Live at Richard's: Atlanta 1974
This CD is the culmination of a live show at Richard's nightclub, then one of the hottest venues in Atlanta and the Southeast, recorded on a hot summer night in 1974. The show was aired by WRAS Radio in Atlanta, and taped by Sam's Tape Truck. On the shared bill that evening was Eric Carmen and the RASBERIES...So, this is Mose Jones on stage Randy Lewis-Bass & Lead Vocals, Jimmy O'Neill-Guitar & Lead Vocals, Bryan Cole-Drums & Background Vocals, Steve McRay-Keyboards & Lead Vocals, and with 'Special Guest' Davis Causey-Guitar - raw, live, all mic'd-up - singing, and playing their own songs, creating extended jams...it was HOT, and as usual at Richard's, the packed crowd was ready and receptive - and as usual, Mose Jones was having a blast! While Mose Jones had two well received albums on 'Sounds of the South' MCA (Get Right 1973, Mose Knows 1974), and later reformed the band and released albums on BGO / RCA records (Blackbird 1978), many consider that Mose Jones' musical personality was always expressed best in the bands live performances. The songs chosen for this CD were narrowed down from over 2 and half hours of recorded music that night - all original songs were from Mose Jones' 2 albums, 'Get Right' 1973 and 'Mose Knows' 1974, except for the Mose Allison song 'Going to the City', which was combined with the extended jam the band had been performing and having fun with for years...This CD is totally live - no overdubs or post-production enhancements of any kind were used. The original 1/4' tape was found to be in Jimmy O'Neill's possession after his passing in 2001. The tape was baked, then transferred to digital (protools), pre-mastered, then re-mastered by Rodney Mills Master House. The songs chosen for this CD were narrowed down from over 2 and half hours of recorded music that night - all original songs were from Mose Jones' 2 albums, 'Get Right' 1973 and 'Mose Knows' 1974, except for the Mose Allison song 'Going to the City', which was combined with the extended jam the band had been performing and having fun with for years...This CD is totally live - no overdubs or post-production enhancements of any kind were used. The original 1/4' tape was found to be in Jimmy O'Neill's possession after his passing in 2001. The tape was baked, then transferred to digital (protools), pre-mastered, then re-mastered by Rodney Mills Master House. Bryan Cole and Steve McRay, the two surviving members of the original band, and with the appreciative help of friends all along the way, have spent time and money and an undoubtedly labor of love attitude, to release this CD project - and now it has come to fruition. This CD is presented to you, to our old fans and our new fans and listeners, out of respect for Mose Jones and it's legacy, and our love for our two original members and band mates - Randy Lewis and Jimmy O'Neill (RIP)...We sincerely hope you will listen, enjoy, and appreciate this CD and project of love - The songs: Barroom Sweeper - (Cole, O'Neill) 4:26 Would Be - (Cole, O'Neill, McRay) 4:26 Just Another Highway Song - (O'Neill) 2:54 Stood Up (Cole, O'Neill, McRay) 4:06 Mose Knows - aka 168 P'tree Cir (McRay) 4:03 Home - (Cole, Lewis, O'Neill, McRay) 8:24 Julia's Beautiful Friend - (Cole, O'Neill) 9:43 If You're Going to the City & Jam - (Mose Allison) 27:09 Mose Jones' history in regard to the 'Southern sound' is well documented and appreciated by many music insiders. In an exploding era of 'Southern Music', e.g., Macon Georgia's Capricorn Records, the Allman Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wet Willie, Hydra, Marshall Tucker...to name a few, Al Kooper moved to Atlanta in 1972 to sign up-and-coming Southern bands on his newly created 'Sounds of the South' label / MCA Records. The first band he signed, based on their live performances at the Atlanta nightclub FUNOCHIOS, was MOSE JONES, where Al would sit-in and jam to all hours of the night, convinced that Mose Jones had the talent, musicianship and driving sound that he was looking for to kick-start his new label. With the persuading of Mose Jones, the second band Al Kooper signed was a little known band coming up from Jacksonville to play at FUNOCHIOS, whom Mose Jones had become good friends with....that band was - Lynyrd Skynyrd! Some reviews of this band - 'An important part of Southern Rock history - cause this is when Southern Rock started to become the kind of music that we know and love so well.' SkyDog's Elysium 2008 review of Get Right - Mose Jones 1973 '...what we have here is another essential piece of the puzzle of the history of Southern Rock.' SkyDog's Elysium 2008 review of Mose Knows - Mose Jones 1974 'From back when southern had merely a geographical meaning...because in the South every genre got mixed. And that attracted people from all places, from Eric Clapton to Rod Stewart...in the early days Southern Rock was a lot less bound by rules. There was no genre or image (for these bands to copy from) then, these guys were just making music. Still, you could hear a familiar sound in all different types of bands." SkyDog's Elysium 'This extremely talented band...absolutely captivated their audience by rocking, rolling, bloozing, and boogie-ing them into submission.' CASH BOX 1973 'Mose Jones plays a bluesy brand of rock that comes off as extremely tight and cohesive.' RECORD WORLD 1973 'Mose Jones, Atlanta rock 'n boogie quartet, are making a strong impression in their Gotham debut...This quartet could make waves.' VARIETY 1973 In his book, Al Kooper is quoted as saying that "Mose Jones were my Beatles and Skynyrd was my Rolling Stones". Members of this band went on to record, write songs, tour, produce, and perform with many artists: 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Vassar Clements, Sea Level, Joan Baez, Ben E. King, Al Kooper, Randall Bramblett, Lowell George, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton, Greg Allman, Francine Reed... This project also reunites us with Rodney Mills, who originally engineered our Mose Jones albums at Studio One in Doraville, Ga., home studio to many hit albums in it's day, i.e., Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Journey, Alicia Bridges, Johnny Van Zant, Paul Davis, Joe South, Greg Allman, Outlaws, Stillwater, and many more. The Rodney Mills Master House is one of the elite mastering services in the country, mastering thousands of projects for national and regional acts (Pearl Jam, Collective Soul, Kentucky Headhunters, ARS, The Wallflowers, Soulja Boy, Bonecrusher, Unk, Pylon...) Enjoy!