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Running Jumping Standing Still

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Released in the late-'60s, and compared by critics to concept albums like Sgt. Pepper and Smiley Smile , this raucous blend of ragtime, blues, R&B and jazz-sorta like the Band on a bender-has become a cult classic, now available for the first time in decades.

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Spider John Koerner made his name in the '60s by picking out acoustic urban blues with the Minneapolis trio of Koerner, Ray, & Glover. He romps a little harder than usual on Running, Jumping, Standing Still, obviously grooving on the extra energy of pianist Willie Murphy. Koerner's folk roots get liberally sprinkled with ragtime, rock & roll, and barrelhouse boogie-woogie courtesy of Murphy's magic fingers. Murphy also sings lead on two tracks, including the long, jazzy piano workout "Old Brown Dog." Koerner and his booming guitar shine on the strutting "Red Palace," the low-key "I Ain't Blue," and the title track. -- Michael Ruby


1. Red Palace
2. I Ain't Blue
3. Bill & Annie
4. Old Brown Dog
5. Running, Jumping, Standing Still
6. Sidestep
7. Magazine Lady
8. Friends And Lovers
9. Sometimes I Can't Help Myself
10. Good Night
11. Some Sweet Nancy

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B000001BA1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jon M. Lepine on November 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was also introduced to Spider John Koerner through Spider Robinson. I expected quite a lot from this album, since Robinson describes it in very glowing and almost mythical terms. Well, the first time I listened to it, I wasn't, on the whole, impressed. However, from the second time to the upteenth time I fell in love with it. It's one of the top 10 albums I would have on a deserted island, just for the happy feeling it leaves me with. I really enjoy playing it while doing other activities with friends, like drinking, or cleaning, or building.
The amount of diversity in music here is incredible. At first listen, it sounds like a folk album, but with repeated playings you begin to notice that a lot of jazz, blues influence also go into it. It's surprising how well these performers work together.
The lyrics are clever turns of phrase that make you ponder, without being depressing, just thoughtful. (ie, Magazine Lady: "If you and I were to go for a moonlight swim, would you look the same when you left the water, as you did before you went in?")
Since purchasing this album, I've gone on to buy other Spider John Koerner albums, and just haven't seen the magic that this one had... There's something special here, and I get the feeling that these musicians were in the right frame of mind at the right time, and it's a gift to us all that they managed to capture it...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ge on January 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Every since high school, & that's over 30 years, I've enjoyed this record. Producer Mohawk & the boys capture one of the coolest recorded ambiences of the century (Dr. John's 'GrisGris' also comes to mind; also another inspired Mohawk production, 'the Moray Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders') with Koerner's beat/farmboy/outdoorsy romantic writing & delivery plus perfect cheap electric guitar thrashing setting the mood...not forgetting great cigar puffin' rinkytink piano of Willie.

This album is richly redolently suggestive of beer bars basements backwoods riverbanks romance broken hearts & clicking heels, hounddogs rainbows holidays & silk hose! About the only time I did a 'Mecca' pilgrimage to a club was to pay homage to Spider John (appearing solo) for the joy this album gave, that was about 15 years ago. Another guy had come for the same reason. Spider offered to buy me a beer, but I wasn't drinking (pretty ungracious/dumb huh?)... intent on telling him the G-R-R-R-R-R-E-A-ATness of this alvin...its 'non-effeteness' making one proud to be a redblooded American shaking the hand of the man...

& if you dont agree/ then you aint me/ but we can all see/
how it seems to have such an effect!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wdevaughan@worldnet.att.net on February 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My first exposure to this music was a rave review by Spider Robinson, the author of the science fiction "Callahan's" books. He was absolutely right! The lyrics will make you think, the beat will make you jump, and the musical quality will make you stand up and shout and then go out and buy copies for your best friends (I've done 4 now with more on the way. Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on January 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I really don't know how I found out about this record--maybe because it's similar to the more mainstream The Band, and definitely a roots-rock album from the birth of the genre. However I heard about it, I sure am glad, and thankful to the friend of mine who bought it for me out of the blue. It's a wild, hilarious affair without a dull moment and plenty of wicked honky tonk piano and some surprisingly effective songwriting. It's a bit difficult to get ahold of, but I think it's worth it--I've never heard a record that sounds quite like this one.

"Spider" John Koerner, erstwhile purveyor of blues to white folkies, sings most of the exuberant, humorous lead and plays some energetic, sloppy electric blues guitar. The bearded, old-prospector type, Willie Murphy, plays some ostensibly ridiculous honky tonk piano and sings some soulfully white harmony (and lead on a couple tracks). After a few listens, though, you'll see that his keyboard contributions transcend saloon leads, and venture into jazz, R&B, and blues territory, giving the album a really cosmopolitan feel.

The songwriting on this album is surprisingly good--tight and purposeful while at the same time loose and fun in delivery. The opener, "Red Palace," is one of the more progressive cuts, with a descending kazoo-like scat part, opening the party with fire and laughs, then giving way to a fuzzed-out, funky bass/guitar riff that Murphy solos over with reckless abandon. Not a bad beginning, if you ask me. "I Ain't Blue" is the first example of several great ballads on the album, proving Koerner is just as good an emotive singer as he is up-tempo hollerer. "Bill and Annie" ramps up the party again, with one of the best choruses on the album--"don't let the bastards wear you down/don't get hassled to a frazzle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I found this CD by accident and was blown away. Even John Lennon once said it was his favorite album. You can hear so much, done so well in this album. It's a perfect mix of rock, folk, jazz, and blues, combined with John Koerners voice and Willie Murphy's AMAZING piano playing. On top of all this, it's an album written by and for real people whose emotions extend far beyond the typical self-satisfaction and bland affection of "classic-rock"
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