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Jet — Jet
(Radiant Future RFVP002CD, 1975/2002, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2003-12-01

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The travels of guitarist David O'List (from the Nice to Roxy Music) eventually found somewhat of a home in Jet, a splinter group from the remains of John's Children. O'List fit in well into this quintet built around vocalist Andy Ellison and keyboardist Peter Oxendale. The group falls squarely into Queen and Aladdin Sane era Bowie with their imaginative rock and roll arrangements and studio trickery. The Queen linkage is evident due in part from producer Roy Thomas Baker as one of the first acts under his tutelage that never achieved the heights of his other production efforts. What's also of note is that bassist Martin Gordon is the prime songwriter in ten of twelve tracks and co-wrote one of the others. Tracks such as "Brian Damage" occupy much of the musical terrain as 'Virginia Plain" or "Out of the Blue." The guitarist's only song, "My River." sounds like The Sweet or Head East with its opening power chords and trendy synth backing. "Whangdepootenawah" is a tongue twister that spoofs pop rock and was probably considered a single contender for its campy approach and choppy keyboard playing. Closing out the disc is a series of studio banter tracks that show the chaos in the control room during backing track playback for all its blazing glory. Overall, Jet was no better or worse than contemporaries and deserved more than a small footnote in British 70s rock.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 28, 2002 releases, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Jet

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