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Album Review

Previously the singer for rock bands Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, Ferguson had gone the pop route by the time of his second solo album. Recorded in Miami with Joe Walsh guesting on many tracks, he hit a home run with the title track mega-hit. A sun-drenched summer anthem, it would be the biggest song of Ferguson's career and later turn up on '70s compilations. The rest of the album was similar in mood and feel: largely up-tempo late-'70s rock/pop. Most tracks are graced with Walsh's guitar, which keep the songs from falling too largely on the pop side of things. Though not a perfect album, it was less uneven than most of Ferguson's other solo efforts, though it definitely sounds a product of its time. Which can be good or bad, depending on your taste in music.

Customer Reviews

How Sweet It Is!

I was listening to an Internet radio station off iTunes, and it played "Thunder Island." This song takes me back to the late-70s as a 20-something college student at San Jose State University, working nights as a waiter at "El Burro" restaurant at The Pruneyard in nearby Campbell, CA. The guitar solo at the end of the song is sweet! I can't stop listening to it!

Jay's the Best

You can't go wrong this one. In a time of crappy music (remember this is the late 70's) this on shines. Losing Control and Nightshift are great!

White Noise?

Classic late 70's tunes! Hey iTunes, what about Jay's 1982 release "White Noise"? The last song, "Empty Sky" alone made that album worth listening to. Alas, my original vinyl is long-gone.


Born: May 10, 1947 in Burbank, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as the lead singer of Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, Jay Ferguson pursued a solo career in the late '70s before eventually moving into film scoring work. Ferguson was born May 10, 1947, in Burbank, CA; tired of piano lessons, he began playing folk music as a teenager, but soon discovered rock & roll through the British Invasion, and played in several garage bands for fun. One of those bands, the Red Roosters, featured several future members of Spirit, the eclectic, jam-oriented psychedelic rock...
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Thunder Island, Jay Ferguson
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 1978

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