Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Classic MPLS: Jesse Johnson's Revue 1985

Who knew after the break up of The Time that one of the first artist out of the gate would be Jesse Johnson with the classic 1985 release Jesse Johnson's Revue. With the smashes "Be Your Man" and "I Want My Girl". This album IMHO is up there with the likes of Prince's 1999 or Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life (2 of my favorite albums).

It is classic MPLS sound not matched by a lot coming out of Minneapolis at the time including Morris Day's Color Of Success or I dare say Prince And The Revolution's Around The World In A Day.

Although those releases were great Jesse Johnson's Revue trump the game with great R&B and Funk which really feels like when you listen to it he's  going back to basics. There is great guitar work on this record, the rhythm guitar on "She Won't Let Go" is killer, there's a killer guitar solo on "She's A Doll". Overall this is one of the best all around records you can hear believe me those that has heard it already know and so should you.

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