Riches from the rock underground
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.’