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Jigsaw - 1975 Sky High

ARTIST: Jigsaw
ALBUM: Sky High
LABEL: Splash Records
SERIAL: 17292649
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: 2006, Sony Japan, VICP-63304

LINEUP: Des Dyer - lead vocals, drums, percussion * Clive Scott - organ, piano, vocals * Tony Campbell - guitars * Barrie Bernard - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sky High * 02 While You Wait * 03 Lost And Found * 04 Stop The Show * 05 I Thank You * 06 Tell Me Why * 07 Back Again * 08 Call Collect * 09 In Between The Loving * 10 Mystic Harmony * 11 Baby Don't Do It * 12 One Step To Far

To set the record straight, there were three bands calling themselves Jigsaw in the early 70's. A Dutch group, an Australian group and the British group who as it happens had two Australian members and are the Jigsaw we're covering here. The roots of this band go way back to the late 1960's. Jigsaw released a few psychedelic singles including the wonderfully twisted titled 'Lollipop and Goodie Man' and even had a brief association with The Beatles' Apple Records, but didn't release their first album until 1974 with 'I've Seen the Film, I've Read the Book'. It wasn't until the release of their third album 'Sky High' that Jigsaw received the international attention they so richly deserved.

The Songs
First of all, I am a sucker for early to mid 70's pop music. I am not talking soul or California country pop here but the sounds of Pilot, First Class, Hello, David Essex and the like, pre-punk pop music with no pretensions or political awareness, just fun listening to escape into a feel good about long after the final song is over. Jigsaw fall into this category with a delightful set of songs that are completely infectious and sweet enough to make your teeth hurt! The title track of course was a major hit single and 'Sky High' can still be heard on radio stations around the world. It's stood the test of time with its catchy hook and that oh-so-70's orchestration that sets it apart from much of what was happening at the time. In fact the entire album is drenched in silky orchestra sounds and yes, at times it does get a little sappy lyrically on 'Lost and Found' and 'Back Again' but it's so wonderfully done, resisting is useless. They rock too, yes a bit softer than most, but check out that chunky bass on 'Tell Me Why'. Good!

In Summary
'Sky High' is one of my favourite albums and definitely a record I'd take on a deserted island. It's available on CD in Japan as is most of their catalog both in the standard jewel case and more recently in the mini-LP form. For fans of the golden age of AM pop, 'Sky High' is a must have and one of the best albums of the era.

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#1 | tonissive on May 15 2009 18:53:29
hello eric,you can gimme the number of reference of this lp
#2 | Eric on May 15 2009 20:44:43
Hey Antonio-
It is: Splash Records 17292649
#3 | tonissive on May 17 2009 21:13:35
thanks eric!, bad news, rest in peace! clive scott!
#4 | super80boy on September 07 2013 14:52:09
Lots of cheerful mid 70's melodies on this one.

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