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


The Ultimate Jess Roden Anthology is upon us!

30 10 2012

Several years in the planning, and decades in the creation, the project to realize the definitive collection of this seminal British vocalist’s body of work is finally coming to fruition. You can obtain a piece of musical history via the good people at Pledge Music, wherever you are in the world. The JR PledgeMusic page will go live at 12 noon on Monday, November 12th, at which point you will be able to place an order for this strictly limited edition collectors piece. There will be 950 hand-numbered copies only! In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with a free mp3 download of ‘Song 3’, the first treasure unearthed in this labour of love. Just click on the image below:

Kev Moore

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