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Mose Jones

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Live at Richard's - Atlanta, Ga. 1974

Mose Jones

An integral slice of Southern Rock music history - captured live on this hot-lanta-boogie-jam-band never released recording, from the first band Al Kooper signed to his Sounds of the South label, when Southern rock music was exploding on the national scene

This CD is the culmination of a live show at Richard's nightclub, then one of the hottest venues in Atlanta and the Southeast, recorded on a hot summer night in 1974. The show was aired by WRAS Radio in Atlanta, and taped by Sam's Tape Truck. On the shared bill that evening was Eric Carmen and the RASBERIES...So, this is Mose Jones on stage Randy Lewis-Bass & Lead Vocals, Jimmy O'Neill-Guitar & Lead Vocals, Bryan Cole-Drums & Background Vocals, Steve McRay-Keyboards & Lead Vocals, and with "Special Guest" Davis Causey-Guitar - raw, live, all mic'd-up - singing, and playing their own songs, creating extended jams…it was HOT, and as usual at Richard's, the packed crowd was ready and receptive - and as usual, Mose Jones was having a blast!

While Mose Jones had two well received albums on "Sounds of the South" MCA (Get Right 1973, Mose Knows 1974), and later reformed the band and released albums on BGO / RCA records (Blackbird 1978), many consider that Mose Jones' musical personality was always expressed best in the bands live performances.

The songs chosen for this CD were narrowed down from over 2 and half hours of recorded music that night - all original songs were from Mose Jones' 2 albums, "Get Right" 1973 and "Mose Knows" 1974, except for the Mose Allison song "Going to the City", which was combined with the extended jam the band had been performing and having fun with for years...This CD is totally live - no overdubs or post-production enhancements of any kind were used. The original 1/4" tape was found to be in Jimmy O'Neill's possession after his passing in 2001. The tape was baked, then transferred to digital (protools), pre-mastered, then re-mastered by Rodney Mills Master House.

The songs chosen for this CD were narrowed down from over 2 and half hours of recorded music that night - all original songs were from Mose Jones' 2 albums, "Get Right" 1973 and "Mose Knows" 1974, except for the Mose Allison song "Going to the City", which was combined with the extended jam the band had been performing and having fun with for years...This CD is totally live - no overdubs or post-production enhancements of any kind were used. The original 1/4" tape was found to be in Jimmy O'Neill's possession after his passing in 2001. The tape was baked, then transferred to digital (protools), pre-mastered, then re-mastered by Rodney Mills Master House.

Bryan Cole and Steve McRay, the two surviving members of the original band, and with the appreciative help of friends all along the way, have spent time and money and an undoubtedly labor of love attitude, to release this CD project - and now it has come to fruition. This CD is presented to you, to our old fans and our new fans and listeners, out of respect for Mose Jones and it's legacy, and our love for our two original members and band mates – Randy Lewis and Jimmy O’Neill (RIP)…We sincerely hope you will listen, enjoy, and appreciate this CD and project of love –

The songs: Barroom Sweeper - (Cole, O’Neill) 4:26 Would Be - (Cole, O’Neill, McRay) 4:26 Just Another Highway Song - (O’Neill) 2:54 Stood Up (Cole, O’Neill, McRay) 4:06 Mose Knows - aka 168 P'tree Cir (McRay) 4:03 Home - (Cole, Lewis, O’Neill, McRay) 8:24 Julia's Beautiful Friend - (Cole, O’Neill) 9:43 If You're Going to the City & Jam - (Mose Allison) 27:09

Mose Jones' history in regard to the "Southern sound" is well documented and appreciated by many music insiders. In an exploding era of "Southern Music", e.g., Macon Georgia's Capricorn Records, the Allman Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wet Willie, Hydra, Marshall Tucker…to name a few, Al Kooper moved to Atlanta in 1972 to sign up-and-coming Southern bands on his newly created "Sounds of the South" label / MCA Records. The first band he signed, based on their live performances at the Atlanta nightclub FUNOCHIOS, was MOSE JONES, where Al would sit-in and jam to all hours of the night, convinced that Mose Jones had the talent, musicianship and driving sound that he was looking for to kick-start his new label. With the persuading of Mose Jones, the second band Al Kooper signed was a little known band coming up from Jacksonville to play at FUNOCHIOS, whom Mose Jones had become good friends with….that band was - Lynyrd Skynyrd!

Some reviews of this band - "An important part of Southern Rock history - cause this is when Southern Rock started to become the kind of music that we know and love so well." SkyDog's Elysium 2008 review of Get Right - Mose Jones 1973

"…what we have here is another essential piece of the puzzle of the history of Southern Rock." SkyDog's Elysium 2008 review of Mose Knows - Mose Jones 1974

"From back when southern had merely a geographical meaning...because in the South every genre got mixed. And that attracted people from all places, from Eric Clapton to Rod Stewart...in the early days Southern Rock was a lot less bound by rules. There was no genre or image (for these bands to copy from) then, these guys were just making music. Still, you could hear a familiar sound in all different types of bands.” SkyDog's Elysium

"This extremely talented band...absolutely captivated their audience by rocking, rolling, bloozing, and boogie-ing them into submission." CASH BOX 1973

"Mose Jones plays a bluesy brand of rock that comes off as extremely tight and cohesive." RECORD WORLD 1973

"Mose Jones, Atlanta rock 'n boogie quartet, are making a strong impression in their Gotham debut...This quartet could make waves." VARIETY 1973

In his book, Al Kooper is quoted as saying that “Mose Jones were my Beatles and Skynyrd was my Rolling Stones”.

Members of this band went on to record, write songs, tour, produce, and perform with many artists: 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Vassar Clements, Sea Level, Joan Baez, Ben E. King, Al Kooper, Randall Bramblett, Lowell George, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton, Greg Allman, Francine Reed…

This project also reunites us with Rodney Mills, who originally engineered our Mose Jones albums at Studio One in Doraville, Ga., home studio to many hit albums in it's day, i.e., Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Journey, Alicia Bridges, Johnny Van Zant, Paul Davis, Joe South, Greg Allman, Outlaws, Stillwater, and many more. The Rodney Mills Master House is one of the elite mastering services in the country, mastering thousands of projects for national and regional acts (Pearl Jam, Collective Soul, Kentucky Headhunters, ARS, The Wallflowers, Soulja Boy, Bonecrusher, Unk, Pylon...)

Enjoy!

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Lost / Found

Mose Jones

This CD reflects the 70's/80's music - infectious bass and drums grooves in rock, disco, funk, and R & B style - Southern guitar solos, keyboards with Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3, topped off with soul inspired vocals and harmony laden choruses.

Missing Music returns home after 30 years!

This is the last album from "Southern Rock" band Mose Jones - never released on RCA Records, locked up in the vaults, lost for 30+ years, found and returned in 2012...CD was successfully funded by friends using KICKSTARTER in September 2013, and now released!

Mose Jones features Marvin Taylor (Guitar), Randy Lewis (RIP) (Vocals/Bass), Steve McRay (Vocals/Keyboards), and Chris Seymour (Drums). The album was produced by Buddy Buie, engineered and co-produced by Tad Bush (RIP) and Mose Jones. All songs written by Buddy Buie, Randy Lewis, and Steve McRay as well as Marvin Taylor and Chris Seymour.

In 1979 the album was recorded in 24-track analog at famed "Studio One" in Doraville, GA, where Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Journey, Joe South, Alicia Bridges, Stillwater, Crusados, and many more artists recorded; except for the Muscle Shoals Horns, which were recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals, AL.

Mose Jones had many devoted friends and fans that bought and listened to our first RCA album "BLACKBIRD" - and we still have many friends and fans that would love to hear these final Mose Jones recordings, especially since many heard us play these songs live before we broke up in 1980.

This "Lost / Found" album will take you back to a time when Mose Jones was serving up their signature brand of Southern Rock, and adding their own spicy flavors and funk to the organic rock songs of the day - a CD to share with friends who never heard of us before, and maybe make some new friends and turn on some new listeners along the way.

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Java Monkey

Java Monkey

Originals and cover songs - in a jazz, funk, rock, blue-eyed soul, and blues-roots rhythms from this Atlanta band of session musicians known for their club coolness, packed crowds, and naming itself after a "coffee addiction" !

Steve McRay - vocals, keyboards, keyboard bass Marvin Taylor - bg vocals, guitar Michael Bastedo - vocals, sax, zendrum percussion Bryan Cole - bg vocals, drums

You have heard these guys before and may not have known it - they have been recording musicians and on other artists records for years: .38 Special, Ted Nugent, Joan Baez, Francine Reed, Johnny Van Zant, Ben E. King, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Trudy Lynn, Alicia Bridges, IF (English band), the Atlanta band, Mose Jones, the Shadows, Randall Bramblett, Bertie Higgins, and many "Blues" artists for Ichiban Records, i.e., Sandra Hall, Jimmy Dawkins, Chick Willis, Luther "Houserocker" Johnson, the Shadows, Dicky Williams, Vernon Garrett, Nappy Brown, Blues Boy Willie, Gary B.B. Coleman, Theodis Ealey, Jerry McCain, Kip Anderson, Travis Haddix, and many, many more!

This CD is Java Monkey! The Atlanta band known for naming their band after their love and addiction to "coffee", for being Atlanta Diva "Francine Reed's" backing band, and for being synonymous with an old Atlanta landmark venue named "Fuzzy's Place", a small friendly-smokey-packed music and great cajun food venue where the band held court almost every Wednesday throughout the 90's. Originally when the band was just forming, they played a weekend gig at Fuzzy's. At the end of the night, they were asked to play the following Wednesday...and if they wanted, every Wednesday after that...as long as they wanted...so Java Monkey played at Fuzzy's almost every Wednesday night...for about 10 years.

The songs that were chosen for this CD were a mix of originals and copy songs - songs the band played live, and they wanted to make this CD a "live-studio" recording, and as much of a true representation of the way Java Monkey sounded to their fans. All of songs were one or two take recordings with just vocal overdubs and percussion added, and maybe a second take on a solo. On two of the songs, "Go Home" and "Not Fade Away", the band recorded longer jams, just the way the arrangements might have been on a given club night.

(Steve McRay explains the songs for the CD) First, my original instrumental "Song We Always Start With" (creative title withstanding) kicks off the CD, followed by another original, a Mose Jones' funk-rocker (3 of us were in Mose Jones), "Ain't No Time". Then, with Michael Bastedo's great vocal rendition, a favorite Michael McDonald and Doobie Brothers' song "Here to Love You" - followed by one of Van the Man's best songs ever "Into the Mystic", always a crowd favorite. Next, our old Atlanta transplant from New York friend Jerry Ragovoy's "She's a Burglar" (a great song originally recorded by Howard Tate - one of the band's fave R&B singer). Then the extended jams, first on Steve Wonder's "Go Home" and then on Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away", both with arrangements we created and were fond of playing 'live". Lastly, we finished the CD with Marvin Taylor's song "What Is That Light", and a great vocal duo by Michael and our friend Francine Reed, the Atlanta Diva known for her blues and jazz, great gumbo, and 20+ years with Lyle Lovett...and what a great way to finish a CD!

We enjoyed recording this music, especially with our now departed friend and drummer Bryan Cole (RIP) - We hope you'll enjoy having this CD, sharing it with your friends, and listening to it for years to come. Thanks!

< Excerpts from the liner notes.... >

'A fellow once said of Java Monkey's live performances, "These guys sound like a CD." Well, here's the long awaited CD they sound like.   Whether you're a veteran fan or a recent convert, this CD is for you.   "This isn't a band turning clever tricks in the studio. These tracks were cut in two days, with hardly any overdubs. What you hear on this CD is what you get when you see the Monkey live - great arrangements, consummate musicianship."

To paraphrase one of Tina Turner's many hits: "they're simply the best. Better than all the rest." ' ...by John Scriven

(registered Monkey addict and founder of the English fan club.)

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Band Xmas - The Christmas Album -$12.99

Band X

Band X recorded a Christmas CD in 2014 - A little bit rock, a little jazzy, some bluesy funky stuff, and straight pop renditions to get you in the Holiday spirit. So here's 14 of some of our favorite Christmas songs.

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Mercy Road

Cole / Taylor

Songwriters Bryan Cole and Marvin Taylor come together for their debut of an all-original-songs CD. 10 songs produced/recorded in the Americana mood.

Scott Freeman of Creative Loafing wrote about "Mercy Road": “A smartly-crafted collection of original songs by two of Atlanta's premier musicians, ‘Mercy Road’ is full of stand-out tracks that were born out of life's joys and its hard lessons. Impossible to categorize, not easy to forget.”

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