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  • Label: Phoenix Records
  • Genre: Psychedelic

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Jake Holmes’ first album,The Above Ground Sound, generated an

amazing level of interest. Of course, the fact that the album included
Dazed And Confused had quite a lot to do with it, but it soon became

 

apparent that Holmes’ music, along with the work of a number of

 

other male singer-songwriters is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at

 

the moment.  Jake’s second album, A Letter To Katherine

 

December, a record that many critics rate even more highly than his

 

first. This is indeed a great follow-up; an album which easily evades

 

the shadow of its predecessor’s success and another recording

 

that, in typical Holmes fashion, defies description. Although Rick

 

Randle, whose bizarre bass playing was such a feature of The

 

Above Ground Sound, is missing on this one, Charlie Fox’s

 

immaculate string and horn arrangements more than compensate.

 

Holmes’ eccentric song writing is here in all its rich diversity, the

 

sound quality is outstanding and the production standards superb.

 

As was the case with its predecessor, A Letter failed to achieve any

 

real commercial impact, so Holmes switched to a more country feel

 

for his next two releases. Obviously he had perplexed the people at

 

Tower Records enough by this time as the label cancelled his

 

contract. Without a safety net, Holmes plunged into the world of TV

 

commercials, which, ironically, is where he was to eventually enjoy

 

his only real financial success. Another great album that we

 

recommend without reservation.

 

 

 

TRACK LISTING:

 

 

 

  1. Saturday Night

 

  2. Late Sleeping Day

 

  3. Chase Your Eyes

 

  4. The Diner Song

 

  5. High School Hero

 

  6. Moving Day

 

  7. Leaves Never Break

 

  8. It’s Always Somewhere Else

 

  9. Sleeping Woman

 

10. Houston Street