Had Jean Paul Bourelly recorded another post-Hendrix, Afro-fusion blowout-the sort of thing on which he built his career-he probably would have posed for the cover photo with an electric guitar. Would he also be wearing a shirt? One can only assume. As it happens, the guitarist and his naked torso pose in bed. He pokes at the camera lens with a lit cigar. An acoustic guitar leans against a bureau behind him. What this questionable image tells us is that Bourelly is switching things up. News From a Darked Out Room (“darked out”?) presents the sensitive, raw Bourelly, the bedroom lothario Bourelly. He picks, strums and thumps the acoustic guitar and sings about sex.
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