Jose Feliciano – Just Wanna Rock ´N´ Roll (1975)

José Montserrate Feliciano García (born September 10, 1945), better known simply as José Feliciano is a Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer. His music is known for having a mix of styles, for example including both Flamenco music and mellow easy listening influences in many songs.

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One of the landmarks albums from Jose Feliciano’s prolific recorded output from the 1970s. The album is worth your time and money without a doubt, but there are three tracks that makes it a noteworthy recording: “No Jive” a rock n’ roll instrumental masterfully executed on electric guitar by Feliciano. “Affirmation” another instrumental that shines for its simple brilliance and beautiful melody. This track was also recorded by George Benson for his epic album “Breezin” and had a Top 40 hit with it. The other track on the album that didn’t chart unfortuantely (I don’t know why) since I feel is one of best tracks on the album is “Must Be The Breeze” in which Feliciano’s voice is so smooth and gentle it is incredibly relaxing and somewhat melancholic which I love. A priceless “thank you” to Wounded Bird Records, an independent label that has taken the initiative and pride to release some of Jose’s timeless albums from his golden area of the 70s such as this one. I will review other great albums from this period by this legendary vocalist and guitarist as they are finally being released. It has taken many years of pleading with with the various record companies Felicano has recorded for but it seems that Wounded Bird, has been given the green light to release the legandary albums from this master performer. If you love Jose in the 70s you will LOVE “Just Wanna Rock n’ Roll” and you should make it a part of your music library. Albums like this and artists like Jose Feliciano belong in a category all to themselves.

A fine guitarist with an equally fine voice, José Feliciano slipped easily between styles — from folk to Chicano soul to light rock, all laced with his subtle Latin rhythms — always sounding somehow exactly like himself. Feliciano’s commercial peak came with his version of the Doors’ “Light My Fire” in 1968, but he charted several LPs into the mid-’70s while he was with RCA Records. This set, originally issued on LP by RCA in 1975, is a little bit different for Feliciano in that it features more electric guitar, and while it isn’t exactly blistering thrash rock, it has more of an edge than Feliciano usually aimed for in his outings. Highlights include lightly funky reworkings of “I Can’t Get Next to You,” Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and a lovely version of the Flying Burrito Brothers’ “Hot Burrito # 1.”

Tracklist

A1.  “Rock ‘N’ Roll”  (Hagan)  – 3:13
A2.  “No Jive”  (Tarbutton, J. M. Feliciano, J. Feliciano)  – 4:14
A3.  “Twilight Time”  (Dunn, Ram, M. Nevins-A. Nevins)  – 2:26
A4.  “Must Be The Breeze”  (Bardwell)  – 3:21
A5.  “Ain’t That Peculiar”  (Tarplin, Rogers, Robinson, Moore)  – 3:18
A6.  “Marie”  (Newman)  – 4:12

B1.  “Suspicions”  (J. M. Feliciano, J. Feliciano)  – 2:44
B2.  “I Can’t Get Next To You”  (Strong, Whitfield)  – 4:33
B3.  “Thank God”  (Ahari)  – 4:13
B4.  “Affirmation”  (J. Feliciano)  – 3:33
B5.  “Not That Kind Of Guy (Hot Burrito #1)”  (Ethridge, Parsons)  – 3:51

Personnel

Vocals, Guitar, Congas, Bass – Jose Feliciano
Backing Vocals – Gene Morford, Jerry Whitman, Jim Gilstrap, Jimmie Haas
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Jackie Kelso
Bass – Henry E. Davis, Max Bennett, William David Hungate, Emory Gordy
Drums – David Kemper, Paul Humphrey,  Lawrence H. Brown
Keyboards – Thomas Hensley, Larry Muhoberac, William Mays
Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Flute – Jim Horn
Rhythm Guitar – Jimmy “T’Baby” Tarbutton
Strings – Sid Sharp And “The Magic Strings”
Trombone – Lew McCreary
Trumpet – Chuck Findley, Gary Grant
Synthesizer [Arp] – Barry A. Fasman
Arranged By [Strings] – Barry A. Fasman
Arranged By [Horns] – Barry A. Fasman, Jim Horn

Credits

Notes

Release Date:  1975
Recorded at:  Mother Music Sound Recorders, Orange, California.
Mastered at:  Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
Duration:  40:02
Genre:  Vocal Latin
Styles:  AM Pop, Folk-Rock, Latin Pop

Label – RCA Victor

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