Jonesy - No Alternative. 1972 England

Jonesy (named after guitarist and primary songwriter John Jones) were one of the finest of the Dawn label bands, providing a blue collar progressive rock sound - which was in deep contrast to some of the more hoity-toity bands coming from the UK at this time. Their debut No Alternative catches the band at their heaviest, and demonstrates a more bluesy proto-progressive sound. Perhaps a year past its prime, but nonetheless a good example of said style. Every track features mellotron, giving it the requisite dreamy contrast. In this way, early King Crimson becomes an obvious reference.

Personal collection
LP: 1972 Dawn
CD: 2001 Victor (Japan)
CD: 2006 Strange Days (Japan)

I've had the original of this album since the late 1980s, having rescued it from a local Dallas record store. I've always loved the working class British gatefold cover. I didn't buy a supplemental CD copy until the 2006 Japan mini-LP came out. Later I purchased the Dawn Records Japanese box set that included the 3 Jonesy albums on Victor. The Strange Days version has two very cool bonus tracks in Quad that sound magnificent. I could also argue the sound is slightly better than the Victor CD. Since the Victor CD is in the box, I'll keep them both for now.

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