St. James, Rod

Band members               Related acts

- Rod St. James - vocals



- none known 





Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Has Anyone Seen the Superstar

Company: Paula

Catalog: LPS 2218

Year: 1972

Country/State: USA

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4220

Price: $80.00

Cost: $50.00


We don't do it very often, but there are a couple of labels that attract our attention regardless of whether or not we know anything about the act.  One of those labels is the Louisiana-based Paula Records.  Home to the likes of Fontana Bass, John Fred and Little Tommy Taylor, Paula also released a host of interesting material by unknown acts such as The Montclairs, Joy Thunderfoot and this 1972 set by Rod St. John.


We know nothing about this guy and the liner notes to 197'2's "Has Anyone Seen the Superstar" don't provide any real information.   That said, his seems to be kind of a one man show with St, James writing the material, as well as handling arrangements.  Propelled by a blazing electric guitar, the rocking title track starts the album out with a bang and seldom lets up.  So how to describe this LP?  Well to our ears St, James comes off as a cross between a harder rocking John Fred and the Playboy Band with a dash of Tony Joe White Cajun flavor added to the mix.  Elsewhere, " Three Quarters of An Hour" sounds like something that would have fit Jose Feliciano had he been able to get funky.  To be honest, the only real disappointments are St. James' isolated stabs at ballads.  While pretty, "Let it Shine" and Dylan-ish "Wandering Minstrel" just don't cut it.  The album certainly won't change your life, but it's one of those unexpected little pleasant surprises collectors occasional come across.  Very nice and worth the price of admission.

"Has Anyone Seen the Superstar" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Has Anyone Seen the Superstar   (Rod St. James) - 4:45

2.) Three Quarters of An Hour   (Rod St. James) - 4:36

3.) Let It Shine   (Rod St. James) - 5:03

4.) Mr. Coffey   (Rod St. James) - 3:45


(side 2)

1.) I'm Going Home   (Rod St. James) - 3:10

2.) Dream Chain   (Rod St. James) - 3:25

3.) Wandering Minstrel   (Rod St. James) - 2:32

4.) Now Is the Time   (Rod St. James) - 3:25

5.) Pisces Child   (Rod St. James) - 3:30

6.) Born To Ride the Restless Wind   (Rod St. James) - 2:20


Paula released "Let It Shine" b/w "Has Anyone Seen the Superstar" as a single (Paula catalog number 368).  There's a CD reissue (not sure if it's legitimate), on the Japanese P-Vine label (PCD-23079).



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