Jackie Lomax

Is This What You Want?

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Although Jackie Lomax was fortunate enough to be one of the first signees to Apple, it was a cross to bear as well as a blessing, since his Beatles connections -- George Harrison produced the album and donated a tune -- interfered with his shot at being evaluated on his own merits. Truth to tell, had the exact same record come out on a different label without any Beatles involvement, it would have made even less of an impact than it did. Lomax is a passable but unarresting singer and songwriter, and most of the tracks chug along in a humdrum blue-eyed soul-rock vein. Whether consciously or not, Lomax's better compositions sometimes bear Beatlesque influences, like the title track, which has a casual resemblance to "I Am the Walrus" (recorded after this album's release), and the uncommonly tender "Fall Inside." The George Harrison-penned tune, "Sour Milk Sea," is nothing special; the Beatles' own version, cut in demo-like circumstances as they were rehearsing tunes shortly before starting work on The White Album, has long been available on bootleg.

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