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Jimmy and the Soul Blazers / Change / Clockwork

Alliance, 1966-74, 2000-

Jimmy and the Soul Blazers started out as, surprize, a soul band that played the local dances and clubs.

After some personnel and musical changes, they got a record deal with Kapp and became Change. Change issued two 45s on Kapp in '70/'71, with their second 45, a cover of a Joe Cocker recording called "Hitchcock Railway" getting significant local sales and airplay. Both 45s have a roadhouse country-rockish edge

The band changed names again to Clockwork and released an LP on a obscure but nationally distributed label called Green Bottle. The LP, released in 1973, includes reprisals of "Hitchcock Railway" and another Change song. The LP has a contemporary sound that includes rock, soul, funk, and progressive styles.

A few years ago some of the original members got back together and revived the Jimmy and the Soul Blazers name, and continue to play shows in the area.