Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bronco : Ace Of Sunlight 1971

Folk Rock - Country Rock

Jess Roden's first band was The Raiders followed by The Shakedown Sound which also included the guitarist, Kevyn Gammond, and keyboard player August Eadon .

In 1966, he joined The Alan Bown Set as their new lead singer. Although their records never charted, Roden did pick up some fans in London, and belatedly became a minor star on the Northern soul scene, with the release of their single, "Emergency 999".

He remained with the Bown group through to the late 1960s, but left after recording the album The Alan Bown! His vocals were re-recorded by his replacement Robert Palmer for the UK release of the album, although Roden's original vocals remained on the U.S. release. Roden later appeared as a backing vocalist to Palmer on his 1983 appearance on The Tube.

In 1970 Roden formed the band Bronco but left after two albums, and later worked on Wildlife, the third Mott the Hoople album, and sang lead vocals on Keef Hartley's 1973 album Lancashire Hustler. In the same year he teamed up with ex-Doors John Densmore and Robby Krieger in The Butts Band, and sang on their first album.

One of the great British vocalists, with an immediately distinctive sound. He formed the band “Bronco” which recorded two albums, which though well received, particularly “Ace of Sunlight” failed to set the world on fire. Roden surfaced again on the eponymously titled “Butts Band” album, a wonderful collection of songs performed by a great band comprising Roden, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors, and session favourite Phil Chen on bass. Check out the wonderful “Baja Bus” and “Sweet Danger”.

Around this time Roden also appeared on Keef Hartleys “Lancashire Hustler” album with Robert Palmer. Island records then stood by Roden for a string of great albums, both solo and with his band. The self-titled “Jess Roden” album features the wonderful “Ferry Cross”. “The Player Not The Game” ia a beautifully made album with the cream of New Orleans session men, including Allan Toussaint. Jess also made a memorable version of “You can leave your hat on ” from the album “Keep Your Hat on”.
Sadly, he was never destined for the big time, and albums like “Play it Dirty” and “Stonechaser” became the rarities at the back of the record shop. A brief return in the 80’s with “Multiplay” by the Rivits and some session work, notably Grace Jones “Nightclubbing” album marked a less productive Roden.
However, in the mid 90’s he made a surprise return with a band called The Humans,featuring ex-Strider and Rod Stewart guitarist Gary Grainger, recording one great album, subsequently disappearing from the scene once more following a live album.


Side 1

1 Amber Moon 4:02
2 Time Slips Away 6:05
3 Some Uncertainty 3:39
4 Woman 4:18

Side 2

1 New Day Avenue 6:39
2 Discernible 3:49
3 Sudden Street 6:23
4 Joy and Pears 3:39

size : 93 MB
Format : Vinyl Lp
Label : Island Records
Made in : Italy
Bitrate 320


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this bronco album...i have the other two but cant say Ive heard this one but if, there as good as the other two then im in for a treat.....thanks for sharing....cheers.