Riches from the rock un­der­ground

Classic Rock - - The Dirt - Jeron­imo Jeron­imo, 1971, Bel­laphon, Ger­many. £600.

Jeron­imo were a hairy power trio from Ger­many. Formed in 1969, they achieved suc­cess with their first two sin­gles: Heya and Na Na Hey Hey (orig­i­nally a hit for Steam, and later oth­ers, in­clud­ing Bana­narama).

Jeron­imo, their sec­ond al­bum, is con­sid­ered to be their cre­ative pin­na­cle. Con­sid­er­ing the band’s pop­u­lar­ity, it’s strange why it’s so rare and was pressed in such small num­bers.

Within a short pe­riod of time the group had trans­formed from pop-rock to the full-blown pro­gres­sive hard rock on dis­play here. Ex­cel­lent play­ing, a heavy sound, psy­che­delic pas­sages, raw, melodic vo­cals and in­ter­est­ing ar­range­ments are the key in­gre­di­ents.

Start­ing off with two weighty tracks, Sun­day’s Child and Shades, the heav­i­ness sim­mers down for the mel­low con­tem­pla­tion of Rem­i­nis­cences, be­fore slam­ming right back in with the rif­ferama of high­light How I’d Love To Be Home. Else­where, the in­fec­tious boo­gie of Un­der­stand­ing is the most com­mer­cial of­fer­ing, while the epic in­stru­men­tal Hugudila is es­sen­tially a five-minute drum solo.

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of their su­perb third al­bum, Time Ride, the band split, with leader Ringo Funk go­ing on to join fel­low Ger­man pro­gres­sive act At­lantis. Jeron­imo have reunited at var­i­ous times over the years and re­gained the rights to their record­ings, and reis­sued this beast on vinyl and CD them­selves sev­eral years ago. LD

‘Ex­cel­lent play­ing and a heavy sound are the key in­gre­di­ents here.’

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