Jacks

Super Session

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Super Session's anything but super, and not even as good as the Jacks' prior LP, 1968's Vacant World. That record wasn't that good, either, but it at least had some weird gloominess and occasional disheveled psychedelic guitar going for it. On the opening cut, "Joe's Rock," the Jacks sound like a stereotypical satire of an Asian rock band who can't grasp the spirit of the '50s-style rock & roll they're so obviously trying to mimic. Their predilection for unremittingly sad ballads with just a pinch of psychedelia resurfaces on tracks like "Rock for Fallin' Angel," but "Jailbirds" and "Roll Over Yuranosuke" are silly attempts at soul bubblegum; "How to Love" is lounge-meets-British Invasion, complete with vibraphone; and some of the ballads are more sappy than spooky. Like Vacant World, it's certainly different from anything produced in the Western world of rock & roll, but that doesn't mean it's good or noteworthy. Super Session, Vacant World, and three bonus tracks were packaged together on the single-CD Jacks reissue Vacant World/Super Session & Plus 3 Rare Tracks.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:18
2
2:44
3
4:26
4
2:55
5
0:21
6
1:22
7
5:57
8
2:53
9
3:10
10
2:14
11
3:50
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