Jim & Jean

Changes/People World

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The husband-and-wife team of Jim Glover (guitar/vocals) and Jean Ray (vocals) came out of the mid-'60s folk-rock scene, sporting a collection of strong originals and well-suited covers on their three long-players. After releasing an eponymous effort on the Philips label in 1965, they signed with Verve's Forecast subsidiary for two additional platters, Changes (1966) and People World (1968). Even as they are undeniably grounded in the singer/songwriter style of notable duos such as Richard & Mimi FariƱa and Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Jim & Jean drew equally from the burgeoning blend of amplified rock & roll with strains of mostly acoustic traditional folk. Changes combined Glover-written cuts such as "Loneliness," the poppish "It's Really Real," and the loose "One Sure Thing" with similarly inspired interpretations of "Tonight I Need Your Lovin'" from Eric Anderson and David Blue's "Strangers in a Strange Land." However, it is undoubtedly their reworking of Phil Ochs' epic "Crucifixion" that gave Changes much of its power and poignancy. Ochs was also a supporter of the pair, going so far as to pen the original LP liner blurb. People World is a definite contrast, and was driven by a host of orchestral arrangers and musical directors, pulling Jim & Jean into a comparatively pop-oriented direction, although they counter with a timeless reading of Ochs' "Ringing of Revolution," incorporating distinct elements of "Hang On Sloopy," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Guantanamera." One of their most powerful performances is another Ochs tune, "Cross My Heart," nothing short of a perfect vehicle for Jim & Jean's vocal delivery. Ray's "Topanga Road" and Glover's "What's That Got to Do With Me?" are likewise standouts, although it was the light and affective "People World" that would become their only charting single (reaching number 94).

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