Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones – 1975 – Sweetback

Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones Sweetback front

A monster set of work by one of the funkiest guitar players ever! Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records during the early 70s – but this rare gem came out after all those, in 1975, on the tiny Joka label, and never really got into proper circulation at the time – making it one of THE indie jazz funk classics of the 70s! The album’s actually one of Boogaloo’s best – and has a rougher edge than his Prestige albums – heard to great effect on the two standout funky cuts, “Sweetback” and “Confusion” – both of which are stunners that feature Jones really ripping away on the guitar!

A1 Confusion 6:33
A2 Trouble in Mind 6:11
A3 Sweetback 7:40
B1 Have You Ever Been Mellow 7:20
B2 Jamaica Farwell 3:26
B3 You’ve Got It Bad Girl 7:45

Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones Sweetback back

By Eddie Landsberg

Though the great Boogaloo Joe Jone’s funkyness is never to be denied, not all of his albums were consistent (his solos, however were… potently so!) This one, however, was… and perhaps can be said to represent his peak for he dropped off the scene (he’s still alive today… spoke to him a few years back… He actually speaks as fast as he plays the guitar and… sadly, said he doesn’t really play anymore… outside the church.)

But let’s travel back to 1975…

This album, finds Joe Jones in full form… with a (so far unidentified) ultra funked out rhythm section and selection of tunes that really let him spark out on that mean guitar of his… He’s totally upfront… Though clearly its a funky soul Jazz album he’s taking solos that would make even the most astute Martino/George Benson (pre-crossover fame) fan FLINCH with delight… Let’s just say, he’s totally off the wall on this one… with million mile an hour licks delivered with ridiculously breathtaking soul, potency and precision that sometimes make the guitar sound like its going to explode any second…

The strangest cut on the album is a Charles Earland type soul Jazz swinger version of… OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN’s Have You Ever Been Mellow… Funkiest tune in my book is Sweetback a real booty shaker which at first sounds like a Reggae meets Soul Jazz tinged George Benson thing… – – like many of the tunes BOOGALOO JOE’s solos are often extended and build to a ridiculous frenzy. (You’ve Got It Bad Girl and Confusion are also real high on my list!)

I can guess the rhythm section, but will spare myself the embarrassment…

Originally released on the ultra-obscure JODA label… I have to admit hearing this album for the first time recently, but can tell you… I know I’ll be listening to it for years down the line and have been listening to it almost non-stop since I got it… wowzers… You don’t get much better than this!

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Conversation for album: Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones – 1975 – Sweetback

  • Merlin
    Posted at 10:39h, 03 December 2015 Reply

    Thanks. Never heard it before. That front Lp cover is awesome.

  • Solomon24
    Posted at 11:05h, 03 December 2015 Reply

    Never get tired of hearing this great music! Thank you so much!

  • Megan
    Posted at 16:52h, 03 December 2015 Reply

    Another ace. You have put me on to a lot of excellent music.

  • Artemio
    Posted at 09:58h, 04 December 2015 Reply

    Oh!!! that funky guitar just blew my mind.

  • Elke
    Posted at 10:09h, 04 December 2015 Reply

    Fantastic can’t stop listening to this great great man

  • Carl
    Posted at 10:17h, 04 December 2015 Reply

    I love Boogaloo Joe, tnx for sharing. Confusion is my jam from this wonderful forgotten gem.

  • Leo
    Posted at 11:40h, 05 December 2015 Reply

    Much respect for these gem! Thanks!

  • Kribu
    Posted at 12:21h, 05 December 2015 Reply

    Another superb post. Thanks so much guys.

  • Melitas
    Posted at 00:21h, 06 December 2015 Reply

    Wooooo. Pure heat right here.

  • Kenny
    Posted at 00:27h, 06 December 2015 Reply

    I recently came across his albums. Solid stuff. Mad respect..

  • Zer10
    Posted at 12:07h, 06 December 2015 Reply

    Wow! This really takes me back. I haven’t heard this in years! Thanks for sharing. I love it!

  • Frenchman
    Posted at 12:36h, 06 December 2015 Reply

    Another great piece of music! Thanks!

  • rustynail
    Posted at 14:26h, 07 December 2015 Reply

    one of the greatest hands down!

  • Masnol
    Posted at 14:28h, 07 December 2015 Reply

    Nice funky jazz, digg this.

  • Billy
    Posted at 11:41h, 08 December 2015 Reply

    Outstanding !!!! Great jazzman !!

  • Raul
    Posted at 14:16h, 08 December 2015 Reply

    Guitar master!! A fine album. Thanx.

  • Scorpio
    Posted at 10:39h, 09 December 2015 Reply

    I bought the vinyl way back & still have it is great Nick !

  • MasterBlaster
    Posted at 10:41h, 09 December 2015 Reply


  • Carmela
    Posted at 02:19h, 12 December 2015 Reply


  • Burma
    Posted at 01:32h, 15 December 2015 Reply

    Where the hell is music like this nowadays?

  • Jajaja
    Posted at 14:50h, 15 December 2015 Reply

    it’s sooo beautiful

  • Josh
    Posted at 23:47h, 16 December 2015 Reply

    Awesome………………brings back the view point of my youth…………when everything was bright and sunny…………..

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