JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - Going The Distance
Australian Import : MRR061 - Packaging: Jewel Case
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|A conversation that
started well over a year ago resulting in the long desired
official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock
albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved
sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'.
It's a melodic rock masterpiece. You could be forgiven for
never hearing about this album previously, or even be entirely
unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist
and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece.
And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely
talented band at their very best, another victim of record
label machinations. Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We
started on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing
4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums.
It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes
co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band
and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going
into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated,
nothing made sense. We made the record for three different
label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted
to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away
and 'Going the Distance' was shelved." No one knows
how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked,
probably from one of the original advance cassette that
Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for
release back in 1990. But that would explain the less than
perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors
ever since. And if that's you - wait until you hear this
record remastered from the original tapes! The power, passion
and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short
of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination. Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan. This is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans.