Cowboys in Sweden

by JACK & THE BEANSTALK

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Released on Parasol Records (USA)
PAR-CD-070

By Chuck Molgat
Don't be misled by the disc's cover art parody of Pet Sounds - this Australian quartet shares little in the way of musical common ground with the Beach Boys. Instead, it's the expansive pool of four-on-the-floor roots rock and twangy Americana from which Jack and the Beanstalk derives its primary inspiration. Typical though that may sound, guitarist/vocalist and principal songwriter Joe Algeri manages to impart his own hook-driven, nasal-voiced style to the bulk of these 13 compositions. Even when he is moved to reach for the borrowing bag, Algeri does so with the kind of humorous self-deprecation listeners have come to expect from a band down under. The song "Heard It All Before," for instance, leans heavily on the oft-ripped "Stepping Stone" riff, while "Two-Sixty-Five" comes off as a tongue-in-cheek update of the Kinks' "Victoria." The tail end of the disc features three bonus live tracks, an inquisitive number called "Who Will Save Rock'n'Roll?" among them. The answer to that musical question is not Jack and the Beanstalk, but the group's best efforts should be enough to buoy the genre for a while longer.

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Egomaniac Music Perth, Australia

Egomaniac Music is the home for Joe Algeri and related musical interests. Joe is a songwriter and producer from Perth, Western Australia now known as the JAC. He is also a member of The Jangle Band, The Outryders (AUST) and the Britannicas (AUST/SWE/USA). ... more

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Track Name: Who Will Save Rock n' Roll?
I fall to my knees and look to the sky Who will save rock and roll?
Murray The K is not here today so who will save rock and roll?
Every protest singerevery guitar slinger every punk rock sinner sells his soul

My generation is not the salvation so who will save rock and roll
I saw The Stooges, covered with bruises who will save rock and roll?
Every mercenary three chord revolutionaries choose your side and choose it well

June 1st, 67 something died and went to heaven I wish
Sgt Pepper never taught the band to play
My generationis not the salvation so who will save,who will save tell me who will save rock and...... roll