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Ram Jam City Extra tracks, Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mary Jane
  2. Cascades
  3. Falling In Love With You (Earlier Version With
  4. Odds And Ends (Alternate Take)
  5. Odds And Ends
  6. Skip A Dee Do
  7. Hot Summer Day
  8. Second Chapter
  9. Silver Streams (Earlier Version)
  10. Best Girl In The World
  11. Falling In Love With You
  12. Lovely Days (With False Starts)
  13. Ram Jam City (Earlier Instrumental Version)
  14. Silver Streams
  15. Ram Jam City


Product Details

  • 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)

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By James A. Dennis on January 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
'Ram Jam City' consists of demo recordings for Danny's 'Second Chapter' album, and it doesn't purport to be a remastered version of 'Second Chapter'. These songs are complete demo recordings made (long) prior to final production of the album. It isn't 'Second Chapter' after someone has messed about with it. The final versions of these songs were over-produced with horns and strings everywhere and this took the edge off the music, particularly the guitars, which would presumably be the main attraction of Danny's work.

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.
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Any fan of Fleetwood Mac or Danny Kirwan himself will surely enjoy this disc. I have all three of Danny's solo albums on LP and love them all. A few years ago, I found "Second Chapter" on CD. Sadly, this title is now out of print. The disc I am reviewing is basically alternate takes of the songs on Danny's first solo album "Second Chapter." It is not the career retrospective compilation his fans have been waiting for, but it is a high quality disc. Every song is a gem and the false starts really add a special human element. I really wish they would release his second and third solo albums "Midnight in San Juan" and "Hello There, Big Boy!" respectively, on CD. I thought I would find a song or two from those albums on this disc, but unfortunately, none were included.
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!
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Of all the celebrated Fleetwood Mac guitarists, Danny Kirwan had the widest range of musical influences and interests as this CD of his post-Mac solo material demonstrates. Reggae, big band, C&W, jazz, pop, rock and roll....nothing seemed beyond his capabilities and you find elements of all these styles in his songs. As a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and arranger he remains unique. While his songs with Fleetwood Mac often dealt with lonliness and loss, the lyrics throughout "Ram Jam City" are upbeat and joyful. He sounds as if he was having a great time during the recordings. When you're not playing this CD, you'll still be singing the songs and hoping for more releases of his long-neglected work.
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This odd compilation includes all songs from Kirwan's beautiful Second Chapter, except perhaps the loveliest; Love Can Always Bring You Happiness. Why they included 2 versions of 3 songs and a song not from SC (Best Girl In The World), but left out Love Can Always is beyond me. This CD is a must have for those that like the best soft melodic rock available.
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Of all the talented guitarists that have been in and out of Fleetwood Mac, perhaps none have been more overlooked than Danny Kirwan. He wrote some of Fleetwood Mac's greatest melodies, and when he jammed with Peter Green the results were simply magic. This is Danny's only official CD available on the market today, and its a shame it hasn't gotten more recognition.
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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