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Jackie McAuley [Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. Turning Green
    2. Boy on the Bayou
    3. Country Joe
    4. Cameramen, Wilson & Holmes
    5. Spanish Room
    6. It's Alright
    7. Poor Howard
    8. Away
    9. Bangerine
    10. Ruby Farm
    11. Rocking Shoes
    12. One Fine Day
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2110

  • Credits
    ProducerBarry Murray
    EngineerTerry Evennett

    Contains 2 bonus tracks.
    Personnel: Jackie McAuley (vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, spoons); Henry Lowther (violin, flugelhorn); Mike McNaught (piano, harpsichord, vibraphone); Mike Travis (drums, percussion).
    Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
    Liner Note Author: David Suff.
    Photographer: Paul Chave.
    Arranger: Mike McNaught.
    Of all the many musicians to pass in and out of the lineup of Them when Van Morrison was their lead singer, Jackie McAuley -- with the possible exception of Peter Bardens -- was the most interesting, save Morrison himself, of course. Though his term as Them's organist in 1965 was brief, he went on to make interesting sounds both as part of the Them spin-off band the Belfast Gypsies, and as half of the folk-rock duo Trader Horne (with ex-Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble). His self-titled debut solo album was a minor but pleasant, versatile, early-'70s singer/songwriter record with strong shades of folk-rock, blues, and jazz. McAuley has an engagingly straining voice, and it was put to good use on varied, heartfelt compositions that can evoke a much rawer Elton John or the Band if they were influenced by "Let It Be" (the song, not the album). In different moods were the brisk country-folk-rock of "Country Joe," apparently inspired by Country Joe McDonald; the world-weary autobiographical tone of "Away"; and "Cameraman, Wilson and Holmes," which switches back and forth from a nearly baroque classical harpsichord backing to a breezy, jazzy one, and rates as the record's high point. The entire album is included on this 1991 CD reissue, Jackie McAuley...Plus, which adds both sides of the non-LP single "Rockin' Shoes"/"One Fine Day." Those two songs are a touch more commercial than the LP, though not overbearingly so, with "Rockin' Shoes" boasting a modest boogie rock feel embellished by bursts of strings and horns. The more folk-rock-ish, introspective "One Fine Day" has a nice, good-time afterglow feel in tune with the mellow hippie vibe of the early-'70s, again bolstered by some tasteful orchestration. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Traffic-ish folk-rock, unafraid to ruffle feathers by dipping into psych or blues, piano boogie or baroque harpsichord interlude....Contemplative but always uplifting..."
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