Jess Roden – The Fantasy Boxed Set?

31 03 2010

Most of you know how much I champion the cause of Jess, who for my money is in the top three British vocalists of all time.  Not to long ago, our efforts throughout the blogosphere led to a raised awareness of this great singer, and the long overdue release of The Best of Jess Roden CD. But I now pose the question: “Can this man’s eclectic career really be done justice on just a single volume?”

I decided to indulge in an exercise – The hypothetical compilation of a definitive boxed set that would highlight Jess’s career in all its forms. I’m calling it the The Jess Roden Fantasy Boxed Set and I’m splitting it into 4 distinct volumes:

Jess Roden Solo

2 The Jess Roden Band

3 Jess and his bands – (Alan Bown,Bronco,Butts Band,Rivits,Seven Windows, The Humans)

4 Jess guest appearances – (Luther Grosvenor, Peter Green, Grace Jones, SAS Band, Sandy Denny, Keef Hartley, Back Street Crawler)

My track listing would be as follows, bearing in mind that I would avoid repeat tracks from the ‘Best of’ CD, making it a great companion piece:

CD 1

Ferry Cross

On Broadway

Feelin’ Easy

Trouble in the Mind

Misty Roses

The Quiet Sound of You and I


Hardest Blow

Prime Time Love

Brand New Start

Bird of Harlem

One World, One People


Can’t get next to you

Stay in Bed

U.S. Dream

Mama Roux

In a Circle (alternate version)

If you don’t get what you want (unreleased)

Can’t get by without you (unreleased)

Raise your hand (unreleased)

Honey don’t worry (unreleased)

Yes indeed (unreleased)

Ratrace (unreleased)


Gonna Fix you good

Still as Stone

Strange little friend

Lazy Now

New Day Avenue


Sweet Danger

Baja Bus

Love your Brother

Oo she do

Future Soon

Red Light On

Shakey’s got the blues

Light Brown Colour


So Fine, So Young

You’d Better believe it baby

If it takes just a little while


Cryin’ won’t bring you back

Fire down below

I wanna be free

Losing game


Australian Lady

I Know Something

I’m Ready

Okay, that’s as far as I’ve got!  Hoping to get another few possibilities for the ‘guest vocal’ CD  – any thoughts folks? Or indeed, what would be your own Jess fantasy box set? Let me know!

Kev Moore