‘One More Time’
Lyn-Lou Records LLRCD1 Playing Time: 26.27
Red Hot/Two More Bottles of Wine/Bad Moon Rising/Poor Side Of Town/Redneck Rock/Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go/It’s Been A Rainy Week (All Day Long), Cry, Cry, Cry (When It Happens), You’re So Fine/Hello Josephine.
Finally, it has happened, the man who scored a near million seller with ‘My Girl Josephine’ back in the late sixties and who John Fogerty has credited as being one of his inspirations, has returned to the Nashville recording studios after a gap of many years and has cut a new album. It is good to have Jerry Jaye back with these recordings that he describes as an ‘extension to what he was doing back then bought up to what he should be doing now’. They were produced by Larry Rogers who was responsible for Jerry’s second wave of recordings at Hi records (these included the hit ‘Honky Tonk Women Love Redneck Men’ and the classic ‘Morning In Memphis’) and was also involved with the post Hi label Bill Black Combo.
It took one day to cut these ten recordings and employed Jerry plus three backing musicians; effectively making the effort to create a similar line-up to The Jaywalkers, the backing on his hits. Firstly, Jerry is in great voice, especially on the Delbert McClinton song ‘Two More Bottles Of Wine’ and the Johnny Rivers tune ‘Poor Side Of Town’ where the musicians are in first rate sympathetic accompaniment. On the up-tempo rockers such as ‘Red Hot’ and ‘Redneck Rock’, all is good apart from the fact that the guitar work becomes a little overpowering at times.
Both Hank Ballad’s ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go’ and The Falcon’s ‘You’re So Fine’ are provided with a simplified approach that really works as does the boppin’ treatment afforded to Creedence’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’. Apart from the perhaps inevitable recording of ‘My Girl Josephine’ (here given the original title of ‘Hello Josephine that Jerry first used for the first batch of discs on his own Connie label back in ’67), this leaves two Jerry Jaye originals with ‘It’s Been A Rainy Week (All Day Long’ and Cry Cry Cry (When It Happens)’. The former is a delightful swamp pop ditty and is one of the best things on the CD. The latter title is a good rocker that moves along nicely.
It is to be hoped that this is only the start of a resurrected Jerry Jaye – singer. Certainly on the strength of this album, it is evident that Jerry still possesses that magic touch.
© Tony Wilkinson