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Royal Jelly - 1994 Royal Jelly

ARTIST: Royal Jelly
ALBUM: Royal Jelly
LABEL: Island
SERIAL: 314-524 015-2
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Johnny Edwards - vocals, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, sitar * Daniel Steigerwald (a.k.a Danny Stag) - guitars * Jeff Klaven - drums, harmonica * David Seaton - bass

Guest: Susannah Hoffs - tambourine

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ceiling * 02 Bend * 03 House * 04 Sky * 05 Generator * 06 Reptile * 07 Spin * 08 Man * 09 Sun * 10 Bluebirds * 11 Hold On

With the recent article on Kentucky band Buster Brown published the other day, we continue to follow the career of vocalist Johnny Edwards, culminating in this mid 90's affair: Royal Jelly. Released in 1994, you can be assured this album is not in the bullseye of AOR nor melodic hard rock. That's a shame really, as three of the quartet all have a strong history in the 80's era of arena rock. Edwards previously with the aforementioned Buster Brown, Montrose, King Kobra, and of course Foreigner. Daniel Steigerwald is better known by his alias Danny Stag, the lead guitarist for Lenny Wolf's Kingdom Come. Drummer Jeff Klaven spent time with Memphis melodic rockers Cobra and then Swiss veterans Krokus. Royal Jelly fell into the mould of mid 90's rock with a psychedelic edge. Many bands digressed to this style around this time, much to their detriment. Why did they even bother?

The Songs
The album opens with the exotic 'Ceiling'. It sounds similar to David Hallyday's awesome Blind Fish album of the same year, though it certainly is very different to the material Edwards and co have worked on in the past. As with many albums from this timeframe where bands seemed to populate their songs with single syllabic titles, the same applied to Royal Jelly, who were struck down with this curse. Songs like 'Bend', 'House', 'Man', 'Sun', 'Sky' and 'Spin' don't really encourage the listener to venture further. I only bothered with a handful of tracks, such as the groovy sounds of 'Man', the bluesy 'Bluebird' and the rather trippy 'Hold On', but the rest didn't do a lot for me I'm afraid.

In Summary
This would be the only album for Royal Jelly. Edwards would return to his hometown of Louisville, and opted out of the business for a better paying gig in the telecommunications industry. Maybe one day, Johnny can be swayed to resurrect Buster Brown for some reunion gigs, or maybe do something with former bandmate James Kottak, now that he is no longer with The Scorpions.

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#1 | rostoned on February 28 2017 19:35:29
I understand Edwards sang on JK Northrup 2001 s/t release put out by Metal Mayhem
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