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||Everyone's Gone to the Moon||Jonathan King||2:23||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Time & Motion||Jonathan King||2:52||¥150||View In iTunes|
||The Land of the Golden Tree||Jonathan King||2:56||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Just Like a Woman||Jonathan King||3:13||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Passions of Ancient Egypt||Jonathan King||2:08||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Seagulls||Jonathan King||2:43||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Round Round||Jonathan King||2:56||¥150||View In iTunes|
||It's Good News Week||Jonathan King||2:00||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Where the Sun Has Never Shone||Jonathan King||2:57||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Keep Your Feet On the Ground||Jonathan King||2:30||¥150||View In iTunes|
||Brother John (The Mad Monk)||Jonathan King||2:12||¥150||View In iTunes|
Jonathan King's debut album, released almost two years after his initial hit single, was compiled from the string of 45's he released in both the U.S. and U.K. thereafter — of which just one, 1966's "Where the Sun Has Never Shone," proved even halfway successful. But each of the remaining numbers, the A-sides "Green Is the Grass," "Just Like a Woman," "Icicles," "Seagulls," and their corresponding flips, have a charm that is at least comparable to the hits, with King revealing himself as precisely the kind of witty, smart, and ever-so-slightly smarmy singer/songwriter one would expect from a man with his subsequent pedigree. That said, little here reveals the almost scientific understanding of pop that King would subsequently turn into such devastating value. Quite plausibly the most honest of King's many albums, the majority of the songs are performed as straight-faced as their lyrics are strait-laced, with only the aforementioned "Where the Sun Has Never Shone," and the futility-of-life shaped "Seagulls" truly hinting towards any kind of alternate subtext. "Passions of Ancient Egypt," meanwhile, could have sprung from any Cat Stevens-shaped pen of the age, suggesting that King could easily have carved himself a career in modern troubadouring, had he not veered off on so many other courses.
Born: December 6, 1944 in London, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s