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3.43 | 47 ratings | 5 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Can You Get That Together (8:28)
2. Waltz for Yesterday (4:11)
3. Know Who Your Friends Are (6:14)
4. Growing (5:04)
5. Hard Road (3:56)
6. Jonesy (11:40)

Total Time 39:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Alan Bown / trumpet, percussion
- Ken Elliot / synthesizers
- Bernie Hagley / saxophone
- Gypsy Jones / guitar, vocals
- John Evans Jones / guitar, vocals
- Jamie Kaleth / keyboards, Mellotron, vocals
- Morris Pert / percussion
- Plug Thomas / drums, vocals

Releases information

LP Dawn DNLS 3055 / CD Si-Wan SRMC 1032 (Korea)

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JONESY Growing ratings distribution

(47 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by GruvanDahlman
3 stars The third and final installment of Jonesy is their (last to be) album Growing. Though released in the same year as Keeping up it differs rather alot. Keeping up is clearly the stronger one, in my opinion, but this is a really good album aswell.

I love british prog and Jonesy was one of those numerous bands playing high quality, visionary and exciting music. Unfortunately they fell through for one or several reasons. The point, however, is that they made three wonderful yet very diverse albums. The first one being really a hard rock/prog affair, before they ventured into more symphonic territory on Keeping up (though with a very jazzy edge) and heading straight into jazz-rock on Growing.

Starting off with "Can you get that together", a rather harsh and energetic piece of jazz-rock. Slightly askew and bordering on free-form, just enough to keep it on track, it is an interesting track which I enjoy all the way through. It is a great way to start off an album. Energy, stamina and power. The two coming tracks are a bit on the mellow side. "Know who your friends are" is probably my favorite track on the album. It boasts a great first section, heading into a spacious and jazzy middle part before heading straight back into the sound which opened up the song. "Hard road" is a jazz-rock piece with distorted trumpet and energetic, almost funky feel to it. The track "Jonesy" is an instrumental affair which is a fitting testament to one of the great forgotten bands of the 70's. It leaves them hanging on a high note. (The fact that their fourth to be album got cancelled due to someone stealing the master tapes, really makes Growing their final achievement.)

To me the first album and Keeping up are the very best of the trio they made. Growing is good, there is no doubt about it. However, there is some things missing resulting in the album missing the mark ever so slightly. While it is well produced, played and full of vision I cannot feel the love for Growing as I do for the other two. Maybe I find the songs to be slightly to similar to each other? Anyway, my doubts leads me to rate this album with three stars. Good, but non essential.

Latest members reviews

4 stars With this Album ( in Vinyl) , I Grow Up , when i first saw the Reviews & the Ratings i was really disapointed , but after a while , i though that maybe other opinions may be right , in fact it was not ( with full respect to those ) These kind of releases from 1970 till 1978 kept the ... (read more)

Report this review (#283235) | Posted by trackstoni | Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Jonesy's third album was released only eight months after their second. And maybe it was released too soon, because I think this one is less interesting. On this album they make even more use of strings than they did on their second and a bit too much for me. The sound on this album is also more t ... (read more)

Report this review (#156786) | Posted by Agemo | Thursday, December 27, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The third work released in 1974 "Growing". A sense of existence of Alan Bown becomes strong, and it has changed from a symphonic sound to a funky sound. It is a very yborecedebted and a fine work of a psychedelic content. String music is unlimited and is beautiful. Above all, a stout performanc ... (read more)

Report this review (#60740) | Posted by braindamage | Sunday, December 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Incredible music! Lots of mellotron, keyboard, guitar, bass, trumpet and violin parts, with an incredible speed and energy that makes this album worth a listen. Interesting vocals. Nice rythm changes. Wonderful. ... (read more)

Report this review (#32940) | Posted by Melos | Friday, March 11, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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