Jo Malone - Virtues Can't Save You Now (1972) by Tom Hogan published on 2013/01/20 08:16:45 +0000 Taken from Tom Hogan's Obscure Music History http://www.obscuremusichistory.com --- Johannes "Jo" Malone's prolific career is one of the most widely underrated of all time. The 1972 single "Virtues Can't Save You Now" is a spellbinding work, filled the sensibilities of 60s soul but with a fresh take on performance. Malone's idiosyncratic vocal style would stay with him well into the next decade with his later pop-based releases. (The song also features guest session guitarist Tommy Smith, who would later move on to lead his own band, The Constant Wheel.) "Communication is important to me," Malone wrote in his biography, "When I spoke to people face-to-face, they never seemed to understand me, looking at me quizzically. But through song, I saw my words were having a much stronger impact. I had something to say and those songs gave me an outlet to have my message heard." "In that era, I was pushing some pretty advanced concepts through my music, using the oral strength of the language to explore deep philosophical issues and proposing viable cost-effective solutions to modern social and scientific problems. Despite the popularity of these songs, I'm disappointed that none of my ideas were put into motion." While his entire catalog received a generous amount of airplay, Malone never reached the same level of financial success as his contemporaries - receiving not a single cent of royalties from karaoke. -- Interesting Fact: Strangely, no official lyric sheets have ever been released, Malone saying he thought the songs spoke for themselves.