Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Saints - Out In The Jungle… - 1982

Chris Bailey resurrected the Saints following the departure of co-founder Ed Keupper with the fine 1981 album The Monkey Puzzle, which took the band in a more graceful and pop-oriented direction, and 1982's Out In The Jungle lineup, was a similarly smart, melodic and adventurous set for the Aussie ex-pats. With the departure of guitarist Barrington Francis from the Monkey PuzzleBailey became the Saints' sole guitarist, and given his solid but unspectacular chops on the instrument, it's significant that Bailey filled out the arrangements on Out In The Jungle with horns, strings and keyboards (though former Damned axeman Brian James does contribute potent lead guitar on two cuts, "Beginning Of The Tomato Party" and "Animal"). While the melodic bouyance, the emphasis on acoustic guitar and the (relatively) polished arrangements on these tunes lack the fire of the Saints' best-known work, there's still a wealth of nervy passion in Bailey's vocals, confirming his status as one of rock's most underrated singers, and the lyrics to "Follow The Leader", "Senile Dementia" and "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind" show that despite his musical surroundings Bailey hadn't mellowed a bit. Originally titled Out In The Jungle Where Things Aren't So Pleasant, this album isn't quite as strong as the two which would follow, A Little Madness To Be Free and All Fool's Day, but Bailey's sure grasp of his melodic instincts and his willingness to move on past the Saints' "formula" points to the excellence of those records, and this is an album well worth a listen despite its low profile in their discography. (The album has also been released under the title I Thought I Was In Love But This Ain't Casablanca.) -AMG

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cubesville said...

Great choice. Do you have any Laughing Clowns too?

cubesville said...

ps Rapidshare's a pain though, isn't it?

theneedledrop said...

Thanks for this! A friend of mine just gave me a great Saints track the other day.


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