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J.J Jackson: But It's All Right/I Dig Girls

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Soul belter J.J. Jackson is best known for his 1967 smash, "But It's Alright," but he has some fine singles and a couple of excellent albums as well, and 1967's But It's Alright on the Calla label is one of them. Kicking off with the infectious title track, the record alternates between flat-out rockers like "I Dig Girls," "Come See Me (I'm Your Man)" (which was written by Jackson, covered by the Pretty Things, and then reclaimed powerfully here), and "Boogaloo Baby," midtempo groovers like "You've Got Me Dizzy" and "The Stones That I Throw," (written by Robbie Robertson and originally released as a single with Levon & the Hawks in 1965), and ballads like "Try Me" and a righteous "A Change Is Gonna Come." Jackson's live-wire voice and boundless energy put the songs across and the band kicks up quite a storm as well. The only times Jackson stumbles are when he takes on Lou Rawls' "Love Is a Hurting Thing" and loses the battle and on the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," which is a boring instrumental version. Otherwise, the record is a bit of a lost gem.
-- Tim Sendra, All-Music Guide

The album was re-released on CD in the UK in 1996 (as The Great J.J Jackson) and in the US in 2004.


  1. But It's Alright
  2. Try Me
  3. That Ain't Right
  4. You've Got Me Dizzy
  5. Change Is Gonna Come
  6. I Dig Girls
  7. Come See Me (I'm Your Man)
  8. The Stones That I Throw
  9. Give Me Back the Love
  10. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  11. Love Is a Hurting Thing
  12. Boogaloo Baby
  13. Let It Out

J.J. Jackson - But It's All Right - 1967 - Calla 1101
CDs: See for Miles Records SEECD281 (The Great J.J. Jackson, UK, 1996) and Collectables 6562 (USA, 2004)

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