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  • Format: CD
  • SKU: LIB-5037
  • UPC: 089353503727
  • Street Date: 08/07/20
  • PreBook Date: 07/03/20
  • Label: Liberation Hall »
  • Genre: Pop/Rock
  • Run Time: 36:35 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 1979
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


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Flamin' Groovies - Jumpin' In The Night

The Flamin' Groovies played a major role in the evolution of power pop and are considered a forerunner of punk rock

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The third and last of the Flamin' Groovies late-'70s albums for Sire, Jumpin' in the Night storms out of the gate with the title song, a top-shelf rocker that brings the muscle of the Flamingo-era lineup of the Groovies to the more style-conscious British Invasion sonics of Cyril Jordan's version. Though Jumpin' in the Night never rocks that hard or that well again, it does sound decidedly tighter and tougher than 1978's Flamin' Groovies Now, and guitarist Mike Wilhelm, a new addition to the Now lineup, is much better integrated into their wall of guitars, with the Groovies sounding more solid than they did a year before. But while Jumpin' in the Night finds the Flamin' Groovies sounding better than ever, the material unfortunately lets them down. It's no wonder why the Flamin' Groovies loved the Byrds -- both were American bands who fell in love with the sounds of British rock and crafted their own variation on the style -- but three Byrds covers on this album is about two too many (especially given how clunky David Wright's drumming sounds on "5D"), and though having the Groovies tackle "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and "Please Please Me" sounds good on paper, the audible results are a bit underwhelming. (On the other hand, their cover of "Werewolves of London" is better than anyone had a right to expect.) The production and engineering by Roger Bechirian is crisp and flattering to the guitars, but lacks the resonance of Dave Edmunds' more layered approach on Shake Some Action and Now. A great band, the Flamin' Groovies often seemed to have a hard time reconciling their best qualities with the record-making process, and Jumpin' in the Night is probably the best example of this dilemma, though it has more than enough worthwhile moments to compensate.

Track Listing

  • Jumpin In the Night
  • Next One Crying
  • First Plane Home
  • In the U.S.A.
  • Down, Down, Down
  • Yes, I Am
  • Werewolves of London
  • It Won't Be Wrong
  • Please, Please Me
  • Tell Me Again
  • Absolutely Sweet Marie
  • 5D
  • Lady Friend

Sales Points

  • The term 'power pop' was coined by Pete Townsend about 'Pictures of Lily'
  • The Groovies are still active and touring
  • The CD is currently offered on Amazon for over $250.
  • Similar to Plimsouls, Nick Lowe, Big Star, Marshall Crenshaw, Cheap Trick
  • The third LP released by the Groovies on Sire/Warner and sixth overall
  • Unavailable anywhere, in any format, for at least two years

Press Quotes

Ultimately, the reunion has spawned something truly special for fans of the band and their power-pop sound.

     —Michael Snyder, Marina Times

ecstatic, breathtaking rock 'n' roll

     —Kris Needs, Zig Zag (U.K.)

We do what people love: the lead-break, the intro, the harmonies, the chorus.

     —Cyril Jordan, Creampuff Magazine (U.K.)

'The Flamin' Groovies really had more in common with the MC5, who deployed the same twin-guitar assault on white rock. Both would become regarded as forerunners of the punk rock movement,'

     —Peter Buckley, The Rough Guide To Rock


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