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Jaugernaut - 1983 Take Em There

ARTIST: Jaugernaut
ALBUM: Take Em There
LABEL: Valentine
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2003, Valentine Records, (20th Anniversary Edition)


LINEUP: Jim Valentine - guitars, vocals, keyboards * Geoff Woodhouse - keyboards, vocals * Jeff Wade - drums * Jim Johnston - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take Em There * 02 Love You I Do * 03 Anti Freeze * 04 Forget Me * 05 Trendsetters * 06 On Top Of The World * 07 Enough Is Enough * 08 Two Or Three Years * 09 Lost Time * 10 Lucky * 11 A Matter of Conscience (Bonus Track) * 12 Black Sheep (Bonus Track) * 13 My Turn to Cry (Bonus Track) * 14 Totally Human (Bonus Track)

With a name like Jaugernaut you'd be forgiven for assuming that this band hailed from the European continent. However the origins of Jaugernaut can in fact be traced back to the town of Olympia, Washington, USA., where they first started out in 1974 as Joint Effort. But because of the dubious connotations of the word 'Joint',(this was the drug fueled 1970's after all!) decided that a name change would be ahem, more appropriate. The band also wanted to make themselves more marketable, and less controversial. They had originally decided on the moniker of Juggernaut, however as another local band was already using this name they eventually decided, for reasons not entirely clear to this writer, on Jaugernaut. Jaugernaut released two albums during their recording career. The self-titled debut in 1980 and the follow up 'Take'em there' in 1983 both private releases on the Valentine label. The first album I understand was pomp with progressive influences; whereas the second album goes for a more direct AOR, radio friendly approach. Both albums are highly sought after by avid collectors, and a nightmare to track down. It is understood that in most cases the chances of private label AOR albums being re-released on CD are minimal at best. Imagine my surprise (and delight) then, when I found out that 'Take'em there' has now been re-released on CD with the added bonus tracks. A big round of applause must be given to bass guitarist Jim Johnston (from the band's second incarnation) as it's thanks to his sterling efforts that 'Take'em there' has now seen the light of day on CD. I was lucky enough to secure an original vinyl copy of 'Take'em there', though hopefully with this reissue more people will be exposed to Jaugernaut's particular brand of AOR. For the uninitiated I have taken the opportunity therefore of reviewing 'Take'em there' as it is a worthy addition to the AOR aficionado's collection. Particularly as in my humble opinion, the quality of material on offer is of the highest standard.

The Songs
The album opens with the 'Take'em there' a paean to the band's loyal fans which unlike the rather saccharine 'People and places' by Journey has an anthemic chorus and rocks along nicely with it's punchy guitar and piano riff. As with all of the songs on this album, keyboards and guitar combine to great effect. 'We're going to take 'em there to a land of no cares' trumpets the chorus. Amen to that, after all not every audience wants to be subjected to the 'significant' ramblings of self styled 'politician' Bono types. Next is the sentimental (but never sickly) 'Love you I do' with swirling synthesizers and a great guitar solo. Also worthy of special mention is side one closer, the almost frenetic 'Trendsetters' with it's caustic lyrics e.g. 'I've got no time for whims and fads I know that it will not last'. Side two opens with 'On top of the world' with it's catchy chorus, and sumptuous synths. You also have the wonderful heartfelt ballad '2 or 3 years' and original album closer the quirky keyboard dominated 'Lucky' with its witty lyricism.

In Summary
The new songs by Jim Johnston exhibit a more restrained approach, but nevertheless enjoyable. The word 'tasteful' springs to mind, and I suspect these song are more in the spirit of Jaugernaut's mellower debut lp.

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#1 | swazi on October 30 2011 09:03:22
I bought my Valentine version from CD Baby. It turned out to be a CDR with extremely lousy artwork. Quite a rip-off, come to think of it. thumbs down
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