ARTIST: The Jayhawks
TITLE: The Jayhakws
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not, this was about three years before their second album and six before their breakthrough.
LINEUP: Mark Olson, Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Norm Rogers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Early recordings by a band who would be on the forefront of the alt-country movement.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: These recordings, called the “Bunkhouse Recordings” by fans, are very early glimpses into what was to become an excellent alt-country band.
There is definitely more country here than not, especially since they use a guest pedal steel player on many cuts. The harmonies you expect from the Jayhawks aren’t quite there, either. They’re used sparingly and after hearing the rest of their material, you want more of them.
The songs are OK. Olson and Louris would improve as songwriters. Some songs get into the country drinking wheelhouse, which also shocked me a little. This record is for fans only.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was released in 1986, but not unearthed again until 2010.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C+: Almost, not quite, Jayhawks.