7) EDGAR ‘JONES’ JONES – SOOTHING MUSIC FOR STRAY CATS (2005)

I’ve been a fan of Edgars from his time fronting and playing bass in The Stairs. A brilliant musician always working on something new. Way too unrecognised and underrated. Rather than the R&B/garage rave up of the The Stairs this album is dark and cinematic, with a heavy dose of jazz, doo wop and Beefheart blues via Liverpool. He made this album in his flat on a cassette 8 track machine given to him by Johnny Marr, playing mostly upright bass. The production is amazing – raw and mysterious. I think he played a lot of guitar on it too and layered much of the vocals himself. This record should be massive and Edgar should be too. There’s so many good tracks on here, Do Doh Dontcha Doh is genius as is Stubborn Mule Blues and Sittin’ On The Fence. Wonder what Edgar’s gonna do next?

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