long ago.

Its gonna be a great year !

J

5 04 2011
Jeff

Sitting here in the early hours, Desperado followed by Too far gone, Oooooh er that guitar and those violins in the background____heaven!!! the vocals aint too bad either.
Jeff

5 04 2011
Kev Moore

Hi all, I’m a bit inaccessible for a few weeks, due to wandering around Italy until mid-May, but, it’s very heartening to see this blog garnering evcen more interest from yet more new readers. As Julian says, hell yeah, it’s gonna be a great year. I had my feet up in the motorhome last night in Portofino, listening to The Player not the Game. Life really doesn’t get a lot better than that!

5 04 2011
julian

damn ! Portofino in a motorhome ? …. and JR ? there’s no better place mate ! I’m off to Tuscany, south of Siena at the start of May, any gigs planned in the locality ? J

5 04 2011
Kev Moore

J,

we may well be in the Siena region when you are – no gig, but would be cool to meet up! Keep me posted!

Kev

6 04 2011
Anonymous

I have a vinyl copy of a rivits single with a remix on the b-side which Jess said he hadn’t heard when I was lucky enough to meet him.I sent him a copy on tape but if you could use the vinyl copy for the box set just let me know and i’ll send it on,it was an Island promo as i said with the album version on the a side and the remix on the b side.Keep up the good work everybody-Mark.

22 04 2011
neil storey

The continuing saga of finding #HiddenMasters | BLOG http://t.co/9FBL20S | Baking tapes preserves music

22 04 2011
Julian

I empathise with your situation Neil, after spending the last 5 days in a dark basement, the likes of which are only familiar to but a few residents of Austria, I emerged blinking into the early summer sunlight yesterday – the air punctuated with the heady fragrance of an aged Lilac Tree.

Why was I in said basement ? – there at Woodbine St Studios in leavy Leamington Spa, UK, creating the new Cohen Brothers album, sadly no Jess covers on this one, but plenty of material fused with his influences.

If you guys like our new album even 1% of the amount I know we will all like Hidden Masters then my job on this earth is done ! – check out http://www.youtube.com/cohenbrothers for some clips of life in the studio and sneak preview of mixes in the process of being pulled together – see http://www.facebook.com/thecohenbrothers for latest info – album will be streaming from mid-June at http://www.thecohenbrothers.co.uk and available to but at gigs (dates on the prev website page)

In the meantime – I shall sit in the sunshine here in the UK this Easter weekend and crank up my favorite Jess tracks

J x

23 04 2011
kevmoore

Neil- I’ll catch up on the Hidden masters story upon my return from Italy, as my internet connections are few and far between roaming the back roads of Tuscany!

J – Good luck with the album, I’ll be heading for Siena about Wednesday next week I reckon.

23 04 2011
julian

Kev – we’ll be in and around Pienza most of the time 2-9 May. Dropped you an email. Definately visiting Siena (about 45/1hr north of Pienza) – hoping the weather will hold as we’ve always wanted to visit in May before the landscape there gets that sun bleached look.

I’m hoping to take the initial mixes with me to listen to which should be nice – i took a bunch of instrumental working tracks with me when I went to Tuscany in ’93/4 and the lyric for “Time & Time Again” was written there, so it will be nice to listen back to this new version in-situ

I love Neil’s blog – and really cant wait for news of the impending release – naturally my holiday iPod will be full of Jess too.

Cheers, J

30 04 2011
neil storey

The re-vamped JR website is now up and running… we’ve put it together taking into account tablet development, thus its also i-pad etc friendly too.

If… if… if a page loads with the old design, just hit refresh in your browser – that should bring up the fresh pages.

Be patient – some of the pages take a few moments to download…

N

1 05 2011
Anonymous

can anybody do me a cd copy of the keep your hat on lp-think that’s about the only one I don’t have on cd now-I’ll obviously cover any costs and a beer or two-Thanks,Mark.

1 05 2011
Julian

with all things crossed, we are all hoping Neil & Jess have this in hand with the upcoming 5-CD set – keep an eye out to see whats in the collection on http://www.jessroden.com

J

1 05 2011
Julian

While we wait for the new Anthology, I hope you dont mind me sharing my latest output with you all – there is a “taster” compilation which gives you an edited version of each song here:

“This Is Life” should be in our hands in time for launch party on Sun June 5th in Ledbury (Herefordshire UK) – if anyone is in the area on the day, do come & say “Hi” – we will be at an old 16C pub “Prince of Wales” http://powledbury.com/ in the centre of the village. Pre & post gig music will, as always, include Jess. Party starts at 4pm, band will play a couple of sets …. great real ales & home-made pies a speciality of the house !!

J

2 05 2011
frenchy

Mark,
Let me have your address and will drop you a copy in the post, album onto cd quality, but quite good quality.
Frenchy
frenchyb53@aol.com

20 05 2011
neil storey

Bronco | 5Live At The BBC

* Civil Of You Stranger
* Bumpers West
* Woodstock
* Talking Jack Humphries
* Well Anyhow

Originally recorded in January 1971 at The Paris Theatre in London for BBC In Concert With John Peel

The 2011 edition – entirely re-mastered from the original analogue recording – will be the first time ever that this recording has been heard in stereo.

Released by arrangement with the BBC, Hidden Masters will be issuing this mini-LP – as a limited edition – prior to the full Jess Roden Anthology.

Artwork has been posted on the main JR site and on the JR Facebook pages.

Release date and further details will be announced shortly.

20 05 2011
Kev Moore

Oh, what a splendid piece of news, Neil!

20 05 2011
Joerg

Wow, that’s really amazing news.
OK, further details soon (although I can hardly wait) but mini-LP is not to say it won’t be in CD format?

21 05 2011
Brianj

Its great to see the enthusiasm still going here. I am looking fprward to the box immensely – and the Bronco!

23 05 2011
Robert John Rowden

Got a belated message from (Neil Storey) ex Island Records, the other day, and life stood still and I went back 33 years to the last time the JRBs were all together in London in the January of 1977 on the last concert for TV recorded at a North London BBC site.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Robert John Rowden (ex roadie, personnel manager and lighting crew) for the Jess Roden Band from the first gig at the Roundhouse through to the end. Cannot relay to you the intense sadness when it all finished. There was an unfairness amid all the joys we had together, always feeling that we were inches from becoming something exceptional but for time and the ever wanted single that would of blasted the band into the realms of something we rightly deserved.

My god, …………we certainly worked hard at getting known on the gig circuit in Europe.

We are all spread far and wide now in the four corners of the World, such is life and the opportunities it places in your hands. if anyone wants some more info or insight, please contact; robertrowden@slingshot.co.nz

24 05 2011
Kev Moore

Robert, welcome to our Jess and JRB community, and many thanks for sharing your memories here. As the instigator of this blog, you’ll get unequivocal agreement from me that the JRB should have scaled the heights. I guess you were there then when I first saw them live at Derby University back in the mid 70’s. As a young teenager, I instinctively knew they were doing it right, and they inspired me in my pro music career.

12 06 2011
Anonymous

Still waiting for Jess! The expectations keep growing – meanwhile another great unsung – Frankie Miller has released a 7 album anthology for under £12 on Amazon – absolutely amazing.
Parrallel careers – I dont think these two crossed paths – did they?

12 06 2011
Nicolas

I’m a fan of Frankie Miller, too. His new box set sells for $31 at Amazon USA, but when I ordered from Amazon UK it dropped the price to 10 pounds at checkout and 3 more for shipping, so it was 10 dollars less to get it from the UK than domestically. I have all the albums, but the remastering is reportedly excellent.

24 07 2011
mark

All gone very quiet!Any news anybody???

24 07 2011
Julian

nothing much ever happens in the world of music during the summer – but after 30+ years of waiting for more true JR material then another few months will see me good ! (the new Jim Capaldi box set is tiding me over – that took quite a while, but well worth it) – J

15 08 2011
Alan

Could Jess Roden be described as a ‘soul singer’?

There is a chance to vote for your three greatest soul singers at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/contact-us/greatest-soul-artist/

If you think Jess fits into this category then you have until 19:00 19th August to cast your vote.

Alan

15 08 2011
kevmoore

Damn right he could Alan – and I’m off to cast my vote!

15 08 2011
Anonymous

nice to hear from you boys – its gone too damn quiet – even with all the rioting going on (fave quote of the week “you cant riot alone – that would just be a tantrum” … from the professor advising the govt) …….anyway – have cast my vote (Jess / Donny Hathaway / Phoebe Snow) …. and recollections too …..

Jess Roden was a massive influence on me growing up in the Midlands in the ’70’s – often described as one of the greatest “blue eyed soul singers” (in the world) and probably the greatest vocalist that the UK has … period. Linked with Jim Capaldi and Robert Plant in late 60’s around my hometown he went on to head up Bronco (formed from the dissolving Plant “Band of Joy” band …. previously with Alan Bown, bringing in Robert Palmer to replace him on vocal duties when he formed Bronco – then joining with ex-Doors post-Morrisson as “The Butts Band” – then solo work (the astounding “Jess Roden” album on Island – play “I’m On Your Side” & see what I mean – he was the backing vocals behind “Bull Up To The Bumper” from Grace Jones (and so many others in the Island Compas Point era) he was the vocal behind Daltrey on “Magic Bus” – he duetted with Sandy Denny on her final album sessions – he is the singers-singer … a 5CD retrospective is in the making http://www.jessroden.com filled with much unreleased and long unavailable material – curated by Neil Storey his old Island PR head – maybe the world just wasn’t ready for Jess “back in the day” …. now’s the time – so dig him out Craig & lets hear some Roden on your show dude !! …. Cheers, Julian

15 08 2011
kevmoore

Hey J! How’s it going? Phoebe Snow’s a good shout too. Her version of Shaky ground is phenomenal – and her work on Fagen’s New York Rock n Soul revue CD is also amazing – check out her version of ‘At Last’.

15 08 2011
Anonymous

geez – were we seperated at birth ?! – At Last from the Review is one of my all time fave tracks …. always on the pre/post gig player ! after hearing that she had so sadly passed on I bought the final live album – well worth checking out – aside from a couple of club tunes its a great collection and her singing is on top form (2008 I think) – nothing to quite match At Last – but then its hard to think of anything that would ….. doing OK here thanks, gigs are going well over the summer & just trying to set up a couple of supports at The Robin (north of Brum) ) …. how’s you ?

15 08 2011
kevmoore

Good thanks, just been over in our firebombed/riot-ridden capital recording with BC Sweet and having a photoshoot. Over in a few weeks to play a show in Weymouth, then off to Germany.

15 08 2011
Anonymous

nice post – where’s your hometown? can’t be too far from Stourbridge by the sound of it, saw Jess there a few times, at the Mere, + Bromsgrove college, Bogarts, too, I’m sure

16 08 2011
juliancrook

Hi – I’m in Solihull – not far away, but spent much time over Stourbridge way as a kid & now play over that side of town a fair bit with my band http://www.thecohenbrothers.co.uk.

Just had the great news that we will be playing the Robin 2 in Bilston (nth of B’ham) later in 2011, supporting 2 amazing guitarists – on Oct 12th with Geoff Achison – and on Dec 12th with Chantel McGregor – should be really great gigs – be great to see any fellow Jess-ites there :o) http://www.therobin.co.uk/defa​ult.asp

(just realised I have been posting anon – oops, Julian)

15 10 2011
15 10 2011
kevmoore

Nice find, Garry!

15 10 2011
neil storey

For those getting (mildly) excited about the Alan Bown CD reissue as posted above… nb… its been around for a few months now (I was alerted to this earlier this Summer). Its a bootleg out of ‘somewhere’ in Scandinavia… Its a vinyl rip in the most part… quality is terrible… and completely unauthorised… both the BBC’s and Universal’s (the masters’ rights owners) legal departments are aware of it’s existence.

IF you do feel like shelling out your hard-earned SEK / Euros etc on this… then, be aware that the creatives (ie Jess / The Alan Bown) won’t see a penny piece out of this record as much as those who own the masters won’t.

For those who have become a tad concerned that the much-discussed / oft-mooted JR Anthology remains a rather nice (but vague) rumour… worry not!

Unfortunately, we are a little bit behind where we’d hoped to be right now but this is purely due to the fact that this Anthology involves a number of masters’ owners – meaning that preparation of the documentation (which has to be completed before we move to the final steps) is a bit more complex for all concerned.

Nonetheless, once all parties have signed off, we’ll be pushing the final three buttons – the re-mastering of all the UK-based analog masters that we’re including which’ll be be worked on by Richard Whittaker @ FX (the 7Windows tracks being included have already been re-mastered by Michael MacDonald in New York).

At which point, we can finally reveal the full track-listing!

After which, its the fine-tuning of all the artwork and then straight to manufacture.

In the meantime… I can confirm that Hidden Masters | The Jess Roden Anthology will be issued as an initial limited edition of 950 copies – all of which will be hand-numbered.

Within this run, there will be a number of really special (and very limited) editions – we’re working on the details and as soon as they’re all finalised and signed off on, we’ll be announcing what we have planned – here, on the JR FaceBook page as well as on the main JR website.

Further to that, Jess and I are formulating something else which we believe is a bit special and as a way of saying thanks to everyone who’s shown so much patience while we’ve been putting all this together.

More soon – best wishes to one and all
NS

15 10 2011
kevmoore

Thanks for the mouthwatering update Neil! And once again, for highlighting the scurrilous trade plied by some people, intent on nothing more than parting real fans from their hard-earned while simultaneously depriving the artists of their due – not to mention mis-representing them with inferior product! This type of release preys on the loyalty of fans. I remember Glenn Hughes and Robin George being miffed about an unauthorised release of an unfinished project as a bona fide album. This practice does a huge disservice to all concerned.

With regard to the Jess project – I’d like to thank you again publicly for what I’m sure is a huge amount of work behind the scenes to turn this project into a reality. It’s good to know some people actually care about the music.

15 10 2011
julian crook

Thanks Neil – the best things in life are worth the wait, and I am sure I am not talking for myself when I say every single one of us is looking forwards to the best musical treat of our lives !!

Good luck with everything & I hope it goes without saying that you have my name down for a pre-order :o)

Thanks for the update – and more importantly, thanks for making this happen.

J

15 10 2011
Martin Leedham

I agree with Julian and Kev wholeheartedly. Can’t wait for this Anthology and sick of sloppy re-issues and falsely labelled releases …so, as Julian suggested …. If there is a pre-order list to make sure you get one, (that 950 sounds frighteningly low), can you put me on it as well please Neil !!

15 10 2011
Mark Studden

Strewth. 950 eh? Who do I have to sleep with?

16 10 2011
Alan

Neil,

as put in an e-mail to you via the Jess site, Iv’e put an order in for one for my birthday through the wife, was beginning to think it may be my next birthday, so this news is very encouraging. Put me down for one of the 950 as well, not interested in the very special editions if this just means a signed edition, it is the voice and the music which interests me. However I am intrigued by ‘Jess and I are formulating something else which we believe is a bit special’ could speculate on what this might be but it would be more the start of a wish list:

Something live?

Have e-mailed Frenchy sometime ago about a possible Jess convention?

Julian, fom one Jess fan to another, tiried to get to The Queens at Wolverley last time you played there, unfortunately somthing came up but two old friends on mine were there for ameal and were very impressed, both bought a CD; will make next time.

And finally, Kev thanks for starting this, from little acorns etc.

Alan Ellsmore

16 10 2011
Kev Moore

Alan, I’ve had an immense amount of pleasure from discovering like-minded Jess devotees out there, and as a muso myself, it heartens me greatly to know the world at large isn’t totally XFACTORED!

16 10 2011
julian crook

Hi Alan – yes I remember your mates, we talked about Jess & whether the box would come out, and knowing how hard Neil was working I said I couldn’t imagine it wouldn’t … my birthday in Dec so the wife has it down as my pressie too …. I’m happy to have it as a delayed pressie just like you :o)

Nice to hear your mates enjoyed the gig, i remember chatting – we’re back there on Fri Dec 9th – Warwick on 11th (both full 3hr gigs) and at The Robin 2 for 45min support on 12th – we played the Robin last Wed & just comp’ing some footage of it, opening tune was this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkEtuzqd1b4

Looking fwd to my box set sometime, anytime, J

16 10 2011
kevmoore

Really must catch you guys one day when I’m in the UK Julian!

16 10 2011
Martin Leedham

They are well worth catching too Kev. I keep missing them myself due to other commitments but on the occasions I have caught them they blew me away …….. and everyone knows what I think of the album !

16 10 2011
julian crook

awwwww ….. you guys !

17 10 2011
Paul Simister

It would be great to hear an update on the Hidden Masters box set. Will it be out before christmas 2011?

17 10 2011
julian crook

Paul – see Neil’s update above, good news – I’m asking for a credit note for christmas 2011 just in case its a new year release, J :o)

18 10 2011
Anonymous

How do I get to the top of the album priority list,let’s hope the 950 go in the first week and another 5000 are made instantly.Sure it will be worth the wait,
Keep the faith everybody at last we,ll see the real recognition that this artist deserves.
Alan good idea about that reunion suppose we,ll see what impact this release will have.
Frenchy

18 10 2011
Mark

Is the Bronco Live EP still happening?-same as everyone else-can I reserve a couple of sets?

27 10 2011
neil storey

just completed this… http://youtu.be/vVO2y2rU90s

27 10 2011
kevmoore

Just wonderful Neil – once again, hats off to you for these sterling efforts. Given the paucity of Jedd footage, this video is a revelation!

27 10 2011
Anonymous

Great stuff Neil – each week it gets better & better …… keep up the fantastic work – dont let the small print grind you down :o)

J

7 11 2011
Mark Woodbridge

Posted something the other day and it hasn’t come up.Bought an album titled The Alan Bown USA copy and it has the same tracks as the cd Outward Bown.I do have a copy of the CD The Alan Bown CD featuring Robert Palmer-the one that includes Gypsy girl.Did Jess really do the vocals on the US copy of this and how can I get one and not end up with an album i’ve already got.Just an idea could anyone do me a tape/cd with both versions on?Just to prove their are two versions or let me know how I can get hold of a copy.Much appreciated and let me know if there’s anything I can help with-got lots of live tapes with the JRB and Humans-the sevens windows on cd.Can’t wait for the new recordings coming on the box set.Mark.

8 11 2011
Joerg Reinicke

Hey Mark, can I contact you through the classicrock email address?

Joerg

8 11 2011
Yvonne

Hi Mark

Both versions were called ‘The Alan Bown!’ but the UK version (with Robert Palmer) is album number DML 1049 and the US version (with Jess Roden) is album number DES 18032. The US version appears to be on eBay at the moment, so check with the seller that the vocals are by Jess:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALAN-BOWN-London-Records-DES18032-/140585959955

Regards, Yvonne

8 11 2011
Mark Woodbridge

Thanks Joerg best go through mark.woodbridge14@btinternet.com the web site should get diverted but not sure it always does and thanks Yvonne i’ll have a look.Mark

9 11 2011
neil storey

@Mark above… “lots of live JRB and Humans tapes..”. Intrigued…!!! Perhaps you could drop me a line en-direct and expand a bit?
Thanks
NS

9 11 2011
Mark Woodbridge

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Hi-love the web site-can’t wait for the box set and the two samples I really enjoyed.I used to deal in second hand records etc and in my travels record fairs etc there used to be dealers who just sold bootleg tapes-100s of live recordings and was lucky to pick up a couple of jrb tapes then amazed to find a rivits tape-not very good quality but i think it might be the only gig they played in england or one of only a few.Then I was talking to an old mate who used to record the tapes and he said he had a couple of Jess with the humans much like the live cd but i do have him in singing Deperado unaccompanied with the crowd coming in with the ‘let somebody love you’.When I met Jess at a gig in Covent Garden and we chatted for a few minutes he said he’d never heard a remix of a rivits single i had on a double sided promo which i sent him on tape with some other rare tracks.Anyway hope i’ve answered your question and keep up the good work-oh you can’t help with Jess singing on that Alan Bown LP that Robert Palmer seems to be singing on all the cd copies the one with gypsy girl,elope,my friend etc.Thanks,Mark.

9 11 2011
neil storey

Mark… just read your post, pls get in touch direct (neilstorey@aol.com) or via the JR main site (mail@jessroden.com)
Many thanks
NS

2 12 2011
london dance radio

What’s up mates, pleasant article and nice urging commented here, I am truly enjoying by these.

3 12 2011
Bruce C

Just caught up with the news of Keef Hartleys passing….read an article recently which mentioned an unreleased album featuring contributions fom John Mayall and Jess…

3 12 2011
kevmoore

Hi Bruce,

I hadn’t realized Keef had passed. RIP. I still love the Lancashire hustler album, with the mighty trio of Jess, Robert Palmer and Elkie. It seems that back in the day, we really had an embarrassment of riches in British Music. Last year I worked in Germany with Spencer Davis, and he had Miller Anderson on guitar from Keef’s band, Dog Soldier – still a great player.

I wonder if Neil can shed any light on any unreleased Jess collaborations with him?

3 12 2011
neil storey

Keef – yes, v sad indeed; unhappily I was the one to break the news to JR – and, as he said, extremely sad that to learn that contemporaries are passing away… I can confirm that Keef is featured on certain tracks on the JR Anthology (which have never seen the light of day before) although I’ve no specific knowledge of any unreleased KH albums…
Neil

3 12 2011
julian

sad news indeed – I’ve always loved “Circles” off the LH album & was playing it only a couple of days ago – will pop the album on in memory of him right now. J

3 12 2011
kevmoore

Thanks for that Neil. It always painful to have to pass on that kind of news. I remember our drummer in Christie telling a host of musicians from the 60’s at a show we were doing (Steve Ellis, Swinging blue jeans etc) of Stevie Marriott’s death. Needless to say, the show was dedicated to him that night.

J: You and me both – it’s in the machine right now.

3 12 2011
Anonymous

Ooh thanks for letting me know this album even existed – just downloaded it and Jess is sounding as amazing as ever – loving Circles – have another version of it by Vinegar Joe – but loving Jess singing it better 🙂 Nice to hear Elkie and Robert Palmer singing BV’s on it – !

3 12 2011
Raine HIlson

Didn’t mean to be Anonymous – Ooh thanks for letting me know this album even existed – just downloaded it and Jess is sounding as amazing as ever – loving Circles – have another version of it by Vinegar Joe – but loving Jess singing it better 🙂 Nice to hear Elkie and Robert Palmer singing BV’s on it – !

3 12 2011
juliancrook

Hi Raine – its great isnt it – a friend pointed me to it many years ago in the late 70’s – the recent re-issue on CD by Cherry Red/Esoteric was wonderful (many of the other KH albums had been re-issued & I was longing for this one to make it out of the vaults for years) …. RP & Elkie didnt get namechecked on the album due to contractual wranglings at the time i seem to recall ….. and thats Keefs mom playing piano at the end of side one (Men of Harlech … Kev, I think you told me that ?) Cheers, J (PS – Neil, I’m looking fwd to the other Keef/Jess !! – you’re an old tease, you really are :o)

3 12 2011
juliancrook

Hi gang – if anyone is around the West Mids/Warwick (UK) area on Sun Dec 11th my band – The Cohen Brothers [ http://www.thecohenbrothers.co.uk ] play a brand new venue on Sunday 11th Dec – Warwick Cavern at 8pm (free entry) – its just off the A46 (nr Warwick Hospital) – info & maps are here http://​www.warwickcavern.co.uk (promise to play “Me & Crystal Eye” !! and some Winwood faves too as well as our tunes, of course, Cheers J

22 12 2011
juliancrook

Hi All – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone …. my wish for the New Year is (apart from world peace !) is that the corporate geezers sort themselves out & let Neil finish what he’s started on behalf of Jess and all of us here.

The guys at “Wrinkley Rockers Club” are planning a write up on Jess soon too – so look out for that on the Bandstand page http://www.wrinklyrockersclub.co.uk/Bandstand.html

All the best for 2012, Julian

24 12 2011
kevmoore

May I add my Christmas wishes to everyone who has helped turn this blog in to something far greater than the sum of its parts.

I truly appreciate all of your comments and our shared enthusiasm for one of our country’s greatest vocalists. Let’s hope Neil’s hard work and dedication pay off in 2012.

take care all

Kev Moore

8 01 2012
neil storey

Happy New Year everyone!

Here’s a new vid… with Jess Talking about The Rivits… and a little bit of Old Broadway… one of the tunes that’ll feature on the Anthology.

NS

8 01 2012
kevmoore

What a great New Year surprise, Neil – many thanks for posting!

11 01 2012
Bruce C

Happy New Year all…
Another great post, Neil….always a bit ambivalent about Multiplay but love the backing vocals on Old Broadway.

Just spotted this on ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JOHN-MILES-JETHRO-TULL-JESS-RODEN-LABBI-SIFFRE-BBC-TOP-597-/280801989979?pt=UK_Records&hash=item41611a555b

From April 1976….goitta love the BBC: describes Leave Your Hat On as “heavy metal”

14 01 2012
Alan

Hey Neil,

this post from Bruce C is from a 1976 Top of the Pops, any chance of a video?

Alan

14 01 2012
juliancrookulian

The BBC have been re-broadcasting all the TOTP shows – they started in 2011 and b/cast all shows from 1976 replaying the show from the equivalent week in 1976 (which was the first year all the video tapes were archived) so if he was on, it should be somewhere on that archive.

I think this disc maybe different though – Brian Matthews never presented the TV show, but the Beeb did used to send transcription discs out via the World Service for b/cast in different countries, so i am guessing this is one of those – but if the JRB did appear on TOTP on TV i cant wait to see it ….. there was a “lost” OGWT recording & I dont recall ever seeing any video footage of that ??

interesting find Bruce :o)

14 01 2012
neil storey

The item up on EBay is a BBC Transcription disc… and its audio only – ie, isn’t a ‘transcription’ of any video. Easy enough to get a history of BBC transcription discs off of a quick Google search… but, in brief, the Beeb would create these ‘compilations’ and send ’em out not just worldwide (as Julain has noted above) but also to local stations in the UK and they’d air as if they were live programmes and, in this instance, presented by Brian Matthews.

The JRB track here is taken from one of the Maida Vale sessions which, (since I’m typing this without referring to notes) was either broadcast on the John Peel show or one of the other Radio One shows of the time…

BBC Transcription discs are fairly rare… and this one (from viewing on EBay) looks in decent enough shape + it has all the relevant programme notes with it which one doesn’t always find. Although this is a bit of a generalisation, production of these would probably be only in the order of 250 copies a time. Last time I looked it was going for 50 squiddlys and I’d say thats a pretty decent price… ‘cos you don’t see ’em that often!

The JRB never appeared on TOTP… they did, however, appear on OGWT however, thus far, it appears that that recording / video is lost within the BBC archives. Thats not to say it doesn’t exist / has been wiped… just to say, its not been located (and yes, I do have the programme details / who they were on with etc).

We’re currently in the midst of redesign #3 for the JR website and it’ll be posted up (along with quite a bit of new ‘stuff’) when we relaunch that…

Neil

14 01 2012
kevmoore

As Neil has confirmed, JR and JRB never appeared on TOTP – but let us cling to the hope that their appearance on OGWT currently lingers undiscovered in the cobwebbed depths of the beeb instead of being wiped to back up repeats of The One Show…….!!!!

14 01 2012
Martin Leedham

A few of us have already discussed this but what about trying to arrange some sort of launch/get together for the release of the box set. Maybe get to play a few tracks from it …. tell some Jess stories …. or even put together a one off fan band to do a few covers ….. Julian, Kev as internationally acclaimed musos … how about it … I might even write you a positive review ….. if you are any good of course !!!!

14 01 2012
kevmoore

Martin: 🙂

I’d be very much into the idea of a launch/get together. Love to get up and sing a few Jess tunes!

14 01 2012
julian

ha ! – but of course – it would great to celebrate the release in whatever way – and I’m always up for a sing & play (Martin you know me too well !) – i’m sure i can get some other mates involved (i used to do a few tunes back in the day and in the last year or so met up with guitarist & bass player from those days – i know they would love to get a few of the tunes together again) …. I’m sure i could collar one or two more too

Kev – it would be great to meet & share the stage with you (or carpet in pub !!)

Looking forwards to 2012 even more now 🙂

J

16 01 2012
Steve Hunt

Does anyone remember a BBC 2 JRB ‘In Concert’ or am I confused old man?

16 01 2012
frenchy

Steve,
You are not losing it Steve believe you me,see details below of the exact date,time,track listing I got from a contact at the BBC some time ago.
Saw this concert first time round and it was the first time I ever saw JRB in action and was so impressed started collecting the albums from wherever.
I contacted Billy Livesey via facebook some time ago who is a musician/producer in the States, who actually played keyboards at that time and after I reminded him he confirmed he wore wellingtons on that gig,must have been the style at that time!!
I do have further info regarding this gig so if you need interesting insights please e mail me on frenchyb53@aol.com.
I believe that the BBC still have this archive footage and the I think the powers that be who are currently involved in the new cd are aware of this footage and we should push in the future to get this out there,maybe we should start a campaign!! It would sell like hot cakes with the people who never had the chance to see JRB live.
Lets get the new album over first then maybe we can move forward with some help.

Programme Title: Sight and Sound in Concert:The Jess Roden Band
Date of broadcast 15/1/1977
Duration 59 mins 22secs
Venue Golders Green Hippodrome,London,England,UK.
Track Listing
Ballad of Big Sally
On a Winner with You
In a Circle
Desperado
Stay in Bed
Me and Crystal Eye
Leave your Hat On
Blowin’
Can’t Get Next To You
Jump Mama
Regards
Frenchy

16 01 2012
Steve Hunt

I’m glad my memory wasn’t playing tricks on me – thanks Frenchy. Wouldn’t it be great is the proposed anthology came with a DVD!

16 01 2012
julian

What a great show !! – someone did a lot of digging to find all the shows b/cast here http://missingepisodes.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=totp&action=print&thread=6392 although the BFI only list a small section of them (maybe that means this is all that actually still exists ??) http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/13411

and yes, it would be amazing to see &/or hear that in good quality after so many years – then again, i am not sure anything will be able to top the Anthology !!

Cheers, J

16 01 2012
Steve Hunt

Oh how that list brings back so many memories of gigs from that era – many thanks for that Julian.

19 01 2012
julian

just spotted this – probably been up there for a while, but have only just come across it http://www.myspace.com/iguanabrassrock J

19 01 2012
Steve Hunt

Quality – I had this album but it was stolen in 1979, along with all my collection! I lost my musical ‘youth’ to some yob and I’ve never got over it so hearing this is a real treat! Does anyone know, did Pete Hunt, the drummer, go on to play with the Lonnie Donegan band? If so, I chatted with him but didn’t realise he might have or I would have asked!

20 01 2012
julian
20 01 2012
Mark Studden

Talk about bad timing…

…the download at that link is hosted by Megaupload dot com.

23 01 2012
Alex

Hi all

Just spent an hour or so reliving lots of memories – thanks for all the information and comments. Great to see the jess website up and running and imminent release of material.

I used to live in Wolverhampton and saw Jess quite a few times – and then at the Robin and Mean Fidler (I think) with the Humans. So wonderful to hear him again – had hoped that would be the springboard to keep going.

Can anyone confirm my memory that Jess supported Trapeze at the Civic in Wolverhampton? Might just be age and alcohol (at the time) related lapse in memory but am sure that if not Trapeze it was another local band.

I look forward to following further posts and release of material
cheers
Alex

24 01 2012
Kev Moore

Thanks for your contribution Alex. If you’re right, Trapeze and Jess would just about be the ultimate gig for me – I’d have been in heaven!!!

26 01 2012
Garry

Jess & Linda Lewis

26 01 2012
Kev Moore

Great find, Garry!

Effortless vocal from Jess – wonderful stuff!

30 01 2012
Steve Hunt

More quality! Many thanks.

31 01 2012
Joerg Reinicke

There is a copy of “Live At The BBC” currently up on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.de/itm/JESS-RODEN-LIVE-AT-THE-BBC-CD-15-TRACKS-P1975-1977-C1996-/330679445599?pt=B%C3%BCcher_Unterhaltung_Music_CDs&hash=item4cfe07e85f

Highly recommended if you don’t have it yet!

4 02 2012
Alan

Hello all,

here’s a link to a festival programme JRB, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on arrow to JRB photograps etc.

Alan

4 02 2012
Alan

Sorry all;

here is the link

http://orange75.pagesperso-orange.fr/programm.htm

Alan

4 02 2012
Alan

Hello all,

just having a search around the net,

if you don’t have it and want to reward the artists Jess Roden and the Humans is availe able on itunes
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/jess-roden-the-humans/id220019265

Alan

5 02 2012
Alan

Hello again,

found this, never heard of this before.

Talk of Paul Rodgers joining the band surfaced again after Gillan’s departure. Fate intervened in April 1973 when Lord and Paice caught a Trapeze concert featuring bassist/singer Glen Hughes at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Under the impression that Rodgers was about to come aboard, Hughes agreed to join Deep Purple. When Rodgers declined, opting to form Bad Company, the group toyed with the idea of remaining a four piece, but Blackmore wanted someone with a lower register to compliment Hughes’ high delivery. Other lead singers were discussed, including Mike Harrison (Spooky Tooth), Snips (Sharks), and Jess Roden (The Alan Bown).

Glenn Hughes and Jess Roden in the same band?

Alan

5 02 2012
Martin Leedham

The Deep Purple connection to Jess Roden is well known amongst Purple fans and historians. I have mentioned it myself in my Deep Purple/Free and Jess Roden reviews over at my blog. In the more mainstream articles though Jess tends to get forgotten as he is not so well known. In a nutsell Glenn wanted to be lead vocalist as well but Ritchie was having none of it and had his heart set on Paul Rodgers. Rodgers however had already started working with Mick Ralphs and would not entertain the idea of sharing vocal duties with Glenn (or anyone for that matter). Remember Boz Burrell had been a more than competent lead vocalist before joining Bad Company but was only allowed to join on the understanding that he woud not do any lead vocal at all. But back to Purple …. the only people seriously considered in as much as having an actual jam, as far as i am aware were Paul and Terry Reid. One person around at the time (who i best not name) tells me Jess was offered the gig but turned it down flat ….. others tell me it was mere speculation ….

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9 02 2012
Anonymous

New JR / Rivits blog… in case anyone’s missed it (!)…

http://neilstorey.blogspot.com/2012/01/jess-roden-rivits-old-broadway-hidden.html

23 03 2012
Anonymous

Hidden Masters | The Jess Roden Anthology CD 1 – Town & Country

Baby Don’t Push Me / The Alan Bown Set – Previously unreleased mix; sourced from the 1” multitrack, recorded February 28th 1966

Headline News / The Alan Bown Set – Previously unreleased mix, sourced from the 1” multitrack, recorded September 14th 1966

Gonna Fix You Good / The Alan Bown Set – Previously unreleased mix, sourced from the 1” multitrack, recorded December 19th 1966

I Really, Really Care / The Alan Bown Set – Previously unreleased mix, sourced from the 1” multitrack, recorded March 1st 1967

All Along The Watchtower / The Alan Bown – Sourced from the ¼” Master, recorded June 3rd 1968

My Girl The Month Of May / The Alan Bown – Sourced from the ¼” Production Master, recorded June 3rd 1968

Amber Moon / Bronco – Sourced from the ¼” Cutting Master and recorded April 9th 1971

Lazy Now / Bronco – Previously unreleased mix, sourced from the 2” multitrack that was recorded August 21st 1970

All The Love I Sing (Love) / Bronco – Previously Unreleased mix, sourced from the ¼” Master, recorded April 19th 1970

Time Slips Away / Bronco – Sourced from the ¼” Cutting Master, recorded April 9th 1971

New Day Avenue / Bronco – Previously Unreleased Mix, sourced from the ¼” Master, recorded April 9th 1971

Bumpers West / Bronco – Previously Unreleased Mix, sourced from the ¼” Master, recorded September 2nd 1970

Sudden Street / Bronco – Previously unreleased mix, sourced from the 2” multitrack that was recorded March 19th 1971

Joys & Fears / Bronco – Sourced from the ¼” Cutting Master recorded March 15th 1971

Life / Jess Roden – Previously Unreleased Demo, sourced from the ¼” Master, recorded August 27th 1972

Song 3 / Jess Roden –
Previously Unreleased Instrumental Demo with guide vocal, sourced from the 2” Multitrack recorded on February 10th 1972

(track listing subject to final clearances / change; further Anthology track listings will be announced shortly).

NS

23 03 2012
J

Neil, this looks absolutely amazing and seems to suggest that the production is nearing its final stages?
I am impatiently awaiting the track listings of the other volumes.
Any comments on when the final release may be expected?

Greetings
Joerg

23 03 2012
julian-crook

wonderful stuff ….. the days grow longer, the clocks go forwards and Hidden Masters bring us the joys of Spring … can’t wait, Julian

25 03 2012
Lynne Gibson

just heard jess singing on the Stomu track – wow! totally stunning, sent shivers down my spine.

26 03 2012
kevmoore

Lynne – I think the breadth of his catalogue in itself is reason enough for the issue of the box set. If ever an artist deserved the ‘completist’ treatment, it is Jess.

Neil: Truly mouthwatering! breath, as always, continually bated! 🙂

26 03 2012
Jason

I’ll be disappointed if the box doesn’t contain all of his solo/Jess Roden band albums. These are what make me a Roden fan, and several have never been released on CD, at least in the USA. The recent release of Frankie Miller’s complete Chrysalis recordings — plus one one in the original unreleased mix, was very satisfying.

It’s great to hear things that never made it out of the vault, but the things that did deserve first consideration and are very likely the best. If they don’t make it into this box set, they will probably never be released.

26 03 2012
Anonymous

For your delectation… CD2 Track listing now posted…

http://neilstorey.blogspot.com/?spref=tw

NS

29 03 2012
Anonymous

And… CD3 – entitled Get Ta Steppin’ – is now up as well…

http://neilstorey.blogspot.com/2012/03/hidden-masters-jess-roden-anthology-cd_29.html?spref=tw

Neil

30 03 2012
Anonymous

And… now… moving on… here a little bit of a blog + the track listing for CD4 – Outside Its America from #HiddenMasters | The Jess Roden Anthology – here: http://neilstorey.blogspot.com/?spref=tw

Please… please… do keep helping to spread the word!

Thanks
Neil.

30 03 2012
kevmoore

Neil, as soon as I return from Crete, I’ll be putting together a piece for my site highlighting the forthcoming release, and I’ll also announce whatever’s required on my BayRadio spot.

Kev

30 03 2012
alan

Neil,

what’s happening with the Bronco disc with Black Jack Davey on?

Alan

30 03 2012
alan

Neil,

just looking at the new JR site and realised it’s not Black Jack Davey but Talking Jack Humphries.

Fantastic site, however you still have on the shakedown pages a photograph of Stourbridge, which includes the Town Hall where many bands played, with Kidderminster underneath, the same photograph can be found elsewhere on the web with the same mistake.

Alan

31 03 2012
Anonymous

@Alan… thanks (!) for pointing out the error… duh… it’ll be rectified over the weekend. There are a few other little tweaks we’ll be making too… don’t forget, this is all work-in-progress and we’re adding new material all the time.

As regards the Bronco set… Jess and I decided to put that on hold for the time being; largely because of the concentration involved in not just creating the Anthology but also all of the ancillary ‘stuff’ surrounding it. Don’t forget, the bottom line – our modus operandi if you like – has always been to create the best possible package we’re able to for everyone.

In time to come we will get back to the Bronco set (promise!)… in fact and without giving the game away too much, there are bigger and better plans afoot as regards that! And, as we’ve learned (!), these things take time to create… so, bear with us…!

@Joerg – thanks for kind words… yeah, we’re getting close now… Yesterday, I started firming up final re-mastering dates. Believe it or not (!), some more analog tapes have just (and I mean just) come to light… these’ll be digitised very quickly from which we’ll take a view on a couple of pieces that we’ve been deliberating over recently.

Again – as per note above, this really is about creating the best possible package we can… hence notes at the bottom of every CD track-listing published thus far…

@Jason… Comment fully understood. To replicate all of the original albums as well as include all of the never-heard-before material we wanted to that was available to us could have led to… ummm… crikey… something in the order of a 12 or more CD set!!!

What we could have done would have been to create a whole series of what are termed ‘deluxe’ editions… so, for instance, if you take the first (proper) solo album… a deluxe version of that could have included all the material from the Rabbit-produced sessions + the additional tracks that were recorded at Olympic + whatever else might exist from (say) the Sea Saint sessions with Allen Toussaint… and compile from there.

For Bronco (again, as an example) we could have bundled together everything we found and… similarly created editions from that. Same goes for the JRB or the US solo albums. The Rivits too.

But… IF we’d have done that, the end result would have been a mass of duplication which, when we thought about it – and we did, long and hard… we didn’t feel created something of worth. And, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, at the early stages of the project, a Bronco double-CD was issued (by BGO) which I think is still available. That set was a straight-forward replication of both released albums; it was mastered from previously digitised tapes (ie, that company did not go back to the original analog tapes) but, even so, sold well (so I gather) to the fans of those original albums.

Secondly, we took into account that a ‘Best Of…’ had been released by a label called Lemon (part of the Cherry Red group) a couple years back. Frankly, the title was a bit of a misnomer since it only touched on a few facets of Jess’ career (eg, the track-listing was what it was but, by no stretch of the imagination, was it comprehensive). Again, that was also only mastered from previously digitised tapes…

And thirdly… nb: Jess was not consulted in the creation of either of those ‘compilations’.

So… when we started compiling this Anthology we started from (and have adhered to) three very distinct premises. First and foremost, Jess’ was the final word when it came to including or excluding track X. Second was deferring (and rightly) to his ‘watchwords’ of – “while there was a reason for something being left on a shelf long ago, only if it stands up now in the cold light of day should it be considered” and “these recordings were of a time, thus they should remain of that time” – basically, this meant not over-fiddling with multitracks (if that was the only source tape available to us). Third was to make this as musically interesting and as definitive an edition as we could.

And…have we succeeded? With items one and two above – yeah, absolutely… I can say that hand on heart. As to three… well, thats down to you guys out there to tell us! (And I’m sure you will in time!)

All the best… and thanks for all the support shown thus far!

Neil.

31 03 2012
alan

Neil,

is it possible for users of this board to be guaranteed a copy of the box set if they want to order?

Also, with Bronco ‘there are bigger and better plans afoot as regards that!’ is further good news and intriguing, I work with a good friend of Robbie’s so need to have a word.

Thanks for the time and hard work in making all this possible.

It was great having Emergency 999, both studio and live, on the website and being able to compare, I think that the live version really shows Jess Roden to be a supreme vocalist, I enjoyed it when I first bought the album and it still has the same excitement today.

Alan

1 04 2012
alan

Neil,

ignore part of above, it is of course Emergency 999 and Headline news.

Alan

2 04 2012
Anonymous

Here we go… again (!)…

CD 5 – Eight Days On The Road – from the Jess Roden Anthology – track listing just posted here | http://neilstorey.blogspot.com/?spref=tw

Neil

2 04 2012
Bruce C

CD5 looking great (they’re all looking great!)….are the Marquee sessions the same ones that spawned the EP? Have recollections of seeing one of those shows and seeing the band rush out to the mobile (Maison Rouge?) parked in Wardour Street to listen to the replays…would have liked a listen myself….but it seems that 36 years later I will! It’s been said before, but all credit to yourself Neil, Kev and Jess for making this happen. In the past you have alluded to some sort of launch event…is that still on the horizon?

3 04 2012
martin engel

Hello,

I’m new here………..

A Jess fan from Holland: great news about the box: my thanks to the people who made this possible. I’ve been a fan of Jess since 1974: I have a lot ofvinyl and cd’s from Jess, Butts Band, Alan Bown etc. really looking forward to this box!

Greetings from Holland

3 04 2012
kevmoore

Hello Martin and welcome! You are among friends and like-minded music fans here. If you haven’t found the link, please check out Neil’s excellent and definitive site http://www.jessroden.com

4 04 2012
martin engel

Thanks,

Always nice to meet people who have the same passion: Jess is rather unknown in Holland, except for “You can leave your hat on”.

“On Broadway” was a club hit at the end of the 70’s over here in Amsterdam.

6 04 2012
alan

Neil,

looking at the track listing for the Hidden masters, fantastic to see If Ever You Should Change Your Mind. This is a perfect example of music that is produced in a moment in time, reflects the era but the quality of it outlasts style and fashion.

Stonechaser is an album which I don’t have so am unsure who wrote this, however it is possible to overlook that Jess is a fine songwriter due to his vocal prowess and the calibre of the musicians he has worked with.

Question: is What’s Going On the Marvin Gaye song, looking forward to hearing this.

Anyone missing some of Jess’s output pop on over to Grooveshark where you can here Live at the BBC, Stonechaser and more, then track down and buy the originals for a better listening experience.

All the best.

Alan

24 04 2012
Paul Simister

I think it would be really nice if there was an email optin box somewhere so that we could be told when the box set will be released. I keep checking here and on the main Jess Roden website but I worry that I’ll miss it.

24 04 2012
Anonymous

@Paul – Thanks for your comment… IF you (or, indeed anyone who reads Kev’s most excellent blog) would like to mail us off the main JR site, I’ll add you in to the list of people who’ve already asked to be alerted just upfront of when we activate / push the pre-ordering button.

Everything IS set up (and has been for some little now actually)… sadly – some would use the word annoyingly – we cannot formally annouce all of this until we’ve finished the track clearance process and, since the bulk of the tracks that make up the Anthology are Universal owned masters… that means we’re having to wait until they complete everything their end. The entire process is further complicated due to the raft of previously unreleased material thats been uncovered… meaning that this also involves them finding original paperwork etc etc. Frustrating and slow-going and, as our estemmed legal-eagle commented the other day “A bit like pushing an oil-tanker upstream” but, hey… we’re getting there!

NS

24 04 2012
kevmoore

Echoing Neil’s comments Paul – Certainly for my part, when the word comes down, I’ll be spreading it far and wide! I would urge everyone to do as Neil suggests and join the list via http://www.jessroden.com

29 04 2012
Alan

heelo all,

just trying to access the Jess Roden website, everything blocked, last time this happened was when the big announcement for track listings started to appear, may it now be the realese date announcement we are waiting for, keep trying everyone. No doubt Neil will also put it on here. Four and half years Kev and it is all coming to fruition.

Alan

29 04 2012
kevmoore

Well worth the journey Alan!

7 05 2012
Alan

previously on this site is mention of Jess singing with Robert Palmer on the Tube ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’ posted on youtube, also from the same show on you tube ‘Looking For Clues’

and ‘Pride’

Alan

8 05 2012
Martin Leedham

Thought I would post a link to my latest Jess review. This time it is the Jess Roden & The Humans studio album ……. also put a little plug for the Anthology at the end.

http://martinleedham.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/album-review-jess-roden-the-humans-jess-roden-the-humans-1995/

8 05 2012
kevmoore

Nice one Martin. many thanks as always. hope all’s good with you mate.

23 05 2012
julian

out this week – including the rare duet with Jess “Losing Game” http://www.sandydennyofficial.com/music/releases/sandy-denny/rendezvous/279936-0/

“Losing Game” at Amazon on mp3 for 89p ! http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0080LSKG2/ref=dm_dp_trk14?ie=UTF8&qid=1337763085&sr=1-10

12 06 2012
ukeshedtaz

Don’t know if you guys are aware that BBC broadcast JRB live from Golders Green Hippodrome in 1974 the other day. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jvf9v

If you download the freeware Radio Downloader from http://www.nerdoftheherd.com/tools/radiodld/ it’s really easy to record an MP3 of the show.

13 06 2012
julian

Fab – just listening to it now – first thing on the show too – sounds amazing !!

Its a nice little aperitif ahead of the main course – and we all know what that is :o)

Cheers, J

13 06 2012
Anonymous

Great link, and great stuff too keep,ace quality.
Frenchy

15 06 2012
Julian

I have just managed to get one of the remaining copies of “The Alan Bown Set Before and Beyond” the biography of Alan Bown who’s 60’s/70’s band included singers Jess Roden and Robert Palmer along with many other young up & coming artists of the time – there are literally a handful of books remaining – Peter Rutland who’s company printed the book can be contacted here if you want a copy http://​www.whitedotdesign.co.uk/​contact.html more info on Alan Bown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​The_Alan_Bown_Set

31 07 2012
julia
31 07 2012
kevmoore

Absolutely! It’s one of my most treasured pieces of vinyl!

31 07 2012
julian

me too ! – i have the UK vinyl version (bought on day of release) & picked up a US version when i was there in 79/80 … less pop & crackles than the UK one but very bright, so a CD will be very interesting to hear after all these years …. should sit nicely alongside the Anthology too :o)

31 07 2012
Jake

Will “Player” not be part of the anthology in its entirety?

31 07 2012
kevmoore

No Jake, Jess’s career is long and diverse, and there are the unreleased gems to consider, so I don’t think the whole album will be featured, though I think it gets a little more attention than those that have already been released on CD (which are sadly precious few)

24 08 2012
Anonymous

Another vote of respect from a fellow muscian, this one from Mick Box, Uriah Heap: “Another great venue……..was the Cooks Ferry Inn, in Edmonton. Playing there pretty regularly were the Alan Bown Set with Jess Roden on vocals. I loved his voice, and it is a shame he did not go on to greater success. I know after he left the Alan Bown Set he formed the Jess Roden Band and then Bronco, but I kind of lost touch after that. They were fantastic, though, and brought the house down every time they played there.” from Classic Rock.
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/appy-days-the-mick-box-column-no-18/

Alan

24 08 2012
kevmoore

That’s a great shout Alan. Jess really has always been ‘a musician’s singer’

29 10 2012
Neil.

Hi everyone…

Well… finally… we’re almost there! Pre-ordering really will start very soon!

We’ve teamed up with the good people at PledgeMusic and, via this link > http://www.pledgemusic.com/widgets/5108 < you can register + there's a free download at the end of it… Its the first tune that found its way onto the Anthology – Song 3… and, as I guess everyone knows who reads this blog, virtually the first one unearthed when all of the archive research began. Somehow, that seemed the most appropriate track. Naturally, once its properly re-mastered, the version included on the Anthology is going to sound a whole heap better than an MP3!

The aim is for the JR PledgeMusic page to go live at (high) Noon UK Time on Monday November 12th.

At which point, ALL of the details on exactly what we've been beavering away on in the background (!) these last few months will be announced.

Lastly… I should tidy up one rumour that I've caught of late (which was, will it be on Amazon first?): No… it won't… the JR Anthology will be absolutely exclusive to the PledgeMusic platform… (in other words, it won't be possible to order through the likes of Amazon, HMV or any other carrier whatsoever). And, to reconfirm this too – it will be a strictly limited edition – 950 hand-numbered copies only.

29 10 2012
Bruce C

Hi Neil….fantastic news…again, many thanks to you and Kev for getting this together…any launch event?….I’ll be in the UK in November….fingers crossed for serendipity.

29 10 2012
Nicolas Martin

I’m in the USA. Will the set need to be ordered from the UK?

29 10 2012
kevmoore

Hi Nicolas – Neil may correct me on this, but it should be immaterial where you are based. If you order online from Pledge it will be dispatched to the address you give I imagine.

29 10 2012
kevmoore

Bruce – it’s been an amazing journey….I’d love to mark the release with some form of event – but it’s difficult to align the stars I guess. I’m in the UK briefly in December, but as usual, crazy busy!

29 10 2012
Julian

Wonderful news Neil and so good to hear that all your hard work is now about to be realised. The best we can all do here (as well as ordering !!) is share the links around our own social network links – and ask any interested mates to do same – spread the word, as I’m sure those 950 copies are not going to be around for very long:o)

30 10 2012
Anonymous

It feels like Christmas is coming!! I am so looking forward to this!

30 10 2012
Neil.

@ Nicolas… via the PledgeMusic platform, you can order from wherever in the world you are! I’ve had emails – asking the very same question – in from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Holland… and the list of countries goes on!!! Its one of the reasons why we have chosen to work with Pledge… it cuts down all the barriers (as well as a lot of time-consuming paperwork for us too!).

30 10 2012
Martin Engel

This is great news: thanx to all the people who made this possible: I will surely order my copy. I hope many dutch fans will order one too!

9 11 2012
Anonymous

Check out the Jess Roden Facebook page for samples of the new album, sounds brilliant.
Frenchy

12 11 2012
Mark

YeeeeeHaaaaaa! Pledge made. It’s been such a long time…can’t wait for the goodies to arrive!

12 11 2012
kevmoore

Been a long time comin’ indeed Mark, but I have no doubt, well worth the wait!
And while I’m here…thanks to EVERYONE that has contributed to this site over the last few years and helped raise awareness of Jess’ music. 🙂

12 11 2012
Alex Bielecki

.. and yabadabadooo too!!! Worrying now about my selection. Can’t afford the top notch version but thinking about upgrading – is it possible to do that?

12 11 2012
kevmoore

Hi Alex. There is of course the facility to pledge more, but I’m not sure if that entitles you to change/upgrade your selection. There is an ‘ask a question’ button on the page that acknowledges your pledge – try that.

12 11 2012
Neil.

@Alex – firstly, thanks so much to you (and everyone) who has pledged… Yes it is possible to upgrade… and… apologies for being remiss but I’ll be posting the track-listing for the bonus CD (The Subs Bench) very shortly…
Neil.

12 11 2012
Alex Bielecki

Neil – many thanks. Think I was so much in a hurry to pledge that I didn’t really consider all the options! Will take another look. presume you cancel one pledge and replace with a new one.

12 11 2012
Neil.

Here is the track listing for The Subs Bench, the bonus CD (6) that will be only ever available with the 1st edition of the Anthology. None of these tracks have ever been released before.

1. Storm And Stone (Shine On Joe). Sourced from the ¼” master and recorded during March 1972 at Basing St during the Rabbit Sessions (for Jess’ first but aborted) solo album. The track features Rabbit (keyboards), Robbie Blunt (guitar), Kellie (drums), Pat Donaldson (bass) and Jess (acoustic guitar)

2. Love Me (The Alan Bown Set). A demo recorded at Pye Studios in London on December 19th 1966. Sourced from the original ¼” tape.

3. On Your Life. Written by Rabbit and also recorded during the sessions from which, ultimately, only What The Hell became part of Jess’ first solo album. Kellie plays drums with Rabbit mixing Mellotron and Hammond Organ as well as playing bass pedals. Sourced from the original ¼” master. As a footnote, the version that Rabbit has in his own archives is different again (indeed, he never knew this version existed until very recently… and was pretty surprised that it did).

4. Desperado (The Jess Roden Band). As a track, it needs no introduction whatsoever. This was recorded live at Leicester University during November 1976 on the Island Mobile and has been sourced from the original 2” multitrack.

5. Loving In Your Sake. Also recorded during March ’72 at Basing St this features Gerry Conway, Rabbit and Pat Donaldson and has been sourced from the 2” multitrack. The actual take (there are two) of this demo is a good deal longer but… in the cold light of day… the coda contained way too much ambient noodling (Jess’ phrase) equals it really didn’t work so we extracted the song and… here it is.

6. Special T’anks (Jess Roden / Pete Wood). One of the short instrumental tracks that were to have formed linking passages to the (never recorded) 2nd Rivits album that Jess and Pete were working on at Compass Point while waiting for their riddim section (the mighty Sly ‘n Robbie) to tip up. They were delayed for ‘business’ reasons in Jamaica and… this was one of the tracks recorded at that time… indeed, at the same point that Jess and Island finally parted company. Sourced from the original 2” multitrack.

7. Surrender To Your Heart (Jess Roden & The Humans). Could be described as a Humans demo… only very recently discovered (by Bob Pridden) and recorded at Quarwood, John Entwhistle’s home studio on the day the actual writing of the tune was completed with Jim Capaldi (drums), Gary Grainger (guitar), Nick Graham (bass) and Steve Winwood (Hammond Organ). Harmonica courtesy the singer of songs.

8. Too Far Gone (The Jess Roden Band). From the first (recorded) night at The Marquee… sourced from the 2” multitrack.

9. Love Will Grow. A vocal demo (#take 1) from the Summer ’78 Player Not The Game sessions with John Cartwright (bass), Rob Mounsey (Fender Rhodes) Cliff Morris (guitar) and Chris Parker (drums). Jaki Whitren (John’s wife) can also be heard (briefly) on backing vocals. Sourced from the 2” multitracks.

10. Let Me Make Something In Your Life. This is Jess backed by The Muscle Shoals ‘Swampers’– essentially the main Muscle Shoals rhythm players who later formed the backbone to Traffic at the time of the Low Spark / Shoot Out and On The Road albums – together with the Muscle Shoals Horns… Sourced from the ¼” and recorded in 1974… as a possible contender for Jess’ first solo album.

11. Eight Days On The Road (The Jess Roden Band) Sourced from the 2” multitrack and recorded in September ’76 during the Pinewood Sessions… sessions that, for a number of reasons, were largely unproductive… just prior to the proper recording of the Play It Dirty album.

12. Feelin’ Easy (The Jess Roden Band). Live at The Marquee (altho’ for those who were actually there or remember JRB perfomances of the time, not all of the band featured on this track when played live) and sourced from the 2” multitrack.

13. Sweet One. Recorded during October ’72 this, for a while, confused us. How so? Well… it was actually one of the first tunes that we unearthed and, when we listened back (all those many months ago)… all was running along in ship-shape Bristol fashion until… up pops a Soprano Sax. Nothing weird there as you may imagine… The Sax worked perfectly within the context of the tune but… who the heck was the mysterious Sax player? We simply didn’t know. After a bit the song title assumed brackets in which it said: The Mysterious Sax Player edit. Months went by and we still couldn’t work out who it was. Undeterred, we started listing out every Sax player we could think of who might have been around Basing St at the time (some, sadly, no longer with us) and… still… we couldn’t work it out. More months went by. Until (spooky as this is) on the very same day about six months ago there was an exchange of early morning emails that crossed each others incoming path. Jess’ note said: I reckon the sax player is… while mine to him said; d’you think it might be..? And the answer..? It most certainly is John Helliwell.

14. Ain’t No Sunshine. Recorded one late night in March ’73 at Basing St… its just Jess and an acoustic guitar… We found it, unmarked, on a 2” multitrack in amongst a whole heap of ambient studio nothingness… there were two takes… and this is the best of ‘em.

12 11 2012
kevmoore

‘ambient noodling’ – love it!
…oh there are some delights on this baby….

12 11 2012
Anonymous

Why when a Frankie Miller box set that included unreleased material you can get for £12 is this Jess set so expensive?The offers on the web site stink of commercialism.Very very disappointed when all the build up was as if it was helping to get Jess better Known.

12 11 2012
Alex Bielecki

6 CD’s for £65 as a 12″ box together with all the work that has gone into them. Worth every penny!

12 11 2012
kevmoore

Alex – you’re so right. As a working musician myself, I understand a little about the economics of producing something like this. ‘Anonymous’ might think it is great to get a Frankie Miller box Set for 12 quid as a bargain hunter, but how much do you think Frankie is getting?

12 11 2012
Nicolas Martin

Whatever the economic case, I own the Frankie Miller box set and I can’t afford $100 for a Roden anthology.

12 11 2012
Yvonne

I think £65 for 6 CDs as a box set, with 50% previously unreleased material plus free download of the whole lot, is excellent value for money. And you could pay just £12 for the download version – how much cheaper could that be?

12 11 2012
Anonymous

Yes,I’m the same.Kev may be past the days of having to worry where you’ll find the money for the next electric bill etc.I know this isn’t an economic debate site but I earn £7 an hour and have children to feed so this is very expensive and if you look on amazon this set is dear!!!

12 11 2012
julian

A very special day indeed – thanks to Kev for keeping the flame alive … i remember the day I happened upon this blog and realised i wasn’t the only person to wonder “what happened” …. then Neil popped up here one day – we all started exchanging bits and pieces of old archive stuff …. then the unexpected happened when Neil told us he had access to “the vaults” …. 3+ years later here we are … the price for this?? …in reality its priceless – if Universal/Island had wanted to do a cheap & shoddy re-issue they would have … if you want to buy Jess on Amazon then you need a big wallet indeed – look at the proce of the BBC disc, the 1st sol album & the Jap “Player” & “Stonchaser” … the cost of tracks from those albums is worth the entrance fee alone …. but we have so much more …. big love & thanks to Neil for making it happen …. one may say I am a Happy Pledger 🙂

12 11 2012
julian

consider the cost of making 950 sets of 6-CDs – the cost of the artwork – the cost of the book – the cost of packaging and posting a fairly heavy item – then consider the 4 years of work that have gone into investigating rooms full of unmarked boxes, searching for the stuff that for so many years has lain undiscoverd and forgotten …. then think about the time and expertise necessary to bring those tapes to a stable condition (baking them) … then running the tapes end to end & digitising them … then editing them to make them listenable & mastering to ensure they are all same quality ….. seriously this is not a “lets get some ready made stuff off the shelf & stick it in a jewel box” …. this is the result of 4 years work by a small and dedicated teams …. the price for this is basically the cost of production …. the cost of making it happen is laregely sunk …. how many out there would do that – for us & for Jess ! … just think about it

12 11 2012
kevmoore

Beautifully said Julian.

12 11 2012
Nicolas Martin

Is Yvonne correct? Is the download-only version 12 pounds?

12 11 2012
Neil.

@Nicholas & @Anon… It is, of course, everyone’s right to say they don’t like this or that or the next thing… However, to suggest there is (or should be) a form of financial equality between The JR Anthology and, (as you’ve chosen to make an example of) a Frankie Miller set is flawed to say the least. Furthermore, to state that the ‘offers on the web stink of commercialism’ is equally erroneous.

Firstly, Hidden Masters is not EMI who released the Miller set – so long, of course, that we’re both referring to the same item… currently available on Amazon.com at $22.79 by the way and not the £12.00 you quote. EMI have the resources that Hidden Masters does not whereby the former are able to a) absorb ALL of the very considerable costs involved in producing a set such as that due to the profits they make on multi-million selling others and b) they’re also able to deal with the likes of distributors such as Amazon and a host of other entities including manufacturing in a manner in which Hidden Masters cannot… ie, strike deals such that a set like the Frankie Miller one becomes a loss-leader.

Secondly, we have put together (what we believe to be) a 1st edition within which are a series of special editions that will appeal to all JR fans whatever the depth of their pocket. IF you believe the basic – full set – price is too high… so be it… But, please do bear in mind – before critiquing that – the full economics of preparing, producing, manufacturing and fulfilling orders on a set such as this.

(As an aside here, we are offering the bonus CD (CD6 – The Subs Bench) only – none of which has ever been heard before – as an unlimited download for £12.00).

Furthermore, the enhanced editions that we have put together have absolutely nothing to do with commercialism whatsoever. In fact, the exact opposite… these were created in order for us to be able to offer something of real lasting value to those fans who (we knew) wanted something extra (all will be signed by Jess)… Plus, it was a way of making this 1st edition as special as we humanly could.

The fact that people have already decided to ‘pledge’ on a wide number of these enhanced editions would seem to indicate that we are offering ‘extras’ that people do like. The only pity (from my side of the fence) is that there isn’t a way of showing just how lovely these pieces of art are when framed.

Finally… there is a *possibility* (repeat possibility) that we may introduce a digital-only edition of the 1st edition… this, fairly obviously, depends on a wide range of factors. NB, this would be very different from releasing the set via iTunes or similar and would only (IF it occurs) be made available via PledgeMusic. IF that becomes a reality, then it will be priced accordingly.

Neil.

12 11 2012
Yvonne

Just realised that £12 is just for CD6, not the whole set – apologies if I’ve confused anyone with my earlier post!

12 11 2012
Anonymous

Frenchy,
Completely agree with your comments Neil,you have done a great job, you pick your artist, you pay the money and you take your chance.
For those in doubt, this is a once in a decade chance so people should stop moaning,and get on pledging.
Frenchy

12 11 2012
Nicolas Martin

Speaking only for myself, I didn’t say the cost of the set was too high or that I dislike commercialism, I merely said I can’t afford it. In the free market something is worth whatever it can be sold for. I hope it sells well and a version of it eventually exists that I can afford.

12 11 2012
kevmoore

That is a fair point Nicolas, one can only buy what one can afford. Heaven knows there were days when I had to save up for a single! But I do believe this is an amazing collection at a fair, if not across-the-boards-affordable, price. I know that if I was in my financially -strapped days, I would still have been well chuffed to get a 14 track download of previously unreleased Jess material for £12!

12 11 2012
Steve Hunt

I can’t imagine how anyone would think that £65 is not a fair price for the anthology of a fantastic artist like Jess Roden. Let’s face it – without the hard work of Neil and many other people, even fans like me (who might have a few old albums and cassettes in the loft) would never get the chance in 2012 of hearing anywhere near the number of classics that we once listened to and enjoyed so much all those years ago in one digitally enhanced collection. Although I am not interested in the more expensive collectors’ editions – which were not pre-publicised strangely – I’m sure that they will be sought after by serious music collectors. I have just willingly paid my £65 so come on postman – I want it delivered tomorrow morning!

Very, very many thanks Neil for making this possible and do you think that it’s a good idea to ask Jules Holland to interview yourself and Jess on ‘Later’? It’s the kind of publicity that would help sales?

13 11 2012
Adrian

Yes, the box is expensive, yes it looks beautifully produced and yes I am happy to pay for it. The Frankie Miller box contains excellent, previously released material (apart from the very superior original mix of ‘Highlife’ which is worth the price of admission alone). The info and packaging is uninformative and cheap – but I paid £12. The Jess set is a ‘superbox’ like the Sandy Denny (which sold out). Is there a projected release date? I assume Neil couldn’t get the rights to the superb tracks from ‘Lancashire Hustler’ – Circles and Australian Lady are great, in particular. Well done and I can’t wait to get hold of it!

13 11 2012
Neil.

@Adrian… Its flattering that you’ve described the JR set as a superbox! Thanks… and, if there ever was a model for what we have set out to do, then the Sandy Boxful set is perhaps it…

Projected release – this really all depends on how the ‘pledge’ goes… Its farly simple really; once we hit our target, then we can press the buttons for final re-mastering and onward into production and… delivery. Right now, we’re at 45% so heading in the right direction! As to actual dates… thats a bit of an inexact science… plus we’ve minor hurdles like Christmas as well as Richard at FX’s own availability (he’s re-mastering all the UK material)… Right now, I don’t want to be tied down to a date… other than saying… as soon as we humanly can!

Rights to the Keef Hartley tracks..? No, it wasn’t a case of that at all… (similar goes for Jess’ work with Stomu, Peter Green and others)… we considered absolutely everything – plus don’t forget we found so much more than we ever expected to… so… ultimately, we had to take a view on certain possibles (of which Keef was one). The bonus CD (6/The Subs Bench) was added really late on due to the fact that we couldn’t otherwise find a way of including those tunes and, to be honest, it wouldn’t have been hard to add at least another CD (two even) to this… But… we had to draw a line somewhere and, after much deliberation the set as it stands is where that line got drawn in the sand.

All that said, there are other JR-related archival projects in the works…!

13 11 2012
kevmoore

I think the very fact that Jess’ musical journey has traversed not just the decades, but walked through a myriad of different musical camps, presented this project with simultaneously not only a wealth of riches but an abundance of tough decisions. It is a measure of the body of work he has created that the task of representing it fully is such a difficult one.

Other JR-related archival projects in the works….now THERE is an expression to brighten up my unusually dreary Spanish Tuesday!

13 11 2012
Joerg

“All that said, there are other JR-related archival projects in the works…!”

Well…now this is what I call one mouthwatering outlook!
Eehhmm…did you say Bronco?

13 11 2012
Adrian

Thanks for the response Neil – on what is clearly a labour of love! I saw Jess in 76 with JRB and many times with The Humans, a killer band if ever there was one. I can believe there were difficult decisions to make but there must be some cracking stuff on there if ‘Circles’ doesn’t make the cut (RIP Robert Palmer – though Keef and Jess’ version is the best!). Good luck with the Pledges. I found it difficult to choose version, a great and imaginative selection!

13 11 2012
Chuck

I set my alarm to 5:00 AM yesterday morning (Colorado, USA) and got up to make my pledge to the release. Yes, I was staggering around at that hour of the morning, but I wanted to make especially sure I did not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. I am honored and privileged to be offered such an outstanding collection. I am truly amazed at the tracks you have dug up; I never imagined they were still around and would be made available on CD. Neil/Jess – thanks tremendously for your efforts on this project and please pass along our thanks also to all involved!

13 11 2012
Martin engel

Hello,

Maybe i’m stupid: but how does the pledge works? i would like to order the 65 pound box but I am wondering if this box is already available or is it depending on the number of subscriptions if it will be available at all?
What Will happen to my money then? Maybe my knowledge of english is not sufficient enough. Can somebody please explain how it works?
Greetings from holland

13 11 2012
Neil.

Hi Martin in Holland… To answer your questions. Firstly, the set is not available anywhere or in any format. Secondly, you’ll see on the PledgeMusic page that we have a ‘target’ set… once we are past that point (and, in a little over 24 hours we’re close to half way… so making decent progress!)… we’ll then be in a position to activate the next step… the re-mastering of the tracks not yet fully re-mastered. Once that is completed… we go straight into manufacturing… which, in itself, is probably going to be a three week+ process… (also bear in mind that plants will be shutting down over the Christmas / New Year holiday season so that could cause delays too) and, once that stage is done, we’ll be able to fulfill the orders… be they a straightforward boxed set as you’re planning to pledge on or… the enhanced editions which come with limited edition art etc. Thirdly… no credit card is actually debited until we reach the pledge ‘target’ figure… Lastly… the JR Anthology will only… ever… be available via PledgeMusic – in other words, it won’t be possible to order via (say) Amazon or any other entity. Hope that helps and that you enjoy the music!
Best wishes
Neil.

13 11 2012
Martin engel

Thanks for your reply, Neil. Really appreciatie it.

Greetings,
Martin

2 01 2013
Bruce C

Happy New Year to all who have passed through this site…we’ll be happier still when the last few pledges are in….I have just been over to the PledgeMusic site and see that the project is is sitting at 96%…anyone wavering about whether to commit or not: now’s good!

Best wishes,

Bruce

3 01 2013
kevmoore

Hi Bruce – and a Happy New Year to you and ALL the contributors to this forum – thanks for the support, and continuing the dream by also supporting the Pledge music campaign for the Jess Roden Anthology which currently stands at an amazing 96%!

4 01 2013
Neil.

Hi everyone…and a V Happy New Year to one and all..!

A new update has just gone up on our behind-the-bike-sheds area at PledgeMusic – the link is here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessroden/updates

This time around its a tale of… oven-baked tapes… by way of Phileas Fogg… and another track streamed from the long-thought-lost Steve Smith / JRB sessions… with the band being joined by Steve Winwood…

Groovalicious? Yep, reckon so…

NS

4 01 2013
kevmoore

TOTALLY Groovalicious, Neil! -and that silky smooth brass crescendo to herald Jess’s vocal – sublime. A Happy New Year indeed!
Kev

4 01 2013
Steve Hunt

What a treat – very many thanks!

4 01 2013
julian

My two fave artistes in one place (as you well know Neil l!!) – c’mon folks spread the word another few copies and it will be 100%+ roll on Feb 🙂 Happy New Year folks, J

6 01 2013
Bruce C
6 01 2013
kevmoore

WOW-That’s a piece of history, Bruce – and the third night was my 18th. birthday!

6 01 2013
Bruce C

I was there one of the nights (can’t remember which!)….just remember the recording mobile outside in Wardour Street….

8 01 2013
Neil.

Thanks for the alert on that Bruce… admit to being pretty surprised to find it… in fact, don’t think very many were even printed. Its heading toward HM HQ even as I type this!

Oh… and can narrow down the day when you were there… it was either the second or third night ‘cos those were the two (of the three) which were recorded… and, if you got caught in a massive thunderstorm after one of the shows, that happened right as the third night ended… if not, that means it was the second night!

Best
Neil.

8 01 2013
Neil.

Looks like a bit more detail to the whole JR / HM project will be revealed shortly… ‘cos… the editor of Super Deluxe Edition tipped up at HM HQ earlier today to prod and probe in a journalistic manner while his loaded tape-recorder whirring in the background… Interview should be up in about ten days, perhaps earlier at this link: http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/

8 01 2013
kevmoore

Prod and probe, eh? – then my breath is suitably bated!

8 01 2013
Bruce C

Neil…delighted that the poster has found its way into safe hands. Thanks for the clarification about the nights that were recorded at the Marquee: so I was there on the final night! Pledge site is sitting tantalisingly at 99% as I write….not long now!

Best wishes,

Bruce

9 01 2013
Chuck

We are indeed proceeding forward! My e-mail today showed that Pledge Music had sent the charge to my credit card.

10 01 2013
Joerg

Rejoice! The goal has been reached today!
Neil, what do you think how long it would take from now to get these precious boxes ready for shipping? I am almost burning with impatience!!!

11 01 2013
Neil.

Hi Joerg – and this is as much an update note for everyone who has, so far, pledged for The Anthology.

First off… a huge thanks to everybody who has shown faith in this… 3+ years and… its quite incredible (looking back through some of the dark days when it all felt like it wasn’t really going anywhere) to realise just how far we’ve come!

OK… so… the next stage is re-mastering. Michael MacDonald has already re-mastered the Seven Windows inclusions; these were done at his studio in New York. We started prepping for the remainder of the tracks back in December – all of which will be re-mastered by Richard Whittaker @ FX in London.

The final sets of track-by-track notes were sent off today. And, a couple of hours ago, I learned from Richard that he’ll begin the actual process some time next week – am guessing, most probably, on Wednesday. Not entirely sure which days either Jess or I’ll be attending… much depends on schedules and so forth… In any event, we’re aiming to having this completed by the end of the month.

After that, we pretty much head straight into manufacturing. Right now, it’d be foolish to suggest an actual date for when we’re likely to have finished copies – I don’t want to tempt fate by saying it’ll be X or Y and then… something unforeseen occurs and… it all goes horribly wrong. So, for the moment, I’ll just say… it shouldn’t be many more weeks.

In any event… as we’re going through these next stages, I’ll be posting updates here + on the JR FB page + on our behind-the-bike-sheds area of PledgeMusic where everyone who’s ‘pledged’ has had access to a few of the tracks as previews – we’ve been streaming a few unmastered MP3s of some of the never-before-heard tunes there. Which reminds me… isn’t it about time we put another up… yes, I think so… Now… I wonder which it should be…!?!

More soon,
Neil.

19 01 2013
Keith

Hi, I’ve enjoyed listening to Jess and the band since seeing them at Kingston Poly in the 70’s (1975?). I’ve pledged for the Anthology but would really like to get hold of a copy Live at the BBC, would anyone be able to help?
Thanks
Keith

20 01 2013
Joerg

Keith, keep checking eBay. From time to time a copy pops up there. Good luck!

20 01 2013
Anonymous

I am very disappointed,,,again.The poster cost about a tenner on ebay-so Jess and Neal rip us off some more and want £35.Why not say thanks to the people who have waited over a year having paid £65+-no rip off people some more.and then use it to try and tempt more people to pledge rather than let them all go to those people who have showed loyalty and waiited patiently for over a year-feel like cancelling my pledge!

20 01 2013
Chuck

Keith – I see a copy of Live At The BBC on both Amazon UK (www.amazon.co.uk) and Amazon Germany (www.amazon.de). Unfortunately, the prices are high.

20 01 2013
Neil.

Dear anonymous… I’m very sorry that you feel ‘ripped off’. Although quite how and why is beyond me.

The sheer economics of putting this new ‘pledge’ up mean that we will, IF we’re very, very lucky… break even.

The actual cost of the image is entirely irrelevant – in the same manner in which other original images have been transformed into HM posters are too.

Just so’s no one is in any doubt, I bought the original purely because I felt it deserved to be in our archive. It was only a bit later on that I thought it might make a nice image (poster)… ran it past Jess and he not only OK’d it but was delighted with how it had turned out… then we figured out a way in which to make it available via the Pledge people (because it was important to us that we were able to offer it both as a new ‘pledge’ as much as an add-on for those who’d already ‘pledged’)… and, once that was done… up it went.

Unfortunately, you (anonymous) seem to be forgetting to factor in a few basic costs: a) these posters will all be hand-printed; b) they will have to be couriered to at least two other countries to be signed (unless, of course, I’m lucky enough to come across Webbo and John Cartwright in this country); c) you’re forgetting the cost of post and packing is included; d) you’re forgetting an overall cost of fuel for driving around the UK not only to get them printed but to have them signed too. For what its worth, I’ve not bothered with adding in a (normal) hourly rate for any PhotoShop work undertaken ‘cos IF I had… then we’d definitely be losing money.

So… as above… IF we break even on these, I’ll be delighted.

Oh… by the way… no one, but no one is under any pressure to pledge or purchase…!

NS.

20 01 2013
kevmoore

Well, anonymous, it begs the question, why didn’t you buy it for a tenner then? 😉 (My recollection is that it was up for much more than that however.) Plus, nobody’s forcing anyone to buy the ‘remastered’ poster, but I feel it’s a nice addition to the whole package, should anyone want it. For the record, I’m not one to spend lots of money on posters myself, I prefer to spend it on the music, but that’s just me.

20 01 2013
Anonymous

JESS RODEN BAND: Rare 1976 Marquee UK Concert / Gig Poster (Under The Sun)
Location: United Kingdom 1 bid
Sold £9.46
You;re missing the point Kevin-but here is the proof I wasn’t lying anyway.

20 01 2013
Bruce C

I alerted Neil to the fact that the poster was available on eBay via Unsung Heroes as it was a unique item of memorabilia totally relevant to the boxset project. Yes, it sold on eBay for US$15, no I wasn’t tempted to bid for the original nor am I tempted by the reproductions (like Kev I’m more interested in the music) however as I write, 21 people have pledged: they must feel it is valuable to them.
I am delighted that these items are available but have no interest in knowing the details of the economics underpinning the project, however I strongly suspect that this has largely been a labour of love and that if someone were to work out the hourly rate that Jess and Neil are receiving it would be a pittance.
Looking forward to the CDs turning up here in NZ…..

20 01 2013
Julian

I think Neil has made it quite clear how much work is involved in getting these rare items to us (and even making them personalised by Jess and the guys) – speaking personally i am delighted that he has demonstrated the tenacity and staying power to se this whole project through & was clearly excited (as was I) when this poster came to market, as it backs up the recordings that Jess and he will be sharing with us. As for costs i speak as a member of a band who self record and produce our own CDs (in similar quantities to this set) break-even is something we dream of & I expect Neil does too. By the way, I dont queue up at the checkout and complain at the cost of my basket of weekly foodstuffs (although I am sure the raw cost of buying the seeds for the wheat for my bread, growing my own veg and raearing my own hens for my eggs would be cheaper than buying the stuff off the supermarket shelves, buy hey, i make the choice to buy a finished product. It’s nice to have choices.

21 01 2013
Anonymous

Dear Anonymous.

I have only one thing to say regarding your poor attitude to Jess, Neil and all who have been and are involved in this fantastic project,,, .

honi soit qui mal y pense.

21 01 2013
Mark Studden

Dear anonymous poster, I can only assume that you posted your little rant in a moment of rash thoughtlessness. I can’t imagine why you would be in here commenting on this blog and making such silly remarks. No-one has “waited over a year having paid £65”, as the briefest check against your bank statement would show – we were only charged when the pledges reached their target. And only a modicum of consideration on your part would surely have led you to understand the actual mechanics of making these posters available. You need to engage your brain before you commit to print. I hope you feel ashamed at your own small-mindedness.

21 01 2013
Steve Hunt

Well said guys!

21 01 2013
Anonymous

Hi , Why are people saying things,accusing me of lying and not knowing my facts when they don’t know their facts.My Paypal account was debited straight away so somebody has been holding my £65 for over a year as a result of my making the pledge. I own a printing company so I do know my facts-the re-mastering may be a seperate issue but the cost of printing documents and making cds which I do for companies on a regular basis I do know.I am entitled to my point of view.

21 01 2013
Anonymous

Sandy
I agree with anonymous-overpriced and holding my pledge of £65

21 01 2013
kevmoore

Okay guys – this is a blog to discuss the career of Jess Roden – not a Customer Complaints desk. I’ve taken the decision to remove any further comments on this matter from now on. I hope everyone’s cool with that.

21 01 2013
Julian

Totally agree Kev – but just a small fact as a final thought though – the Pledge project only actually kicked off in November (3 months ago) so it’s impossible than Anon has been parted with any money for this project for 12 months (and anyway Pledge only debits once 100% is hit) …… So the whole sorry strand sniffs of spam to me …… Looking fwd to CDs posters prints and signatures galore at this end – I have had many years of musical enjoyment from Jess’s projects and these 6 CDs will probably see me out nicely 🙂

23 01 2013
Frenchy

Totally agree Kev, get rid of these idiots, not even worth the effort of reading their comments.If you don’t like the price simply just don’t buy it. Simples.
Frenchy

4 02 2013
Neil.

Just a couple more days to go on the Pledge process… and thanks to everyone who’s joined in thus far.

And, for anyone who is still considering… then just a quick reminder that the enhanced editions (the set + special art packages) will close when the pledge does…

There’s still 1 left of the CD6 hand-written lyrics and 2 for the same for CD1… and only 4 left for the Tape Box Collage… and not many of the Marquee posters either.

So, if anybody is thinking about any of these… you’ve only a couple days left!

Don’t forget, we’ll only be hand-printing the actual amount pledged for for those pieces of art… (they’re not suddenly going to appear on Amazon or elsewhere) = once the pledge is over, that’ll be it for these items.

Here’s the link: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessroden

4 02 2013
kevmoore

Indeed, Neil…I suppose the phrase that comes to mind is “Get ’em while they’re hot!”

4 02 2013
Mark Studden

How do I upgrade my Pledge? I’ve already paid, but if I want to bung in some extra for an even more wonderful edition instead, the website tries to take the whole lot again!! eek.

5 02 2013
Chuck

Neil – thanks for posting the full-length version of Desperado on the Pledge site….wow, that is killer good

9 02 2013
Alan

If you pledged you can download cd 6, the Subs Bench, listening to it now for 2nd time having burned to cd from mp3. Initial favourites, Storm and Stone, On Your Life, Surrender to Your Heart, Love Will Grow, Let me Make Something in Your Life and Sweet One. If this is the Sub’s Bench the first team must be mighty good.

Well done Kev and Neil.

9 02 2013
kevmoore

Hi Alan! yep, from the opening strains of ‘Storm and Stone’ you just know there’s something wonderful going on here. Make no mistake , this Anthology is a VERY special release!

10 02 2013
Julian

I am loving the Rabbit tracks …. actually I am loving it all … and as you say this is just the Subs – flipping ‘eck !! …. Storm & Stone is featuring Mike Kellie on drums & Robbie Blunt on guitar … a killer combination 🙂

10 02 2013
Steve Hunt

I’ve played it about 10 times already! Loving it – very many thanks!

13 02 2013
Alan

Remember the days of vinyl, when we got excited about a particular album and shared that experience by inviting friends around to listen together to the whole of the album. Then discussions about that album, and others, what a great social and rewarding experience it could be. Well, let’s remember the work put into this anthology project, and if we want to share the music maybe do the same kind of thing. What we should not do is make copies of the music, even though we may want to spread the word, and let those involved reap the financial rewards.

15 02 2013
Julian

I’ll go one better Alan, I have 3 farewell gigs coming up in Feb … 15th in Malvern, 17th in Birmingham, 23rd in Cropredy …. at all I’ll have Jess on the pre/post gig music – esp the Rabbit tracks 🙂

12 03 2013
Steve Hunt

It’s all gone quiet – any news?

12 03 2013
kevmoore

Calm before the storm Steve! I don’t think it’ll be long now. I’m sure Neil will post an update prior to release.

12 03 2013
Steve Hunt

The anticipation is getting too much for me now so thanks for the wise words to calm me down Kev!

12 03 2013
Alan

Alan

somewthing to listen out for in the anthology, particularly for anyone not having heard it, is The Boomerang by The Alan Bown Set, an excellent reason why they were highly regarded as an exciting live club act.

16 03 2013
Alan

Just seen this on youtube, don’t think it has been mentioned before:

The Alan Bown Set – “The Killing Game” (Jeu de Massacre) Ultra-Rare Video!.

16 03 2013
Alan

Here’s a question, and I think it’s right: on which album do both Jess Roden and Phil Chen appear for the first time?

London Swings – Live at the marquee.

16 03 2013
kevmoore

I think it’s been linked to before Alan – but once again can’t hurt! Nice bit of rare footage!

16 03 2013
Julian

Opening credits. http://youtu.be/rmtD6dkwZqI

16 03 2013
kevmoore

I do love a completist, J! 😉 …BTW, did you see Steve Gibbons on BBC 4 last night? He seemed to have Kenny Jones on drums….and was that Trevor Burton on bass? I remember buying some bass bins off Steve about 35 years ago. they were bigger than my flat!

17 03 2013
Alan

It was Trevor Burton on bass, however the drummer was Bob Lamb, another excellent musician who had his own style and sound, went into production with the likes of UB40

17 03 2013
kevmoore

Wow, he was a ringer for Kenny! Wondered why I couldn’t figure out what he was doing there! 😉

30 03 2013
Garry

OK…………….Peeps,
Seeing that you are all are suffering somewhat re the full release of the anthology, Santa has arrived extra early……………..and he’s wearing his hoodie with a goody for all. I was going to ask for numerous requests (PLEADS and NO repeats), 50 + in order for you guys to work hard in order to see The Butts Band appearance (Good Quality) on US TV’s ‘Midnight Special,1974, with Jess and two drummers doing ‘Baja Bus’ and ‘Kansas City. Introduced by The Pointer Sisters. This is a stellar and historic performance and is not available commercially or I believe on bootleg ANYWHERE in the world! But alas, I cannot make the faithful suffer, so, if someone can answer the following question, then I will with pleasure post the link on YouTube…………….Oh…… and no point in looking for it, it’s anonymous! So………….we all know of the connection between Jess and a certain Mr Rodgers, but what is the other connection between another Mr Rodgers from a bygone era who crafted his wares not alone?

30 03 2013
kevmoore

Mmm..Jess covered Summertime from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical…

30 03 2013
Garry

Not the answer I was looking for………maybe I should have made it clearer…………sorry…………… committed to tape/record and not live!

30 03 2013
kevmoore

I know Robert Palmer covered R & H’s ‘people will say we’re in love’, but I don’t recall Jess guesting on that album….

30 03 2013
kevmoore

Surrey with the Fringe on top!!!

30 03 2013
Garry

Nope………………keep digging………………

30 03 2013
Mark

They wrote Kansas City that was on The Butts Bands LP

30 03 2013
Garry

Nope, that was Leiber And Stoller………….I’m surprised cos it’s kinda pretty easy to get if you put your mind to it……………..

30 03 2013
julian

the story behind Old Broadway perhaps and the 46h Street Theatre …

31 03 2013
Garry

Nice try……….but no. This was an outtake featured on the expanded CD which puts the other Mr Rodgers in the mix re the album which the track in question is from……………..no more clues, it’s easy!

31 03 2013
Adrian Powell

Lady is a tramp from Koss’ great solo record!

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31 03 2013
Joerg

Molten Gold from from Paul Kossoff’s Back Street Crawler record where Paul Rodgers sings lead vocals and Jess harmony vocals.

31 03 2013
kevmoore

aaagh! of course (slaps head) Lady is a Tramp from Babes in Arms….must be the spanish wine!

31 03 2013
julian

confused.com ??!! …. must be the Italian wine and easter chocolate

31 03 2013
kevmoore

Spanish wine Julian, please! 🙂 Happy Easter mate!

31 03 2013
kevmoore

I have to promote the local plonk!

31 03 2013
Julian

Happy Easter Kev et al 🙂 here’s to a Jess-fueled spring/summertime x

31 03 2013
Garry

Adrian………………..Well done………….. correct!
Post on YouTube asap and will let you know when done………

1 04 2013
Garry

Oh…………………………..it’s April 1st………………….I forgot!!!!……………
Butts Band, Midnight Special is impossible to get………………..
But there again……………..

1 04 2013
julian

seriously wonderful post Garry – many thanks (wont get fooled again !), J x

1 04 2013
Garry

My pleasure………………………………

4 04 2013
Chuck

Everybody who pledged on the anthology box set, go check your e-mail for an update from Neil. There’s a lot more detail in his update, but the bottom line is that he expects to get them from manufacturing on April 10.

4 04 2013
kevmoore

Garry: what a wonderful addition to this thread….I’m open-mouthed watching it. history unfolding before my very eyes! 🙂 Huge thanks mate.

4 04 2013
Bruce C

Garry,

Thanks for the great post…despite what Neil and others have unearthed, makes you wonder just how much other material is out there…how about the Hidden Video Masters!

Looking forward to the boxset turning up in the land of the long white cloud in a week or so….

5 04 2013
Garry

Again…………….my pleasure

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16 04 2013
Frenchy

My Hidden Masters package has arrived after last great work by Jess and Neil, looks fantastic.
Well done to Kev as this probably would not have happened with this blog being created in the first place.
Brian French

16 04 2013
kevmoore

Very proud to have been part of it Brian – enjoy it!

16 04 2013
kevmoore

I’ve had Andy Taylor’s version for some time…he certainly had some great taste when it came to choosing covers, including the Andy Fraser-penned ‘Be Good to Yourself’ (Frankie Miller) and Montrose’s ‘space Station No.5’!

16 04 2013
Julian

re Frenchy’s comment about Kev …. Hear Hear !! …. a very happy week indeed 🙂

16 04 2013
kevmoore

Cheers J! 🙂

17 04 2013
Anonymous

Oh my goodness. It has arrived, the packaging and information is phenonemal and just put the first disk on. had to stop whatever I was doing and just sit and absorb! Brilliant, brilliant and even more. Thanks to everyone involved.

17 04 2013
Alex Bielecki

Anonymous above was me! Forgot to put my details in! Too excited!

17 04 2013
kevmoore

haha! Cheers Alex! Nice to have people coming on here expressing their joy once they’ve received it. I never doubted this would be a wonderful creation. It’s been made with care, skill, decades of knowledge and above all, love. I’m away for a couple of weeks, but on my return, following a suggestion from Julian, I’ll be setting up a special page where everyone can post a pic of themselves with the Jess Box set – a completist’s gallery, if you will!

17 04 2013
Joerg

Nice idea about the photo gallery page. I am looking forward for my box set to arrive every day now. Even now I am convinced that out of the thousands of cd releases I own, this set will be among the most treasured ones!

17 04 2013
kevmoore

I think the very nature of this project, its ‘birth’ and how everyone has closely followed its progress, makes it treasured by us all Joerg!

17 04 2013
Alan

Just to echo Alex, just arrived home and waiting on the doorstep a package with Hidden Masters on the corner of the address, GOT QUITE EXCITED. Did not expect it to be the size it is, thought more of a CD size box, but it is ‘phenonemal’, was a little emotionally moved when i did open it and saw the quality of it. Have yet to start playing it, but well done Kev and particularly Neil for the finished item, done with love and care.

18 04 2013
Alan

Been looking around google for early reviews found this:
this is just sumptuous, and knocks almost every other thing I’ve bought in the last couple of years into a cocked hat.

Absolutely exquisite packaging and excellent notes.

The whole thing is beautifully put together

all at

http://theafterword.co.uk/content/jess-roden-hidden-masters-6-cd-set

19 04 2013
Adrian Powell

The boxset is beautiful, notes great and music magic. I don’t, though, seem to have the print I was expecting?

Adrian

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23 04 2013
Steve Hunt

I’m surprised it’s so quiet on here. Maybe everyone is busy enjoying the wonderful music and treat we’ve just been sent – a great project and a fitting way to recognise a wonderful artist’s life work. The photo of JR on the beach with his dog is very welcome too for those of us who haven’t seen a recent photo of him! I hope the hard work has been worth it, both artistically and financially. Very many thanks from a happy chap. My limited copy is 150/950 and I was hoping for a signature from JR himself, which was a little disappointing.

I’m not sure if it’s me, but when I imported the CDs into iTunes, three of the discs imported as ‘Track 01′, ’02’ and so on. The iTunes directory gets really confused so I had to start again and name the tracks manually and make sure all the CDs were sequential – Hidden Masters – Jess Roden Anthology CD1, CD2 and so on – so they appear in the right order when searched under ‘Rock’, with the track names and genre correct.

23 04 2013
Neil.

Hi everyone
A quickie note to say huge thanks to everyone who’s part of Kev’s blog – without which etc etc…! Have to say, its really very, very heart-warming to read such amazing comments… not just here but those posted on the Pledge pages + emails that have been sent direct… means a massive amount.

A couple of updates if I may… the art (for those that have pre-ordered it) will start to be sent out tomorrow (24th)… it should have been today but, unhappily, the wrong-sized poster tubes tipped up earlier on… grrrrr… the correct-sized ones should arrive tomorrow… and the HM Elves will get down to it just as soon as they do.

OK, so I realise that Jess and I are the only ones to have seen said art so far (besides the printer of course) but… honestly… every print has exceeded my own (high) expectations by a long, long way… to quote JR as everything was pulled from the box, “wow… just fantastic, these really are things of beauty..!”

Last Friday, Jess signed… and a bit more… (!) everything that was due to be… so, I hope you all like what we’ve come up with.

Cds being put in to iTunes… the tracks aren’t being individually recognised simply ‘cos I haven’t had the time to activate ’em all via the Gracenote database… this’ll be done asap… bear with me here, its a bit mad busy at HM HQ.

I’ve also spotted that one or two would have liked their copies signed – Jess actually signed a lot more than originally planned… but, IF anyone would like a signed variant, then simplest will be to let me know (either mail me direct or off the JR site) and I’ll ensure that a suitable piece of notepaper is signed when I next see Jess and that’ll be mailed accordingly (it’ll be too bonkers to ask for copies to be returned and done that way + not exactly cost-efficient!!!).

And… IF anyone has missed out… fret not, we do still have copies available – the set will *only* be available to order via the HiddenMasters site… currently we’re putting in the PayPal back end to make that an easy transaction… alternatively, mail me direct and we’ll sort it out via a straightforward bank-transfer.

Again, thanks for all the amazing comments…
Best
Neil.

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28 04 2013
Alan

Anthology disc 5 eight days on the road, reason for the songs being one number out, the intro which segues into reason to change actually reads as track one, in the booklet trach one is Reason To Change, does not spoil any enjoyment of the music. Playing through the discs, in the home and in the car, the wife has now become a fan, comments like ‘oh, I love this’ another convert to the cause.

Alan

28 04 2013
kevmoore

Have just got in from Dublin to find a note from my local P.O. telling me there is a package waiting…can you imagine how impatient I am to get down there tomorrow??? To add to the agony, it doesn’t open until midday!!!!

29 04 2013
kevmoore

It’s here. 🙂

29 04 2013
Alan

Kev,

look at the credits at the back.

29 04 2013
kevmoore

🙂

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Alan

So, Kev, where do we post reflections on some of the stuff from the anthology, here where it all started or on the anthology section? On this occasion, I think both; for the future?
Disc 4, and the others, offer many experiences and we will all respond differently to what we hear and feel in the moment.
I sit here reading an Uncut magazine article on Jimi Hendrix’s posthumous releases when Disc 4 track 15 Peace Within Me Now (To Enter Heart and Soul) comes on. Gentle keyboards as intro, then that voice, ‘Like The Waves Roll To The Shore’, attention goes to the speakers, the source of the sound, ‘You Bring Peace Within Me Now’, close the magazine, total attention now on the true source of the sound, the heart and soul of the performer ‘I Can Feel Myself Getting Closer To Your Core’.
A song about a human relationship ‘Darlin’ I Know’ but like many superior songs can be about another relationship.
Middle part of song, ‘Love Has Ways To Enter Heart And Soul’ and with a gospel tinge ‘Oh Lord I Know’.
‘Close To You I Will Feel Secure’, secure in different relationships.
‘There Will Always Be something Inside Of Me’
The arrangement of the song, particularly the strummed guitar and soprano sax of Lee Goodall, gives a gentle rocking impression of being cradled as we go ‘Down, Down. Down’. We are back where we started, within the waves going to the depths, down to our very core.
‘Like The Sunshine Lights My Day, I Can See The Bright Display’, I am reminded here of Alan Hull’s ‘Clear White Light…. which is Going To Guide Us On’.
Love has ways to enter heart and soul, through the arts and performances such as this wonderful, wonderful track. How was it never released until now?
I offer this reflection; wait with expectation for offerings from both Julian and Martin, a vast amount to listen to and digest.

8 05 2013
kevmoore

Alan, lovely insights, I feel they can be posted here, or as comments below my own review (or indeed both) -let’s get the views out there!

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20 05 2013
Alan

Kev,

thanks for the link to the Neil Storey interview on Davey Hammond show, really interesting. Did you notice he said a future release would be Seven Windows? Also, to look forward to is Bronco 5 Live at the BBC or an equivalent.

20 05 2013
kevmoore

You’re welcome Alan, and yes, I’m also extremely excited about the definitive Seven Windows project – more good times ahead!

1 06 2013
Alan

Good interview with Jess on Robert Elms, BBC Radio London, interestingly Jess did not rule out performing live again in reponse to Elms suggesting somthing with Kokomo and The Average White Band. Kokomo, now there’s another possibility for unsung heroes Kev, and they came out of the ashes of Arrival who had a hit with Friends, a Terry Reid number. Kokomo had four voices but could really stretch out instrumentaly with the calibre of musicians in the band, JRB like. If anything live should come about, need to be there, however he did say more recorded music may come out, both old and new.

1 06 2013
Alan

Taking a leaf out of Julian’s book; we had an Awareness of Autism gig at the college 14th May, and the walk in, interval and walk out music was cd4 from the anthology. Particularly appropriate, considering the nature of the event was to highlight the talents of people who are considered to have a disability, was One World, One People. Any connections with Jess, loosely, the student who organised it also spends time at Kidderminster College on a music course, Head of Music, Kevyn Gammond, and who turned up at the event to offer career advice to the student and show his support to the event one Robert Plant.
Playing the cd the previous day during breaks in rehearsals, had a great response, from those who started to dance and a DJ who just adjusted the sound and pulled up a seat and listed, he was amazed by the music, the voice and the quality of the sound. On the night, 200 plus people got to hear Jess’s music.

1 06 2013
Julian

An old friend of mine has recorded the Kokomo singers in recent years, most recently providing backing vocs to the Blues Band Gary Fletcher on his album Giant From The Blue album …. Here they are hard at work http://youtu.be/Sv7jH72C06w. Also some great recall lectins from Frank Collins of his time in Arrival and through the 70s 80s etc … It’s a series of 5 videos starting here http://youtu.be/rzsD4dKmFs4 totally recommended, he’s very funny.

3 06 2013
Bruce C

Alan, thanks for mentioning the Radio London interview…just had a listen…I can’t think that I have ever heard Jess being interviewed before which is fairly astounding in itself. The last time I can remember Jess talking about his musical “doodling” was in reference to Seven Windows…if the “ambient” stuff is of the same calibre then bring it on! Jess and Rabbit doing “Georgia” sounds like the opening track on CD7!

3 06 2013
Anonymous

Roden & O’Malley – now that would be a vocal duel worth hearing.

Tony O’Malley still gigs – not often enough though – with various ex members of Kokomo, plus many other funky players, & is well worth catching

3 06 2013
stewart gunn

oops, anonymous above was me – nothing to hide !

3 06 2013
kevmoore

LOL, Stewart! 🙂 always loved Kokomo – I considered them the Steely Dan of the UK – the cream of British sessioneers. There is a great compilation out consisting of their two albums plus unreleased stuff all on one CD.

3 06 2013
kevmoore

Sorry for the delay in your comment/link appearing J – My filter doesn’t like you for some reason – nothing personal! 😉

9 06 2013
stewart gunn

pic of Bob Harris & Jess on Harris’ website – feature / interview coming up?

9 06 2013
kevmoore

Fingers crossed, Stewart!

9 06 2013
kevmoore

The definition of modesty:

“…In the 90’s I had a little R & B band….”

Jess describing Jess Roden and the Humans on his Radio London interview. Wonderful!

9 06 2013
Joerg

I have written to Bob Harris last Thursday asking him if Jess will be featured in one of his next show…no response yet.

15 06 2013
Rizki

Hi All,
I just found this blog, and very excited indeed.  
My first encounter  hearing his beautiful voice was in the early 1980s through the Stone chaser album.  I got really hooked with songs like  Brand New Start and Believe In Me. I found out later that he was also the singer in Stomu Yamashta’s Go. Really really impressed with his voice and the music projects he is involved with. He is indeed truly one of the greatest voices of all times.

15 06 2013
Alan

welcome Rizki, yes this site is something special being dedicated to awonderful artist which allows the voice of his fans. if not already done so, I highly recommend investing in the Anthology. And, yes it is an investment in excellent music which will contiually pay dividends for the rest of your life. some Stonchaser stuff in there, plus a good represention of his whole career to date, here’s hoping. Still getting into it in depth, currently listening to disc 3, from around the Stonechaser time, however lots of, unbeleivably, unreleased material, on replay in the cd player.

15 06 2013
Rizki

Thanks Alan for the recommendation.

15 06 2013
Alan

Rizk, it is disc 4 that has tracks from the Stonchaser album, disc 3 has the track Stonechaser which is,of course, from Play it Dirty, Play it Class, sorry to mislead.

17 06 2013
kevmoore

Welcome Rizki, you’ll find many like-minded people on here who love Jess’s music!

17 06 2013
Rizki

Kevin, thank you for the welcoming words.
Alan, no worries and thank you for the update.

1 07 2013
Neil.

Hi everyone… just confirmed: Jess’ interview with Bob Harris runs from midnight on Saturday 6 July on BBC Radio 2… as with all Bob Harris radio shows, it’ll also be available to listen to on iPlayer for a week after transmission.

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2 08 2013
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Is the anthology on gracenote yet? want to put it on my ipod for my hols!

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12 08 2014
Andy D

Just found this blog whilst searching for live at the BBC. I got my anthology, brilliant, and one of the signed little Venice pics which is now proudly on my wall. I was so happy to find Neil and hidden masters. Just 6 discs of listening pleasure. Only problem is I feel I should only touch it all with white gloves on 🙂

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14 10 2014
Joerg

Sadly, it has become very silent here… Well, I do understand that everybody is blown away with the amazing contents of the Anthology box set. So am I of course! Without doubt this is one of the most exciting releases that I ever got hold of and I am extremely grateful for it: Thank you Jess! Thank you Neil!

But there is still more out there that we should be longing for. Most of Jess’ recorded work from the 70’s is almost impossible to buy. Some releases are out-of-print, some available in Japan only, and some remain unreleased on cd to this day – what a shame!

Speaking of Japanese releases, I recently completed my collection by acquiring all three solo albums from the 70’s that were released by Universal Japan. I wonder if the biggest and most loyal Jess Roden fans are living in Japan, or what other reason does prevent Universal from releasing these albums worldwide?

And what about the Jess Roden Band albums? As far as I know, only one made it onto cd so far, a UK release that is long out-of-print. Has The Rivits’ Multiplay ever been on cd? I don’t think so. Then there is the Seven Windows record, rumours of an expanded cd release failed to come true&#