feat. Martin Gordon bass, Andy Ellison vocals, Chris Townson drums, others
Well, what is there to say about Jet that either wasn’t said at the time or hasn’t subsequently been said? Apparently quite a lot, such as this biog from Allmusic. Jet were the first supergroup of glam, as any fule kno, it says so. If you don’t know anything about Jet, or are under the impression they were Australian, that’s the place to start, courtesy of Dave Thompson.
Confining ourselves here to their recording activities, and there weren’t many, we can tell you that their solitary eponymous album was released in 1975, re-released in 2002, swiftly withdrawn following a misunderstanding and a large stick, and is now re-re-released (pay attention at the back) by RPM Records. And this is official. It even has a large sticker on it saying ‘Official’, so there. Now you know where to send all your affidavits and summonses and pernickity nitpicking.
It ‘s been remastered from the original 1/4″ stereo master, and comes complete with an expanded second CD, booklet, pix and free root vegetable of choice for anyone who lives in (or near) Hampstead, which has since been withdrawn. Can you say fairer than that?
What else can we offer you?
- here are some reviews, both from today and from the dawn of civilisation
- here is the Whole Jet Story, for your delight and possible, but unlikely, edification
- get it from Amazon here.
- Did you know that in the year 2000, the band reformed under pressure from the Dutch government, and performed three dates? One was in London, one was in Berlin and one was in Amsterdam, in approximately that order.
- The original keyboard player Sir ‘Cheeseboard’ Keyboard was replaced by the rather unoriginal but considerably smaller and cheaper Trevor White, from a Mole duet.
- The album was originally to be called ‘Have You Seen Charlotte?’, and Hipgnosis designed the (later scrapped) album cover:
- The story of the cover shoot is here.
- For those who care about these sorts of things, the tour was recorded and released under the title of ‘Music For The Herd of Herring’ and not, as the recent Cherry Red press release would have it, something quite different.
- The Herring tour went rather well, and the results can be heard here.