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Jet (UK) - 1975 Jet



ARTIST: Jet (UK)
ALBUM: Jet
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: S-80699
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: 2010, RPM Records, Retro D882 (2 disc set with demos and live tracks)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Andy Ellison - lead vocals * Davey O'List- guitar * Martin Gordon - bass * Peter Oxendale - keyboards * Chris Townson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Start Here * 02 Brain Damage * 03 It Would Be Good * 04 Song For Hymn * 05 Nothing To Do With Us * 06 Tittle-Tattle * 07 Fax 'N' Info * 08 My River * 09 Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend * 10 Whangdepootenawah * 11 Cover Girl


Background
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, on paper Jet had a lot going for them. Former John's Children Andy Ellison and Chris Townson who was also a member of the short-lived but very cool The Jook, Davey O'List from The Nice and Roxy Music and a couple of guys from Sparks - bassist Martin Gordon and Peter Oxendale. CBS had high hopes for the band and a UK tour with Hunter-Ronson should have put Jet on the runway to success but it was not to be.


The Songs
Which is head scratching considering this is one Glam Rocks finest moments. 'Start Here' opens the set and sounds like a glittery collision between T-Rex and Sparks but Jet were not mascara wearing copycats. As usual Baker's production is over the top and there's all kind of things going on including classical bridges on 'It Would Be Good' and Church organs and bells on 'Song for Hymn'. 'Nothing to do with us' was the album's second single and despite a critical thumbs up, it strangely failed to chart. 'My River' didn't make a dent either although it might have been more progressive than British radio could handle at the time which might go a long way in explaining Jet's failure to capture the public's attention. Perhaps they were a little too 'out there' and Glam bam cuts like 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend', the Split Enz-ish 'Whangdepootenawah' and the driving 'Cover Girl' couldn't save the band from the corporate axe and in late 1975 CBS cut their losses.


In Summary
Firing Davey O'List due to his unreliability, Jet went back into the studio to demo a second album, but split-up and reorganized as the new wave act Radio Stars. Peter Oxendale put out a record in 1979 with Glitter Band's Gary Shepard and I raved about 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' on these very pages a few years ago. In 2010 RPM released a sweet two-disc package which includes the Jet album as well as demo and live tracks.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on February 25 2015 10:52:44
Iron Man on the cover?
#2 | Eric on February 25 2015 15:05:24
Yes and Marvel Comics apparently sued the label over it.
#3 | Explorer on February 25 2015 16:23:19
Remember having this on Vinyl back in the day, had completely forgot about this release.As I remember it was a decent album, one that maybe came a little too late to make an impact on the UK glam scene.
#4 | Nick C on February 25 2015 17:32:28
Ah! What a nice reminder, an old mate used to have this years ago (he was always into obscure 70's glam like Merlin, Nimbus, Brett Smiley...etc)...I always remember as the singer was called Andy Ellison and the singer in our band used to be called the same....although I didn't hear this until after our band had split so that's why I recall it if you see what I mean. I didn't realise it had been released on CD so I just picked up a copy, from what I remember it was pretty cool off the wall kind of almost punky pop rock. I'm looking forward to hearing this again.
#5 | Nick C on February 25 2015 20:53:03
Grabbed the Brett Smiley Breathlessly Brett CD. I could have sworn blind my mate used to play him as the song Queen of Hearts has been in my head for years, just checked it out on You tube and it's deffo the same song - but he only released a single by the look of it and Queen of Hearts wasn't even on it...this may well do my head in! Unless I heard it later than I thought, but I'm sure I heard it before I was married and I got married before the CD was released! Is this old age? I'm sure I had heard much more by him as well unless everything he used to play just merged into one big androgynous mess! Anyway still got it at a better price than I've previously seen it at .. heh! Je suis perplexed.
#6 | Nick C on February 25 2015 22:00:20
Oh and my mates name was Frank (probably still is) ...how glam is that!
 
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