Jorma Kaukonen & Vital Parts

Barbecue King

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One year after launching himself as a solo artist with Jorma, Kaukonen returned in a group context, co-billing this record to the rhythm section of drummer John Stench and bassist Denny DeGorio under the name Vital Parts. The result was far more of a pop-rock album than anything Kaukonen had done before, with faster tempos and tighter arrangements. There was even a cover of "Love Is Strange." But no one seems to have told RCA that they had a potentially commercial album on their hands, and when this album failed to sell, Kaukonen and the label parted company. He would not return to the majors until the Jefferson Airplane reunion in 1989.

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