Apr 17, 2013

Re-upload by request: Jackson Heights - King Progress (1970)

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When Keith Emerson disbanded The Nice, Lee Jackson decided to hang up his bass guitar and go back to 'simpler' music. With this in mind he gathered together some musicians he had known for a number of years: Charlie Harcourt, Tommy Sloane and Mario Tapia. The result being the first Jackson Heights album King Progress, on which Jackson sang and played acoustic guitar. The standout tracks are 'Mr Screw' and a reworking of the old Nice song 'The Cry of Eugene'. It did not sell in any great numbers. The band started to drift apart and Jackson's next recruitment began... Read more
1. Mr. Screw
2. Since I Last Saw You
3. Sunshine Freak
4. King Progress
5. Doubting Thomas
6. Insomnia
7. Cry Of Eugene 

Lee Jackson 
6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals
Charlie Harcourt 
electric guitar, spanish guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, Mellotron, vocals
Tommy Slone 
drums, congas, triangle, tymps, abdominal pecussions on ''Doubting Thomas''
Mario Enriquie Covarrubias Tapia 
bass guitar, spanish guitar, vocals



adamus67 said...

Jackson Heights (named for the area of New York) were formed by bassist Lee Jackson after the demise of The Nice, with the remit of making music as unlike The Nice as possible. As a result, King Progress is largely acoustic, although the occasional burst of electricity seeps through. From over three decades' distance, I'm afraid it all sounds a bit insipid, although I'm sure it made more sense in those post-hippy days. Musically they were more pop-orientated than The Nice, but they built up a good live reputation through relentless touring. Their first album, released in 1970 on Charisma (CAS 1018) UK 1st Pressing on the Pink Charisma label! it is one of the rarest LP on the Pink Charisma label...virtually impossible to find!

Album contains 7 tracks for a little less than 36 minutes. The style has nothing to do with the trio of Emerson (despite a cover of The Cry Of Eugene who appeared on The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack) and if the harsh voice of Jackson is instantly recognizable music is more of Rock one more classic whose main originality is to be built on mostly acoustic textures. In addition to acoustic guitar, Lee also plays the harmonica and it is clear that the Folk Blues through ballads and up-tempo Rock inspired (the excellent Mr. Screw), bassist converted wanted s 'as far as possible away from the baroque universe of Emerson. With its simple arrangements and atmospheres hippisantes the Jefferson Airplane voice more "natural" Lee remains a very limited singer, King Progress appears as a disk unsophisticated, rustic and relaxing, a thousand leagues from his Progressive Rock As augur. The album did not sound great at the time and if he passed a few copies among fans, this was mainly due to the double cover of Hypgnosis attractive, Jackson's name associated with The Nice and a certain guarantee of quality offered by the famous independent label Tony Stratton Smith (VDG, Genesis, Atomic Rooster, Peter Hammill ...) that still dropped the group after its accounts. Lee recruited new musicians, including ex-King Crimson drummer Mike Giles, and went to Vertigo for over three discs (The Fifth Avenue Bus and Tool Ragamuffins in 1972, Bump'n'Grind in 1973) before s associate with keyboardist Patrick Moraz and former drummer of Nice, Brian Davison for Refugee base. Today, the King Progress LP is a collector and even in its compact Repertoire reissue seems missing.

Thx Alex ;)

vataga said...

Очень хорошая группа. Спасибо, что напомнили! Надо их снова послушать, а то давненько не прокручивал!

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hanalex said...

OK, I will do it, but not immediately...