Bobby Jameson

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Jameson was a mysterious figure who might be most known for recording a Mick Jagger-Keith Richards composition that the Rolling Stones never released, "All I Want Is My Baby," on a 1965 single. This is one of his two albums, and it's much more a Californian-sounding, faintly psychedelic-speckled pop/rock record than a British Invasion one. Produced by Curt Boettcher, it's an odd LP, not so much for its weirdness -- it's not that weird -- as its strange juxtaposition of 1966-1967 rock styles. Jameson writes intense songs of soul-searching and questioning, yet the tunes are dressed up in rather normal good-time Southern California pop/rock arrangements, with cheerful female backing vocals that verge on the too-chipper, sometimes to the point of annoyance. At times, his sly, mind-rushing-to-keep-pace-with-the-tongue lyrics recall early Arthur Lee, particularly on "The New Age," where the phrasing is extremely similar to the kind Lee used on early Love tracks like "You I'll Be Following." "Windows & Doors" also bears an early Love influence. Yet "I Love You More Than You Know" could almost be Philadelphia blue-eyed soul, so straight-sounding is it, while "Jenny" isn't far from easy listening lounge lizard crooning, without much apparent irony. It's an interesting, but not terribly interesting, mildly eccentric pop/rock album with a dash of flower power. It's not, incidentally, nearly as good (or Love-influenced) as another rare LP of roughly the same time, Chris Lucey's Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest, that is apparently the work of Jameson under a pseudonym.