- Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
- Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Import
- Label: Mooncrest Records UK
- ASIN: B00004SDR0
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ram Jam City Extra tracks, Import
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Having said that, the finished 'Second Chapter' album should be available on CD as well, so we could compare the two... It did surface on CD in 1993, but it's long-deleted - good luck if you try to find it. Danny's other two albums are criminally neglected, particularly his follow-up to 'Second Chapter', 'Midnight in San Juan' (or simply 'Danny Kirwan' in the USA). Danny's final effort 'Hello There Big Boy!' is perhaps best forgotten, since it shows Danny at the very end of his career when he was already heavily mired in the illness that has plagued him since then. He plays practically no guitar on his final album, his vocals had to be strengthened by cheesy backing vocalists, and most of the songs are co-written or covers. Very sad, although the album is not without merit.
"Ram Jam City" is above all interesting, and shows the direction Danny's solo career should have taken, with sharp-edged guitar work, and clear and concise arrangements. The songs stand up very well as demos, more so than most demos that you hear, and one member of Danny's band was quoted as saying that the demos could not have been improved upon.Read more ›
I recommend this disc highly though. The love songs are as good as any written in the 70s and the uptempo songs ring of sheer optimism and joy. The crystal clear sound quality is amazing. I have never heard Mr. Kirwan sound so good!
Ram Jam City is compiled from Kirwan's first solo album Second Chapter, containing the original tracks, outtakes, and false starts. The album is very different from his Mac material, containing more country and bluegrass influence. While not every song is a winner (Falling in Love With You Again is ... [no good]) when Danny's on the mark he's on the mark, scoring brilliant pop hooks and melodies on songs like Cascades, Silver Stream, Hot Summer Day, Second Chapter, and Ram Jam City. These are songs that could have taken their place among the greatest pop-rock songs of the'70s yet failed to achieve little more than a minor cult success.
With Danny Kirwan (and his fellow bandmates in Fleetwood Mac) there's always the mystery of what if. What if Kirwan stayed on with Fleetwood Mac for the Rumours era glory days, oh what great music they could have achieved? What if Danny kicked his alcohol addiction and continued his solo career, oh what heights he could have reached? Instead Danny's stuck in a homeless shelter, with a 23 year musical dry spell that may never be broken, and as for Fleetwood Mac. Well... we all know how that worked out. So drop the speculation, lose the what ifs, and for now enjoy the great music made by the great Danny Kirwan.
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without danny kirwan's songs, i would listen to many other favorites. i do have many great songs by danny though ,so there is not much time for anyone but danny . Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I always liked Danny Kirwan in Fleetwood Mac. He was an exceptional guitarist with a unique vibrato, and could hold his own jamming with Peter Green. No mean feat! Read morePublished on April 2, 2008 by SWboy
Out of Danny Kirwan's 3 solo albums from the '70s, his first, Second Chapter, is probably his best, featuring some of his most memorable melodies, strong songwriting, and lush yet... Read morePublished on January 19, 2004 by berkshire_cowboy
This is the wrong album to be put on CD. Danny Kirwain was the best guitarist that Fleetwood Mac had. He played guitar like he loved the instrument. Read morePublished on September 29, 2003 by Dave/Ohio
Danny Kirwan did a great job in the early Fleetwood Mac. He gave a kind of melodic edge to the raw blues genius of Peter Green. Read morePublished on January 3, 2001 by Rainer Krack