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4 stars Jonesy may sound, by just looking at the name, to be just about any 70's pop band playing streamlined tunes for teenagers struck to the ground by boredom and suburbian hopelessness. Yes. But they aren't. They are nothing like that. In reality Jonesy were a highly skilled and cometent bunch of people, welded together by a common vision of how Music ought to be performed This compilation gathers all the output of the band. Three albums and a single. That's it, folks! Though it may not sound alot the sum of it's parts is very impressive indeed.

The music of Jones is an appealing mix of hard rock, folk and some avant garde. I dare say that it sounds vintage but that is to me only charming. Some people argue that there are hints of King Crimson in there and it is but not in any overpowering sense. The music is however very British sounding and holds similarities to other bands of the day,apart from King Crimson. I hear Tonton Mocoute, Ben, Spring and others in that field. The really heavy use of mellotron gives the music that particular sound of early prog, which I adore. Just like Spring, Jonesy makes emotive prog which i both epi and melodious. Jonesy is, however, rawer and oriented towards hard rock of the day. At least that is true in many of the tracks. "Heaven" and "Sunset and evening star" are examples of the mellow side whilst "No alternative" is one of those heavier tracks.

I will not bother to review this compilation track by track. Instead I will say this, that if you are interested in (British) prog of the early 70's this may be something for you. It may not be the boldest of all prog recorded but is certainly very good and Jonesy deserves to more recognized than they are. They were a and I think many a prog fan would find this enjoyable.

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