Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chip Off The Old Block - Johnny Jones & The King Casuals

Johnny Jones and his King Casuals were a local Memphis act that pressed a few records on the Brunswick label back during the late 60s and early 70s. Aside from being an exceptionally funky blues band Johnny Jones was also known for being one of Jimi Hendrix's early mentors. In fact, the King Casuals were founded by Jimi before leaving Tennessee  for rock n' roll superstardom. Another interesting note about this particular 45 is that both tracks were produced and co-written by William Bell of " I Forgot To Be Your Lover" fame. With that much talent packed into seven inches of round vinyl it's no surprise that both sides are crowd pleasers.

Chip Off The Old Block

 The A side is a satisfying drum lover's instrumental.

It's Gonna Be Good

If any band is gonna cover "Purple Haze" and do it justice it might as well be the King Casuals.

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