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Jackdawg

John McFee , Stu Cook & Keith Knudsen Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sonic Past Music
  • ASIN: B001LEVOJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bayou Rebel
2. When The Sun Don't Shine
3. The Men Who Would Be King
4. Hunger
5. Ghost Dance
6. Take It Off
7. Kisses In The Rain
8. I Couldn't Help Myself
9. Quicksand
10. Lookin' For Trouble
11. Relentless
12. Young Ones
13. The Girl From Oz
14. Cold Night For Alligators
15. Wild Night

Editorial Reviews

Jackdawg - the never before released recordings of a trio consisting of Doobie Brothers / Clover guitarist John McFee, Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook, and long time Doobie drummer, the late Keith Knudsen.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - a good, fun rock n' roll album May 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Now here's an interesting collection of music that is finally seeing the light of day. Jackdawg was a project put together by Doobie Brothers guitarist John McFee, Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook, and the late Doobie Brothers drummer Keith Knudsen. The three veteran rockers got together in the late 80's to early 90's and recorded these songs, which are only now being released.

I guess the easiest way to describe Jackdawg's sound is to say it's Creedence meets the Doobies, and that's at least partially accurate, but there's a lot more to it than that. This is upbeat, feel-good, pretension-free, pop-oriented rock & roll, delivered as expertly as you'd expect from such well-traveled rock veterans.

I won't quite call these songs timeless, as there is a definite 80's vibe, but this kind of rock & roll would have been great party music at any point in the last 30-35 years. "I Couldn't Help Myself" and "Lookin' for Trouble" in particular would have been huge summer movie soundtrack kind of hits had they been released 25 years earlier. The album closes with a pair of covers - Roky Erickson's "Cold Night for Alligators" and Van Morrison's "Wild Night". Cook produced Erickson's original version of "Cold Night for Alligators" and McFee played on the original version of "Wild Night".

Given the endless specialized genres and bands that take themselves way too seriously, Jackdawg is a breath of fresh air. Sometimes you just need an uncomplicated rock & roll album that will put a smile on your face and make you forget your troubles for an hour, and that's exactly what Jackdawg is all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this one a sixth star, I would. September 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Good
What do you get when you team up Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) with John McFee and the late Keith Knudsen (both of Doobie Brothers)? You get Jackdawg. Almost 20 years since its recording, the Jackdawg sessions are finally seeing the light of day. "Bayou Rebel" is a pure southern rock anthem with a guitar lick you won't soon get out of your head. "When the Sun Don't Shine" delivers more killer guitar licks by McFee. The trio shows their harmonizing skills off during the chorus. "Hunger" is a steady track with soulful vocals and a catchy chorus. While "Ghost Dance" kind of dates the material with it's percussive and guitar effects, the track still delivers a punch.

"Take It Off" is a upbeat soulful track with a warm brass section added in for good measure. "Quicksand" is a great representation of the arena rock/southern rock music of the late 80s/early 90s. "Looking for Trouble" is one of those open road songs in which you picture the rebel biker barrelling down the highway. "The Girl From Oz" is yet another powerfully melodic track with awe-inspiring licks. Jackdawg deliver a bluesey take on Van Morrison's "Wild Night" to close out the album.

The Bad
That it took so long to come out.

The Verdict
It is clear that Jackdawg was a project built around the love of great music. Each musician brought the best of themselves and delivered a pure masterpiece. Fifteen tracks (when was the last time you got that) of great southern rock, fiery guitar, and soulful blues that should be worshiped and played over and over by fans of CCR, Doobie Brothers, and rock music fans the world over. If I could give this one a sixth star, I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Almost all of ' Southern Pacific ' July 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a fan of ' The Doobie Brothers ' ; Southern Pacific ' & ' Creedence Clearwater Revival ' . This rare gem is a valued part of my CD Collection :-) John McFee shines as a vocalist , songwriter & excels at contributing a multitude of various instruments . The Late Keith Knudsen maintains perfect time on drums & percussion . Stu Cook on Bass Guitar rounds out this trio .

The songs are different than what would be heard as their native ' bands '. Bayou Rebel is McFee as a raw vocalist . A fun , catchy song ; that makes me long to sit on a lone Cypress Stump ! The other songs similarly follow suit , in surprising & unique ways .

An overall enjoyable CD experience ! Thanks to Colleens Collectibles for having this item in stock !
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