Jinx is an album that has no highlights and quite a few low-lights, the singer Larry Alexander is absolutely appalling and the music is dire.
Written by: gdmonline
LABEL: Private Stock
SERIAL: PS 2004
CD REISSUE: Discogs Reissue List
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Larry ‘Jinx’ Alexander – lead vocals, guitar * Travis Wammack – guitars, banjo, harmonica * Lenny Leblanc – bass * Wayne Jerrolds – fiddle * Steve Herbert – percussion * Randy Mccormick – piano, organ * Steve Gooch – steel guitar * Jimmy (Be-Bop) Evans – drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Proud Mary * 02 River Song * 03 Goodby Momma * 04 Shady Lady * 05 Run Rabbit Run * 06 Greenville Woman * 07 Hey River Boat * 08 Tadpole Simpson * 09 Jenny * 10 Two Days Out Of Memphis
Normally I’m quite partial to obscure releases from 1975 and thereabouts. Usually the albums I pick up have some redeeming features. However, upon picking up this album I’d long been waiting for, I wondered why I bothered. Jinx is an album that has no highlights and quite a few low-lights.
Jinx is actually the nickname of singer Larry Alexander, so I assume this to be a solo artist packaged as a band, the resident Muscle Shoals backing band no less.No matter, the vocals on this album are absolutely appalling and the music is dire. Though Alexander is from Tennessee, Jinx was recorded in Alabama through the height of the Muscle Shoals scene, but really this guy should not have been let loose in a studio.
Kicking off with a cover of Credence Clearwater Revival‘s ‘Proud Mary’, this borders on garbage. Totally. I scrolled through the remainder of the tracks pretty quickly after that, and I’m afraid none of them caught on. What a waste of space and time. Initially I was hoping for some Poco inspired goodness, but not to be.
All I can say about Jinx, is they are aptly named. No record label should’ve touched this band, it’s terrible terrible stuff. Please remove off your wants list if you still have an entry for this band hanging around. As it turns out, Larry Alexander passed away nine years after this album, aged 37 during 1984.