Atlanta Rhythm Section “Champagne Jam”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#364 in the Series) is Atlanta Rhythm Section, Champagne Jam.

Earlier we looked at my favorite Atlantic Rhythm Section album Red Tape. Today we’re going to look at their most popular album, Champagne Jam.  It reached #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. They were on a nice little run there. The previous album, A Rock and Roll Alternative peaked at #11.

A Rock and Roll Alternative’s success was fueled by the top ten single “So Into You.”

Champagne Jam had three songs that received considerable air play. Possibly even four. “Imaginary Lover”,” I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight”,” Champagne Jam” and “Large Time.”

Atlanta Rhythm Section got their name because many of the bands members were popular backing back members from the Atlanta area, Some of them actually were part of Roy Orbison’s band.

This was a nice run they were on indeed, especially when you place Red Tape before those two, however, that was where the run pretty much ended.

They did have another hit down the line with “Spooky.”

The great bass player from the album Paul Goddard rejoined the band recently after many years away. His solo in the title cut has been a major influence and motivational track to bass players for many years.

I’m sure many of you have heard funny story about the single “Imaginary Lover.”  If you played your 33 1/3 vinyl version of the song at 45rpm speed, well it quickly tuned into Stevie Nicks! It was so close to her  voice! I’ve added a bonus video of someone “trying” to show this. Unfortunately, he’s taking a 45 and speeding it up. It’s good, but not as good as sing the 33. Look for the videos below.

Track listing

  1. “Large Time” (Bailey, Buie, Nix) – 2:55
  2. “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” (Buie, Daughtry, Nix) – 4:06
  3. “Normal Love” (Buie, Cobb, Daughtry, Nix) – 3:22
  4. “Champagne Jam” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 4:31
  5. “Imaginary Lover” (Buie, Daughtry, Nix) – 5:05
  6. “The Ballad of Lois Malone” (Bailey, Buie, Daughtry, Nix) – 4:30
  7. “The Great Escape” (Bailey, Buie, Nix) – 4:47
  8. “Evileen” (Buie, Daughtry, Nix) – 3:32


  • Barry Bailey – electric guitar
  • Jo Jo Billingsley – vocals
  • Buddy Buie – vocals
  • J.R. Cobb – guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Dean Daughtry – keyboards
  • Paul Davis – vocals
  • Paul Goddard – bass
  • Ronnie Hammond – vocals, background vocals
  • Robert Nix – drums, background vocals
  • Artimus Pyle – percussion



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Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. Emily (03 Jan 2013, 9:50)

    That Stevie Nicks thing is pretty cool! LOL

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