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The Jelly Jam

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Artist: Jelly Jam
Genre: Alternative
Release Date: March 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

This album is not what you would expect from prog-rock titans. The former "Platypus" members Ty Tabor (King's X, guitar and vocals), John Myung (Dream Theater, bass), and Rod Morgenstein (The Dixie Dregs, drums and percussion), take it to task and end up with a great rock and roll album. This is not prog-rock, neo-prog, or anything else associated with the word progressive when regarding genre classification. When defining the word progressive for yourself you will find that these talented musicians surely fit into that realm though. Are you confused yet? It's actually quite simple. These guys went into the studio to have some fun and do something totally different than what they are normally associated with, which is very cool and very progressive. What ends up happening is a sound that is very similar to a classic 60's Byrds record (in the vocal department) is developed to perfection, with a noticeable discerning harder edge to it. Except for the title track "The Jelly Jam", which is a Hendrix like rocker with wah-wah, psychedelic influences, and the spirit of Jimi jumping in, this is quite simply a great rock n' roll album without any frills or complications included.

So if you are looking for a straight ahead prog-rock album you need to look elsewhere or with the groups that these guys normally gig with. If you enjoy great music that rocks then this is your pre-paid ticket to the show.

1. I Can't Help You
2. No Remedy
3. Nature
4. Nature's Girl
5. Feeling
6. Reliving
7. The Jelly Jam
8. I Am The King
9. The King's Dance
10. Under The Tree



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