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album coverThe Jigsaw Seen Songs Mama Used To Sing 4 stars
Label: Vibro-Phonic DL 12011

The Jigsaw Seen are one of the great unsung bands. They have been around for a long time, yet remain relatively unknown. I had the extreme pleasure of recording them for Big Myke Destiny ages ago at KFJC. Aside from the one incredible instro here, this CD captures some classic performances from a fine group of musicians. Their exceptional vocals here include the tribal gloom of "Little Know Ye Who's Coming," the haunting beauty of "Tattoo," a stunning cover of the Yardbirds' moody dirge "Still I'm Sad," an amazing interpretation of the Bee Gee's "Melody Fair," a psychedelic daydream reinvention of the Hollies' pop genius "On A Carousel," the beautifully haunting "Desiree," a shimmering vibrato magic ode to "Luci Baines," the soft summer future of "30 Century Man," and the soft drama of "This Is Where I Belong."

Picks: Baby Elephant Walk

 

"Baby Elephant Walk" 4 stars

Jigsaw Seen are one of my favorite pop-psych bands. They deliver a fuzzy extra cool version of "Baby Elephant Walk." In some ways, it's like a tame Davie Allan, but that might imply a pale imitation, and the would be misleading. It's thick and tribal, with the fuzz guitar subservient to the rhythm and the beat. It ends up being really cool. The howling feedback midstream is more than a little spooky.
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