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The Jesters - Drag Bike Boogie c/w A-Rabdotdotdotdot
artworkThis single has long languished in the Goodwill bins. Jim Messina has been quoted as disliking the work he died with the Jesters, but I find it fascinating.
Picks: Drag Bike Boogie, A-Rab

Track by Track Review


Drag Bike Boogie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With crude almost demo sound, Jim Messina and the Jesters released several singles and an album, which was later remastered. "Drag Bike Boogie" is a grunt of a boogie with splashy overdriven guitar and a crunchy attack. Not as surfy as many of his sides.

A-Rab dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This single has long languished in the Goodwill bins. Jim Messina has been quoted as disliking the work he died with the Jesters, but I find it fascinating. The meter is rough, but the energy is spectacular and the melodies are quite unusual. This is a solid surf number, middle eastern influenced, though the Spanish feel is actually more prominent. It may not be well recorded, but it is fresh and intense, and uniquely Jim Messina in structure and approach. It's nothing like his Buffalo Springfield or Loggins & Messina work. Rhythmic and double pick extra swell surfology. Gotta dig the man.

Ownership of these masters is currently in the courts following the death of the original owner. Given enough time for the lawyers to drain the royalties dry, they should eventually see the light of day from the original tapes, since they all still exist and Jim Messina is a recognized name and the Jesters are an often covered band these days. From 1964.