iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Kongos by John Kongos, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Kongos

John Kongos

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

This classic 1972 album on Elektra by John Kongos has Queen/Cars director Roy Thomas Baker remixing superb production by Gus Dudgeon, the man who created many an Elton John hit. Elton sidemen Ray Cooper, Caleb Quaye, Dave Glover, Roger Pope, Sue (Glover) and Sunny (Leslie) — pretty much the crew from John's 1971 epic Madman Across the Water — are all excellent here. But this album has more to offer than the solo records by Kiki Dee and Bernie Taupin, which also proliferated around the same time. Though he never made it to Joel Whitburn's Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits in the U.S.A., there were three minor splashes on this disc: "Tokoloshe Man," "Jubilee Cloud," and "He's Gonna Step on You Again." The totally original sound — producer Dudgeon on "asses jawbone," bicycle bell, maracas, and Mike Noble playing the "clapper board" — build a texture one didn't hear on Elton John records. Highly experimental, the brilliant piano and guitar by Quaye invigorate "Jubilee Cloud," which can only be described as psychedelic gospel. Not only a gospel feel, the mysterious Sue and Sonny personify a church choir next to Mike Moran's ARP Synthesizer. There are lots of Jesus references throughout the disc, and on the heavily Beatles-influenced "Come on Down Jesus" with brass and Ray Cooper's tambourine, one gets the message that Kongos is a Jesus freak. This record sounds like a party — a bunch of hippies on some Indian reservation at sunset. The album cover giving hints to what is transpiring on the grooves. Some of the themes Bernie Taupin flavored the Elton John "Country Comfort" song with are here, but the singer embraces them in a different way. Kongos sounds like a sincere Billy Joel on "Gold," and a cross between Elton and Joel on "I Would Have Had a Good Time." But as good as those tracks are, it is the energy of "Tokoloshe Man," the ecstasy of "Jubilee Cloud," and the insanity of "He's Gonna Step on You Again" that make this album timeless. Producer Gus Dudgeon plays "chair squeak," "rusty tin," and "earth drums" on "Step on You," John Kongos adding castanets, creating a Phil Spector stereo nightmare, which is simply gorgeous. The album has been re-released in different versions; a German CD contains eight bonus tracks and a U.K. collection has five additional songs. Magical music that one does not get to experience often.

Customer Reviews

Finest Underrated Classic Rock Musician

John Kongos is probably one of the most underseen legends of classic rock. His mix of psycadelic rock with london pop, John has made some great hits. "He's Gonna Step On You Again," is one his best while, "Tokoloshe Man," is another great hit. Although you most likely will not hear John on any classic rock radio stations, he is one of the best musicians out there. Check out both his albums as soon as you can! He's great.

Elton John fans know about this one

I'd have to dig through hundreds of LPs in my basement to find it, but I do recall that Elton John had a hand in the production of this Kongos release. As a result, you'll find great contributions on this album from some of Elton's earliest (and best) session musicians; namely, the great Caleb Quaye (guitar) and equally great Roger Pope (drums). Recommended top selections: Lift Me from the Ground, Try to Touch Just One, and I Would Have Had a Good Time. Kongos seemed to drop out of sight after the release of this album...what a shame, he had plenty of potential as an artist.

orlando

He's Gonna Step on You Again is one of the Cooooolest Songs of the Rock Era!

Biography

Born: August 6, 1945 in South Africa

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Before scoring a handful of minor hits in the U.K. in the late '60s and early '70s, John Kongos had been the leader behind Johnny Kongos & the G-Men, a prolific beat group from Johannesburg, South Africa that frequently appeared on that country's charts during the first half of the '60s. In 1966, Kongos and a number of his associates relocated to London and cut a 1967 single as Floribunda Rose for Piccadilly. Floribunda Rose eventually morphed into Scrugg, a psychedelic pop band that released...
Full Bio
Kongos, John Kongos
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

Contemporaries

Become a fan of the iTunes and App Store pages on Facebook for exclusive offers, the inside scoop on new apps and more.