Jimmy Cole Unlimited

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One album was released under the band name of Jimmy Cole Unlimited by Condor, a totally bizarre independent label based out of Burnaby, British Columbia in the '60s. The label's specialty was recordings…
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One album was released under the band name of Jimmy Cole Unlimited by Condor, a totally bizarre independent label based out of Burnaby, British Columbia in the '60s. The label's specialty was recordings by fake groups, a list that includes the Crazy People and the Blues Train, as well as the Jimmy Cole Unlimited, a band which actually was somewhat limited by the fact that it, like all Condor bands, did not really exist. The label's catalog represented a kind of exploitation of the fact that rock bands were a commercial concept which might apparently sell albums even if there was no group; in fact, considering the way some bands behaved, it might even be easier that way.

Actual individual performers are always uncredited on these records, but there is speculation that the strangely diverse sounds included were cooked up by a Vancouver television weatherman who has remained unidentified, and a fellow named Johnny Kitchen. Kitchen was an obscure '60s and '70s recording artist who spent time in Vancouver at the time Condor was active before finally heading for Los Angeles in 1969 and a short career making records for which he was actually credited. Kitchen seems to have been involved in at least a dozen kooky underground sides on various private American labels about which next to nothing is known. His presence is the only thing these productions have in common. No style was out of reach for Kitchen, and there are portions of the Jimmy Cole Unlimited's Hang on Sloopy which give the impression of having been recorded by completely different sets of musicians. Perhaps Johnny Kitchen, whoever he really is, named himself after the expression "everything but the kitchen sink" -- it sure sounds like it.