60% and counting! – The interest in the Jess Roden Anthology continues to grow….

15 11 2012

They are out there. The Connoiseurs. The Astute. The true music fans. The ones who instinctively know something is good from the first note. Many of them are of a certain age now. But they don’t forget. They have long memories. Rich memories. And they remember Jess Roden. They remember that voice. Whether it be backed by the cream of New Orleans, delivering a ballad to take your breath away, or by the mighty funk and swagger of the Jess Roden Band, the vocals roaring out above them, this was a man with something special. His career reads like few others, spanning more than thirty years and collaborations with a host of other artists, so there was sure to be something special lurking in the vaults. Add that possibility to the chance to preserve and digitize some of his best known works, and you have a mouthwatering selection now on offer from Pledge music in a host of personalized formats that indeed do justice to the rich legacy of Jess Roden’s recording years.

Hidden Masters in conjunction with Pledge Music have prepared a strictly limited edition release of the Jess Roden Anthology, comprising 950 hand-numbered copies. The Pledge site has only been active since 12 noon on Monday 12th November, and has already realized 60% of its target, which means this little piece of music history is being snapped up fast! Order your copy today and re-live, or perhaps discover for the first time, just how good this guy is.

Order by clicking on the Pledge music symbol below, or visit jessroden.com

Kev Moore





In just 2 days we’re halfway there! – The Jess Roden Anthology

14 11 2012

When the Pledge site for The Jess Roden Anthology site went live at 12 noon on Monday, all of us close to the project knew there would be a surge of interest. Many fans have been waiting with bated breath over the last few years, wondering if a) such a project were possible, and b) whether it could truly come to fruition. Well the tireless work of Neil Storey and Jess himself have made the creation of this beautiful box set a reality. But I don’t think we could have foreseen how quickly the pledging would take off. Just 48 hours later, we are at the halfway mark! Truly a testament, if ever one were needed, to the enduring appeal of one of Britain’s finest ever vocalist.  it is a very limited edition, with a number of wonderful specialist versions within that framework. If you’re a fan of great music, and appreciate the historical significance of this release, don’t hesitate to order, because when they’re gone, they’re gone. Just click on the Pledge Music logo to be taken directly to the site to masker your pledge and buy yourself a bit of British Music History!

Kev Moore





Worthy of an article in itself: The lowdown on the tracklisting of CD6: The Sub’s Bench – Jess Roden

13 11 2012

When the man behind Hidden Masters and Jess Roden.com, Neil Storey, took the time to pen a reply to the interested parties in one of the threads on here, I thought his superb overview of the ‘hidden’ disc deserved a wider platform, so I’ve turned it into a stand alone article. For those of you that have happened upon this and are wondering “huh?” or similar monosyllables to that effect, permit me a brief explanation before we move on to Neil’s words.

The Jess Roden Anthology is a work in progress, comprising initially 5 CD’s , but as more and more treasures were unearthed it became clear that a sixth disc would be needed to get anywhere near doing justice to Jess’s body of work.  Disc 6 was kept ‘under the radar’ but now the Pledging has begun (nearly half of the target met within 24 hours) -the musical beans, as it were, have been spilled.

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…….”

Now, if you haven’t already done so, you can grab your own special piece of musical history by clicking on the Pledge Music logo below, which will take you to where you need to be to reserve the version of your choice. Remember, this exclusive set, limited to just 950 hand-numbered copies, is only available from PLEDGE MUSIC, and when they’re gone , they’re gone.  This special release will be the ONLY one to feature Disc 6 in addition to the original 5, so hurry!

Kev Moore





Only one hour to go!!! Jess Roden Anthology ordering starts 12 noon UK time!

12 11 2012

 

Don’t delay, only 950 copies of this beautiful anthology will be printed and  individually numbered. This is your chance to get a hold of the definitive collection by one of the U.K’s finest ever vocalists – Jess Roden. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a copy of this career=defining collection!

Kev Moore





It’s almost time…..

11 11 2012

The Definitive Anthology of the definitive British vocalist will be available to pre-order from PLEDGE MUSIC tomorrow, at Noon. Don’t miss this opportunity to re-acquaint yourself with, or discover for the first time, one of the UK’s finest vocal talents and all his works.

THE JESS RODEN ANTHOLOGY

Just click on the Pledge music symbol below and follow the links:

Kev Moore





And so it is revealed…and the day is almost upon us….

9 11 2012

A peek behind the curtain at the treasures in store on this wonderful collection of a master vocalist’s canon, spanning three decades and beyond…

Just click on the image to see what delights await! -and don’t forget – ordering commences at noon on Monday, November 12th for this strictly limited (950 hand-numbered copies) edition.

Get ta steppin’!!

Kev Moore