Jess Roden – The quiet sound of something in the wind….

20 06 2010

Jess Roden

The Jess Roden official website has posted the following announcement:

“… there’s a major (and, we believe, really exciting) announcement due… very shortly… and this has, essentially, been the other aspect of ‘background work’ that’s been ongoing throughout most of this year so far….”

In the light of this I would like to speculate on what it is likely to be.
One could argue that the release of the recent Cherry Red compilation offered more of a tease than satisfaction – but it just might have provided that extra momentum deep within the machine that is the music industry to provide the will to address the entire Roden canon.

Could it be that we will finally witness an in-depth collection worthy of this amazing artist?

There can be no doubt that a career that has thus far spanned 4 decades, deserves to be addressed in greater depth than a single CD.  My own article concerning a fantasy boxed set proves that, even with the luxury of four CD’s, one struggles with what to leave out.

If you also factor in the mouthwatering prospect that in such a long career there have to be some undiscovered gems along the way, plus the lack of CD re-release of much of Jess’s work, then you are looking at a very expansive collection indeed.

So, if  there really is to be a release of this magnitude, what might be on it? It seems reasonable to assume there wouldn’t be a complete revisiting of the recent compilation – but what might have lain undisturbed in the vaults for so long?  Are there tapes that can be cleaned up and made ready for release?  Live recordings spring to mind, or perhaps outtakes that never made original tracklistings. Remember, before the advent of CD,  a mere 4 or 5 a side was enough for the product. Could there be unreleased tracks just waiting for an airing? Comments are welcome!

But whatever the news is, there’s something in the wind, and I sense the time is right for a release worthy of England’s golden voice.

Kev Moore




9 responses

20 06 2010

Kev, I really keep my fingers crossed that something like the in-depth collection that you dream of will be announced. I dream the same dream as you. And I too was hoping that the Cherry Red might trigger more. Needless to say our man deserved it.


20 06 2010

Oh, I meant to say: …the Cherry Red compilation…

20 06 2010

You and me both, Joerg! I’ll keep my ear to the ground for any more info……

20 06 2010

I know we’ve exchanged messages on this before, but it really would be great news – and your “fantasy” comp is a great starting point for someone to be thinking about.

I think I exchanged messages with Dawm Lanten a year or so ago and the possiblity of a box set was rumoured then – so it really does have to be more than a pipe dream (or is that just a pipe dream ?!)

I shall still champion the cause – I really urge people to not just read but reply to the post on the Bob Harris forus – …. the post is called “Jess Roden & web-site – retired but not forgotten” …… if you reply against it then it will take it up to the top of the list – if we all keep regularly updating it then it will demonstrate interest & Bob is more likely to enquire and play something. I am told by his colleagues that he does read & post regularly.

also my own band play a 15/20min live b/cast on BBC Hereford & Worcester on Fri Aug 20th at 7pm to kick off the Worcester Music Festival w/e ….. I will certainly mention Jess “on air” & if we’re not limited to original compositions poss play “Me & Crystal Eye” and/or request they play a Jess track before/after us to promote Jess as a “local” musician


20 06 2010

PS – i see the Bob Harris post has 92 reads now ! ….. ony 6 replies and at least one of those was mine :o( …… just post anything … or someone could even post this news

20 06 2010

Julian – I’m still waiting for some reply from the site to get on the bloody forum! -Im going to try a different email or something.

22 06 2010

its not going in your spam mailbox by any chance ?

22 06 2010

No mate. I’ll keep trying though, free speech and all that!

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