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All Alone in the End Zone

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This is the debut solo effort from ex-Spirit/Jo Jo Gunne vocalist and occasional keyboard player Jay Ferguson. When left to his own devices, Ferguson steps away from the somewhat formulaic hard-rocking boogie of Jo Jo Gunne, developing a more concurrent 1970s California-bred sunshine pop and pre-disco vibe. Who better to corral All Alone in the End Zone (1975) than Jo Jo Gunne's former producer, Bill Szymczyk, who gathered some of the mid-'70s most sought-after session performers -- including Joe Walsh (guitar/backing vocals), Joe Vitale (drums), George "Chocolate" Perry (bass), and Joey Murcia (guitar). As an ensemble they give the material a lift as well as provide an added bite to Ferguson's originals and the effort's sole cover of Traffic's "Medicated Goo." Both the opener, "Snakes on the Run," and the title track, "All Alone in the End Zone," are personal and seemingly liberating musical statements. The former is an uptempo four-on-the-floor groover that deals with the hassles and runaround inherent in "the biz," while the latter is a midtempo point-of-view rocker that directly refers back to Ferguson's earlier band(s) throughout the song -- most notably in the opening lines "Uncle Jack he said get on back" as well as "But I jumped the Gunne/Tried to run, run, run." "To the Island" contains definite projections of Ferguson's major hit "Thunder Island," from the prominent acoustic guitar to the tricky syncopation that propels the verses into a tropically flavored shuffle. As he did with the James Gang, Barnstorm, and ultimately the Eagles, Walsh's trademark slide and extended guitar phrasings go a long way in enhancing the strength of the rockers as well as the ballad "Everybody Goes from Here." Although All Alone in the End Zone did not spawn a hit single, it did establish Jay Ferguson away from the name recognition of his previous associations, priming him for the follow-up smash Thunder Island (1978). ~ Lindsay Planer, Rovi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Snake On The Run
  2. Turn It Up
  3. Medicated Goo
  4. Madam Doktor
  5. All Alone In The Endzone
  6. Cinnamon City
  7. To The Island
  8. Hit & Run
  9. Everybody Goes From Here
  10. Time & Time Again


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00009G4BH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thank God somebody finally had the good sense to release this album on cd! I originally bought this album on vinyl after its release in the summer of 1976. They played the cut "Medicated Goo" on my local radio station and I immediately went out and bought the album. I love Traffic's original version of this song, but I think I like Jay's better, especially when I detected Joe Walsh's guitar licks in this rendition. There isn't a clinker cut on side one, my four favorites being "Snakes On The Run", "Turn It Up", "Medicated Goo", and "All Alone In The End Zone". My other favorite cuts are "Cinnamon City" and "Madam Doctor." This album embodies the lyrical genius and melodic presence of Jay combined with the rock 'n' roll spirit of Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale. Ferguson's keyboarding and Joe's unmistakable guitar riffs make this album a pleasure to listen to over and over again. When I went away to college that fall, I must have played this album at least once a day for the entire school year-yeah, it's that good. If you don't like this one, then you don't like melody, harmony, rhythm, funk, or good ol' rock 'n' roll. I'm excited that I can finally add this long lost and long overdue classic to my cd collection! Like the song says "Turn It Up" and enjoy!
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The first solo effort by Jay Ferguson has Jay playing quaterback and catching the touchdown passes at the same time with a great supporting team of talented musicians(it's hard not to make a football reference with a title like All Alone in the End Zone). The guitar work of Joe Walsh and Joey Murcia, the percussion of Joe Vitale, and bassist George Perry provide their individual touches for Jay's songwriting. Overall it is a California boogie rock and roll album at it's finest. Any fan of Spirit, The James Gang, or Tommy Bolin will enjoy it instantly. The best part is that Jay's music and song writing take you back to the mid seventies West Coast feel with songs that still sound fresh today. Joe Walsh fans will enjoy hearing his distinct and familiar phrasing on carefully crafted songs that have not been worn out by classic rock radio.
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I was a HUGE Jo Jo Gunne fan and was bummed when they called it a day...but when this solo LP came out, I snapped it up. This album is a joy from start to finish...from the opening of Snakes on the Run to the Traffic cover Medicated Goo, to the remake of Jo Jo Gunne's To The Island (he would revisit the Gunne catalog on the Thunder Island album with an excellent update of Babylon) to the joyful reggae of Turn it Up...it's hard not to sit there and smile with the headphones on. If you liked his work in spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, you've got to hear this one...if you have this one and the other two he did for Asylum, then you're like me and want the two Capitol albums he did post 1980 on CD in this country without the outrageous price tag they want for the imports (if you can still find them)! Also check out Big Chain...the return of Jo Jo Gunne...check out the band's website for previews of that one. There's justice in the world...they're back! It's been too long since we've heard from Jay. Enjoy!
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