Jay Jesse Johnson | Strange Imagination

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Strange Imagination

by Jay Jesse Johnson

Classic Rock and Blues with a heavy guitar vibe. If you like Stratocasters and Marshalls, get this one and crank it way up. Features BJ Zampa (House of Lords) on drums and Ed Corvo on bass.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. strange imagination
6:42 $0.99
2. business at hand
4:36 $0.99
3. can't give up on love
6:10 $0.99
4. waitin on the train
5:39 $0.99
5. wicked little heartbreaker
3:16 $0.99
6. rockin train
4:09 $0.99
7. jump into the fire
6:15 $0.99
8. liberty
4:43 $0.99
9. rainbows end
5:13 $0.99
10. laura lee
3:43 $0.99
11. end of the day
5:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jay Jesse Johnson was born in rural Indiana. He started playing guitar at the age of ten and began playing clubs in the Midwest, performing Blues-based rock influenced by the music of the 60’s and early 70’s. His first solo release "Strange Imagination" is a testament to that loud and gritty sound that has inspired his own style of classic rock and blues. He was the guitarist in the East coast band "Cryer" and was also the guitarist on the "Arc Angel" (CBS/Portrait) album. Johnson was the guitarist/songwriter w/ Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway,( Alice Cooper,) on the "Deadringer" (Grudge/BMG) album, an arena rock classic. "Strange Imagination" features Jay on guitar and vocals with B J Zampa (House of Lords) on drums and bassist Ed Corvo . This CD delivers a lot of guitar voodoo and should be played very loud !



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I was surprised to find Jay Johnson's CD "Strange Imagination" surfing CD Baby. I have followed Jay's career throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's and in my opinion he was the one of the best guitar players to emerge out of the CT rock scene. I always felt he deserved more exposure and that his playing abilities rank with the greatest famous guitar gods. If you like great guitar playing then what the hell are you waiting for... Get this CD now! Great to see you back in action Jay, Keep on rockin'!!!!

House of Madshus

A true American Legend whose time has come to Shine!
Jay Johnson's lyrics and musical talent bring a new force in the cradle of blues and rock. His music is fresh with tracks that shine of blue steel grit and persuasion. Play it a second and a third time and your hooked, no turning back. Bring him on Center Stage and rock us thru the night.
We have a new unsung hero about to grab America!


Fantastic rock guitar, vocals and song writing, buy the CD
If you like classic rock then you will love this CD. Great collection of original tunes, wonderful creative guitar work from the strat master. Professional musicians and recording. Worth the $$.

thomas crowley

strange imagination
great mix of stratocaster and loud marshall. A lot to like here

John Fiorillo

This Guy Smokes!!
I first heard of J.J.Johnson back in the early 80's when his band CRYER were playing the club scene in Connecticut. His playing blew me away then and even more now! I picked up "Strange Imagination" and "I've got an axe to grind" and both discs are absolutely SMOKIN'!! To be honest, I can't say I like one track better than another...to me, they show excellent songwriting and guitar solo's that actually fit the song instead of someone just wanking out a solo for solo's sake. I can't say enough about these two discs. If your a fan of Rockin' blues based songs, pick these two discs up..I promise, you won't be dissapointed!

BluesBunny - Independant Music Reviews

"This album is a solid piece of rock seasoned with a side order of the blues"
"You can tell that this guy has been round the block a few times. Every track is stamped with the authority that comes with years of experience. This album is a solid piece of rock seasoned with a side order of the blues.

Jay Jesse Johnson can certainly play the guitar - just listen to the fretwork on "Waiting on the Train" which reminded the BluesBunny of Cream era Clapton. "Laura Lee" would make a great single. Best track however is "Can't Give Up On Love" with its piledriver rhythm and catchy hook. Rock solid backing is provided by B J Zampa on Drums and Ed Corvo on bass.

Plus points - real quality in the guitar playing. Minus points - songs tend to merge into each other. Worth checking out. Although the sleeve does not mention it, this album is meant to be played LOUD."

--Taken from www.bluesbunny.com
Blues Bunny - Independant Music Reviews, 2006

Johnny Rampino - Scannermusic Publishing

Solos that are smooth lighteneing at the volume of thunder.
Strange Imagination from
Jay Jesse Johnson.
At Last, Jay Jesse Johnson –At Last!
After all this time here it finally is: Jay Jesse Johnson with the CD that finally shows what this guy is made of. From the funked out, rocked up title cut, to the last wails of “End Of The Day”, at the end of the day Johnson delivers the payload his fans have waited for for a long time.
Johnson’s legendary style shines through on this CD, from cuts like Can't Give Up On Love, to Laura Lee. Every sweet note a special delivery, the listening experience reminds you of everything great about Stratocasters and loud amplifiers. Jay is the son of a dozen guitar legends, and the spectrum of his playing is finally showcased here, from his shredding classic-bed-rock layer, to his forever obvious blues downpour. On vocals he displays classic guitarist-at-the-microphone delivery (a-la Pat Travers, Stevie Ray, Hendrix) eventually giving way to solos that are smooth lightening at the volume of thunder overhead.
The Jay Jesse Johnson discography now wears a crown that is Strange Imagination. This is Jay Jesse Johnson –AT LAST. BOY WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN!
(reporting live from the Hartford Agora -Johnny Rampage -OUT!)