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Old Aug 12, 2007, 01:11 PM #1 of 201
John Paul Jones - Zooma

Year: 1999
Label: Discipline Global Media
Genre: Hard/Blues Rock

Track Listing:

1. "Zooma" – 5:52
2. "Grind" – 5:20
3. "The Smile of Your Shadow" – 5:50
4. "Goose" – 4:58
5. "Bass 'N' Drums" – 2:32
6. "B. Fingers" – 5:26
7. "Snake Eyes" – 7:32
8. "Nosumi Blues" – 5:48
9. "Tidal" – 4:20

Originally Posted by allmusic
John Paul Jones stayed quiet for years after the disbandment of Led Zeppelin, performing the occasional arranging, soundtrack, or production gig, or collaborating with such avant garde musicians as Diamanda Galas. Throughout it all, he never released a full-fledged solo album -- until the fall of 1999, when he unleashed Zooma. Anyone that was following who Jones worked with in the '90s -- including Galas, the Butthole Surfers, and R.E.M. -- shouldn't be entirely surprised by the depth, range, and gleeful strangeness on Zooma, but those expecting something like Led Zeppelin IV will be disappointed. That's not to say that there's no Zeppelin here at all. Jones was a key member of Zep, contributing heavily to their sonic majesty and experimental bent, all things that are apparent throughout the album. The difference is, Jones frees himself and his collaborators -- including Paul Leary and members of the London Symphony Orchestra -- to push the envelope hard by making Zooma an instrumental effort. Freed from the boundaries of songs, but not compositions, Jones crafts a series of nine truly impressive songs, blending together blues, worldbeat, heavy rock, jazz, and the avant-garde into a distinctive, unpredictable, and original sound. It may have been a long wait to receive the first solo album from Jones, but the end result makes it all worthwhile.


John Paul Jones - The Thunderthief

Year: 2001
Label: Discipline Global Media
Genre: Prog/Hard/Experimental Rock/Metal

Track Listing:

1. "Leafy Meadows" – 5:10
2. "The Thunderthief" – 5:58
3. "Hoediddle" – 7:00
4. "Ice Fishing at Night" – 4:31
5. "Daphne" – 4:50
6. "Angry Angry" – 5:54
7. "Down to the River to Pray" – 4:17
8. "Shibuya Bop" – 5:56
9. "Freedom Song" – 2:37

Originally Posted by allmusic
As in his previous solo album, The Thunderthief makes it very clear exactly what John Paul Jones brought to Led Zeppelin: driving bass, epic compositions, and impeccable musicianship. It's also very clear what he wasn't doing for Zeppelin: writing the lyrics. The tracks with words on the album are awkward and occasionally laughable, particularly the title track, which sounds suspiciously like a jab at Robert Plant, and "Angry Angry," a presumably mock punk song. Both detract from what is otherwise a very impressive album. (fuck all that noise) Jones plays nearly every instrument on the record and mixes sounds from seemingly every continent and era he could think of. The Thunderthief's best moments are its surprises, like "Down to the River to Pray," a beautiful rendition of the bluegrass standard, and "Hoediddle," which starts off a classic rock jam and works its way into an Irish jig. On "Freedom Song," Jones mixes Eastern sounds in with Western philosophy and somehow makes its work. At the very least, The Thunderthief is evidence that Jones continues to experiment and brave new territory -- encouraging news from a man who could just rest on the greatest of laurels.


Jam it back in, in the dark.

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